Hey! I’m Sasha...
I’m a certified Dream Coach®, endocrinologist (hormone doctor), and multi-passionate* and I’m here to help other professional women pursue their many passions, live the dream life, and make a positive and lasting impact in the world.
I’m what I fondly recall my mother referring to as a ‘cultural fruit salad’. My ethnicities include Indian, Filipino, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Spanish and for good measure, a dash of either Portuguese or Dutch–we’re not sure which–which has forever foiled my brother’s attempts at a neat ethnicity pie-chart.
I was fortunate to grow up in an environment that exposed me to multiple cultures and languages. Born and raised in New Zealand, I also spent part of my childhood in Malaysia.
Dad was a scientist and Mum was a teacher. Both had many and varied arty interests and passions, so it’s not surprising that I was also exposed to the wonderful worlds of science, music, dance, and literature from an early age.
As long as I can remember, I’ve had many different dreams and passions myself, and my upbringing has certainly helped shape my multifaceted identity.
I believe that:
If you have many different dreams for your life, there is no reason to not reach for them all…although maybe not all at once.
People sometimes ask how I manage to do so many things…
I’m determined to follow my many passions and have found ways to pursue them all by learning how to manage my time, and interests. Pretty much everything I do is interesting to me though, so I’ve also learned that scheduling breaks is important. It’s too easy, when you’re absorbed in so much, to wear yourself out without noticing.
But it hasn’t always been easy.
I am still the kid with a list as long as my arm of things I want to do. And I have yet to fully shake my tendency to try and fit too much into my daily schedule! The truth is, I’ve always been very ambitious and driven to excel, academically and otherwise. I worked myself to the bone at school, and university, and later to become a specialist physician in the shortest time possible. At the same time I somehow managed to balance research projects, dance gigs, and music on the side…
Despite my achievements, I didn’t feel truly fulfilled, or happy. I was pursuing things I was interested in, but driven by fear. The fear of not being good enough, of making mistakes, of not making a meaningful contribution, and not fulfilling my potential. And for a long time, I resisted changing my approach because I somehow felt that if I let go of the fear, I’d lose my motivation. And then a life-changing, and ultimately wonderful thing happened.
I carried on with my frantic, anxiety-ridden life and ended up burnt out and exhausted. As if to ensure I got the message, several extremely difficult events coincided in my personal life within a short period of time, and I hit rock bottom. I simply had no physical or emotional reserve left. My tank was empty.
In the aftermath, I remembered how I had always been fascinated with the idea of human potential and how, as a teen, I’d loved reading self-development books about how to optimise performance. I read everything I could on the topic to recreate a life that I love.
Now, more productive and energised than ever, I am motivated by inspiration and passion–not fear–and I’m living the dream!
One of the greatest gifts of this experience, is that I came to realise that I want to show other multi-passionate women that they too can create the life of their many dreams and discover within themselves, the means to soar to even greater heights. Without burning out, and without being driven by fear.
My dream is to build a community of multi-passionate professional women who support and challenge each other to move beyond their zone of comfort, competence and excellence, into the zone of genius and joy! I see us bringing together our unique blends of skills and passions to spark new ideas and thinking that will positively impact the lives of others.
Together, we can change the world for the better!
Which brings me to you…
If you are reading this, I’m guessing you have many passions, are intelligent, ambitious, accomplished, multi-talented, and are meant for great things.
Maybe, deep inside, you have a niggling sense that you haven’t reached your full potential yet but are too stressed, overwhelmed, tired, or stifled to take action.
I’m here to help you find your mojo and create the life you truly desire and deserve. I’ll help you reach towards the highest levels of your creative potential, and become the happiest, most vibrant version of yourself so that you can make a major difference in the world in your own unique way.
If you’ve read this far, thank you! I’d like to invite you to connect by subscribing to the Chic Balance email, and to make use of the free resources on this site.
Feel free to explore the coaching programs on offer, and get in touch if you’d like to find out how I can help you create the life of your dreams.
You are meant for even more than you have already achieved and…
|Course or workshop||Provider|
|Pathways to Portfolio Working Conference, 2018 (attended as a Speaker/Workshop Facilitator)||Health Education England, NHS|
|Consulting Accelerator, 6 week program, 2017-2018||Sam Ovens, Consulting.com|
|Consultant Interviews, 1 day workshop, 2017||Health Education England, NHS|
|I Heart Coaching, 6 month program, 2017-2018||Emily Williams (Success Coach) and James Williams (Certified High Performance Coach), I Heart My Life.|
|Brand Your Passions, 4 month program, 2017||Carolin Soldo (Business Coach for Coaches)|
|I Heart Money Live, 8 week Money Mindset Program, 2017||Emily Williams (Success Coach), I Heart My Life|
|Dream Coach® Certification||Marcia Wieder, Dream University|
Professional bio in medicine and science:
Training and qualifications
|Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology||University College of London Hospital 2017-2018|
|FRACP in Endocrinology||New Zealand, 2015|
|BHB and MbChB 2006||Auckland University, 2006|
|BSc (Hons), (1st Class, 1st Division) in Biochemistry||University of Auckland 2001|
|Year||Name of award||Awarded by|
|2012||Best Trainee Presentation at New Zealand Society of Endocrinology Meeting||New Zealand Society of Endocrinology|
|2001||Bright Futures Research Scholarship||Bright Futures Scholarships|
|2000||Science Study Award||University of Auckland|
|2000||Biology Senior Award||University of Auckland|
|2000||School of Biological Sciences Studentship Scholarship||University of Auckland|
|1999||Centre of Gene Technology Studentship Scholarship||University of Auckland|
|1997||Distinction in NZEST English: ranked 13th in New Zealand||NZEST|
Presentations and posters
|Year||Name of Meeting||Title / Subject|
|2015||ENDO 2015 (San Diego)
– poster (first author)
|A Case of Chronic Central Serous Chorioretinopathy Associated with Cushing’s Disease|
|2015||ENDO 2015 (San Diego)
-poster (first author)
|Three Cases of 17-Beta Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase 3 Deficiency in Patients of Pacific Island Descent|
|2015||ENDO 2015 (San Diego)
-poster (second author)
|– Lymphocytic Hypophysitis Vs Germinoma in a 16 Year Old Girl Presenting with Central Diabetes Insipidus; A Diagnostic Challenge|
|2015||National Beauty Tech Conference
|Endocrine Causes of Hair and Skin Changes|
|2014||New Zealand Breast Cancer Meeting
|Fertility and Pregnancy after Breast Cancer|
|2014||New Zealand Society of Endocrinology
|Clinical Utility of AMH|
|2014||New Zealand Society of Diabetes Registrars day
|Skinny Drugs –weight loss medications|
|2012||New Zealand Society of Endocrinology Clinical Endocrinology Conference
|A rare cause of virilisation at puberty in phenotypic females -17-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 3 deficiency|
|2011||14th World Congress on Human Reproduction
|Depression in New Zealand adolescents with PCOS
|2006-2017||Departmental meetings, journal clubs, teaching sessions and grand rounds
|Year||Publication Name||Title / Subject|
|2013||Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology||Depression in New Zealand adolescents with PCOS
|2008||Fertility and Sterility||Anejaculation as the presenting feature of pituitary microadenoma.
|2001||University of Auckland BSc Honours Thesis
|The Role of Hormone-Sensitive Lipase in CGRP and Amylin-Evoked Lipolysis in Skeletal Muscle|
Other passions and pursuits
Classical piano (Grade 8), song writing, dance (ballet, hip-hop, cheerleading, bellydance) and choreography, French language
*multi-passionate = person with multiple passions or interests