Paula Vasek

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Laramie Physicians for Women and Children

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to provide care for families in Laramie at the Children's Clinic for the past 14 years. It has truly been an honor to get to know so many wonderful families. I have been able to care for a child as a newborn and now care for them as teenager, this is such a wonderful feeling. To really know my patients, what they enjoy, the sports they play, the music they excel in, their triumphs and their hardships, this makes me love what I do. And to work alongside colleagues that are also committed to our community makes me so proud to be part of Laramie.

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

I hope to continue to build my practice and provide holistic, research based, dependable care to my patients and their families. I'm honestly not sure how I will do this or what my future holds. I do know that I am very committed to Laramie and to these little people that bless me every day with their hugs, smiles, giggles, and lets face it, a few kicks and pushes!

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

I can not go into detail of the achievement I am most proud of in order to keep patient confidentiality. I can only say, the thing I am most proud of did not involve money at all, only support, for a family in great need. Helping others brings me great joy.

What action or event that you’ve been a part of do you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or, which action or event are you most proud of?

I'm afraid I really haven't been involved in anything huge to make a difference. I take part in a lot of little things (like volunteering at 4H and our church). But my main goal and hope is that I make a difference in children's lives.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

Laramie is such a unique little town. We have the privilege of meeting people from all over the world. I hope the future of Laramie continues to welcome this diverse population. I secretly hope Laramie does not grow too much, I love our little town, the safety that it provides for our children, and the small town feeling Laramie has.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

The people that I love. My mom and dad, my husband, and my children have truly been the reason I got through 8 years of college and 14 years of private practice.  After the tragic loss of my mom this last year, I have learned that it truly was my parents that started my career in medicine. When I younger, I often fainted when in any sort of situation that involved blood, eyes, bones, or hospitals. I will never forget the conversation I had with my mom when I was a Junior in High School. She had had it with me passing out. Mom told me I was taking a CNA (certified nursing assistant) course, that I was going to face my fears and get over this because she was tired of catching me at the age of 16. As you can imagine, I was not excited, but this one act of facing my fear (with my parents at my side), made me realize how much I love helping people. Without my mom pushing me, I would never be where I am today.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

Having a business in Laramie can be challenging. Our population is diverse and constantly changing. Be committed to your passion and to the people of Laramie. It is so obvious when one is committed and loves what they do. Your business will thrive if you are dependable, kind, compassionate, and real with others.

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2018