GP of the month - Dr Romi Gordon
Each month Krystal Burt finds out what makes our doctors tick, this month it's Romi Gordon
What inspired you to become a doctor?
Growing up, I thought I was destined to be an actress, starring as a doctor on a soap show. Then I realised I wasn't a very talented actress and gave more thought to the doctor part.
What are your long term plans?
I'm living life for the now and not thinking too far ahead. I love what I'm doing at the moment and will embrace new adventures and opportunities as they come. I love that medicine is always evolving and that being a GP allows me to change with it.
I've started doing more cosmetic medicine and am loving the challenge of meeting patients' aesthetic needs! I love that wrinkle relaxers can be used for excessive sweating, jaw grinding or to simply boost self confidence!
What days do you work - do you have a set roster or does it change?
I work Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and alternate Sundays. I'm also available on Saturday mornings, by request, for cosmetic medicine appointments!
What is the most important thing you've learned while working in medicine?
To listen. People have so much to tell and to teach and we can learn so much from each other by listening.
What is the hardest part of being a doctor in the modern tech filled world? What is the best?
Worst - Google. Best - Google.
It is a blessing and a curse as it has allowed patients to have greater autonomy and education over their own body and ailments. Downside is that Google tells everyone they have cancer.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests outside of work?
I love taking my dog to the beach. She is a big, brown labradoodle and she loves to roll in sand.
I was also a singer in an acoustic band until the long day/late night combo became too tiring!
The Northern Lights, African safari, Gorilla trekking.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
I am a true believer in living for today.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
The Handmaid’s Tale – so good!
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I couldn’t possibly choose!