From a young age, Natalie Greene aspired to become a doctor. She watched her aunt and uncle who owned a small clinic provide medical services to people from all walks of life.
Many times her family accepted payment of chickens and puppies, even though they didn’t have a farm and had to find people who could use the chickens and puppies. They did this so individuals receiving care could do so with dignity. Greene admired her aunt’s and uncles’ commitment to helping others, and she knew that one day, she wanted to do the same.
However, after graduating from St. Charles West High School, Greene did not feel that she was smart enough to become a doctor. It was not until she was 29 years old that she felt ready to begin college and start working toward her dream.
With her husband’s support, Greene developed a plan for her education. “SCC was the obvious first step,” said Greene. “It was at SCC that I gained confidence that I was moving in the right direction. The teachers at SCC really supported my goals.”
Greene was active in student activities across campus at SCC. She served as the Student Senate president and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, in international honor society of the two-year college.
“I loved being involved,” said Greene. “It was important to me to be a strong voice for the students.”
Greene graduated from SCC in May 2001 with honors and was selected to speak at the commencement ceremony as a representative of her entire class.
Like many students, SCC was only the beginning of Greene’s journey to success. Greene went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. From there, she received her doctorate at A.T. Still University in Kirksville.
While finishing her residency at Mercy Hospital, Greene accepted her dream position as the medical director and physician for Macoupin County Health Department of Illinois.