Dr. Rosemay Michel describes her path to podiatric medicine as “not glamorous!” As a child, she wanted to be a pediatrician, but when medical school didn’t work out, she looked into other medical professions. “Podiatry was the lucky winner,” Dr. Michel says. Podiatry may not have been Dr. Michel’s original plan, but it certainly worked out for the best. She now has a dynamic career punctuated with two fellowships, eight years as an assistant professor and a variety of volunteer work. She says that her open-mindedness, willingness to relocate and “occasionally adventurous nature” have contributed to her success and helped her navigate her post doctorate training and career path.
Dr. Michel attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where she was involved in the National Podiatric Medical Association and participated in a number of community outreach projects under the mentorship of Simon Nzuzi, DPM. After residency, Dr. Michel was a surgical fellow at North General Hospital, and followed that experience with a Diabetic Foot/Limb Salvage Fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
For the next 8 years she served UTHSCSA as assistant professor, an experience that gave her valuable confidence in her knowledge and skills, and helped prepare her for her current role as a podiatrist at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.
Dr. Michel says that during her training years, mentors like Stephen Albert, DPM, Renato Giorgini, DPM and Lawrence Harkless, DPM, “greatly contributed to my professional and personal growth.” She encourages young podiatrists to find mentors who inspire them. She also advises residents to be open-minded, patient and prepared for any path you may be faced with.
“Life doesn’t always go as you plan or envision,”she says. “Go with the flow!”
Dr. Michel became ABPM certified in 2006 and ABFAS certified in 2005. She says that her experience in academic medicine taught her the value of being dual board certified. Being dual certified serves as testimony to the excellent knowledge and skills I have acquired, giving equal emphasis to both medical and surgical aspects of podiatry, since they work in tandem! Dr. Michel also recently received her Certification of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care by the ABPM.
Dr. Michel is passionate about giving back inside and outside of the podiatric community. During her fellowship years, Dr. Michel was involved with the in the Denver Boys and Girls Club and her local church. She also served on a medical mission to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. This experience had a particularly profound effect on her, as she is of Haitian descent. She was grateful to be able to serve in a variety of ways, from helping establish temporary medical camps to working at the local hospital in patient care and surgical procedures.
Currently, Dr. Michel is heavily involved with the ABPM. She serves on the Qualification/In-Training Subsection Examination Committee, Credentials Committee and MOC Committee, and is a liaison for the ABPM Residency Review Committee (RRC). She is also a Board Member for the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, and serves on the Council of Podiatric Medical Education as a member of the RRC, one of the ABPM liaisons, and as an onsite residency program evaluator.
In her free time, Dr. Michel enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, reading and spending time with family.