Cocktails With Dr Kerrie-Ann Gabay
Doffing her trademark white coat, Dr Kerrie-Ann Gabay, senior house officer in the Department of Pathology at the University Hospital, consents to meet us for midweek cocktails at Devon House's Mahogany Tree Bar after a hard day's work. Very much bright-eyed despite long rounds at the hospital, 25-year-old Gabay comes dressed in an animal-print top and leggings, ready for our Q&A in-between sips of her cocktail. (Photos: Karl McLarty)
What are you sipping?
Appleton V/X with coconut water.
What kind of day are you having?
It's been busy and productive. I had a lot of reports to complete and send off, but overall, I have been having a great day and am ending it with a cocktail.
What's in your handbag?
Clinique moisturiser, lip gloss, my purse, my BlackBerry, hand sanitiser, a Band-Aid, and a pen.
Was your decision to pursue a career in the medical field influenced by your father being a paediatrician?
Definitely. As a kid, he allowed me to play with his stethoscope and I was always at his office observing him with patients. So really, I've grown up around medicine, but there was never any pressure to pursue it as a career. It was entirely my decision.
What is your favourite medical-themed TV show or film?
Grey's Anatomy. It is one of the more realistic hospital shows and it's a perfect mix of drama and medical-related issues, so it makes for interesting viewing.
Jeans or an LBD?
Jeans. I am all about comfort and they are so versatile. You can wear them with anything — dressed up or down.
Flats or stilettos?
That's a tricky one. Flats are really comfortable, but heels always make every outfit look better. So I would say both. Heels to start the night, flats to end it.
What are your must-have fashion items?
Mascara, bronzer and a flat iron.
How would you define your personal style?
I love anything in black but generally, I'm about comfort. There's no point looking amazing but feeling uncomfortable all night.
Who does your hair?
Delsha in Princeville Plaza. She's the best!
Who does your nails?
Stacy and Charlene at the Marketplace. They're fantastic.
Where do you head when you want to unwind?
When I need to relax, I head to parties or the beach; anywhere really, once I am with my friends.
Do you think our health sector compares favourably with others in the Caribbean and the wider world?
Honestly, no. We have the knowledge and skills but our resources and infrastructure are lacking, so that does not effectively benefit the patient.
What areas in the sector do you believe need urgent attention?
In my opinion, outpatient clinics need attention. They need more manpower and laboratory services to relieve the strain of emergency rooms. Currently, patients are using the casualty departments as clinics.
As a young professional, do you think bright minds like yourself are doing enough to ensure a better future for the generations to follow?
Yes, I do. We as young people are constantly upgrading our skills. We are no longer content with having the basic requirements and are constantly seeking ways to improve ourselves and, by extension, our country.
What's your idea of the perfect date?
I love to chill, so anything from drinks to a movie to dinner.
What's your idea of the perfect man?
Does he exist? No one is perfect.
What do you want most for Christmas?
An iPhone 5.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I hope to have an established paediatric practice and a family.