by BECCA BARR | photo by Mitchell Aragon Photography

Service Oriented


For Carlsbad resident Samantha Farr, giving back to her community and being of service to others is her life’s work. She works at UC San Diego in the Department of Trauma, Burns, Surgical Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery as a Surgical Intensive Care Nurse Practitioner. She is board-certified and is currently working to obtain a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with post Masters Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Specialty from the University of Arizona. “I have always wanted to be in the medical field. From a very young age, I dreamed of helping others,” shared Samantha. “As a nurse practitioner within an acute care setting, I am able to provide care for patients who are traumatically injured or critically ill and require intensive care.”

Samantha’s service to others doesn’t stop at work. She is active in many philanthropic organizations, including the North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA), North San Diego County NAACP (for which she received the Distinguished Woman Award for community service in 2017), California Association for Nurse Practitioners, and San Diego Black Nurses Association. Additionally, she volunteers with Interface, a program that organizes medical mission trips for cleft palate repairs for children in Mexico.

“If everyone helps a little, it goes a long way.”

Samantha finds her work with the NCAAWA particularly rewarding. She is involved with their Becoming a Global Citizen program (BGC), which is a mentoring program for middle and high school girls. “My role as a mentor is to provide education to the ladies of BGC with relation to chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, healthy food choices, exercise, and
the medical effects of prescription and non-prescription drug abuse,” Samantha related. “In addition, the young ladies always enjoy the round-table discussions focusing on transitioning from girls into women.”

This San Diego native loves living in her community of Carlsbad. “There are many reasons to love living in Carlsbad, including the excellent schools, Carlsbad Village, unique and fine dining, and of course the best beach in San Diego,” she declared. When not working or volunteering, Samantha can be found reading, going to the beach, doing Zumba, and spending time with her family and friends. But above all, giving back is what matters to Samantha. “Service to others is service to yourself,” she said. “If everyone helps a little, it goes a long way.”


Name: Samantha Gambles Farr
Community: Carlsbad
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Hobbies & Interests: Going to the beach, Zumba, reading, mentoring
North County African American Women’s Association
Group’s Mission: The mission of the North County African American Women’s Association is to provide a support network through education, health awareness, and life skills programs for women and girls in San Diego North County to increase their self-sufficiency.
Phone: 760-978-6534