Born in the Midwest, Dr. Bertina Hooks was called to practice medicine at a very early and worked as a hospital volunteer before graduating from Columbus High School in 1995 and completing her Bachelors of Science in biology and chemistry with Honors at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.
She graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 2006. She completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center and her internal medicine residency at Creighton University Medical Center in 2011. During her residency, she enjoyed mentoring and educating medical students and residents and participated in ILAC medical mission trip in the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Hooks then relocated to Atlanta, GA, where she worked as a hospitalist for 4 years before transitioning into outpatient medicine. She is a patient advocate but also a supporter of physician burnout prevention and job satisfaction and productivity promotion.
She was a clinical associate professor for Creighton University, Medical College of Georgia, and UC Davis and she enjoys being a preceptor and mentoring medical students and residents in embarking on their medical careers. She has received awards for her compassion and commitment to patient care and advocacy. She also speaks and participates in mentor programs for young women and men interested in medicine and entrepreneurship.
She also has done a lot of work with telemedicine via Kaiser and the VA system and the State of California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. She is now incorporating telemedicine in her own medical practice in order to provide better health care access.
She now has started her own medical practice in the Sacramento-Roseville area, Phoenix Health & Wellness PC. She is dedicated to implementing quality health care that is comprehensive and educating and empowering patients about their health. She enjoys traveling, watching movies, reading, and playing the piano as well as spending time with family and friends.
“I feel I was called to be a physician from an early age. To me, being a physician is an innate part of my personality and allows me to actualize my personal qualities to the fullest. There is never a dull moment in medicine. There is humor, pain, and irony in each moment with patients. It is very rewarding and fulfilling.”