Dr. Lavette Shirley Elee is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant (PA) and has been since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Kent State University and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College of Medical Arts. Finally, as of 12.15.2020, she completed her Doctor of Science in PA Studies.
Dr. Elee has spent much of her career as a PA working in high-risk communities in North Carolina. While most of that time has been spent in urgent care, she has experience in primary care and psychiatry. She is passionate about educating the “leaders of tomorrow.” As such, she has accepted a position at Wingate University's PA program as an assistant professor.
She teaches women's health and is the interprofessional education champion. She is also the founding chair of the DEI committee at Wingate's PA program and works diligently to uphold a diverse community empowered to transform health care through education, training, and mentorship. Her vision is of an inclusive community where everyone's voice and contributions are valued and respected.
Dr. Elee is the owner of L.S. Elee Creations LLC and the author of several children's books including, “I Saw My PA today," "Remarkably You, Remarkably Me," and "My Primary Care PA." Her writing motivation is multifactorial—first, her desire to address children’s fears of going to medical facilities. The second was her desire to introduce PAs to the younger generation to inspire them to enter the medical field. Lastly, she desires for young girls to be confident and supportive of each other. Her books can be purchased on Amazon.
On 02.01.2021, in collaboration with global health graduate students, Dr. Elee published an article titled, “Cross-disciplinary narratives on COVID-19: Local perspectives from global health science graduate students,” which was featured in the International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Research.
Dr. Elee is a wife and the mother of two boys, Za’kari, who is 3, and Zion, who is 19 years old. In her free time, she enjoys singing karaoke, traveling, and kickboxing. She believes that life is what you make of it, and if you put out positive vibes into the world, they will be returned 100-fold.
Her favorite quote is: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Mya Angelou