Dr. Rex Thornhill
Dr. Thornhill was enrolled in college in 1970 when the U. S. Army decided his presence was more important to them than it was in college. Through a series of fortunate events, he was sent to Ft. Sam Houston for training as a combat medic and then subsequently to surgical training. He was trained as a surgical technician. Upon finishing this training, he was stationed in a MASH unit, fortunately this unit was attached to the Landstuhl Army Medical center, the largest military hospital in all of Europe. He spent the remainder of his three year tour there. This hospital has always been the main military hospital in Europe and he was exposed to all aspects of the medical field. This included assisting in surgical procedures in orthopedics, vascular, thoracic, neuro, plastic, HEENT and even OB-GYN surgery. It was here that he developed his love for medicine, deciding to return to finish his college degree and attend medical school.
College / Technical Training
After returning to the states in 1974, he obtained a position at a local hospital as a surgical tech, working evenings while attending college during the day. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Cal State Long beach in 1977.
After attending college and working full time, he decided to take time off from more school and took an engineering position in the electronic manufacturing field. After several years in this field, his love of medicine called him back to school, and he applied and was accepted into the class of 1988 at the California College of Podiatric Medicine.
Return & Residency
After graduation from CCPM, he obtained a residency at L.A. County Medical Center/USC medical center, which was a very intensive program covering all aspects Podiatry, orthopedics, and general medicine.
In 1989 he took over a small practice in Cambria, He then built and opened a second location in Paso Robles later that same year.. It was the beginning of a long love affair with the central coast.
“Thank you Dr. Rex for your attention to my feet and my health. What a great doctor!”