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SCVMA PROFILE

JIM BELL

Ginny Grant Winner Plynn Gutman
Found Second Career as Life Coach

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lynn Gutman, recipient of the 2021 Ginny Grant
Award, is a self-made woman who transitioned
from 20 years running a business to a second career
as a life coach and counselor to people with stress in
their lives - many of them veterinarians.
The award honors a person who has shown " ongoing and continued support for an SCVMA member veterinarian. "
Plynn has had a special interest in the veterinary profession since
her son, Daniel, was a veterinary student at Western University of
Health Sciences in Pomona. He graduated in 2017.
" I've been involved with SCVMA since Daniel was part of the
Wellness Task Force when he was studying at Western, " she said.
" My son is in the profession and I have some understanding of
the demands and the difficulties and the stresses that come along with
that, " she said. " It's been my pleasure to offer what I know about wellness in general, both mental and physical wellness, and to add that to
whatever I can to help this wonderful profession that I love.
" Veterinarians are very well prepared and well-schooled in all
of the things they need to know biologically and medically, " Plynn
said. " But I sometimes think that vet schools are a little remiss in
not preparing them more for the stresses and emotional babble. All
these wonderful people go into this profession because they love
and care for animals.
" But you've got to deal with the animals' people. And that can be
quite challenging. And you have to work with other people. If it was
just the animals, I think everybody [in the profession] would be in
great shape but you have to deal with all these crazy humans! "
Plynn added that office dynamics and interpersonal relations can
also be challenging, " especially in what can be sometimes a highly
stressful and emotional situation, especially when you're dealing
with animals in crisis or end-of-life situations. That's where I've felt
I've been able to give support and input.
" I really appreciate that the SCVMA puts emphasis on that
through the Wellness Task Force. It has brought awareness and
training and support. I think that is critical to having a balanced,
full and satisfying life as a veterinary professional. "
The process starts with awareness, she said. " Once you have
awareness, you can begin to make choices. Being able to identify
with awareness gives people more room to get the support they
need. A coach's job is to help bring awareness and then to help a
person find solutions to the problems that require change. That's
what I have tried to bring to the veterinarians I have helped. "
Besides her work as a life coach, Plynn teaches journal writing
as a form of self-discovery. She has taught continuing education
classes for SCVMA, including one on writing as a self-care tool.
She has written the " Dear Tabby " feature in Pulse since its inception four or five years ago.
" When I left business, " Plynn said, " I went back to school at
Arizona State and got a master's degree in creative writing. Then
I started teaching journaling and writing for self-awareness, which

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led to doing self-awareness retreats with my sister, " a psychologist in Dubai, UAE. The retreats, usually at sites in Spain and Italy,
helped Middle Eastern women " discover themselves and find out
more about who they are in the world and in their families. "
She and husband Michael, lived in Vancouver, B.C., and moved
to Mesa, Ariz., where they owned a contracting business for two
decades. She ran the business side of the company and he was in
charge of what happened on the job. He still does specialty construction consulting from their home in Pismo Beach, not far
from Daniel's home in San Luis Obispo. Her son works at a VCA
hospital in Arroyo Grande after starting his veterinary career in
Orange County.
Plynn and Michael have been married 44 years. Mitchell, their
other son, is a movie producer who started in Hollywood and now
works in Vancouver, which has " a prolific movie industry scene. "
She has been writing her own journal - in longhand - every
morning for the last 30 years. " I have my morning ritual and my
husband and everyone around me just leaves me alone, " she said.
How did she come by her name?
Her given name is Patricia Lynn. " All my life my family called
me Lynn. On official things and when I went to school, I was
Patricia. " One day, someone who had seen her referred to as P.
Lynn called here Plynn. " I kind of liked that, actually, because that
solves the whole name problem. " She has been Plynn ever since.
The new name also was better for publishing, she said. She used
it when she wrote her first book, a memoir of her maternal grandmother. She has authored two other books. P

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Pulse - March 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - March 2021

Pulse - March 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Veterinarians Key to Planet’s Future, UC Davis Global Health Expert Believes
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
AVMA Diplomates
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
Resources
Disease Table
Classifieds
From the SCVMA Office
Pulse - March 2021 - Pulse - March 2021
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Pulse - March 2021 - 2
Pulse - March 2021 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - March 2021 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - March 2021 - SCVMA Profile
Pulse - March 2021 - SCVMA Profile
Pulse - March 2021 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - March 2021 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - March 2021 - Veterinarians Key to Planet’s Future, UC Davis Global Health Expert Believes
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Pulse - March 2021 - Medical Leeway
Pulse - March 2021 - UC Davis Update
Pulse - March 2021 - Tools for Success
Pulse - March 2021 - Angel Fund
Pulse - March 2021 - Dear Tabby
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Pulse - March 2021 - The RVT
Pulse - March 2021 - Industry Insights
Pulse - March 2021 - Quick Reference
Pulse - March 2021 - AVMA Diplomates
Pulse - March 2021 - Digital Photography for Veterinarians
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