Mary Claire Haver MD is an OBGYN whose passion for taking care of patients has led her into the world of aesthetic skin care. She didn’t initially know that she would consider work outside of medicine, but unexpected events have helped her think outside the box.
After graduating from residency in 2002, Dr. Haver stayed in Houston and joined a busy private practice. Covering more than one hospital and driving all over Houston, she was exhausted. After three years, she left her position and went back to work at the hospital where she had trained. She explains that academics was a better fit and that her work life was saner.
But, soon a hurricane hit, destroying her family’s home and literally putting the hospital under water. After she and her husband and children moved three times in one year, her husband was offered a position in South America. Dr. Haver enjoyed her time as a stay at home mom during their stint in Venezuela, where she also did some work as a tutor.
When the family moved back home to the United States, she felt ready to go back to working as an OBGYN in the academic world. While she loves her practice, she explains that, between electronic medical records, call, and other hassles, sometimes it feels like, “the magic is gone.”
It wasn’t long before Dr. Haver discovered another opportunity. Her best friend had been selling Stella and Dot, and doing very well. But, Dr. Haver says, “I didn’t know she was doing as well as she was because it isn’t polite to talk about money.” Dr. Haver liked the jewelry, and when she learned that the company was launching a skin care line called EVER, she was interested in becoming part of it.
Having previously been involved in launching the aesthetic center at the hospital where she worked, she already understood some aspects of the aesthetic business. She explains that she jumped on the skincare line and says that she is matching her salary as an OBGYN. She loves the flexibility of her skincare business, enjoys the work, has made friends, has built up a health and wellness page with thousands of followers and she offers group coaching online.
Dr. Haver still enjoys her work as an OBGYN, however, and explains that she tells her residents, some of whom are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, that they also need to think about finding a side gig besides medicine in order to stay afloat financially.
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