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Christian Doctor’s Digest – September 2018

In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens interviews Dr. Stan Haegert about burnout prevention for healthcare professionals. Then he’s joined by Joni Eareckson Tada, the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends.

Meet Our Guests

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada

Individual Interview Location: 26:10

Joni & Friends Update

Joni Eareckson Tada, the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to provide Christ-centered ministry to special-needs families, as well as training for churches. Joni and Friends serves thousands of special-needs families through Family Retreats and has delivered more than 170,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to needy individuals with disabilities in developing nations. Joni survived stage III breast cancer in 2010, yet keeps a very active schedule. Her newest book, A Spectacle of Glory, won best devotional book in the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s 2017 Christian Book Awards, and it contains fresh biblical insights from her battle with chronic pain. Joni is General Editor of Tyndale’s Beyond Suffering Bible, a special edition published for those who suffer chronic conditions and their caregivers. She and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California. You can learn more about Joni’s ministry at, or you can write her at

Stan Haegert, MD, MPH

Individual Interview Location: 26:44

Stan lives in Norton Shores, Michigan with his wife Deb and their yellow lab Misty. They have two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandsons. After Stan’s medical training, the Haegerts served as medical missionaries in The Gambia, West Africa, over a 13-year period. Stan’s experience of burnout, recovery and return to the mission field has given him a passion to help others learn to care for themselves while serving others. In addition to practicing family medicine in Grand Haven, Michigan, he enjoys frequent opportunities to preach in their local church and teach about wellness to healthcare personnel, missionaries and other groups. When not playing guitar, he is usually looking for a good game of chess. Stan and Deb maintain a website ( which has helpful materials on burnout and links to member care sites.