Assemblymember Brian Maienschein recently named Commander Alissa G. Speziale, M.D. as the 77th Assembly District’s 2016 Veteran of the Year. Dr. Speziale joined the United States Navy in 2003 as a staff internist. In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq, where she treated over 100 wounded Marines, oversaw the medical care of detainees, and managed the battalion aid station before returning to the U.S.

After her deployment, Dr. Speziale completed her gastroenterology fellowship and served as assistant program director for the Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology departments at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. She transitioned to the Navy Reserve in 2012, and is now a doctor at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center in San Diego, continuing to support her detachment as officer of medical readiness, awards, and health promotions. “By continuing to serve our community after leaving the military, Dr. Speziale has contributed even more to making our region a better place for everyone,” said Assemblymember Maienschein.