Dr. Angel Paas, founding physician of Kennesaw Gynecology, is living out her true callings. This is her inspiring story, from losing her father to balancing her mompreneur spirit.
by Elizabeth Cossick | photography by Matt Druin
When Angel Paas was 16, her father was diagnosed with colon cancer. Nine short months later, he was gone – a stunning blow to his wife and five children, the youngest of which was Angel. A concert pianist in a family of musicians, Angel had always assumed she would be a performer. But as she walked the sharp-edged path of cancer with her father, her vision shifted from music to medicine.
“To me, my father’s experience with his doctors was raw and distanced. His care was not at all personal, and that stung,” recalls Angel. “I knew patients shouldn’t be treated that way, like a number.”
Her first calling
Inspired to provide a different experience, Angel obtained a pre-med degree at Duke University, her father’s alma mater. And then, she discovered obstetrics and gynecology.
“The first time I saw a baby being born, it was such a miracle. I had found my calling,” she says. She went to UNC Chapel Hill for their stellar OB/GYN program, and then returned to Atlanta to be near her mother and siblings.
It was back in Atlanta – on a blind date secretly set up by a friend – that Angel met her husband, Chuck. Over time, Angel (now Dr. Paas) transitioned to a thriving OB/GYN practice, and Chuck began teaching high school English at Mount Paran Christian School, where their two sons, Bo, 10, and Beck, 8, now attend.
Then, one fateful day, Dr. Paas realized that she was still missing her greatest calling.
Her highest calling
“One day in 2016, Bo went to see the school counselor. He shared that he never saw his mom and that he hated my job,” says Dr. Paas. That same year, Chuck’s father passed away suddenly.
“My practice at the time was very rewarding because we committed to deliver our patients’ babies ourselves, but I was on call 24/7. I would go to my sons’ ball games, but leave when a patient would go into labor. I was working long hours and had gained over 30 pounds,” she recalls.
“My son’s counselor visit, coupled with losing my dear father-in-law, was a strong wake-up call. I realized my kids are like handprints in concrete. The concrete is only soft for a short time. I was missing my chance to make my impression.”
After much prayer and family support, Dr. Paas launched an independent, full-scale gynecology-only practice.
Kennesaw Gynecology opened in May 2017 in a beautifully renovated space where Dr. Paas is living out both of her callings: fully investing into her patients while also being there for her own family.
“At Kennesaw Gynecology, I have time to form a bond with my patients. I know them inside and out,” she says. “And, this spring, I also attended every single baseball game till the end. My boys know that Mom is back.”
At Kennesaw Gynecology, everything is personal, from handmade fabric gowns (made by Dr. Paas’s mother-in-law and sister) to USB outlets in every room, so patients can work. But most noticeable is the soothing farmhouse décor.
Designed by the Paas’s close friends, Diane and Martin Watts, the office boasts shiplap walls, sliding barn doors and custom light fixtures. There’s even a chalkboard wall above the lobby’s coffee bar where Dr. Paas writes faith-based quotes.
“There’s meaning behind every decision,” she says. “We want to offer an escape – a peaceful retreat from the outside world.”
Kennesaw Gynecology | 1595 Kennesaw Due West Road, Kennesaw, GA | 470-308-3365 or book online at kennesawgynecology.com.
Dr. Paas is also seeking a second physician. Call for information.