Dr. Jara specializes in internal medicine and palliative care. She welcomes new adult patients at Sage Primary Care.
She grew up in Manila, Philippines, and comes from a family of physicians. Her father was a cardiologist, her mother was a community doctor and three of the five siblings are physicians.
"For me, medicine was a personal choice. My dad actually told me, 'Don't go into medicine if you don't want it because it's really a very hard, long road. If you're not dedicated and committed to it, don't do it.' So, medicine was my own choice. I really just wanted to do something with purpose, and to be able to help people."
She earned her medical degree from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in Manila and completed her residency at the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. She is fellowship trained in palliative and hospice care at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York City.
“Palliative care is a field of medicine that has a lot of misconceptions. People think that it might be just for a dying patient, but it's actually different from hospice,” she said. “Hospice is really for end-of-life care. Palliative care can be started even at the time of diagnosis of any kind of chronic or life limiting illness. Even if you're getting concurrent treatment, you can have palliative care on board.”
She is married to Maxim Salva, MD, who is an internist at Mesa Primary Care.