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Two Physicians Join Adventist Health to Serve the Reedley Community

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REEDLEY – Adventist Health / Community Care – Reedley Cypress welcomes family medicine physician Dr. Robert Fernandez and internal medicine physician Dr. Cecilia Galindo to care for patients beginning July 1. The clinic is located on the Adventist Medical Center – Reedley campus at 372 W. Cypress Ave. The phone number is (559) 643-8083.

Dr. Fernandez, who specializes in family medicine, prenatal care and pediatrics, has been a physician in the Valley for 15 years, previously caring for patients in Orange Cove and Parlier. He was born and raised in the Valley and always knew he wanted to practice medicine here.

“I knew there was a huge need for primary care physicians in the Valley, so I wanted to come back and serve here,” he said. “I have strong family ties here, I grew up in Parlier and was one of nine children so I wanted to be close to my family.”

Dr. Fernandez was influenced to become a physician by his older brother, Dr. Rogelio Fernandez, a physician in Parlier. He remembers visiting him in medical school at cadaver lab where he discovered he could combine his loves for science and helping others and become a physician, too, he said.

After attending Reedley High School and California State University, Fresno, Dr. Fernandez earned his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and completed residency training in Selma at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno, Selma Family Medicine Pathway Program.

Before joining Adventist Health, Dr. Fernandez practiced at other health centers in Orange Cove and Parlier. During this time he was a member of the Medical Staff for the former Sierra Kings District Hospital in Reedley, where he served as the Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2008. Since 2001, he has been a UCSF-Fresno assistant clinical professor, supervising and facilitating third and fourth-year medical students during their rural migrant farmworker clerkship.

During a summer pre-medical program at University of California, Davis, Dr. Fernandez met internal medicine physician Dr. Cecilia Galindo, who is now his wife and will also practice at Adventist Health / Community Care – Reedley Cypress beginning July 1. 

Dr. Galindo specializes in internal medicine and chronic diseases, and has a love for caring for the elderly population, which she discovered while working at the Veterans hospital in Fresno during her residency training at UCSF-Fresno. Dr. Galindo earned her medical degree from the University of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine.

Originally from Brawley, Calif., Dr. Galindo relocated to practice in the Central Valley after she married Dr. Fernandez. She’s practiced here for 14 years, formerly caring for patients in Orange Cove and Parlier health centers.

She wanted to become a physician in high school, when she would care for family members’ wounds. Growing up in the Imperial Valley, an agriculture area similar to the Central Valley, Dr. Galindo saw the lack of accessible health care, she said. 

“After my first year of medical school I had the opportunity to return to the Imperial Valley to do a clerkship in a community clinic in Brawley through the U.S. Public Health Service,” Dr. Galindo said. “This solidified my decision to practice primary care in a rural area.”

Both physicians are fluent in Spanish and enjoy spending time with their two sons. In their free time they take family trips to amusement parks and participate in church activities at St. Anthony's of Padua Church in Reedley.                                                 

"Faith is an important part of our lives and we have a strong belief in God,” Dr. Galindo said.                                                         

“We were drawn to Adventist Health because of their strong mission that drives Cecilia and me,” Dr. Fernandez added, “which is to provide patients the care they need.”