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

Tips for Residency Interview Questions

Three of the Trickiest and Most Common PM&R Residency Interview Questions Here are three of the most common questions I was asked again and again during my residency interview trail.  On the surface, these seem like “easy” questions, but they can be pretty tricky if you realize why they are actually being asked. Answer them […]

My Favorite Healthy Snacks

Last week, I made a commitment to do something more productive than lying on my couch after work. So I decided to start blogging…while lying on my couch. I started blogging about residency interviews, but then my husband came home from work and interrupted my train of thought. Of course, he inspired me to start […]

Basil Pesto

Prep Time: 5 minutes I spent the last year searching and scheming the perfect layout for my future herb garden, and I wasted countless hours researching different designs. Finally, my husband got tired of hearing me talk. He insisted that soil was more important than any planter box that I could find, and he was […]


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