Meet Cindy Da Costa, Registered Nurse, Medisys Montréal
Cindy graduated in nursing from the Cégep Bois-de-Boulogne in 2012 and started her career as a nurse in a cosmetic surgery practice. Cindy subsequently became a pediatric nurse in a hospital setting and came to Medisys full time where she is a nurse specialist both in pediatrics and dermatology. Cindy has a lot of experience in cosmetic dermatology in both practice and teaching; she completed cosmetic dermatology training at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Cindy treats her patients holistically and understands the powerful interplay between someone’s physical and emotional health.
What was your first job? My first job was babysitting, I’ve always loved kids and that is why I decided to pursue a career in pediatric nursing.
What made you decide to become a Nurse? From a dermatology perspective, I’ve always loved to help people be happier with their physical appearance that is why I started my career in cosmetic dermatology.
What you do to unwind? I’m a huge ‘book nerd’ – I love reading particularly about psychology.
What is your single most important piece of preventive health advice? As a pediatric nurse, my single biggest piece of health advice is: get your child active. If you want healthy kids, just give them nutritious meals, ample physical activity, and lots of love and cuddles.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? « If you try, you may lose. If you don’t try, you’ve already lost.”
Tell us about an experience that has helped shape who you are? I moved with my husband to Portugal when we were newly married, and I became very quickly aware of the wealth we have in Quebec, relative to so many places in this world, including Portugal. This experience strengthened me, my ability to adapt, my patience, and it helped make me the person I am today. Portugal will always be in my heart.
What is the secret to lifelong happiness? Be positive, surround yourself with positive people, make choices that will fulfill you – in both the family and professional sense.
What keeps you inspired? I’m always inspired by new challenges and projects that push me out of my comfort zone.
What is the one health lesson you have learned that you want everyone to know? The secret to living longer and happier is: eat half as much junk, walk double, laugh triple and love without measuring!