As a part of my interview series with prominent medical professionals about Strategies To Grow Your Private Practice, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Tanya Kormeili.
Dr. Tanya Kormeili is an internationally recognized, Board-certified dermatologist, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, and a leading consultant in her field.
Graduated with highest Honors from both medical school and undergraduate studies from UCLA, Dr. Kormeili Kormeili has received extensive training in clinical research and has been a sub-investigator in various clinical trials presented to the Food and Drug Administration.
In addition to numerous honors and awards for her contributions to the field of dermatology, she holds two international awards from the Chilean Society of Dermatology and Venereology, and the XVI CILAD Congress of Dermatology in Colombia.
A frequent speaker to both her industry and the public, Dr. Kormeili has been featured on television, as well as in print and online media. In 2013 she was listed in the Los Angeles Magazine Best of LA, as a rising star in dermatology. In 2017, Expertise recognized Dr. Kormeili as one of the best dermatologists out of over eight hundred dermatologists in Los Angeles. In 2017, Dr. Kormeili was featured as an inspiring story in VoyageLA for her lifetime achievement.
She was the winner of the 2013 listeners’ choice awards for the CallyWood Awards for her professional interview on various rejuvenation techniques for the ethnic skin. She was ranked among The Leading Physicians in The World for 2018.
Dr. Kormeili specializes in non-surgical skin rejuvenation and healthy skin, including diagnosis and treatment of acne, rashes, rosacea and various skin cancers.
I am a child of immigration. Hard work comes easy when your parents have sacrificed everything for you to thrive! I love family and come alive with interacting with people. I never lose sight of my gratitude for the life I have.
We needed to expand to keep up with our patients’ needs and fill the gaps where traditional healthcare clinics could not. I had a vision that patients will get the best of dermatology and plastic surgery under one roof. I wanted patients to have the ease of picking up the prescriptions without waiting in crazy lines in a pharmacy. I wanted patients to have the state of the art access to Operating Rooms without the cold impersonal touch of cold surgery centers. I think of my patients as family, so I build us a great home!
I accept that there are times I am not going to be perfectly balanced! I try to be present in what I do. When I am with my little daughter, I put away all phones and work stuff. I am 100% mommy and attentive, however little time that is. When I am at work, I trust that the many people I have in my daughter’s life are caring for her well, and I stay focused on my patients. Of course, I schedule a great dinner and a spa date with girlfriends or hubby to fight the boring routine at times. I overall just feel so grateful that I am a dermatologist and I get to do what I enjoy everyday. My patients’ gratitude honestly lifts the exhaustion!
I have protected scheduled time to be a business owner and scheduled time to be with patients. I try not to do too much switching because it leads to errors.
The path is less important to me than the product! I just focus on the vision I have. NEVER EVER compromise quality or my own integrity. Getting into UCLA for medical school was a big hurdle and matching into a dermatology residency was against all odds. I just worked hard
Money comes when you meet people’s needs. Chasing money is futile. I just try to do a great job each time. I don’t trust the care of my patient’s in the hands of those not qualified to do medical procedures because they are less expensive on payroll. I never break the law. It is amazing how keeping your integrity pays off. I routinely turn people down from procedures they are willing to pay for because I think it is either harmful to their health or their wallet.
I call a lifeline! I have great friends, husband and family who help me feel secure in life again. I also take big breaths and even cry when I really need to! I am not scared of feeling my feelings so they pass by easily. I have always been a very focused person even as a child. I usually have to remember to relax a bit more and enjoy the process!
I agree wholeheartedly. I have had so many mentors. My grandmother was a lioness of a woman. She was a natural healer and knew everything about using plants to heal people. She was a great mother and an amazing human being. She early on showed me how to be feminine yet strong. Along the path, I have had so many men and women who have helped me learn various lessons in life. I think the key is not to always get a formal “mentor” but to look for everyday people who have so much to teach us collectively in various areas of life. Some of my patients have been my mentors in that way. They have helped me see how I can balance motherhood and a big career, while fighting the guilt that comes with not spending every minute with my baby.
I love audible! I just look to learn new things. There is literally no reason to be ignorant in this world with so many great resources. I always do more CME (Continual Medical Education) than needed. I keep myself humble and see how other colleagues do things. I love Tony Robbins as my motivational speaker when I need a little boost. I have learned so much about the psychology of healing from Luise Hay. I love learning and expanding my understanding of the world.
My grandmother always said: “When you are in a position to help, go ahead and help. When you need help one day, God will send you angles. Don’t worry so much about if that person will directly give back to you.”
Literally, the smartest spiritual statement of my life. When I embarked on this huge construction project to build out our new office, hire new staff, change my electronic medical records, design operating rooms, in house pharmacy, a new website, all new equipment and hundreds of little things, I just felt flooded with “help!” All the goodwill in the universe came back to me in abundance.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Profound understanding of all the ways we are touching each other’s lives and all the parallel universes we can explore.
For other incredible interviews, please check out our podcast: Healthcare Heroes.
A special thanks to Dr. Kormeili again! The purpose of this interview series is to highlight the entrepreneurs, innovators, advocates, and providers inside Healthcare. Our hope is to inspire future healthcare providers on the incredible careers that are possible!