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Hidden Gems: Meet Dr. Lisa Martin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Lisa Martin.

Hi Dr. Martin, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I am a first-generation Black Jamaican woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. I am a descendent of resilient people who survived slavery and other traumas for generations. I am also the third generation in a line of doctors and healers. As a licensed clinical psychologist, consultant, and trainer, I work with survivors of trauma and work to undo the trauma and racism embedded in institutions. As Layla Saad says, my aim is to be “a good ancestor.”

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think like many women, especially Black women, my struggle remains in using my voice, knowing my worth, feeling beautiful, and not burning out while existing in a society that devalues the perspective, intellect, experience, emotions, beauty, and labor of Black women. My work in naming injustice and in helping other women heal from trauma is also my own act of survival. I have a really good community of support and mentorship, and since moving to Florida from NYC, it is much easier to relax and slow down.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, consultant, and trainer. I maintain a private practice in New York and Tampa and I am a rostered psychologist for the National Basketball Player’s Association (the NBA’s union). I work with individuals and families to process trauma, grief and build racial resiliency. I also provide trauma-informed and anti-racism training and system change consultation to school systems, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses across the US. I use storytelling, mindfulness, and media to deliver engaging, emotive, and motivating training sessions. I enjoy getting to know an organization so that I can curate my training to best fit their needs and to have a deep partnership in the change work. I have also been featured in several local and national publications, podcasts, and news broadcasts, sharing her expertise on parenting, stress management, and undoing racism.

What matters most to you?
What matters to me most is that whether it is through motherhood, work, or my relationships that I am putting good energy into the world. I hope that I am helping people, institutions, communities, and myself to be better, healthier, and more just or empowered. I want to make sure that future generations of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) have safer, freer, and more equitable lives than we see on a broader level now. The disparities experienced by BIPOC, especially Black folk, in terms of wealth attainment, education, health, mental health, and so much more feel urgent to address on all levels.

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Photo- Polka Dot Photography graphics and logo – Lauren Clements, MBA

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