Arnold Cuenca, DO, CAQSM, FAAFP

Dr. Cuenca began his path into the medical field by attending Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. After medical school, he moved to South Bay San Diego where he eventually served as Chief Resident of the Scripps Family Medicine Program. As Chief Resident, not only did Dr. Cuenca continue to fulfill his role as a teacher, but also managed to expand the sports medicine curriculum. He would eventually join Scripps Coastal Medical Center in Oceanside, where he provided care for several years until relocating to MemorialCare Medical Group in Mission Viejo. 

"To me, the most important part of medicine is to master the art of listening to patients. Every patient has a story to tell, and I make it a personal goal for them to tell it in its entirety." 

Beyond his normal work duties, Dr. Cuenca has lectured at both local and national conferences on topics of Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Practice Management. He currently serves as a board member for the Family Practice Management Journal (FPM), which is a peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has also served as an educator by mentoring pre-med and medical students, as well as resident physicians. 

Due to his interest in Sports Medicine, Dr. Cuenca completed a one-year fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences-OPTI/San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center Program. During his fellowship training, Dr. Cuenca served as a team physician for SDSU and the Medical Director for several San Diego events. He formerly served as the head team physician for CSU San Marcos for several years prior to relocating to Orange County.

Aside from being a physician, Dr. Cuenca enjoys running and has participated in several half marathons. He has also earned his third-degree blackbelt in Tang Soo Do, a karate-based Korean martial art, and endeavors to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle and encourages the same for his patients.

Specialties

  • Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Education

Type:
Medical Education
Institution:
Western University of Health Sciences
Date Completed:
2004
Type:
Residency
Institution:
Scripps Mercy Hospital
Date Completed:
2007
Type:
Fellowship
Institution:
Western University of Health Sciences
Date Completed:
2008