LightFull Lady–Kelly Dougherty

Kelly Dougherty photoThis month’s LightFull Lady is Kelly Dougherty, who was nominated by her sister, Julie Kneeland, with these kind words.

“If you're looking for a modern day role model, I have the girl for you. My sister Kelly has always been that person for me. She is 6 years older than me and ever since I can remember she has been a positive figure in my life.   When Kelly went to college she wanted to go to Syracuse, knowing that my parents could not afford the 4 years of tuition she decided to join ROTC Army in order to put herself thru school, all while also being a double major. Currently Kelly is juggling her own nursing career, her marriage to a wonderful guy (Mike) and taking care of her Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy named Pumpkin.  She is also in the process of opening up her own traveling nurse company.   She makes me want to be a better person both in my professional life and my personal life and for that I am grateful to her.”


Q. Kelly, will you describe your own perfect balance for us?

A. Balance is being able to make time for those things most important to me:  family, health, work, and my dog.  It is the feeling that I always give 100% and never give up on anything.

Q. Tell me about your career, and how you got to where you are.

A. I graduated from Syracuse University and began a career in the Army Nurse Corps, where I spent 4 years working up to the rank of Captain.  Various nursing roles, including a 6-month assignment in Iraq and multiple civilian jobs here in the US, gave me the confidence and experience to start up my own nursing agency with my husband.

Q. What are your secrets for keeping your energy up and staying positive?

A. I’m at my best when I eat well (low sugar, and low refined carbs), get plenty of sleep and exercise.  It’s amazing what I can do when I balance those things well.

Q. Describe a time when you felt out of balance. How did you get back on track?

A. I remembered what really mattered most, and decided to stop focusing only on the negative.  This helped me put things in perspective and re-focus my energies and thoughts.

Q. What do you do when you want to reward yourself?

A. I reward myself with chocolate, pizza, and vacations.

Q. What are your goals for the future?

A. My future goals are to start a family and be a great wife and mother, and to make my new business grow and be different from what’s out there now by helping nurses not just become their best professionally, but also focus on fostering personal growth and maintaining a healthy lifestyle outside the workplace.