“As the founder of D.M. Wealth Management, Inc. and commitment to financial planning excellency, Peggy Doviak is dedicated to the fiduciary standard and helping people plan their prosperity!”

DM Wealth Management, Inc.

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Peggy Frazier Doviak, Ph.D., has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and portfolio manager since 2003. An adjunct professor since 2005, she has taught thousands of financial advisers in certification courses, including the CFP(r) and CRPC designations, along with graduate courses for  Masters' programs in financial planning.

Peggy entered finance in 2003 after her mother had a bad experience with a stock broker, and she has been a financial education advocate her entire career. In 2007, she served on the task force for the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s “Passport to Financial Literacy,” Oklahoma’s financial education curriculum mandate. She is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Financial Planning and is on the Academic Committee of the Financial Planning Association. She was recently appointed as an advocate for the Women in Finance initiative (WIN) by the CFP Board of Standards, and she is a graduate adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University.

Additionally, Peggy Doviak is a public speaker and author with experience in radio and television. She is active in financial literacy initiatives and works to promote the financial planning profession. Her book, 52 Things a Broker Might Not Tell You: Planning Your Prosperity In a Year, is available on Amazon and her website, www.peggydoviak.com. Book Peggy for a talk or workshop if your group wants help in planning their prosperity!

Peggy and her husband, Richard, enjoy traveling. She loves her two cats, Pumpkin and Sandy, and she can often be found with her horse, Maggie, training to be a barrel racer.


PhD, Education, University of Oklahoma
MS, Finance & Financial Analysis, College for Financial Planning
MA, Creative Writing, University of Central Oklahoma

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$19 million

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