By Roxanne Ashley | 3RY Magazine Associate Editor
Dr. Angela Dawson, Psychologist and Mental Health Counselor is paving the way to better mental health and stability with her new and currently expanding practice, NuVannah Health & Wellness Center! Being a pillar in the medical field, African American Community as well is in her personal life. Dr. Dawson is soon on her way to being the leading expert in cultivating holistic practices with formal education, to afford a wide variety of services and coping mechanisms. 3Rymagazine contacted Dr. Dawson, to gain more insight into her, her growing practice, and what inspired her to be such a harlequin of upliftment through mental health.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to 3RYMagazine. I’d like to start by first saying congratulations on all your success and give our readers an opportunity to get to know you. Where are you from, where did you grow up, and what do you love most about your hometown?
I was born and raised right in the city of Detroit, I was educated in the Detroit Public School system, graduating from Northwestern High School. I love Detroit, I love its diversity and its tenacity. I love how the city embraces change and welcomes opportunity.
What inspired you to take on the heroic role of Doctor, when did you know you wanted to practice medicine?
I initially went after my Master of Education, because I also own a daycare center in Oak Park and had devoted my life to children. During my master’s program I started working as a substitute teacher for DPS. I was assigned to an “At Risk” school and had to oversee a classroom where children with behavior issues were sent during the course of the day. It was at that point that it was placed on my heart that someone needed to reach these children before they got to the brick and mortar school level. It was then that I switched my program to Clinical Mental Health Counseling and ultimately obtained my Doctorates of Psychology from Walden University in February 2020.
What people around you were positive influences on your journey, are there any notable doctors or professionals who helped guide you?
My mother has always been my biggest cheerleader, especially when she found out I was studying mental health (she is an LMSW). I was also blessed in my Doctoral Program to meet Dr. Fredricka Hendricks- Noble PhD, who turned out to be from The City of Detroit. Dr. Noble was my Doctoral Chair and she lived in London. It was ironic that it turned out that she was raised in the same neighborhood my family was from. She pushed me beyond my limits because I was an African American woman from the City of Detroit. I am who I am because of who those two women are, they were both my inspirations.
You have recently opened up a new facility! Congratulations again! Tell us about your practice, what services people can receive and how to find your establishment, and are all ages welcomed?
Yes! Thank you! NuVannah Health and Wellness Center (named after my granddaughters) is a wellness center designed around total holistic healing. I offer behavioral health, massage therapy, articular acupuncture, and yoni steams (womb healing). Most services are offered to all ages! We can be found simply by googling us.
What is your favorite part about being a Doctor, what brings you the most fulfillment?
I love every aspect of my professional career. Helping others to find their strengths and facilitating change makes my heart smile.
NuVannah Health & Wellness is headed by an individual with resound integrity, who has put her time and dedication into servicing her community. Mental Health Awareness and in Dr. Dawson’s own words “Self-Care” are essential to becoming a successful anything. Please take the time out to invest in your mental health and check out NuVannah Health and Wellness as an option to help you grow and heal.