BHM Women in Healthcare Spotlight: Ebonie Vincent, DPM

Dr. Ebonie Vincent
IG handle: @Dr.Ebonie
Tell me about yourself? 
I am a highly trained Foot and ankle surgeon soon to be working Orange county, California. I have extensive experience in the latest treatments for foot and ankle conditions and I specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques, corrective and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, diabetic limb salvage, pediatric foot conditions and sports medicine.  
I am a native of Temecula, California, however I completed my undergraduate education at Hampton University in Virginia, a Masters of Biomedical Science at Philadelphia college of osteopathic medicine in Philadelphia, Pa, and I completed my Doctor of Podiatric medicine degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. I’ve gone on to complete a 3-year residency program at Inspira Health network in Vineland, New Jersey. 
I have been an athlete playing volleyball at the Division 1 collegiate level throughout my undergraduate educationand I continue to lead an active lifestyle.  I have a strongpassion for preventative health care and mentorship. 

Why did you choose your field?
I choose this field to combine my love of science and sports.  I always wanted to become a physician and I have been an athlete all my life.  To have a career where I can apply science to sports related injures was a strong reason I chose the field of podiatry. 

What motivates you?
My family motivates me to become the best version of myself.  I am consistently motivated to be better than I was the day before and I strive to make a positive impact on the lives of others. 

What adversity have you faced as a woman of color in your field?
There are so many battles being a woman of color in a predominantly white male dominated surgical field.  Of course there are the constant assumptions that you are not as good or as smart or do not work as hard. It’s a hard reality that that is what we as black women are up against, however if you face this reality head on and have the mentality that you are worthy and and able to hold the position of Physician and Surgeon, then you will no doubt make a difference and impact the lives of many.  

 How difficult was it to find mentorship in your field? What tips do you have for others in regards to mentorship?
It was very difficult to find a mentor, especially another black female podiatrist as a mentor. I often times felt as though I was traveling this road blindly.  However, I am blessed that I actually found two within this year alone! Knowing that there are other black female podiatrist working with private practice groups, once of whom is the chief of podiatric surgery at a hospital is inspiring and motivating and since finding my mentors my spirit is rejuvenated!

What advice do you have for young black women interested in your field? 
My advice for young black women entering into this field is to be fearless! Don’t’ let your voice be silenced or your personality be stifled due to insecurities or set backs. Be bold in your actions and deliberate in your pursuit for knowledge and always keep the end goal in site!


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