Rebecca Raymond, MD
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
I am a recent transplant to California from the high desert of Albuquerque, NM. I did my undergraduate and medical school studies at the University of New Mexico. During my undergraduate and medical school I worked with the Rape Crisis Center in Albuquerque and found a special interest in Women's Health and Reproductive Health education. My interests include Women's Health, Obstetrics, Public/Community Health initiatives and research into health disparities between minority populations. I wanted to find a residency program that would help me further those interests and give me an excuse to speak Spanish every day; Natividad was a perfect fit! I am so excited to start work at Natividad with such a devoted staff and to get the opportunity to work with such an amazing patient population. In my leisure time I enjoy gardening, biking, and hiking and I am thrilled that I can explore the Central Coast!
Adam Colton, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic
Having spent the entirety of my life living in the Midwest it was only a matter of time before the allure of the Pacific beckoned me westward. While studying at the University of Michigan I grappled with the idea of a career in medicine for quite a while, but after finding a true passion for helping the underserved during a medical mission to Honduras I knew it was the right fit for me. Needing time to decompress and reflect I decided to take some time off to explore Peru for a bit and to spend 6 months trekking around the opposite side of the globe, prior to starting medical school. Over the course of my time in Chicago I developed an interest in a little bit of everything, but knowing as I had for many years that my interests lay in treating the whole person, and not just the symptoms, I knew Family Medicine was where I belonged. Desperate to rid myself of hot, humid summers & gloomy, frozen winters I decided that the ocean, mountains and sunny blue skies of California was where I needed to be. Spending the majority of my final year of medical school touring the California coast I was blessed to be able to work alongside the amazing residents, faculty and staff here at Natividad. The strong focus on community, combined with top notch unopposed, full-spectrum Family Medicine training left no doubt that I had found the right fit for me. I chose Natividad not only for the incredible training but for the opportunity to work with the hardworking underserved populations of the Salinas Valley. Having a strong desire for international and rural work after residency, I knew this program would prepare me to be able to effectively manage whatever I may encounter as a physician and to do so confidently. In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, cycling, camping, snowboarding, drumming, meditating, and smiling at the beauty & abundance of the life that I live.
Nadine Aldahhan, DO
University of North Texas
Many places are home for me. I have lived about equal thirds between Middle East, California and Texas. In between, I traveled to Europe and Central America for work and recreation. My path to medicine took a detour after graduating as biochemistry/pre-med from San Jose State University; I worked in Semiconductor industry for a few years as an engineer and manager before deciding to return to health care. Fortunately, I was accepted into the rural track at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and learn from small town physicians across Texas. I enjoyed working in those communities and learning about the opportunities of full spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics and endoscopy. I hope to continue that learning in residency. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, hiking, and jewelry making.