Mindy Tjang always thought she would pursue a career in numbers. She was deathly good at them from a young age, travelling the world to compete in mathematical Olympiads and winning multiple awards. “I like how logical it is. Once you understand the formula, you know the answer,” the 28-year-old shares.
At the University of Southern California, she majored in business with an emphasis on finance and marketing and wanted to join the banking industry after graduation. Then, she helped out in the family business – a chain of aesthetics clinics called, aptly enough, The Aesthetics Medical Clinic. The technology and treatments fascinated Tjang to such an extent that she decided to join. Today, she’s still just as invested in the business as when she first joined four years ago.
Her degree hasn’t gone to waste, either. Tjang runs business development, although she chuckles that she also does everything non-medical-related, including “marketing, operations and purchasing”. Right now, she’s focused on expanding the business from its current two outlets in Bukit Batok and Paragon, and moving towards functional instead of physical aesthetic treatments.
“We pride ourselves on providing a holistic experience. When a patient walks in, we first understand his or her lifestyle and concerns before recommending treatments. We’re also emphasising our functional aesthetics solutions, which could be removing the scars that a mother might have after going through a Caesarean section,” the doe-eyed Tjang elaborates.
Beyond aesthetics, she is a huge advocate of staying active. The fitness enthusiast, who spins, swims and does HIIT workouts, recently became a certified Pilates instructor. She first discovered the discipline two years ago and loved it so much that she signed up for the certification to “understand it and the body on a deeper level”.
Tjang adds: “When I returned to Singapore, I had daily lower back pain and went for a massage every day. After I took up Pilates, those aches and pains disappeared. I really enjoy Pilates because you have to control your muscles not only with your body but your mind as well. It’s that mind-body connection that I love.”
Going for these lessons also meant a steady diet of athleisure wear. But while most people would just walk around in yoga pants and a workout top, Tjang would add something stylish. “I value comfort highly, but I still like to be seen as stylish, so I usually add a little twist to my outfits, like a nice pair of sneakers or a bucket hat.”
She looks to American socialite Olivia Palermo and Korean pop star Jennie from Blackpink for fashion inspiration and loves their cute casual-chic dresses and feminine power suits. It’s an identity that she has embraced and a far cry from when she was 18 and wore body-fitting bandage dresses and skirts back when they were trending. “It was very tight and uncomfortable – and I looked like I was 28!”
Tjang loved this lace romper dress from Michael Kors because the crochet all-over print spoke to her. “I love rompers because they’re comfortable and this is a really fun piece. And the heels add a different touch. It complements the entire look and adds a cute twist,” she says.