We had the good fortune of connecting with sabrina fabi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi sabrina, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think we all have to take risks sometimes if we hope to grow personally and professionally. The easy thing is to go with what we already know and feel safe or comfortable doing, but from that place there is no growth. Ultimately it is fear of the unknown (whether outcome or other) or fear of our own greatness that holds us back from not taking risk. But one has to really evaluate what they have to lose, because sometimes it is not as big as we may think, and the reward from taking the risk could be much bigger. As the saying goes, sometimes the greatest risk we take in life is taking no risk at all. I took the risk of letting down a great position in Chicago, and going back to my hometown, where I was being offered a guaranteed salary and a position to open up an entire Cosmetic Dermatology division to a large, well established, Dermatology practice, in order to take a position as an independent contractor, with no guaranteed salary or benefits, in San Diego. A town where I didn’t have friends or family, or a referral base for patients. But I dared to have a bigger vision of what could be, and not let me fear of failing, not doing well, not being busy, and not having money dominate my decision. I was aligning with one of the largest Cosmetic Dermatology practices in the world, with an established research department that would allow me to also be a researcher and writer, and work with the newest technology to offer patients extraordinary results. I bet on myself, and believed that if I worked hard I committed myself to being an exceptional artist and physician my clinical practice would blossom, and I would create a name for myself. Two years later, I had a full schedule, today I have a waitlist to see me and have participated in over 120 clinical trials and have published over 150 medical articles. My dedication to becoming an expert has gotten me invitations to speak in over 38 countries to share my knowledge.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a Board-certified Dermatologist, who practices at Goldman Butterwick Groff Fabi Wu & Boen, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, in San Diego, California. I am an assistant volunteer clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, where I have been presented with the Robert W. Goltz Excellence in Teaching award. I also serve as the associate research director at the practice, and am actively involved in multiple injectable, laser, and sclerotherapy clinical studies, including FDA clinical trials. I have authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications, in addition to coauthoring 22 book chapters on various topics including intense pulsed light, lasers, liposuction, cellulite, cosmeceuticals. and cosmetic injectables. I have lectured both nationally and internationally in over 28 countries in English and Spanish, I am a medical correspondent on Fox5 News San Diego, and have appeared numerous times on Univision, as well as the CBS show “The Doctors,” “Dr. Phil,” and “Inside Edition.” I have been interviewed by numerous media outlets including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Redbook, Teen Vogue, People, Dr. Oz magazine, and New You magazine. I am a repeat recipient of the Patient’s Choice Award, as well as the Compassionate Doctors’ Award, Doctor’s Choice Award, Realself 100 award and have been selected as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and received the inaugural Exceptional Women in Medicine award.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would do yoga at balboa park. the @omexperience holds a free class every Sunday at 11am. I would then take them to Parkhouse eatery, one of my favorite places for breakfast, before renting a boat and going out on the harbor for the afternoon. I would take them to sunset cliffs to catch a sunset, before heading back and having dinner at herb & wood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this to those that believed in me before I had the courage to believe in myself. My medical director and associate, Dr. Mitchel Goldman, my late associate Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick and my mentor Dr. Jean Carruthers. They may not realize it, but that belief they had in me gave me the fortitude and strength to overcome moments of doubt and fear along the journey, which I find will inevitably happen, even after we make the decision to take the risk. It is what has kept me striving towards being the best expression of myself professionally, and knowing I can overcome what comes my way.
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