As an undergraduate at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Leticia Vargas wasn’t sure what her career path would be. Then the nun who was the university president at the time told her “You’re going to medical school.”
It was the right call. Vargas went into Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN) because she enjoyed working with women at all stages of life and also had an interest in surgical procedures. A lifelong learner, Dr. Vargas also earned an MBA in Healthcare Administration and trained to become a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Dr. Vargas has served patients in San Antonio for 16 years, including 10 years in private practice and also as an OB hospitalist. With a demanding schedule that required her to be on call many nights and with long, unpredictable hours driven by patient needs, she developed challenges with autoimmune disorders herself, which led her to learn more about lifestyle-based medicine.
“I think it’s really important for healers and providers to have an empathic awareness that helps us understand why the patient is there. It’s not always the symptoms that are the problem, it’s the underlying factors that make symptoms appear.”
Making one change at a time causes a ripple effect in the long term. It’s the compounding effect.
“Dr. Vargas is the most amazing, caring doctor I've ever met...she's way more than 5 stars. I highly recommend her. She's the best.”
Pray/meditate first thing as soon as I wake up. I schedule my exercise sessions in the morning most times. Get organized for the day.
I have 2 right now:
“One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever.” -- Robert Holden.
“It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” -- Brene Brown
Anything by Brene Brown; I also read a lot of self-help books which include, leadership, management, health and wellness, emotional and spiritual well-being. I also like Regency novels.
I love Tyler Perry movies. Madea is my favorite.
A massage and then a book
Teaching and counseling, which is great because that is one of the biggest reasons for this clinic.
Know your audience and their needs and if possible help fulfill those needs. Everyone is happier.