Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant is a native of Grand Turk and daughter of Pastor Frederick Braithwaite and the late Susan Fulford-Braithwaite. She was the valedictorian of the Helen J. Robinson High School and Academic recipient of the Governor’s Award for academic excellence. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Liberty University in the United States and later graduated from the University of the West Indies Trinidad and Tobago campus with an M.B.B.S. degree in July 1999 with honors in Biology and Physiology and distinction in Pharmacology in her pre-clinical examinations.
Dr. Braithwaite-Tennant worked in Jamaica for the Ministry of Health and Human Services as a medical officer from August 1999 to May 2009. During her tenure in Jamaica, she gained invaluable experience working with several of the large hospitals in the area of Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Disaster management. She gained her specialist medical certification in the field of Emergency Medicine from the University of the West Indies at its Mona Jamaica campus. During her training, she was responsible for the management of patient care and flow, junior medical and nursing staff and continuing educational programs. She also visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Hartford Hospital in the United States during her international elective period as part of her specialty training. During this period, she gained insightful exposure on the service delivery at regional and internal emergency departments.
Dr. Braithwaite-Tennant returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands and worked for the Ministry of Health and Human Services from July 2009. During her tenure at the Ministry, she joined the health care team as the Turks and Caicos Islands’ first Belonger consultant specialist Emergency Medicine physician to be employed.
In April 2010 when the Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital InterHealthCanada TCI Ltd commenced operations Dr. Braithwaite-Tennant was transferred to its Cheshire Hall Medical Centre Emergency Department where she was the lead Consultant. In May 2014, Dr. Braithwaite-Tennant was promoted to Chief of Medical Services.
Dr. Braithwaite-Tennant was recently awarded a Masters in International Management with a specialization in Health sector management from the University of Liverpool United Kingdom in November 2014.