by LINDA FRABL | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Serving Others

faces_reyzan2Reyzan Shali, a Carlsbad resident and mother to two sons, is grateful for the opportunities available to her in America. Although Reyzan is a Kurdish woman who attended medical school in Baghdad, Iraq, she admitted, “For as long as I can recall, I have wanted leave Iraq because the limitations imposed on me as a female by that society were very difficult to accept. Part of my motivation for working as a doctor was to prove myself to all the people who doubted me, minimized me, and judged me unfairly wrong.”

Upon completing her residency training in internal medicine and becoming board-certified in Michigan, Reyzan relocated to Southern California to be closer her husband’s family. Pleased with the move, Reyzan exclaimed, “Carlsbad is full of charm, personality, and character. As a mother, the excellent school system is the number one advantage of living here. People in this community are exceptionally friendly, authentic, and welcoming.”

As someone friendly, authentic, and welcoming herself, Reyzan utilizes all of these qualities in order to be an effective doctor. Reyzan emphasized, “While growing up, I felt I was less selfish than others, which put me on the path of serving others. My biggest accomplishments as a doctor are the bonds I have made with my patients and their families; bonds that are exceptional, genuine, and priceless.”


Name: Reyzan Shali
Community: Carlsbad
Profession: M.D.
Hobbies & Interests: Traveling
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Various parks where my boys do their practices and games

faces_reyzan4This giving attitude of Reyzan’s also extends itself towards her volunteer work. Reyzan stated, “All of my volunteering activities revolve around my two boys and their school and sports activities. But once my boys get to the age where they don’t want me around as much, I will start getting involved in volunteer organizations for dogs. I love dogs and feel very happy around them! For everything dogs give to us, we need to give more back to them.”

In the meantime, Reyzan will continue to have a positive impact on both her patients and her beloved Carlsbad community. Reyzan is aware that when she caters to others, she reaps benefits as well. She explained, “Helping others definitely helps me keep things in perspective, and allows me to stay appreciative, humble, and poised. It also translates into me having a level of contentment that is very rewarding.”