Doreen Birdsell is a photographer and owner of Moments in Time Photography in Sarasota, Florida. Starting in 1988, she led a successful photography and video studio in New York City, where she also completed 4 New York City marathons. She expanded the business to include Westport, Connecticut, when she moved there in 1999 with her spouse, Lisa Feistel.
One thing that Ms. Birdsell values most is her faith in God and God's faith in her, she says. While living in Westport, she joined Saugatuck Congregational Church and was privileged to serve as a deacon. This past year, one of her black-and-white images of the church on a snowy wintry night was used for the congregation's Christmas card. "These are things I truly value-to see my gifts being a gift to others," she says.
In 2006, Ms. Birdsell and her spouse moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts, and for 8 years served as innkeepers at the Inn at Cook Street, winning awards along the way. They also opened a tea room in the inn with a licensed art gallery where Ms. Birdsell displayed and sold her fine art photography. After selling the inn in 2014, to the couple moved Sarasota, Florida, and recently purchased a successful, 20-year established portrait photography studio, Moments in Time Photography.
Ms. Birdsell has had had hepatitis C for many years and always told her primary physician that she would wait for a cure. That day came with the arrival of new drugs, such as Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) and Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir). However, when she discovered the high cost of the medications, she looked into obtaining them from India where the drug was a fraction of the cost compared with the United States. Then came the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, and the rest is healthy history.
"Thank God, thank you, PAN," she says.