Join me in welcoming Laura Aboitiz Rabideau, MD to the Wellesley community!
Laura joined Tufts Medical Center Community Care as a Primary Care Physician this past fall and is taking on new patients. I had the privilege to talk with her about her role, her hopes for her work and what her background and philosophy brings to the care she provides. Laura is a physician that is highly interested in advancing health information. She is also an active mom of two young children, comes from a culturally diverse family and she loves to cook.
When it comes to healthcare, Laura believes communication is key to navigating the health care system. As a primary care physician, she is a curator of patient medical records and knows everyone needs to be on the same page. That can be a challenge. “People say I’m thorough.” said Laura confidently. ” Treating patients with care that I would expect for a family member is my goal. I want to be someone that patients can respect and trust.”
Laura’s work has been greatly influenced by her family. Her grandparents grew up in the Philippines and left in World War II for Uruguay. Her mother was born in Uruguay and her father in Brazil with his side of the family having Lebanese roots. Both parents have immigrant backgrounds and her family is Catholic. She feels this has been a unifying aspect of her work as she knows a lot about different cultures and is culturally sensitive regarding medical care. With her upbringing, Laura learned Spanish from a young age and took French in high school.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from MIT and graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2000. Laura specializes in Internal Medicine. Her focus, she says, is “Making sure I’m doing my best in everything.” She has a specific interest in reforming health information and processing. As I spoke with Laura, her positivity, passion and energy for her work was quite clear.
When it comes to nutrition, Laura said “It’s starting to shift.” Physicians are talking more about nutrition and the challenges of adding vegetables and exercise to patients’ lifestyles and care plans.
It helps that Laura loves to cook! With her culturally diverse background she has some interesting ways to spice things up. Have you ever heard of bananas in your chili? Below Laura has shared with us her Unconventional Chili recipe and another family favorite recipe from her grandmother called Encebollado de Pescado below.
Welcome to Wellesley, Laura! Thank you for providing care in the community. Can’t wait to try these recipes! For more information or to make an appointment, contact Tuft’s Medical Center Community Care offices at 781-237-3395.
Recipes from Laura Aboitiz Rabideau, MD of Tuft’s Medical Center Community Care
Chili is very personal business which is why I love it. The basis of the dish comes from a friend who showed me how to make his chili when we were celebrating the end of our last final exams as undergraduates at MIT. Spending time doing diabetes outreach in New Mexico, I loved how people out there use chili as a base to mix in whatever fixings they liked. The bananas got added because of my South American and Filipino roots. I think it works because they act as a thickener and complement the sweetness of the caramelized onions. Or maybe it’s just the memories talking.
On a more practical note, this chili is loaded with protein and veggies. The proportions are pretty forgiving too. Feel free to throw in other leftover vegetables hanging out in your fridge, though I would try to stick with orange, red, and yellow ones.