I am Navy Medicine

Called to Serve

Since November 28, 1775, the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps has been inspiring hope, strengthening spiritual well-being, building resilience, enhancing readiness, and providing solace for service members around the globe, in times of war and in peace. At Navy Medicine West (NMW), regional headquarters for all Navy Medicine health care and dental treatment facilities along the West Coast and Pacific Rim …

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I am Navy Medicine: Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Kelm

A drive to serve others led me to the physical therapy (PT) field and Navy Medicine.  Physical therapists assess musculoskeletal disorders and injuries and recommend treatments to restore mobility and function.  I originally focused on work with the Department of Veterans Affairs following PT school, but learning about the direct accession program ultimately led me to active duty service.  The …

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What does Navy Medicine readiness look like? Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ashley Raynor.

By Regena Kowitz Navy Medicine West Public Affairs When Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ashley Raynor was headed home from work on Feb. 23, southbound on California’s Interstate 5 alongside the Pacific Ocean, the last thing she expected was to be one of the first people to arrive at the scene of an accident. When traffic came to a sudden halt, …

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The deadliest catch: A surgeon’s journey from fisheries to the U.S. Navy

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It had been a typical day aboard USS Bataan (LHD-5) when word rang out that casualties were inbound via MV-22. Fleet Surgical Team (FST) No. 6, an 18-member mobile augmented readiness unit comprised of surgeons, trauma and ICU nurses, medical techs, a family doc and a psychiatrist, collectively …

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I Am Navy Medicine: Cmdr. Leslie Kindling

I’m a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and have always been interested in the military and in aviation. I started my undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and quickly switched to biomedical engineering when I realized I could study how the body moves. This is something that fascinated me as an athlete.  In graduate school …

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