Every month we feature an inspiring woman from our Access79 community who is making waves in her community and the world at large. In an intimate Q&A, we uncover the many sides of these multifaceted women and learn about their wins and loses, and how they are navigating and leaving their mark in this ever changing world. Chuckle, sob, and be motivated by stories that make us realize we’re not alone in our challenges and our successes.
Celebrating National Doctors’ Day with Dr. Anjanette Tan
Doctors. We have always needed them, relied on them, and trusted them with the health and wellbeing of ourselves, our friends, and our families. This past year, however, there are no words to adequately praise the work doctors and other medical personnel have done for this country during the pandemic. For over 365 days, we have seen them courageously and continuously work long hours and risk their own health in order to save lives and mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Although we know that doctors deserve more than just one day, today we recognize and thank them for their hard work, dedication, and unrelenting efforts to keep us healthy.
Access79 is fortunate to work with clients like Dr. Anjanette Tan and offer them a piece of laid-back luxury in what has always been described as a hectic schedule. Anjanette is an endocrinologist with a private practice based out of Fort Worth, Texas. A proud mother of two girls, she is also a dedicated wife and business owner, and her Filipino and Chinese heritage are extremely important in her everyday life. We were able to steal some time with Anjanette and ask her a few questions about her work and personal life, and we’ve gained some awesome insight into the busy schedule she keeps and just how important it is to understand balance.
What inspired you to pursue medicine?
I am a writer at heart. I went into medicine after taking a qualifying entrance exam that got me into a direct acceptance medicine program from high school. Medicine found me. I quickly found my calling, because medicine is about listening, a core quality of a writer.
What’s one health or wellbeing tip you swear by?
Do not underestimate the power of sleep. Look forward to sleep, build a ritual around sleep, respect sleep. Work to get a good night’s sleep.
Tell us what technological innovation in your profession are you most intrigued by?
Remote monitoring devices. I used to tell patients as a joke that “I need to go home with you to see what you do…” but in the world of diabetes, we can harness devices that can allow us better opportunities for feedback. We now have continuous glucose monitoring devices, insulin pen devices that are able to record doses. I believe these will continue to improve quality of life in patients with chronic conditions. I never understood it when doctors thought you needed to prove that you could take the harder path to deserve technology. Technology is here, so use it.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I am in office medicine. I wake up after one snooze. Take one of the kids to school, spend the entire day in the office seeing patients, go home. Pre Covid, days would be broken up by giving talks at doctor’s offices during lunch hour. During Covid, days would be broken up engaging with other physicians and friends in social media. Managing our practice also takes up a lot of mental, emotional space. My partners and I treat our practice like another child.
How do you find time to relax after a long day at work?
It is hard to find time. When we are doing so much in our careers, I feel that we almost have to find opportunities to buy our time back. I have had to innovate, delegate, to buy back an extra hour or two of my daily time. Family always eats dinner together, listen to two girls tell me about their day simultaneously. I need to start exercising too.
What’s your definition of balance?
Easier said than done. Balance is achieved when you are completely deliberate in your thoughts and actions. You have to be centered and mentally fit. Balance is accepting that the world is not perfect, you are not perfect, people around you are not perfect. Balance is accepting that you are responsible for your response to these imperfections.
What charitable or philanthropic cause are you most passionate about?
JDRF is an organization for type 1 diabetes that aims for a cure. Mind you, not just to control or live with type 1 diabetes, but to cure it. StopAAPIHate is another organization I support, because there is no room for racism. No room for hate.
Do you have a role model?
The women in my family. My 2 grandmothers, 6 aunts, mom. They are immigrants and first generation Chinese in the Philippines. They all came from scratch. They all raised a clan of 30 cousins. Educated us, took no single excuse. I am indebted to them.
How would you describe your personal style?
Classic. I work hard at looking like I didn’t try too hard.
Rings or necklaces?
A lady can have both.
What’s your go-to comfort food?
I’m Asian. Filipino sinigang with garlic fried rice.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Our forever slogan is “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” El Nido, Palawan
What’s your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving. A learned holiday for me, one that has grown in meaning each year that my family and I have been blessed to live in the United States.
It has been such a pleasure to style you, do you have a favorite piece from Access79?
It’s been hard because my 18-year old ends up with my pieces. Paperclip pieces that layer so well. My baguette ring.
The last show you binge watched?
What advice would you give children or young adults thinking of a career in medicine?
Do not be intimidated by the length of time. You just show up one day at a time. Show up for medicine and show up for yourself.
Do you have a favorite cuisine or food?
Filipino cuisine, hands down. It is simple, does not put on a show, unapologetic.
Speaking of food, avocado toast or nutella toast?
Neither, I’m Asian. Rice.
Is there something you always have to do in the mornings, even if you’re running late?
I have been known to run into a Target to get earrings because I forgot them from home. Even if I’m running late.
Do you think women can have it all?
Trick question. We make our choices. We have our priorities. We make things work. I recognize that I have it all, because my husband is beside me, making it look easy.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I am a Bravo TV junkie.