Care for Women was founded by Dr Christine Choy in 2005 who from her early years was interested in a career enhancing women’s health. Dr. Choy first received her training by receiving a scholarship to study in England in 1988 to prepare for entry into medical school. She subsequently received a scholarship to study Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh and graduated with MBChB in 1995. In 1996, Dr. Choy returned to Hong Kong and joined the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong.
In 1999 Dr. Choy was elected to be a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the United Kingdom and, in the following year, was elected to the Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 2003, Dr. Choy was elected to be a fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the Hong Kong College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In addition, she has been accredited to perform laparoscopic surgery, colposcopy in the management of abnormal cervical smear, as well as first trimester Down’s syndrome screening for pregnant women in the first trimester. In 2003, after finishing her career at Prince of Wales Hospital with a voluntary mission to look after SARS patients in medical ward 8A where the SARS outbreak occurred, she joined a private clinic in Central Hong Kong to practise as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
In 2005 Dr. Choy established her own clinic Care for Women to provide quality private medical care to women within the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Dr. Choy had also been teaching and conducting research in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1997. She was Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor at the University up to 2014. In 2011, Dr. Choy was admitted as a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in UK for her continual contribution in the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology. Her specific interests were reproductive medicine and infertility treatment including in-vitro fertilisation and intrauterine insemination.
In 2014, Dr. Choy stopped practicing medicine and embarked on advancing her studies in sexuality education, counselling and therapy at the University of Michigan, USA which she graduated in April 2016. During the one-year program, counselling techniques were studied to improve client’s sexual and non-sexual relationship with oneself and within couples. Techniques were learned to enhance the client’s coping skills and power of control over their emotions, their self-esteem, shame, guilt, anxiety and their power in healing from a history of trauma and in recovery from grief and loss in life, whether it is a job, a career, a loved one, an intimate relationship or in some cases the loss of youth and health, hence aging and the development of illnesses. Adolescent development was also studied. Dr. Choy is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counsellors and Therapists (AASECT).
At the same time, since September 2015, Dr. Choy started a 2-year studying program for a Master in Family Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and is due to graduate in September 2017. This program reinforces techniques and skills in providing patients with compassionate, empathetic, continuous, comprehensive and contextual medical care with particular emphasis on patient-centered and family-centered care as well as preventive health promotion, all of which are in line with holistic health care principles.
After all the studying and her experience of treating patients, Dr. Choy decided to set up the company Care for Family in 2016 aiming to provide holistic health care and counselling services to individuals, couples and families in order to enhance complete physical, psychological, mental, social and sexual health of our population ranging from adolescents, university students, housewives, career men and women as well as the retired population, and their relationships with oneself, within couples and families due to the challenge from increasing daily stressors in the modern society of Hong Kong.
As with the principle of medicine, preventive care is important in early and systematic counselling when tensions within oneself, between couples and families have been escalated in order to prevent fragmentation. When breakdown has occurred, counselling will help individuals, couples and families to cope with anxiety, grief, anger and attempt to repair and cure the problems.
Dr. Choy will perform the duty of a counsellor within Care for Family. For individuals who are judged to benefit from the care of clinical psychologists or other health care providers, referrals will be made although continuous support will be offered.