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Michelle Cabrera, MD (left), and Odette Houghton, MD take in the view from the top of Pilot Mountain.
- Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care -
Michelle Cabrera, MD and Odette Houghton, MD, met as colleagues in the UNC Department of Ophthalmology. Both are surgeons - one helps give sight to children, the other helps to save the retina. They share a love of rock climbing and started climbing together.
I've done a little bit of climbing myself. Just enough to know how challenging and how demanding it is. You use every muscle in your body, but of particular worth are your eyes and your brain as you make sense of the mystery before you, deciding which hold to grab onto next, all while working with your increased heart rate and blood pressure due to fear of falling. It's a challenge for sure, and one that these two welcome as they hone their critical and creative thinking skills together.
Houghton, who is actually afraid of heights, pushes past the uncomfortable feeling, sweaty hands and clinched teeth, to reach new heights, both literally and figuratively, as she relishes the feeling of accomplishment after reaching the top of a cliff.
Whether you're into clinging to the side of a mountain or not, you'll definitely want to watch this month's real doctors, real people for the natural beauty captured at Pilot Mountain, N.C.