Business Spotlight of the Month: Meet Dr. Syeda Amna Husain, Pure Direct Pediatrics
Meet Dr. Husain! She is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in the Marlboro, NJ area. I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Husain and instantly fell in love with her bubbly personality and professionalism. She is so sweet and easy to talk to and I quickly understood why her patients and families love her so much. Dr. Husain has a unique model of practice called Direct Primary Care which allows patients personalized care without the limitations of health insurance. Read on to learn more about this wonderful Monmouth County mom, wife and doctor!
Tell us a little bit about your practice. What makes you different or what is something you would want people to know about you.
At Pure Direct Pediatrics, I aim to provide more than just a once-a-year well checkup. Even if your child is healthy, we strive to keep them that way by providing a wellness plan, which revolves around exercise, nutrition, and overall well-being. We prefer the approach to be proactive instead of reactive with healthcare treatment plans.
As a pediatric physician and child wellness expert, I believe in not just taking on the care of our children but also educating and empowering their parents and guardians.
Pure Direct Pediatrics is the first direct pediatric care practice in New Jersey, and personally I truly cherish the physician-patient relationship. This is a therapeutic relationship based on first and foremost, trust.
I treat every child like her own and not just a number in the waiting room. That includes:
· DIRECT access to your child’s physician via phone/text/email
· Opportunity for home visits by a board-certified pediatrician
· No wait times along with same day/next day appointments
· Transparency at all times with diagnostic plans of care
· Longer, more personalized check ups and acute/sick visits
What made you choose the field you are in?
As a primary care physician, we cover a LARGE scope of problems. My differential for vomiting in an infant versus a school age child versus a teenager is vastly different. Pediatrics is its own science which drew me in-vital signs that vary per age range, specific problems like breastfeeding jaundice, and the chance to help parents raise a future generation all intrigued me.
Not to mention, we all talk about how important it is to feel comfortable with your doctor. Being able to communicate and feel you hold their attention is so important as a patient. Communication skills as a pediatrician is crazy important! When our patients are too young, they can’t talk to us & when they’re older, they don’t want to! (Try taking a history from a teenager!) We rely heavily on caregivers, but sometimes history & exam don’t always add up to a beautiful diagnosis. There’s a lot of grey area we pediatricians have to read between & interpret.
Lastly, advocacy for our patients and the value of a pediatrician and patient relationship is so important to me. Once upon a time, children had their doctors in addition to parents, teachers, coaches, and counselors as someone they could look up to and confide in. I really value that bond and feel it’s an honor to take on.
Tell us about your family life. Do you have any children? What are their ages?
I’m married and have a toddler daughter who I adore! Seriously, she makes me laugh every day multiple times a day! My husband is also a physician (dermatologist) and seeing as we both own and run our own practices, we are BUSY! My 2 year old daughter was a huge incentive when it came to creating Pure Direct Pediatrics. I worked full time when I had her and was ready to transition to a more family friendly position after she was 6 months old. I couldn’t find the perfect job so I created it! Occasionally, when her nanny is sick she comes to work with me, and my families all totally get it! Sometimes, if I have a home visit in the afternoon, I try to get home in the afternoon to see or spend time with her.
What can we find you doing when you are not at work?
I love working out! It’s my me-time and a great way for me to clear my head and get a jump start on the day. I do quite a bit of work from home and medical blogging which keeps me busy when I’m not running after my toddler! Speaking of, you might also find me watching Lion King for the 3984th time, hah!
What are your professional goals? What are your personal goals?
Professionally, my practice is still in its young age and coming up on a 1 year anniversary in May 2020. I still have other ideas for it as it continues to grow. I started out with Newborn/Infant Care and Breastfeeding Classes being that I’m a pediatrician and IBCLE. I later expanded to free consultations and meet n’ greets. Now, I try to hold special evening events for parents every few months. The last one focused on Maternal Mental Health in honor of National Depression Awareness Month. The next one is going to be a Mommy-Child photoshoot for Mother’s Day at the office! I’m constantly always looking to do more!
Personally, I’m looking to incorporate more mindful parenting into my life. I’m writing a blog post on this which goes live in January 2020, a common time for New Year resolutions. Although I don’t really keep resolutions, I do think mindful parenting is a good practice for me to incorporate and one I’ve been trying to pull ideas from since toddlerhood started. It really helps me keep check of my emotions and stay level headed during the craziness of motherhood!
If you are looking for a pediatrician in the Monmouth County area I highly recommend you meet with Dr. Husain. From her home visits and high quality care to her beautiful, welcoming office her practice is incredible.