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Dancing doctors: Former competitive dancer turned doctor finds love

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Johns Hopkins plastic surgeon Dr. Ariel Rad wasn't born a dancer. He began the craft when he was 23 years old.

"I stumbled upon dancing," he said. "I realized that you can do it competitively."

Dr. Rad, who had been an athlete all his life, made it his mission to succeed as a dancer. He was able to achieve a ranking of 38th in the world.

He even went up against some of the "Dancing With the Stars" professionals.

"People like Maks or Karina - I actually danced with them and against them. We had the same coach in New York," he said.

Unlike those pro dancers, Dr. Rad set dancing aside to focus on his medical career, and three years ago, he met Dr. Noelle Sherber, a dermatologist, at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Rad and Dr. Sherber just happened to be consulted by the same patient at the same time, he said. They met at the patient's bedside and went out for a first date the next night.

Like Rad, Sherber knew how to dance -- her mother taught ballroom dancing. The two began dancing together for fun.

"She already knew all the basics in ballroom and more," Rad said. "It's easy to work together."

The two doctors continue to work together professionally as well.

"I think if you can dance together, you can work together," said Sherber, "because it's an attention to detail, a dependence on the other person."

Five months ago , they got married, and now they spend many nights cheering on Rad's former teammates on "Dancing With the Stars."

Though Rad says he's glad he chose doctoring over dancing, Sherber thinks he could have won the show.

The couple is planning to dance together at an upcoming fundraising event and say they can't think of a better way to have fun, help others and get great exercise.

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