Erin Peek M.D.

Associate Advisor

B.S, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University
M.D. UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Life can change in an instant—being prepared for the unexpected matters.

When you live off student loans and make close to minimum wage—which I did throughout medical school and my residency in emergency medicine—you don’t think about money other than bare-bones survival. It wasn’t until I finished my training and faced a stunning amount of student debt that the role of money in my life began to sink in.

Money was never an issue growing up—my parents took care of things while I buried myself in the science and sports that I loved. I never bothered to learn about money beyond carefully living on my earnings.

Fast forward to my fast-paced, outwardly successful life as an ER doc, with a husband and daughter I cherish. Unfortunately, the erratic shift work was creating chaos and my personal satisfaction was plummeting. The lack of routine made regular exercise and feeling rested challenging and the constant on-the-job stress of making life or death decisions weighed on me.

When I finally decided to take some time off to focus on my family’s quality of life, I began reading about the estate planning we’d delayed—and I became determined to teach myself about money so I could trust we were making the right decisions. But it wasn’t until I heard a financial life planner speak at a conference that I realized I’d found my next career.

After I peppered him with questions, the speaker introduced me to Michael Kay and I started a whirlwind of research and coursework—and now, an internship with Financial Life Focus. My ultimate goal? To help others in stressful careers make great decisions on using their money to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Erin Peek M.D.