Family of doctors educates together
A family of four. But not like any you already know. And don’t think it didn’t take perseverance to get to this point.
“We still have a way to go but it’s a lot better than it was,” said Dr.Lewis Wyatt. Doctor Lewis Wyatt is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Cedars Sinai. “I’ve had patients referred to me, come into my office and say is that Dr. Wyatt and say we made a mistake, cancel our appointment.”
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Doctor Gail Wyatt is a clinical psychologist at UCLA. She says one man’s life changed hers. It was Dr. King who said to her and hundreds more at her high school, “You can’t be late for the things you’re destined to do in your life.
“Our world has been slow to open up in many professions,” said Dr.Gail Wyatt. Gail was the first African American woman licensed as a psychologist in the state of California.
She says we all have the same story to tell. “If you live your life with the morals and principles you believe in, you will find your way and that is the story.”
Doctors Gail and Lewis Wyatt say they didn’t choose their children’s paths. “My son’s always been creative, liked art and I knew he’d do something creative in medicine,” said Dr.Lewis Wyatt.
“Coming from a solid family background, certainly arms you to deal with the hostilities of life,” said Dr. Lance Wyatt. “My daughter on the other hand wanted a family and wanted all the things women have and she went into family medicine,” said Dr. Lewis Wyatt.
That’s right: Doctor number four, Lacey Wyatt, who says she’s been given a gift in life.
“The gift is to see other people who had succeeded before me like my mother, like my father,” said Dr. Lacey Wyatt. “Even if she hadn’t chosen even if Lance hadn’t chosen to be what we are, that’s not the issue, the issue is they had to find their own way, their own path in their lives,” said Dr. Gail Wyatt.
And that’s the message this “family of healers” says they hope their story can share. Lance and lacey know they, like many African American youth, have reaped the benefits of the struggles before them.