Dr. Christa Clark, FACS, Entrepreneur and founder of S.P.R.O.W.T. Scholarship (Supporting & Promoting Real Opportunities for Women to Thrive)
Dr. Christa Clark, FACS
46, Physician, surgeon, business owner, wife, mother, entrepreneur and founder of S.P.R.O.W.T. Scholarship (Supporting & Promoting Real Opportunities for Women to Thrive)
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SACRAMENTO: Dynamic, Farm to Fork, Sacramento Kings
FAVORITE LOCAL CAUSE? I’m grateful for the opportunity to support women through my new scholarship program: S.P.R.O.W.T (Supporting & Promoting Real Opportunities for Women to Thrive). I developed this scholarship to help empower women in California who are following a non-traditional educational path as they pursue higher education. It is my hope that the scholarship award of $5,000 will help our recipient achieve her goals without the burden of worrying about the financial logistics.
WHICH LOCAL SACRAMENTO WOMAN INSPIRES YOU? I’m inspired by a doctor that I often share patients with: Dr. Denise Sweeney. She is an OB/GYN and a partner in the largest, privately owned female medical practice in Northern California, the Associates in Women’s Healthcare. She also happens to be a mother of busy boys on the ski team, she volunteers her time to work with Representative Tom McClintock, and she is a breast cancer survivor. To me, she flawlessly manages a busy practice, juggles being a mom and a wife, finds time to volunteer and be engaged in her community, and, in the past, has overcome insurmountable obstacles. She is an inspiration, without a doubt.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN SACRAMENTO IN FIVE YEARS? With the new arena, I would like to see the downtown become a vibrant place to work, live and play—and I think it will happen.
BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? The best advice I’ve received was from my mom when I was contemplating if I should pursue medical studies. I was a late pre-med bloomer, and I decided after college graduation to pursue a career in medicine. I was worried because I would be 29-years-old when I graduated medical school. My mom said to me: “You are going to be 29-years-old anyway. You should do what you like to do, your age does not matter.” That advice has stuck with me, and I have never regretted my decision to become a doctor and surgeon. It also helped me when I decided to build my own office and surgery center. “Am I too far along in my career to do this?” I thought of my mom’s advice and said to myself: “Just do it!”
ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO A SACRAMENTO WOMAN IN HER 20S? Oh gosh. Probably just go. Just do. Don’t think, follow your heart. Do what makes you happy. That and a little bit of the advice that my mom gave me: age doesn’t matter. No matter how old you are, whether you’re in your 20s and just getting started or even later in life, you have time to develop your dreams. You have time to become whatever you want.