Shirah Vollmer MD

The Musings of Dr. Vollmer

Announcement! New Email…

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…

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, 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…”

  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 . 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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