New York State Podiatric Medical Association Installs First Caribbean-Born Female as President Long Island Podiatrist Patricia Nicholas, DPM, will serve as the 75th President
June 15, 2017
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New York State Podiatric Medical Association Installs
First Caribbean-Born Female as President
Long Island Podiatrist Patricia Nicholas, DPM, will serve as the 75th President
NEW YORK – The New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) is proud to announce the election of Patricia Nicholas, DPM, as the 75th president of the association. Dr. Nicholas was installed as president during the NYSPMA 121st Annual House of Delegates on June 3. Dr. Nicholas is the first Caribbean-born female to serve in this prestigious position.
Dr. Nicholas has been a practicing podiatrist for over 24 years. She currently practices at her private practice, Lite Step Podiatry in Wading River, NY, and is affiliated with Peconic Bay Medical Center Northwell Health.
Born in Haiti in the late 1960’s, podiatry was unknown to her. Today, she is proud to have the opportunity to lead the NYSPMA and advocate for the full integration of podiatry into the health care system. “I am truly humbled to have been afforded a position that allows me to give back to the profession that I love so dearly,” said Dr. Nicholas during her inauguration speech at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY. “Podiatry is the best kept secret in medicine, and together with the NYSPMA, I will continue to work tirelessly toward aligning our agenda with the New York State Public Health care initiatives. I am honored to be the voice of the profession for my patients and my colleagues.”
Dr. Nicholas’ goals for the 2017 – 2018 term include advancing NYSPMA initiatives including insurance, legislative and policy advocacy, career awareness and student recruitment. “We should be proud to be podiatrists,” said Dr. Nicholas to a room of over 100 House of Delegates attendees that included local and national member podiatrists, key members of the NYSPMA leadership board from across New York State, lobbyists and distinguished guests. “Let us embark on this journey together and embrace our unique position on an integrated multidisciplinary health care team.”
Dr. Nicholas migrated to the United States in 1982 and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn in 1984. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College in 1989 with minors in French and Philosophy. Dr. Nicholas further pursued a doctoral degree and graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1993 and completed her residency from Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.
Dr. Patricia Nicholas has served on the board of the NYSPMA since 2010 and as past president of the Caribbean American Medical and Scientific Association. In 2016, News Americas named her as one of the top 10 leading Caribbean-born female doctors across the United States. Additionally, Dr. Nicholas is the founder of the Kindest Hearts Foundation, which she created after volunteering in Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010. The organization focuses on rebuilding Haiti one town at a time by teaching the Haitian people to help themselves through valuable, self-sufficiency tools that deliver success.
Family is of high value to Dr. Nicholas, and it is no surprise that she filled the room with immediate and extended family and friends during her inauguration ceremony. During her speech, Dr. Nicholas recognized her husband Nigel, whom she has been married to for 26 years, and her three children for all of their love and support as she followed her career path in podiatry. She thanked her parents, who traveled from Florida to witness the event, for always pushing her to strive to become more than she could be.
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Established in 1895, the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) is the first organization of its kind in America. NYSPMA is the largest statewide component of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and its affiliated national network of certifying boards and professional colleges. The NYSPMA and its more than 1,100 doctors of podiatric medicine support excellence in the practice of podiatric medicine and surgery in creating awareness of the profession's role and value. For more information, visit www.nyspma.org.