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Life & Work with Christina Vivit

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Vivit.

Hi Christina, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a proud woman of color who was born from brave, loving parents who immigrated from the Philippines to the US.

Creating a shift from the hustle and scarcity mindset to learning how to live from a place of sustainability, abundance, and alignment has been and will continue to be integral to my journey.

I went from rethinking my career as a physical therapist to finding joy in STILL being a physical therapist but putting me and my humanness first. Yes, we can indeed still be happy and thrive as healthcare workers.

Today, I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Professional Coach, community health researcher, and podcast host of BIPOC Rising and HUMAN. Yes, humanness and professionalism CAN co-exist. Don’t get it twisted.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being a daughter of immigrants, it was always “don’t rock the boat”, “you should be grateful”, or “don’t ask too many questions.” Acknowledging what my parents and ancestors went through to create better for themselves and future generations, I am grateful for the numerous sacrifices made for myself and my siblings – even before we existed. However, the unlearning and relearning of what it means to live with gratitude while being your own best advocate has been something that I’ve been trying to carry with me. And this doesn’t always feel like a smooth road, but it sure is a beautiful and worthy one.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a physical therapist and Certified Dementia Practitioner, it is my pleasure and joy to support patients in various settings: sub-acute, geriatrics, and pelvic health. Education is at the foundation when it comes to empowering my patients to establish greater ownership of their health and outcomes – if we don’t know why, then why would we do it?! Addressing health literacy as a barrier to effective patient management and better outcomes is CENTRAL to how I practice and collaborate with my patients.

As a life coach, I help BIPOC healthcare professionals work less and earn more. Yep, clearly we are so over the problematic stereotype “Ohh X (insert ethnicity here) people make such good workers.”  This is TAINTED with layers of how colonization and institutionalized racism affect the way we work.

As people of color, being of service or assimilating into the majority during childhood, adulthood, etc. can show up in the ways we work and serve.

BUT we all know this can also lead to being overworked and underpaid.

And this is one of the many reasons as to why I help BIPOC healthcare professionals work less and earn more.

Together, I help my coaching clients 1) assess their current situation (A) 2) get a clear idea of what “better” looks and feels like to them (B) through the process of identifying unmet needs and barriers 3) co-create strategy and tangible steps to get from their A to B.

With patientcare and coaching, it is a joy to witness the transformation in initially seeking change to being the change you want for yourself.

I am also a public health researcher focused on immigrant health and wellness. I’ve had the opportunity to present at numerous conferences including the American Public Health Annual Meeting in 2019 and 2021 with my research team within Vitendo4Africa, a non-profit built on empowered, stronger, healthier immigrant individuals and families.

My podcast, BIPOC Rising, started because I believe that excellence is built on learning FROM each other and seeing a living manifestation of our dreams IN each other. Learning from each other and changing the narrative when it comes to financial literacy, beauty standards, business ownership, and more are part of what we share within the BIPOC Rising community.

And lastly, humanness. This is where I acknowledge that I can function as a professional AND a human. Thus, being tired and feeling like I need to step away from things for a bit are PART of the journey – not because I don’t like what I’m doing but because we are built as humans not machines or facilitators to make everyone else’s life easier but our own. Oh, that’s deep; yep, colonialism at its finest.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
If you are someone that has a hard time asking for help, I’ve definitely been there too (and still find myself going in and out of this at times). However, I’ve learned that support is EVERYTHING. Nothing good comes solo. Leaning into receiving support has been everything when it comes to keeping myself well and staying on track with living out the best version of me – personally and professionally. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need it!

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