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Cristina Castillo-Nelson,MD,MPH

Primary Service
  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care
Areas of Interest Obstetrics, c-sections, women’s health, contraception, preventive medicine, pediatrics, public health, integrative medicine, mental health, social justice
  • Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Masters of Public Health, Maternal and Infant Health University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Medical School
  • University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Obstetrical Fellowship Essentia Health, Duluth, MN
  • Family Medicine Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program, Duluth, MN

Board Certification
Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine

Philosophy of care
I listen carefully to my patients to identify what is important to them. With a holistic approach, I empower my patients with the knowledge and tools necessary to reach their health goals. I enjoy encouraging my patients on every step of the journey. I also love providing full-scope obstetrical and newborn care in the hospital and clinic, caring for the entire family throughout their lives.

Why Dr. Castillo-Nelson went into medicine
After my mother passed away from a terminal illness, I was inspired to pursue a career in medicine. I wanted to be like the care team that provided excellent and compassionate care to my family during that difficult time.

Favorite advice to give patients
To make positive change, start with small daily healthy habits and stick with them. Small consistent steps make a big difference in the long run!

Oxnard, CA

Additional Languages

I spend my free time outdoors with my family and friends. I enjoy long-distance running, skiing, yoga, surfing, biking and hunting. I also enjoy traveling and meeting people from different cultures.

Gold Humanism Honor Society, UC Irvine School of Medicine, 2013

DiMario FJ Jr, Wheeler Castillo CS. Clinical categorization of childhood syncope. J Child Neurol. 2011 May;26(5):548-51.

Machado-Vieira R, Salvadore G, DiazGranados N, Ibrahim L, Latov D, Wheeler-Castillo C, Baumann J, Henter ID, Zarate CA Jr. New therapeutic targets for mood disorders. ScientificWorldJournal. 2010 Apr 13;10:713-26.

Machado-Vieira R., Baumann J., Wheeler-Castillo C., Latov D., Henter I. D., Salvadore G., Zarate C. A., Jr. The Timing of Antidepressant Effects: A Comparison of Diverse Pharmacological and Somatic Treatments. Pharmaceuticals. 2010;3(1):19-41.