Shirah Vollmer MD

The Musings of Dr. Vollmer

Announcement! New Email…..svollmer@vollmers.us

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on June 30, 2013

Connectivity is vital to my work. So, an abrupt change in email means a lot to me. Let me begin with the punch line. My new email address is as follows…

svollmer@vollmers.us

Everything else stays the same: my office location (941 Westwood Blvd #204), my office phone number (310-824-4912) and my practice style.

Yet, what would have been a trivial change, just a few years ago, is now a major transition, as I have come to see that email is a vital portal for communication. As such, transitioning email, makes me hope that no messages will be “dropped.” After a few grey hairs, all portals are open and I am open for business. Some of you may wonder why is this change happening? To my devoted readers, curious about such things, I am becoming more independent from UCLA and so I need to establish an independent email address. Am I still going to teach? Yes, yes and yes. I am still active on the faculty at UCLA, in both adult and child psychiatry. I am excited to kick off this 2013-2014 academic year with teaching opportunities with psychiatric residents and child psychiatry fellows, interested in learning about listening, thinking, and taking time to understand complex mental states.

Next question-what about this email address with my name in the domain? First, I am sure you devoted readers have noticed that my domain name is “vollmers” and not “vollmer”. You have likely guessed, that “vollmer” was already taken and so I became myself in the plural. This is narcissism at its best. Vollmer appears twice in my email, with the idea that I am part of the larger “vollmers”. Will I miss “UCLA” in my email address? Was this a badge of honor? This was a major question that I asked myself. I had the option of using svollmer@ucla.edu, but I declined. I am taking this transition as an opportunity to re-define myself as an independent operator, teaching at UCLA, but doing my private practice as an independent practitioner. I have been at UCLA, in various capacities, since 1979. 34 years later, I am ready for a change. I am excited. Who knew that my email address would have both such practical and emotional significance? I learned the hard way.

4 Responses to “Announcement! New Email…..svollmer@vollmers.us”

  1. Shelly said

    I understand that change, after 34 years in practice, can be difficult for all of us. However sometimes it can also be for good. As long as you make your new e-mail address available to all your colleagues, patients, students and others who need it, it shouldn’t be a major disruption in everyone’s lives and life will continue. You will redefine yourself and eventually will internalize it; this will take the most time, I feel.

    • Thanks, Shelly. I have felt both the excitement of new technology, along with its inevitable frightening dependency on it. The roller coaster has been interesting, but I suspect it will feel more “interesting” when I am no longer concerned about connectivity. Thanks.

  2. Jon said

    If we take “vollmer” as a single character (and, indeed, vollmer may well be a character) then there is a certain palindromic symmetry to svollmer@vollmers.us . There is indeed beauty in such symmetry. So, taking a riff off John Keats Ode on a Gracian Urn:

    Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
    Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’

    may this lead to new truths for you…

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