National Women Physicians Day

A History of the Holiday

February 3rd, 2019  marked the fourth annual National Women Physicians Day. This holiday commemorates female-physician accomplishments which began with Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate with an MD in America. February 3rd, 2019 also marked Dr. Blackwell’s 198th birthday. National Women Physicians Day was founded by the Physician Moms Group and Medelita to highlight the importance of women’s role in medicine. The Physician Moms Group was founded in 2014 to create a support network for like-minded physicians and mothers as they recognized the challenges of balancing family and a successful career. As the population of women in medical school continues to rise with females making up 50.7% of medical school students in 2017, it is important to take time to recognize the influential female physicians in our lives. 

If society will not admit of a woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled. ~ Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell’s Career: An Overview

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the United States to earn a Medical Degree when she graduated first in her class in 1849 at Geneva Medical College. In 1857, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell collaborated with Dr. Emily Blackwell and Dr. Marie Zakrzewska to establish the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, providing women with the opportunity to practice their degree as physicians. It expanded to include a medical college in 1868. Dr. Blackwell returned to England in 1869, founding another medical college for women. The school operated for 31 years with Blackwell as the chair of hygiene. Blackwell completed her career as a professor of gynecology at the London School of Medicine for Women from 1875-1907.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell is just one of the many extraordinary women in the medical field. Take this month to thank your female physicians. Our team at Sand Lake Imaging would like to thank our female radiologists and technologists for their hard work! Celebrate  National Women Physician Day with us every day this month as we commemorate our female colleagues.

Our Radiologists

Dr. Frye completed her residency in Radiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California then fulfilled her fellowship at UCLA. She built a high tech breast imaging center in Southern California. Wanting to be closer to her family, she moved back to Florida. Both of her children are now in college, but she and her husband are far from empty-nesters with two dogs, Abigail and Teddy, to chase after.

Patricia Dycus is registered in ultrasound/nuclear medicine and mammography. After managing a Women’s Breast Center for over a decade, she obtained a degree as a Registered Radiologist Assistant from Loma Linda Medical School in California. She moved to Florida becoming the first registered Radiologist Assistant licensed in the state, and she has been with us for ten years. She enjoys backing and playing tennis with friends.

Dr. Osorio was born and raised in San Juan. She completed her residency at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She continued on completing a fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Yale University. She then moved with her family to Florida working in the hospital system and joined us in 2012. With two dogs and three children about five years apart, she and her husband are always on their toes. She enjoys being with them when she is away from the office.

Dr. Elenberger completed her fellowship in breast imaging and body imaging at Duke University Medical Center. She is a member of the American College of Radiology’s Society of Breast Imaging. She is also board certified in radiology achieving LEVEL II cardiac CT certification. By Best Doctors in America and Consumers Guide to Top Doctors, she recognized as a “Top Doctor.”

Some of Our Technologists

Originally from Manhattan, Maria has been a technologist for fourteen years. Her friendly smile was a great addition to our team a couple of years ago. She is bilingual speaking Spanish and English, and she created a patient following for our annual mammograms. In her free time. She and her son rescue dogs.

Andrea rotates between all three of our locations. She has been with us for four years using her fluency in English and Spanish to help many patients. Cooking for the four kids at home is one of her favorite past times along with travel.

Anna, with a degree in radiology from Kaiser University, joined us as an x-ray tech. She was trained here at Sand Lake Imaging as a mammography technologist. As the granddaughter of a breast cancer survivor, she helping women stay healthy and happy.

After seven years as an x-ray technologist, Susan was inspired by her mother-in-law, a breast cancer survivor, to become a mammography technologist. She worked as a mammography tech for eighteen years before joining us at our Orlando location. Susan moved to Florida from Upstate New York. She is happily married with two children, four dogs, and two cats.

Thank You!

  Our team at Sand Lake Imaging would like to thank our female radiologists and technologists for their dedication to women’s health and patient care! You all do amazing work both in and outside of the clinic. Happy National Women Physician Day!