Dr. Tecoma received her PhD in Biological Sciences at Stanford University and her MD at the University of California, San Diego. She completed her internship and residency in Neurology at Stanford University Medical Center. This was followed by a two-year fellowship in Clinical Epilepsy at the University of California, San Francisco.
After her fellowship, she was recruited back to San Diego in 1991 to serve as Associate Director of the UCSD Epilepsy Center, a busy tertiary referral center, epilepsy monitoring unit, and comprehensive epilepsy surgery program.
Dr. Tecoma spends the majority of her time as an active clinician and is Chief of the Neurology Service at the UCSD Jacobs Medical Center, the location of the Will Sally Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. She is also Staff Neurologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, participating in the epilepsy and Parkinson's disease programs.
In addition to patient care and teaching, Dr. Tecoma is also active in epilepsy research. She is the author of numerous articles, and she lectures widely on topics in her specialty areas, including clinical trials, presurgical evaluation, vagus nerve stimulation therapy, reproductive hormones and epilepsy, and diagnosis and management of epilepsy.