Meet Dr. Ivonne

 

Picture of Ivonne doing a headstand

Dr. Ivonne, a native of Columbia, was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma (retinal cancer) at the age of 1. To keep the cancer from spreading to her brain, both eyes had to be removed - since then, Dr. Ivonne has prosthetic eyes. But that didn't stop her. She went on to be mainstreamed at P.S. #6 from Kindergarten through 6th grade, at the New York City Lab School for 7th through 8th grades, and the Trinity School for grades 9-12.

 

In 1999, Dr. Mosquera-Schmidt went on to graduate from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics, in 2008 obtained her MBA in Finance from the Zicklin School Of Business at Baruch College in New York City, in 2018 obtained an AAS in Massage Therapy, and in April of 2023 obtained her Doctorate in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University. She is the first totally blind Dr. of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in the Americas. Dr. Ivonne has worked in the nonprofit sector and in the corporate world in Fundraising, Finance, Project Management and Human Resources. She has been a professional athlete for team USA in Track & Field and Triathlon, and is an entrepreneur in integrative medicine.

 

Dr. Ivonne grew up in New York City's Washington Heights with her parents, Consuelo and Cristobal, and two older sisters, Sandra and Liliana. She learned to dance Ballet, tap, and Jazz with the National Dance Institute, and performed at places including Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the JFK Center in Washington D.C. Looking for a way to be outdoors, she tried (and grew to enjoy) downhill skiing, cycling, and hiking.

 

Dr. Ivonne started running in 2001. With the support of over 150+guides and volunteers, she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, completed Fourteen Marathons (running her personal best of 3:22 in the 2008 Boston Marathon), and competed in Triathlons, Track and Field, and ultra marathons.

 

Dr. Ivonne has been a member of the USA Paralympics Track and Field team. She was the visually impaired women's 5K champion in 2009, and was the US National Visually Impaired Female Triathlon Champion in the Olympic Distance triathlon from 2007-2010. Ivonne also holds Paratriathlon World Champion Gold Medals in both the Sprint and Olympic distances of triathlon. On the Track and Field front, she currently holds the American Record in the 1500, 3,000, and 5,000 Meters, for Totally Blind Women, and became a 2016 Paralympian finishing 6th at the Paralympic Games in Rio in the 1500m. Dr. Ivonne pivotted from business and elite competition in 2018 and returned to school to enter the healthcare field. She obtained an AAS in Massage Therapy and a Doctorate of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University, and is the university's first blind individual to complete both of these programs. Her hobbies also include yoga, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and singing.  She is also a chocoholic!

 

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