We had the good fortune of connecting with Cara Quant, MD and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cara, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
As a physician and founder of Viva La Vulva, I have gotten where I am from hard work, numerous hours of studying and persistence. But before getting into more details about what habits have helped me to succeed, I must also talk about what I’m passionate about. When I was in high school, my anatomy teacher arranged for the class to experience working with a cadaver (human body donated to science). During my time dissecting the cadaver I became passionate about the human body and wanted to know and experience more. It was during high school that my passion for medicine grew and that is what led to my habits of hard work, volunteering in doctor’s offices after school, and adopting what was needed to become a doctor. Long story short, passion is what led to the habits that have helped me succeed in all areas of my life including my career.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I created Viva La Vulva organization to combine art and medicine together to address the topic of female sexual health. Art has been used as a means of healing and another form of communication. Medicine has been used to diagnose and treat conditions. Combining the two together has helped to bring more awareness to issues surrounding women’s sexual health and to provide resources to help those issues. We have had art exhibits in past bringing the two concepts together and currently have a podcast called Viva La Vulva promoting the same empowerment of the vulva.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For a weekend long trip, I would take them hiking to Runyon and Temescal Canyon (on different days of course). Get some soul food at Alta on West Adams for lunch and make reservations for dinner at Gracias Madre, the vegan restaurant in Weho.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout my mother for being such a powerhouse in our family and being one of my first sources of divine feminine power. There are five children in my family and she delivered all of us at home with the assistance of a midwife and under no anesthesia. She did it because her sister had a bad experience with child birth in the hospital years before and my mom wanted to take control of her own narrative. In hindsight, she was some of the inspiration behind Viva La Vulva which was created to celebrate feminine power through our unique anatomy.

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Trokon George and Eric Swenson

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