by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

The Doctor is In

Del Mar resident Dr. Bob Uslander – aka Dr. Bob – has dedicated his life to helping those faced with the challenges of illness and aging. Becoming a physician was a childhood dream. “I think it all began with a bedtime story my parents used to read to me called Dr. Goat, about a kind old goat that took care of all the animals in the forest. I still have a copy of that book,” Dr. Bob shared. “I began my current practice last year because it was discouraging to see so many people falling through the cracks of the traditional health care system.” Bob pursued a degree in biology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and earned his medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine. Now, he has spent many years lending his skills and talents in the medical field.

faces_uslander_3He established his current practice in response to a need for a more holistic approach to caring for people with complex and terminal illnesses. Seeing families and patients of all ages and backgrounds benefit from his approach is what makes it all worth it. “This transformation is what drives and inspires me because it allows people to experience far more peace and joy,” said Dr. Bob. “I’m like an old-fashioned doctor who makes house calls, with a team at my disposal to bring much greater support and comfort to our patients and their families.” Dr. Bob also founded the nonprofit Sierra LifeNet, which supported a number of programs for seniors during its run. He continues to connect with the community through Optimists International, as well as working on the structure of a future foundation that will help pay for holistic care for those who can’t afford it.

In his spare time, Dr. Bob enjoys spending time with Sandy, his wife of 29 years, and their three children: Eric, Carly, and Levi. “Levi is 10 and in fourth grade. He and I both love watching and playing baseball,” stated Dr. Bob, who has been active in youth baseball for many years. He and his family love traveling, boating, skiing and snowboarding, playing bocce on the beach, and relaxing in front of a good movie. Many might not know that he and his wife lived on a ranch in Northern California for 10 years but have since truly come to love their coastal community. They can’t help but love the school their son attends, laid-back neighbors, and easy freeway access. Dr. Bob concluded, “I’m especially committed to caring for my neighbors right here in Del Mar.”

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Name: Dr. Bob Uslander
Profession: Physician
Community: Del Mar Terraces
Hobbies & Interests: Baseball, snowboarding, yoga, hiking, creating community
Favorite Spots in Del Sol: Dog Beach with my Golden Retriever Lily, my office on Carmel Valley Road (incredibly peaceful view of the lagoon and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve), Brick15, Del Mar Heights Elementary