Dr. Melissa Freeman is a 92-year old mother and grandmother that has spent more than 60 years practicing medicine and was inspired by her grandparents to stay educated. At age 92, Dr. Freeman divides her time between running a private practice (nearly 40 years old ) and a New York City clinic where she treats people who are addicted to opioid drugs such as heroin and oxycodine. In her interviews, including her appearance on “Good Morning America”, Freeman mentioned that her grandfather was born a slave, but moved to New York in the late 1800s to start his family after the Emancipation Proclamation. She also spoke about her grandfather’s lack of education and how he managed to make sure his children and grandchildren received theirs.
Freeman was recently honored by Howard Medical College, her alma mater.
“My dad who, who came from rural Alabama, did not have the opportunity to get the education that he wanted to get. But he emphasized the importance of getting a high school and a college education,” Freeman said.