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OB-GYN Caring for Patients at Community Care

Physicians

CENTRAL VALLEY – Dr. Isaias Coelho, OB-GYN, is caring for patients at Adventist Health / Community Care clinics in Fowler, Kingsburg and Selma.

Dr. Coelho knew he wanted to be a doctor at the age of 16.

“I was working in the library of the boarding school I was attending in Brazil,” he says. “One of the books I read was a biography about David Livingstone, a Scottish explorer and medical missionary who traveled from England to Africa caring for people. His story made me want to pursue medicine.”

So Dr. Coelho moved from Brazil to the United States, where he attended Towson University in Maryland. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University, but it wasn’t until he and his wife were expecting their first son that Dr. Coelho realized he wanted to become an OB-GYN.

“I took my wife to all of her prenatal visits and was in the delivery room when I realized that was the type of doctor I wanted to be,” he says.

Dr. Coelho completed residency training in obstetrics-gynecology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. and became board-certified thereafter.

He worked for a group of rural health centers in Bakersfield from 2006 to 2015, but for 14 months in between, Dr. Coelho took time off to do missionary work in Guam. He said there was a great need for doctors who could deliver babies.

“I think one of the most important times in a person’s life is the birth of their children,” he says. “I am fortunate to be a part of that moment, which is very rewarding.”

Dr. Coelho is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

He may be reached by appointment at Adventist Health / Community Care – Fowler, 119 S. Sixth St., with a phone number of (559) 834-1614; Kingsburg, 1251 Draper St., with a phone number of (559) 897-6610; and Selma, 1041 Rose Ave., with a phone number of (559) 856-6090. Dr. Coelho will perform deliveries at the Family Birth Center in Reedley.