Dr. Schlomo Schmuel is a
tri-lingual podiatrist from Los Angeles. He currently works at the Sunset Foot
Clinic and has a grand total of 20 years of experience in the field. He got his
doctorate’s degree from Kent State University after which he attended the
University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles County. While
there, he completed an internship and his residency. Besides medicine, Dr.
Schlomo Schmuel spends a lot of time with his friends and family, sailing, as well as exercising on a regular basis.
What was your best/favorite subject in school?
Although this may not come as a surprise, I would have to say the Intro to Anatomy. I took it when I was in high school for one of my AP credits with a professor who was teaching at a local community college. For most of my classmates, this class was one of the most challenging in their entire academic career. For me, however, it felt very natural and somewhat easy. I was able to do well with a minimum amount of studying because I would remember things just by hearing them.
Where and how did you first get into the industry you currently work in?
Well, it started back at Kent State where I obtained my doctorate. I originally applied to pursue general medicine because I was unsure of the specific field that I wanted to be in. After going through some classes, however, I finally found podiatry and felt like it was calling out to me. Ever since then, everything that I have done has somehow snowballed into the current state of my career and I am very happy with the way that it turned out.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
The fact that my work revolves around people and their well-being helps me stay motivated almost all the time. For instance, when I do not show up to my office for whatever reason, there is a pretty good chance that someone will not be able to get their foot-related problems resolved. Consequently, they will be in more pain due to my absence. Knowing this helps keep me accountable to always be there for my patients and anyone who may not know how to overcome a certain health struggle.
What kind of business ideas excite you most?
The ones that involve teams of people who can work together and complement one another. In my field, a lot of what I do on a daily basis has nothing to do with team-based environments. For instance, I meet with my patients alone and there is usually nobody besides me there. This is why I have learned to appreciate the cases where people can work together towards the same goal and use each other’s strengths to overcome adversity.
Have you ever tried any unorthodox techniques to attract attention to your business?
Not that I can recall. I have nothing against people who use unorthodox methods to get more inquiries. In fact, doing so is just another proof that creativity can yield in more momentum and revenue. In my case, however, the fact that I started working when the supply of podiatrists was miniscule made it much easier to get patients and stay busy. Nowadays, although most of the new doctors are competing with one another, I get to spend a lot of my time working with long-term patients that have been treated by me for years.
What personal achievement are you most proud of?
Being able to maintain a positive track record for more than 20 years. When you are a doctor, you work in extremely stressful environments that can push you outside of your comfort zone and force you to feel a wide range of emotions within a short span of time.
Due to this, a lot of physicians have to relocate or find some kind of a hobby to keep their mind relaxed when they are not working. Unfortunately, such issues can cause burnout and they tend to lower the quality of patient care that doctors provide. So, being able to maintain a very high standard of care through a lot of adversity is something that I am very proud of.
What wisdom would you have liked to share with yourself when you first started out?
I would advise myself to start leveraging my knowledge of multiple languages sooner. I did not really rely on multilingualism during the early years of my career because I was not aware of how useful this skill can be. Now, after meeting many patients that communicate with me in languages other than English, I realize how game-changing this talent can be.