Destined For Healthcare
An interview with:
Soheyl Asadsangabi, DNP, CNM
Doctor of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health
· Grew up in Iran and studied Midwifery in Shiraz, Iran
· Has lived in Nashville for 30 years
· Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Vanderbilt School of Nursing
· Master of Science, Nursing-Midwifery at Vanderbilt School of Nursing
· Undergrad at Tennessee State University (Bachelors of Science)
· Certified Nurse-Midwife
How did you start in Healthcare?
I wish I could offer a very interesting story about how I chose a career in healthcare. The truth is that it feels as if I was destined for it. Education is highly valued and an expectation in our family. Somewhere along the way, as I learned more about myself, I discovered my passion in helping other women.
I strongly believe medicine is one of the most ancient and fulfilling professions. To potentially impact one’s life is a unique experience and an unparalleled feeling, so I consider it a calling in which I must put others’ needs first. It is an altruistic service that I am privileged to offer.
Tell us about your educational background?
After studying Midwifery in Iran, I immigrated to Nashville about 30 years ago and continued my education in the United States. At that time there was no midwifery program in Nashville, so I decided to study nursing. After working as a nurse for a while, I learned about Vanderbilt Midwifery program. I recall calling the program director so many times, she finally told me “we will call you once we review all applications”. I was determined and they called me. I completed my Midwifery training and Doctoral study (DNP) at Vanderbilt University and have been practicing in both private and academic settings since 2004. Vanderbilt has been my second home for many years.
Although it is essential to have a strong academic background, I believe what distinguishes a good healthcare professional is the heart and soul that guides one through. Medical education is an ever-evolving process. It is everyday learning not only from current literature, but from the people we work with and care for. My educational background is nothing but a foundation that propels me to learn more. I learn every day working alongside some of the bright professionals and serving a diverse population here at Vanderbilt.
How do your life experiences make you a better Health Care Provider?
Very interesting question. Years ago, I was interviewing for a night shift nursing position when the unit manager explained how intense the job can be and asked if I could manage. My response was “… by the time I was nineteen, I lived through a revolution, 8 years of war, immigrated to a new country, learned a new language and culture, and started my life all over again … I think I can handle anything.”
My experiences as a woman, mother, and wife helped me gain respect, understanding, and compassion for other women. As a healthcare provider, I aspire to apply my interpersonal skills and scientific knowledge to serve the women in our community.
Tell us what makes Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health unique in the community?
Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health is unique for many reasons. Vanderbilt Health up-holds the highest standards of care based on current research and evidence. The Women’s Health Center has many layers, each designed to provide a unique service to meet individual needs. As a generalist, I can refer my patients to specialties within the department: obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine, gynecological surgery, polycystic ovarian syndrome clinic, opioid dependency treatment, colposcopy clinic, family planning, etc. as well as other Vanderbilt Health departments such as Cardiology, Asthma and Allergy, Endocrinology, and many more. We offer a team approach to care that is individualized for each patient. It is NOT a “one size fits all” method, but high quality and customized care that encourages patients to be involved in the decision-making process. What makes the Vanderbilt Center for Women’s Health unique in the community is the essence of patient-centered care, respecting our patients’ values, individuality, differences, and needs like no other. While we may be large, we know our patients and they know us.
What motivates you?
I strive to better myself every day, that is probably my most powerful motivation. I have learned that there is a beauty in imperfection (if recognized), it motivates you to improve, learn and excel.
Tell us about your family:
My husband, Abbas, and I recently celebrated our 30th anniversary. We have two sons. Our older son, Auria, is a graduate student at John Hopkins and lives in Washington DC. Our younger son, Arman, is a musician in Nashville and a senior at Belmont. My father was an Army General who passed 4 years ago, and my mother is a retired teacher. I have one brother and sister, many uncles and aunts, and countless cousins. I also have many friends who I consider my family.
What do you enjoy about living in the Brentwood community?
The Brentwood community has welcomed me and my family with open arms. My children have made lifelong friends within this community from the time they started school at Scales Elementary through Brentwood Middle and High school. As much as I miss my birth country, Brentwood is my home now. I have established roots and created memories here. I have family pictures in every corner of this beautiful city. I can tell you about each tree along my jogging path on Maryland Way and hope to take my grandchildren to Granny White Park as I did when my children were kids. I love this community and it loved me back ten times more. I enjoy everything about living in Brentwood. The list is endless.