Jeannine Rodems, Board Certified Family Medicine
Jeannine Rodems, MD, FAAFP, is a board-certified family medicine physician who brings more than 23 years of experience to Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz (go Slugs!), and completed her medical degree at the UCLA School of Medicine with her residency through the UCLA Family Medicine Residency program. She has been an active member of the local physician community in Santa Cruz County for several years. She is the immediate past president of the Santa Cruz County Medical Society. She has been very active with the California Academy of Family Physicians, having been a previous member of their board of directors, and presently serves as president of the Santa Cruz – Monterey AFP Chapter. When she is not working with patients, she enjoys theater, gardening, and walking her dog, Shadow. She is married and has one daughter.
Dr Rodems believes in advocacy for her patients, listens to their concerns and issues, and helps to guide them through the sometimes scary environment of medicine today. She believes that Family Medicine physicians need to return to focusing on the patient, their family and the social determinants of health for their patients — be the center or medical home for their patient's care. She believes in using evidence-based care, but tailoring that care to the specific needs of each individual patient, considering the context of their family, living environment, and their community.