Dr. Nancy Mutoro was the guest speaker recently at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center Auxiliary meeting.
Mutoro is now an internal medicine doctor for adult patients at Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Physician Services (Valley Medical Group) in Lompoc. Patients may also see her occasionally when she fills in on the rotation in the acute hospital.
Mutoro and her husband were living in Texas when she started researching hospitals in California.
After she met CEO Jim Raggio, Medical Staff Liaison Dr. Randall Michel and Chief Operations Officer Naishadh Buch, she was convinced Lompoc was the place for her, Mutoro said.
A native of Kenya, in East Africa, Mutoro was born in a rural area. She wanted to work in a smaller community, she said.
"In small towns, people know each other. People are a little bit nicer than in the hurried big towns. The medical care is the same regardless of population."
She added that it is important to follow her patients care through all their various needs.
Mutoro's journey from Kenya to the United States began in high school. She was being educated in a boarding school when her parents decided to move to Texas. Her father was a high school calculus teacher and her mother taught geography at a university in Kenya.
Mutoro earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2013. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and her residency in internal medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Mutoro said she is enjoying working and living in Lompoc with her husband and young daughter.
The guest speaker was introduced by Mary Brown, LVMC Auxiliary president.