Profile: Q&A with Dr. Ariel Jarrett
Q: What do you like best about being a primary care doctor?
A: I enjoy the continuity of care, and being able to be involved in every aspect of my patients’ lives. I also enjoy the dynamic of treating whole families, as they progress through the various stages of life.
Q: What are some common concerns shared by your women patients?
A: One is weight loss supplements. A lot of patients ask me if they are safe and effective. I really believe the best way to lose weight and keep it off is by making lifestyle changes – eat healthier, exercise, and take care of your body.
Another concern is anxiety/depression. After doing the appropriate screening process to identify the source of the problem, I educate my patients on strategies that can help reduce both. Often changes in diet; vitamin supplements; exercise and exposure to sunlight can help.
Q: As a female physician, how do you balance work/family & stress?
A: As a wife and mother of 2 toddlers, and a job that I love, my strategy for dealing with stress is to spend quality time with my family in the morning and evening. My children know what my job is, and I involve them in it whenever I can; often bringing them to lectures and medical events. I also make sure to set aside time for myself to do things that I enjoy, such as playing the piano and organ, so I can be at my best in every area of my life.