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Meet Dr. Cross

Tamika knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine as a physician, but did not exactly know the steps it took to achieve her dream. Through unique opportunities, God-sent mentorship, hardwork, and perseverance, Tamika was able to navigate the many obstacles necessary to achieve her childhood dream.


“I am young, black, and female and I am exactly
what a doctor looks like.”



What a Doctor Looks Like

Outlines the journey of a young girl and aspiring physician, born in Detroit, and the path laden with discouragement, lack of mentorship, and self-doubt. Dr. Cross walks through the process of establishing her identity and self-love at a young age and the realization of their importance as key ingredients for success. Her book highlights the many obstacles that arose at every step of her journey and how she was able to steer past them and remain on track for achieving her dreams. Dr. Cross discusses the importance of aligning herself with the right mentors, chosen opportunities and a supportive network. She uses her unique personal experiences to inspire and motivate others to remain focused on their dreams, which are attainable, regardless of how unrealistic society tells us they are.