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First Person: Dr. Natalie Nevins' crusade to empower patients

by Elizabeth Aguilera | First Person

Dr. Natalie Nevins visits a newborn in her Hollywood wellness center. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Dr. Natalie Nevins does not lack for projects. She is director of medical education for the family medicine residency program and program director for the neuromusculoskeletal medicine residency program at Downey Regional Medical Center.  

She is medical director of the Amrit Davaa Wellness Center in Hollywood and heads up Care Harbor, which puts on four-day clinics providing free medical, dental and vision care to thousands of people at the L.A. Sports Arena.

And as founder and CEO of AD+World Health, she has led medical teams to India and Mexico and overseen the organization's work building clinics in India and Downey.

"I took my first first aid course when I was 8," says Nevins. "They didn't quite know what to do with me at that point in time."

Nevins believes primary care physicians should have "a partnership" with their patient, "and that partnership should be about ... empowering the patient to care for themself, teach them about how their body works, give them tools so they're not just a passive participant in the process of health care."

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