Dr. Janette Nesheiwat Doesn’t Just Save Lives — She Changes Them for the Better

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Dr. Janette Nesheiwat is a powerhouse in the medical industry. As the Medical Director of CityMD and a nationwide medical news correspondent, Dr. Nesheiwat’s mission is to provide you and your family with no-BS medical information and care. Her community-oriented practice and straight-forward approach to complex medical topics have given her a fruitful career across disciplines.

Dr. Nesheiwat’s natural dedication to helping others stems from her upbringing — she says her mother’s encouragement to go above and beyond at a young age gave her the drive she needed to achieve such high success. Her strong family values allow her to foster community in her work wherever she goes.

Before her career took off in New York City, Dr. Nesheiwat established herself as a medical expert in a small town just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. After a few years, she took the risk of moving to New York to widen her impact on families and the healthcare industry at large, despite others trying to hold her back from “big city life.”

It certainly paid off. Dr. Janette Nesheiwat’s successful career in medicine has been rooted in her core mission of serving families and communities since the beginning, and it’s not slowing down any time soon.


Name: Janette Nesheiwat, MD

Company: CityMD

Job Title: Board Certified Medical Doctor (family and emergency medicine)

Current home base: New York 

Originally from: I was born in New York. My heritage is Jordanian. I grew up in a small town called Umatilla in Florida.

 

Dr. Janette Nesheiwat in her medical jacket with a stethoscope

 

Superpower:

Listening. As a doctor, I have to not only hear what is being said, but I need to listen carefully to words unspoken. I found this to be so important in everyday life, as it also sends a key message to others — “I hear you and I care.”

One thing on your bucket list:

To meet Brad Pitt!

A woman in history you admire & why:

A woman who has broken the glass ceiling for all women. Queen Rania of Jordan is encouraging women to be independent so that they can take care of their families and thus be able to take care of their communities.

A present-day woman you admire & why:

There are so many accomplished women today, but one that is near and dear to me is my older sister, Captain Julia Nesheiwat. She not only helped my widowed mother raise five of us kids, but she also devoted service to our country as a former US Army Captain. She participated in three tours to Iraq/Afghanistan and was a recipient of the bronze star. She is also a former DAS, political senior intelligence analyst, and current presidential envoy for hostage affairs. Dr. Julia is a mentor, a philanthropist, and public speaker. She is a woman who dedicated her life to God, family, and country. 

Quote/piece of advice that you live by:

“One soft word turns away all wrath.”

I lived in a house with four girls and one brother, and I often recall my mom saying “It’s okay, you don’t have to win…and a soft word often calms the waters.”

What inspired you to start (or get involved with) your current venture?

My mother always encouraged me and my siblings to attend college and to go above and beyond to exceed our limits. She gave us the confidence and ambition we needed to reach for the stars and follow our dreams. 

How is your company making a positive impact and/or generating change in your industry?

CityMD is the answer to reducing congested emergency rooms and provides urgent high-quality health care and aftercare. We are a convenient and fast way to get medical care at a lower cost than an emergency room hospital visit for non-emergency needs. Our motto is to serve with kindness. 

What is one thing you are most proud of?

It is an honor to work as a doctor to serve our community with some of the most efficient physicians, PA’s, and staff in all of New York. I’m so proud to work with all of them.

What is one project/deal you are currently working on that you are most excited about?

I am excited to educate the public about health care and preventative medicine on a national platform via television. I think spreading the word about current health issues and seasonal issues like getting flu shots is crucial in a large city that never sleeps.

What, in your opinion, is one of the biggest challenges facing your industry today?

Health care costs, high deductibles, and insurance premiums are hindering many people from getting the care they need, and circumventing these problems can be challenging at times. 

What were you doing before your current role?

I was working in a rural town emergency room serving underprivileged patients and volunteer hosting an educational medical television show just outside Little Rock, Arkansas called “Family Health Today.”

What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve ever received & why?

Be patient with others, as you never know what another person may be going through. Also, the golden rule — to treat others as you want to be treated.

What is one of the worst pieces of advice you have ever received?

You should not move to a big city.

Dr. Janette Nesheiwat with a child patient

Can you tell us about a time when you took a huge risk and it totally paid off?

A huge risk I took was when I made the decision to leave beautiful Arkansas. I did my residency there, and I was also an anchor of Jones TV and heavily involved in community service. It was hard and certainly a risk, as I was very established there, but a new opportunity was presented to me that would advance my medicinal career by educating millions via a national/international platform, as well as provide health care to more patients. So here I am!

Are there any great resources you have discovered that you would like to share?

I am fascinated by the multitude of resources here in the great city of New York. New York Cares, After the Call, Red Cross, Community Health Network, Susan G Komen Women Breast Cancer Centers, and Orange Theory with Coach Dominick who puts me on a 12 recline.

Is there a charity or cause you care about that you would like to share?

Yes, in fact I recently attended an incredible event to support an organization that provides free health screening to underprivileged children returning to school. The charity is called CHARM, Children Are Magical (www.childrenaremagical.org), a foundation developed by my younger sister Jaclyn Stapp when she was 17 years old to help support women and children in need. Now, nearly 20 years later, it has grown to provide support to thousands of children across the country to help them be the best they can be.

Fun fact about yourself:

I completed 4 years of Army ROTC and Advanced Officer training in Ft. Lewis Washington at Mt. Ranier with outstanding evaluations.


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