Growing up in a household in which both of her parents were medical practitioners led Grace Andrea Haynes to want to follow in their footsteps. When her father, who taught her to be empathetic and to treat everyone how she wants to be treated, passed away from leukemia, she promised him that she would continue his mission and pick up where he left off. Dr. Haynes followed through on that promise, and has maintained her own family medicine practice for the past 14 years. She is proud of that feat, especially as an African-American female, and believes that being a Christian doctor guided by God contributed to her success.
Dr. Haynes had to overcome a lot of challenges on her path to follow her dreams though, the biggest of which was the death of her father. She was also sexually assaulted while in medical school, and had to work extremely hard to stay in school and maintain her scholarship while still following the legal process to ensure that the perpetrator was incarcerated. Dr. Haynes stuck with it, however, and emerged with an MD from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1991. She then proceeded to complete her internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1992, and her residency at Creighton University School of Medicine in 1994.
In addition to running her practice, Dr. Haynes supports her church, The Grove, and participates in missionary work. She has traveled to Africa on three different occasions for this purpose in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Her goal is to be able to serve people internationally as a physician and healer, and to be able to create a legacy for her daughter as a compassionate mother and human being. Dr. Haynes also hopes to see the medical industry function become more focused on patient service and less on business.
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