Jacqueline Abdalla, M.D.
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson; Jackie was born and raised in New Jersey – a childhood void of any dull moments thanks to her five close siblings. An east coaster at heart, she ventured down to Washington, D.C. for her undergraduate studies. While there she melded her interests in international affairs, the environment and world religions. These passions led her to work with D.C.-area universities to strengthen eco-friendly practices, conduct Buddhism research, and travel to Bolivia for 6 months to study and work (not to mention develop a love for salteñas and salsa dancing!). Through public health work there, she witnessed large holes in primary care that were all too similar to the gaps she knew from back at home. This is what sparked her dedication to Family Medicine and she hopes that she can reach those who often fall outside of care. Prior to starting medical school, Jackie indulged in her love for education; she worked full-time as a tutor for high school students and took on their academic goals as her own. As a medical school student, Jackie continued tutoring, worked with the local immigrant Hispanic population to enhance health literacy and enjoyed being an aunt to her niece who taught her something new every day. As a true lover of the outdoors, Jackie enjoys hiking, jogging, snowboarding and surfing when she’s not working. Despite her east coast roots, she is thrilled to make the move to Santa Rosa and soak up the California sun.
Alumni Year: 2018