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Woman Made: Anna Rufino

Woman Made: Anna Rufino

8th Mar 2018

Dermatologist, mom, wife and all around LCP girl Anna Palabyab-Rufino shares with us her secret to succeeding in her industry, the importance of her family life and ultimately finding the perfect work-life balance.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I'm Anna Palabyab Rufino, a board-certified dermatologist at beautiqueMD, a wife to Raymond and a mother of 3 boys, Stefano, Francesco and Raffaello.


How has your career changed significantly post-kids?

I had my first child Stefano while I was still finishing my last year of residency training in dermatology. I really wanted to enjoy being a mother first. I started out slow in my practice and I'm glad that my parents who were dermatologists just allowed me to join them in their practice. I always had a vision of how I wanted to do things, but I wasn't ready then. It was only after my dad had passed away and my mom getting sick that I felt I was ready to do my own thing. The support of my husband and finding the right partners for this endeavor helped me achieve this.


How have you created the perfect work-life balance?

I chose dermatology as a specialty because I know that it will allow me to still prioritize my family over my career. My husband knows this and so he has been very supportive of me doing what I love to do. He knows that my career gives me a sense of pride and fulfillment and that makes me a happier, more caring and more generous wife and mother.


What have you found to be the most rewarding in both aspects of your life?

Some people may think that dermatology is a very superficial field of medicine but really, I feel we have the power to change lives as well. It is most rewarding to have patients thank me for helping them get better and feel more confident about themselves.

I have 3 boys and I always stress to them the importance of working hard for what they want in life. I'm hoping that the example we provide them inspires them to be good, honest and hardworking men in the future.


How do you think working moms are making strides in your industry?

Working moms are amazing. I sometimes find it unbelievable how we can do everything we do all in one day. I think technology has helped us a lot in accomplishing things... online shopping, being able to work from home and a good support system has made our lives so much easier. I think that women who are not afraid to ask for help, delegate certain things can accomplish more.


What advice can you give women who are aspiring to be Girl Bosses like yourself?

I think that you shouldn't be afraid to ask for help, delegate some responsibilities. We can do it all... with the help of others. Always be grateful for every opportunity, every struggle and just keep trying to be the best that you can be without stepping on other people's toes.


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