Puerto Rican Latina Humanitarian, Yoga Instructor and Orthopedic Surgeon

Meet Mirylsa Colon-Martinez, a 2019 Hispanic Woman of Distinction, MD, FAAOS, Orthopedist-Owner, OrthoWellness


“We have an obligation to excel at anything we do, and represent our countries and heritage with dignity.”

As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in ankle and foot injuries, Dr. Mirylsa Colon-Martinez strives to get her patients back on their feet as quickly as possible. As a humanitarian, she uses her training in holistic treatments and as a certified yoga instructor to help others enjoy their best lives.

In 2017, after leaving a group practice, Mirylsa overcame extensive odds when she opened her solo practice in Boca Raton. OrthoWellness is a five-star rated boutique, trauma-conscious orthopedic and wellness/MedSpa practice inspired by the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study conducted by the American Health Maintenance Organization Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a yoga instructor, Mirylsa volunteers with Connection Coalition to help those affected by trauma such as children in foster care. She also is actively involved as an administrator and volunteer for the grass roots organization Doctoras Boricuas. What started as a Facebook networking group for physician/moms, Doctoras Boricuas members sprang into action in September, 2017 when Hurricane Maria decimated Mirylsa’s home country of Puerto Rico.

Mirylsa Colon-MartinezIn less than a week, these dynamic physicians collected money and materials and coordinated with other doctors both here and in Puerto Rico to get needed medical supplies and personnel onsite to help those on the island in such desperate need.

In addition to her private practice and volunteer work, Mirylsa also works as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Nova Southeastern University Medical School and Assistant Professor for Surgery for Northwest Medical Center’s Podiatry Program.

Mirylsa received her Bachelor of Science degree and earned her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Puerto Rico where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She did her fellowship training at Harvard University and has received additional training in facial rejuvenation and aesthetics including the use of neurotoxins and fillers which she has incorporated into her private practice. She also has completed numerous other medical courses around the United States and is a member of Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha.

She has frequently presented at medical conferences and community workshops and was named one of America’s Top Orthopedists, received a Leading Physicians of the World Award, a Mentoring Excellence Award and was named the Mentor of the Year/Xcel from the Females’ Center of Excellence and Leadership at Northeastern University.

Mirylsa, along with her husband, Emanuel Garcia, who is a real estate investor, and their two children, Genesis and Estefania, enjoy vacationing in Puerto Rico, boating, yoga, music and the performing arts.

Hispanic Women of Distinction 2019

For more information, visit www.hispanicwomenofdistinction.com or 954-601-6550 or email: [email protected]

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GLORIA L.  DIAZ-DANIELS –Div Sales Mgr Sales-Pharmacy Walmart – Palm Beach Colombian Born Latina Shines As Mentor and Walmart Sales Exec

ADRIANA FAZZANO FICANO – Chief of Staff, Broward College – Broward County Colombian-American Latina Leads College PR and Community Organizations

BLANCA GUERRA -Broward County Schools-Curriculum Sup/Dual Languages –Dade Cuban Latina Excels at Education and Preserving Heritage Languages  

KARINA GOMEZ-HERRERA – Pres. CEO Karnna Fashion & Company – Broward:  Outstanding Venezuelan Latina Excels as a “Hispanic Fashion Advisor”

Dr IVERIS LUZ MARTINEZ- Assoc Prof. Herbert Werthein College/Medicine FIU-Dade Cuban-American Latina Is a Premier Healthcare Anthropologist 

LORENA MASTRARRIGO -Assistant Public Defender, Broward County – Broward  Argentinian-American Latina Attorney Helping Hispanic Community

CHRISTINA PEREZ McDOWELL – Founder, Solutions by CPM, LLC – Dade- Cuban-American Latina Brand Manger and Executive Consultant

JACQUELINE NUNEZ – Co-owner, SOMA Medical Centers PA – Palm Beach Colombian Latina Healthcare Financial Officer Supports Those In Need

Dr. JACQUELINE PENA – Dean Academic Affairs – Miami Dade College –  Dade Dominican Bronx Latina Secures Grants to Drive Student Success

MICHELLE MARTINEZ-REYES- CMO, Greenspoon Marder Law Firm – Broward  Latina Cuban-American Chief Marketing Officer Is Growing Brands

MARIELLE SOLOGUREN – Vice President. Pierson Grant Public Relations – Broward Latina of Ancestry Cuban-Peruvian Making Waves in PR

RACHEL TOURGEMAN –Community Relations Dir.- Florida National University-Dade Panamanian-American Latina Community Relations Professional Advocates for Victims


DAISY EXPOSITO-ULLA – Chairman, CEO of d exposito & Partnersa visionary creative leader in cross-cultural brand building for more than 30 years, Daisy has been recognized by numerous organizations and named as one of the most influential Latinas in the United States.


Phyllis Cambria
Phyllis Cambria
Phyllis Cambria is a freelance writer based in South Florida with an international roster of clients. As a retired, award-winning event planner, she co-authored several party planning books and has written or been the subject of articles for numerous local and national print and online publications. Phyllis writes online and print content on a wide-array of subjects including entertaining, show business, etiquette, weddings, restaurant reviews, travel, relationships and marketing materials.

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