Meet Dr Teh [Interview]
Where did you study and what are your qualifications?
I graduated from International Medical University (IMU) with an MBBS. I then underwent two years of internship in Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang, before continuing my service in Hospital Sultan Ismail Johor Bahru. When I decided to enter the aesthetic industry, I pursued a diploma from American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, USA. After which, I joined the largest aesthetic chain clinic in Malaysia. Through my experience, I’ve successfully received the Letter of Credentialing and Privilege in Aesthetic Medicine by the Ministry of Health Malaysia.
Why did you choose this career path?
The reason I chose this path is to help people find confidence in themselves. Being an acne patient myself–in my teenage years–I know how healthy, glowing skin can affect the confidence and self-esteem of an individual. And, being a doctor specialising in aesthetic medicine, I’m now able to provide effective, evidence-based aesthetic treatments. With the evidence-based knowledge I have, I can deliver the safest and most effective aesthetic procedure in my practice.
My job satisfaction comes from not just treating my patients aesthetically, but helping them emotionally as well. Many of my patients are open about their daily lives and the obstacles they face. And since aesthetic procedures require time to perform, I always counsel and give positive encouragement to my patients during their procedures.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my life–be it career, friends and family, or self-development.
There’s a Chinese proverb that says, ‘Continue learning as long as you’re living‘. As the aesthetic field is advancing rapidly, both in technology and technique, we doctors need to be well versed with what is to come. So, learning is one of my passions.
Aside from learning, I’m also passionate about travelling–doing so frequently to widen my perspective of the world. At the same time, I try my best to spend quality time with my two growing daughters. Personally, I believe in balancing all the important aspects of life, while living life to the fullest and appreciating each and every single day.
What is your favourite pastime?
My favourite pastime is travelling, as it broadens my view. Besides travelling for work, I love to travel for leisure. It gives me a different perspective of life. I like to try the local food and experience the local culture. I like to analyse the definitions of beauty in the different regions of the world. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what we perceive as beautiful may not be the same as others. Understanding and communicating this concept is crucial when dealing with patients.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is self-empowerment in women .There is one thing all successful women around the world have in common: they are strong and self-dependent–enjoying the fruitful outcome they deserve. Such stories of success serve as a self-reflection–to continue to do my best in everything I pursue. After all, if there’s a will, there’s a way.
What are you thoughts on the aesthetic industry in Malaysia in the next few years?
Malaysia is heading toward being a leading country in providing aesthetic treatment in South East Asia, and Asia as a whole. As a multicultural and multilingual country, we are able to cater to clients from all over the world. Most Malaysians are well verse with the international language, and with aesthetic doctors who are dedicated and always up to date with the latest treatment protocols, I foresee Malaysia being the leading aesthetic country in our region within the next few years.
Dr Teh is one of our two doctors at BeauLife Clinic. If you would like to know more about Dr Teh, you can read Dr Teh Q&A post here!