1. Please, can our readers get to know you? Briefly introduce yourself to our audience.
My Name is Ebonie Vincent and I am from Temecula, California. I am a podiatrist working in Orange County. I have spent a number of years on the east coast and midwest and I am happy to be back home with my family in a great career.
My parents are both educators and encouraged my brother and me to follow our dreams. My older brother is a Family medicine Physician working in California as well. I come from a family full of HBCU grads as well, most of whom are doctors and teachers!
2. What exactly are you into? What is your business all about?
I am a foot and ankle surgeon. My business is all about how to maintain healthy and active feet. Most people do not realize how important your feet are until they begin to be painful. You need your feet for everything!
I treat patients conservatively and from a preventative standpoint. I also perform surgeries both large and small on patients. I do anything from bunion and hammertoes to broken bones and Achilles ruptures.
3. What inspired you to get started?
I always knew I desired a career in medicine and being an athlete my whole life I was most interested in sports medicine. I love that podiatry has a surgical spect to it. I got into private practice as I really wanted to develop relationships with my patients to provide personal care.
4. What is your educational background?
I attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia majoring in Biology. I went on to earn a Masters in Biomedical Science at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to earn my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.
5. What are your motivations?
My family is my motivation as well as our youth. Going through the schooling process at this level you realize the appalling amount of health disparities.
If I can inspire and encourage our youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, I will do so.
6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?
My advice is to settle in for the journey. It’s a rewarding one that comes with its challenges but is one that is so necessary. Study hard, and learn as much as you can in school but also learn as much as you can about the world along the way.
7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In 5 years I see myself still in private practice. Hopefully, married with children, traveling, and loving life.
8. Any present or future projects?
I am working on growing my practice and incorporating new minimally invasive procedures with the latest technology.
9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?
The biggest challenge would be battling imposter syndrome. As a Black woman in my profession, it is very isolating. I don’t see a lot of us so it can get to you sometimes thinking that you may not belong.
I’ve had to continue to uplift myself throughout this journey in the face of discrimination and some really tough working environments. In the end it proved to be a great testament to my faith and strength.
Believing in yourself and having faith in God is the ultimate weapon. You will never fail.
10. Are you married or single?
I am single. Happily enjoying the single life, but looking forward to whomever God may have in store for me.
11. How can we connect with you on social media?
My Instagram is Dr. Ebonie and my facebook is Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS
12. What is your greatest accomplishment?
So far my greatest accomplishment is completing all of my education and arriving in a career in which I am able to do a great service and help people daily.
13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?
I would tell them to take small steps. Don’t get overwhelmed with everything you have to do because the tasks will continue to pile up.
As long as you are taking small steps toward growth you are doing great! You have to celebrate the small victories too because that makes you look forward to tackling more and achieving more.