The Entrepreneurial Life Chose Me

I was trained  to be an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician, but the life of an entrepreneur chose me.
 
My employee mindset changed as a result of an interview during residency. The interview was with a private practice physician, who I had known during my training. He had first-hand knowledge of my assets as a physician: surgical skill, sound judgment, physician-patient rapport and superb communication skills. Despite my positive attributes, his job offer for my annual salary was significantly less than the price of the Porsche 911 he was driving and much less than the MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) standard for physician compensation. MGMA is the resource leader for healthcare salary compensation.
 
This experience left me baffled and humiliated but I realized something very important… I didn’t have the employee mindset that most physicians do.  I wanted the freedom  to create and design my own practice and there was no reason I couldn’t do that. I thrived on risk to experience a greater reward. I despise rules, structure and predictability. I wanted to change the world, not just have a job. Failures in my mind were setbacks and an opportunity to learn. Despite all the challenges I have faced over the years, starting my own practice was the best decision of my life. I was able to build a team and office culture of stellar employees.  I was able to tailor my practice to the aspects of ENT that I enjoyed most – minimally invasive procedures to treat chronic sinusitis and improve nasal obstruction. My patients are so thankful to be offered minimally invasive solutions to avoid the downtime, healing, and expense of more aggressive surgical alternatives.
 
Once my ENT practice was successful, my next venture was adding a Medical Spa to my practice. So many patients would not consider cosmetic rejuvenation procedures because of artificial and unnatural looking results. My goal was to achieve a well- rested youthful appearance without the obvious tell-tale signs that a procedure was performed. This difference in approach allowed me to attract patients that were looking for intervention that appeared natural, not artificial.
 
Things were going so well for me until I was diagnosed and treated for Thyroid cancer at the age of 34.  I had surgery to remove my entire thyroid gland and I had radioactive iodine treatment. Because the exact cause of thyroid cancer is unknown, I suspected that my diet and choice of personal care products I used could be a contributing factor.  I decided to detox my life by eating better quality food and avoiding pesticides. I reviewed my personal care products that I was using; like shampoos, lotions, deodorants; and eliminated chemicals as much as possible.
 
I reviewed the ingredients in the skin care products I was recommending to my Medical Spa clients and I was appalled that some products didn’t clearly list their ingredients and all of them contained chemicals that I didn’t approve of.  I was appalled when I found out that there is no federal regulation of ingredients to protect the consumer from dangerous chemicals.
 
From my frustration with the cosmetic industry, my next entrepreneurial venture was born.
 
I set out to create a skincare line that addressed common anti-aging issues such as dark spots, loss of elasticity, blemishes and more. The ingredients would be plant and mineral based, contain no harsh ingredients or chemical preservatives. The ingredients needed to work synergistically to provide superior results. KalVera Skincare was created to provide consumers with healthy skin care and to support my mission to educate consumers about hazardous ingredients found in personal care products and empower them to make safer choices.
 
My journey as an Entrepreneur has been euphoric but it is not the lifestyle for everyone. Entrepreneurship is often a lonely, risky, anxiety-provoking and ever humbling expedition. It can also be addictive. Although KalVera Skincare is my most recent creation, I doubt it will be my last entrepreneurial endeavor.
 
*Cheers*
-Dr. D
 

March is National Sinus Pain Awareness Month: Dr. DePasquale offers tips about symptoms and treatments on March 31

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – February 11, 2015 – St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat  supports National Sinus Pain Awareness Month in March with tips from Dr. Kalpana DePasquale DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sinus problems are among the leading causes for children and adults to stay home from school or work. 
Dr. DePasquale will host an outreach program and interactive lecture to educate patients about treatment options in otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care. She specializes in technologically-advanced procedures including Balloon Sinuplasty™ and PROPEL® . The in-depth discussion will address the latest innovations in treating chronic sinusitis for those with sinus disease, allergies, and related illnesses.
The event will be held on Tuesday, March 31 at 6 pm in the Osceola Conference Room at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd. in St. Augustine. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. DePasquale is a media spokesperson on a myriad of ear, nose and throat issues and skin care topics. She also speaks on behalf of various medical device manufacturers and serves as an expert for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Dr. DePasquale is a faculty member at The Sinus Forum, a conference-style event held in a variety of locations that brings together otolaryngologists from across the nation. She presents at the conference as a course discussant. For more information, call 904.461.6060. Visit the website at www.saent.net.
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Dr. Kalpana DePasquale is the founding physician at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC and Avanti Medical Spa, LLC. She has been practicing as a specialist in ear, nose and throat (ENT) medicine since 2003 and is board certified in Otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. Dr. DePasquale is focused on the complexities of the head and neck anatomy, medicine and surgery for patients of all ages. The main practice is located at 1301 Plantation Island Drive S., Suite 401 in St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.461.6060. Visit the websites at www.saent.net and www.avantimedspa.net.

Dr. Kalpana DePasquale to hold public lecture on treating chronic sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty™ – Oct. 15

 
St. Augustine, Fla. – October 15, 2013 – Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat and Avanti Medical Spa, will host an outreach program and interactive lecture to educate patients and the community about professional otolaryngology, ear, nose, and throat care, and her specialization in Balloon Sinuplasty™. The in-depth discussion will address the latest innovations in treating chronic sinusitis for those with sinus disease and sinusitis.
The event will be held on Tuesday, October 15 at 6 pm in the Osceola Conference Room at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd. in St. Augustine. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. DePasquale is one of the leading physicians in northeast Florida who performs the specialized Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure as an effective way to treat patients. She has demonstrated its use with other ear, nose, and throat doctors and physicians, including allergists and pulmonologists and family and private practice physicians along with others from diverse medical backgrounds.
She also participates each year as a faculty member at The Sinus Forum, a conference-style event held in a variety of locations that brings together otolaryngologists from across the nation. Dr. DePasquale presents at the conference as a course discussant.
“Patients with chronic sinusitis have a common medical ailment. They can suffer from reduced quality of life and reduced productivity and they may also experience pain and discomfort in and around the face due to narrow, inflamed, or swollen nasal passages,” said Dr. DePasquale. “A myriad of treatments are available to treat the malady, but Balloon Sinuplasty can save our patient’s time, money, and relief from pain due to surgery.”  
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure with endoscopic technology and durable tools and equipment that accomplish the same results as traditional surgery without the requirements of an incision. Specifically, a small tube is inserted into and guided along the nasal cavity until the source of the blockage is determined. Then, a smaller catheter glides along the walls of the cavity and inflates to open the passageway with a new opening that is resilient and long-lasting. For more information, call 904.461.6060. Visit the website at www.avantimedspa.net and www.saent.net.
Dr. DePasquale is the founding physician at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC and Avanti Medical Spa, LLC. She has been practicing as a specialist in ear, nose and throat (ENT) medicine since 2003 and is board certified in Otolaryngology. Dr. DePasquale is focused on the complexities of the head and neck anatomy, medicine and surgery for patients of all ages. At Avanti Medical Spa, Dr. DePasquale has in-depth knowledge of facial aesthetics and performs non-invasive cosmetic procedures with rejuvenating facial treatments, non-invasive skin tightening and skin resurfacing with additional services including Visia Skin Analysis, Thermage, Botox, Dermal Fillers, and Isolaz IPL, among others. She recently developed Avanti Rx, a physician-formulated proprietary skin care line for men and women that utilizes medical grade quality ingredients and botanicals.