Dr. Sharri L.
Professor-Public speaker-Published author-Podiatrist
A dynamic speaker, life-motivator, published author, blogger, professor, and trained podiatrist, Dr. Sharri is dedicated to empowering individuals to identify the link between their souls and the necessary actions to “walk out” their life’s purpose. She bridges the gap between her medical background and spirituality by encouraging individuals to be spiritually, mentally, and emotionally faithful to themselves. Whether she stands before a church audience, in an academic setting, or with a health agenda, she is enthusiastically committed to empowering individuals to rest, refocus, and realize their strengths.
Born and raised in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, Dr. Sharri graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls (1989) in Philadelphia, PA, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry/ Pre-Medicine from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, in 1993. In 1998, she obtained a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Sharri is a lifelong learner and currently pursuing a master’s in theological studies at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Combining her thirst for education and mentorship, Dr. Coleman deviated from her career in medicine, opting to teach. She taught Science and Chemistry in the Oklahoma City Public School system for seven years. In 2006, while still teaching high school Chemistry, Dr. Coleman began teaching at the University of Oklahoma in the Clara Luper African and African American Studies program (AFAM). Currently, Dr. Coleman serves as an Adjunct Professor of several departmental courses. A builder of community relationships and partnerships, she served as an internship counselor for the last three years and is currently a school counselor at a local 9th-grade center.
Not only does she assist young people in the educational system, but Dr. Coleman also encourages and mentors individuals, of all ages, at her church, where her husband serves as Pastor. She serves as minister of music, leads the women’s ministry, regularly serves as a local guest radio host, has interviewed on local television broadcasts, and has been the keynote speaker for various women’s conferences, luncheons, and services throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Sharri is a current board member for Infant Crisis Services. Former positions include the Millwood Enrichment Foundation (MEF), Board of Visitors for Casady School, diabetes education instructor, board member of the Oklahoma City American Red Cross, and chaplain of the Oklahoma City Chapter of Jack and Jill. Dr. Coleman is a member of the National Association of Professional Women.
Dr. Coleman is the author of the book, Gained Everything Without Giving up Anything: Lessons Learned during my 40-day Family-focused Journey, creator of “Parenting on Purpose University” Facebook Group, and blogger, www.soul2soledoctor.blogspot.com.
Dr. Coleman has been married to college sweetheart Rev. A. Byron Coleman III since July 1997 and is blessed with two sons, Chandler Avery and Courtland Alexander.