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Life and Work with Dr. Leah Brock-White

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Leah Brock-White.

Dr. Brock-White, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a native daughter of St. Louis, MO, but I moved to Atlanta, GA at the age of 11. I very much identify as a midwestern-southerner, lol, as both regions have greatly defined my foundation. I was raised by an amazing village comprised of my family as well as close family friends. I can’t ever remember a time believing I was not allowed to be smart/intelligent, an entrepreneur, a doctor or traveled because I was raised by and around people that were all of the above and more regardless of profession. In fact, I come from a long line of female business owners dating back to my great-great-grandmother. That said, the concepts of ownership, integrity and service have been ingrained since early childhood. I attended college in New Orleans, LA (Xavier University of Louisiana), and my husband and I lived there a total of 10 years: 5 years pre and 5 years post-Katrina. After having my son, I did the craziest thing ever: I applied to medical school, lol – AND GOT IN!. This brought me to Austin, TX in late 2011 and we’ve have been ever since. All that to say I have made it a point to take calculated risks in my life that typically seem absolutely absurd to most, but has served me relatively well, thus far.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Smooth… HA! No. Traversing family life and motherhood while being a full-time medical student was certainly a learning curve, in addition to concurrently owning and operating a growing business. Financial struggles, changes in social circles… I mean I’m quite introverted, so learning how to navigate comfort in the limelight has been one of my biggest challenges. Also, navigating psychic abilities during… well… life has always posed a few problems. Having knowledge to which most aren’t privy or aren’t ready for at the moment compounds the feelings of isolation and awkwardness. Many people tend to glamorize both medicine, psychic abilities and magick until they understand the responsibilities that lie within. What has helped offset this for me has been surrounding myself with people that don’t view me as a “thing” that does “things” – BOUNDARIES!

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
By credential, I am a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and by profession, I am a psychic-medium, educator, speaker, healer and advocate (pretty dynamic, lol). My brand/company is ChosenEyes and our mission is to empower through compassion. I thoroughly believe that magick is medicine and medicine is magick. What’s beautiful about this concept is that magic, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and can be found everywhere and in all things. I thoroughly believe in the importance of nurturing the whole person, ESPECIALLY the next generation! Imagination, intuition, playfulness and the need to daydream are usually viewed in a negative light in our society, when in fact, they are the sources of much inspiration and innovation. The next generation of healers has to begin seeing the interconnectivity of all things and the importance of connecting to self and humanity – even if those tactics are a bit “unorthodox”. This is why I am working to create a summer camp in the Austin metro area for spiritually gifted children and their families. The aim of the camp is to provide a safe space for children with spiritual gifts (i.e. psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, clairaudients, etc.) to develop their talents and learn how to navigate them in real-time settings (school, work, large crowds, etc.). The families as a whole will be given tips/guidance on how to be supportive of their loved ones.  I also speak publicly on topics including how women of color who are of the magickal/traditional arts are depicted in media, mental health as it pertains to spirituality and the links between spiritual/emotional and physical health.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
Don’t listen! There will ALWAYS be critics!

Integrity has always been one of my guiding principles so lead with that. Keep your dreams/moves on a need to know basis, and trust your feet on YOUR path. Never lose sight of your own moral compass, as it will keep you grounded when no one else will. Admittedly, this world isn’t one to always value integrity, and at times holding true to said can make life a bit more lonely and challenging. BUT! In the end, peace of mind is priceless, so if your mind and heart can rest peacefully at the end of the day – mission accomplished.

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katie cowden (pic of me teaching), Mary Jean Media (Public Speaking shot in pink shirt), yellowbird media (professional grade images)

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