Harvard-trained, Dr. Cynthia Thaik is a heart doctor that practices with her heart. She delivers security and peace of mind to her clients by orchestrating behavioral and mindset shifts to evoke lasting transformational changes in their health, well-being, vitality, energy, and creativity. She has helped thousands of people make changes to transform their lives through the ways they think, feel, and act. Intuitively, she has known that she would serve this calling since the age of five, after accompanying her physician mother to the medical clinic in their home country of Mayamar, formerly known as Burma. There, she witnessed the pure hands-on art of healing, free from the modern-day challenges of drugs, bureaucracy, and the threat of malpractice.
This experience laid dormant deep within her as she navigated her American life, completed her modern medical training, and subsequently began practicing Western medicine. Years later, the demands of solo practice, a strained marriage and three small children created a toll that left her disconnected and drained. It wasn’t until the opening of her wellness center three years ago—where she guided her patients to experience tremendous improvement in their health and well-being through integrative lifestyle practices that focused on nutrition, fitness, and spiritual or meditative practices—that those early childhood memories of the art of self-directed healing were reawakened.
Rediscovering her life purpose has lend authenticity to her work and filled her with joy, energy and spirit. She believes the mind-body connection for health is best served through the practice of being centered and present in each moment. A practicing Buddhist, Dr. Cynthia is now on a mission to deliver that message about healing through her new book, Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit from the Body’s Core.
Dr. Cynthia began her professional training at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. From there, she completed her internal medicine and cardiology training at the Harvard’s training programs (Beth Israel, Massachusetts General, and Brigham & Women’s hospitals). She manages two successful cardiology clinics and is the founder of Revitalize-U, a wellness center focused on health, nutrition, weight loss, and detoxification. Beyond her academic and professional achievements, she is most proud of the praises that she receives from her patients: caring, compassionate, service oriented, and excellence are words used to describe her style of practice.
Dr. Thaik received the following awards and honors:
- 2005 LA Business Journal “Women Making a Difference” Nomination
- 1997 National Research Service Award NIH
- 1995 Cardiovascular Research Award, American College of Cardiology
- 1994 Raymond Kalil Memorial Cardiovascular Research Award
- 1993 Kathleen Swan Ginsberg Award
- 1993 Elected Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital
- 1990 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Chicago
- 1986 Summa Cum Laude, University Of Illinois
- 1982 Bronze Tablet Award
- 1997 Assistant Clinical Professor Medicine UCLA School of Medicine
- 1990 Clinical Fellow of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- 1986 Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Medicine, University of Chicago
- 1982 Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Illinois
- 2003 Co-director of the Women’s Cardiac Risk Screening Program at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
- 1999 – “Coronary Artery Disease” – Principles of Women’s Health
- 1998 – “Nitric Oxide, Atrial Natriuretic Peptide, and cyclic GMP Inhibit the Growth-promoting Effects of Norepinephrine in Cardiac Myocytes and Fibroblasts” – Journal of Clinical Investigations
- 1997 – “Hemorrhagic Complications of Thrombolytic and Anticoagulant Therapy” – Textbook of Coronary Thrombosis.
- 1995 – “Pressure- and Volume-Induced Left Ventricular Hypertrophies As Associated With Distinct Myocyte Phenotypes and Differential Induction of Peptide Growth Factor mRNAs” – Circulation
- 1995 – “Molecular and Cellular Events in Myocardial Hypertrophy and Failure” – Heart Failure: Cardiac Function and Dysfunction, Volume VI. Atlas of Heart Diseases
- 1995 – Effects of inflammatory cytokines on growth and growth factor expression in cardiac myocytes and fibroblasts. – Abstract, AHA Meeting
- 1994 – Exercise Capacity and Systolic and Diastolic Ventricular Function After Recovery From Acute Dilated Cardiomyopathy. – Journal of American College of Cardiology
- American College of Cardiology
- American Medical Association
- Massachusetts Medical Society
- American Heart Association