Dr. Tan Indravina was born in 1992 in Phnom Penh city of Cambodia. She became a Christian when she was 15 years old. “I lift my life decisions up to prayers because I have faith that because of God’s grace, he has a plan to give me hope and future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Dr. Indravina started medical school in 2009 at International University of Cambodia (IU) and earned medical doctor degree in 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master Degree of Internal Medicine by an online distance-learning program from University of Edinburgh partner with Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2017, Dr. Indravina has stepped into entrepreneurship by starting an online shop, H&V MedicalStylist, with two of her close friends. It is now become a retail shop that supplies medical accessories and uniforms. Aside from studying and running her own business, she is also working as a clinic director and a medical doctor at Devalda Medical Center. (Devalda Medical Center and Pharmacy: #96, Street 566, Sangkat Boueng Kok II, Khan Toulkork, Phnom Penh Tel: 096 72 70 777/ 087 270 399)
“What I love the most about being in medical school is the opportunity to volunteer to serve in various humanitarian medical projects. When I was younger I thought that to help the underprivileged, I have to have a lot of money. However, I learnt that I could also serve people who are in need by using my own strength and knowledge.” Dr. Indravina first experience was in her 3rd year of college with USNS Mercy Partnership program in 2012. “I wasn’t able to treat patients. Therefore, I helped translating for foreign doctors and coordinated the student team”. From then on, she has found her passion in volunteering and continuing so, for many medical projects in provinces such as Kep, Takeo, Kampong Cham, Battambong and Banteay Meanchey. “Each medical mission has taught me leadership, perseverance, patience and love. From direct communications with the patients and learning about their life story, it has softened my heart to be grateful for my family and what I am blessed with. It helps me to relate better in relationship with the patients, which was very helpful as I was growing to become a doctor.” She stated.
Dr. Indravina still carries on her volunteer spirit after she has graduated. In 2015, she was introduced to St John Phnom Penh organization by Lok Jomteav Ly Daline, handed the registration form to be a St John volunteer member, to be trained and to train others in saving life on the spot of incident (first aiders). Without hesitation, Dr. Indravina registered. “I have always wanted to save lives of the people around me but to be able to train other people to do so is beyond my dream. It came into reality when I had an opportunity to teach Girls Brigade in Methodist school last month. To be able to see how keen they are to learn to become first responders, I am very impressed. Not only that they are fast learners but also truly understand the purpose of the training and as well expressed their confidence in practicing it.”
Dr. Indravina believes that everyone has a dream. “I dream to save people’s life and to relieve their suffering of sickness. I know that we cannot be there for everyone but we can teach people to help themselves and their love ones by being a St John volunteer.”