BY JESSICA BERNSTEIN
Cypress Bay Alumna Brittany Siegal, class of 2009, is combining her love of medical skills and passion for children to become a pediatric doctor who helps disabled children.
“I am a hard worker who wants to make difference in the world,” Siegal said.
Siegal is currently attending Nova Southeastern University at the College of Osteopathic medicine for medical school. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury.
“No particular teacher inspired me to study medicine, but Mr. Peterson, my English teacher at Cypress Bay, encouraged me to learn from always asking questions. Also, my Spanish teacher Senora Calderon taught me to appreciate my mistakes and use them as fuel to become better,” Siegal said.
Siegal said she’s always willing to take one for the team, and she values teamwork, which is why she chose to study Osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic physicians work in partnership with patients to help them achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health education, injury prevention and disease prevention.
“I have learned how to interact with a wide range of individuals,” Siegal said. “The diversity at Cypress is a true representation of the diversity in the professional setting. I feel confident in my ability to take initiative in multiple tasks because of the encouragement the faculty at Cypress gave me to face challenges and succeed.”
Siegal’s mom Linda is very proud of all that Brittany has accomplished so far.
“Brittany is a loving girl who is always giving back the community,” Ms. Siegal said. “Ever since she was a little girl she wanted to help out kids with disabilities.”
Siegal first decided she was going to be a doctor at the age of 13.
“School is what I do best,” Siegal said. “I love studying and learning something new everyday. Sometimes it gets tough, but I know if I want to make it as a doctor, I have to push through it.”
The main reason she wants to be a doctor is because she loves kids. She said she knew she wanted to work with kids ever since she started babysitting in high school.
Ms. Siegal said she has always especially enjoyed working with disabled children.
“She is always putting other people before herself, especially kids,” Ms. Siegal said.
Siegal has worked with charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Canines For Disabled Kids, Locks of Love and March of Dimes. She has put together fundraisers for kids with disabilities, donated money to charities and volunteered in her community with kids.
Siegal said she will stop at nothing to conquer her dreams of helping children as a doctor.
“I miss Cypress Bay, but I’m excited for the future,” Siegal said. “I want to be a doctor forever.”