MBA '01, MD '01
What do you do professionally?
I'm currently practicing obstetrics and gynecology with Kaiser Permanente in greater Atlanta, GA. I'm also building a life coaching business and an online weight loss course for high powered professional women. I've been writing my blog (www.ajourneytowholeness.com) for several years now and recently started my YouTube channel (For This Moment Now - search Dr. Andrea Christian Parks).
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
My favorite part of all of my work is the connections I make with my patients—I love talking to women about their lives, and I enjoy doing surgery too!
What is the biggest challenge you face?
The biggest challenge I have is making time to do all the things I love—raising my four babies, supervising our homeschool, growing my spiritual practice, taking care of patients and clients, and learning to build a business.
What sorts of interesting places has your position taken you? Do you have a favorite?
I don't travel for work, but I plan to travel to speak whenever we get out of this pandemic!
What is the best professional advice you’ve received?
The best professional advice I've ever received is to always remember the person I serve—they are what matters, and that's what keeps them coming back to me.
Aside from your current role, what is your dream job?
Aside from what I do now, my dream job is to have an online coaching business that allows me to create my own schedule and still take care of my family.
Professionally or personally, what are you excited about right now?
I'm very excited about building a business where I can help women with all the skills I've learned over the years about weight loss, meditation, mind management, and finding balance and joy in the midst of their busy lives.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work I'm pretty busy with family. So a dinner out with my husband is a joy and we love to travel without the kids—we went to Barbados on our last trip. We went on a mini camping trip with the kids and might try that again—getting outside is good for the soul!
What is the most important thing you learned during your time at Fuqua?
The most important thing I learned at Fuqua is that every good business decision is made on good assumptions. So, get your facts straight!
Who was your favorite professor?
My favorite class was Power and Politics—I practice things I learned in that class regularly in my medical life.
What is your favorite Fuqua memory?
My favorite Fuqua memory was camping out for basketball tickets. We rented an RV and had a ball—B-school students know how to camp in style!
What does Team Fuqua mean to you?
Team Fuqua means learning to work to solve and create as a group. Each member has a contribution and the collective effort creates a greater product than any one individual. I'm very thankful for the lessons I learned at Fuqua—they still serve me today!