My name is Thea, and I am a product designer turned medical doctor. I became tired of listening to myself talk, so I started this blog. Beyond a physician, I am also a wife, daughter, and sister. Sometimes I write about serious things, but most of the time, I don’t.

I’m a day-dreamer, wanderluster, running addict who is an introvert at heart. My bucket-list that is a million pages long, my zodiac sign is a pisces, and I was born in the year of the goat. If you think I write a lot of dot dot dots (“…”), that’s because I’m still thinking.

A Short Biography…

Thea L. Swenson, nee Theodora Lananh Tran, was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Denver, Colorado. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering: Product Design from Stanford University and received a Medical Degree from the University of Colorado. She is currently a resident physician at Vanderbilt University with interests in sports medicine.

Prior to medical school, she spent several years working in product design for health tech companies. Frustrated by the way our healthcare system functions (or doesn’t function), she went to medical hoping she could use her product design background to build a better healthcare system.

The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs

Pisces: generally more laid back and agreeable than their other water counterparts. All water signs, though, are known for having strong feelings and occasionally being “wishy-washy.”

  • Empathetic
  • Romantic
  • Impressionable
  • Imaginative
  • Creative
  • Generous

Born in the year of the Sheep/Goat: loving and selfless, always thinking for others, even if it works against their own interest

What’s on my blog…

My Latest Posts

My True Treadmill

Exercise releases endorphins which help you combat stress–so if you are like me and you depend on scheduled runs to manage your anxiety, being left without a treadmill can leave you feeling ugly. When my Landice stopped working, I had a near meltdown.  My 20+ year old Landice got me through 12 years of school, […]

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Prep Time: 6 minutes Bake Time: 25-30 minutes There is a word in Vietnamese that describes my cooking style: “trộn trộn.” I’m not sure if it’s a real word, or if it’s a word that my mom and my husband invented to make fun of my cooking technique…but the apparent literal translation for trộn trộn […]

Advising Sessions

Recently, I’ve been going through more personal statements and college/medical school applications than I have time for! I love talking to students in my spare time, as I would not have achieved all that I have today were it not for the mentors I had along the way. While I wish I had unlimited time […]


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