No, I Didn't Waste All That Training

Meet Dr. Kristal Lau.

Physician, Postpartum Wellness Consultant, Author of 'Postpartum 30', and International Speaker.

I'm proof that medical doctors can have a fulfilling non-clinical career and still positively impact people's health.

Welcome to my journey into and out of medicine.

Postpartum 30: Thirty Days to a Nurtured Fourth Trimester

Featuring endorsements from experts in the field of perinatal care, "Postpartum 30" is a must-read for pregnant and new moms who wish to find the perfect blend between traditional Chinese confinement practices and modern Western postpartum care.

Postpartum Coaching and Services

Learn to thrive in the postpartum year and beyond! I help new moms and growing families adjust to changes in their lives after the birth of their baby.


skills

  • Paperwork. They don't scare me. I actually love them very much!
  • Unfortunately good at breaking bad news.
  • Also good at 'Guilt Reaping'. I've helped folks make guilt-free decisions.
  • I've honed the art of deciding when to hold on and when to let go.

Education

  • Master of Public Health (MPH), 2021, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), 2013, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours), 2011, International Medical University, Malaysia.

how i got here

Stereotypes exist

Oh you know, the Asian parent-child "WHY YOU NO DOCTOR YET?" expectation that's overused in comedy and memes.


But really. I was in the Science stream in secondary school (I grew up in Malaysia). Then took all the science A-Levels subjects in college. Then on to medical school!


Jokes aside, I didn't enjoy medicine very much. But I learned that there's more to good health than the absence of disease or prolonging of life.


Most importantly, I learned that I didn't have to remain a doctor to continue contributing to people's health.

My Pivot away from medicine

While I was working in geriatric medicine, I always felt something was missing in my ability to deliver the quality of care I wanted for my patients and their families. So, I decided to study a Master of Public Health to expand my view about health.


I learned about how our personal and community's health are tied to many things within and around us; the physical, emotional, spiritual, and especially with things out of our control like laws and policies.


So, it made sense to view people as an island. An island that thrives by having many bridges to bring in resources from different places.


But how will they know what bridge to build and to where?


Enter Bridges in Health. I created this concept to guide me in my journey away from clinical work and into creating a space for myself within the health industry.


Bridges in Health aims to foster relationships and build on knowledge from the past and present towards better health.