Meet the Doctor: Charyl Ovalle, MD
Charyl Ovalle, MD, is an attending physician in family medicine at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. She sees patients in the Einstein Primary Medicine office at Front Street and East Olney Avenue in Philadelphia. She is board certified in family medicine.
We spoke recently with Dr. Ovalle about her career, her interests, and family medicine at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: Ever since I was a little girl, I remember always being intrigued and fascinated by doctors and hospitals. My passion for medicine started showing early, but it wasn’t until high school, while doing community service at the local hospital, that I really started to think about it as my future calling. I would volunteer every Saturday with my classmates, and it quickly became the highlight of my week. In all honesty, at the time, I saw a lot of things that made me question it— a wound to an eye, for example — but seeing the doctor’s passion, dedication and the patient’s satisfaction made me fall in love with medicine.
Q: Tell us about your education background.
A: I attended medical school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). My family medicine residency was done at Bon Secours Mercy Health St. Francis Medical Center in Richmond, Va.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: During my years in medical school, I was able to rotate around to different hospitals and work with inspiring doctors. I started learning about the different specialty areas I could go into, but it was not until I rotated through a primary care center in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic that I realized I wanted to focus my career on family medicine.
I had the chance to not only treat patients of all ages, but we would teach the local communities and schools about common diseases in the area such as dengue fever, oral contraceptives, safe sex, and other initiatives that would improve their quality of life. Being able to care for all ages of the same family, and to continue their care throughout their entire lives, is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: My clinical interest is mostly around women’s health. During residency, I focused a lot of my time educating women on family planning and preventive care, such as getting Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer, mammograms, and safe sex education.
Most recently, I have developed a lot of interest in obesity. I believe that as a society, we have a problem with our diet, which then leads to other problems like elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. I am planning to get board certified in obesity soon, in order to better help our community.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: I chose Einstein, especially the Front and Olney location, because of the population in that area. We take care of a big underserved Hispanic community, and being able to help them, in their language, is what fuels me every day. I come from migrant parents and know how important it is to have someone that is willing to help and who speaks your same language in a foreign country.
Q: Why should people choose Einstein for their primary care?
A: People should choose Einstein for their primary care at Front and Olney Internal Medicine because we provide effective, evidence-based care in your neighborhood. We are a multicultural office, as we have providers that speak Vietnamese, Cambodian and Spanish, which caters to the community in North Philadelphia. We are hard workers and love to help our patients. We are aware of the needs that surround the community and try each day to improve our care.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: I love to read, dance, listen to podcasts, travel, take barre and yoga classes, do puzzles, listen to music and spend time with friends and family.
Q: Who was an early role model for you?
A: Both of my parents are my role models. They taught and showed my brothers and me that hard work always pays off, and that in order to succeed, we need to make sacrifices. I have seen where my parents came from and all they did to give us an education and get us to where we are today.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games series
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: A Walk to Remember is one of my favorite movies. This is because it’s not only a story about love, but it’s also a story about resilience, moving forward no matter what’s going on in your life. It shows you a big lesson about living every day to the fullest.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: The Dominican Republic is my favorite vacation spot. It is not only my home, where I grew up, but is also the place I go to relax and disconnect from everything. Its amazing beaches, food and summer weather all year round make it the perfect place for vacation.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you?
A: Here are a few interesting facts about me:
- I love to listen to or watch true crime podcasts and shows.
- I am very good at storytelling.
- I went to Spain when I was 12 years old with all my best friends to dance ballet.
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