Carmen Teague, MD, is a wife, a dedicated mom of four, and investor in the physical and spiritual lives of women. Her two daughters came by birth and her two sons came by plane. She believes in motivating women in the workplace, at home and through the shared power of entropy. Dr. Teague published her first book titled, Motherhood, Medicine, and Mayhem, on November 20th, 2017, which she has dedicated all of the proceeds of the book to Bless Back Worldwide. She is an avid water-skier, triathlete, and Crossfit fanatic. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at her children’s school, teaching character education.
Carmen Icard Teague, MD, is originally from Hudson, NC. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill on the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Prior to her medical career, she completed a Masters Degree in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and worked in Alzheimer’s disease research at Duke University. Dr. Teague then attended UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed her residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Internal Medicine. She joined Mecklenburg Medical Group-Uptown in June of 2004. Her professional interests include women’s health, diabetes management and promoting psychological, spiritual and emotional health.
Bless Back Worldwide is a Charlotte, NC non-profit organization that is near and dear to our hearts because of their mission to promote a sustainable impact through quality healthcare, enriched education experiences, robust economic development, and focused community projects. Bless Back serves in Haiti, Nicaragua, and Charlotte. Dr. Teague has been on four Bless Back trips to Haiti, where she shares her medical skills with the Haitian people for a week. Her most recent trip to Haiti was challenging for her, as she was trying to balance the needs of her 12-year-old daughter and 71-year-old mother.
"Life is a beautiful compilation of cells and soul, DNA and destiny, electrical impulses and spiritual essence."
We sat down to talk with Dr. Carmen Teague about her book, Motherhood, Medicine, and Mayhem, that she says she avoided writing for years. When she is not caring for patients at MMG, she serves as the Director of Internal Medicine for Carolinas HealthCare System Medical Group and teaches medical students as an Associate Professor of Medicine for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. You can find Dr. Carmen Teague's book on Amazon.
While working for the Los Angeles police department, I went sky diving.
Water ski camp; we go every year and we love it!
The title just evolved; the working title for a long time was "Embracing Entropy." Entropy refers to a system always moving toward disorder. That's my life! At some point, in talking to publishers and editors, it was determined that no one would really understand the term; in brainstorming with my book coach about key words to search for the book, the three M's came together. From that point, the title stuck!
Who knows! Given the chaos of my life, I would definitely have enough material. I'll just have to see what God has in store on this one!
Chronicles. Reading the history of the people of Israel is a reminder that we all fail miserably but there is grace for starting over again.
I think the little girl (in the photo below) this last trip blew me away; I blogged about it on my website. I wanted to bring her home.
Another patient that I remember vividly was the elderly lady whom we gave a pair of Teva sandals. She literally danced around the compound, so very proud. She had walked barefoot for many miles to get to the clinic!
100%. For me, it's a reset and recharge. It reminds me of why I went into medicine and what it means to "be present" with patients; there are no distractions of EMR task lists, boxes to check; quality metrics to meet; it's just me, a patient and the Great Healer who does all the work anyway!
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