By Karina Timmel
Job: Lead Radiologist and Founder of the Woman’s Imaging Group
Born in: Moro Goro, Tanzania
Lives in: Buckhead
Dr. Tejal Lalaji is a mother, wife, sister and daughter who has seen several women in her own family battle breast cancer. Some have won the fight and some have, unfortunately, lost. After seeing her family members’ courageous battles, Dr. Lalaji, who completed her radiology residency at Wake Forest University and fellowship at Emory University, knew she could develop something that could make a difference in the lives of women.
She created a unique “pink compass” process that focuses on simplicity and eliminating anxiety for the female patient through the breast-cancer screening process by providing a map of imaging and, if needed, treatment options with quick turnaround of the imaging results. The concept is delivered through small, boutique-style dedicated women’s imaging facilities. By the end of 2015, she expects to have at least six of these facilities in Atlanta, including Buckhead. When this fiercely determined woman isn’t working, she enjoys being outdoors and gardening, or spending time with her family.
“My kids have the attitude that life is about being happy, and I agree,” she says.
Her Biggest Life Lesson:
“Nothing happens without hard work and a little twinkle from above.”
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