WWe're celebrating International Women's Day (IWD) all month long by featuring some of the incredible women on the Superfeet ambassador team. This year's IWD focus is #ChooseToChallenge, encouraging people to celebrate women's achievements while raising awareness about gender bias. Read on to learn more about Superfeet Wellness Expert Dr. Irene Evuleocha. Follow Dr. Ev on Instagram: @dr.evfootdoc.
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Dr. Evuleocha, also known as “Dr. Ev”, is a Double Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon.
She is an educator, motivator, and leader in the healthcare industry. She is a wife, mother, and an enthusiast for women empowerment and an advocate for the minority population. Her mission is to inspire others to be the best version of themselves. She believes in curating a space so that others can use their voice. Her social media instagram page @dr.evfootdoc is meant to inspire and influence others to be comfortable in their own skin, as well as provide foot health and fashion. Her interests outside of medicine are traveling, interior design, fashion, and spending time with her loved ones.
Dr. Ev is a first generation Nigerian American. As a daughter of immigrants, she knows first hand the value of education and hard work. She received several scholarships throughout undergraduate school and then into medical school. She received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Louisiana State University. She then earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, Ohio. After obtaining her doctoral degree, Dr. Ev completed a highly intensive academic and surgical three-year podiatric residency training program at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. She then went on to complete her third year of surgical training at a Level II trauma center at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Sacramento, California.
Throughout her academic career, Dr. Ev participated in several leadership roles in the community and in academia. She has contributed and published several research projects in podiatric medicine, and has lectured at national seminars. Her practice philosophy is to provide the best care and comfort to every patient by treating them as a family member. Her clinical interests include but are not limited to bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, dermatological skin conditions, diabetic limb salvage, arthritis and foot and ankle sprains/fractures.
What inspires you?
Giving a voice for those who do not feel that they have a voice. Helping others put their best foot forward in life both physically and mentally.
Have you ever felt like you have had to check your authentic self at the door?
Absolutely. As an African American woman implicit bias and gender bias, especially as a young physician happen to me all of the time. I'm always very careful with my responses to ignorance which require me to "check my authenticity at the door." All jokes aside, my ultimate goal is to respond to educate and inform. People react to you based on your response. The only way to have a positive impact is to make sure your response is something that one can learn from.
Has someone assumed you could or could not do something because of your gender?
Yes. Women are constantly fighting gender bias and equality especially in the medical field, even further as a female surgeon. It is important that we continue to work hard to end this bias. Studies show that women perform better, are better leaders , educators, and physicians, yet we are paid less, less likely to be placed in a leadership position, and are consistently underestimated simply because of our gender. This needs to end.
Have you ever felt shame or inadequacy because you didn’t live up to expectations placed on you because of your gender?
No. Thankfully I was raised by a strong woman. My mother showed us (my siblings and I) at an early age that we can do it all as females. Meaning, we can be a wife, a mother, and have a career. We can shatter and break glass ceilings.