DYC Alumna Featured in Video for CBS show "The Doctors"
Buffalo, New York – September 18, 2013 – Ebony McKnight, Nursing Class of 2008, was recently featured in a nationwide promotional video for the Emmy Award-winning CBS show “The Doctors” appearing with E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork, a co-host.
The D’Youville alumna is a Family Nurse Practitioner for CVS Pharmacy in Burbank, California working in a “MinuteClinic,” a new service that CVS is offering in select markets, staffed with nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing treatments, health screenings, vaccinations and other health care services.
“I work in the Burbank store and constantly meet producers, directors and movie and television celebrities who need some medical attention,” she said. “A show producer came to the store and asked me if I wanted to be a part of the audience for a television promotion of the show,” Ebony said. “I thought it would be fun and went to the taping. While there, they offered me an opportunity to be in a one day promotional video that was extended into a three day shoot at a local Burbank hospital. Although it was a small role I’m very excited.”
How she ended up in the heart of Hollywood speaks of her courage.
“I was working at the correctional facility in Buffalo for about six months and one day I woke up and said to myself, “I want to move,” and she packed up and just moved.
“I ended up in California, didn’t know anyone, had a job interview and was hired. “I love living in Hollywood.”
“I enjoyed meeting Dr. Stork and others from the show who strongly encouraged me to pursue an “acting/modeling career.” She agrees, although healthcare and being a nurse practitioner is her true passion. “Maybe I can do it in my spare time.”
Ebony is thinking of enrolling in medical school in the future and being an Emergency Room physician.
She is also excelling through CVS MinuteClinic, where she is the champion for the Los Angeles Urban League, which includes community outreach along with promotion, and advertising for the Los Angeles market.
“Ebony defied all barriers in her life as she achieved academic goals and career successes. I was not the least bit surprised when Ebony ventured from New York to California without knowing anyone as she sought to build her nursing career and apply her healthcare education in West Coast communities,” said Beverly A. Whitehead, assistant director and counselor in D’Youville’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program.
A native of Buffalo and 2003 graduate of McKinley High School, Ebony worked her way through college as a Certified Nursing Assistant earning her nursing degree at D’Youville and her Nurse Practitioner degree at the University at Buffalo. She worked at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) from 2009 to 2012 as a Registered Nurse in the Trauma Step-Down Unit, that provides care to patients who need intensive nursing care.
“An individual who was and is today a great help and inspiration to me is Dr. Gregory J. Bennett, a neurosurgeon at the hospital. He helped me with my career and helped make me a better nurse,” Ebony said. “I still call him for advice.”