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Your Turn: Doug Freel

Doug Freel
Posted: Mar. 13, 2017 8:55 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a doctor. I loved my pediatrician and always wanted to be just like him. When I was 4 years old, I was given a doctor kit for Christmas and was amazed how much better I could make people feel.

What would you rather be doing right now? Bird watching on a tropical island.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I met my wife on

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Becoming board certified by both the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics.

It really stinks when ... there is poor communication.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Empathy.

I always laugh when ... I'm with my wife.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus (because) I have lots of questions; Mary Tyler Moore, my childhood crush; and Sandra Bullock, to complete the table of grace and style.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... enjoy a glass a wine with my beautiful bride.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... dedicated, driven. Talented musician (trombone).

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Debbie Reynolds. We have an "arm in arm" picture together from a few years ago while at the TCM film festival in Hollywood. A remarkable woman.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... see my children and grandchildren.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... stop working. I love what I do.

America should be more concerned about ... survival. Planning for the future. Not many of us are prepared for impending disaster -- financial, natural or otherwise.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... purified water. "Be Prepared," the Boy Scout motto.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... news feeds. I like to stay informed of local, national and world events.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? If you pursue success, you will always be chasing it. But if you pursue excellence, success will follow. From a lecturer (unknown) in medical school.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... light jazz, classical, electronica, classic vinyl or NPR.

I always get sentimental when ... I see pictures of our kids and grandkids.

The older I get, the more I realize ... I am at the mercy of my genetics and Big Pharma.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... never trust a handshake agreement.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a Tommy Bahama robe, a gift from my wife. Leisure time.

If I've learned anything at all ... Raise the performance bar. And when you get there, raise it again. Repeat.


Doug Freel, 62, is a podiatric physician and surgeon. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., and enlisted at age 17 in the Navy as a hospital corpsman. Freel's love of the medical field inspired his decision to become a podiatrist. Freel is married to Reggie and has two children, Nicole and Josh, and two grandchildren, Jonah and Olive.

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