Women are making their mark in a different industry. From the world’s pool of fearless beauties with the brain, Prime View Magazine covered one such gem. She is Katie Lau, the founder of Dr. Katie Clinic, providing aesthetic medical services in Hong Kong.
Dr. Katie Clinic focuses on treating patients in a holistic approach, not only addressing patients’ concerns – a very common business model in the industry – but providing an all-rounded solution to improve patients’ skin health and outlook through non-invasive treatment modalities.
In academics, Katie did her graduation from the University of Hong Kong in 2006, then completed 3 years of basic surgical training in 2011. After that, over the last 10 years, she went into private practice specializing in aesthetic medicine. In the year 2017, she started her clinic.
Apart from her academic commitments, Katie was also a competitive swimmer, where she started training back at the age of 8. With luck, she managed to uphold the 100 meters Butterfly Hong Kong Record Holder title for 9 years from the year 1993, attained World Ranking number 16 with the same in that year too, the first swimmer in Hong Kong to have accomplished a World Ranking. The following year, she was part of the 4 x 100 meters Freestyle Relay silver medallist team in the Hiroshima Asian Games 1994.
The Motivation Behind The Inspiring Journey
While talking about her early days, Katie said, “My childhood path has never led me into daring dreams of becoming a doctor, despite unconditionally feeling passion in my current healthcare mission once I obtained qualifications. I majored science stream in high school, as chemistry and biology subjects contribute a good basic foundation, my family and teachers strongly encouraged me to aim for medical school. Also, both my parents’ families have no precedence in serving this field, they find it meaningful to go for a try. I was not at all aware that decision was such life-changing and exciting to me.”
“All Hong Kong practitioners are regulated under the Hong Kong Medical Council; all forms of marketing promotions are strictly prohibited. I can only rely on word of mouth to build my reputation all along. Some patients from various centers I worked at before the establishment of my clinic, found me again on the Internet. They were happy to share my joy of taking up a new role. Those surprise moments deeply touched and enlightened me, not only because it meant result satisfaction, but also, they showed faith in me”, she further added.
Resolving Dermatological Problems With Holistic Well-Being
Her primary treatment focus is dermatological problems and holistic well-being management. Improve “weaknesses” by appearance and skin health, while elaborate on the unique natural beauty of each and every, together makes a positive impact on their psychological aspects further – these refinements definitely enrich their work, social, and family circles, they gain much more confidence in walking on their lives.
Encouragingly, not only do Katie’s patients feel revived, people around them – family, friends, colleagues all witness these “subtle” changes, even spiritually. Out of surprise and curiosity, they initiate to ask her patients’ stories, which turn into her “referrals” quite naturally!!
Once her patient, a friend for life!! Loyalty simply grows from outcome efficacy, efficiency, and longevity -meaning to give the optimal with the best products, in the shortest interval, but with the longest-lasting time!
More About Aesthetic Medicine
Aesthetic medicine is a distinct medical industry with great variety. It can be perceived as half art half science, different doctors can exhibit diverse approaches, while the service experience of each patient in every clinic is exclusive and individualized. Therefore, it is common for patients to window shop, and try several centers simultaneously. Regardless, Katie offers her best every day, learns continuously to undertake the better, emphasizes the first principle of “no harm”, instead of merely business focus.
But all in all, the most important quality is SUPPORT – no matter patients, who might be demoralized from past experiences, be it personal or medical, also to respective peer doctors. She strongly believes in her profession, patient complaints are many a time mutual misunderstanding, misconceptions, discorded styles, resulting in “mismatches”. Without exceptions, she stays neutral to explain facts, provide knowledge, rather than go along with “misinterpretations” and further exacerbate the gaps.
The Roller Coaster Ride Towards Success
“Ever since, I very much enjoy working on daily operations, as well as my professional routines – with an aim to help anyone in need. This is my all-time motto no matter where I work. It has always been my great honor to attain recognition, both from patients and society, because these precious rewards remind me to work
even harder, to achieve excellence and the better always. I was granted several Global Awards from UK, USA
this year. Above all, I was proud to be invited as a speaker for Korea Derma annual meeting in December 2020,
my online lecture presented was “Skin Saving Pearls: Combating What’s Under and Above the Mask”, shared by Katie Lau.
A Day In Leading Lady’s Life
“Discipline is always the key to running a sound business. I take in a chronological life since I decided to train into an elite swimmer at a young age. Up to now, just to share, I wake up at around 8-9 am for some workout
before breakfast. I start work at 11 am until 8-9 pm. Afterwards, it is paperwork time, not until I finish can I return home to rest my day at about 12 am. Although it might seem like a monotonous timetable every day, I feel productive acting in such a rhythm. My favorite hobby is coffee brewing and all its mastership, thanks
to my inspirer. I wish to run another business after retirement, a mini cafe so that I can prolong serving in another way”, Katie asserted when asked about her daily routine.
Katie’s long-term objective is to boost up her field and make known her ups and downs along the journey. Expansion is not her major intention. In the past few years, she has already voiced in seminars, clinical classes, online conferences, and biography articles. Shortly, she is planning to give more in-depth insights, proficiency, real-life stories, up to interesting patient encounters, via YouTube Channel broadcast.
The Support System
“I think I am always a fortunate girl, because, throughout my sports and medical career, I acquire unveiling full back up from my closest family, all-time caring friends, and schoolmates, to my work seniors, counterparts, and later, my team staff. Not without them, I cannot accomplish and be what I am now” Katie proudly shared.
Word To The Wise
The world is changing, fast and furious, just like any occupation. Modern civilization cultivates a substantial proportion of women to be entrepreneurs. For Katie, patients open up more willingly to express their inner concerns to her as a female. Both genders possess their own strengths. But ultimately, hard work plays the trick. With the recent ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo, this traditional concept of “no pain, no gain” impresses every audience beyond question. Only by clenching through serious professional training, can athletes win in their respective sports arenas. In the same way, the industrious effort pays off a successful career.