Birth of a Career

Birth of a Career

Being part of Families in the Loop has lots of perks. At the top of the list is the incredible group of Chicago professionals and business owners I’ve come to know over the past year. Each day they’re hard at work, achieving excellence in their industries and inspiring dreamy entrepreneurs like me to keep going.  So this month I’m dedicating the Families in the Loop blog to these Chicago superstars. And since it’s the month of love, I’ve added a twist. I have asked these experts to share how love has factored into their career choice. Was it love at first sight? How about a breakup? Find out here, all throughout the month of February. Parents, it’s time to recharge our career batteries with FITL’s “Live It - Love It” career series.

Birth of a Career 

~By Dayna Salasche, M.D. Northwestern Specialists for Women

I was never one to fall for the bad boy, but when I first met obstetrics and gynecology (let’s call it OB/GYN for short), I was a goner.

I was a third-year medical student just starting my clinical rotations.  OB/GYN was the tough one everyone was warned about, but it was love at first sight for me.  You could say love blinded me — I didn’t see the late nights, long hours, and emotional challenges that were in store.  I saw only an amazing life of caring for women and helping to bring healthy babies into the world.

As in all good-girl/bad-boy relationships, I was told to keep away — by those already in the field and those who were close to me.  But I knew OB/GYN was the only place for me.

Sometimes I come home after working a 24-hour shift and wonder if we are going to make it another day.  Then I wake up the next morning and remember all of the things I love about what I do and all of the incredible experiences I have had and that are still to come.  Through the years, there have been times when I wanted to leave OB/GYN altogether, but the fates have won out.  We were meant to be.

I am truly happy and at my best when I am operating, seeing patients in the office, and delivering babies, even at 3 in the morning.  Yes, my husband and children have to share me with OB/GYN, but I am the wife and mother they love because of the other relationship in my life.  I can only hope that when my boys are old enough to choose a career, they fall half as in love with their vocation as I am with OB/GYN.

More about Dayna Salasche, M.D.

Dr. Dayna Salasche has been practicing as an ob/gyn in Chicago for the past 10 years. She is one of the founding physicians of The Northwestern Specialists for Women (, a state of the art site focused on nurturing, educating and delivering care to women. In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists, she is also on staff at Prentice Women’s Hospital and a clinical instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s affiliate medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Salasche is an avid runner and loves to travel to new places. Above all else, she treasures quality time with her husband and 2 young sons in her home town - Chicago!

* We got the cute stethoscope pic here!

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