Rebel of the Month: Dr. PopHer

♪ “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better…” ♪


Photo by ViCorp 2010.

Roller derby name and number: Dr. PopHer #P450

Roller derby position – on the track: Blocker, mostly pivot; I like to knock people around! I really wanted to wear a pretty helmet panty and I just can’t move fast enough to be a jammer. And besides — the pivot is the boss on the track… It’s all about being in control!

Roller derby position – off the track: I am currently THE Uniform Committee, and a skater representative on Training Committee. Why? Well, I like to have a say in how pimp GRR looks on the track, and you have to admit — we look pretty pimp in these new blue jerseys! My teammates voted me in as skater rep, which gives me a voting say in bout rosters and input in training matters.

How long have you been playing roller derby for GRR? Since March 2008.

How did you come up with your name and number? Morphed from my original “PopHer the Sailor Girl” when I started pharmacy school… I’m going to be a doctor of pharm, so Dr. PopHer just seemed appropriate. Cytochrome P450 is the major drug metabolizing enzyme… I’m a dork. : )

Do you have any pre- or post-bout rituals? Pre-bout: Eating something tasty with Zelda Shagnasty and discussing ways for GRR to put the hurt on the other team… Post-bout: Drinking up a storm, practicing my awesome bowling techniques and lethal leg wrestling moves.

What is your favorite thing about playing roller derby for GRR? Having an alter-ego that allows me the freedom to dress in fishnet stockings and short skirts while beating up chicks… It’s better than therapy! (Note: Dr. PopHer was also the recipient of MVP Blocker four times in 2010.)

What is your most memorable GRR roller derby experience? Taking a tremendous hit at practice, knocking my head on the track, causing me to lose consciousness for a second or two; STILL the only time GRR has had to call 911. We ended up with 2 fire trucks, 2 ambulances and about a dozen firefighters and paramedics at the fairgrounds… And I got my first ambulance ride… Strapped to a backboard. Remained strapped to that backboard (fun, fun!) for about 4 hours in the ER at the VA while they put me through a plethora of tests before determining I had concussion #2 in about 2 weeks. All-in-all I was in the ER for about 6 hours, in the middle of the night on a Tuesday… And I had 4 teammates by my side the entire time. Not to mention endless text messages and Facebook messages from the rest. Our team is nothing if not supportive. It sure did suck to be off skates for the next 3 weeks… And my doctor would probably prefer I’d stayed off them for good… ; ) But what good is free health insurance if I don’t use it?

If your roller derby alter-ego had a theme song, what would it be? “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” from the Broadway musical, “Annie Get Your Gun” (Note: Sung by Ethel Merman)

Aside from roller derby, what are you passionate about? Leading the good life… And Jello shots!

What would GRR fans be surprised to know about you? I’m not only a twin, but one of 8 kids (some halfs/steps thrown in for good measure). I served 5 years active Duty in the U.S. Navy and I suffer from a rare disease diagnosed by BlackOut called Stupid Song Syndrome (SSS). SSS – Gives one the rare ability to spew the lyrics to just about any song that I happen to hear. It’s a pity I was also blessed with the singing voice of a frog… A frog with a whiffle ball in its throat.

What makes you a Rebel? My love and dedication to this league! I would do anything for my team.

Likes: Science, money, ColeSlaw, sushi, 80s music

Dislikes: White creamy things, coleslaw, lectures

Guilty pleasures: Sweet Dreams Ice Cream, singing/dancing full out in my car, online shopping

Click here to read more about Dr. PopHer on her skater profile.