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Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Peace Uche

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Peace Uche.

Dr. Peace, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My mother Joy, a Nigerian native, came to the United States in order to improve her life and that of her family’s. This led to the strong-minded and assiduous woman that is my mother. As my steadfast role model, she has continuously illustrated to me the value of education, her mantra is “Get it going!” My mother’s life journey is profuse with the difficulties she faced in her endeavor to attain higher education and provide for her children. Through her experiences, I learned that education is the key to success and should be viewed as a privilege, rather than a mere undertaking. I have since taken advantage of the opportunities that have come my way.

Has it been a smooth road?
As a child, I had a lisp. I remember being so very shy, hiding behind books, and seldom talking, often having my older, wiser sister, Gloria, speak on my behalf. I preferred to write down my words in lieu of speaking. I recall writing one of my very first poems, the words still resonating “one day, I’ll break free and prove my individuality.” The little Peace in me knew not what this prediction would bring. At the age of 12, I wrote my very first illustrated book entitled “The Midnight Show” which tells the story of a sky that lights up and how all of nature stops and watches the light show. This was only the beginning of my self-expression through words. In undergrad, I studied theatre, but as much as I thrived at memorizing lines, I soon realized that I more so enjoyed expressing my own words. New Years Eve 2017, I started writing poetry again and referring to my pieces as “flows” because the inspiration seemed to come swiftly and pour out. Since then, I have been writing and performing regularly as the inspiration flows throughout San Diego and abroad. I won my very first Slam Poetry Competition while traveling in Vancouver, Canada. My most recent piece entitled “My Theory of Naturality” was written the very night I shaved my head and embraced my natural curly hair; that night I broke free and found my individuality. In summary, my theory states: Given that, we each view the world differently, we are each our own version of normality. Basically, we are all uniquely “normal” indeed. More clearly expressed – we are each a testament of natural beauty at its best!

I flow as a way of releasing negative energy to allow positive vibes to flow in. I flow to lift my spirits and those around me. I flow to share a piece of myself and in doing so encourage others to express their true selves as well. The gift of flowing is a blessing, but it is just one of my many passions. All of my passions give me peace because they allow that little girl in me to express what makes me – me, from my natural hair to my genuine voice. The biggest advice I can give is to pursue your passions. Pursue what makes you truly happy, express your true naturality and, in doing so, be a living testament of natural beauty at it’s best!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
In the summer of 2003, at the age of 16, I enrolled in a medical terminology course at a local Regional Occupational Program. As I discovered the language of medicine, I became intrigued by the many facets of the human body. Thus, began my journey into the world of science. Thirsty for more, I continued my exploration of science in the form of a Pharmacy Technician course. While interning at a local pharmacy, I became accustomed to the pharmaceutical atmosphere – meticulous and fast-paced -discovering that it suited my energetic personality. As I learned about the multiple medications that exist; holding the potential to deter pain, reduce inflammation, or suppress infections within our bodies, I became hooked to this field of study. I
have been captivated ever since. On a daily basis, I ask myself, “Where can I make the most difference?” I ventured into the field of pharmacy and became a Pharmacist because I wanted to help people help themselves. I sought the first-year residency in ambulatory care because I wanted to obtain the advanced training needed to improve my ability to provide care to my patients. I have come to understand that each and every tool is essential to increase the overall health and quality of life. Pharmacy is my career but it is just one of my many passions.

My athletic career started fairly late in life as I was a 7th grader when I first picked up a basketball, and soon after, a volleyball. My coaches must have seen some potential, but unclear if it was in my height, athletic build (courtesy of my Nigerian genes), or my competitive drive. In any case, I went on to score over 1000 points in my high school basketball career and by my Senior year I had achieved the title of Female Athlete of the
Year for playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. Shortly after moving to San Diego to attend University of California, San Diego, I swapped indoor volleyball for beach volleyball and never looked back. I now consider South Mission Beach my home away from home and fondly refer to it as my beach volleyball heaven. There’s nothing like walking onto a freshly leveled volleyball court, sinking your toes into the sand, and passing a volleyball while watching the sunrise. I currently have my A-rating per California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) standings and plan on moving up the ranks this year! I have enjoyed playing the sport and even more so playing for a cause in charity tournaments such as Make A Wish and Susan G. Komen organizations. Volleyball has become part of my lifestyle, but it is just one of my many passions.

As an athletic, professional spoken word artist and slam poet my brand, doc.PEACE, seeks to inspire and encourage others to exude positive energy and pursue their passions!

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
We are flexible and amenable to change. For this reason, we can achieve anything we set our minds to if we develop a “yes” mentality! Once I started entertaining “outside-the-box” ideas and saying “yes” to opportunities, new doors started opening. My next endeavor involves a rad piece of shade. Stay tuned!

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