"Powerful Conversation" is a series of public service films being produced by Dr. Doug Lakin of Paradise Medical Clinic PC \ and Rees Candee of Candee Productions, Inc. The recording was recorded January 26th, 2016 with an audience at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Conference Center.
Dr. Ahmad was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to the United States at the age of 10. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, she was recognized as a Siemens-Westinghouse Finalist as a junior in high school. While attending Stony Brook University, she majored in Anthropology and spent a summer abroad in Tanzania, where she conducted her studies in the local Swahili language and focused on social and medical challenges associated with HIV/AIDS. After graduating cum laude, she completed her medical education at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was a member of the Psi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society and graduated with the highest honors. During her fourth year, she completed a practical rotation at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists under the mentorship of Dr. Halepota. She moved to Los Angeles to complete her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Southern California. Under the mentorship of renowned Dr. David Quinn, she worked on a variety of oncology-related research projects and cemented her desire to pursue Oncology and Hematology as a career. She followed her Internal Medicine residency by graduating at the top of her fellowship class, specializing in Hematology and Oncology at the Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish health system in New York.
Her career came full circle when she returned to Arizona to join Palo Verde Cancer Specialists. She is deeply passionate about her field and prides herself on providing an unparalleled level of patient care. Dr. Ahmad speaks fluent Urdu/Hindi and enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Born in Michigan, but raised in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley area, Dr. Lakin earned his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University in 1983. Graduating first in his class of 6,000 as a Philosophy major in the Honor’s Program, he was the recipient of the Mouer Award for outstanding scholarship. He was the first person in the history of ASU to earn a coveted spot at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, entering in the fall of 1983.
Originally intending to become a medical research scientist, Dr. Lakin developed a greater interest in patient care. Inspired by his father, Dr. Mervyn Lakin and Sir William Osler, the founder of modern internal medicine and first Chief of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he focused on clinical medicine.
After completing his medical school training from Hopkins in 1987, Dr. Lakin performed his Internship and Residency in Internal medicine at the University of Iowa’s Hospitals and Clinics, among the premier Internal Medicine programs in the country. Dr. Lakin excelled to the highest levels of clinical scholarship, achieving among the highest scores in the country on his Internal Medicine Board Examinations.
With his training complete, Dr. Lakin joined his father in practice in 1990. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Lakin senior retired. Dr. Douglas Lakin continues his practice in the tradition of his excellent training, and provides the quality of patient care established by his father before him.
Rees Candee is an independent filmmaker whose work can be seen on PBS, HBO, the WWW, and in a wide variety of corporate venues. Rees’ programs are documentary style featuring real people discussing topics in emotional ways. His programs have earned many awards, including "Emmy," "Cine," "Telly," “Aegis,” “Aurora,” and "Philo" awards. Some credits include, "Frank Yankovic: America's Polka King," “Art of the Dominican Republic,” “On-Site Safety”, and “The Band ”. Rees builds programs per commission, and conceives and self publishes independent programs. Candee Productions, provides concept to completion comm