Steal her secrets series: Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital doctor answers 25 career questions

Credit: Lisa Lowery

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Her suit fits just right, she knows everyone in the room and you can just tell she’s got it going on!  You wish you could be her or simply wish you knew her secret to success.  WOTV 4 Women wants to give you a deeper look at the many power women who are helping make West Michigan a thriving place for women at work.  We’re having them dish the details on everything from work life to home life and what has led to their career success.

25 Questions with Lisa Lowery M.D./MPH

Meet Dr. Lisa Lowery of the Spectrum Health Medical Group.  She’s the Division Chief of Pediatric Specialties at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.   Her desire to work with young people led her to complete a subspecialty research fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. This busy career woman knows a thing or two about balance!  Read on to see why chose Dr. Lisa Lowery as our power woman of the week!

Question 1: Describe your job and why you love it.

I provide care to adolescents and young adults, often marginalized and not an attractive population. Despite their challenges, it can be very rewarding.

Question 2: Dig through your purse and tell us three must have items you found and 1 item you were surprised to find.

Outside of the mandatory ID & keys.. lipstick, gum, Ibuprofen and surprised to find a small toy that I meant to give my niece a few weeks ago.

Question 3: When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?


Question 4: What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t fill my evenings up with meetings, make sure I keep time for my family. (this advice was given to me by Dr. Shatz who was my boss at the time)

Question 5: What’s the job you’ve had (in your lifetime) that still gives you nightmares?

I don’t think I have had a job that gave me nightmares. I did worry and sometimes have rough times during medical school.

Question 6: What’s the best thing you’ve done to advance your career?

Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Johns Hopkins.

Question 7: Flats or heels?


Question 8: Crying at work? Okay or not okay?

I don’t do it. But I am okay if you do it.

Question 9: Work/life balance? How do you make it work? What time do you “clock out”?

It is important. My husband and I try to have dinner with each other. I try to keep an eye on how full my plate is, clocking out varies but I keep boundaries, i.e. I limit my access to work emails on the weekends.

Question 10: Eating lunch at your desk? A do or a don’t?

I do it, but I like to multitask over lunch.

Question 11: What makes you grateful?

My husband, family, friends. It may sound corny, but they are my rock.

Question 12: What was your biggest blunder in a job interview? What did it teach you?

Wow, it’s been so long since I have interviewed for a job, I remember tripping at one, but I can’t think of a blunder.

Question 13: Describe your morning routine.

Get up, read daily bread, shower etc.

Question 14: Proudest career moment to date.

I have two. When my staff nominated me for a phenomenal woman award and when I was asked to step into my current role.

Question 15: What’s the most important thing in your life right now?

My husband and my family.

Question 16: What time did you wake up today?

5:30 a.m.

Question 17: What’s the first thing you notice when you meet someone?

Do they seem like they want to be there?

Question 18: What are you reading right now?

Expand Your Borders by David Livermore.

Question 19: In a typical day how many emails do you answer?

40 at least.

Question 20: What’s your favorite TV show?

Law & Order.

Question 21: What’s your favorite spot for a meeting in West Michigan?

Work- 616 at the J.W.     Friends/social- Peppinos

Question 22: What’s your favorite app?


Question 23: What experience in life made you the most nervous?

Wow…taking Board for Medicine.

Question 24: What’s one question you always ask in an interview?

New changes the company is expecting to go or have gone through.

Question 25: What’s the best part of your job?

Working the adolescents- their AH-HA moment(if they get one)!

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