Balancing act

Alumni couple juggles medicine and family life.

By: Styliana Resvanis
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“It’s usually a frantic rush to get everything completed for the night before it all starts over again the next day.”
Dwelvin Simmons

UF human development specialist discusses work-life balance

A day in the life

  1. 4:30 a.m.

    Dwelvin wakes up and heads to the gym, then returns home to shower and feed Bruno (the dog) before leaving for work

  2. 6:15 a.m.

    Alisia begins getting ready, then wakes up Laila and Ilana and gets them dressed, makes their breakfast and packs their lunches

  3. 7 a.m.

    Dwelvin arrives at work and begins treating patients

  4. 7:30 a.m.

    Alisia leaves to drop the girls off at school

  5. 9 a.m.

    Alisia begins seeing patients in 20-minute appointments

  6. 12 p.m.

    Dwelvin takes a lunch break, during which time he often attends to committee meetings and physician phone calls

  7. 3 p.m.

    Alisia goes to the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays

  8. 3:30 p.m.

    School ends for Laila and Ilana and they participate in any after-school activities they may have until the nanny picks them up at 5 p.m.

  9. 5:30 p.m.

    Dwelvin and Alisia arrive home

  10. 6-8 p.m.

    Dinnertime, homework and family time

  11. 8:30 p.m.

    Parents put girls to sleep

  12. 10:30 p.m.

    Alisia and Dwelvin go to sleep

Photos by Rick Wilson

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