My legal name is Denise Lynne Punger. My name is the only thing I kept.
When I got married, I did not change my legal name for mostly professionally reasons. The main reason is the hassle to change your professional name. Since I graduated medical school as Denise Punger, anytime I applied for re-lisensure or Board renewal, I'd have to prove I am still Denise Punger. Life and paper work is so complicated without inviting more paper work. The other reason is that John and I knew we's be working together and neither felt it was necessary to have two Dr. Coquelet's and all the confusion that would go with that.