This is our first annual awards to recognize the incredible healthcare professionals making a difference in the healthcare community. Although we recognize there are many more that are profoundly impacting the industry, this award is our attempt to highlight some of the most noticeable professionals from several different disciplines.
The recipients of this award demonstrate what it means to be #ThrivingInHealthcare. This campaign signifies a person excelling in their work role, making a statement in their profession, and thriving in all areas of life. #ThrivingInHealthcare doesn’t mean you are perfect – no one is. Rather, this campaign symbolizes dedication to growth and a determination to live your best life. We believe we all have a role to play to shape a better healthcare industry, and the way in which we start that is by giving ourselves the template to do so.
How are you #ThrivingInHealthcare? What lights you up about the work you do? How are you using your role to improve our industry? We want you to join in on the campaign. Share your story on social media using the hashtag and share your definition of what it means to thrive in healthcare.
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Name and credentials:
Jennifer Tsai, OD
Handle and/or Site:
Dr. Jennifer Manhattan-based optometrist who specializes in comprehensive eye health and vision care. As founder of Carrot Eyewear, Dr. Jennifer is committed to helping us reduce the strain we put on our eyes from staring at screens all the day with her stylish line of blue light blocker glasses. Jennifer is also a public speaker and has spoken about new grad challenges, using social media as a healthcare professional, and professional networking. Dr. Jennifer also enjoys traveling and can usually be found in a beautiful outfit in a stunning location somewhere in the world.
Name and credentials:
Will To, OD
Handle and/or Site:
IG: @thetravelingod on almost every digital media platform out there.
What led you into healthcare?
I always knew growing up that I wanted to help people, so naturally healthcare made sense. I also
wanted to make sure that I would have a career that allowed me to have more autonomy over my own
life so that I would be able to have a good work-life balance to be able to spend time with my family and
travel around the world. Combine that with the fact that I like meeting and getting to know new people,
and Optometry was clearly the way to go!
What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?
The longer I’m in healthcare, the more I realize that healthcare is less about understanding science and
more about understanding people, which requires empathy. Empathy connects us to one another and
helps us truly understand the person sitting in front of us. In the routine and monotony of everyday
patient care, it is easy to lose that and just start seeing the pathology that needs to be treated instead of
the human being that is in front of you. These are real people with real problems who are not healthcare
experts just looking for someone to help them. Empathy is the key.
What gets you up everyday?
I have a cat that likes to step on my face to wake me up when he’s hungry at 5 o’clock in the morning.
That is certainly how I wake up every morning. But what gets me up is the excitement I have to get my
day started. I like the feeling of being productive, so I usually can’t wait to get up ready to make a
difference and do good in the world.
How do you use your platform to help others?
My social accounts are all personal accounts, so for my patients, students, or other doctors who follow
me, I like to show them who I am, the places I travel, and the things I like to do. As much as social media
is for entertainment, I think it’s just as important to put an education aspect to it as well. I like to also
include some insights into who I am as a healthcare provider and the lesser known details of what an
Optometrist can do.
What’s your favorite book or podcast?
‘Start with Why’ by Simon Sinek and ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. Both are amazing books to read and
reread because they keep me inspired to keep moving forward towards my goals and ambitions, but
also help keep me grounded when my head gets stuck in the clouds.
What’s your top tip on being successful?
Complacency is the dirtiest word in the English language. Many people start motivated and get to a
certain level of success, and then they get stuck on a particular way of doing things. Before they know it, everyone else has surpassed them and they get left in the dust, wondering what happened. Don’t let that happen to you. Stay inspired. Stay proactive. Stay hungry.
During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?
Everyone gets stressed out at times, and I think it’s important to understand yourself and know when to
take a step back. I like to meditate in the morning before a long day, just basic breathing exercises to
clear my mind and get mentally ready. When things get exceptionally stressful, I’ll take time away from
the city and get back to nature by going on a short walk or sitting on the beach, listening to the waves,
and watching the sunset. Sometimes just for just a few minutes or sometimes for a few hours.
What are you most excited for this year?
Each of the past few years has been a whirlwind of experiences, emotions, and changes, so I’m very
excited to see what 2019 has in store. I am looking to close on a practice purchase I’ve been working on
for a while, going back to school to get my MBA, and as well as picking up momentum on several other
projects I have. But I’m most excited for the fact that I have a couple of vacations planned, non-work
related, where I get to relax with my girlfriend, friends, and family.