Courageous Resilience: The Skill of True Grit and the Art of Interpreting Need

Courageous Resilience: The Skill of True Grit and the Art of Interpreting Need

Dr. Manny Hernandez and Dr. Colleen Mullen each seek to diagnose need and provide excellent healthcare, to their patients.  As physicians and care providers—Colleen as veterinarian and Manny as a healthcare design consultant and ER physician—they both exercise an abiding sense of awareness of and relentless passion for meeting  the physical and emotional needs of their patients. Through a warm and insightful conversation, we hear their perspectives on how curiosity, grit and seeking the “why” translates into their work with others.

In this month's episode, I explore the unique ability to see beyond who people (and animals) are to discover what they need.

More insights into Dr. Manny Hernandez

Dr. Manny Hernandez is a healthcare professional who is deeply committed to fairness and equality. He has a strong sense of morality and a desire to create a more inclusive world. With a wide range of experience in the healthcare industry, including as a physician and healthcare executive, Dr. Hernandez is skilled at using an adaptable framework to guide decision-making and solve complex challenges.

Discover more about Dr. Colleen Mullen

Dr. Colleen R. Mullen received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. George's University in 2010, as well as a B.S. in Animal Science from Purdue University in 2005. Born and raised in the south side of Chicago, she has practiced in the Chicagoland area since graduating. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, attending concerts, practicing yoga, and gardening. Dr. Mullen is married and shares her home with her husband and three cats: Floyd, Buddha, and Soxxy. In October 2021, she joined the Urban Vet Associates.


  • Cheryl Durst
  • Doug Shapiro
  • Adriana Davila
  • Dr. Manny Hernandez
  • Dr. Colleen Mullen
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