Dr. Arabia Mollette
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The headline in the New York Daily News described 37-year-old emergency room doctor, Arabia Mollette as, “The offbeat ER doctor from the Bronx who rose above tragedy.” Aside from her standard white lab coat, Arabia is not only known for her compassion, but loved and admired for her occasional unconventional look…. neon pink nails, hair to match and a nose ring.
Dr. Mollette’s pre-med backstory is truly just as unique as her appearance. At age of 5, Arabia envisioned herself becoming a doctor but wasn’t sure what kind of doctor she’d become until several tragedies occurred in her life. She grew up in the South Bronx, New York in a community plagued with crime and poverty, was homeless at 15, slept in parks and ran with a dangerous crowd who dealt in drugs. Her mother suffered from mental illness and tried to take her life. At 17 Arabia found herself pregnant, trapped in an abusive relationship and lost her baby boy to violence.
After so many heartbreaking tragedies the only path Arabia felt she was destined to take was that of an emergency room doctor. She also wanted to make a difference in her community and be a role model for children. She lives by these words, “You are a fighter and you will make it.”
And she certainly did make it. On her way to living the American dream, Dr. Mollette was awarded a full scholarship to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. She then completed her residency in emergency medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. Arabia currently practices emergency medicine in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Mollette is the host and creator of The Visit, a popular weekly podcast on all things health and wellness. She interviews top physicians, health and lifestyle experts, athletes and even celebrities, covering such topics as emergency room do’s and don’ts, gynecology, dermatology, fitness, sex, nutrition, weight loss, mental health, medical myths, dentistry and diabetes.
Colorful, outspoken and a great bedside manner, it’s not surprising that Arabia Mollette was chosen to be a featured physician on an episode of the medical based reality show Trauma: Life in the E.R. which aired on TLC.