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Filling a Critical Medical Care Gap


This physician literally brings a world of experience to her work as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the Providence Medical Center where she’s helping fill a critical medical care gap in the community.
 
Born in Mozambique, she’s lived in Portugal, South Africa, Canada and the United States. She speaks four languages and has degrees in medicine, architecture and biochemistry. 
 
She completed Obstetrics and Gynecology training at Tufts New England Medical Center under a J-1 visa. It allows physicians to obtain residency training in the United States with the understanding that once the training is complete, the physician must return to his/her home country for two years. 
 
But she sought and received a J-1 visa waiver, which allowed her to stay in the United States and work in a pre-designated rural or medically underserved area. After interviewing around the country, the family chose Oregon because of the diverse outdoor and cultural activities it offers.
 
This doctor is one of 58 currently working in 14 Oregon counties under the J-1 waiver program. Without them, many of the local residents would not have access to the medical expertise they bring.