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Chloe Blackmon Will Combine Her Love for Yoga and Dentistry into a Promising Career

April 2018

2017 Chloe Headshot (1)Chloe Blackmon, C’2018, a biology major from Greensboro, North Carolina, discovered a home away from in the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She participates regularly in the weekly Yoga in the Museum program and has found it to be an amazing resource that helps her develop, learn and expand her understanding of yoga. It also helped her realize that simply breathing, trusting herself along with her body, and finding a balance within can really help her conquer anything.

A sincere love for yoga and wellness has also opened many doors for Blackmon. In fact, it has afforded her an opportunity to connect and travel with her mentor Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Ph.D., C'2001, founder of chelsealovesyoga.com, a platform for discussion on yoga, race and diversity. Roberts, who also developed the successful Yoga, Literature, and Art Camp for Teen Girls at Spelman, has served as a major inspiration to Blackmon who serves as a yoga instructor and fitness attendant in Spelman's Wellness Center.

Motivated by the success of her mentor, Blackmon truly strives to encourage other young women of color to live their healthiest and happiest lives. She is committed to do everything she can to ensure that generations of young women -- individuals who may be juggling jobs, school, and extracurricular activities -- won’t experience difficulty balancing both academia and healthy lifestyles.

As the president of the registered student organization S.H.A.P.E. --  Student Health Associates and Peer Educators, Blackmon encourages members to connect students and the Spelman community with the best practices in health and wellness. SHAPE members are committed to exposing their peers to and in programs that provide them with the tools and information they need to make choices that will support their health needs.

Chloe Blackmon Yoga Photo

Blackmon is academically active inside and outside of the classroom. She has consistently been on the Dean’s List and serves as a mentor to underclass biology majors. She is a Women of Excellence Leadership (WEL) Series Scholar and a recipient of the Ivey Wilson Health Careers Scholarship. She is also an Increasing Diversity in Dentistry (IDID) Scholar.

Blackmon studied in summer programs at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Howard University College of Dentistry, and East Carolina School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation, she plans to attend a graduate school program to receive a masters degree in biophysics with a focus in complementary and alternative medicine, and enroll in a leading dental school. Her ultimate goal to become a dentist who treats patients using a holistic approach. In her practice, Blackmon hopes to consider her patient’s balance of physical, emotional, and spiritual needs to provide personalized dental treatment in the future.

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