by Peggy Corey
This was the first time Global Partners has sent a podiatrist to Pine Ridge. Dr. Elliott and Dr. Fuerbringer were the two podiatrists who saw patients in the Podiatry Clinic at Pine Ridge hospital. Upon arriving, we were welcomed by the podiatry tech, Tawnee. Tawnee is a single Lakota mother who travels from Rapid City, SD (a 2 hour drive) to work Monday thru Friday. Tawnee had a smile for all her patients and her positive attitude was contagious. Besides her long drive and being a single mom raising 2 young boys, Tawnee is taking college classes to become a nurse. This smart, ambitious, young woman is an inspiration to her people. Tawnee was an invaluable assistant to Dr. Elliott and Dr. Fuerbringer. Our first experience in this Podiatry Clinic was a success, in part, thanks to Tawnee. As we parted today, I wished her luck in her nursing career.