Annette Grotheer has been working with barbershop based health programs for many years and decided to start her own program in Miami in 2016. Through the program she has seen amazing relationships form, not only amongst barbershop clients and volunteers, but within the volunteer community. "Our volunteers truly care about changing the face of medicine for minorities. The barbershop clients are often shocked that so many people volunteer their time to talk to them about their health. This is an organization that really shows the community we care!"
Board Member: Paterson NJ
Lucien Faber is originally from Paterson, NJ and has been a barber for 15 years and counting. Barbering is a huge part of his identity and he loves learning from the people that have sat in his chair. He is passionate about having a holistic and positive influence on his clients For this reason, he has been an enthusiastic leader in the The Shop Docs organization. He has seen the effects of heart disease in his family and community, and wants everyone to have access to prevention. "A simple test can be the difference between having a fathers embrace for the 100th time or for the last."
Site Leader: Miami FL
Carnie Delaz is a second year medical student at the University of Miami. She was born in Haiti and enjoys working with our Creole speaking clients. Miami is so diverse, and she loves working with these patients.
Site Leader: W. Palm Beach, FL
Lounah Pierre-Gilles is a third year medical student at the University of Miami. She was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL and has a passion for public health and serving her community. Growing up as the daughter of nurses and surrounded by the healthcare field, she was always aware of the effects of untreated conditions in the area. She hopes to continue the work that has already been initiated in the area and grow to help support those in the community in need.
Robyn Wright is a pre-med student who recently graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Her ultimate goal is to become a physician who works with marginalized/minority communities and she is ecstatic to work with The Shop Docs to engage more with her community and her passion for serving the underserved. "I think this organization does great and much-needed work, so I’m honored to be a part of it."
Destiny Burnett is a pre-medical student at the University of Miami. She has a passion for public health in her community, especially in minority populations. She began her experience with The Shop Docs as a volunteer at Urgent Cuts Barbershop assisting with blood pressure screening. When the opportunity arose to become a Volunteer Coordinator, Destiny was more than excited to accept the position. Destiny hopes to see With the growth of this organization, populations will see increased prevention and education on the issue of blood pressure and heart disease.
Siani Anderson is a Biochemistry and Africana Studies major at the University of Miami. Siani first was first introduced to the Shop Docs as a volunteer for hypertension screening at Barbershops in the Miami area. She is most interested in the Shop Docs’ constant dedication to aiding and educating minority men through health screening and medicine. As Co-Volunteer Coordinator, Siani works with volunteer initiatives and partnerships with Shop Doc branches nation-wide.
Melanie Grossman started nursing school in Miami and knew she was eager to find ways to engage with her local community and make a tangible difference. The Shop Docs provides her with just that - an opportunity to educate and empower medically underserved men when it’s convenient for them on a consistent, monthly basis. "It is so rewarding coming back each month and hearing about the work these men are doing to maintain or improve their health!"