When Lovelace Medical Group endocrinologist Dr. Mohsen Tabrizi originally moved to Albuquerque, NM in 2013 to begin his endocrinology fellowship, he was accustomed to enjoying beautiful weather and the outdoors. Prior to his move from sunny Southern California, Dr. Tabrizi did his research online and asked friends, also in health care and living in Albuquerque, what he could expect to find. “I heard very good things about New Mexico - the people were friendly and there were very good job opportunities,” he shares. “I knew I would also enjoy the climate and nature.” Dr. Tabrizi said he was not only welcomed in Albuquerque, but also found a home that offered professional opportunities with a variety of outdoor adventure, cultural art experiences and interesting cuisine.
“I’ve lived in large cities - New York and LA,” Dr. Tabrizi adds. “Economically, the cost of living in Albuquerque is more affordable and the job availability in health care is superior to many other states. I know many physicians who have moved here from several different states. People of Albuquerque have a very friendly attitude towards people from other states. Those were very important factors for me.”
Following his two-year fellowship program, Dr. Tabrizi moved to Roswell, NM where he began his endocrinology practice. He returned to Albuquerque in 2016 when the opportunity to join the growing Lovelace Medical Group practice enticed him back to New Mexico’s largest city and to the people at Lovelace. “Lovelace Medical Group has a very friendly environment,” Dr. Tabrizi explains. “It is expanding and there are new locations under construction, so there are open positions for a variety of specialties in medicine. People of Albuquerque really appreciate the effort of their doctors and health care providers.”
Equally unique, Dr. Tabrizi says, is the opportunity to take in nature in all its forms throughout New Mexico. “We usually go hiking on the weekends,” he says. “Sandia Crest is very easy to access, about a 45 minute drive from Albuquerque. It is a beautiful area. In just 45 minutes driving distance from Albuquerque, you can go to an area that looks like a Canadian forest and the temperature in the summer time drops by 40 to 50 degrees.”
Dr. Tabrizi and his wife also enjoy the first snowfall of winter - a sign ski season is fast approaching. “The ski areas in Sandia and Santa Fe are in a close driving distance from Albuquerque,” he says. “We usually go four to five times a year. People from other states and other countries come to ski in New Mexico.”
When Dr. Tabrizi isn’t hitting the slopes or hiking trails on the weekends, he and his family can often be found taking in a Broadway performance at one of the city’s live theaters, nestled among jewels of Southwest cuisine. “There are restaurants in Albuquerque from many different cultures with very tasty food,” Dr. Tabrizi shares.
Each October, Albuquerque welcomes about 800,000 spectators, the Tabrizi family included, to one of the world’s largest hot air balloon events. More than 500 balloons fill the sky of Albuquerque during the week-long Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. “Because of the presence of the Sandia Mountains, there is a special current in the atmosphere in Albuquerque,” explains Dr. Tabrizi. “It is called a box, because the winds can take your balloon to the south and then you can go to a different altitude and find another current that will take you north. The balloons can rotate in that box and then land in or near the same park they took off from. It is very interesting and unique!”
Dr. Tabrizi and his family members and friends, are proud to call Albuquerque home. Situated in the state known as The Land of Enchantment, living in Albuquerque provides a life rich in history, culture, arts, cuisine and outdoor adventure unlike any other destination.