My name is Natalie Ferris and I was born and raised in Southern California. I decided to become a Physician Assistant after working in a doctor’s office during college and discovered my passion for helping others. I completed my training to be a Physician Assistant at Hofstra University in New York. I was able to gain much experience working with many different types of patients from various backgrounds by doing my clinical rotations in New York.
Since I’ve been back in California, I have settled in very nicely working for Clinicas del Camino Real. I truly enjoy the patient population that we serve and enjoy meeting people from all different backgrounds. I especially enjoy working with children and treating pediatric patients. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking and spending quality time with my friends and family.
As my patient, you can expect a warm and inviting atmosphere where you will be treated like family. Your comfort is important to me and I will do my best to provide a gentle and positive dental experience. I look forward to working with you to achieve and maintain a healthy smile.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I enjoy working with a range of people to meet their mental health needs. I have been working in the mental health field since 2013 and am fortunate to be working with Clinicas. My experiences include working with children, families and individuals. I am also currently working in the forensic field, primarily with males who are currently incarcerated within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. My passion is giving back to the community and seeing individuals succeed in their mental health goals by using a cognitive behavioral approach.
My goal is to provide the best treatment possible for my patients based on their symptoms, as well as their beliefs and attitudes towards medication. I understand the apprehension some patients have while visiting a mental health clinic and my goal is to make them feel comfortable so that they can openly share their concerns and fears.
I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Optometry. I joined the Optometry team at Clinicas after over thirty years in private practice. I am a full Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, qualifying for and maintaining the highest standards of professional competence in clinical care, education and research. I am also a member of both the American and California Optometric Associations and have served as clinical instructor at CSUN, Expert Consultant for the California State Board of Optometry, and developed and instructed the Optical Technician curriculum for Simi Valley Adult Education. Community activities include providing eye-care for the needy through VSP Mobile Clinic, Youth Outreach Programs, Annual Health Fairs and School Vision and Glaucoma Screenings. Languages spoken include English, Spanish and some French. My interests are photography, music, languages and the outdoors. My wife Sybil and I reside in Thousand Oaks and are blessed with one daughter, three sons and five grandchildren.
I was born in Amman and raised in Madaba, Jordan. I received my BDS in Dentistry from Jordan University and completed a one year general practice residency in the Royal Medical Services in Amman. I pursued further postgraduate education at the Montpellier University in France and later entered the private sector where I had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in Restorative and Endodontic Therapies.<br />
I moved to the United States in 2010 and received my DMD from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston. I joined Clinicas in 2014 and consider this my second home where I put my experience and knowledge at the service of the community. I have a genuine desire to provide the very best health care to patients and enjoy treating patients of all ages.<br />
Away from dentistry I like to keep active. I enjoy running and playing ping pong and spending time with family and friends. I have a deep passion for traveling and exploring countries and cultures.