Since graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine from The University of Sydney in 2011, Dr Jones has worked as both a clinician and a researcher. To get to know her a bit more, we asked her the bellamumma questions:
You, in three words?
Smart, sensitive and silly.
What inspires you?
My mum. She’s endured some hard things in her life but gets on with it with a positive attitude. She’s also very kind, selfless and loyal.
What’s your work title?
I’m a Cosmetic Physician at Concept Cosmetic Medicine. So this means I’m a medical doctor who does injectables, laser and minimally invasive procedures. I leave the bigger stuff to the surgeons.
What was your first ever job?
Mucking out stables at Centennial Park when I was 11 or 12. I did this to help pay for riding lessons because I was horse obsessed and it’s an expensive sport. This was probably the hardest physical labour I’ve ever had to do.
What did you want to be ‘when you were little’?
An artist, a horse trainer or a vet.
How did your career come about?
I never grew up wanting to be a doctor. I had no doctors in my family so never really considered it. I studied Forensic Science as my undergraduate degree. I loved this degree but realised I didn’t really want to work in a lab. I ended up enjoying the medical science subjects, so I tried for medicine and got in. I had no idea how hard it would be. I then wanted to do surgery. I pursued it for a few years, even did a lot of research and courses. I started cosmetic injecting as a way to earn money while I was doing research and ended up loving it. I realize now that surgery probably wouldn’t have been well suited to me. Although I still think it’s an amazing career path, I don’t do well with lack of sleep and high stress. I’m very lucky to have found cosmetic medicine.
Explain your usual day?
I get up at 6 am on a good day and go to the gym. If I’m lazy I get up after 7 am have a coffee and walk my dog. I usually start work at 10 am because I like to avoid rush hour traffic. I’m lucky to have this flexibility. My day is usually pretty non stop after that consulting patients. I finish work between 5 pm and 8 pm depending on the day. If I finish early I’ll cook dinner. But if it’s late, then it’s my husband or Deliveroo. I then like to have chill time on the couch. I’m not good at socializing during the week because my job is so social and I need to recharge my batteries.
What ‘makes your day’?
Getting up early, working out and getting outside in the fresh air first thing is the best thing for setting up my day. Doesn’t always work because I’m bad at going to bed early. Also, some days I have a lot of fun at work doing more interesting procedures and I also have some great patients who keep me entertained.
Three things in your life you can’t live without?
My dog, family/friends, and sunscreen. If I could have five, I would add on wine and injectables.
4 fave songs on your iPod?
I don’t really listen to music on my iPod. I’m more of a podcast or audiobook person. Podcasts I listen to are anything true crime, Bitch Bible, Juicy Scoop, Dumb Gay Politics. I also listen to random health and nutrition pods. The audiobook I’m currently listening to is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. If I want to listen to music I usually just find a playlist on Spotify depending on my mood or if I have people over.
Fave place to escape to?
Day to day I just love being at home or down at the beach. But every year I like to travel somewhere new.
How do you relax?
Couch, wine, dog and a tv show with my husband.
Best piece of life advice you’ve received?
Stay in your lane. Don’t worry about what other people are doing, your journey is different and comparison is the thief of joy. I became a lot happier when I stopped caring about others opinions.
What will you be doing 5 years time?
I’ll still be doing what I’m doing now. I have the best job in the world!
Stay tuned for Dr Phoebe’s first post, and until then…