A Fall Into Medicine

Dr. Tyson Tabora
A.A., 1999

Dr. Tyson Tabora always wanted to work in the medical field. When he fell and fractured his wrist in 2006 while playing flag football, ending up on medical leave, he had time to refocus on his goal.

At that time, Tabora was four years into his athletics supervisor role with the Boca Raton Athletics and Recreation Department, overseeing adult and youth sports programs, and he was practicing for a spot in a local flag football league. He had taken the city position to earn money and gain work experience before going to medical school.

“I had really good care from the doctors that took care of it. I thought, ‘Why can’t I do the same thing?’” Tabora said, noting that he also received good care from doctors when he broke his left ankle and then his right ankle at different times during his time of playing basketball in high school. “It reinforced the good care that I had, and I had time to re-evaluate where I was going.”

He had already earned his Associate in Arts degree from PBCC in 1999 and his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Central Florida in 2001. He decided to go back to school full time in 2008 to complete his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at Barry University. After graduating from podiatry school in 2012, he completed a three-year surgical residency at Bethesda Health where he excelled as chief resident.

Tabora is now a board-qualified rearfoot and forefoot surgeon specializing in reconstructive surgeries for the lower leg, ankle and foot at Allegiance Orthopedic and Spine Institute. He is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Florida Podiatric Medical Association, American Podiatric Medical Association, and the Palm Beach County Podiatric Medical Association.

He said he has found his niche as a podiatrist. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun,’’ he said. “You get to spend more time in the office with a patient than you do in a hospital. It’s more rewarding to spend a little more time with the patient.”