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Community Spotlight | Ask a Doctor Q & A

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Cayman’s best doctors answer Cayman Parent’s burning questions on what inspired them to become a doctor, what they love about being a doctor in the Cayman Islands and what advice they would give to those interested in a career in the medical profession.

Dr. Chela Lamsee-Ebanks

Head of the Paediatric Department at the Cayman Health Services Authority


When did you first realise you wanted to study medicine?

In middle school I realised I really enjoyed science, especially biology, and I consciously decided to study medicine. According to my parents I was destined to pursue a scientific-based profession because when I was a toddler I enjoyed examining and dissecting insects.

What and where was your first paid job as a qualified doctor?

My internship was my first paid job as a doctor. After completing the mandatory year of internship I was posted as a junior house officer in the paediatric department of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Trinidad.

Do you have children and if so, does being a parent make your job easier or harder?

I do have children: A 17-year-old son, Judah, and a 10-year-old daughter, Israel. Motherhood and medicine is not an easy joint endeavour but I have learnt not to procrastinate, and my children provide valuable insight into the psyche of the child and parenting that cannot be found in any medical book or journal.

What’s your most effective distraction technique when examining a distressed child?

It depends on the age. For babies I comfort with words, and touch including hugs and cuddles and all-important peek-a-boo. With toddlers I find toys, especially noisy toys can be an effective distraction. Eye contact, clearly explaining as well as demonstrating on a parent or toy, what is going to be done is also quite an effective mode of calming a distressed child.



Dr. Rachelle Shirley


An OB/GYN at CTMH | Doctors Hospital in George Town.


Was there a particular doctor or mentor who inspired you during your training years and why?

Dr. Sharmaine Mitchell, who is well respected in Jamaica and in the Caribbean. As a medical student I was always inspired by her. She is a highly skilled OB/GYN, very professional and is someone that I saw as a good role model.

What, in your opinion, is the greatest medical innovation in your life time?

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and vaccines to prevent cervical cancer.

What is the best part of being a doctor in the Cayman Islands?

The hospitals are well equipped with great state-of-the-art equipment and they have friendly staff, all in a tropical setting.

How do you reassure a mother-to-be who may be nervous about giving birth?

I would remind her that it’s a normal and natural process and that she will be not be alone – she will be coached through the process by health care professionals. Our aim is to make her as comfortable as possible.

What famous person would you invite to dinner?

Professor Joseph Frederick who brought IVF to Jamaica.



Dr. Louis Cona


A General & Family Medicine doctor at The Strand Medical Centre with a special interest in Esthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine

When did you first realise you wanted to study medicine?

As a young boy, I was always interested in the sciences. My ancestors were seafarers so my first ambition was to be a marine biologist. As a young teenager I was drawn to Medicine and I spent many summers shadowing surgeons in the surgical theatre. I felt comfortable in the operating room and still call it my sanctuary. When I was not learning I was surfing, fishing, or boating.

What’s your most effective distraction technique when examining a distressed child?

Animation and props always work, not to mention the flavoured tongue depressor we use. Some distracting conversation or a song, and finally a small toy always seems to do the trick as well.

If you could invite a famous person to dinner, who would you choose and why?

Leonardo Da Vinci would have to be at the top of my list. As a brilliant man of science, he was also an artist, and sculptor and was able to combine art and science. As an artist myself, I frequently use artwork as part of my medical notes to describe certain conditions and areas of the body affected by disease.

What is your ideal vacation to relax and get away from it all?

I call it my mental health getaway – a rural place up in the mountains: the lake, my horses, and my family.




Dr. Hilke Molsen


A GP specialising in family medicine at Doctors Express in George Town.


When did you first realise you wanted to study medicine?

As a teenager I was inspired by the ethics and work of Dr Albert Schweitzer, a French-German theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, physician, and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

What and where was your first paid job as a qualified doctor?

I left Germany for my first post and have not returned since. My first post was in the North Devon District Hospital in the South West of England where I worked in Internal Medicine.

Was there a particular doctor who inspired you?

While I was working in the UK the organisers of the GP Training Scheme inspired me to train as a GP. The doctors that I trained under inspired me with their skills, knowledge and commitment. Their personal and caring approach was deeply formative and inspired me to always give my best and take into account the whole person, not only their presenting illness, and help them restore their health and life.

What is the funniest thing a patient has said?

A little girl was brought to see me after stubbing her toe. When I asked her: “Which toe did you stub?”, she replied: “The one that had roast beef”!

What advice would you give to an aspiring doctor?

Go for it! It is such a fulfilling profession to choose! You can specialise and continue developing and growing all your life, becoming the best person you can be.


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