Advocating for Mental Health in the Veterinary Industry with Dr. Katie Krothapalli

“As vet techs/veterinarians, we do have a personal responsibility for setting boundaries, finding resources, and doing what we need to take care of ourselves.” Jenn chats with a very special guest for this episode, Dr. Katie Krothapalli. A former veterinary practitioner and Veterinary Medical Officer for the U.S. Army, Dr. Krothapalli now serves as Director of Healthcare Education at Edcetera, a leading provider of professional development and continued education resources and parent company of Vetcetera.

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She discusses how a critical turning point led her to this current role and how she is using her experience to help others in the veterinary field. She also touches on the challenges veterinary professionals face, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, how creating space for a mental health dialogue in veterinary medicine will help push the industry forward and so much more.  


Show Notes

00:00 Dr. Katie Krothrapalli introduces herself, detailing her trajectory to becoming a veterinarian and creating Vet Cetera, a community for veterinarian professionals – all while dealing with animal allergies 

5:02 Dr. Krothrapalli discusses some of the unexpected challenges she faced in the veterinarian profession regarding medical responsibility, financial struggles with patient families, etc.

10:45 Dr. Krothrapalli discusses how she applies the tools she learned in veterinarian training to her current role with EdCetera, noting how the company was built to assist the veterinarian community

16:40 Dr. Krothrapalli discusses the current sentiments on mental health in the veterinarian/vet tech community

19:43 The discussion shifts to boundaries; Jenn and Dr. Katie discuss some of the everyday dilemmas doctors have, and how America’s rush to adopt pets during the pandemic severely impacted veterinarian health providers

26:04 Dr. Krothrapalli leaves parting advice to those looking to join the veterinarian industry: expect things to not be easy, and be flexible

28:35 Dr. Krothrapalli defines mental fitness and explains how she flexes her mental fitness muscle – by setting time for things that matter and maintaining healthy boundaries

Researching the Impact of Communication and Media with Sydney Brammer

“You can be impacted, really either way, by your media use.” In this episode, we continue our exploration of the relationship between media and mental fitness and the ways in which younger generations handle it. Jenn is joined by Sydney Brammer, a doctoral student and graduate part time instructor in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. Sydney dives into her current research on the connections between body image, interpersonal communication and social media and how ’Z-llennials’ (part Gen-Z and part Millennial) are normalizing content that discusses topics such as mental health. 

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Plus, Sydney shares a personal tidbit on how she creates mental fitness balance in her busy schedule of studying, producing academic papers and teaching.


Show Notes

00:00 Sydney Brammer, Doctoral student at Texas Tech University, introduces herself to the PMM audience, detailing what encouraged her to pursue a PHD in Communications

04:56 Sydney describes her current research – the connections between body image, interpersonal communication and social media; how she views the media as a professional and her findings

12:22 Jenn and Sydney offer commentary on objectivity and subjectivity in media consumption

14:58 Sydney and Jenn discuss how media movements have both positive and negative consequences, namely the body neutrality movement

21:10 Sydney defines mental fitness in her own life

23:49 Being a’ Z-llennial’ (part Gen-Z and part Millennial), Sydney expresses why her generation produces media that normalizes the mental health discussion, in sharp contrast to prior generations 

28:20 Sydney flexes her mental fitness muscles through scheduling time carefully, spending time with friends and focusing on creating balance between work and leisure

32:30 Sydney leaves parting words for the PMM audience

How Gen-Z is Shaping Mental Health Coverage with Elizabeth Burns

“My definition of mental fitness is when my thoughts, ideas and actions all align.” Jenn welcomes Elizabeth Burns, a rising senior in journalism at Texas Christian University and host of the “Bubble Wrapped” podcast, to the show.   

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She discusses what brought her to this major and how that pursuit connects to her personal mental fitness journey. As a part of Gen-Z and future member of the media, Elizabeth also examines how the younger generation is shaping the progression of reporting and communication around mental health.



00:00 Jenn introduces Elizabeth Burns, a rising senior at Texas Christian University and host of the “Bubble Wrapped” podcast

1:45 Elizabeth explains the title of her podcast, discussing her roots in St. Louis and living in a “bubble”

4:12 Jenn asks Elizabeth, “what led you to decide to study journalism”?;  they go on to discuss the importance of writing in modern times

6:45 As a part of gen-z, Elizabeth explains how her approach to journalism is different from that of journalists in previous generations

9:11 The discussion shifts to the legitimacy of “street” journalism versus mainstream media, and the role of mental health in future journalism

14:58 Elizabeth defines mental fitness on her terms

18:36 Jenn and Elizabeth discuss how exposure to mental health and mental fitness themes much earlier in life has affected gen-z journalists

22:21 Jenn talks about how current audiences gravitate toward smaller, “micro” news outlets for authenticity, rather than large news corporations

27:04 Elizabeth leaves parting words for the PMM audience – how journalists can provide positive mental health content



“I like to do things that make me happy.” – E

“Everything I do, I try to have it aid in my mental fitness journey.” – E

“Being able to set yourself up for success… [and] be really in tune with yourself is important.” – J

“Once I became passionate about journalism, I realized that was something I thought would be fun for me for the rest of my life; which was really important to me.” – E

“…writing is something that a lot of folks don’t really have these days.” – J 

“We just need to smash the generational stereotypes.” – J

“Journalists aren’t just competing with news organizations down the street, anyone can be a journalist these days.” – E

“How can we bring authenticity and authority back to the media as well?” – J

“I think the future of journalism in the way we’re taught is very unpredictable.” – E

“My definition of mental fitness is when my thoughts, ideas and actions all align…” – E

“Alignment is where a lot of us get caught up…. Having the alignment of all your senses is important.” – J

“…understand how to quiet the voices that are out of alignment.” – J

“We’re aware of so much and we’re exposed to so much information… it can feel so disconnected…” – E

“Protecting your own light throughout your journey is like the most important thing.” – J

Shoshanna French – Intuition Expert, Coach, Trainer & Founder of Simple Spirit

“To me, intuition is a way to navigate all domains of life.” In this episode, Jenn chats with Shoshanna French, coach and founder of Simple Spirit. 

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She dives into the mentorship that led her to study the science of intuition and how she transformed that interest into a thriving coaching approach. From Intuitive entrepreneur workshops to executive consulting packages, Shoshanna has helped CEOs, NFL Coaches, TV personalities, business owners and non-profits develop deeper connections with their purpose. Now she is sharing a bit of that insight with us! Watch and/or listen to learn how to strengthen your intuition muscle.



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1:04 Shoshanna opens the show by giving us the details on her life and background, interests and family life

4:33 Shoshanna explains how she discovered a mentor within a metaphysical bookstore in rural Colorado and began her study of the science of intuition, and how she got started in business

9:00 The discussion shifts: using your gifts in business

13:35 Shoshanna explains how she learned to tap into her own intuition, beginning with metaphysical training in college and studying sociology 

18:14 Jenn and Shoshanna discuss how as service-providers, client interactions help to shape and form business practices 

22:57 Jenn speaks to mental fitness as a spectrum of neutrality and asks Shoshanna, how would you define mental fitness?

27:53 Shoshanna maintains her mental fitness by caring for all four parts of herself – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual

29:56 Shoshanna explains how intuition relates to mental fitness and everyday life through a client story, noting that “intuition is the way we navigate all domains of life”

32:16 Jenn gets curious about how intuition can be applied both professionally and personally; Shoshanna asks, where are the places where you don’t trust yourself?

34:25 Shoshanna details a process for flexing her mental fitness: observing how she reacts to the world 

37:10 Shoshanna leaves the audience with an exercise to strengthen the intuition muscle; PAL – Pause, Ask questions, Listen

Rise Above the Challenges with Jason Cormier

“Nothing is insurmountable.” Jenn is joined by a very special guest and new member of the Pivotal Moments Media team, Jason Cormier. As if being a renowned neurosurgeon wasn’t enough, Jason also works with high level sporting organizations, has a background in music and is the author of his upcoming book, “Driven.”

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Needless to say, he has a lot of insight to share – which he does! Join Jason and Jenn for a conversation about the importance of life’s turns, addressing the challenges, deciding how to handle failures and more. Plus, Jason gives a preview of his book with a heartfelt story featured in its introduction! 






00:00 Jenn opens the floor Jason Cormier, a new host on the Pivotal Moments Media team

1:06 Jason introduces himself as a father and neurosurgeon, briefly discussing his diverse past in the racing and music industries

4:01 Jason explains to the audience how his work in the medical field led him to collaborations with high level sporting organizations, to write a book, and to create music as a producer

9:24 Jenn and Jason chat about music and how it relates to the mind in their everyday lives

11:11 Jason tees up his upcoming book, “Driven”, hoping to inspire people to push past adversity

14:29 Jason tells the audience how he defines mental fitness as power of passion, willpower and drive, noting that mental fitness is a state of wellbeing that includes the emotional, social, financial and the physical

18:43 Jenn and Jason discuss why people fail, noting contributing aspects including – bad parenting, social media, a negative environment and a lack of patience

22:43 Jason discloses a heartfelt story from the introduction of his new book 

28:20 Jason leaves parting words for the PMM audience

30:38 Jenn closes the show



“You can do anything you want.” – Jason

“Music stimulates the mind in so many ways.” – Jason

“Rise above those challenges of people telling you you can’t do something. And I think when someone tells you you can’t do something, it just means ‘look, I can’t do it with you’, but some way I’m going to make it happen.” – Jason

“I have a lot of failures… You have to choose whether or not you’re going to succumb to your failures or you’re going to learn from them.” – Jason

“Mental fitness is most well defined as a state of wellbeing.. Having a positive sense of how we feel, how we think and act.” – Jason

“Celebrate the failures.” – Jenn

“Unfettered access to the internet can really destroy someone.” – Jason

“Surround yourself with positive people.” – Jason

“Things are possible as long as you trust.” – Jason

“Nothing is insurmountable.” – Jason

Success is really just a lease and rent is due every single day.” – Jason

Supporting a Multi-generational Team with Tom Power

“Managing a company is like flying an airplane, you know where you want to go, but you’ve always gotta make adjustments depending on which way the wind is blowing.” Joining this episode is Tom Power, President and CEO of Sunshine Minting Inc., the leading domestic and global supplier of precious metal and base metal mint products. Power chats with Jenn about his experience at the helm of the company including his approach as an ‘intrapreneur,’ the importance of allowing yourself the space to make mistakes and the true value of establishing community and a supportive culture among a multi-generational team. And, of course, he shares his definition of mental fitness! 

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Show Notes:

00:00 Introduction to Tom Power and Sunshine Minting, Inc.

4:00 Tom shares what led him to work for the Sunshine Minting, Inc. company, beginning with the historical NAFTA agreement between the US and Canada in the 90’s

7:18 Jenn asks Tom, given his extensive experience in leadership, “how would you define mental fitness”?

10:59 Tom discusses how the company structure allowed him to develop himself as an ‘intrapreneur’, allowing him the freedom to make mistakes as well as setting up his confidence

12:19 Jenn discusses the dynamic landscape of the workforce, prompting a discussion about how there are currently four generations working together in the overall American workforce

17:47 Tom and Jenn discuss what they believe is a happy medium between the machismo-based definition of mental fitness, and the more empathetic and inclusive definition

23:15 The discussion shifts to the importance of putting together an effective team, and how the concept of accountability sometimes differs from generation to generation

26:00 Jenn and Tom discuss effective techniques they’ve used to learn in order to community effectively with multi-faceted teams

29:04 Tom discusses how he built a circle of trust to combat the self doubt he experienced after becoming a CEO, fortifying his mental fitness

31:00 Tom shares incredibly good advice for other company leaders to address mental awareness and wellness in the workplace – “establish the right culture” 

34:53 Tom leaves lasting words for the PMM audience

Applying Positivity with Eliza McDevitt

“If we only focus on the negative, we are missing a whole half of the human experience.” In this episode, we are joined by Liza McDevitt, AAMS® and Financial Advisor at Raymond James & Associates, Inc., for a conversation about Applied Positive Psychology.

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“If we only focus on the negative, we are missing a whole half of the human experience.” In this episode, we are joined by Liza McDevitt, AAMS® and Financial Advisor at Raymond James & Associates, Inc., for a conversation about Applied Positive Psychology. Liza explains how her experience in business led her to earn a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology and how she utilizes it in her current role today working with financial clients. On top of that, she shares some positive problem solving advice for us all to follow! 

**Raymond James & Associates, Inc. member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. Any opinions are those of Liza McDevitt and not necessarily those of Raymond James.







00:00 Jenn opens the show, and Eliza introduces herself to the PMM audience, detailing how she began in business and how it lead her to earn a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology

5:23 Eliza explains what Applied Positive Psychology is, noting its stark difference from classical psychology

11:40 Jenn asks how positive psychology is utilized in Eliza’s current role as a financial advisor

17:00 Eliza explains her definition of the concept of mental fitness

18:46 Eliza discusses how she keeps her personal perspective in check when working with financial clients, regarding what is best for their goals

24:36 Jenn asks, “How can we apply positive psychology when it comes to mental fitness?”, and Eliza puts Jenn on the hot seat!

28:08 Eliza gives the audience some positive problem solving advice and Jenn closes the show



“Psychology is really the field of science that measures the intangible, our thoughts and emotions, which then lead to our behaviors.” – E

“The biggest things that are stressors for people are finances, and finances.” – J

“If we only focus on the negative, we are missing a whole half of the human experience.” – E

“Emotions serve a function.” – E

“No emotion is meant to last forever, it’s supposed to tell you something about what’s going on in your environment, and oftentimes your emotion will feed your behavior.” – E

“…Mental fitness is the ability to tackle whatever life challenges are in front of you through cognitive skills” – E 

“What are those things in the mental space that we can work on that are gonna help us conquer life challenges that come our way?” – E

“You as an individual have the power to curate positive emotions, and make change in whatever facet of your well being that might be lacking…” – E

“Are we doing things that generate positive emotion in our day to day lives?” – E

“Hope is a very powerful emotion, as are joy, awe, and connectedness.” – E

“We do have shorter attention spans these days.” – J

“Whats holding me back? Is there some way I’m thinking about things that isnt’ a perspective that’s helping me? If I shift my perspective will that help me shift my emotions and behaviors…?”

Creating Gateways Through Self Awareness - Part 2

“Ask those emotions, before you push away, what is this trying to tell me?” We are back with Miki Goerdt, clinical social worker, board-certified art therapist and owner of Emerald Leaf Counseling LLC! In part two of this conversation, Miki dives further into the subject of self-awareness and how it helps to guide our choices.

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She also discusses the impact of culture, the importance of understanding the messages tucked into our emotions and why we may need to refrain from always having to define where we are on the mental wellness continuum. Plus, we can’t forget about art! As an accomplished artist, Miki shares the benefits of a regular art-inspired regimen.




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Show notes:

00:00 Jenn jumps right into Part 2, beginning the show with a very important question for Miki

06:16 Jenn and Miki discuss how culture affects human relation

09:12 Miki discusses how self awareness can lend power to making choices

12:26 Miki tells us why the term “mental fitness” may be inappropriate

20:14 Miki reminds us that we may not always need to define how we feel or where we are on the mental wellness continuum

22:32 Jenn and Miki discuss how a regular art practice regimen assists with her personal self-awareness

25:51 Miki reminds the audience, “each emotion has a message for you”



“…become self-aware of the function of guilt and shame.” – M

“None of us, as a person, are actually detached from the environment we are surrounded by.” – M

“I think that it’s really important to be attached to your culture.” – J

“To make a choice is empowering.” – M

“I happen to think, emotions [can’t] become people.” – M

“You are here, and emotions are actually not you – it’s just something here that you have.” – M

“You can be attached to that anxious person you were, but it doesn’t mean that you have to be anxious your whole life. You have choices.”

“Resiliency, in my book, is defined as pain transformed into strength.” – M

“Mental wellness and resiliency come from collectivistic places for me, and for many of the people who are from marginalized communities.” – M

“In therapy sessions, the power is in the client’s hands to decide.” – M

“Each emotion has a message for you.” – M

“Ask those emotions, before you push away, what is this trying to tell me?” – M



Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind – and Keep – Love by Amir Levin

Creating Gateways Through Self Awareness - Part 1

“Are you as a therapist able to understand people’s pain in a real sense? Without that ability where are you going with that therapy session?” Miki Goerdt, clinical social worker, board-certified art therapist, owner of Emerald Leaf Counseling LLC and artist, joins the podcast to share the influences that shape our paths to self-awareness.

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In part one of this conversation, she discusses her many roles and interests and chats with Jenn about the lived experiences that have shaped her approach as an artist and therapist. From personal loss to her journey as a Japanese immigrant, Miki dives into how she learned to help clients dissect the roots of their own thoughts, emotions and responses.



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Show notes:

00:00 Introduction

1:10 Miki introduces herself to the Pivotal Moments audience, detailing her background and connection to art therapy

3:29 Miki explains how a deep personal loss pushed her further into art, prompting Jenn to relay her own personal experience with the same life change

6:47 The discussion shifts to how therapists deal with empathy vs. compassion

7:55 Miki discusses self awareness through the lens of therapy, noting that self awareness is often the goal

11:01 Representations of how emotions translate to the tangible

12:50 Jenn and Miki discuss self awareness as a gateway to self exploration

15:13 Miki explains how her personal journey as a Japanese immigrant to America lead to her influenced and shaped her self awareness


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“These kinds of experiences give people what it’s like to feel pain.” – M

“Are you as a therapist able to understand people’s pain in a real sense? Without that ability, where are you going with that therapy session?”- M

“Compassion and empathy are two things where you also have to hold space for your client or patient, but at the same time you have to also hold your boundary.” – J

“I am one of those people who crave self exploration.” – J

“It takes perspective to have self awareness.” – J

“What is it that we are actually getting from coming into therapy sessions? That’s self awareness.” – M

“I start cultivating self awareness from dissecting or really kind of understanding emotions.” – M

“How did you learn to think that way? Who taught you that or what environment taught you that? … Because there’s a history and way that you lived your life that led to that thinking pattern.” – M

“What’s the function of this emotion? What is it trying to tell you? – M

“You don’t have to wake up and be happy everyday.” – J

“You can move forward once you address what’s down here.” – J


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Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind – and Keep – Love by Amir Levin

Improving Our Mental Fitness with Financial Education

“There is a lot of anxiety about money…” On this episode of We Are Everyone, Libby Snyder, CFP, CPFA and Financial Adviser at Merrill Lynch, stops by the podcast to share the insight she has gathered on her path from teaching to helping people with financial planning.

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She explains how understanding the mind runs deeply through both professions and ties them together, including the toll that disregarding financial preparedness can take on people’s wellness. She also describes her own mental fitness perspective as well as why she has learned to surround herself with those who create a positive environment.


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Show notes:

1:47 Libby introduces herself and tells us about her journey from beginning as a teacher to becoming a financial adviser

4:04 Libby explains how her knowledge in education and psychology both relate to her skills as a teacher and financial professional

5:52 Jenn and Libby discuss how the lack of financial literacy in high schools contributes to poor financial decision making in college years

12:20 Libby poignantly answers the question, “how have you maintained your mental fitness and what does mental fitness mean to you?”

14:38 Libby explains that she finds people that align with her values by getting to know what’s most important to them.

16:25 Jenn asks the question, “How do you go about your day practicing mental fitness?”

20:00 Libby drops more wisdom and reminds us to care for those we may not know