Dr. Gabriel Garcia was born in Guzman City, Mexico and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 1993, later earning his medical degree in 2000 from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. After graduating, he completed his internship at the Hospital Regional de Ameca, followed by social service in an underprivileged, remote Huichol village. Located in the mountains of Jalisco, the village gave Dr. Garcia such responsibilities as treating malnourished babies, performing deliveries, vaccinating people and animals, providing medications, tending to patients around the clock, and teaching health-related topics to the village as well as a local junior high school.
Afterwards, Dr. Garcia worked as phlebotomist at an Illinois clinic and then as a medical assistant instructor for Nationwide Education Services. Dr. Garcia taught students how to perform such patient-related duties as taking vital signs, drawing blood, and performing EKGs. Additionally, he taught anatomy, physiology, math, and endocrinology. He began working with Dr. Ronald Chochinov as a lab manager and certified radiology technician, performing bone density scans, keeping inventory, and creating cost-efficient lab equipment proposals.
Dr. Garcia combines his passions of teaching and medicine in his careers at Coastal Metabolic Research Centre and Oxnard Community College. As of 2006, Dr. Garcia is the clinical trials manager of CMRC. His favorite things about working at CMRC are helping patients and learning about new treatments. Dr. Garcia is also a professor at Oxnard College, teaching anatomy, biology, and physiology to people of many different backgrounds. When he is not at CMRC or educating students, Gabriel enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Sagrario Olmos-Garcia, and their three children. He and Dr. Olmos-Garcia are very proud of their eldest son who is serving in the Marines, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Dr. Garcia’s other hobbies include camping with his family, reading, and riding his motorcycle.