Tell us about your current professional position, its responsibilities, and your accomplishments as an individual and team.
I serve the people of St. Louis County as a family medicine physician at Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers in Florissant. I have been with People’s since 2006 and have been practicing for 17 years. Since my tenure as a resident, I have developed a broad patient base.
Fortunately, I work for an organization that goes beyond medicine and focuses on mental health, job placement, housing and community action. This environment is optimal for my approach to my patients.
Why you get up and go to work every day? What motivates you?
Each day is fulfilling because I have the opportunity to have a one-on-one relationship with each of my patients, which allows me to treat the whole person. I emphasize lifestyle modifications as a portal to improving overall health.
Is there anything about your education you would like to emphasize?
I have an undergraduate degree is in biology from Fisk University and earned her medical degree from University Of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. My matriculation at Fisk University and the University of Missouri-Columbia has shaped my ability to interact with people from all nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds. The relationships I have fostered have been invaluable to me.
Please tell us about any important mentors or leaders who guided you.
I am grateful for my parents who lead by example and showed the importance of furthering my education. As a young child, my parents instilled in me a quest for being a life-long learner. They earned graduate and professional degrees during my childhood. They spent their spare time tutoring children at church on Saturdays and at our dining room table on weekdays. Our dining room table has been a staple in St. Louis and has served as the foundation for helping to educate and guide many St. Louisians to successful careers in medicine, law, education, and business.
Please tell us about any community commitments you would like to share.
I volunteer at health fairs to educate on the detrimental effects of hypertension and diabetes, and I am also a volunteer at Girls Incorporated of St. Louis.