Hi! I am Noemi!
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I am a physician who prefers writing books over writing in medical charts.
I was born and raised in south Texas along the Mexican border in a Spanish-speaking, multi-generational household. After completing my pediatrics training, I practiced as a physician for 8 years before putting my career temporarily on hold to travel the world with my husband, Chris Gamel, and our two children. After two years of living overseas, we currently live in Culver, IN.
I was born and raised in south Texas along the Mexican border where Spanish was my first language. I grew up in a multi-generational household with my grandmother, parents, and three younger sisters. Growing up in such a rich cultural environment, I was fed a steady diet of folktales, urban legends, and other stories that nurtured my love for writing and reading. Though I aspired to be a writer as a child, my left brain took over as I got closer to high school graduation, and I decided to pursue a career in health care instead.
As a first-generation Mexican-American, I was the first person in my family to attend university. Being raised by my tenacious immigrant parents fortified me with the strength to pursue my dreams. I earned a degree in medicine in 2002 and completed a pediatrics residency program in 2005 before joining the faculty at the University of Texas-Health Science Center in San Antonio. I practiced as a pediatric hospitalist for 8 years before putting my academic career on hold to live abroad. At that point, I moved to the highland cloud forest of Costa Rica with my husband, Chris Gamel, and our two children. Hiking through the cloud forest with my children inspired me to write about enchanting fantasy worlds. My favorite workdays were spent writing at a local coffee shop while sipping mochaccinos topped with a mountain of whipped cream. Because living in a foreign country wasn’t crazy enough, during the summer of 2014 the four of us embarked on a life-changing journey around the world, including Antarctica, for one year. Chris and I homeschooled our children while we were traveling. We wrote about our travels courtesy of Thomson Family Adventures.
In June 2015, we moved to Culver, IN to get back into “normal” life in a 120-year old farmhouse out in the country. Chris is a Biology high school teacher, and I work at a small hospital-owned pediatric clinic. I continue to write with the hope that my words will one day make an impact in someone’s life the way the books I read made a significant impact on me.