Who is Dr. Tom?



Dr. Tom here!

 Thank you so much for taking this time to check out my website, The Positivity effect. I hope you’re enjoying the podcast. My deepest desire is that you walk away from each episode feeling uplifted and positive. I hope that through this show, you find peace within yourself to recognize that you have something great within you.

Like Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Even in dark moments, we can re-focus our thinking on things like compassion, gratitude, and empathy to see the beauty in life. Through these moments of re-awakening, we must use our energy to provide hope and support for others; because when we are stuck, when we are in a dark and challenging time, we will have others by our side to lift us up. We all fall from grace sometimes; it’s part of being human. To improve your life in the areas of health, wealth love, and happiness, it begins with the mind. Together let’s create a ripple effect of positivity throughout our world. Together, we can be The Positivity Effect.

A little background about me.

For those that know me, I seem like a very outgoing, easy going guy. But, that wasn’t always the case. Talking on the point of my life when I was in high school, through fear of performance and acceptance that most kids experience in the traditional schooling systems, I dove inwardly a lot; I was inside my head.I coped with stressful social situations by being a follower and not always following my heart.

Can you relate?

As a result of this, I was often very shy in many situations. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of shyness. It’s just; I knew I was shy for the wrong reasons. I was shy because I didn’t believe in myself nor did I have the self-confidence to socially connect with people on a deep level without fear of what they thought about me.

When I started my undergraduate degree in college, I went because I thought it was just the next step in the natural progression of things. Now don’t get me wrong, college played an integral part in the development of who I am as a person today. I am also eternally grateful for the individuals in my life who made college a possibility in the first place.

I’m just saying…. when I first started out, I was a little unfocused. But who isn’t when they’re 17 years old?

College was where I started to let go of my fears about what people thought about me. In high school, I was always a compassionate, loving person, but socially I skated through not latching on to one group in particular. I tried to fit in with everyone for fear of what they might say about me when I wasn’t around. I had my close friends who cared about me, but I was trying to please too many people.

I also neglected some people whom I probably should not have. It was through the process of a lot of self-introspection that I was able to free myself of this quote end quote group identification nonsense – I finally had the freedom just to be who I was destined to be.

When I started out in college, through some very heartfelt advice, I chose accounting and general business as my major. However, I quickly realized it wasn’t the path for me. My brother Mike always told me…

“Just follow your heart Tom, do what you love to do, and the money will follow.”

Through further introspection, many sleepless nights, and conversations with loved ones, and coming to the realization that I wanted to help people in some aspect medically, I came across audiology (by the way that was the short version of the story).

So Audiology is the field of identifying, diagnosing and rehabilitating hearing loss and balance disorders. Through my studies, I met many people who were compassionate about helping others with their hearing…. and for the first time in my life, I really felt truly accepted for who I was. Not to mention, I found out that I had a mild hearing loss from the music I played throughout the years.

Jen and Tom

In this process of figuring out my path professionally and growing as an individual, I met the love of my life, my fiancee Jen. Jen has a beautiful soul, and she has taught me what it means to connect with others on a deep level. Fast forward seven years, and I just feel truly blessed to have her in my life.

I also started a private practice in Audiology right out of school with the help of some very close friends (It would not have been possible without them), made some new deep connections and strengthened some old ones, and now I’m sharing this podcast with you.

mid island audiology

I can attribute my positive mindset to many people in my life who have helped in different ways and different times in my life.

This list is very long..you all know who you are. <3

So…the podcast was actually birthed out of this idea of the power of positive thinking and the ripple effect it can have on others. Did you ever notice when you’re at work, a party, somewhere where there’s a social gathering, and someone walks in the room, you can feel the energy that they are eliminating?, You can sense whether they are feeling positive or negative…

Not to get too metaphysical, but isn’t it so true that their energy can affect the entire vibe in the room?

The purpose of the Positivity Effect is to discuss things like that. It’s also going to dive into things that are bigger than just one person individually like global initiatives, non-profits, and ways we can help collectively lift each other up on this beautiful planet called Earth.

Beauty is in the brokenness.

Like you’ll hear in the first interview I have with Angus Nelson, he says, “Beauty is in the brokenness” We have to be comfortable with ourselves in our brokenness so we can step outside of that brokenness and step into a place of a beauty and impact.

For those that know me in 2015, I am a very outgoing and loving guy. I’m continually looking for ways to give back. If I’m not helping someone with their hearing, you can find me strumming my guitar and singing at my local church.


Also, many know me as the guy who gets everyone dancing at parties. My official hashtag is #tomatweddings. I just love helping others have fun, loosen up, and feel good about themselves. I think I do that because I struggled with it a lot growing up…Lets be honest, we owe it to ourselves to FEEL GOOD, we have to be selfish about that. Because when we feel good, other’s around us feel good. It’s truly a synergistic effect. My goal is for anyone out there that’s listening; you

Because when we feel good, other’s around us feel good. It’s truly a synergistic effect. My goal is for anyone out there that’s listening; you too can be in a place of abundance in any aspect of your life. Just remember, it starts with your mind. Build a strong mindset of positivity, and it will impact your life in more ways than you can imagine. It may seem difficult at first, but just keep surrounding yourself with positive messages like the one in this show. As the late Jim Rohn said,

It may seem difficult at first, but just keep surrounding yourself with positive messages like the one in this show. As the late Jim Rohn said, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” My dream is that each and every one of you listening lead a life of impact where you build up others indirectly by the deep enriching ways you live out your own lives

With sincere gratitude,

Dr. Thomas Recher

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