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Rebecca Gonzalez, PA-C

Board Certified Physician Assistant

Rebecca Gonzalez, PA-S

Rebecca Gonzalez grew up in Santa Barbara, California with a strong sense of community and a passion for the medical field. She went on to graduate from University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Afterwards, she worked as an anatomic pathology technician at Cottage Health before continuing her education and obtaining a Master in Physician Assistant Studies from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Her clinical experience in Minnesota includes rotations at Allina Health's United Hospital, Essentia Health, North Memorial Health Hospital, the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center. During her studies, Rebecca was the recipient of a Physician Associates for Latino Health (PALH) scholarship and a traineeship grant from the GHR Foundation.

Rebecca joined the team at The Spine & Orthopedic Center in 2022 and is excited to provide quality care to patients in the Tri-Counties and San Joaquin Valley.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys surfing, swimming, hiking, cooking and spending time with friends and family. Rebecca is also active in her community and has volunteered locally in Cottage Health's Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp, Aeromedicos of Santa Barbara and tutored students in chemistry at Santa Barbara High School.


  • 2019-2022
    St. Catherine University
    Master of Physician Assistant Studies
    St. Paul, MN
  • 2008-2012
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    BS in Biological Sciences
    Santa Barbara, CA


  • State of California Physician Assistant License
  • NCCPA Board Certification
  • AHA Basic Life Support (BLS)/Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)


Clinical Rotation Experience

  • Minneapolis VA Health Medical Center
    Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Minneapolis, MN

  • HealthPartners Hospital-Hudson
    Emergency Medicine

    Hudson, WI

  • Wayzata Children’s Clinic

    Minnetonka, MN

  • North Memorial Health Hospital
    Orthopedic Surgery

    Robbinsdale, MN

  • North Memorial Health Hospital
    General Surgery

    Robbinsdale, MN

  • St. Mary's Health Clinics
    Primary Care

    Saint Paul, MN

  • Essentia Health

    Grand Rapids, MN

  • Allina Health United Hospital
    Women's Health

    Saint Paul, MN

  • Open Cities Health Center
    Family Medicine

    Saint Paul, MN

  • M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center
    Internal Medicine

    Minneapolis, MN

  • Nystrom & Associates Counseling
    Mental Health

    New Brighton, MN


  • 2022-Present - The Spine and Orthopedic Center Physician Assistant

    Santa Barbara,CA

  • 2014-2019 - Cottage Health Anatomic Pathology Technician/Certified Phlebotomist

    Santa Barbara,CA

  • 2011-2014 - Robert C. Corlett, M.D. OB-GYN Medical Assistant

    Santa Barbara, CA

  • 2005-2009 - Independent Living Resources Center Bilingual Information and Referral Specialist

    Santa Barbara, CA


  • American Academy of Physician Assistants


  • Carrillo Surgery Center


  • 08/20 - Mohammed, F., Rick, T., Panelists: Barnes, L., Gonzalez, R., Koele, E., Pederson, M. COVID-19: Unmasking health inequities. St. Catherine University Integrated Learning Series: At the Confluence of the Liberal Arts and Social Justice—Race in the Machine.
  • 09/20 - Gonzalez, R., Baker, M. Culturally-tailored dietary interventions for Hispanics with diabetes: A narrative review of empirical research. Minnesota Public Health Association Annual Conference and Meeting.