We speak to Dr Niketa Sonavane, Cosmetic Dermatologist of Ambrosia Aesthetics. She is known for her result oriented treatments and this women’s day
Where/How do you get your best ideas?
Like they say, great ideas can come from anywhere. My mind is open at all times and ideas are always flooding in. What truly matters is how you translate those ideas into reality.
What’s something they don’t teach you in University that you should probably know?
Formal education doesn’t encourage you to think outside the box. In order to succeed, you have to learn how you apply your knowledge in real life scenarios. As a dermatologist I’ve been taught to treat skin problems by the books, but as a clinician I need to do a lot of lateral thinking to give perfect results.
First thing you do as soon as you wake up?
I have an OCD for brushing my teeth as soon as I wake up (laughs), next I have to have my tea or coffee. I can’t imagine what would happen if either of this was not possible even for a single day.
What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses in the country?
With so many young minds, India has an immense potential for small business. I think, personalized solutions through personal attention is going to make small businesses very popular. People want to know the story behind the brand. They want to know that the brand values them as much as they value the brand.
What was your biggest stroke of luck since the launch of your clinic?
The universe has favored me in several ways. But I consider myself most lucky for the people that surround me. My staff is my strength. Their dedication and hard work makes each day a success. My husband, Dr Siddharth Prakash is a cosmetic plastic surgeon and co-founder of Ambrosia Aesthetics. He keeps me grounded and helps me time down my workholic nature.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Remember, you only compete with yourself. Don’t stop until you succeed and don’t be complacent once you do.
What do you typically read?/ Favourite book?
I love reading fairytales to my daughter. Personally, I love reading books that explain the mind- body connection. One book that I have read several times is; The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I find something very comforting about that book.
Best boss you had and what did you learn from them?
Surprisingly, I never had a boss. I started work as an independent Cosmetic Dermatologist as soon as I finished my Diploma in Dermatology.
What question do you ask at interviews?
While hiring someone, I prefer to understand the person and their values. One thing I always ask is, ‘how good are you with long term relationships’. I want to know that they are committed, and willing to grow together as a team.
One thing you learned about your self?
I get very obsessed with completing every task at hand with perfection. This is partly the reason why I am able to deliver great results to all my patients. I won’t stop till they have flawless skin.
How do you keep your team motivated & engaged?
I think gratitude and appreciation are the biggest motivators. I never fail to appreciate my staff and nurses for their hard work. Never under-estimate the power of a simple “thank you”!
New Years Resolutions
Continue to have enough me-time and family-time. And continue to offer newer, advanced and result oriented treatments at my clinic.
How do you maintain work/life balance?
Maintaining work-life balance is easier when you are your own boss. The trick is to turn off boss-mode and switch to love-mode when your back home.
A childhood memory that shaped something you do in your business today?
As a child I had learned that a lot of problems can be solved by listening patiently and making every conversation a two way discussion. I apply this during every patient consultation. Listening to my patients gives me a lot of insight into what triggers their skin and helps me make the right decisions for their treatment.
Favourite clothing item
Anything that is well tailored and stands apart from the crowd.