As a leader in her field, we were interested to hear about Rachel’s personal experience with gender bias throughout her career - “I have not experienced any gender bias from people whose opinions matter to me! I would like to think our society is moving beyond gender bias, but recent headlines and parliamentary behaviours suggest otherwise.” Rachel said.
In her role as principal periodontist in a large practice, Rachel has the opportunity to provide leadership and guidance to a large team. For younger people just starting out in their careers, she says “Look no further than Dr Suess and his wonderful book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” for real inspiration. My son was given this book on finishing school and I had forgotten what a wonderful book it is.” The standout quote from the book for her “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”.
Maven’s focus on wellness is in harmony with Rachels’ own approach to wellness which is about not just surviving but thriving. “Wellness means embracing choices to optimise our physical, mental and social well-being”, something Rachel recognises is not always front of mind for those in the health care industry. “As health care providers we understand the importance of changing health care models – health care should be predictive, personalised, preventive and participatory (4P). As health care providers we need to remember to turn the tables and apply these goals to ourselves. Wellness takes us to the next level, to fulfilling our potential and living life to the fullest.”