“Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the candlestick …”
That’s the song Sharon L. Boyce knows well from her childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she skipped double-dutch jump rope with her young friends.
It took plenty of timing and skill, and Boyce hasn’t lost the touch. She’s ready to jump in again any time, at the drop of a candlestick.
“If I get someone to turn, sure!” she says.
Maybe she’ll find someone to do that at Albion, where Boyce, 35, is ready to go into practice as the area’s newest family-practice physician. Boyce will start May 1 at Albion Internal & Family Medicine, the Albion office of the Oaklawn Medical Group.
The former Sharon Semper and her younger brother Sean were born in the United States to parents who came from Trinidad in the 1970s. Her mother, Gloria, is a retired nurse and her father, Clyde, is a self-employed mechanic.
Even as a child, young Sharon had an inclination toward the healing arts. Her mother told her that, when she was playing with her toys at the age of about 5 or 6, she “delivered” a stuffed rabbit from her shirt.
“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor who delivered babies,” Boyce said. The interest sustained itself through high school, where she studied chemical engineering.
“That prepared me for my pre-med courses,” she said. “And after I went to medical school, I discovered I wanted to do more than just that. I learned I wanted to be part of the whole family.”
Boyce left Brooklyn, bolstered financially by scholarships and loans and upheld emotionally by the encouragement of her husband, parents, aunts, uncles and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
As an undergraduate, Boyce undertook an internship in 1998 at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Va. She received a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry in 2000 from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and her degree as a doctor of medicine in 2007 from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.
As an undergraduate, she was active in the Alpha Epsilon Delta premedical honors society and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She also was active as a church school leader and church youth leader.
Boyce completed her residency requirement at the Marquette Family Medicine Residency in Marquette. There, during 2008 and 2009, she was the resident physician for the Diabetes Camp for Upper Peninsula Children with Type 1 Diabetes and continues yearly as an attending physician.
For the past two years, Boyce has worked at DayOne Family Health Care in Battle Creek while residing in Charlotte, where she will continue to live with her husband, Collin, and her two sons, Elisha, 4; and Joshua, 2.
The greatest challenge she faces lately is finding enough time for home life and her career.
“You’ve got to have time for both,” she said, “and you try to strike a balance between those two extremes,” she said. When not practicing medicine or spending time with her family, Boyce enjoys knitting and crocheting.
“I’ve always been a crafter,” she said.
Boyce is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Michigan Academy of Family Practice, the American Medical Association, the American Medical Student Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
“We’re extremely pleased by the addition of Dr. Boyce and her talents to our staff, and to be able to expand our services in this important way to the Albion community,” said Mark Montross, Executive Director of the Oaklawn Medical Group.
At Albion Internal & Family Medicine, Boyce will join several other members of the OMG medical staff – Martin Holmes, M.D.; Thomas Reeves, P.A.-C.; Betsy Carroll-Christ, P.A.-C.; and Mindy White, FNP.
The Albion practice, at 300 B. Drive N. in Albion, may be contacted at (888) OAKLAWN or (517) 629-2134.