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Meet Dr. Meuler
David Meuler, MD, is a pediatrician at North Shore Pediatrics. Get to know a little more about him as he answers our "5 Questions."
1. What made you want to become a pediatrician?
While I enjoyed many different specialties within the field of medicine, I found that I had a passion for pediatrics. It is a joy and honor to work with children and to try to have a positive impact in their lives. And how exciting for me! Just listen to children – they say and ask the most wonderful things! Many of their questions never appeared on any exam I’m ever taken, but they sure are enjoyable, and it sure is exciting trying to answer them.
2. What would you be doing if you weren't a doctor?
I would like to say I would be playing centerfield for the Milwaukee Brewers, but I hear that can be a difficult job to get. For many years growing up, I had aspirations of going to law school. I also thought about being a teacher, one of my favorite summer jobs as a young adult was teaching algebra. Or, perhaps, I would try being a stay-at-home dad. Let's just say I am quite happy with my job as a pediatrician!
3. What's the one thing you’d most like to tell parents about keeping their children healthy?
I think the most important thing to remember is that children are very observant and it is so important to practice healthy habits yourself! Many of the things we want our children to learn – eating healthy food, exercising regularly, healthy sleep habits – are things that are not necessarily difficult to know, but can be difficult to do consistently. Be a positive role model for your children!
4. Who's the most famous person you've ever met?
As a lifetime Wisconsinite, I am proud to have met (or at least have shaken hands with at some point) some people well known in Wisconsin – Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Herb Kohl, Scott Walker, Hank Aaron, Bucky Badger, Tom Barrett, Bo Ryan. While I wish I had an anecdote about how I helped encourage Molitor's 39-game hitting streak or gave Coach Ryan some insight on how to make it to back-to-back Final Fours, I will have to settle for I shook their hand at some point.
5. Who's your favorite movie or TV doctor?
One of my favorite TV shows when I was younger was ER. I’d like to think George Clooney (Dr. Doug Ross) and I have something in common – he pretends to be a pediatrician, and I pretend to be a good-looking man who makes several dramatic rescues every day at work.
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