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The eldest of three children, Dr. Weatherspoon was born and reared in Michigan where he attended Henry Ford High School, graduating at the age of sixteen. During his freshman year in college at the University of Detroit he majored in engineering but subsequently transferred to Wayne State University in his second year to pursue his undergraduate degree where he received his BA in Biology. He took Spanish courses in college at Wayne State and has always been interested in other languages and cultures. He commenced in 1983.
Dr. Weatherspoon enrolled at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing for medical school where he completed his medical studies in 1987. His interest in becoming a pediatrician came about during his first year of medical school. After visiting the newborn nursery floor and receiving post-graduate instruction by Dr. Marshall Klaus, who is well known for his studies with maternal and infant bonding, Dr Weatherspoon learned how early after birth newborns generate a preference for the human voice, face, and physical contact.
Dr. Weatherspoon completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, commencing in 1990. There he encountered many different and often rare, childhood diseases, as well as the common everyday illnesses. His favorite rotation was the “Continuity Clinic” which operated much like a private practice where each resident established their own panel of patients with guidance from faculty. One of his greatest joys as an intern was seeing his patients' begin walking, talking, and growing - ultimately developing with personality. His experiences at the Continuity Clinic and with Dr. Klaus during post-graduate instruction ultimately influenced him to choose general pediatrics as his specialty.