“Don’t be afraid to be different.”
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Dr. Amnah Al-Mutawa, a woman who is in continuous search for a new adventure.
Tell us about your education.
I did my middle school in a boarding school in the UK (West Hill Park School) and high school at BSK (The British School Of Kuwait). I am a Bachelor of dental surgery from the University of Malta. I have a Masters in orthodontics from Kings College and I am also a member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
Tell us about your career journey.
After holding my Bachelors degree, I practiced dentistry for two years then went abroad again for my masters. Ever since 2016 I have been practicing Orthodontics at the Kuwait Ministry of Health.
How do you manage your time? Describe your average day.
I am very family oriented. During the week days my time is usually divided between work, going to the gym and then spending the evening with my family. On the weekends I spend more time with my friends. I do make sure to dedicate some alone time on a daily basis to read and more importantly to clear my mind, unwind and organize my thoughts.
What is your biggest strength?
I would say persistence.
Do you have any weaknesses?
Anxiousness (what if?), but I do believe I’m getting better by learning to worry about the right things and not everything.
Have you made any mistakes that have made you stronger?
At one point during the final year of high school I didn’t take my final exams seriously and did have to re-do some subjects. This was a wake- up call and has allowed me to get my priorities right.
What is the biggest challenge you face during your career?
I find orthodontics a wonderful and challenging profession. It is a true blend of science, art and skill. Challenges in orthodontics present themselves during treatment, planning a case, which for me is one of the most exciting parts of my job.
How do you stay motivated during challenging times?
By surrounding myself in a circle of supportive family and friends that remind me why I’m doing what I’m doing.
What do you do to relax?
I workout daily to destress. I also love to travel and read motivational books.
What has been your proudest moment so far?
Passing my Morth exam and being a member of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
What is your biggest fear?
What is your favourite quote?
The biggest revenge is to improve yourself – Imam Ali (AS)
Name one item in life you can’t do without?
Best advice you have ever taken?
To travel often, by my beloved mother Dr. Samerah Al-Mutawa. For many reasons, some of which are to discover new cultures, develop new skills and also because travel brings you closer to yourself and others.
Share three books on your nightstand.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
The wind-up bird chronicle, Haruki Murakami
In your opinion, what are the three keys to success?
Gratitude, passion and persistence.
What is next for you? What would you still like to achieve?
Volunteer work. I would like to invest more time in volunteer work, motivate others into taking this experience and helping others in need.
What advice would you give to young women starting out in their career?
Don’t be afraid to be different. Have the courage to ask for what you want and be bold enough to share your new ideas. Most importantly work hard and I assure you, it will pay off.
How does it feel to be a CP Woman of Substance?
To be branded as a woman of substance I find is one of the greatest compliments. For that I am very grateful. I hope I could positively influence other women.
Your message for the team at CP magazine.
I am honored to have been chosen as one of the Women of Substance for 2019 and I would like to thank CP Magazine for their amazing work, as always.