A Detroit Love Story: Two Young Doctors, Building Careers in the City They Embrace






Drs. Brittany Carter-Snell and Jamey Snell will toast their second anniversary this month.

So call us sentimental softies -- we'll take it. No shame in saying we're lifted by the saga and shots of these physicians, though we know them only from articles about her business, their online posts and playful photos such as these.

See if you're charmed too.

This month brings two anniversaries within three days for Dr. Brittany Dawn Carter-Snell, a dermatologist and internist, and Dr. Jermaine (Jamey) Snell, a pediatric anesthesiologist.


The shared-careers couple.
(Facebook photo by Jonathan Burroughs)

Celebration No. 1 comes April 27, the one-year anniversary of the Carter Snell Skin Center's opening as the first retail tenant in The Scott at Brush Park. The next Monday brings the couple's second wedding anniversary.

She has local roots as a daughter of Detroit and he's from Baton Rouge, La. They married in New Orleans at historic St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Snell, 35, stayed in the South for college, graduating from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee in 2004 with a biology degree. He came north for medical school at Harvard University, graduating in 2009 and then performing his residency at a New York University medical center.

A two-year anesthesiology fellowship followed at Boston Children's Hospital, where he joined the staff. The young doctor also taught classes at a familiar setting -- Harvard Medical School. 

Less than half a year after the pair's April 2016 marriage, he moved to his bride's hometown to become director of sedation services at Children's Hospital of Michigan that September.

'He believed in my vision'

"My loving and supportive husband Jamey relocated to this city because he believed in my vision," Dr. Carter-Snell posted on Facebook in November 2016.

That vision, in addition to a lifetime together, is a "a specialty skin center that is for us and by us," as she put it in the same item. Since opening last spring, the center at 72 Erskine St. in Midtown has provided medical, surgical and cosmetic services for more than 1,500 patients.

After earning a biology degree at the University of Michigan, the Detroiter -- who turns 34 next month -- graduated in 2010 from Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her residency at Obleness Hospital in Athens, Ohio (affiliated with Ohio University). She became board-certified in two disciplines in November 2016 -- seven months after marrying and five months after registering her business name with the state.


The 2016 half-marathon finishers. " "If we can do it without training, you can too." (Facebook photo)

That year was a rich and full one for the newlyweds.

It included their first half-marathon -- the Windsor-Detroit route sponsored by the Free Press. They paced each other, finishing in just under two hours and 45 minutes. "If we can do it without training, you can too," he posted on Facebook that October day.

To browse their posts is to feel the love.

The Children's Hospital anesthesiologist calls his wife "my soulmate and inspiration" more than once, and describes their relationship as "an epic love story."  

Dr. Carter-Snell's warm embraces extend to her hometown. "Detroit taught me to be ambitious, confident, unique, steadfast and fearless," she says in one. 

In the city-produced video below, the medical entrepreneur says: "The reason why I do this in Detroit is because Detroit is home. Detroit has never gone anywhere. Detroit doesn't need to be 'fixed.'"

The one-minute feature by Jeremy Brockman of TheNeighborhoods.org is part of a profiles series titled "The Reason Why:"







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