Surgeon says PBSC provided him a sense of community
After graduating from Wellington High School, Palm Beach State College alumnus Tyson Tabora, now a podiatric surgeon, wanted to attend a college that was close to home and affordable. He knew Palm Beach State College was the perfect choice.
“I chose PBSC because of financial savings to my family as well as the proximity to my home,” said Tabora, who graduated from Barry University’s Podiatry School of Medicine in the top 1% of his class. “I was the first to attend college among my siblings, and I knew this would be an added expense to my parents. This allowed me to work and save money when I transferred to UCF.”
Tabora graduated from PBSC in 1999 with an Associate in Arts degree. Today, he is the founder/owner of The Foot & Ankle Clinic in Loxahatchee Groves and a faculty member in the Baptist Health Podiatric Residency Program. After PBSC, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida before going on to medical school.
Tabora sat down to answer a few more questions about his time at PBSC, what makes the College special, and the advice he would give to others.
What is your fondest memory from your time as a PBSC student?
My fondest memory was driving into campus and feeling a sense of belonging and community. We often gathered in front of the BA building at the fountain between classes and looked forward to classes. I remember the TC building had just been built and my classmates and I were in awe of the computers in the classroom being taught Microsoft Office 97 applications. I always felt that resources were within walking distance on campus. Even after I returned to take prerequisites to apply to medical school a few years later, I felt welcomed and encouraged by professors and retired dean Barry Moore. They and others became cheerleaders and guides as a returning student.
Which PBSC professor or instructor made a lasting impact or impression on you, and why?
There are many professors that stand out in my time; for instance, I think of retired professor Richard Shreve who always wore suspenders, had an unusual passion and voice for his science. Professor Emma Chow who knew I had my hands full with applying to schools as well as welcoming my first child, Emily, all in the same year. I am grateful for her having confidence in me and writing my letter of recommendation. She was elated when she heard I was accepted to Barry University, one of the nine podiatric medical schools in the United States. Having the solid foundation of these sciences were critical to my success in my academics.
What advice do you have for today’s PBSC students?
I would tell today’s students that no matter what age they decide to come to PBSC, don’t rush the process and enjoy spending time on campus and getting to know others. There are so many resources at PBSC and so many cheerleaders that will support you along the way.
What advice do you have for recent PBSC graduates entering your field?
I would tell them to be patient with themselves. Do not get frustrated and overwhelmed with the extensive amount of time it will take to complete your degree, but focus on short-term goals, and the time will fly by.
A Wellington resident, Tabora is married to PBSC Honors College Director Marcella Montesinos. They are the proud parents to Emily, Gabriella and Olivia.
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