We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr Katherine Sullivan,PhD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr Katherine, what principle do you value most?
Integrity. To say what you mean and to mean what you say is critical in both personal and professional life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My mother died when I was 6 years old. She was paralyzed from the waist down and used a wheelchair the last 6-months of her life. Because of her I became a physical therapist, earned a PhD in neuroscience, and dedicated my teaching, research, and writing to advancing the science and practice of rehabilitation science and recovery. I have had the honor to travel around the United States, China, and Brazil and teach about maternal and child health. Despite my accomplishments in academia, the state of women and children’s health is deteriorating. But here lies the opportunity. The challenge I have always faced is I despise the status quo. I thrive on change because to change is to learn. Being in healthcare, the status quo rules. However, I see the current political environment as an opportunity. The status quo has us on a negative spiral that no one should accept. It is worse than status quo 2020…it’s status quo circa 1950’s! The good news is it is time for change. I am not your typical brand. I am a 64 yr old grandmother, baby boomer, who wants to fix what my generation has broken. My brand is “Its never too late to teach Silicon Valley a thing or two.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my friend from Brazil landed at LAX I immediately took her to Santa Monica pier. We started at the Santa Monica Seafood Market & Cafe. Then walked out to the end of the pier to enjoy the view of LA basin. But my go to area of Los Angeles, it the Downtown Arts District. I love the juxtaposition of the Artist Cooperatives where the best of LA Art spans from well-heeled art galleries to the shared-space consignment factory places with artist expression in photography, graphic art, flower and plant arrangement, clothing from T-shirts to leather jackets, dresses to hats for kids or adults, and custom jewelry. Then there is the unlimited possibilities for food and drink. Favorite food places: Bestia, The Factory Kitchen, Brera Ristorante, Purgatory Pizza and Gratitude Cafe. Favorite drink places: The Art District Brewery, bar at Zinc Cafe, Pali Wine, Wurstkuche for sausage and beer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Notorious RBG. Justice Ginsberg reminds all of us that we stand on the shoulders of Americans who came before us. Because of her dedication and perseverance, we have the right to vote, control intimate decisions about our bodies, marry who we love, receive healthcare even if we have preexisting conditions. My hero was Dr Helen Hislop from the University of Southern California who fought for healthcare and human rights for children and adults with disability who cannot speak out or defend themselves. My education and accomplishments would not have occurred if not for the courage of these dedicated women trailblazers.