Rev. Dr. Shawne Bryant, MD, is a retired board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, who provided medical services for Hampton Roads, Virginia women for 25 years until 2010. Dr. Bryant, within her medical practice, had provided Certified Aerobic Instruction classes, nutrition classes and Therapeutic Massage for her patients. At the local level, she has provided numerous health seminars for the community, churches and health professionals. She has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles and has provided information and has been interviewed on radio and television programs. She has helped to forge partnerships between churches and health providers by sponsoring health fairs, seminars, and nutrition and exercise programs to educate and promote health management.
Dr. Bryant has also served as a health spokesperson, and health advocate, lobbying on Capitol Hill for the health needs of women, children, and minorities, as well as global climate concerns. She currently provides consultative physical examinations to assist in the determination of States of Virginia and North Carolina disability benefits. She also provides counseling services for the Genieve Shelter, for women and children victims of domestic violence.
Most recently she received a 2017 NAACP Suffolk Chapter Excellence Award in Interfaith Leadership. She was selected Black Women’s Health Advocate of the Year 2011 by the Social Innovators Design Group and served as president of the Tidewater Women’s Medical Association in 1992.
Her experiences include serving as a counselor for abused and neglected youth at the National Institute of Involvement and at Crittenton Pregnancy Residential Treatment Center for Youth, Coordinator of Academics for Howard University’s Health Careers Program and SAT Preparation Program for youth, Sex Education Educator for Washington, D.C. Public School System; staff physician for the Virginia Beach Health Department, Portsmouth Drug Rehabilitation Center, the Portsmouth Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, Portsmouth City Jail and Hampton Roads Regional Jail and as a past board member for Response Sexual Assault Services. She has completed certification as an American Red Cross Certified HIV/AIDS Instructor. She served as Coordinator and Nutrition Educator for the JOY Program (developed by the American Heart Association for the reduction of heart disease) and as a Diabetes Community Educational Program Assistant, and Ambassador, for the American Diabetes Association.
She completed the Virginia Horticulturist Certification Program in 2009, served as the Community Garden Supervisor coordinating youth and community horticultural activities for the STOP, (Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project), Organization of Hampton Roads, and has provided a sustainable agriculture workshop, featuring Will Allen, for local farmers at her working farm where she provides educational, agricultural, environmental and recreational activities for youth and adults. She is a certified Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Facilitator and completed certification as a Master Gardener in 1995 and as a Virginia Master Naturalist in 2014. Other trainings include certification as a Grief Recovery Counselor and Mental Health First Aid Certification in 2016. Completing the Class A Building Construction Licensure examination in 1993 she played an active role in the construction of her former home.