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Featured DPM

We are pleased to recognize Dr. Patricia Nicholas, DPM (’93) as NYCPM’s Featured DPM. Dr. Nicholas immigrated to the US from Haiti in 1982, earned a BS degree in Biology at St. Francis College and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from NYCPM in 1993. She then completed her residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and started her private practice, Lite Step Podiatry, which is affiliated with Peconic Bay Medical Center Northwell Health, and is now located in Wading River, NY.

Throughout Dr. Nicholas’s professional career, she has overcome many obstacles through hard work and determination. This was recognized when she was elected the 75th president of New York State Podiatric Medical Association in June 2017, becoming the first Caribbean-born female to hold this prestigious position. As President, Dr. Nicholas has become a leading voice in the efforts to integrate podiatry into the health care system through insurance, legislative, and student recruitment initiatives.

Dr. Nicholas has also been influential in rebuilding lives in Haiti. Motivated by the destructive 2010 Haiti earthquake, Dr. Nicholas founded the Kindest Hearts Foundation, a not-for-profit that provides healthcare, food, and education to the underserved families of O’Rouck, Haiti. Kindest Hearts Foundation is the largest employer in the community, and has built a clinic and a school with a computer lab and library. These facilities and services have made it possible to educate over 200 students per year, who now have opportunities that were previously unavailable.
Dr. Nicholas’s far-reaching impact has not gone unnoticed, as she was named one of 2016
Top 10 leading Caribbean-born female doctors in the United States in News Americas.

Dr. Nicholas is most grateful for having a loving family of three beautiful children and her husband, Nigel, to whom she has been married for 26 years. She may be contacted via email at or 631-514-9941. For more information about Kindest Hearts Foundation, please visit

This article was written by:

Stephen Cheng, Class of 2021 Student Alumni Rep.



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