A Creative Approach Podcast

Karen began her life in the Canadian prairies followed by several years of studying medicine in Montreal. Marriage, family, and career brought her to California where “Snow is optional. You can drive to it.” With a large extended, blended family and a love of travel, Karen’s hobby of scrapbooking has endless resources. An enthusiastic world traveler, she still has the continents of South America and Antartica to cross off her list. Karen loves meeting her network of online friends on her journeys. Karen came to podcasting through scrapbooking and has been a co-host on "The Digiscrap Geek Podcast" (now on hiatus) and a guest on many other shows including a recent episode of “Shift Your Story” with Beca Lewis. Karen remains a licensed physician in California, though currently retired. Karen has wide ranging interests including podcasting, blogging, medicine, and scrapbooking. She is a self-admitted genealogy nut, and life-long learner of art, history, science, business and anthropology with a passion for a sustainable world. She is an artist and a student and is fascinated by people's stories of creating who they are and what they do. She is delighted to share her conversations on “A Creative Approach Podcast.”
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Sep 20, 2017

Public health is a topic many of us aren’t sufficiently informed on, and should be. We aren’t aware of the work that’s going on behind the scenes, or the benefits we’re missing out on due to the lack of attentiveness to the world around us. Dr. Mary Guinan has written a book on the subject, traveled the world for vaccination work, and helped women recover rights that should be basic human rights. Tune into this episode of a Creative Approach podcast, with your host, Karen Poirier-Brode, in order to become more informed on women’s vigor and public health. 

Show Highlights:

  • Writing a book about public health 
  • Informing people on public health 
  • Becoming a part of the worldwide small-pox organization 
  • Women physicians being banned from going to India 
  • Vaccinating children 
  • Women being traditional healers, but not being as widely accepted 
  • Traveling to different villages to vaccinate people from disease 
  • Traveling by elephant 
  • Studying herpes 
  • Being recruited back to CDC 
  • Treating and researching women’s STD’s 
  • Studying experimental factors of AIDS in San Francisco 
  • America’s STD epidemic 
  • Taking a moral stance 
  • Having an actress portray a part after Mary 
  • Difficulties for gay men when STD info was released 
  • The need for keeping people updated 
  • Founding a school for public health 
  • Women being in charge of their own health 
  • Ways to prevent abortion 
  • Preventing unplanned pregnancy 
  • Influences that pushed Mary into her profession 
  • The difficulties of finding a career as a woman 
  • Equality advancing for women 
  • Creative advice 
  • Women getting the equality and access they deserve 




Adventures of a female Medical Detective  by Mary Guinan


Sep 6, 2017

Many of us are oblivious to the underlying history and culture in everything. We fail to notice the details and technicalities within our everyday life. In a “Creative Approach Podcast”, we will explore the anthropology of many different cultures and how it correlates with us today. Professor William Doonan is a professor at Sacramento City College, Archaeologist, Cruise line speaker, and published novelist. Over his travels and personal explorations, he has acquired immense knowledge on subjects involving civilization and cultural awareness, which he uses as inspiration for his own novels and others. Tune into this episode, with your host Karen Poirier-Brode, in order to be enlightened on the culture around you.

 Show highlights:

  • The inspiration drawn from daily life in order to create novels
  • Meeting fascinating people on cruise ships
  • Traveling to Costa Rica to work as an archeologist
  • Where Professor Doonan grew up and got to where he is today
  • Exploring different aspects of archaeology
  • Studying Mayan archeology and writing a book on it
  • Irish language revitalization and helping people learn the native language
  • Genealogy
  • The melting pot of cultures
  • Getting involved in cruise ships
  • Teaching forensic anthropology and understanding culture
  • Learning to determine different aspects of people in the past and learning to respect all the individual people
  • Finding culture and diversity from people around you
  • The gravitational pull towards the topics Professor Doonans books are about
  • How cruise ships regulate and manage security
  • Anthropology being incorporated into literature
  • The meaning of creativity and developing others ideas
  • Broadening culture awareness and being confident
  • Selective listening


Grave Passage