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  • Writer's pictureVirginia Maina

Upclose with Dr. Esther Dindi

Tell us about your journey to get to where you are.

I studied Medicine at Moi University, which was followed by a one year Internship at Armed Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi. After working as a general practitioner for 3 years I joined the University of Nairobi for Masters in Internal medicine.

Working as a Physician after that led me to develop a passion for prevention of lifestyle diseases, an area that am now very passionate about. I took a Certificate course in Fitness training and Nutrition and established the Doctor Fitness Brand.

What would you say is your greatest work achievement to date?

I think building a brand that is helping thousands of people across the world to embrace healthy living is my greatest achievement so far. I get messages from people across the globe telling me of how their lives have been impacted by engaging with the Doctor Fitness brand. That is so fulfilling

Describe your typical patient.

My typical patient is a Professional woman, usually doing well career wise but struggling with how to practically live out the healthy lifestyle. Most of the time they already have a lifestyle disease that's beginning to bother them, or they have had some previous conversations with their doctors on the need to do something about their lifestyle.

What challenges do you face in your day to day work?

Time, it's a big challenge juggling motherhood, career and entrepreneurship.

Trying to be a present mom to my children, a supportive wife while at the same time being the CEO of your own fast growing Company is very challenging.

I do both Clinical work and run the Lifestyle change program, getting a good balance between the two is quite tricky.

The other challenge is the

Despite these challenges, tell us what keeps you going.

Every time I meet someone and they tell of how my programs have changed their lives, I literally get a new lease of life. This is really what keeps me going. I feel like this is what I was put on earth to do.

What changes have you had to make to adjust to the ‘new normal?’ 

Taking all the services to the digital platform. I now do all the lifestyle Coaching through our online platforms, and I have had to get comfortable with that. I am very relational, and I have had to learn how to engage with clients online in a way that makes them still have that personal touch.

Who do you look up to in the health sector?

Dr Sanjay Gupta, for his ability to communicate complex medical issues in a simple manner that is palatable to the public. I like how he has integrated practice with his passion for writing and communication

What would you like to be known for in the medical world?

I would like to be known as that Doctor that helps people prevent and manage lifestyle diseases through a practical approach to lifestyle change. I want to leave a legacy of a new way way to look at treatment, focused more on changing habits than prescribing pills.

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