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Deuber likes the Panamera’s GPS screen and infotainment system better than the Mercedes and BMW she’s previously owned. “Your cell phone is integrated into the car, which I really like. And I bought the fancy stereo system,” she says, with a laugh. “And I love the German engineering.”

When she got the new Panamera last year, Deuber was ready for the change out of the Macan, which she felt was a “mom car.”

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“I generally don’t like a big SUV—I’m not an SUV person,” she says. “I want just more of a sporty luxury car. I like the back seat in the Panamera because it’s bigger [than my husband’s]. I really like it. My husband’s car I like, but it’s really small.”

She sometimes drives her husband’s 2018 Porsche 911, which she’d rate an 8. “I like the sportiness of it,” she says. “It’s a fun car to drive. It’s just not that practical for me. Running around all day, running mom errands, it’s a little cumbersome getting in and out of. That would be my only negative about it. It’s beautiful and has the yellow seat belts and the yellow vents. It’s really pretty. And so sporty. It actually doesn’t have the heated seats, but it has a sport seat, so it’s very, very sporty.”

Car she learned to drive in

Deuber learned how to drive in her mom’s 1994 Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas. Her parents taught her in their neighborhood outside of Dallas.

“I remember my dad tried to teach me to drive a stick on his Porsche, and it was terrifying. Mark, my husband, eventually taught me to drive a stick on his old 911,” she says.

Learning to drive in a nice Jaguar was a bit nerve-wracking. “It was a bigger sedan, and I was really nervous because I felt like it was a nice car. [My mother] used it for her work in real estate,” she says. “I was always nervous about driving it.”

Her parents gave Deuber a 1993 Nissan 240SX for her 16th birthday. A  month later, she backed it out of the garage and into the Jaguar, which her dad was washing on the driveway.

“He’s very fastidious about his cars, and I totally backed into it and put a huge dent in my mom’s Jag’s. It was not good,” she says, with a laugh. “He was mad. My dad was really pissed.”

Since it was her first car, Deuber logged more seat time in her Nissan than she had the Jaguar. “It was very fun to drive,” she says. “It was a little hatchback. It was pretty cool to have it in high school. I really liked it.”

First car bought

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A 2002 Acura TL is shown here.

When she began her career as a registered surgical nurse, Deuber bought a new 2002 Acura TL.

“What I liked about that car was that it had the techie stuff in it, it had the cool dash and the lighting,” she says.

At the time she was working for a plastic surgeon in Dallas and needed the car for work. She kept it for six years. “I … was proud that I bought it with my own money and I felt like it was a nice car for me at the time in my 20s,” she says.

The one thing she didn’t like was how the Acura handled. “It’s not German,” she says, with a laugh. “I tend to drive very precisely, and I like really tight brakes and really tight handling and steering. I feel most other cars that aren’t German are a little bit squishy.”

Favorite road trip

One of Deuber’s most memorable road trips was the time she drove to Colorado. “That was crazy, and there was a huge snowstorm,” she says. “I’m a huge skier. My parents used to go skiing every year, and we used to drive. Even when we lived in Ohio, we would drive to Colorado to go skiing. My parents love to drive.”

She took her road trip to Colorado with some college friends for spring break, driving in a huge snowstorm through the Texas Panhandle. “It was just insane. It was 20 mph for hours, hours, hours through the Panhandle,” she recalls. “The Panhandle can be really bad. … It can be nasty weather, and you have to get gas in New Mexico, I think. But all through there, from the Panhandle up through New Mexico, it’s pretty barren. And you can have some pretty bad weather in the winter.”

But it was fun to drive through the mountains and passes. “Even the snow, I was driving, and it was pretty fast but I made it. I didn’t slide off the road—it was a miracle,” she says with a laugh.

Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas

Fans of the show know that Deuber is a nurse working with her husband Mark, a plastic surgeon, and they have a new practice, Lemmon Avenue Surgery and Laser Center. In high school when she wanted a job to make money and learn skills, she enjoyed being a dental assistant,.

“I always think it’s good for teenagers to work and learn a work ethic and so I started working at 16 when I got my car and I could drive to work,” Deuber says. “I went into my dentist’s office and I cleaned instruments, and that developed my taste for medicine.”

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In college she decided she wanted to become a nurse, and after an internship she also got the bug of being in the operating room. Now she also volunteers with ConnectMed.

“I love it. I love operating, I love being a nurse, I love taking care of people,” she says.  ”It’s really rewarding. I also do some mission work, sometimes in foreign countries doing burn reconstruction, reconstructive surgery on children. That’s a great way to give back. It’s more than just giving money. Giving money is great—I do that, too—but I really enjoy giving my time, which to me is more meaningful.”

She likes being on The Real Housewives of Dallas, where she can share her perspective on life as a multitasking mother, working with her husband, and launching their new laser center.

“Keeping up with it all can be challenging, but family always comes first,” she says. “I’ve learned how to balance my priorities in the public eye and even stepped away from work a bit to spend more time with my 6-year-old daughter Zuri. Life is still moving full speed ahead as our business grows each day.”

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