A dermatology resident based in Miami, Florida, Gabriella V., DO knew she wanted to become a doctor from a young age – thanks to her father and grandfather who are both osteopathic physicians. Gabriella wants to make an impact in the medical field and a difference in her patient’s lives. She loves derm because it allows her to do a little bit of everything, from surgical procedures to preventive care. When she’s not working, studying or applying for fellowships you can find her sharing style tips on her Instagram (a must follow) and drinking matcha lattes!
I LOVE BEING ABLE TO IMPROVE MY PATIENTS’ SELF-CONFIDENCE AND MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES.
HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY?
As soon as I wake up, I take the pups for a long walk! It’s nice to be able to clear my head before checking social media or answering emails.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A DERMATOLOGIST?
My dad and grandfather are both osteopathic physicians, so I was always inspired by the impact they had on their patients. I grew up wanting to be a doctor because I want to make an impact in the medical field.
WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR FIELD?
Dermatology is such a fun specialty to work in! I love being able to improve my patient’s self-confidence and make them feel good about themselves. In dermatology we deal with both complex and simple cases, so the diversity of what we manage and treat keeps things interesting. I have always had a passion for surgery, and I love that I get to practice procedural based medicine in an outpatient setting.
WHAT IS A STEREOTYPE THAT IS UNTRUE ABOUT PEOPLE IN YOUR PROFESSION? A lot of people think that dermatology is boring and all we do is treat acne and check moles. Dermatology is actually a very rewarding, yet mentally stimulating field! We get to surgically remove skin cancer, manage many complex diseases including psoriasis and lupus, perform lasers and other cosmetic procedures.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF THIS YEAR, AND WHERE HAVE YOU FELT THE MOST POSITIVE GROWTH?
Seeing parts of the community coming together to help each other. Our first responders and frontline workers are amazing humans who deserve to be celebrated.