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GetDoc: Hello Dr Jeya thanks a lot for having us over. Let us start from the beginning. Why did you choose to go into the medical field?
Dr Jeya: Thank you. To answer your question, I would say I had both familial and personal reasons to do that. I always wanted to become a doctor right from childhood. Yes it sounds clichéd but that is the truth.
GetDoc: What is it about the field of medicine that you are interested about?
Dr Jeya: The ability to add quality to life.
GetDoc: Do you enjoy being a doctor because of the satisfaction achieved from helping others?
Dr Jeya: Of course.
GetDoc: Why did you leave the government posting and start to work with Doctor Hew?
Dr Jeya: Its impossible to practise this type of medicine in a government hospital. Dr. Hew’s clinic presents the ideal setting.
GetDoc: Who do you define as a good doctor?
Dr Jeya: The same as a good human being, the ability to gain confidence, inspire and emphatise.
GetDoc: How was it like initially running your program?
Dr Jeya: It is always difficult in the beginning. After a year or two of treating patients with decent outcomes, I gained a lot of confidence. I stopped accepting walk-in patients, in fact, I still don’t accept any walk-ins, and I only treat patients who have come in as referrals.
GetDoc: What do most of your clients seek for when they come to you?
Dr Jeya: My patients are usually those who want to look and feel healthy and fit.
GetDoc: Can you please tell us more about the anti-aging programs you provide?
Dr Jeya: I focus on optimising the neuroendocrine, immune and circulatory systems.
GetDoc: Do you design the programs by yourself?
Dr Jeya: Of course. But I sit on the shoulders of giants. Great work done by amazing doctors, this is where we always learn.
GetDoc: Do you customize the programs accordingly to suit individual needs and wants?
Dr Jeya: Yes.
GetDoc: How long do you take to design a program?
Dr Jeya: The program is decided with the patient, taking into consideration the goals. Usually its about 3 months.
GetDoc: How do you spread your program over the medical and lifestyle aspects?
Dr Jeya: The life style we lead, leads to the chronic ailments we carry.
GetDoc: With the proliferation of information, clients are often muddled and confused. How do you think the clients could go about it?
Dr Jeya: Too much or too little information is equally dangerous.
GetDoc: How do you deal with situations where patients are misinformed about their conditions or treatment options?
Dr Jeya: You just have to spend some time to educate.
GetDoc: What is your biggest satisfaction being a doctor?
Dr Jeya: A happy patient.
GetDoc: What is your biggest challenge thus far in your career and how did you overcome it?
Dr Jeya: I thrive on challenges. Its essential for growth.
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