While enrolled at Cal State Los Angeles, Steve met a recruiter at U.C. Irvine Medical School, by the name of Richard Baiz. Richard asked him if he ever considered Medical School. Although he had not, Steve went and checked out the program, and decided to apply right away. He took a review course and filled all of the other necessary requirements, before applying to 20 Medical Schools. Five of the twenty schools accepted him, including UCLA and USC, but he decided to attend UC Irvine thanks to Mr. Baiz's inspiration and recommendation.
Medical School was difficult and challenging for Steve, but he learned a lot and made many good friends. Just like at East LA College and Cal State Los Angeles, Steve's Medical School classmates were surprised that he was in a Lowrider car club. Some of them, as well as some of his family members suggested he get rid of the Pontiac. After all, he was going to be a doctor, and doctors just don't drive Lowriders. Steve stuck to his guns despite these pressures, and assured himself that there was no way he was going to get rid of it, so he just stored it away during the time he was at Medical School and completing his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the Los Angeles County.
Since 1987, Dr. Steve Alvarez-Mott has been practicing in Glendora and San Dimas, California. He is Board Certified and has delivered approximately 8,000 babies, and he is also capable of performing a surgery with a Laparoscopy. Back when Steve was still at Cal State Los Angeles, he met his wife-to-be, Debbie, who stood by him during those grueling days of college and medical school. They have been married ever since, and have raised five children together.
Thankfully, he kept the Pontiac because in 2007, it was part of the Lowriding exhibit at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, alongside such other legendary Lowriders as Joe Ray's "Dressed to Kill" and Jesse Valadez' "Gypsy Rose." Recently, the Doctor has also acquired a 1958 Chevy Impala. The Impala is extra special to Dr. Alvarez-Mott, since the rear fins were designed by his father back when he was at General Motors in the 1950's.
Steve summarized his journeys in Lowriding and his secondary education with these words: "I have realized along my journey the value of hard work, patience, persistence, faith, hope, and continuing education for a lifetime, despite what some may say to the contrary. It is very enriching and fulfilling to maintain our friendships and remember where we came from, and at the same time, move forward towards our career goals of service to our families and our communities."
His story of dedication and hard work is a great example of an individual in The Lowrider culture who is an inspiration to us all.