Featuring a broad cross-section of women who have distinguished themselves across a rich variety of careers, our Portraits of Power series is a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Black Enterprise, and of black women. It’s a place for today’s businesswomen to share their own favorite images and their own stories, in their own words. Today’s portrait is internationally recognized physician Dr. Natasha Sandy.
Natasha Sandy, M.D.
My first job was as a cytogeneticist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
My big break came when I treated Charlamagne tha God and he shared his skincare journey and wellness experience with his radio audience on his nationally syndicated morning show, The Breakfast Club.
It has been my mission to encourage people to understand that good health is a 360 process. We need to take a holistic approach to dermatology and making the connection between diet, exercise, and mental health.
I’ve had to work hardest at …
1) Training my mind to focus on possibilities, ignoring all that appears to be obstacles.
2) Staying in constant APPRECIATION, not gratitude. Gratitude comes from a place of lack. For me, APPRECIATION comes from knowing that all that is happening in my life, wanted and unwanted, is part of my life’s creating process.
I never imagined I would have two private practices in two cities, patients traveling from all over the world for treatment, repeated appearances on Dr. OZ’s show, international recognition. I visualized being successful and have been a firm believer in manifestation. Even as a small child I saw it. What I never imagined was the journey to get here.
I wish I’d learned sooner that in life, there is no assertion, it’s all attraction. Everything in my life I manifest, so I must guard my thoughts and focus carefully. 2) Do not place value in what ANYONE thinks about you, good or bad. We have no control over what others think and our lives will not be ours if we try to.
The risk I regret not taking is going on Shark Tank with my product line.
If I could design my fantasy self-care day, it would be spent with NO CELL PHONE! Morning 30 minute meditation; walk or run in the woods or on a beach; neuromuscular massage; float therapy for an hour. Go to lunch or cook with all my friends and family with pure laughter. Take a nap, meditate again, read. Go out dancing (especially reggae or soca) with friends and family. Oh! And who could forget ending my day snuggling with my sweetheart.
All the things I want to create in life keep me up at night.
When I’m struggling, I say to myself, the answer is within you. You are connected to the Source. Quiet your mind and feel for the guidance.
I am unapologetically ME! The most important understanding is one of self and self is always evolving yet whole and complete.
Portraits of Power is a yearlong series of candid insights from exceptional women leaders. It is brought to you by ADP.