Mariellen Van Nieuwenhuyzen, MDCaldwell Program
Class of 2025
Mariellen was raised on a small family farm in Northern California. She grew up actively involved in her family’s beekeeping business, as well as working in the almond orchard and raising sheep. Mariellen spent much of her youth caring for her mom who is severely disable by multiple sclerosis.
These experiences; as well as pursuing her undergrad in small-town Iowa (at Dordt College), running the family farm with her brother after college, and frequently spending time in Alaska and other rural communities, encouraged her to combine her strong love for agricultural/farming communities with medicine. She was fortunate to be part of a rural medicine training program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. This program let her explore and serve several smaller communities throughout the state. She is excited to continue exploring rural medicine during her time at Full Circle Health‘s Caldwell family medicine residency program.
She and her husband are sad to be leaving behind many dear friends (and lots of good desert OHV riding and camping) at their current home near San Diego. But they are eager to build new community and friendships as they make southern Idaho their home. When she has free time, Mariellen loves spending time with her husband and family (especially holding baby lambs or going for runs on her family’s farm), exploring and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, reading good books, dabbling with creative and expository writing, fellowshipping with her church family, and visiting the many wonderful friends she and her husband have been blessed with.