Many people have traveled unique pathways to the medical profession. The story of Dr. Carl Allamby, however, is unique from most others.
When Allamby was a little boy in East Cleveland, he had a dream that he never forgot, even when he began his own auto repair business.
In a recent phone interview with Fox News Digital, Allamby said, “While thinking about the things we hold dear to our hearts, I think our health, our families and friends and our cars rank high on the list,”
“When any of these fail us or suffer loss, emotions run high — and life as we know it can be turned upside down.”
However, he had a difficult transition from being a long-time auto mechanic in Cleveland to a committed medical professional.
Midway through the 1970s, Allamby’s family relocated to one of the few East Cleveland suburbs where his parents could afford to purchase a home.
Since it was difficult to locate jobs with decent income, his minister father began working as a door-to-door salesperson, and his mother stayed at home to raise the family—which also included his five siblings—while he was growing up.
“As you can imagine, the situation my family and others in the neighborhood faced led to significant despair. While I’m sure our teachers at school tried to educate us as well as they could, the multitude of challenges a lot of us faced made our educational aspirations secondary to the fulfillment of our basic needs. From my own experience, it is very difficult to focus on your education when your mind is filled with challenges outside the walls of the school. Food insecurity, safely making it to and from school, affording decent clothing and basic school supplies or just trying to fit in took precedence over studying and getting good grades.”
Allamby started working at a nearby auto parts business while still in high school and started performing repairs and maintenance on the side.
Then, Allamby stated of going into the vehicle repair industry, “after working multiple menial jobs and barely making ends meet, I took a chance on something I was passionate about and started my own business,”
At age 19, he launched his first business.