3 questions for Dr. Tea

1. How did you get interested in podiatry? I don't have any one particular striking event but I was a pretty lost soul nearing graduation at UC San Diego. One day they were holding a job fair so I browsed around but nothing really stood out so I started casually talking to some of the visitors. I saw a poster for podiatry, inquired about their requirements and thought, heck why not just go for it. Plus, my boyfriend, now husband, had already been interested in medicine so I thought I'd tag along for the ride. And what a ride it has been!

 Me & my wonderful co-resident Dr. Mahmoud Salem...like brother & sister, we had a ton of fun in our residency adventures. Couldn't have asked for a better supporter.

Me & my wonderful co-resident Dr. Mahmoud Salem...like brother & sister, we had a ton of fun in our residency adventures. Couldn't have asked for a better supporter.

2. What did you want to be before finding podiatry? I thought I wanted to be a professional dancer (true story) or go into the pharmaceutical industry. I started as a pharmacy technician and considered toxicology/pharmacology because I really enjoyed the rigors of science. I went to working for a pharmaceutical lab and just didn't connect with the lab work; I felt the same about pharmacy school. I also ventured in psychiatry and worked in a lab studying schizophrenia where we had to euthanize the lab rats and then collect their brains for pathology analysis. The work was really cool but I wanted to connect with people so decided to become a doctor instead.

3. What was most surprising to you about podiatry? I am incredibly surprised by how much I enjoy this field and how much fun I've had thus far. Podiatry is really a gem and at first glance I couldn't imagine how much there was to know about just the foot and ankle. But the more I learn about it, the more I realize how much we still don't know especially in biomechanics, diabetic wound care and advancing surgical technologies. There is a lot to be done in this field and it's growth was most exciting to me. That is why I continue to encourage people interested in medicine to consider a career in podiatry. 

For more personal insight on the life of this podiatrist, check out my Instagram @drtea_podiatry