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Vanessa Pinto, D.O., M.S.

Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific; born and raised in the Bay Area, Vanessa moved to Southern California to attend UC Riverside majoring in Neuroscience. She enjoyed discovering Southern California and was drawn to the diverse student body of UCR and the underserved community. Vanessa had long known she wanted to be a doctor, making it easy to find extracurricular activities to serve the community. She volunteered at Riverside Community Hospital as a Clinical Care Volunteer for over two years, where she assisted in patient care and improved her leadership skills as part of the Leadership Team. After taking a year off after graduating to study for the MCAT, Vanessa attended the MSMS program at Western University. During this time, she participated in neuroscience research and ultimately gained admission to COMP. She continued to pursue community health and underserved populations by participating in organizations such as PCHAT (Pomona Community Health Action Team) and LMSA (Latino Medical Student Association). This led her to realize her passion for broad spectrum family medicine. She is beyond grateful to be returning to Northern California and to continue training at Sutter Santa Rosa. Apart from medicine, her hobbies include cooking, eating, traveling, hiking, camping, dancing, reading and learning how to garden.

Residency Year: Year 3