Episode 41: Life Scan Learning Lab Edition | FCSN President Bryan Frieders

In episode 41, co-host Todd LeDuc and I interview President Bryan Frieders of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Bryan is the retired Fire Chief of the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department. He is a well-known speaker on the topic of firefighter health and safety, leadership, and cancer risk reduction.¬† If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, Bryan wants you to call or …

Episode 37: Dr. Donnie Hutchinson | All or Nothing

In episode 37 of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson discusses our All or Nothing culture and how it is not helpful to our self-care.¬† Listen as he shares some best practices of law enforcement officers and firefighters.¬† It’s all about the trendline and whether it is going up or down.¬† No, not just over the past week or two, …

Episode 35: Dr. Donnie Hutchinson | Personal Accountability

In episode 35 of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson discusses the need for personal accountability regarding work-life balance and self-care.¬† I witness personal accountability demonstrated on the job all the time.¬† However, do we have the same drive for our personal health and family relationships?¬† Or do we blame others, the system, genetics, or anything in between for not …

Episode 33: Chief Todd LeDuc, Ret. – Life Scan Wellness Centers | Podcast Partnering

Episode 33 brings an exciting announcement.¬† Chief Todd LeDuc, Ret. serves as Life Scan Wellness Centers (LSWC) Chief Strategy Officer.¬† Chief Todd and Dr. Donnie are combining efforts to bring you a second podcast each week.¬† The new joint podcast will air on Thursdays on the Get Balanced Podcast with Dr. Donnie.¬† Todd and Donnie will co-host the show.¬† Dr. …

Episode 30: Dr. Donnie Hutchinson | Windows of Time

In episode 30 of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson looking through the lenses of Windows of Time.¬† What ought you do now that you might not be able to do in the near future?¬† ¬†For me, attend my daughters’ track meets because it is the last season for Gabriella and Hannah has just one more after this one.¬† Is …

Episode 25: Dr. Donnie Hutchinson | Supportive Action vs Direct Action

In episode 25 of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson discusses the differences between supportive and direct action.¬† Knowledge is powerful only when joined with execution.¬† Listen as he discusses how and why it is important to move from taking supportive or preparatory action steps to jumping in and taking the actual action steps.¬† An expression of gratitude is given …

Episode 24: Michael Sugrue | Smash The Stigma

In episode 24, Michael Sugrue discusses what he learned through his recovery process on The Get Balanced Podcast with Dr. Donnie.¬† Michael learned to put first things first.¬† Take care of your family and health because without that you don’t have anything.¬† Michael is a loving father, law enforcement leader, and military veteran who speaks throughout the country about smashing …

Episode 14: Brandon Dreiman | Alcohol Use Disorder – Recovered

In episode 14, I have a serious, yet uplifting discussion with firefighter and EMT-P, Brandon Dreiman of Local 416.¬† In 2012, after many years of numerous trauma experiences that began at age 16, Brandon was surprised by a random drug and alcohol screening.¬† He blew positive.¬† He received a suspension.¬† It opened his eyes after years of abuse.¬† I learned …