Meet our Amazing Queens

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Dr. World

2022

Dr. Michelle Lynam

Anesthesiologist, Virginia

Michelle is an anesthesiologist practicing in Virginia.  After graduating valedictorian, she attended MIT, where her research discovered a gene.  At MCV/VCU for both medical school and anesthesiology training, she was chief resident and graduated with honors.  Providing human connection to ease the fears of nervous patients is what she loves about anesthesiology.  She models for charity fashion shows like Runway2Life which raises awareness for mental health. Face painting affords her an opportunity to raise money for charities and create smiles.  Married to a plastic surgeon, they have three daughters.  Her second job is managing their modeling careers.

Crowned: 9/18/2021

Photo Credit: Gregory Jones (lt); John Herzog (rt)

Because...Smart is Beautiful

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Dr. America

2022

Dr. Brandy Palacios

Physical Therapist, Missouri

Dr. Brandy Janell Palacios, a native of Wyandotte County Kansas, obtained her Bachelor’s degree in biology as a 2003 graduate of Tuskegee University.  She returned to Kansas City in 2004 and was later admitted to the Kansas City Kansas Community College Physical Therapy Assistant Program in 2009. Dr. Palacios continued to pursue her education, obtaining a master’s degree in exercise physiology from California University at Pennsylvania in 2012. In 2015 Brandy graduate with the first Doctoral class at the University of Saint Mary’s in Leavenworth Kansas.

She currently serves as an associate professor at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods Campus. Brandy has presented on issues including diversity at the National Physical Therapist Association conference in New Orleans Louisiana in 2017 as well as on health care disparities within the African-American females community at the Kansas Physical Therapy Association in Topeka Kansas.

Crowned: 9/18/2021

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Because...Smart is Beautiful

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Dr. United States of America

2022

Dr. Dawn Digrius Smith

Chief Executive Officer, California

Dr. Dawn Digrius Smith is CEO of DMDS Partners, Inc., a company based in Altadena, California specializing in evaluation and applied research for the Education and Non-Profit Sectors. Dr. Digrius Smith has over two decades of experience working in higher education as a faculty member, administrator, and consultant.

 

She has worked as an Executive Director for an educational non-profit based in Southern California, has designed professional development workshops for educators, and loves data crunching!

 

In her spare time, Dr. Digrius Smith volunteers with the Rotary Club of Altadena, the Altadena Library Foundation, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Crowned: 9/18/2021

Photo Credit: Robert F. Smith

Because...Smart is Beautiful

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Ms. Acheivement

World

2022

Stayc Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, Florida

Stayc Simpson is the reigning Ms. Achievement World 2022 with 40 years in pageantry.

Ms. Simpson is the CEO of Gymagination and PageantryNOW.

Stayc is a 3-time cancer survivor with heart failure. In 2011, she was hit by a truck riding her bicycle and in 2014 she became the first woman to receive cardiac stem cells to repair her heart.

As an ambassador of Heart Failure for the American Heart Association, Stayc has been featured on several news shows including The Today Show and is the recipient of the President's Service Award for over 15,000 hours of community service.

 

Crowned: 9/17/2021

Photo Credit: The Perfect Touch Photography

Because...Smart is Beautiful

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Ms. Acheivement

U.S.A.

2022

Anna Kerry

Executive Director, California

Anna Kerry is a military spouse, mother, combat veteran, and Navy Wounded Warrior. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and currently working towards her second master’s in Elementary Education.

 

Anna is the Executive Director Assistant to the nonprofit, Mission Warriors, where they provide art as a holistic alternative therapy for first responders and veterans. She is also an advocate for the environment, veterans and STEM programs. Her platform is Innovate Green where she encourages others to think outside-the-box and use STEM to help solve current environmental issues.

Crowned: 7/17/2021

Photo Credit: Veeglammed

Because...Smart is Beautiful

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Dr. World

2021

Dr. Angel Bhathal

Pharmacist, Canada

Angel holds her Doctor of Pharmacy and has practiced as a compassionate pharmacist in both community and hospital pharmacy settings. Her mission is to provide mentorship and compassion to others. She enjoys multiculturalism, volunteering, art, music, and advocating for equality. She been a preceptor for the College of Pharmacy, a guest lecturer for the University of Manitoba, a pharmacology instructor for the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, and a published research author. Since, Angel has gone on to fulfill several leadership roles as a Pharmacy Manager, Co-Chair, and now most recently as a Senior Director for a not-for-profit organization.

Crowned: 10/10/2020

Photo Credit: Self

Because...Smart is Beautiful

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Dr. America

2021

Dr. Daneka Hill

Attorney, Minnesota

Daneka B. Hill, Esquire is a talented attorney, mentor, and domestic abuse survivor, who is passionate about women empowerment. In 2018, Ms. Hill obtained her Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and currently holds numerous licenses and certifications in multiple jurisdictions. She enjoys working in the general counsel’s organization of a Minnesota-based global financial services firm. Ms. Hill has been recognized by the Minnesota Justice Foundation for her dedication to community service, and in 2018, was awarded the Public Service Award for providing over 150 hours of pro bono legal services to domestically abused women.

 

Assumed title: 10/16/2020

Photo Credit: Carlos Valez

Because...Smart is Beautiful

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Dr. United States of America

2021

Dr. Michelle Lynam

Anesthesiologist, Virginia

Michelle is an anesthesiologist practicing in Virginia.  After graduating valedictorian, she attended MIT, where her research discovered a gene.  At MCV/VCU for both medical school and anesthesiology training, she was chief resident and graduated with honors.  Providing human connection to ease the fears of nervous patients is what she loves about anesthesiology.  She models for charity fashion shows like Runway2Life which raises awareness for mental health. Face painting affords her an opportunity to raise money for charities and create smiles.  Married to a plastic surgeon, they have three daughters.  Her second job is managing their modeling careers.

Crowned: 10/10/2020

Photo Credit: Studio 5800

Because...Smart is Beautiful

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Ms. Achievement

2021

World/International Division 

Dr.Tiffany Purnell

Primary School Principal, Tennessee

Dr. Tiffany Purnell is a wife, principal, founder of S.A.S.H.®, and champion for women’s empowerment. Dr. Purnell cherishes her husband, Patrick and her fur baby, Princess. She enjoys growing young minds as the principal of a primary school. In 2018, she was named Teacher of the Year for Humboldt City Schools district. Her achievements also include receiving the Jefferson Award and the Sterling Award in 2019. In 2020, she was named Dr. World Productions Educator of the Year. In May of 2020, Dr. Purnell obtained her doctorate in administrative leadership. Dr. Purnell is the founder of S.A.S.H.®, an organization where young girls and women are mentored and taught how to love themselves. She empowers women by highlighting their accomplishments through her podcast, SASHversations and her magazine, SASHversations Magazine.

 

Please note: The 2020 Ms. Achievement™

World/international division competition allowed entrants to compete while holding a doctorate degree. In the future, those individuals will need to enter Dr. World ®, Dr. America ®, or

Dr. United States of America ®

 

Crowned: 12/23/2020

Photo Credit: Darren Lykes

2021

Because...Smart is Beautiful

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