I began my journey to become a doctor at an early age. When I was about 8 years old, I developed a painful rash on my chest. My parents took me to a doctor who amazed me, even at my young age. He was very welcoming, compassionate and respectful to me. From that point, becoming a doctor was what I wanted to do, and the doctor who successfully treated me became my mentor.
Just as my mentor did for me, I do for my patients today – create a positive first impression. I let my patients know I am there for them and ready to hear their suggestions. I am not here to tell them what to do but to work as a team.
To successfully treat a person, I must know the person. I want to understand their background and build a relationship with them. For the shy patients, I ask a lot of questions to develop the understanding that is the foundation of our teamwork.