Meet the Team

Treatment Team

In addition to the physiatrist and rehabilitation nurses, the following team members are always available to participate in developing a patient’s personalized plan of care:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Social worker
  • Physician consultants
  • Registered dieticians
  • Psychiatrist
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Orthotic/Prosthetic specialists
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Dr. Anthony Galicia, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Since 2003, Dr. Galicia has served as Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Unit at Natividad. Each morning, Dr. Galicia leads our interdisciplinary team of Therapists, Nurses, Social Worker and Admission Coordinators in daily rounds for all current and pending patients. As Medical Director, he plays a key role not only in assuring that patient care meets Medicare standards, but also in setting the tone of excellence for the unit. His daily rounds ensure that every team member is up to speed on the status of each patient and that our care, as a team, is constantly moving forward toward optimal rehabilitation. When asked about his passion for rehab, Dr. Galicia explains, “My goal is to have patients fulfill their potential and live out their lives at the highest possible level of independence and satisfaction.”

Board-Certified Physiatrist with more than 20 years of experience in the following hospital and clinic settings:

  • Acute Rehabilitation Unit Medical Director
  • Medical Director Board for Kindred Rehabilitation Services
  • Occupational Medicine/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics
  • Pain Medicine
  • Electrodiagnostics

Graduate of the University of California at Davis and The Chicago Medical School.

Stanford residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Natividad Chairman for Bioethics and Physician Well-Being Committees; member of Service Director Committee, Medicine Service Improvement Committee, and Quality Review Committee.

Recipient of Faculty Teaching Award from the University of California, San Francisco Family Practice Residency Program at Natividad (2002-2003, 2009-2010).

Devoted husband and father of two girls.

Resident of the Salinas community for 20 years.

Avid Hiker who enjoys exploring Point Lobos with his family.

CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) in high school.

Coffee drinker; it’s his favorite beverage.

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Raymond Villalobos, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. “Ray” Villalobos grew up in Orange and Santa Cruz Counties of California. His first medical practice after training was in the Central Valley. He then did both Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation for 20 years in central Massachusetts, while he and his wife, who is a PhD neuroscientist at UMass Worcester, raised their three children. He is now here, working with Dr. Galicia, with hopes to expand our outpatient care to the disabled in Monterey County.

Board-Certified Physiatrist with more than 25 years of experience in the following hospital and clinic settings:

  • Stroke Program Medical Director, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, Woburn MA (2009-15)
  • Director Neuro Rehabilitation, Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, Worcester MA (2007-08)
  • Geriatric Spine Clinic, University of Massachusetts, Worcester MA (2007-08)
  • Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation, New England Rehabilitation Hospital, Woburn MA (2009-15)
  • Spasticity Management with Botulinum Toxin and Intrathecal Baclofen

Graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, BA in Biology

Graduate of the University of California Davis School of Medicine, M.D.

Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Washington, Seattle

Masters Rehabilitation Medicine University of Washington, Seattle

Recipient of Faculty Teaching Award from Tufts University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program (2014)


  • Training dual-task walking in community-dwelling adults, BMC Neurology (2012)
  • Feasibility of Dual-Task Training, Stroke Research and Treatment (2014)

Back home in California after 21 years in Massachusetts. “I like the seasons in New England but love the weather, fields, and food in Central Coast California even more.”

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Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Center
1441 Constitution Blvd.
Bldg 100
Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 755-5570