Jessica White, MD

University of Minnesota

I grew up in the woods of Southwest Michigan, with a family that instilled in me a love of the outdoors, a passion for travel, and an interest in holistic health.  My mother is a counseling psychologist and my father is an occupational therapist so our family conversations often explored many aspects of mental, emotional, and physical well-being.  Despite my roots, it took me a while to make my way into the health field.  I studied Environmental Science at the University of Michigan and then worked as a science teacher in the New York City public school system while I earned a Masters Degree in Science Education.  Five years of teaching allowed me to travel the world during my summer vacations and even gave me the opportunity to take a group of high school students to West Africa.  When I left the classroom, I thought that I was done teaching, but now I see the field of medicine as an endless cycle of learning and sharing knowledge.  Many of my role-model practitioners are also master educators.

I spent my third year of medical school in a small town on the edge of Northern Minnesota’s wilderness where I was inspired by a group of primary care doctors who practiced full spectrum medicine. When applying to residencies, I wanted to find a training program that would prepare me to work in a similarly remote setting.  I feel incredibly lucky to be in Ventura in such a vibrant community of hard-working, motivated individuals. When I’m not studying medicine, I am sustained by practicing yoga, camping, hiking, biking, and enjoying all types of dance including contra, tango, salsa, and swing.