About Nora Vasquez, MD
Although born in Colombia, Nora P. Vasquez, MD grew up in Fontana, California, and it was her father’s medical problems and the lack of cohesive and accessible medical care that inspired her to pursue medicine as a career.
Dr. Vasquez attended the University of California in Riverside (UCR) where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biochemistry. Her professors at UCR encouraged her to participate in the study development of monoclonal antibodies, including some of the early research in osteoporosis treatment that is still relevant today. She earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Medicine, and she is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Although she loved her time in Chicago, Dr. Vasquez returned to Southern California to complete her internship and residency at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica in the Family Medicine Residency Program, where she served as Co-Chief Resident in her final year. Immediately after graduating, Dr. Vasquez joined the Santa Monica Family Physicians, and she has been here ever since.
Growing up in an adventurous family, they have camped all over the Western United States, and they also traveled back to Colombia often. She developed a life-long love of nature and travel as a result of these experiences.
Dr. Vasquez loves the Los Angeles Dodgers, and fondly remembers listening to Vince Scully call the games on the radio. Cooking, skiing, hiking, and travel are Dr. Vasquez’s other great passions. She loves to hit the slopes in Beaver Creek, Colorado and Mammoth, California whenever she can. And she is also happy to visit our local mountains when there is snow. She enjoys hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and says that the Dolomites in northern Italy is her all-time favorite destination.
Last Christmas, Dr. Vasquez and her husband brought three generations of Vasquez women together so they could teach their two daughters how to make her mother’s special Colombian Empanadas. She says her greatest passion of all is to enrich her daughters’ lives, opening their worlds, and allowing them to experience everything they can and want to do. “I practice medicine with a passion because I love it”, she says. “And because I also want my girls to be proud and empowered women.”
Dr. Vasquez is always straight to the point explaining what is going on or what could be the problem. She fully explores the situation before referring me to a specialist. I never feel passed on or ignored. I trust her opinion totally.Real Patient
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The office is very efficient. Staff prints out records I need and sees to my refills promptly. Dr. Vasquez is an outstanding doctor who listens to my concerns, refers me to specialists when necessary and offers excellent advice for maintaining good health.Providence Patient
Most people dread going to see their doctor. I love Dr. Vasquez and her staff! Always courteous, professional and just nice! Makes a routine office a great experienceProvidence Patient
I have always received the best care possible from Dr. Vasquez, for which I am very grateful.Providence Patient
Always make sure that the medications I am taking all the right ones for the problem that I have.Providence Patient
I have been a patient of Dr. Vasquez for over 20 years and trust her completely with my care.Providence Patient
She's been great!Providence Patient
I'm very pleased with the care I receive from Dr. Vazquez. She knows me, listens to what I have to say.Providence Patient
All exceptional care- understanding Real listenerProvidence Patient
Dr. Vasquez was very polite, knowledgeable, and efficient. My doctor was out ill and I was a fit in. I was seen promptly, thorough history and exam, lab results and RX completed. She had a new assistant who did not know the computer program and was very patient with teaching the girl how to use it. She also help get my husband's Rx expedited too. Thank you for a great staff including the receptionists!Providence Patient
Dr Vazquez was amazing and very knowledgeable.Providence Patient