Jessica Goza was inspired to live a life of service by her grandmother, who taught English with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Later, she studied International Development at UCLA and worked as a CNA for several years before signing on with the Peace Corps herself. She served in Senegal from 2010 to 2012 as a Health Extension agent. Working in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, Jessica learned the local language, Wolof, in order to develop innovative and culturally tailored programs to promote maternal-child health and sanitation. After a successful grant-writing campaign, Jessica recruited a local team to renovate a rural community health and maternity center, complete with new beds and running water.
After enrolling at Emory University’s School of Nursing in 2014, Goza was named one of its first two Paul D. Coverdell Fellows in 2015 and selected for the elite VA Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She graduated in 2016 with her Master of Science in Nursing and was awarded the Excellence in Collaboration award.
Excited to begin her career in nursing, Jessica joined the team at IPM/Bay Area Pain and Wellness to serve those who are experiencing chronic pain. Jessica enjoys the process of helping patients find their footing on their pain journey. She appreciates the opportunity to work in a unique and interdisciplinary setting that values holistic care. She wants her patients to feel encouraged, supported, and empowered to take their health into their own hands.