‘Listening Is Everything’

Dr Ketki Suhas SAPRE responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire.

Why and how did you think of becoming a doctor? 

I was born with congenital dislocation of hip [CDH] — a birth defect. I’ve undergone corrective surgeries for it. This was how I developed a penchant towards medicine from my formative years. I first wanted to become an orthopaedic surgeon and treat babies born with such congenital defects, or other flaws, so they could have a much better quality of life in their growing, as also later, years. This was, perhaps, my own eureka moment too — to becoming a doctor.

What made you think of, study and specialise in the system of medicine you now practice?

It was pure destiny. I was aiming for admission in MBBS, but as luck, or fate, would have it, I was slated to undergo a major surgery, coinciding with my medical entrance exams. There was no way I’d appear for the exams, forget about the thought that I just couldn’t move around for a few months following surgery. This led me to think of BSc, as a possible option, for a moment — but, there was also just no way I’d give up on my dream of becoming a doctor. I sought, as providence would have wanted it, admission into a homeopathic medical college, thanks to my mom. She completed all admission formalities as I was confined to bed. This was how I enrolled, for BHMS, at one of the most renowned homeopathic medical colleges in Mumbai. It did not take long for me to develop a keen interest in homeopathy — a holistic system of ‘less is more medicine’ that is in a league of its own.

What has been your personal and professional experience as a doctor?

I am not a full-time practicing homeopath for a reason — I’ve all along had a passion for writing. This propelled me to taking up medical writing as a full-time profession, albeit I prescribe homeopathic medicines to my colleagues, friends, family, and others, and help them surmount their health issues, or complaints. My experience as a ‘do-good,’ friendly doctor has been a hugely fulfilling and satisfying experience — without its usual, also pervasive, commercial underpinnings. When I get to hear positive feedback from my patients, it just makes my day.

What unique and special skills you think you have that has made the big difference for your patients?

I have been told that I am a good listener. Well, as you’d, perhaps, know, that in homeopathic case taking, listening patiently is extremely critical. Being a good listener is one quality that I am certainly proud of. I also think I can connect well with my patients and this helps me to get to the ‘root cause’ of their problem, which in its totality, enables me to help them overcome their discomfort.

What is your best definition of optimal wellness and why? 

Optimal wellness, in my view, is when a person is healthy and at peace with oneself, mentally, as well as physically. Our mind is at the centre of all our bodily functions. When the mind is not well, our body gets impacted, and vice-versa.

Your ‘best’ case?

It was my first case that I consider my ‘best’ case too. One of my colleagues was suffering from a medical problem for several years. It had impacted her diet and lifestyle in more ways than one. When she approached me I was quite hesitant. I pondered over it and I decided to have a detailed conversation with her. I was able to, much to my own surprise, help her get over her problem within a few months. This gave me the big confidence boost. I started practicing homeopathy, not for my own satisfaction, but also fulfilment — and, not as a source of income too.

Your ‘not-so-good’ case?

Fortunately, I haven’t had any ‘not-so-good’ case as yet. I am happy that the patients I cater to are helped with my medicines and also feel good after consulting me.

What appeals to you the most?

Honesty, loyalty and multitasking.

What annoys you the most?

Disrespect; not being grateful. Insensitivity.

Your favourite book?

How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.

Your favourite joke?

Can’t think of any, right now.

Your favourite song?

Jo bheji thi dua [Shanghai; Nandini Srikar/Arijit Singh/ Kumaar/Vishal-Shekhar].

Your favourite movie? 

There are more than a few: 3 Idiots, Rang De Basanti, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Marathi: Ananya, Jhimma, etc.,

Your favourite TV, Netflix show? 

Mismatched and The Big Bang Theory

Your other interests, or hobbies?

Travelling, singing [only at home], and watching videos of dogs, cats and pandas.

Your goal in life?

I want to be successful in all aspects, be it career, personal, or family life. As a practising homeopath, I want to help as many people as I can — including my friends and family — and, making homeopathy, in my own humble way, their ‘go-to’ first line of treatment.

Dr KETKI SUHAS SAPRE, BHMS, Advanced PG Diploma [Clinical Research & Medical Writing], is a full-time medical and scientific writer by profession. Her homeopathic medical practice is restricted to a select group of patients, viz., friends, family, colleagues and the needy — on prior appointment. She lives in Mumbai, India.

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