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Nicole Florence - Tumultuous 2020

Nicole "Nicki" Florence, Medical Director and bariatrician at Memorial Wellness Center, details her COVID-19 pandemic experience as a private practice physician as well as director of the Wellness Center in Springfield, Illinois. Florence, in the first session, details her experience growing up in Springfield as an African American in a predominantly Caucasian area. She also outlines her journey to becoming a doctor, from her childhood ambition to establishing the largest private practice in the Memorial health system. In the second session, Florence details the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic on both her professional and personal life. This includes her own experience contracting the disease.

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Feature Excerpt

Dr. Florence discusses the way difficult times can help propel society forward.

Abstract

Interview Session 1 (Audio)

Dr. Florence describes growing up in Springfield, Illinois, as well as her experiences becoming a physician.

Interview Session 2 (Audio)

Dr. Florence's experiences as a physician during COVID-19


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Caption: Nicole Florence’s childhood home in the Washington Park neighborhood.

Where: Springfield, Illinois

When: 1978

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Caption: Nicole Florence as a ten-year-old in Springfield, Illinois.

Where: Springfield, Illinois

When: 1979

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Caption: Dr. Florence tattooed her arm in marker with a heart and the inscription “hope goes here” in preparation of her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Emotions were high when the first vaccines became available to healthcare workers. She received a lot of positive attention after posting the picture on Facebook.

Where: Springfield, Illinois

When: 2020

Ownership: Narrator’s photo

Caption: Dr. Florence tattooed her arm with a marker with the words “no fear here” for her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Where: Springfield, Illinois

When: 2021

Ownership: Narrator’s photo

Caption: Dr. Florence was featured on Springfield Scene Magazine July 2021 cover thanks to her work with the Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center.

Where: Springfield, Illinois

When: July 2021

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Caption: Florence getting her booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Once again, she tattooed her arm with marker with the words “boost me up” to encourage excitement for the vaccine booster.

Where: Springfield, Illinois

When: 2021

Ownership: Narrator’s photo



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