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Madam Athlete

Giselle Aerni, MD

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Join host, Giselle Aerni, MD, as she interviews women leaders with careers in sports and athletics. You'll hear from team doctors, athletic trainers, sports psychologists, coaches, athletes, sport scientists, and more. Learn how to build your own career, navigate challenging situations, and feel connected to the women who are paving the way. It can be lonely to be a woman working in sports and athletics. Subscribe to the Madam Athlete podcast to hear insider stories and hard-earned advice in ...
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Hi friend! It’s Giselle. I’m jumping on here real quick to remind you that I’m taking a break after over three plus years of weekly episodes to rest, reset, and recalibrate. In case you need a little woman in sports career journey wisdom while I’m away, I’ve pulled this episode from the archives. This conversation with Dr. Sarah Lesko aired in Apri…
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Hi friend! It’s Giselle. I’m jumping on here real quick to remind you that I’m taking a break after over three plus years of weekly episodes to rest, reset, and recalibrate. In case you need a little woman in sports career journey wisdom while I’m away, I’ve pulled this episode from the archives. This conversation with Dr. Stephany Coakley aired in…
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Hi friend! It’s Giselle. I’m jumping on here real quick to remind you that I’m taking a break after over three plus years of weekly episodes to rest, reset, and recalibrate. In case you need a little woman in sports career journey wisdom while I’m away, I’ve pulled this episode from the archives. This conversation with Christa Stout aired in March …
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I'm taking an end of the year break and bringing you some of the top downloaded episodes from the archives. This is episode 96 which originally released May 31st, 2022. On today’s episode, I’m talking to Physiatrist and Founder of Sports Equity Lab Dr. Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu. Yetsa is a sports physiatrist and assistant professor at the University of …
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I'm taking an end of the year break from producing new episodes but I didn't want to leave you hanging! This episode from the archive is episode 83, which aired March 1st, 2022. Enjoy! Today I’m talking to sports medicine physiatrist Monica Rho. Monica is the Chief of Musculoskeletal Medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Associate Professo…
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Welcome back to another special episode of the Madam Athlete podcast! On the second Tuesday of the month, I take a deep dive into a career-related topic, and on today’s episode I’m talking all about doing what you want to do instead of what you should do. (Or what you think you should be doing). Here's a key freaking hint: The opposite of doing wha…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Sports Podcaster Cherie Turner about changing directions. Cherie is the host of the Women’s Running Stories podcast, which features women athletes running all distances. Cherie’s unique story started out as a professional cyclist after college, unsure of what came next in her career. After finding her footing, she…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to the CEO of WeCOACH Vanessa Fuchs about finding the opportunity. Vanessa is the CEO of WeCOACH, an organization focused on recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches in all sports at every level. A former DI basketball player at Florida State University, Vanessa worked with the NCAA, becoming the Associate …
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to the Senior Manager of Player Development at the Seattle Kraken Katelyn Parker about defining success. Katelyn is currently with the Kraken handling everything youth hockey and player development for this young franchise. Her background as a former DI hockey player on a quickly growing team set her up well to work …
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Athletic Trainer Andrea Kovalsky about sticking to your values. Andrea is the Head Athletic Trainer for Granite City High School in Granite City, Illinois. She’s currently working towards her Doctorate in Athletic Training while also serving on the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association. In each role she’s taken o…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to the CEO of Women Leaders in Sports Patti Phillips about reframing. Patti is a long-time leader in women’s and girls' sports, from her early days coaching collegiate basketball and volleyball to her current role as the CEO of Women Leaders in Sports. There she helps to break down the barriers women continue to face…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to health equity researcher Dr. Alicia Whittington about discovering your purpose. Alicia is the Assistant Director of Engagement and Health Equity Research for the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University. Additionally, she’s the co-investigator of Family Experiences Managing Football Lives, studying the …
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to secondary school athletic trainer Sarah Turner about building a community. In addition to working as a solo athletic trainer at her high school, Sarah is the Director of Athletic Training Services at Wabash General Hospital Sports Medicine in southern Illinois. Her team covers numerous high schools and community c…
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Welcome back to another special episode of the Madam Athlete podcast! On the second Tuesday of the month, I take a deep dive into a career-related topic, and on today’s episode I’m talking all about networking. So many of our guests talk about how important networking is and it's one of the most common pieces of advice shared. Listen to today's epi…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Marci Goolsby about keeping a growth mindset. Marci is the Medical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery and an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. She’s recently been named the Director of Sports Medicine for the WNBA and…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to the Vice President of Marketing for the Vegas Golden Knights Stephanie Rogers about defining your why. Stephanie currently works with the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, and previously worked with the PGA Tour, first holding roles in Tournament Marketing and ultimately becoming the Direct…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to the University of Maryland Director of Sport Psychology Dr. Kristi Hall about transferable skills. Kristi is currently the Director of Sport Psychology at Maryland and the owner and founder of Wholesome Minds, her private practice. Before branching out on her own, she worked for eight years in neuropsychology and …
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to marketing and sponsorship expert Amy C. Potter about managing and mentoring. Amy is currently the Director of North American Sponsorships with BMO Financial Group. She teaches us what marketing and sponsorship in business and sports is all about. Amy’s career started on the property side, where she worked at UVA, …
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FRIENDS! AI came up with that title and it is hard not what I would have chosen for myself 🤣 *Alternative title (human generated): Taking the Time to Learn New Skills or Giselle F*s around with AI AI generated episode description with [my comments] thrown in all over the place because, again, WTF AI?: Ever wondered how AI is revolutionizing the pod…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Assistant Professor and Sport Scientist Catherine Saenz about career transitions. Catherine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on how exercise and nutrition impact energy metabolism at the molecular level and translating this into person…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke about finding collaboration. Heather is currently the Athletic Director at the University of Pittsburgh and one of just six women ADs leading an athletic department in one of the Power Five conferences. Heather was a student-athlete at Michigan and returned to the world of colle…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to sports medicine physician Dr. Julie Bruene about setting boundaries. Julie is an Assistant Professor in Family & Preventative Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University and is a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. When Julie began taking stock of her career ten years after she f…
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Welcome back to another special episode of the Madam Athlete podcast! On the second Tuesday of the month, I take a deep dive into a career-related topic, and today I’m talking about when do you get to pick the easy choice? In our educations, in our careers, in sports… we’re often taught no pain – no gain. Grind it out. Push yourself. Challenge your…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to the Cleveland Guardian’s Assistant Director for Player Development, Jen Wolf, about making your own luck. Jen currently works with the Guardians where she’s taking a holistic approach to player development. She’s spent her whole career in baseball, previously working with the New York Mets and Washington Nationals…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Associate Professor and Researcher Dr. Elaine Choung-Hee Lee about celebrating our strengths. Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor, Director of Research Support, and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at UConn. She’s also the first Dean’s Leadership Fellow for UConn’s Colleg…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to BPS Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist Dr. Kara-Aretha Graham about becoming the expert you needed. Kara is currently a lecturer at East London University and a Chartered Sport Psychologist by the British Psychological Society. Her journey began during her time as a track athlete at the University of Iowa w…
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Holy swear word! Madam Athlete has reached 150 episodes. 150. One hundred fifty. Pat self on the back, shed a tear thinking of all the late Monday nights in the past three years, squee with joy at all of the incredible women I've had the chance to talk to and now pretend are all my new best friends, and actual chest-tightening heart-warming glow to…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to lawyer and sports executive Marcia Caporn about learning new skills. Marcia is currently the Head of Revenue at Credenza where she’s incorporating web3 solutions and cutting-edge technologies into professional and collegiate sports. She’s been learning new skills all throughout her career to make sure she’s ready …
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to UConn Associate Vice President for Research Development Dr. Lindsay DiStefano about getting involved. Lindsay is a full Professor and prior to becoming AVP for Research Development, was most recently head of the Department of Kinesiology at UConn, where she researches sports-related injury prevention. She trained …
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to the Las Vegas Aces’ Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Dr. Michelle Anumba about constant growth. Michelle has spent her career working in the WNBA, wearing multiple hats as both a physical therapist and an athletic trainer. She’s able to attend to the immediate issues that athletes face while also consi…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to mental conditioning coach Juah Toe about sowing seeds for your career. Juah is an assistant mental conditioning coach at IMG Academy where she helps young athletes learn the tools of mental performance. Juah is early in her career and just wrapping up the first year of her first real job, and is full of wisdom. Ju…
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On today’s episode, I’m back with part 2 of my conversation talking to sports medicine physician Dr. Cindy Chang about building a team. Last week, you heard part one of my conversation with Cindy. If you haven’t heard that yet, go back and give it a listen and then come right back here for part two! Cindy is currently the Chief Medical Officer for …
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to sports medicine physician Dr. Cindy Chang about building a team. Cindy is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the National Women’s Soccer League and one of my heroes in sports medicine. She is a Professor Emeritus in Family Medicine and Orthopedics at UCSF and the former head team physician at UC Berkeley. As …
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to sports medicine physician Dr. Poonam Thaker about directing your energy. Poonam is the Sports Medicine Fellowship Director and Associate Family Medicine Residency Director at Ascension Resurrection in Chicago. She’s also an assistant professor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences. Poonam serves…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to sports podcaster Jamie Mittelman about telling your own story. Jamie is the founder and host of the podcast, Flame Bearers, which shares the journeys of women Olympians and Paralympians across the globe. From the time she was in college, Jamie knew that she wanted to work with women and girls, but the pursuit of t…
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Welcome back to another special episode of the Madam Athlete podcast! On the second Tuesday of the month, I take a deep dive into a career-related topic, and on today’s episode I’m talking all about starting a new job. I share my three biggest keys to success when starting a new job and some life lessons I've learned along the way. You can find the…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to athletic trainer and entrepreneur Lindsey Keenan about taking care of yourself. Lindsey is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine at West Chester University where she’s also the team athletic trainer for women’s rugby. In addition to her academic and clinical work, Lindsey is the CEO…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to sports medicine physician Dr. Margot Putukian about knowing when to say yes. Margot is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Major League Soccer and has served as a team physician for US Soccer since 1994. She recently retired as the Director of Athletic Medicine at Princeton University and has served as a leade…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Major League Baseball’s Vice President of Club Business Operations and Strategy, Kate Hussmann, about networking for women in sports. Before Kate crushed the sports world, she was considering opening a restaurant and even went to culinary school. When she was ready to change industries she was drawn to sports and …
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On the second Tuesday of the month, I take a deep dive into a career-related topic, and on today’s episode I’m taking a moment to shout out all the learners who are currently out there and going through training. Because here’s the thing… not all parts of your training program are fun or enjoyable or feel like the perfect fit for what you eventuall…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to UConn orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kathy Coyner about work-life integration. Dr. Coyner is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at UConn Health and team physician for UConn Athletics. Previously, she worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center and was a team physician for the NHL Dallas Stars. Kathy is on the board…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to sports medicine physician Dr. Yuka Tsukahara about staying open to new experiences. Yuka is an orthopedic sports medicine physician and professor of sports medicine at Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education. She’s served as a team physician for many Japanese national teams and as the lead physician for the To…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Connecticut Sun athletic trainer Nicole Alexander about being authentic to yourself. Nicole is currently the head athletic trainer for the WNBA Connecticut Sun and previously served as an athletic trainer for women’s basketball at UNC. She’s also been a head athletic trainer for multiple US Women’s National Teams.…
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Welcome back to another special episode of the Madam Athlete podcast! On the second Tuesday of the month, I take a deep dive into a career-related topic, and on today’s episode I’m taking a moment to do a special shout out, a love letter if you will on this Valentine's Day, to all the badass women out there working in sports and sports medicine who…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bonnie Gregory about celebrating your accomplishments. Bonnie is an assistant professor of orthopedics at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and a team physician for several teams including the Houston Dash and the Houston Rockets. She’s also a member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to Emory University Director of Athletics Keiko Price about growing into leadership roles. Keiko is the Athletic Director at Emory, at a time when less than 25% of all NCAA college ADs are women. Her journey started when she took time at the end of her swimming career to figure out her mission and vision. She realize…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to physical therapist Dr. Margaret Pittman about building the next generation. Margaret is a physical therapist at Momentous Sports Medicine and an adjunct assistant professor of physical therapy at George Washington University. She’s doing a lot to make sure that the next generation of physical therapists are expose…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Brady about moving past insecurities. Jackie is an associate professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at OHSU and the associate director of their orthopedics residency program. She’s a member of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedics Society and of The FORUM, a group of women sports med…
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Hello! And welcome back to another special episode of the Madam Athlete podcast! On the second Tuesday of the month, I take a deep dive into a career-related topic, and on today’s episode I’m talking all about quitting. Yup, quitting. Even though it's early January and New Year's Resolutions are still hot off the presses! Later in this episode I me…
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On today’s episode, I’m talking to sports medicine physician Dr. Veronica Jow about overcoming the fear of failure. Veronica is the founder of Avid Sports Medicine, a multi-disciplinary sports medicine clinic in the Bay Area. She’s working together with her team at Avid to help patients live healthier and more active lives. Before opening her own p…
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