Jacare Cardoza, DO, is a family medicine physician at Valley Family Medicine. She spent her early childhood in California’s central valley, where her family worked in farming, before moving to Texas during her teenage years. She studied biology and psychology at St. Edward’s University, where she discovered her passion for science while doing research in molecular biology. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she volunteered to teach English to newly relocated refugees and science to high-risk youth. She joined Teach for America, teaching science in middle school, and loved working with kids. These experiences helped her to recognize, and appreciate, the empowering gift of education. Working with underprivileged students ignited her passion to fight for justice and equality, a mission that she has carried with her to her practice of medicine. After four years of teaching she began medical school at A. T. Still University, pursuing family medicine.
Dr. Cardoza is happy to be training at Valley Medical Center and looks forward to caring for the diverse population of south Seattle. Her interests include pediatric medicine, substance use disorder, and community health. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, crafting, and tending to her houseplants. She loves adventuring with her fiancé and their poodle.