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Member of the Month

july 2017


Photo by Wes Davis Photography

Brea Bondi-Boyd, MD

Brea Bondi-Boyd, MD is a graduate of Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in Cuba. She completed her residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency, after which she joined Contra Costa Health Services as a practicing FP and residency program faculty member. Dr. Bondi-Boyd is a member of the Alameda-Contra Costa Chapter of CAFP, and serves as a Legislative Key Contact for CAFP. She cites attending the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) as one of her most impactful experiences with CAFP.
 

Why did you choose family medicine, and what’s your favorite aspect of it?

I like the continuity of care, getting-to-know whole families and providing full spectrum care. Family medicine is the closest specialty to the community. Having been trained in Cuba, where community and preventive medicine is the focus of the education, I wanted that connection to patients and families.

 

Were you inspired by anyone to pursue family medicine?

I did not have a lot of medical care growing up and cannot point to a specific family physician who inspired me. In medical school, I was inspired by the knowledge that family physicians had of their patients, their communities and their patients’ families.

 

What is the most interesting/memorable experience you have had when dealing with a patient?

I have had SO many interesting and memorable moments. Every day my job is different and I am challenged to think about different patients in different ways.

 

what one word or phrase characterizes your style of family medicine

Compassionate.

 

what is the best experience you have had during your career as a family physician so far?

Getting to know families, having inspirational colleagues and working for an institution that allows family physicians to works at their maximum potential.

 

It is important for me to be a member of CAFP and AAFP because:

I get to be part of an organization whose collective voice helps change policy to improve the lives of our most vulnerable and serves our communities! I am also kept abreast of policies that can affect my patients and practice.

 

what has been your best experience as a CAFP member? Why?

Attending NCCL! The NCCL allowed me to see how progressive and patient-centered we are in California, and also see that as a national organization, the AAFP is working hard for our patients!

 

how do you make a difference in family medicine in your community?

I volunteer in the community where I live (even though I work in another community). I also hope that as faculty in our residency program, I help to lead change through educating future family physicians.

 

What are good qualities a family physician should have?

Patience. Resilience. Compassion.

 

What one sentence of advice would you give to medical students interested in family medicine?

It is the most fulfilling specialty!

 

How do you spend your free time?

With family and friends, outdoors.

 

If you weren’t a doctor what would you be doing with your career?

Ha! I have no idea. I feel so fortunate that I accidently ended up in Cuba exploring and found a medical school that showed me it is possible to deliver care another way.

 

Tell us briefly about your family:

I have a lovely partner, Wes Davis, who is a photographer who inspires me daily with his humor and creativity (and documents all of our adventures beautifully!). We have the most amazing 3-year old daughter who makes me laugh every day and gives the best hugs. We live in Sacramento near all of our extended family so are lucky to be surrounded by love and support.

 

Each month, CAFP highlights one outstanding California family physician member who lends their voice, time, talent and resources to strengthen the specialty of family medicine and his or her community. The Member of the Month interviews are conducted by CAFP staff. If you choose to share this article, feel free, but give appropriate source and author information. If you would like to share your story or know a family physician colleague who deserves to be recognized for his or her impact or leadership, contact us at (415) 345-8667 or email.