She attended Goshen College, a Mennonite liberal arts school in Indiana, on a scholarship. As a foreign student without funding, her dreams of becoming a doctor seemed unrealistic initially, so she pursued a Bachelor's degree in Nursing instead. She worked as a nurse for eight years on surgical floors, in the neonatal ICU, and as a nurse-educator and quality manager in obstetrics and gynecology.
Nursing, however, only made her yearn for more knowledge. So at age thirty-one, she entered the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. A subsequent residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Chicago's Cook County Hospital fueled her compassion and culture for service she had acquired at Goshen College. The diverse mixture of races, religions, and peoples from all corners of the world confirmed her belief that access to care was a right for all people.
After her residency, she moved to Florida; where she has worked in private group practices, with community and private health centers, and in her own OB/GYN practice. Although liberating, being a solo practitioner presented financial, psychological, and social challenges that hindered her quest to help the underserved. To fill that void, she sought and has held leadership roles with the National Medical Association, Central Florida Medical Society, and the Caribbean American Medical Educational Organization. She participates in local and international medical missions and advocates for the disenfranchised with Doctors for America and Shepherds Hope, a free clinic for the uninsured.
Dr. Lizama Clark completed a Masters in Public Health in 2015 at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Through her knowledge of public health practice and her certifications in health policy/programs and public health management/leadership, she is making a real difference locally and globally by emphasizing prevention and physical activity in the treatment of chronic diseases.
"This journey into medicine, in the confines of racial and economic disparities, has frustrated me throughout the years, but in the end, I am thankful I became a doctor. It has given me the tools I need to maneuver the American health system and in so doing, positively impacted the lives of precious family, friends and patients. A fault in the system is its complexity, which puts patients at a disadvantage. We must strive to make health and wellness a simple, easy to follow process for the benefit of all patients, in Belize as well as in the U.S."
Dr. Lizama Clark has completed medical missions to Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana and Belize. She has been an avid supporter of the establishing a population-based cancer registry and improved cancer control services in Belize. She is involved in clinical research and recently gained employment at the non-profit organization, Healthcare for the Homeless in Orlando, FL.