Family Medicine, AltaMed Health Services
My parents migrated to the U.S. from Mexico in their twenties and worked as migrant farmworkers throughout Washington before settling in Mattawa and raising my four siblings and me. In Mattawa, I developed a love for community, the outdoors and authentic food. As I worked in a grape vineyard with my family and community members, I also developed a passionate dedication to serving Hispanic communities through community organizing and youth mentorship. Before starting medical school, I majored in biology at Washington State University and completed a postbaccalaureate at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. My involvement in community organizing and youth pathway programs continued throughout medical school. I was a community organizer for the Hispanic Business and Professional Association, a trusted messenger for the 2020 census and a youth mentor for the Dare to Dream Health Science Academy. My scholarly project in medical school focused on examining relationships among physical activity, social health, and income in pregnancy. I like to make time to cook authentic food, travel to tropical areas, go dancing, and spend time outdoors with my husband, Uriel, and our dog, Nala.
My medical school journey
My journey as a medical student at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has been exciting, nerve-racking and resilience-building. I completed my longitudinal integrated clerkship in Tri-Cities, Washington. This area is where most of my family lives, and it is an area I can envision myself practicing medicine as an attending physician. I learned how to be an informed community member throughout medical school to enhance clinical health. I was able to foster interprofessional learning across the health science colleges and multidisciplinary medical teams. In addition, I developed a self-reflective practice to recognize efficiency, innovation and areas for improvement.
Hopes & Aspirations
I hope to be a family medicine doctor who listens with grace and acts with courage and kindness. In addition, I aspire to be a community leader, a life-long learner and a teacher to my patients.