Deidre Marie LaSalvia

Deidre LaSalvia sits in a chair with her black and white border collie.

Deidre LaSalvia has lived with spina bifida for 52 years and began having surgeries – and hospitalizations – at the age of three.

She attended public school and graduated with honors, then found work in an emergency department doing transcription and registration for 17 years.

“I knew I was interested in medicine because of the things I had been through,” Deidre says.

She credits her mother – who sadly passed away in 2018 – with making her into the strong-willed person she is now.

Today, Deidre enjoys life with her border collie, Shelby Anne, and her boyfriend of two years.


Hear Deidre LaSalvia talk about their experience.


Deidre LaSalvia sits in a chair with her black and white border collie. Deidre LaSalvia sits wearing a green blouse and facing the artist. Deidre LaSalvia pets her black and white border collie.

 

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