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Covelo Family Physician Comes Back to Fulfill Her Promise


When Miriam “Ida” Harris, MD left her hometown of Covelo 13 years ago, she vowed she would be back to serve the community. That promise is being fulfilled as she comes back to Ukiah to join Ukiah Valley Rural Health Center where she will work as a family practitioner.

When asked what she remembers most about her hometown, Dr. Harris says, “I loved waking up every morning and hearing the birds chirping. It is so beautiful and peaceful. You feel like you’re in a different world.” It’s one of the reasons she decided to move back to Mendocino County after finishing her residency. “I wanted to be closer to my family and Ukiah is a great location to practice medicine. The hospital staff is very impressive and everyone is very committed and passionate about delivering high quality patient care.”

Dr. Ida Harris, as she prefers to be called; specializes in providing routine and preventative care to families of all ages including vaccinations; annual physical exams; management of ongoing chronic illnesses and treatment of acute or serious medical conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension.

Dr. Harris earned her medical degree from University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and completed her residency in family medicine from the University of California San Francisco in Fresno, CA. Having performed rural home visits for diabetes education and management in Covelo, Dr. Harris has a special interest in diabetes education, obesity, palliative care and geriatrics. She explains, “The obesity epidemic has profound consequences for health and mental well-being. I enjoy the challenge of helping patients find ways to minimize risks of heart disease and cancer.”

Asked why she chose to specialize in family medicine, Dr. Harris says she likes the “variety and the close connection to the community”. “I really enjoy listening to my patients and helping them to understand their condition and treatment options. I teach patients to be their own advocate and how they can become the most important member of the care team and improve their health,” she explains.

Dr. Harris is welcoming new patients at the family practice office located at the Ukiah Valley Rural Health Center, 1050 North State Street in Ukiah. Please call 707.463.7495 or visit for more information.