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As described in this month's Balance in Practice, Dr. Waldinger's daily cycling route takes him through Ann Arbor into neighboring rural areas. A collection of images from the area and reflections on balance are featured below. The images were sourced via Creative Commons licenses from the following user accounts: Jeff Lamb, danbruell, a2gemma, Kristin, Andypiper.


Each day, dermatologist Thomas Waldinger, MD, takes time to ride his bicycle in and around his hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich. He chooses the same route each time, and uses the ritual to reflect on life, medicine, and professional balance.

“I get on my bike right from my house and head to Gallup Park, on the Huron River. I see people of all ages, and often see the same people day to day. We don’t know each other, but I’ve seen some of these people for years, and we’ll make eye contact and nod or smile.”

“I always stop at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan. My favorite part is when it’s in full bloom. We often see a lot of hummingbirds and butterflies.”

“There is a beautiful rock garden and a waterfall. It's a place of peaceful reflection to just sit and think about my day.”

“From the gardens, I head up Dixboro Road to Pontiac Trail. I see a lot of farms with goats, horses, and cows. It’s always nice to see them through the seasons.”

“The ride is about 16.5 miles one way, and the best part is that I get to see everything again on the way back.”

Dr. Waldinger at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Dr. Waldinger and his wife on a ride in Colorado.

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