Written by Shaun Ryan
Searching for the perfect work-life balance helped lead one of Hervey Bay’s newest doctors in town to the whale watching capital of the world.
Dr Clara Marin Zapata and her family relocated to Hervey Bay from Newcastle in New South Wales for some of those small coastal town feels.
Since making the move, Dr Clara says she’s fallen in love with the friendly Fraser Coast community, swimming in the warm ocean and spending quality time outdoors with the kids.
“For us, this is the perfect sized town. There is so much to do with the kids and most importantly we are settling in and making new friends,” Dr Clara said.
“We love the friendliness of the locals.”
As a medical professional, Dr Clara knows the importance of striking that all important balance between work and home life.
“My kids definitely keep me busy. When I’m not working, we are out and about exploring the town on our bikes or roller-skates.
“I love crafts and making things with my hands but being able to go for long walks along the beach and cooling off in the sea make our new home so special,” she said.
Dr Clara specialises in women’s and sexual health, while also practicing in all areas of general medicine.
“I gained my medical degree in 1999 in Colombia and undertook specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology before moving to Australia in 2006,” she said.
Dr Clara joined the team at Fraser Shores Medical Centre at the beginning of the year.
“I really enjoy working here. I get to practice medicine with a very friendly, professional and supportive team,” she said.
Dr Clara is currently taking on new patients.
“I will do everything possible to look after your health. I believe I standout because my goal is to always offer patient focused care.”
Following in her cousins’ footsteps is what helped guide Dr Clara towards a career in medicine.
However, she’s the first to admit to having to overcome a little fear along the way.
“Even though I wanted to be a doctor growing up, I was also afraid of needles. But I was able to overcome that fear and here I am today!”
To book your appointment with Dr Clara, call Fraser Shores Medical Centre on (07) 4124 6333 or visit their website at http://www.frasershoresmedical.com.au.
The practice is located at Suite 9 / 1-17 Hershel Court, Urraween, 4655.