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Rebecca Rubin, D.O.

Rebecca was born right here in Santa Rosa, but moved to Davis, CA at a young age, where she spent the majority of her childhood years. Always drawn to a new adventure and international experience, in high school she began volunteering with Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS), a youth leadership non-profit that promotes intercultural understanding and sustainable, community-driven initiatives. She continued her involvement with the organization throughout college, holding various leadership positions that allowed her to work in Peru, Paraguay, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic alongside local youth organizations. She received her B.A. from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA where she majored in Human Biology: Cross-Cultural Health and Healing with a minor in Spanish. Although she was always interested in medicine, Rebecca decided to take some time away from her pre-medical studies to focus on self-exploration. During this time, she taught English and computer classes in India, volunteered as an emergency responder in Israel, and lived and worked in an intentional community in California amongst other odd jobs. After completing college, she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar working at La Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Tabasco in Mexico. While living and working in Oxolotán, a town of roughly 1500 people along the Tabasco/Chiapas border where there is a majority indigenous Ch’ol population, she had the opportunity to work alongside a partera and learn about traditional medicine. Her experiences abroad opened her eyes to the various way’s illness is perceived and sustainable solutions are realized. At the same time, she was pushed to reflect on the issues and healthcare gaps in her own country. She chose to attend medical school at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in New Mexico, where she had the unique opportunity to do clinical rotations in both rural and urban areas throughout the state and see firsthand the consequences of lack of resources in under-resourced areas, most notably near American Indian communities. In medical school, she was involved in many school organizations and started a program to coordinate student volunteers to serve as translators for refugee health clinics in collaboration with the New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps. She was honored to be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and served as the Director of Alumni Relations for her chapter.

Residency Year: Incoming