Essene C. Bell, MD
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I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was inspired to become a doctor after working in an orphanage in my native country of Jamaica. In Jamaica, orphanages housed mainly children who had physical and developmental issues that made it too difficult or impossible for some families to handle. It was in this setting that I understood the full scope of the duties of health care providers, how much a country should be responsible for their most needy citizens and my passion to help in this health care space. The pursuit of this passion was made easier when I got the opportunity to immigrate to the U.S. in the 1980s where I attended college, medical school and other graduate level programs. During that time, I lived in many parts of the country including New York, Maryland, Chicago, Texas and my favorite to date, Georgia. My passions have grown to include being a mother, an entrepreneur and my involvement with charities geared towards underserved minority communities and children. I continue to be passionate about providing the best care to every patient I see, and I feel it is my duty to consider not only a patient's disease conditions but the social, psychological and economic issues that impact his or her health access and health status.
About my practice
I am pleased to join the Kaiser Permanente Ophthalmology Department after over fifteen years in clinical practice, seven of which have been in the Atlanta area. My practice interests lie in all aspects of glaucoma treatment and management including lasers and surgical glaucoma procedures, cataract surgery and in educating our members about their eye conditions. I enjoy ophthalmology and glaucoma specialization because it allows me to practice as a surgeon, which has always been a passion. Because of the chronic nature of the condition, it also allows me to get to know my patients very well as I guide them in managing the disease.
How I thrive
Like many of our members, I am constantly striving to find ways to nurture my mind, body and spirit. I am a lifelong learner in medicine and I have pursued training in other fields of interest, specifically, business and entrepreneurship. I believe in the restorative and healing power of exercise and I find ways to make my workout routines fresh and exciting by finding different ways to stay fit (yoga, running, tennis, golf, Zumba, weight training and dancing). My other passion is cooking which allows me to choose healthy meal options for myself and my family. However, as any aspiring chef knows, making the more decadent version of a dish on occasion can be the best way to enjoy food to the fullest and to exercise moderation. To nurture my spirit, I spend time with friends and family, travel and write fiction. Maintaining a good mix has worked well for me and I hope to take my yoga practice to a higher level in the quest for even better life balance.