Featured Osteopathic Family Physician:
Rebeccah Rhanae Rodriquez, DO






Rebeccah Rhenae Rodriquez, DO, is currently employed at the San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center, where she’s worked for the past six years.

She’s a graduate of the Grand Canyon University where he graduated magna cum laude in biochemistry. She received her doctor of osteopathy degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She did her AOA residency training in family medicine at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix. She did a sports medicine fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center.

Her leadership positions include USA Presidents’ Council for Health, Fitness and Nutrition Science Board, Women’s Athletic Health Director SDSU, Olympic Training Center Team Physician. She is also a part of the AOASM Board of Directors and ACOFP Board Task Force Improving Residency Programs and Procedure.

She is also an ACOFP CA Board Member, and LatinaStrong Foundation CEO, Co-Founder.

She has received the San Diego Doctors Award from San Diego Magazine in 2014 and 2015, and the San Diego Patient Choice Award in 2012 and 2013.

 

Q: What kind of person makes the best osteopathic family physician?
A: I think you have to know the osteopathic medicine philosophy to see if it fits with you.  Osteopathic medicine embodies holistic care for the mind, body and spirit.  People who choose Osteopathic Medicine as a profession believe in treating the whole person and want to offer more to the patient then just standard medicine.  The person usually has compassion for helping the sick, kindness, incorporates the human touch, appreciates traditional medicine and practice but utilizes OMT as an aid in the treatment plan. 

The person can see benefit in improving structure and function with restoration of the neuromusculoskeletal system.  The best person for Osteopathic Family Medicine appreciates being a student for life: always learning and looking for ways to improve practice and performance and be the best physician they can be for the patient.  

The person also needs to enjoy a variety of cases and appreciate all aspects of medicine, enjoy working as a team with staff and specialist and the patient to maximize optimal care.   

Q:  What is your favorite aspect of osteopathic family medicine?
A: I enjoy the relationship building with my patients and their families in OFP. I truly look forward to my clinic days and sports coverage at the Olympic training Center, the San Diego Ballet, SDSU, and any other sports event because everyday day is different and full of new intellectual challenges. With my education and training as an Osteopathic physician, I am able to bring mad skills to the table in treating any person to maximize health and performance.


Q
: Why did you go into osteopathic family medicine?
A: I was inspired by my lifetime mentor, Dr. Craig Phelps ( current President A.T. Still University). I was involved with a student health advocate program at my college Grand Canyon University and he was the physician I shadowed at the health center. He was kind, compassionate, energetic, made learning fun, provided positive and encouraging words at each clinical experience and he was the physician for the Phoenix Suns NBA team and the AZ Ballet. I immediately knew, he was who I wanted to be when I grew up! To this day, he has continued to inspire me to work harder, be the best that I can be and give back to others. I am thankful for all his support and friendship over the years.


Q
: What do you know now in regard to selecting a specialty that you wish you knew when you were an osteopathic medical student?
A: I do not have any regrets in the field I have chosen or any unanswered questions. I felt I was surrounded by great education at KCOM, wonderful and supportive mentors and was given the knowledge to make the best decision for my future. Surrounding yourself with great mentors and asking lots of questions helps a person to navigate into their dream job!


Q
: What qualities should students look for in a mentor and what are some red flags for them to avoid?
A: It is important to seek mentors that will give you time to get to know you. It is essential that the mentor listens and respects your likes, goals and interests. 

The mentor is a teacher but also someone, after getting to know you, can help steer you in the right direction of the career path according to your strengths. A mentor should be available to help you with important decisions, give feedback, be encouraging through your journey, and keep in touch with the student. 

Red flags include: When the mentor does not listen or offer support or feedback to your educational goals and concerns.  It could also be that they do not answer emails or phone calls in a timely manner.  Most mentors will be great and lend a hand or ear to you when you need them.  You will know when you find a great mentor.  Start seeking them out in college or at the start of medical school!


Q: What have your mentors taught you?
A: My mentors have taught me to be more than just a physician. They have all exemplified what it means to be an outstanding Osteopathic Family Physician, serve patients, serve on medical committees to help make a difference, and to give back to the community and to students. 

They have taught me to always remember why I went into medicine and that hard work pays off. My mentors have instilled in me to be loyal, kind, giving and to be proud to be an Osteopathic Family Physician.


Q
: What specific questions should students ask their mentors?
A: Some advice in what to ask mentors: anything! The questions can be educational/academic based or personal (like how it is to manage being a physician and a woman or caregiver, etc). 

Opening up the lines of communication can help to better prepare you for what you will do for the rest of your life. Mentors want you to be happy and are willing to help, that is why mentors are defined as experienced and trusted advisors!

 

Published May, 2016