Dr. Pearl Lui strives to connect with every patient by bringing positivity and encouragement to every visit she sees. Let us get to know her more beyond her profession as a family doctor.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your job?
Dr. Lui: I would say my favorite part of the job is interacting with the patients by listening, educating, and having continuity where you can see improvements they have made to their health. I believe primary care is the backbone of the healthcare system.
Q: What do you miss most about childhood?
Dr. Lui: I grew up in the suburbs of Toronto when it was pretty safe to leave your doors open. I remember after school all the kids would be out on the streets playing and once the parents are home, we all went home for dinner. I remember around 6 or 7 pm in the summers, the ice cream truck comes around and I would beg my parents for money and run out to catch the truck! I felt a great sense of community growing up and I could always ask my neighbors for help i.e. if I forgot my keys to my house.
Q: What is the most spontaneous thing you have ever done?
Dr. Lui: I was really craving a Philly Cheesesteak one day, so my college friends and I drove all the way from Long Island to Philly to get one!
Q: What would you say to your high school self?
Dr. Lui: Sleeping on your textbook and absorbing information via osmosis really does not work.
Q: What is your Starbucks order?
Dr. Lui: Grande Starbucks Double Shot on Ice, light ice, light splash of half & half.
Q: What is your favorite book?
Dr. Lui: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. This is a fictional story based on the Japanese embassy hostage crisis that happened in Lima, Peru in 1996. This is set in an unspecified South American country. The country’s vice president held a party for a Japanese chairman and a group of terrorists attacked the party with the intent of holding the president hostage. Bel Canto is Italian for “beautiful singing” and themes of love and passion and motifs of opera and language permeate throughout the book. The hostages, despite speaking different languages and cannot understand each other, found ways to understand and communicate by reading each other’s gestures and expressions. Characters form bonds and love interests with each other and even with their hostage takers.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
Dr. Lui: Reading the comments section of controversial articles.
Q: What movie can you watch over and over and again?
Dr. Lui: Sister Act 1 & 2 (ummm, a Las Vegas showgirl hiding in a convent and teaching nuns to sing?! Yes, please!)
Q: What “old person” things do you do?
Dr. Lui: Complaining about my knee pain when it rains.
Q: If you could witness an event in world history, what event would that be?
Dr. Lui: So many world events to choose from but I have always had this fascination with The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (the year of my birth!). Powered by citizen protests, changing of ideologies, two world superpowers of the time (Soviet Union and U.S.) saying the Cold War was ending, the event changed the modern world. Fun fact: did you know you could see parts of the Berlin Wall in NYC? Go find it!
Q: What was your favorite childhood tv show?
Dr. Lui: Magic School Bus!
Q: How long would you last in a zombie apocalypse?
Dr. Lui: I feel like I am resourceful, but I also cannot run fast so I will say my survival depends on if the zombies are from The Walking Dead or World War Z.
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Dr. Pearl Lui, Board Certified Family Physician