Meet Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines, A Woman Wearing Many Hats

Dr. Tyeese Gaines (
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Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines’s resume reads like it’s for 2 — or three– individuals. Not only is she the owner and CEO of NOWmed Stroll-In Urgent Care in Jersey City, however this board-certified emergency drugs doctor can also be a journalist.

Gaines, who graduated from Northeastern College in Boston before going to medical faculty at Nova Southeastern University in South Florida, was honored with a Prime 40 beneath 40 award from the National Medical Affiliation in 2011. In 2014, she turned a fellow within the American School of Emergency Physicians. Along with her medical training, Gaines earned a Master’s of Enterprise Administration (MBA) from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business Faculty.

Earlier than opening NOWmed, Dr. Gaines beforehand served as medical director and chairman of the Emergency Division at Landmark Medical Middle in Rhode Island; medical director of UltraMed Urgent Care in Skokie, Illinois; and assistant medical director of the Emergency Division at Raritan Bay Medical Middle.

There’s extra: Gaines additionally has a grasp’s diploma in journalism from Northeastern University. And, during the last 18 years, Dr. Ty (as she likes to be referred to as) has appeared as an on-air medical skilled for local, on-line and nationwide news exhibits and has written for numerous online, journal and newspaper retailers.

Gaines tells how she juggles it all while promoting good locally and coping with the challenges of being a female entrepreneur in the medical area. What led you to found NOWmed Stroll-In Pressing Care?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: I decided to start out NOWmed Walk-In Pressing Care because I saw a necessity in my hometown. There are restricted healthcare choices within the West Aspect, Bergen Lafayette, Hackensack Waterfront, and Greenville sections of Jersey City — and positively from an pressing care, open day by day, late hours standpoint. NOWmed has grow to be a good way for me to take the talents and training I’ve spent the final 20 years honing and serve the group that raised me. On the similar time, amidst my own growing frustrations within our present healthcare system as I ascended into positions of leadership and administration, I needed an opportunity to offer high quality look after sufferers, particularly disenfranchised patients, alone phrases, with a robust staff who believes in the same vision. What makes NOWmed Stroll-In Urgent Care totally different from different health amenities?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: All the providers at NOWmed are former Emergency Division providers, so we will deal with anything at any time. Plus, being homegrown in this neighborhood that my mother still lives in, I have an excellent understanding of the unique group we serve. We really purpose to offer high-quality care, in a fantastic three,700 sq. foot facade to a very numerous, inner-city inhabitants. We’ve also labored exhausting to have employees and suppliers who mirror the large variety in that area of Jersey Metropolis. We take virtually all business insurances, plus Medicare, Medicaid, and army insurances. Up to now, our patients appear to be very appreciative of us being on the West Aspect of Jersey Metropolis; our late, weekend, and vacation hours; and the care they obtain. When and why did you launch Physician Ty Media, LLC?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: I initially founded Doctor Ty Media in 2013, with smaller freelance tasks. But I expanded it in 2015 to include webinars, and taking over both doctor, med scholar, and medical apply shoppers. What I found as each a physician and a journalist was the large disconnect between the specialists who have a ton of medical information and the retailers disseminating the knowledge. I additionally saw how beneficial it was for me to have a medical background whereas working in a few of the newsrooms I interned or worked in. I felt that extra of those with the knowledge wanted to share that accurate info with the public. There’s a lot hogwash going around!

Nevertheless, traditionally, by nature of our training, physicians can have a troublesome time discussing medical information to the lay public and in an entertaining method — that’s where Doctor Ty Media is available in. We do every thing from educating physicians tips on how to brand themselves and use social media effectively; we ghostwrite posts for some practices and  do workshops for physician organizations associated to all media subjects, together with learn how to further a corporation’s message. What’s the key to juggling every little thing?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: There isn’t just one key to juggling every thing. As much as I can grind and go for lengthy stretches, I have discovered that I do higher scheduling in a couple of hours or a full day of simply doing nothing, or doing something fun that I take pleasure in. If I depart it up to probability, it doesn’t happen. I actually have to block out that point on my calendar, just for me. One other factor is to stay organized. Whenever you’re not utilizing your time effectively, the work will spill over into your planned “free time.”

Study to delegate, and assemble a strong staff you could rely upon so you don’t have to hold the load yourself. And use a digital calendar! I exploit Google calendar without fail…I have calendars for each facet of life, they usually overlay onto the same calendar grid.

Lastly, you must have a superb help system. Even when it’s just one or 2 individuals… have good individuals which might be rooting for you in your nook who will speak you off of the ledge and remind you of the bigger objective, even when you’ll be able to’t see it. What do you like concerning the media business?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: I just like the media business as a result of I can educate a bigger group of people about health and medical issues, compared to one affected person at a time in the pressing care, or the emergency room. With the on-air segments I’ve carried out prior to now, as well as on-line news pieces, I get to deliver consideration to issues pertinent to the sufferers I serve. I take pleasure in that, and I take pleasure in being artistic. I additionally loved my days working in a stay newsroom. It’s the true definition of teamwork and the way if one piece falters, the entire thing falls apart. And when there’s breaking information, there’s adrenaline pumping. I truly drew this parallel between my newsroom days and my ER days in my private assertion for residency. What drew you to drugs?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: Properly for one, I get paid to satisfy totally different individuals every single day. That’s pretty cool. Second, the physique fascinates me, and all the time has since I was a small youngster. So, I like the combination of science, service, educating, and detective work as you attempt to determine what’s improper with a patient. That’s additionally what drove me to emergency drugs. Day by day is totally different. Each patient grievance is totally different. Retains you on your toes. What has been probably the most shocking thing you’ve got discovered about being an entrepreneur in the medical area?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: Probably the most shocking thing about being an entrepreneur within the medical area is how rather more I exploit my MBA (master’s of enterprise administration) from UNC Kenan-Flagler Enterprise Faculty than my actual medical training. I’ve also been stunned and dissatisfied at how –not all, but some — corporations in this business have overlooked the rationale why we’re all right here… to serve patients with dignity and respect, and return them to a state of wellness as quickly as potential. What are three ideas you’d give to different entrepreneurs?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: Oh, there are such a lot of! If I’ve to slender it down… one, self-care is important. As an entrepreneur, in the event you go down, your staff falls with you.

Two, belief nobody, so get every part in writing — either a authorized settlement or on the very least, affirm telephone discussions with e-mail that each parties respond to. It can save and shield you in the long run.

And three, take the leap. Sure, you need to prepare, however you will never really feel as prepared as you need to. Entrepreneurship by design is dangerous. So, study as a lot as you possibly can, put together as a lot as you possibly can, network as a lot as you possibly can. However sooner or later, you simply have to close your eyes and leap. Have there been any challenges to being a feminine entrepreneur in the medical subject?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: Completely. Sadly, each women and men deal with ladies leaders in another way. Typically it’s a constructive, but a number of occasions it’s a problem. People just speak to males in a different way. I’ve seen the identical vendors decide up the tempo or be extra deliberate in finishing a job once they converse to a male involved with the venture than once they converse to me, the CEO who writes the checks.

As a lady chief, you’re expected to be warm and nurturing, but never present emotion — huh? Men can yell and scream they usually might say, he’s a jerk, but they do what he says, but when a lady boss does it, she is overreacting, or she’s suggested to “tone it down” or “kill people with kindness.” As a society, we still have an extended approach to go. Managing employees can be challenging as a result of they naturally feel extra snug talking about their personal points with ladies bosses than they might ever share with a male boss. Typically, that can result in a better work surroundings, but typically it’s an try to control the feminine boss. I long for the day that these variations don’t exist. Your objectives for 2019?

Dr. Tyeese L. Gaines: My first aim is, in fact, to proceed on our trek to satisfy our gross sales objectives. We are also ramping up our free group events within the second half of the yr, together with getting concerned with local health initiatives. And as typical, to maintain enhancing the care we provide and pivoting to satisfy the additional wants of the group we’re in as we uncover them.