Karla Valdez, a CST Surgical Technologist, is one of the four original members of the pioneering Med4Nicaragua team.
She said Dr. Brody asked her if she would like to go on a mission trip, and a few weeks later, the team was already departing to Nicaragua. Karla said it was the first time she had left the country.
"It definitely changes your perspective on life as a whole," Karla said. "I'm grateful for having a loving mother, grateful for good health, grateful for having food and a roof over our heads. And I'm thankful to be given the opportunity to help others who haven't had the same opportunities."
"I never thought this opportunity would be given to me," she said, and explained that she was thankful that Dr. Brody has believed in her.
Karla currently works at Scripps Encinitas. She has been there for nine years.
She described herself as a well-rounded team member who likes to work hard.
"I feel very grateful to God for the opportunity to help people," she said. "I have a daughter who I would like to give a good example to. I hope when she grows up, she is able to use this example and (...) also be willing to help people who are in need."