grill Stethoscopes & Microphones Dr Daliah Wachs is taking patients on AM 720 KDAWN She packs a mean stethoscope in one hand and a radio mic in the other. She’s Daliah Wachs, the dynamic doc of the medical airwaves, dispensing straight talk health advice to Las Vegas listeners on AM 720 KDAWN; on the Internet’s TalkSuperstation.com; XM Satellite Channel 166; and more than a dozen radio stations from California to Kentucky. Her educational, candid and entertaining perspectives on a variety of health concerns have placed her on the broadcast fast track. She was in syndication within a year on the air; named within two years to The Top 250 Radio Talk Show Hosts by Talker Magazine; and has one of the fastest expanding radio programs in the country. But it doesn’t end there. Dr. Daliah practices integrative family medicine in offices here in Las Vegas that she shares with her chiropractor husband. She’s a mom. She teaches at Touro University and UNLV’s School of Medicine; was nominated Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; and donates her time to Children’s Miracle Network and St. Judes for Children. DAVID barely caught up with this medical tour de force as she and her family took a much needed break in Alaska. DAVID: Whatever possessed you to combine medicine with radio showbiz? DR. DALIAH: Well, I was exposed to radio as a child. In the ‘60s, my grandfather told stories on the radio. At 3 years of age I would run around imitating him with a toy microphone. Curiously, at that same time, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. Go figure. Some paths are just destined. By college age I was presented with two opportunities … to pursue a career in musical comedy or accept an academic scholarship to UNLV in pre-med. I opted for the latter. DAVID: How and when did radio come into play? DR. DALIAH: When the recession hit in 2008, many families found themselves out of work and without health insurance. People needed a place to go for medical advice, so I thought it would be a good idea to offer my services to answer some of their concerns and questions. I bought airtime on KLAV AM 1230 Las Vegas in 2009. The rest is history. KDAWN loved the show and picked it up within a week! DAVID: Wow! That’s amazing. To what do you attribute your appeal? DR. DALIAH: My honesty. I’m one of the people. I’m just like my callers. I don’t pretend
that I’m above the issues they are asking about. If I’m having trouble with hemorrhoids, I talk about it openly. I’ll tell my listeners that I’m sitting on a hemorrhoid pillow! That makes people comfortable. It makes them feel like they can call me with anything, and they don’t have to be embarrassed. There was a 15-year-old boy in California who was too embarrassed to tell anyone about a growth on his scrotum … then one day it was too late. I don’t ever want that to happen on my watch. DAVID: I listen to your show. You insert a lot of humor in the points you make and the lessons you impart. Where does that come from? DR. DALIAH: I was born light-hearted. I naturally saw the funny side of things. I was the class clown, which wasn’t always a good thing! But I owe my mom for encouraging me to utilize my humor. She never tried to shut me down. Humor can bring down walls that might otherwise prevent us from opening up to what we need to hear … like the medical advice I offer. DAVID: How do you have time for your medical practice? DR. DALIAH: Well, it’s not easy, but I love my patients. I’m very loyal to them. I get into the office as much as I can. It’s great that my husband and I share office space. I’m also working on two books, a possible local TV show, and my charity work is very important to me. DAVID: What are your thoughts on the current health care reform legislation? DR. DALIAH: Our health care system definitely needs fixing, but unfortunately this health care bill has not addressed the problems adequately. In many instances it’s made things worse. It was written and passed hastily and not well thought through mostly because of politicians who wanted to grab the credit during their elected term. The mandates on employers are problematic; the affordable health care guidelines for physicians restrict their autonomy on how to fully treat a patient; the so called tax that will be imposed on those without insurance … well, it’s going to be cheaper to pay the tax than to insure a family, so many will opt to pay the tax … now you still have a country with too many uninsured people! Many doctors are leaving the profession. It’s a shame. But I’m not going anywhere, and hope to be around for a long time, reaching audiences with helpful medical advice. Thank goodness the health care bill can’t mess with that.
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