I was born in a small town in the south of Haiti and lived in Port-au-Prince until the age of 10.  I completed my education in the USA, graduating from Blair High School.  Then on to Montgomery College where I obtained an Associates of Arts degree in General Science in 1980.  Some years after the birth of my first child, I returned to college and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology at The University of the District of Columbia in 1987.  I was employed as a Research Assistant at the Veterans Medical Center in DC, when I was accepted for medical school at Howard University, also in Washington DC.  I graduated in 1993 with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.  I completed Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital (now Nicklaus Children’s Hospital) between the years 1993 and 1996.  I spent one year at Manatee Rural Health Services in Bradenton, prior to journeying to Kingston.  My first 10 years in Jamaica, I worked in the office of Dr. Eve Palomino-Lue as a Paediatric Consultant.  A further 10 years were spent at Health Plus Associates and presently I am at Constant Spring Medical Centre.

Personally I am a “Kid at Heart” , and I have a passion for Pediatrics.  I have 3 adult children, and a grand-dog named Molly.  For recreation I listen to Jazz, and World Music from many different countries.  I love to plant trees, watch them grow, and harvest their fruits.  Presently I have 11 to 12 fruit trees in my yard.  Jamaica has been a home away from home to me, and I have tried to appreciate and enjoy as much of the beauty, the culture, and most of all the warmth of the people of this country.  These have allowed me to flourish and grow as a person and a doctor, and for this I am thankful.

I am immensely blessed because I love the work I do, the rewards are priceless. I get to “play”, and provide health care together on a daily basis.  I have watched many of my “Babies” grow into beautiful adults and return to visit me, bringing me great joy.  I never miss out on a chance of getting “free” kisses and hugs on those occasions.  The greatest joy is to be able to work with you, the parents/guardians, as a partner in your children’s life.  Your love, your patience, your trust in me, nurture me everyday and challenge me to give you my best every time.   I am indebted to all of you,  my pediatric family.

With great love, respect and appreciation;

M. Dauphin-Beckford