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Akshaya Pandian

Dr. Akshaya Pandian: Crafting Smiles, Transforming Lives

The Orthodontic Virtuoso Redefining Dentofacial Excellence!

“A smile is the best makeup that can change your looks and your heart.” – A simple yet profound statement. We’ve all experienced the magnetic pull of a warm, genuine smile. It has the power to light up a room, make a stranger’s day, and even transform how we feel about ourselves. The act of smiling is an innate, universal language that transcends cultures and borders, connecting us on a fundamental human level. But what happens when you’re reluctant to share your smile with the world? Perhaps it’s because of crooked teeth, misaligned bites, or other dental imperfections. When our dental aesthetics hold us back, it’s easy to miss out on the magic that smiles create. This is where orthodontics comes into play, offering a range of solutions to correct misaligned teeth, irregular bites, and jaw issues. These treatments aren’t just about aesthetics; they’re about enhancing your self-esteem and overall well-being.

In this world of orthodontics, there is a name that echoes excellence and a commitment to transforming lives, one smile at a time. Meet Dr. Akshaya Pandian, a Consultant Orthodontist with over a decade of experience in the field of Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Her name is synonymous with excellence in the world of orthodontics. Her impressive qualifications, including BDS, MDS Orthodontics, MFDS RCPSG, PGCOI, M.Ortho RCPSG, and M.Ortho RCSEd, paint a picture of a professional dedicated to mastering her craft. With over 15 years of experience, she has touched the lives of countless patients, leaving a lasting impact with her expertise.

Dr. A’s journey in dentistry began when she obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, India. Her relentless pursuit of knowledge led her to the renowned Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, where she pursued her postgraduate education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Here, her journey towards becoming an orthodontic virtuoso took flight. Dr. A’s expertise and knowledge have earned recognition from world-class institutions, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Her unquenchable thirst for knowledge prompted her to obtain additional certifications in Advanced Oral Implantology, expanding her skill set and reinforcing her commitment to the field.

With a transformative impact on over a thousand patients and a thriving base of 1500+ orthodontic patients, Dr. A continues to excel in the realm of cosmetic dentistry. She is the visionary founder of her proprietary clear aligner system, Dr.A-Ligner CAT, revolutionizing the way smiles are crafted. Her entrepreneurial spirit truly shines as she embarks on an innovative partnership within a thriving

medical center. She was awarded the prestigious “YOUNG ORTHODONTIST OF THE YEAR” by the World Dental Association at a recent conference held in Bangkok, Thailand. This esteemed recognition serves as a testament to her unwavering pursuit of exceptional patient care and groundbreaking advancements in orthodontics.

Below are the highlights of the interview:

Could you please tell about yourself and what motivated you to embark on this sector?

Well, I would describe myself as a friendly, fun-loving person and a passionate orthodontist by profession. During my early years, I was always interested in a career that would have a positive impact on an individual’s life. As I grew up, I understood that dentistry, specifically orthodontics, enhanced a person’s smile, instilling positivity and confidence. I realized the transformative power of orthodontic treatment, not just in terms of aesthetics but also in improving dental function and preventing oral health issues. This led me to pursue extensive training and education in this field while constantly staying updated with recent advancements. Today, I am privileged to lead a team of dedicated professionals who strive to deliver exceptional dental care and create lasting smiles. I also feel very fortunate to practice in Qatar, where I can help people from different continents.

Could you please brief about your company and its inception story?

Dr.A-Ligner CAT (Clear Aligner Therapy) was born out of a passion for transforming smiles and improving the lives of patients. With a deep understanding of the impact that a confident smile can have on an individual’s self-esteem, overall well-being, and inaccessibility due to financial restrictions, I set out to create a solution that would revolutionize the field of orthodontics. My journey began with a vision: to develop a clear aligner system that would combine cutting-edge technology with exceptional patient care and affordability without compromising on the effectiveness of the treatment. Drawing upon my collective expertise and years of experience in orthodontics, I meticulously researched and developed my proprietary clear aligner system. My team worked tirelessly to design a product that would provide precise tooth movement while ensuring optimal comfort and convenience for our patients.

My entrepreneurial journey began when I decided to invest in a medical center that has a rich history and a commitment to excellence. Recognizing the immense potential for transforming healthcare services, I seized the opportunity to make a meaningful impact. From the very beginning, I understood that my role as an entrepreneur was not just about financial investments and being a partner, but about envisioning a better future for our patients and the community we serve.

What challenges have you personally faced as a woman leader in the business world, and how did you overcome them?

I have always cherished being a woman, and of course, when it comes to the business world, like any woman leader, I too often face stereotypes and biases that can undermine one’s abilities. To overcome this challenge, I had to prove my capabilities through consistent performance, showcasing my expertise, and challenging gender biases through education and awareness. It was also hard to find a mentor who could guide me through my career. I had to find my way out and swim against the tide, but the constant moral support from my husband, Dr.Paul, who is an Emergency Physician, kept me going. His demanding specialty encouraged me not to look at the clock.

My mother-in-law, Dr.Cynthia Pandian, has been and will always be my role model. By observing her as a Vice-Chancellor of a reputed university, I was able to develop leadership qualities.

Achieving work-life balance was another challenge, but by setting clear boundaries, delegating tasks, and prioritizing self-care, I could handle it. Additionally, I established a support system at work and home to create a balance that allowed me to excel in both areas. When I began my journey, I always had self-doubt and imposter syndrome. I was fortunate to have a family that celebrated my successes and was surrounded by a supportive network that believed in my abilities. I had to practice self-compassion and remind myself of my worth and capabilities.

How do you see women contributing to the transformation of businesses? Can you provide any specific examples or case studies?

Women have unique perspectives and experiences, which can lead to more innovative and creative solutions. Women leaders often excel at creating inclusive and collaborative work environments. Women in leadership roles serve as role models and mentors for aspiring professionals. Many female leaders are passionate about social issues and corporate social responsibility. This focus on social impact not only benefits communities but also enhances the reputation and brand image of businesses.

I would like to mention Ms. Mary Barra, who became the CEO of General Motors in 2014, making her the first woman to lead a major global automaker. Under her leadership, General Motors has undergone a major transformation, focusing on electric and autonomous vehicles and investing in new technologies.

What advice would you give to aspiring women leaders who are looking to make a positive impact and drive transformation in their respective industries?

My mother always tells me, “Be Humble and Believe in Yourself!”

My advice to aspiring women would be, “Embrace your strengths, acknowledge your worth, and cultivate a positive mindset” that empowers you to take on challenges and overcome obstacles. Always seek growth opportunities. This may involve taking on challenging projects, seeking out mentors or coaches, attending industry conferences or workshops, or pursuing relevant educational or professional development programs.

Remember to build a network. Cultivate a strong professional network both within and outside of your industry. Seek out mentors and role models who can provide guidance, support, and inspiration. Be a continuous learner and advocate for yourself. Don’t shy away from promoting your achievements and showcasing your skills. Develop your brand and ensure that others are aware of your capabilities and potential.

Finally, the most important one is to be resilient. Leadership journeys often come with challenges and setbacks. Develop resilience and learn to bounce back from failures or disappointments. Use setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth, and don’t let them deter you from your goals. Stay true to your values, lead with integrity, and embrace your unique strengths and perspectives as a female leader.

Looking ahead, what do you envision for the future of women leaders in driving business transformation, and what steps do you believe need to be taken to further empower and support them?

The future of women in driving business transformation looks promising. As we continue to progress towards gender equality and recognize the value that diverse leadership brings to organizations, more opportunities are opening up for women to take on leadership roles and drive change. Here are a few steps that can further empower and support women leaders in this pursuit:

  • Foster Inclusive Work Environments
  • Provide Mentorship and Sponsorship Programs
  • Focus on Skills Development
  • Promote Visibility and Recognition
  • Support Networking Opportunities
  • Encourage Diversity in Boardrooms
  • Advocate for Equal Pay and Opportunities

By implementing these steps and continuing to break down barriers, we can create a future where women leaders play a pivotal role in driving business transformation and fostering inclusive and successful organizations.