“Growing up, I’d always wanted to be a professional athlete. It was my go-to plan, my plan A. Being a doctor was plan B. But I guess in my case, the B in plan B stood for, Better. I love being a doctor and I love wearing a white coat. But I found that it’s very easy to not know or to lose who you are with the white coat on (our identity becomes doctor) and it’s very difficult to face or accept who you are without it. I’ve acknowledged that when I take that white coat off, I’m still a woman of God; a mother; a strong woman of great resilience; a giver, a forgiver; a woman of abundant patience; one that is passionate about my calling and purpose as a healer. It is not just my hands that heal, but my life and testimony that heals and brings light to someone else’s life and that I heal through motivation and admiration as well. I knew that it was imperative for me to become the representation that I didn’t have growing up. This is what a doctor looks like.
#withoutthewhitecoat I am purposed.”
Erika Woodson, DDS
Howard University College of Dentistry | Class of 2007