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. After graduating from St. Paul’s Co-educational College in Hong Kong for high school, 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. She passed the examinations and registered as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2003. 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.
During 18 years of providing patients with infertility counseling, diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Choy recognizes that members of our society in Hong Kong are challenged with daily stressors typical of modern developed societies which include basic and advanced financial needs, overwhelming information and social networking, performance pressure at work, at school, at home or in society, as well as some global change of society. Some of us in our society are not at ease with their own sexuality and gender or confused with their fertility or contraceptive choices. In these areas, our population may face conflicting information from the media and need help to make the right choices. Doctor often provide their clients with the various choices but at times the clients need extra time and counselling for explanation before they can make their own decisions for their own health.
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 her studying and her experience, Dr. Choy set up Care for Family in 2016 for enhancing holistic health of our population ranging from adolescents, university students, housewives, career men and women as well as the retired population in areas of sexuality and gender issues, fertility and contraception needs as well as healthy lifestyle changes.