Four the Love of the Hive

September 14-17, 2017 | Dallas, TX

Each year, the members of the Lives of Doctors’ Wives are invited for a weekend of fun, fellowship and learning in Dallas, TX. The LDWGTG weekend is an opportunity for members of the Hive to mingle & network with one another in real life! It’s a chance to meet up with all the wonderful women in every stage of training and #itgetsbetter who truly understand what your life is like. We can’t wait to see you there!

Who: Members of the Lives of Doctors’ Wives Facebook group

When: September 14-17, 2017

Where: Dallas, TX

3-6PM | Reception and welcome

Pick up name badges, goodie bags, and meet your new roomie!

Location: Galleria I

6-7:30 PM | Welcome

Find out what GTG is all about! This is where we’ll get the chance to get to know each other ‘offline’. Come prepared to chat and play icebreaker games. Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone yet – by the end of the weekend, you’ll have lots of new friends!

Suggested dress: Dressy casual

Location: Galleria I

8-10PM Dinner  |  Sponsored by Renaissance Financial

Head out for an evening of “the best Southwest” at the Blue Mesa restaurant. We will be going off site for a dinner provided by Renaissance Financial.

Location: Blue Mesa, 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison TX 75254


Suggested dress daytime events: Business casual

7:30-9 AM  | Continental Breakfast

Attendees are encouraged to join other LDWs for breakfast before the official festivities of the day begin.

Location: Galleria I

9-10:30AM  |  Physician Finance: A Strong Foundation for Long-Term Planning

Ashley M. Hall and Robb Pantano

Renaissance Financial

The career of a physician requires a vast investment of time which can make finding time for important financial decisions difficult. As years go on, you encounter new financial responsibilities and possibilities around every turn. The spouse often takes on this burden and can be overwhelmed with the endless conflicting advice available. We hear advice from every direction about how to manage your money, but what should you believe?  Where should you even begin? In this exchange, we will cover the necessary foundational pieces of financial planning, insurance, and how you can protect your future through debunking money management myths.

Ashley Hall has a true connection with spouses of physicians because she is one herself.  Advising other medical families across the nation is her area of expertise, including a focus on physician disability insurance and access to all the true own-occupation carriers. She uses both her professional knowledge and personal experiences to understand the world of her clients to help them build their wealth and protect their futures. Ashley believes education is the foundation of her relationships with clients and would be happy to arrange an engagement with your practice or department if desired.  

Robb Pantano comes to us as a Financial Advisor and shareholder of Renaissance Financial, and is also a voting member of the RFC Investment Committee. He has ties to Texas as graduate of Texas A&M University as well as doing business in the Dallas and surrounding areas. Robb is a leading Advisor within his firm and broker-dealer nationally.

Renaissance Financial is an independent firm with clients across the nation headquartered in St. Louis, MO with offices in Omaha, NE, Kansas City, MO and soon to open in 2018: Scottsdale, AZ. As Financial Advisors, Ashley and Robb assist with all matters from investments, retirement and college planning, and insurances for individuals, as well as strategies for groups including building company benefit and retirement packages.

Location: Galleria III

10AM-12PM  | Turn Your Dreams Into Reality: Everything You Need to Know about Physician Loans

Mark Zimmer

Midland States Bank

Join Mark Zimmer as he describes what physician loans are and how they can make your dreams a reality. Physician loans are a loan product specifically designed with the medical student, resident, fellow, and physician in mind. Come learn about the different ways Mark uses physician loans to help those in the medical profession purchase their first home or upgrade to their forever home.

Mark Zimmer has been providing mortgage loans for qualified Physicians all over the United States for the past 8 years. He has been originating mortgages since 2005 and helped develop an exclusive Physician loan product at Midland States Bank allowing Physicians to have the option to purchase a new home with little to NO money down. Although he resides in St Louis MO, he can originate these specialized Physician loans in 49 states making this loan convenient to Physicians all over the US wishing to purchase a new home or even wanting to refinance their current mortgage. With Mark’s many years of experience combined with his local in-house processing, underwriting and closing team, he will ensure a “hassle free” loan experience that separates him from the competition.

Location: Galleria III

12-1PM | Lunch

Location: Galleria I

1:30-3PM | Plan & Protect: Find Peace of Mind with Asset Protection, Estate Planning, and Contract Review

Randy Larson

Larson Law Firm & MD Wealth Partner

How can I provide for my children through an estate plan? How do I protect our assets from any potential lawsuits? How do I appoint guardianship for my kids? Should I have a trust in place, if so what kind? We’ll address the common questions we’ve received from clients in residency all the way to clients getting ready for retirement.

Randy Larson strives to be a “one-stop-shop” trusted resource for his clients. Randy specializes in providing comprehensive financial planning, asset protection, and legal services to physicians and dentists that enable them to make informed financial decisions. He holds his Series 7 and Series 66 registrations. In addition to being a co-founder of MDWealthPartner, Randy is the founder of “The Larson Law Firm, LLC,” practicing in the areas of estate planning, business law, and asset protection for physicians and dentists. He is a Certified Financial Planner® as well as a Missouri-licensed attorney. Randy completed his Juris Doctris at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. While he was in school, Randy was a member of Washington University’s Global Studies Law Review. He also earned his LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University. Prior to law school, Randy received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Communication Studies and his Master of Arts in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics with honors.

Location: Galleria III

3-5PM  | Wise Wives panel

Get all of your questions answered by wives who have been through it. LDW members Cristin Bock, Lauren Richardson, Mandy Silveira, and Kyndal Fairless will answer questions about anything and everything related to surviving the medical marriage. This event is always one of our most popular sessions, so you don’t want to miss it!

Location: Galleria I

5:30-6:30PM  | Dinner

Location: Galleria I

6:30-7:30PM | Get your craft on!

Get together with your Hive friends to do something crafty! Details TBA.

Location: Galleria I

8-9PM | Just Dance! with Kelly Baldwin

We’re going to learn some awesome new moves to get us ready to party!

Location: Galleria I

8-11:00PM  |  Party like a Pop Star dance party!

Dress up as your favorite solo artist or get together with friends to dress up as a group. There will be a DJ for dancing and karaoke, because we all know that “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”!

Suggested Dress: Costumes encouraged (and rewarded)! Pull out your 80s neon spandex, your KISS face paint, or your Sporty Spice track pants to dance the night away!

Location: Galleria III

11:00PM-?  |  Late Night Mingle

Stay up late and buzz around with whichever night owls are still awake!


Suggested dress daytime events: Casual. Consider wearing your GTG shirt!

7:30-9AM  |  Continental Breakfast

Attendees are encouraged to join other LDWs for breakfast before the official festivities of the day begin.

Location: Galleria I

9-10:00AM |  Sex and Desire in Medical Relationships

Celeste Holbrook, PhD

Celeste Holbrook is a sexual health educator who has a knack for facilitating discussions about sensitive sexual health topics and helping partners communicate more openly about intimacy. In 2004, she began a teaching career in higher education which led to her interest in sexuality. She feels blessed to have spent the last five years traveling the U.S. and Puerto Rico teaching women about healthy intimacy and sexuality. She now lives in Fort Worth, TX with her handsome husband, wild and cherished twin girls and her sweet dog, Norah.

Location: Galleria III

10:30AM-12  |  Real Estate Investing, Go Big or Go Home: Why Multifamily Makes Sense!

Veena Jetti and Sapan Talati

Enzo Multifamily

Join Enzo Multifamily as they discuss the basics of real estate investing and creating passive income. Learn what to look for, why we like multifamily investing, and how to create passive income!

Veena Jetti, Principal and Partner of Enzo Companies, has 10+ years of real estate experience including overseeing management of $1 billion+ in real estate assets. Her expertise includes driving corporate growth strategy, asset management, and business development derived from working for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Her background includes negotiating multimillion dollar lease contracts, client relations, and corporate management training. She is often a panelist and speaker at various global conferences and radio shows. Her previous employers include Tishman Speyer, Smith Barney, and Wachovia. Veena is also a founder and on the Board of Directors of a national non-profit organization.

Sapan Talati, Principal and Partner of Enzo Companies, with 10+ years of real estate experience has a multitude of senior and executive level asset management, acquisitions and dispositions, business development and strategy experience. His experience stems from management consulting in strategy where he championed two international brands valued over $1 billion into the U.S.; lead post-merger operations strategy planning for a top 5 U.S. bank by assets; modeled and executed $50+ million in equity into commercial development projects in India. Sapan is a guest lecturer at UCSD’s Rady school of business on strategy and innovation. He has a degree in Finance from Villanova University and an MBA from the Rady School of Business at UCSD.

Location: Galleria III

12-1PM  |  Lunch

Location: Galleria I

1-2PM  |  Self Defense/Krav Maga Workshop

Mike Coffin

Crucible Krav Maga

Krav Maga translated from Hebrew into English, as ‘Contact Combat’ was initially developed as an unarmed combat system by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) due to its no-nonsense approach. Krav Maga is a unique and logical contact combat system of self-defense, fighting skills and defensive tactics. There are no traditional or sporting elements in Krav Maga with all of its training methods being based on the adaptation of instinctive response through principal based learning, resulting in skills that become practical in a short space of time and useful under stressful conditions. Elevating the trainee’s capabilities on the physical, mental, technical and tactical levels, Krav Maga – contact combat is suitable for all, as each person, with the guidance of a certified instructor can reach their own goals and fulfill their needs.

Dress code: Whatever is comfortable, as long as it isn’t too tight.

Location: Galleria III

2:30-4PM  |  Become Your Own Boss: Entrepreneur Panel

Join Brita DeStefano, Kyung Kay Lee, Megan Henderson, and Kelsey Maggio as they participate in a Q&A session on entrepreneurship, running a business, and the best way to brand and market your venture.

Location: Galleria I

4-6:30PM |  Business Night

This is your chance to buy from many of our amazing members. We will have a full list of vendors available closer to the date, but come prepared to get some holiday shopping done and pamper yourself a little too!

Location: Hotel Rooms (List provided at GTG)

7-10PM  |  Dinner and Closing

Put on your best for this formal dinner and wrap up event. Learn about how the Foundation is impacting our members. Hear the results of the silent auction and our final giveaways.  There will be after parties in and out of the house.

Dress code: Cocktail attire

Location: Galleria I

Early Bird | March 10-April 30

Attending/Private Practice Wives | $140

Training Wives | $75

Everyone that has paid in full by May 31st will be entered into a drawing to win free registration.

Standard Registration | May 1-July 31

Attending/Private Practice Wives | $165

Training Wives | $100



Everyone that has paid in full by July 31st will be entered into a drawing to win half off registration.

Late Registration | August 1-31st

Attending/Private Practice Wives | $200

Training Wives | $120



Everyone must be paid in full by August 31st

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

North Dallas at Preston

6055 LBJ Freeway

Dallas, TX 75240

Phone: 972-404-4500[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1492201901536{padding-top: 80px !important;}”]Special room rates are available for 9/14 – 9/ 17.  Log into the registered members section for more details.

Standard Queen |  $89

Standard King  |  $89

Double Suite  |  $129

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact us at gtgsponsors@doctorswives.org.

Kelly Baldwin, LLR Kelly Baldwin

Summer Beck

Janie Branscomb,  Sierra West Jewlery

Janie Branscomb

Shelley Buch, KEEP Collective

Veronica Chavez, with love, veronica

Mindee Chidester, Maskcara with Mindee

Krystal Chun, Scentsy

Karen Coleman

Christine  Coy, Beautycounter by Christine Coy

Britani DeFoe

Jayme Durkee, A Low Maintenance Life

Kyndal  Fairless, Makeup with Kyndal

Aimee Finch, Texas Tannins

Aimee Finch, AdvoByAimee

Whitney Gates, Whitney Loves Wine via ONEHOPE Wine

Whitney Gates

Meghan Gee, Shop Stevie with Meghan

Beth Geisinger, Farm Fresh Toys

Meghan Girard, Meghan Girard – Independent Consultant

Rose Graham

Amy Gregory

Megan Hansell Henderson, My Fragrant Full House – MojiLife with Megan Henderson

Renee Heyer Starrett, Pottery by Renee Heyer Starrett

Jen Hlivko

Ashley Hogue, Plunder Design Jewelry

Holly Hsu, Holly’s Teddy Shop

Sadia Hussain, House of Sadia

Bethany Kelley, Worker Bee Wood

Suzanne Lambert, South Tyler Dermatology

Erika Johnson & Leanne Lujan, HoneyGlam Ink

Kyung Lee, Design by KLee

Felicia Leung

Natalie Lukens

Kelsey Maggio

Jolene Miller, Clean Kisses with Jolene

Melisa Mons, A Smile That Lasts

Cynthia Nelson, Medical Studies Abroad

Jacquelyn  Oberman

Elaine Pahilan

Marie Perry, Llittle Llamas Handmade LLC

Rikki Puckett, j and porter home

Lauren Richardson

Ashley Rodenkirch, Jamberry Independent Consultant

Jolene Ruckman

Ashley Rudd, Second Story to the Right

Emily Scanlon

Kristy Scott

Trista  Shah, Trista Shah with Trades of Hope

Heather Snyder, Crocheting Mom

Ammie Spears

Jennifer Stickles, Perfectly Pouty

Jennifer Stickles, Southern Wooden Goods

Alina Stone, The Pink Penguin Shop

Rachel Tate, The Perfect Pout Sisters

Melissa Teng Towle, Oliver’s Labels by Melissa

Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas, Liz Thomas Independent Norwex consultant

Autumn Tiller, Autumn Tiller’s Chloe & Isabel Boutique

Maggie Tiong

Julie Tolhurst

Kristin Trejo, Paparazzi Accessories

Deni Troxclair, Beautycounter by Deni Troxclair

Clara Tsai

Sandra Zeigler