Don’t wait for the inspiration, be the inspiration: Dr. Meena Potee
1. What do you do for living?
I practice medicine. I am a Doctor and practice in our Hospital
“Pote Eye Care Center”.
2. What would you describe your work?
I am fortunate to have my passions as a job. Helping the needy is very close to my heart. I love my work as a Opthalmologist, it gives me an opportunity to serve the needy especially the privileged.
3. What does your work entail?
My primary job involves detecting the eye problems and help the patient to solve it, clinically or surgically as required. Since the patients are mostly from the rural area I have to spend majority of my time counselling them.
4. What’s your typical week like?
My week is 5 days a week, 12 noon to 6 pm check up operatives, follow ups, meetings.
5. How did you get started?
A seed sown 20 years back, faced a lot of hurdles like any new venture, had husbands support and strong will power to succeed and today we have two well settled branches .
6. What do you like about your job?
More than a job it’s my passion, I love every moment spent with the patients. It gives immense satisfaction especially when they are happy with the outcome and grateful. Specially as we conduct free camps for cataract every month for the needy.
7. What do you dislike?
It pains me deeply when I see children do not treat their old parents well and don’t spend on their medicines.
At times inspite of convincing the patients about a particular treatment they have no faith….it hurts me really bad.
8. How do you make money or how are you compensated?
I believe money is a bye product when your work is sincere, from the heart, there will not be any dearth of materialistic gain. My needs are very well fulfilled with the ethical medical practice.
9. What skills are needed to do this?
Deep knowledge of the subject is primary, discipline, dedication, devotion is essential. Anyone in medical profession should be endowed with Empathy.. I feel.
10. What is the most challenging about your work?
Time… I am fond of so many things other than practising medicine. I love reading, modelling, don’t get time for these things. I follow my heart rather than the brain which is sometimes challenging.
11. What is the most rewarding?
When an old patient who was blind for years is operated by me and gets vision. The joy on his face is no more than a reward.
12. What advice would you offer someone considering this carrier?
Simple that Believe yourself and you will achieve.
Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith, vision, hard work determination and dedication.
Remember all things are possible for those who believe.
13. How much time off do you get?
Weekends are off for me for my family friends and outings.
Once in a while I do modelling and certain Beauty pageants, and go as judge for Beauty Pageants, which is my second passion now.
This way balance my professional and my personal life.
14. What else would you like people to know about your carrier?
People generally feel its all (success) achieved very early. They sometimes fail to notice the hard work, labour involved, every individual must understand “There is no shortcut to success”.
Nothing is as important as passion no matter what you want to do in your life, be passionate.”
15. What are the common misconceptions people have about your work?
I am busy with my activities…. I am a health freak, love to look after myself, love travelling, modelling and of course passionate about my work.
You alone are enough; you have nothing to prove to anyone.
So people sometimes feel I am snobbish and self centered. I am fortunate that friends, my family understands me and appreciate me for what I am.
Dr. Mrs Meena Bapu Pote, Managing director of Pote Eye Care Centre is a dynamic & Socially active Lady. Has organised countless charity events for orphans & differently abled children in Ahmednagar district. She was a director of Ambika Mahilla Bank. Ahmednagar. Past president of Rotary club of Ahmednagar Midtown.
Every girl has a dream to wear the Tiara & walk on the Ramp.She was selected for the Pageant Mrs India Earth held in Delhi . Won the most prestigious crown of Mrs Famous at Mrs India Earth 2017. Was Jury member at various beauty pageants such Tulips, Mrs Ahmednagar, The Tiara, Indian Academy of fashion Designing.
Recently she was a Jury member at KIITS and KISS University, Search of Nanhi pari, Little Miss India. With spectacular mob of more than 27000 at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Jury at All India Lioness Conference held in Shirdi. Her Husband an renowned Opthalmologist Dr.Bapu. Has Twin sons both doctors Dr. Uday Spine surgeon his wife Anaesthetia Dr. Ulhas a Gynaecologistca infertility sp. and his wife MD Dermatology. Her hobbies as she being fitness freak, Zumba, gym and sometimes singing.
Photocredits: Dr.Meena Pote’s Archieves