Rafael Angel Gonzalez, MD
I speak: English, German, Spanish
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Hello, and welcome to my Web page. My name is Dr. Gonzalez. I practice family medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Lancaster Medical Offices, and I have been with Kaiser Permanente since 1990. I encourage all of my members to keep healthy in body, mind, and spirit. This requires eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise, keeping a positive attitude, and spending time in prayer, meditation, or simply thinking about the role you play in the universe. If you don’t attend to all three aspects, life can become unbalanced. Anxiety and depression can creep in, which can have a real effect on your body. So pay attention to your brain. Exercise it frequently. Give it nourishment. Do the same for your body. You might just put me out of business!
I was born in Peru but came to this country as a teen. I really wasn’t thinking about my education at that point; I just wanted to see the world, meet new friends, and play rock and roll. California was calling! As I went through my final years of high school and into college, I discovered I had a real knack for math and science. Research didn’t appeal to me because I wouldn’t be interacting with many people, which I enjoy. Medicine on the other hand gave me the chance to do both—meet new people and solve tough problems every day. I applied to several medical schools. The University of Illinois was the first to say yes, so I set off to Chicago. I spent my internship and residency in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and then came back to California to be closer to family. Kaiser Permanente was looking for doctors, and I was looking for a job. The rest is history.
About my practice
Kaiser Permanente is a proven leader in preventive care, something that I feel strongly about. They also have amazing resources and have accumulated a great deal of data on the efficacy of treatments. Kaiser Permanente calls it an evidence-based approach. I call it good medicine. Education and communication with my members is very important. It helps me when my patients understand why I recommend a given course of action. I encourage members to ask questions and get involved in their own health and well-being.
How I thrive
Outside of work, which I love, I have many diverse interests. I enjoy learning new languages. In addition to English and Spanish, I’m also fluent in German, and several friends are helping me learn Russian. I play the viola and cello in a community orchestra and guitar at home. I love to read, paint, and do my best to play a little tennis. My faith is also an important part of my life.