Working Woman Wednesday. Interview With Health Motivator/Educator/Advocate Dr. Sarepta Isaac.

Dr. Sarepta Issac is a native of New Jersey, but prides herself in being a first generational Haitian- American from her family to succeed entrepreneurial pursuits.  In 2018, she was honored by the Network Journal “40 under 40 “Achievement Awards and was also named the 2018 Woman of the Year by the People You want to Know Magazine.  Isaac’s accomplishments began after completing her MBA, which then led her to open her first private practice in 2016, Serenity Podiatric Concierge in Atlanta Georgia.  Dr. Sarepta mantra is to Motivate, Educate, Advocate those who lack the knowledge and resources to understand their health condition.  To teach them that through adversity comes serenity in which we all hope to have in midst of challenges. Isaac created the Serenity Health Talks, in which it teaches the community about the complexities of health and wellness. The desire is to shed light on various health and wellness topics by putting individuals in a better place to manage something they now understand.

Why did you choose to become a doctor?

Growing up I was always intrigued and gravitated towards the field of health.  I was very close to my mom and remembered always wanting to help her feel better, whether it was after a long day at work or some illness she had.  It just gave me such satisfaction to help others in the way that they physically feel.

What is one thing you think customers should know about your practice that they may not be aware of?

Customers should know that my practice motto is one of a holistic approach.  This is a lost art in this rapidly changing healthcare environment and even more so in specialist fields, such as mine.  Although the ankles and deets are my focus, I take into account the entire patient, both physically and mentally.

What are the unique and different skills you have, as a doctor?

I have the unique ability to adapt to many environments and empathize with a large array of individuals.  This, I believe has to do with my background and upbringing.  Being raised 1st generation American in a very challenged socioeconomic area has helped to be able to understand and meet a variety of my patients where they are. Patients can discern when a doctor is relatable.  This greatly helps improves the health outcomes of my patients.

As a doctor, what are your top three priorities?

As a doctor, my top three priorities are that my patients feel comfortable enough to share with me their health concerns.  That they consider me trustworthy and that I provide with the most effective level of care possible.

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What part of your job do you personally find most satisfying? Most challenging?

The most satisfying part of my job is when I can help a patient that came to see me, solve a problem and leave feeling better than when they walked in.  That makes all the years of grinding worth it! Most challenging would have to be all the politics dealing with health insurance companies and other payers.  Often times, they make it difficult to provide the care, I as the doctor, know is necessary.

What’s one of the proudest moments in your career?

Proudest moment of my career was when I was able to go back to my mother’s native country Haiti and serve as one of the doctors on this medical mission trip.  It was an unbelievable feeling to be able to go back to a place my mother had left for a better life and go back to share with them the product of her work.  Unbelievably proud moment.

What are your top three healthy habits?

Top three healthy habits: prayer/ meditation, exercise 3-4x a week and adoption of a pescatarian lifestyle.  These keep me grounded.

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What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

One thing people would be surprised to know I secretly desire to be a competitive swimmer! Becoming at least a swim instructor is on my bucket list.

What is something you will never do again?

I will never again base my abilities on what naysayers think.  I’ve learned to tap into myself and follow my inner voice to determine my abilities.

Giving the opportunity to do everything over again, is there anything you would change?

It’s easy to pick out my mistakes and say that I would change all those, but upon further reflection, I realized that I wouldn’t be the person I am today.  I greatly enjoy the person I am and the journey I am on.  Both the positive and negative aspects of my journey. They have all resulted in me.

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How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?

Facebook -drsarepta .  Instagram – @drsarepta .  Twitter drsarepta .  LinkedIn Dr. Sarepta Isaac DPM.  MBA Website: http://www.drsarepta.com

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