Kristin Prentiss Ott, M.D.

About (Short & Long Versions)

Short version:

UNDERGRAD – The University of Michigan, BA, English Literature

MEDICAL SCHOOL – Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, MD

RESIDENCY –  Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Obstetrics & Gynecology (1 year), Emergency Medicine (3 years)

I am an emergency medicine physician married to a trauma surgeon and two little people call me “Mama.” I started this blog with the dream of publishing a novel – please come along for the ride by “liking” this page on Facebook.

Longer version:

In 2002, these younger versions of Mickey and me, met in a seedy bar in my hometown (cue Bruce Springsteen).

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Our meeting defied the odds because Fremont is so tucked away in rural Michigan that meeting a handsome, eligible, feminist, future trauma surgeon in a dive-bar there was about as likely as “The Boss” showing up to sing background music for this bio.

We fell in love hard and fast and were married less than two years later. We started life together and it was both a fairy-tale and not. But we believed in us. We chose us. And God is good.

In 2009, we left the land of 8-months of snow and slush for the land of honky tonks (Nashville, TN). I started training in obstetrics & gynecology, but switched to emergency medicine after just a year. Hardest decision ever.

We added Kharis…and then Kai to our family (yes, I had two babies during residency!).

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AND THEN (finally) – after 10 years of marriage with with one/both of us in med school/residency – we were both DONE.

In July of 2013, we left the hills of Tennessee behind us and moved to Savannah, Georgia. I had developed a crush on the South in my formative years from watching movies like Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, and Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. In the weeks and months after moving here, I sometimes felt like I was in a movie – eyes wide as a neighbor walked her little dogs in her golf cart and we attended a home dinner party with servers in white gloves.  (See “10 Truths about Life in the South.”)

Our little neighborhood boasts one-lane roads framed by moss draped oaks. It hosts its own Fourth of July parade with golf carts and bikes decked out in red, white and blue. There are summer “flotillas” (jumping in downstream and floating in with the tide to a dock party).  Every Halloween, all of the the trick-or-treaters ride a hay-wagon house-to-house. This is Kharis – wearing twinkle wings – our first Halloween here…

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It all felt dusted with fairy dust until we went through what I call, “Our Church Break-up.” It was a hard time and I needed some serious “blog therapy” (see parts I-III). I started this website in February 2015, and committed to an average of a post a week for a year. In a matter of months, I had multiple pieces published on KevinMD.com and >250,000 page views. A year (and fifty-two posts) later, I was a better, thicker-skinned writer.

The truth is, I have always wanted to write fiction and I finally stopped dreaming about it and started “filling in the boxes,” (see 5 Pieces of Advice That Changed my Life). On May 1, 2017, I finished my first novel, The Wonders Wrought about Liza Barrow, a fifteen-year-old Savannah blueblood who secretly gives birth to a biracial child in 1945. Seventy years later, amidst the racial tension of the Baltimore riots and the Charleston church shooting, her 31-year-old granddaughter searches for her long-lost black uncle and tries to integrate her magnolia-white, traditional family – disrupting their southern comfort.

I have mapped a course to traditional publication and hope you’ll see The Wonders Wrought on shelves in 2018.  Keep up on this journey by “liking” my writer page on Facebook. (Please do…Each new like is a little piece of good news!) And I’ll keep blogging when inspiration strikes because “writing and relating are good medicine.”

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Photo credits:  Black and white photos, Kelli Boyd Photography