Inspiring the Next Generation: May 30, 2019
At an early age, Jennifer Carrion was interested in medicine. “Growing up as a Mexican American, raised by a single mom in Delray Beach, I really didn’t know how hard it would be to get into this healthcare field.”
She spent her days after school helping her mom sell treats out of an ice cream truck. She learned early on—to accomplish her dream of becoming a doctor, she would have to overcome many obstacles. “At an early age in middle school, I was picked out by one of my middle school teachers to test for Gifted. If it weren’t for that teacher taking an interest in me and testing me for those things, I probably wouldn’t be where I am right now,” she said.
Jennifer excelled in school, receiving many scholarships including the Florida Opportunity Scholarship. “I went into family medicine to be able to obviously treat chronic medical diseases and help my patients with hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, depression, so many things that I get to do,” she said.
Today, Dr. Jennifer Carrion is a resident physician at Lee Health—when she’s not treating patients, she’s taking time to educate and inspire students throughout the community who are interested in health care. “Pursue your dreams no matter how far out of reach, there is always somebody that wants to help you,” she said.
Teaching them about scholarship opportunities, volunteer programs, and internships, Dr. Carrion’s passion is to help people improve their health and motivate students to chase their dreams.