Today we celebrate National Women Physicians Day, marking the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, back in 1849. In honor of this momentous day, allow me to introduce you to Crystal A. Smith Maxwell, MD, MBA, FAAFP. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of LIGHT Family Wellness where she enjoys providing health education and coaching and serves as the healthcare ministry coordinator of her church.
Now let's get to know Dr. Maxwell's story!
Where are you originally from?
Where did you attend medical school?
University of Tennessee
Have you always been an overachiever (we noticed you also have your MBA among other credentials)?
I wouldn’t say I’m an overachiever, but I have worked to prepare myself and develop my skills since I was a little girl. It was important to me to be at the top of my class and learn as much as I could so that I am always prepared for opportunities that come. I used to prepare myself for tests by pretending I was the teacher, creating my own tests to ensure I knew the content. I still like to be well prepared.
What have you personally struggled with regarding health or a healthy lifestyle?
I had an episode of heart failure when I was only 30 years old. Never could I have imagined experiencing that at such a young age. My heart was very weak for over 6 months. Thankfully, I have fully recovered to normal but having to be the patient, remember to take medications, modify my activities, and diet were life altering experiences. Now that I am better, I caution myself when I eat fast food too frequently and don’t have enough vegetables and fruit in my diet. Many of us are a work in progress for proper nutrition, so I am very supportive of helping my patients understand that it’s not expected that everything is done exactly right away. Change and maintenance of change takes time and constant effort.
Please share a few wellness tips!
I believe that the body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. I have a Top 10 Things for MAXimzing your LIGHT – Living In God’s Holy Temple. I’ll share my top 4:
Drink more water
Acknowledge that you are enough
Eat fewer carbs
Embrace that you belong
Why is being more proactive with your health less expensive over time?
Benjamin Franklin said it best, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Avoiding the need for medications or procedures for treatment before developing a condition not only saves money from the cost of care, but it also helps you to avoid the expense of mental and emotional stress on you and those who love you.
Change and maintenance of change takes time and constant effort.
Now let's play favorites! What's your favorite...?
Book: Tie – Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King and Becoming by Michelle Obama
Series: Tie – Grey’s Anatomy and The Young & The Restless
App: Tie – Facebook and Spotify
Grocery store: Publix
Snack: Second Nature Dark Chocolate Medley
Indulgence: Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream
Takeout: Tie – Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant and Freddy’s in Indian Land
Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Things to do: sleep, eat seafood, watch movies, travel, and spend time with my husband and daughter
People of Charlotte publishes stories about everyday Charlotteans, Carolinians, and beyond. We celebrate YOUR story because YOU matter. It is our mission to promote inclusiveness, unity, understanding, community, diversity, empathy, inspiration, and compassion.
Stories have power—they teach, inspire, motivate, and challenge us.
Stories help us to not only see others but to see ourselves more clearly, as we connect with the life stories of those in our community; a community that is strengthened by the power that is unleashed by the collective energy of individual stories.
Interested in sharing your story with People of Charlotte? Email peopleofCLT@gmail.com to learn more!
The views expressed here are solely those of the individual featured and do not in any way represent the views of People of Charlotte, CLT. Information on this site may contain errors or inaccuracies; we do not make warranty as to the correctness or reliability of the site’s content. If you own rights to any of the images and do not wish them to appear on this site, please contact us via e-mail and they will be promptly removed.