What happens when a woman of African American and Blackfoot Indian descent meets a man of African American and Puerto Rican descent? They create a gorgeous woman who would go on to become a scientist and medical doctor.
"...they often say nothing good comes from the gritty streets of Chicago's South Side; however, there's always an exception to the rule."
Kenya Thomas was born and raised on Chicago's South Side. She saw first hand the devastation of gangs and drugs in her community. Her parents were teenage parents, yet they raised themselves up from poverty and created a stable environment for Kenya to succeed. Her father served 28 years as a Firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department, her mother served as a Cook County Sheriff.
Since the age of five, Kenya wanted to be a scientist and cure some of the world's most chronic diseases. Just like all superheros and world savers...Kenya had the superhero gene in her from an early age. It's interesting how many of our superheros are intelligent scientists (Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange, Dr. Henry "Hank" Philip McCoy, Dr. Susan Victoria Storm-Richards, Dr. Cecilia Reyes, Dr. Jean Grey, etc). There's something majestic, noble, and mysterious about science. Kenya desired to know exactly what that something was and is.
Kenya attended Head Start and Preschool at Chicago State University. From Kindergarten to eighth grade she attended Burnside Scholastic Academy.
It was in elementary school (sixth grade) one of Kenya's teachers told her in front of the whole class that she wouldn't amount to anything and that she would end up being a teenage mom. To the average student those words would of crushed them, but not Kenya. She used those hateful words to defy the odds and to even defy the silly teacher who spoke such venom over her life.
In elementary school Kenya was winning all kinds of science competitions even on citywide levels. The same thing rung true for her in high school where she attended the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Kenya graduated from high school with honors and not a teenage mom! After high school, Kenya attended college.
Kenya attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a Bachelor of Science-Food Science and Human Nutrition degree. Kenya remained at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a Master of Science-Nutritional Sciences degree. Kenya Thomas took her educational pursuits to the next level. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and earned a Doctor of Medicine degree.
Kenya Thomas is an Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Physician, Food and Nutritional Scientist/Biochemist, Research Scientist, Medical Consultant, Author and Inventor. Dr. Thomas has integrated her training in nutrition and medicine to help enhance the health of both men and women.
Some of her interests includes: Nutritional aspects of disease, Women's health, Obesity, Cancer prevention. Dr. Kenya Thomas has a cutting edge line of food and beauty products on the horizon guaranteed to change the way we all think about health and nutrition.
Dr. Kenya Thomas continues to give back to her community. She speaks at health panel discussions, radio and television shows about women's health issues and concerns. Dr. Thomas has fulfilled every educational goal she could ever dream of. She's received various community awards and is an active member of society as a mentor to medical students and resident doctors under her supervision.
"...Dr. Kenya Thomas (Black, White, Hispanic) patients are crazy about her. When seen in public, her patients often stop her and thank her for being such a great doctor!
Kenya is a member of several organizations including but not limited to: The Rainbow Push Coalition, National Honor Society, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She loves road trips, dancing, live theater, exercising, cosmetics, movies, visiting state and national parks.
Kenya Thomas is always open to speak at colleges, universities, social organizations, religious institutions, etc., about women's health and wellness. Click below links to contact Dr. Kenya Thomas.
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written by: jim allen