Meet Dr. Fitz J. Brooks, DMD | From Rural Jamaica to Pediatric Dentistry
What’s a quote that fuels your passion?
The quotes that fuel my passion are: “Love for all mankind” and “Be kind, always.” I keep these quotes in mind when I treat patients and when I interact with others.
Dr. Brooks, your Humble Takeover is your story. Although one post could not tell your whole story, we are glad to highlight a few of your Great efforts. Tell the family where you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in rural Jamaica. My mom, sister, and I migrated to the US when I was 14 years old. We arrived with some suitcases of clothes and very little money. We were starting from scratch. I had no idea how I would navigate my way through a new society and culture. However, I completed high school in 3 years and graduated as 1 of 10 valedictorians in a class of approximately 900 students. I earned a degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry from the Great Bethune-Cookman University. I then graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry with my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, with the help of the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program. I completed a 1-Year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency after my 4 years in dental school. I have been practicing general dentistry for over 4 years and hope to complete a Pediatric Dental Residency to specialize in the treatment of both healthy children and children with special needs.
Which chapter in your story inspired your current venture?
My experience growing up in a community with a prevalence of tooth decay in children inspired my desire to become a pediatric dentist. My experience as a camp counselor for children with serious illnesses motivated me to include children with special needs in my dental practice.
What keeps you Humble through your success and failure in Life?
I remain humble throughout my journey because even though I worked hard to get where I am, I give credit to God and to those who helped and mentored me along the way. I couldn’t have done it alone. I am also humbled that my patients trust me to provide them with dental care.
What advice would you offer our family who is writing their own story?
My advice to those writing their own story would be to stay true to their passion and motive(s). As long as your intentions are genuine then your hard work will eventually pay off.
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