A YEAR and a half since she started at the Port Curtis Medical Centre, Dr Ananta Kolesky maintains a positive attitude towards her job, which she is content and happy to do.
Originally studying for her medical degree in South Africa, Dr Kolesky has lived in Australia for 11 years and in Gladstone for the past six years.
Starting out as a senior medical officer in the emergency department at the Gladstone Hospital, she now gets the best of both worlds, working part time in emergency and at the medical centre.
"Emergency can be very draining with long hours. Most of the time we are really busy with a heavy workload - it's very rare that there is nothing happening," Dr Kolesky said.
"The rewarding part of emergency medicine is that you can make that immediate difference, but most of the time you don't get to do the follow up or see what happened to your patients once you refer them on.
"The public system, as you know, is overworked, so you don't get that feedback about patients that you saw.
"With general or family practice, you see your patient tomorrow or the next week, you see their family and friends ... you get to see the broader picture and see how your treatment or advice have impacted or changed their life."
She is one of three doctors at the medical centre and said she was "here to stay" in Gladstone.