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Family Nurse Practitioner, Giving Back to His Communities

Physicians

Julio Garibay, who was born and raised in San Joaquin, is giving back to the Central Valley by providing care at Adventist Health /Community Care – Kerman.

Garibay is a family nurse practitioner. His desire to get into the medical field developed while he was in high school and volunteering as a lifeguard one summer.

“I really enjoyed saving lives,” he says.

After high school, he joined the United States Air Force and became a medic. He then went back to school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Fresno. Garibay is proud to be the first person in his immediate family to graduate from a four year college.

While working as a nurse at hospitals in Clovis and Fresno, he decided he wanted to do more to build relationships with patients and families, so he returned to school to become a family nurse practitioner. He earned a Master of Science in Nursing with a family nurse practitioner focus from Fresno Pacific University.

“I remember helping a patient in his 50s, and his family, understand the need for him to take his medication for heart failure. He didn’t even know he had heart failure,” says Garibay. “Helping people understand their illnesses and diseases is what’s most important to me.”

Garibay is fluent in English and Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, ages 4 and 7. He also enjoys playing soccer and traveling.

He may be reached at Community Care – Kerman, 1,000 S. Madera Ave., with a phone number of (559) 846-9370. For more information, please visit www.KermanCare.com.