Drs. Richard Kube & Brian Gantwerker on their holiday traditions


Two spine surgeons share their holiday plans.  

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Question: What are your favorite holiday traditions? How do you carve out time in your schedule to make sure you can enjoy them?


Richard Kube, MD. Founder and CEO, Prairie Spine & Pain Institute (Peoria, Ill.): Christmas has always been about family and spending time together. Parents only live so long, and kids grow up. I typically take off the week between Christmas and New Year's so that I can concentrate on them.


Brian R. Gantwerker, MD. Founder of The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles: When I was growing up in Chicago, my family used to go drive around an area called Sauganash. There, the most beautiful and intricate Christmas and Hanukkah decorations were on display, and people would walk up and down the block, with the snow creaking under their feet. Now, we live on a beautiful street with its own decorations. Unfortunately, we can't walk by, but we get our own little show driving back and forth from holiday events.


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