A little help

Dr. Serese Smith-Haxton, a local OB-GYN, received tuition assistance and a stipend for her medical training through the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program.

Dr. Serese Smith-Haxton, a local OB-GYN, received tuition assistance and a stipend for her medical training through the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program.

As early as the eighth grade, Serese Smith-Haxton, 46, Jefferson City, dreamed of entering the medical field after receiving inspiration from her two sisters — one who became a nurse and the other a medical doctor.

With help from her parents, she began to pursue her own dream of a medical profession after graduating from high school in 1984. However, as the former Kansas City resident explained, had it not been for a naval program, her career may have taken a different path.

Accepted into the six-year medical program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Smith-Haxton noted, “My parents are retired postal employees and were able to pay for the first four years of my college.”

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