At five, Arabia envisioned herself becoming a doctor. At 17, she became a teen mom to a baby boy, whose life was tragically taken away at four months. Her youngest sister was shot and killed while riding in a friend’s car just a few years later. Both tragedies caused her to persevere. She didn’t have any money for medical school. She studied at Hunter College. She was later awarded a scholarship to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.

Nearly a decade later after graduating from Hunter College, completing medical school in Cuba, and learning to speak Spanish fluently, she completed her residency as an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Arabia now has her own Podcast called “The Visit” where she uses her story to empower the community. She’s the ultimate “Lifestyle Physician” healing through entertainment, as she uses her experiences to develop creative ways to educate on hardcore true facts about the body, mind, and soul.  Dr. Arabia sat down with Sheen Magazine to discuss why she’s the ultimate lifestyle physician.

What is a lifestyle physician? 

As an emergency physician, it is my goal to help people find the path to a healthier, more fulfilling life. I consider myself a lifestyle physician because my patients remind me of various people in my life – family members, friends, and loved ones.

How has it changed your career?

It actually complimented my career. My patients and their families truly appreciate my approach to their concerns and questions at the ER. I totally incorporate a holistic approach to urgent and emergency situations. 

What made you become a physician? 

I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York (South Bronx)  I grew up in a community plagued with crime and poverty. Many tragedies in my life sparked a desire to make a difference in my community. I personally experienced homelessness, domestic violence, gang life, extreme poverty, alcoholism, and depression.

What makes you stand out from other physicians? 

I don’t wear a traditional white coat. I wear a nose ring (since the age of 15) and neon color nails. I smile all the time at work. My staff and patients tell me that my smile is warm, inviting and puts them at ease even during the most stressful visits to the ER. Most importantly, my life story, an ER doctor from the Bronx, New York that rose above the tragedy to creating my unique career is one I know many people can get inspiration from.

How does being a woman of color affect your career as a physician? 

Women doctors of color face prejudice and lack of support. I still have to fight against racial biases, prejudice, and sexism from physicians and nurses of other ethnicities. Unfortunately, there are many patients that are surprised to see a black woman physician (MD/DO). Some expressed their prejudices at the bedside. But, I love what I do and I love healing people of all backgrounds.

What does Dr. Arabia Mollette have planned for the future? 

My Podcast – The Visit with Dr. Arabia Mollette is growing by the episode. It’s a medical, health and wellness show featuring exciting interviews, medical advice, and conversations with everyday people. I am also a contributor to an online magazine called “Incline Magazine.” I was also recently granted the opportunity to become a medical correspondent for a new radio show based in Philly with Quincy Harris (The Q on Fox show) called Quincy Harris in The Morning, and currently working on my autobiography.