My name is Thea, and I am a product designer turned medical doctor. I became tired of listening to myself talk, so I started this blog. Beyond a physician, I am also a wife, daughter, and sister. Sometimes I write about serious things, but most of the time, I don’t.

I’m a day-dreamer, wanderluster, running addict who is an introvert at heart. My bucket-list that is a million pages long, my zodiac sign is a pisces, and I was born in the year of the goat. If you think I write a lot of dot dot dots (“…”), that’s because I’m still thinking.

A Short Biography…

Thea L. Swenson, nee Theodora Lananh Tran, was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Denver, Colorado. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering: Product Design from Stanford University and received a Medical Degree from the University of Colorado. She is currently a resident physician at Vanderbilt University with interests in sports medicine.

Prior to medical school, she spent several years working in product design for health tech companies. Frustrated by the way our healthcare system functions (or doesn’t function), she went to medical hoping she could use her product design background to build a better healthcare system.

The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs

Pisces: generally more laid back and agreeable than their other water counterparts. All water signs, though, are known for having strong feelings and occasionally being “wishy-washy.”

  • Empathetic
  • Romantic
  • Impressionable
  • Imaginative
  • Creative
  • Generous

Born in the year of the Sheep/Goat: loving and selfless, always thinking for others, even if it works against their own interest

What’s on my blog…

My Latest Posts

Chickpea Blondies

These flourless, gluten, and healthy blondies taste just like a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. Chickpeas were all the rage back in 2012. Personally, I think anything vegan, gluten free, and healthy is timeless. I adapted this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen. Prep time: 5min Cook time: 20 min Ingredients 1 can chickpeas or garbanzo beans […]

Butternut Squash Pasta

Easy, wholesome, and healthy. This recipe was adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod. Ingredients 1 medium butternut squash 1 1/2 cups water or chicken broth 8 sage leaves 12 ounces of pasta (I use chickpea Banza pasta) 1 tbsp olive oil 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced 1/4 freshly […]

My Experiences with The COVID Shot

As a physiatrist, I see firsthand how COVID19 affects functional status and quality of life-this can be significant, even in patients who are young, healthy, and survive. Initially, I was hesitant. But after my own extensive research, I realized that the unknown, potential risks of a new mRNA vaccine are more acceptable to me than […]


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