Linda Nguyen, “insta-blogger” behind @DoctorLinda and founder of LINDERMA is a General Physician with extra training in Dermatology who drops skin care gems to keep you looking gorgeous, also has impeccable style and an impressive handbag collection to match. In her Q&A (below) Linda shares how instagram helps her connect with new clients and allows her to showcase that Medicine doesn’t have to be one dimensional. It can be multi-dimensional and full of colour!
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
My educational history is pretty long … but here is the quick summary:
I started off my undergraduate training at the University of Waterloo in the competitive Health Science program. This grew my interest in medicine and led me to successfully attain my Medical Doctorate and graduate with Summa Cum Laude. During my medical clerkships at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, I found my passion in preventative health, general surgery and dermatology. This pinnacle realization led me to start residency in general surgery at University Hospitals Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio, and further my training back in Canada at the University of Western Ontario in Preventative Health, Family Medicine and Dermatology. Since completing almost two decades of medical training, I use my extensive educational and research background as an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, staff in the Surgical Department at Humber Hospital, and Lead Physician at my busy preventative medical practice in downtown Toronto. In addition, I am the founder of LINDERMA, an aesthetic clinic, which targets individuals who have an active, vivacious, and busy lifestyle but want to continue looking refreshed and youthful.
How long you have been doing what you do?
I have been a medical doctor for almost 6 years now and practicing in Toronto for almost 2 years.
When did you start “insta blogging” and why did you start?
Recently in May I started my @doctor.linda instagram and really enjoyed the creative outlet. I was inspired when my family, friends and patients were frequently asking me medical questions after they were concerned with what they found on dr.google, LOL! Medicine can be very one dimensional, black or white, but I believe having a healthy life is multi-dimensional and full of color!! It has been an amazing forum for me to express and showcase that to my followers/friends 💕.
Has your use of instagram helped you be more effective at your career? Has it hindered you in any way?
Instagram has opened up opportunities for me to work with brands I believed in, connect with a wider audience who have turned into my patients/clients and build rewarding relationships.
It is sometimes difficult to separate your personal life with social media. I am really fortunate because a majority of my supporters are so kind and encouraging. But at times, some can be very critical and personally invasive. But, I guess that is life 💁🏼♀️
What advice would you give to someone considering blogging or insta-blogging as a side hustle?
It is a great way to connect to a wider audience and spread your message out there. Just stay true to who you are and remember followers is just monopoly money. Don’t let that define you!! Do whatever makes you happy without being caught up with who many likes/followers you have.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and if we nourish it from within, physically, mentally and spiritually, than it will radiate outwards!!
Collage designed by Quinnie Mason