A “well-woman” in 2019 cares for herself with patience and compassion. She nourishes her mind and body through physical movement, nutritious food and connection with herself and others. She respects and appreciates her body and her choices, and deeply trusts her inner knowing.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about yourself over the last decade?
Healing rarely progresses in a rapid upward trajectory; it often takes time and patience.
If you could go back in time, what do you wish you knew about your health that you know now?
The field of Neuroimmunology (which studies the interaction between the nervous system and immune system) is incredibly valuable and fascinating. Stress affects our bodies in powerful ways!
If you could wave a magic wand and change one aspect of women’s healthcare, what would it be?
I would ensure that every person is truly heard by their health care provider and treated with respect and dignity.
When did you know you wanted to get into medicine, and why did you choose to specialize in women’s health?
Science has always intrigued me, yet it wasn’t until my role in clinical research at Sloan-Kettering that I became inspired to play a role in cancer screening and health promotion. In this position, I had the opportunity to interview women battling and surviving breast, ovarian and cervical cancer and became well versed on the quality of life issues these cohorts of women face. This experience profoundly impacted my career choice and motivated me to provide compassionate and thoughtful medical care.
What does “whole women’s health” mean to you? How do you incorporate this thinking into your practice?
Whole (or holistic) health means evaluating and treating a person in the context of their environment and history. Beyond treating a patient’s presenting ailment, I also consider a multitude of factors which may be affecting their health and well being.
What is your care vision for Tia — and women’s health more broadly?
My care vision for Tia is to provide women the opportunity to feel fully heard, respected and cared for, and to offer valuable input to enrich their health. I envision a health care model where top-notch medical care is integrated with approaches like acupuncture, nutrition and meditation to reduce stress and facilitate healing.
Tia is the next generation women’s healthcare platform bringing empathy and innovation together to help women thrive. Our interdisciplinary team of doctors, designers & data enthusiasts have seen first-hand how women’s needs have been radically underserved and underestimated, and are on a mission to build a new distinctly female care model from the ground up, online and offline.
Tia’s ecosystem of products, tools and services — from the Tia app to the Tia Clinic, a real-world gynecology & wellness practice based in NYC — is connected by a unique, human-centered approach to care that focuses on listening and learning all about women and their holistic needs, from anatomy to emotions, from gut health to getting it on. Tia encourages honest and transparent conversations about patients’ health, both with their care team and their community of members, to help women make independent and informed healthcare decisions with confidence and ease. To learn more visit asktia.com.