Beth Ricanati, MD has built her career around bringing wellness into women’s everyday lives, especially busy moms juggling life and children. She received her medical training at Case Western Reserve University and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She was a practicing physician for over ten years at both the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center’s Women Health Center in New York City, the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Women’s Health, and the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. Her first book, Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs, was just published by She Writes Press.
What do I do best?
I listen. Period. I am a physician, a mother and a new author and in both my professional life and my personal life, listening usually gets me to where I need to be.
What makes me the best version of myself?
What are my aspirations?
With my book (Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs) release in September, I am all about spreading the word re: meaningful rituals, in this case, making challah. It’s so important to stop, be mindful and present in our busy lives. Making challah every Friday affords me this opportunity to just stop and re-focus.
My Biggest Success?
Balance: I have worked hard at creating different zones in my life that allow me to do creative work (i.e write a book), professional work (i.e. practice as a physician) and be involved and present in my home life (i.e. mother to our three children).
My Most Challenging Moment?
Learning that one of our children had a chronic disease, and then learning five years later that another child had that same disease has challenged me in more ways that I could have imagined: I have learned to how to be both calm and strong for my children while simultaneously fiercely advocating for them.
Perfect is the enemy of the good.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My patients. I have learned so much from my patients and continue to do so. Being privy to their lives and their stories is such an honor. I am constantly inspired.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Our home. Preferably when everyone is in it! Actually, I love to be near water…rivers, oceans, lakes, doesn’t matter. Just watching the movement is so grounding and peaceful.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Great kitchen gadgets! My zester for garlic, the lemon-squeezer thing, the plug-in hot water kettle.
My Current Passions?
Making challah with others, sharing my story others and learning their stories.