Go beyond the white coat and get to know Veronica Linares, MD, an internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Adventist Medical Group in Gaithersburg, MD. Find out how she became a doctor and read her advice on how to live a healthier life.

Q – Did you always want to be a doctor?

Dr. Linares – I knew I wanted to become a pediatrician since I was about 5 years old. My family says I would pretend to do exams on dolls and things like that. No one in my family was in medicine, but it was something I wanted to do. Then at school, I realized I was good at math and science and I could actually perform well at those subjects.

Q – What drew you to internal and pediatric medicine?

Dr. Linares – My first real experience in medicine was in the Stepping Stones volunteer program at Shady Grove Medical Center. I volunteered in the antepartum unit, pediatric emergency room and the adult emergency room. As I would watch the doctors, nurses and patient interactions, I always wanted to be in the role of helping patients through their most difficult times. Once I got into medical school, my internal medicine and pediatric rotations were the two I really loved the most. It’s nice to get the balance of treating people in different age ranges.

Q – What is the most rewarding part of your work?

Dr. Linares – The most rewarding part is educating a patient about disease prevention and taking care of themselves. In many cases, educating patients about their condition helps their fear go away and you can see them becoming more comfortable with taking charge of their health. If I can motivate someone to improve their lifestyle and reduce their blood pressure without increasing their medication, that’s a successful visit.

Q – What are some hobbies that you enjoy in your spare time?

Dr. Linares – I’m kind of a foodie. If had to pick my favorite cuisine, I would say Italian. Cuban is a close second. My mom is a good cook and she makes a fair amount of both Italian and Cuban food. My dad is Cuban, so my mom learned a lot of Cuban recipes from his family. Also, I recently went on a rafting trip because my fiancé is very big into kayaking. That was my first experience kayaking, and it was fun.

Q – If you could give your patients one tip to live a happier and healthier life, what would it be?

Dr. Linares – My advice is to treasure and take care of your relationships. The good people in your life keep you happy. If I could add a second one, I would say get outdoors as much as possible. Getting outdoors actually does improve your mood and your overall health and well-being.

Veronica Linares

Veronica Linares

MD, FAAP

Veronica Linares, MD, FAAP is an internal medicine physician and pediatrician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group in Gaithersburg, MD.

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