Meet Dr. Anyoh Fombad

By Awanto Margaret - May 15, 2019

   Today's Interview is with my long time Friend the multi-talented Dr. Anyoh Fombad. Anyoh obtained her Pharm D, from the University of Toledo, alongside with a Masters in Business Administration. She is currently working on her Masters of Science in Health Economics and Clinical Outcomes. Anyoh also runs a blog where she encourages women to look and feel their best. Read on and learn more about this beauty with brains 😍

  Tell us a little about yourself (undergrad and or graduate degrees/other certifications, the schools you obtained them from, what you do and where you live). 
I will say I am just a girl who got lucky and blessed to be chosen to take on this journey called life. I came to the US as a teenager to study pharmacy, which I did and even more. So far, I have achieved a doctorate in pharmacy and a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Toledo, and I should be getting another Master of Science in Health Economics and Clinical Outcomes Research from Xavier University; both universities being in Ohio. I am currently a clinical pharmacist, but I should be transitioning into health economics in the nearest future. I reside in Texas where I also run a work fashion blog on the side as a hobby called Profashional Dame

What is the story behind your journey to becoming a clinical pharmacist? 
Prior to starting the pharmacy program, being a pharmacist back in the day meant a very reassuring and high-paying job upon graduation. Even though I was blessed to be one of the few pharmacy students who landed a job prior to graduation, that wasn’t the case for most of my peers. Even with the very first job that I had, to say I was miserable is an understatement. As a “newbie” in the pharmacy game, it was an extremely scary experience to endure such hardship and bad working conditions. However, I decided to take a bold step and walk away from this job – my very first job – and it was the best decision I ever made. One thing I learned so far was to NEVER settle and always believe in- and trust yourself to make the best decisions. Put yourself first whether in an entry or advanced level at work. 

What is a day in the life of Anyoh Fombad like?
My typical day starts at about 5 - 5:30 am. I meditate for the first 30 minutes and plan my day, then I go work out. Afterward, I have breakfast and go to work (8 hours). When I come back from work, I catch up on school work and do some blog stuff, which usually takes up the rest of my night.

 You run a platform called Profashional Dame, tell us a little about it and what motivated you to start it?
Professional Dame is a platform that inspires working women to feel and look their best while achieving their purpose in life, especially at the workplace. I am very passionate about life and my job; I think I also have a soft spot for fashion. I believe first impressions matter and very often we underestimate the power of a good physical appearance especially at the workplace.
A certain discovery indicates that clothing choices, from the color to the style, may actually affect mood. Another discovery shows that dressing up increases confidence demands power as well as respect from others and even from ourselves. As women, we already face several hurdles at the workplace (wherever that may be). So, it is about time we step up even higher and take on that challenge while looking and feeling good at it. My hope is to use this platform as an outlet to express myself through my fashion sense as I highlight some of the adventures and struggles of a working woman.

 As a double Minority (female and African) in medical & Research Field, do you face any challenges due to your societal status and if so, how do you navigate your way through them?
Yes, I do. Being a woman and black at that already poses a lot of challenges in the workplace. Most of these challenges are usually not task-related, but people-related - basically, based on how one is treated in the workplace. During my professional career, I consider myself to have been in the best job and the worst job ever. I feel like I have had a taste of both sides, which respectively reflect how I have been treated. One thing I know for sure, which sounds cliché, is that people treat you based on how they feel about themselves.

I walk into my job every day reminding myself that I am a double minority, so I don’t expect much from anyone. With that mindset, I easily don’t get disappointed when someone tries to make life challenging, but at the same time, I make sure to draw boundaries and stand up for myself if need be, while maintaining some level of respect, integrity, and moral standards. I also read a lot of self-help books for working women to understand why certain things happen and how to address them – I recommend Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. 

 If you were to meet your younger self today, what advice would you give her?
Be fearless and know that you can achieve anything as long as you believe in yourself and work hard. The Universe has your back.

PS: I still say that to myself on a daily basis.
In a bid to encourage women to validate themselves, we're asking them to tell us what they love most about themselves. So what do you love most about yourself?
I love the fact that I have an undying quest for knowledge. I have been on a journey to connect with my spirit and I have learned a lot about myself. The more I know, the more I think I need to know. I believe that the only way to fully understand who you really are, and the power that is within you, is to connect the body to the spirit - that is what I try to do every day. I encourage every woman out there to “find” themselves as well as the power that they possess to change the world and make it a better place.

 If someone were interested in connecting with you, how/where can they find you?
My social network handles are:
Facebook: Profashional Dame
Instagram: profashional_dame
Twitter: Profashional Dame

A big thank you to Dr. Anyoh for taking the time to interview with us, we hope you enjoyed the exchange as much as we did.

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  1. I love you Dr. Anyoh Fombad. You make it look "so easy" but I know it's not. You inspire me so much. I'm also a young black lady pursuing her dreams and I look up to young powerful women like you as my role models. God bless!

  2. This is wonderful. I love what you do.