Lenora “Miki” Mathes, is a burn survivor who was burn-injured when she was less than 2 years old, spending most of her childhood undergoing reconstructive surgeries and constantly feeling left out from her peers. She was only 20 months old when she and her mother were in a house fire in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the mid-1980s. They survived the house fire by running through the flames and both sustained 3rd- and 4th-degree burns over more than 80% of their bodies. As a child, she dreamed of being in the hospital, but not as a patient, instead of as a healthcare worker. She attended the University of New Mexico where she obtained degrees in biology, chemistry, and psychology. She graduated medical school and a neurology residency from the University of New Mexico Hospital, where both her and her mother were initially treated for their burn injuries. She then did a fellowship at UC Davis in epilepsy followed by a second fellowship in sleep medicine back at the University of New Mexico. She currently practices both sleep medicine and neurology at Presbyterian Hospital in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Her burn injuries have given her a unique perspective on living with a medical condition and barriers to optimal health care that patients commonly encounter. Her personal experiences remind her to be open-minded and judgment-free when initially meeting and continuing medical care with her patients.