I was born and raised in Sonoma County, located 45 minutes north of San Francisco. My parents migrated from India in the late 1980's and settled in the Bay Area. My family always stressed the importance of higher education and the pursuit of the American dream. I completed my Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry at Sonoma State University. Aside from my studies, I volunteered at a local community free clinic and lack of care in the underserved communities inspired me to become a primary care physician. I also worked as a medical assistant for a busy family practice clinic and immediately became drawn to everything family medicine has to offer including a diverse patient population, women's health, small office procedures, preventative medicine, patient education, and pediatrics. I ventured to Las Vegas to attend medical school at Touro University Nevada and completed a medical mission trip with DOCARE in Guatemala. In my fourth year of medical school, I became interested in NMC because of the institutions mission to serve the underserved community. After rotating at NMC for a short few weeks, I fell in love with the warm-hearted people, cultural diversity, and the dedicated medical faculty and staff. I am thrilled to be a part of the Family Medicine Residency Program and the NMC family! Aside from medicine, I also enjoying spending time with family, cooking tapas, creating artwork, working out, interior design, and watching movies with my husband.
Katy Kemeze, MD
Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
Born and raised in Cameroon, I have been privileged in that I visited many parts of the world. After obtaining my medical degree from the “Università degli Studi di Torino” in Italy, I lived and worked in Canada for few years. My interest has always been to provide medical assistance to people who cannot afford it and in each place I lived, I volunteered in underserved communities. This experience taught me the importance of patient education as a means to improving the health status of communities and it also reinforced my interest in helping underserved communities. After moving to the US, I decided to volunteer in the Emergency Room of Natividad Medical Center (NMC) while simultaneously working on different quality review projects for one of Monterey County clinics. Later on, I had the privilege to work as a scribe at NMC’s Emergency Room department. This allowed me to gain some insight into the medical needs of Monterey County residents. I am thrilled to join the Family Medicine residency program at NMC which will help me gain the skills to become a well-rounded family physician. Furthermore, I look forward to working with an incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and supportive staff. And for me, being able to continue serving Monterey County residents will just be the icing on the cake. My hobbies include reading, exploring new places and trying new restaurants with my family and friends.