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Feb 16, 2021

This week on 5.6.7.EIGHT, Aleksandra interviews Dr. Linda Bluestein, M.D., Founder at both Hypermobility MD and the Bendy Bodies Podcast. As a former ballet performer and instructor, Dr. Bluestein has a special interest in treating flexibility since athletes and artists are at increased risk of hypermobility disorders. Dr. Bluestein’s unique approach to evaluation and treatment enables patients to have less pain and be more accurately diagnosed. On top of practicing medicine, Dr. Bluestein is also an international speaker and podcaster on the forefront of research on pain, hypermobility and dance medicine. 

Linda’s passion for treating hypermobility disorders is abundantly clear on the podcast, as she gives listeners a primer on why proper treatment for these ailments is important. However, Linda also shares some invaluable life wisdom on remaining flexible with the twists and turns that life throws your way. Linda, who never dreamed of doing what she’s doing today, knows that, as opportunities arise and doors close, it’s important to stay positive and go with the flow.


Moving Quotes:

"My goal is to keep reinventing myself so that I can keep doing things that are useful, for as long as possible."

"One of the biggest things I learned in my journey is that, sometimes, some of the worst things that happen to us turn out to be for the best."

"I decided it would be selfish to keep my knowledge to myself. I should help other people."

"I'm generally a pretty risk averse person so I'm not going to lie — starting my own business has been challenging. It's often hard to know which path is the right one to take."

"I want to help as many people as I can, function as well as they can."

"Every part of a person's medical plan should be directed at a level that is necessary."


Bullet Points (w/ timestamps) - Highlighting key topics discussed:

3:39: Linda describes her company — Hypermobility MD — and how the company is a culmination of her life’s passions and her past work experiences.

8:11: Linda discusses hypermobility, including its symptoms and causes, and briefly shares about her podcast, which is aimed at informing physicians on hypermobility.

11:22: Bluestein describes in further detail her podcast work and how her most recent podcast came to be.

13:59: Bluestein describes her journey as an entrepreneur and how she had to push through her natural aversion to risk to accomplish her goals. 

17:19: Linda shares how her current work was definitely not her career “Plan A” (or Plan B or Plan C) but that she’s grateful for the “negative experiences” that got her where she is today.

21:00: Linda gives some advice on letting go of lapsed opportunities in order to seize new opportunities as they arise.

25:07: Bluestein discusses her love for knowledge-sharing and what she’s always looking to accomplish through her teaching work.

30:02: Linda looks into the future and describes some upcoming plans for her work in hypermobility and for her podcasts.


Bullet List of Resources – 

Linda Bluestein


Hypermobility MD

Bendy Bodies Podcast