Dr Selena – a mum, author and woman of stamina

Saturday April 06, 2019 Written by Published in Hot on the Rock
Dr Selena Nicholas-Bublick with her eldest daughter Tiare, whom the book series Tiare and the Circle of Worlds are named after. 19032712 Dr Selena Nicholas-Bublick with her eldest daughter Tiare, whom the book series Tiare and the Circle of Worlds are named after. 19032712

Cook Islander Dr Selena Nicholas-Bublick, a movement disorder neurologist based in Toledo, Ohio, is also a published author of children’s books.


She recently donated copies of her educational fantasy adventure series Tiare and the Circle of Worlds to the Apii Te Uki Ou, the school her nieces Athena and Desirae attend.

A wife and mother of three children, she has published five reading books of the series Tiare and the Circle of Worlds (first book) that embraces Cook Islands themes and legends adapted to her childhood experiences and that of her children and families

The first volume published in 2014 took six months to write, each of the following publications: The Vaka Eiva Race, Mysteries of the Dreaming (based on many Australian legends), The Apocodoom (foreword is written by the prime minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna), The Diamond Pyramid (art work is drawn by her cousin, local artist Clive Nicholas) were written individually each year after.

Her eldest daughter Tiare, who the books are named after, son Mana, and youngest child Leilani feature as characters in the adventure series, as well as her brother and families.

“The initial aspects of the books are Cook Islands culture and shared-life experiences.”

She creates stories merging Polynesian cultures with modern society saying: “My children are part of the books, their experiences in their everyday lives are an inspiration.”

Books are important, she encourages children and students to read, and to follow their dreams.    

Dr Nicholas-Bublick is the daughter of Paine and Dennis Ryburn of Atupa, her brothers are Brendan of Dawn Breaker Game Fishing Charters, and Quentin who has recently returned home to live.

Raised on Rarotonga, she attended Avatea primary school and Tereora College, continuing her studies in Australia on scholarship, later she became the first Cook Islander to attend Johns Hopkins University, completing her medical training at the University of Toledo Medical School. 

Currently a neurologist at the Promedica in Toledo since 2001, Dr Nicholas-Bublick specialises in Parkinson’s disease, “a very rewarding specialty.”

Her interest in illnesses of the brain transpired after seeing her father suffer from a stroke, the experience solidified her chosen career path.

And what does she do for recreation in between working, writing and ferrying the kids to school and their various sports events and activities?

“I run marathons, I may not be the fastest, but I have stamina,” she laughs.

A keen long-distance runner in her younger days living on the island, she continued the sport and is a committed member of a running group that trains for marathons.

How does this woman of stamina accomplish parental duties, work as a neurologist, write books and train for marathons?

“Every hour is scheduled, it’s very regimented.

“When we come here every year for the holidays, I have a bit of a breather.”

The books can be found online worldwide at Amazon.com or read more information on the series at http://www.thecircleofworlds.com, hard copies are available to borrow at the Cook Islands Library.         

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