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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Combined family medicine/psychiatry residents and alumni

Combined family medicine/psychiatry residents

Luz Contreras, M.D. Luz Contreras, M.D., PGY-1
Cassy Friedrich, M.D. Cassy Friedrich, M.D., PGY-1
Danielle Alexander, M.D. Danielle Alexander, M.D., PGY-2
I am passionate about universal access to essential medical care and systems change. I think I caught the wonk bug when I was working in Washington, DC on a masters in alternative medicine, learning about how culture and history influence how people heal and feel.  I went on to lobby at the national level for universal healthcare before going to medical school. Along the way, I've cultivated a passion for disease prevention and mental well-being and feel lucky to have joined the combined family medicine/psychiatry program at UC Davis. I love the opportunity and challenge of addressing my patient's mental and physical needs, and discovering new ways that my training in each specialty compliments the other. I envision ultimately practicing in multiple venues, including as an out-patient general practitioner, a collaborative care psychiatrist, and I also hope to be active in health policy.
Amy Nuismer, M.D.Amy Nuismer, M.D., PGY-2
I grew up in southwest Michigan amid the lakes and woods that make up the beautiful landscape.  I lived in the same house until I flew out of the nest to attend Saint Louis University, I liked it so much that I stayed for 8 years.  I became interested in combined training as I discovered a burgeoning passion for psychiatry along with family practice where I valued relationships that I had formed with patients.  My plans for the future include working abroad and serving communities with limited access to both primary care and psychiatry.  My interests include practicing yoga, enjoying nature and relaxing with my cat.
Matt Gibson Matt Gibson, M.D., PGY-3
I grew up in Sacramento and went to Ohio State for medical school, so now it's really great to be back in Sacramento for residency! I live in Elk Grove with my wife and two children. I'm so excited to be a part of the combined Family Medicine/Psychiatry program here, and am in the process of figuring out how I am going to use my combined training in practice. I have strong nterests in helping the underserved, including working on changing the community/policy/advocacy for the underserved, and I am also interested in women's health and particularly mental illness during pregnancy. The interaction between mind and body has always fascinated me and my goal is to truly provide holistic care to my patients. My hobbies include running, martial arts, puzzles, baking, and camping/hiking when I can!
Jae-Hyoun KimJea-Hyoun Kim, M.D., PGY-3
Originally from San Francisco, Jea-Hyoun majored in biology at Stanford.  After college, she spent some time in Los Angeles working as a Medicare counselor in Los Angeles County. She attended SUNY Downstate for medical school because she was drawn by the mission to focus on the urban underserved in Brooklyn. During medical school, she traveled to Mozambique and Haiti to explore international health opportunities. Her trips to Haiti highlighted in particular the need for primary care and mental health services in developing nations. After many snowy winters in New York, she is ecstatic to be back in California for the Family Medicine/Psychiatry program. She looks forward to having more opportunities to use her combined training to engage in the local underserved communities in Sacramento and also practice holistic medicine abroad.
Sabrina Silva-McKenzie Sabrina Silva-McKenzie, M.D., PGY-4
Sabrina was born and raised in Stockton, CA.  She attended UC Davis as undergraduate, medical school student, and now as a resident so she has come to view the institution as a home and its members as her family. She has focused her volunteerism on working with the medically underserved in Sacramento, working primarily with the homeless and Latino populations. During undergraduate and medical school she took two medical mission trips to Nicaragua, working in rural villages. She married her husband and had her first child while in medical school, and is grateful to be able to integrate and appreciate both professional and family life. She is drawn to family medicine and psychiatry through her value in whole person care, and is a believer in the strong connection of the mind and body. She hopes to eventually provide primary medical care to the severely mentally ill as well as provide mental health services and support for those individuals in the family medicine community.
Cerrone CohenCerrone Cohen, M.D., PGY-5
Cerrone was raised in small town South Carolina but is quickly adjusting to “big city life” in Sacramento. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Florida State University, where he also met his wife, before returning home to South Carolina for medical school.  While in medical school, Cerrone was heavily involved in a local student-run clinic that provided free health care to the uninsured.  He also spent time volunteering on medical mission trips in both Romania and Uganda.  The combination of all these experiences helped fuel his passion for primary care and the need for quality mental health care for everyone. His interests include health disparities, medical missions, and underserved care.  When he’s able to sneak away from the hospital, Cerrone enjoys movies, discovering new music, running, trying to cook, and rooting for his FSU Seminoles.
Sophia Tedeschi Sophia Tedeschi, M.D., PGY-5
A native of northern California, Sophia is grateful to be back after being away for ten years.  She graduated from Cornell University then took time off to work and travel the world.  She then moved to Chicago for medical school at Rush.  While there, she volunteered with a variety of groups, from free clinics and after-school programs in Latino communities to rehabilitation programs for homeless men.  As a medical student, she was fortunate enough to attend the annual combined conference held at her school and meet faculty and residents.  She was impressed by the support of individual interests, both clinically and in the community.  With a combined residency, Sophia hopes to better apply an integrated approach to treatment of the whole body regardless of age.  Someday she wishes to pursue international medicine, especially the links between nutrition and disease. She is a year-round bicycle commuter and enjoys exploring the outdoors as well as gardening.

Combined family medicine/psychiatry alumni

Arlene Burton, M.D.
Arlene graduated from the combined program in 2004. She completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at University of California, Santa Cruz and went on to work at Genentech, Inc. for five years as a research assistant on a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of breast cancer before entering medical school at the University of Utah. She is currently working for Kaiser where she focuses her time on comprehensive geriatric care, psychosomatics and urgent care. Her interests include playing with her golden retriever Abbie, most outdoor activities and spending time with friends.
Shannon Clark, M.D. (2nd from left) Shannon Clark, M.D.
Shannon (second from left) is originally from southern California, but feels much more like a native northern Californian, having completed her undergraduate and medical school education at UC Davis. During medical school she helped to create a medical screening clinic for homeless individuals, which is now our very own Willow Clinic, a UC Davis student-run clinic staffed largely by combined faculty.  She has a strong interest in obstetrics and women’s mental health and during residency started C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D. a group visit clinic for ante- and postpartum women with mood disorders.  This year, Shannon became the first Community Primary Care Integration Fellow sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Reducing Healthcare Disparities. As a fellow, she is working to integrate primary care and mental health at a local community health center while continuing her work at C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D and honing her surgical obstetric skills.   In her free time, Shannon can be found riding her bike, playing with her pet conure "Brian," or spending time with her many family members and friends participating in an endless procession of birthday parties, weddings, school events, and baptisms
Jaesu Han Jaesu Han, M.D.
Jae graduated from the combined program in 2002 and is currently the program's director. He grew up near Torrance, California and obtained his B.S. from UC San Diego before moving on to UC Davis for medical school.  Initially interested only in primary care, he quickly realized how prevalent psychiatric illness was in that setting and decided on combined residency training at UC Davis.  In addition to his duties as the program director, he is also involved in emergency psychiatry at the Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center, works as a primary care provider and consultant at the Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic and precepts in the UC Davis family medicine resident clinic.  When not spending time with his wife and two daughters he can be found playing hockey or trying to cajole anyone interested into joining him for a night of karaoke.
Karen Hopp, M.D.
Karen graduated from the combined program after serving as the combined chief resident in 2007.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a B.S. in economics. After a varied career including economic consulting, sales of sporting goods and computer systems, Karen discovered medicine while working in the field of radiology. After eight years in imaging center development, payor contracting, financial analysis, and referrer relations, Karen returned to school at Mills College in their post-baccalaureate pre-med program. She attended medical school at UC Davis. While there, she learned that her longstanding commitment to primary care could be combined with the field of psychiatry.  After graduation, Karen accepted a position in nearby Woodland where she works as a primary care provider and performs psychiatric consults in the outpatient and inpatient settings.  Married and the mother of two children, she enjoys cooking, performing arts, and her new (time-consuming) "hobby" as a doctor. One of the things Karen really likes about the combined program is the almost unlimited flexibility as a physician that dual training provides.
David Hsu, M.D. David Hsu, M.D.
Alvin Lau Alvin Lau, M.D.
Alvin graduated from the combined program in June 2010 and currently serves as the medical director for Mental Health Primary Care and Total Wellness programs in San Mateo County where he will systematically build embedded primary care into the mental health clinics and improving access to specialty care and ancillary services for mental health patients.  Alvin is a first generation Chinese-American born and raised in San Francisco.  After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in cell biology and minors in art studio and Chinese, he stayed with UC Davis for medical school and combined residency.  After completing residency he pursued a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at the University of Washington at Seattle.  He has multiple interests include improving access to primary care for the mentally ill as well as looking at creative ways to address their medical needs in the hopes of narrowing the 20+ year gap in lifespan from the general population, developing methods for delirium risk assessment/prediction/prevention, and the cross-education of primary and psychiatry.  In his free time, Alvin loves to follow the San Francisco Giants, 49ers and Golden State Warriors.  He is a fan of golden age of 80s cartoons, 8-bit games, and 90s hip hop.  He loves fighting games including MVC3 and SSF4.  At recent social events we have also uncovered a previously unknown talent for karaoke.
Mikail Meyerovich, M.D.
Mikail graduated from the combined program in 2005. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, receiving a B.S. in biology. Mikail went on to receive his medical degree from UC Davis and joined the combined family medicine and psychiatry residency program at UC Davis in 2000. He has specific interests in alternative medicine (energy medicine) and efforts to combine all three aspects of the human being: body, mind, and spirit.
Julie Motosue-BrennanJulie Motosue-Brennan, M.D.
Julie graduated from the combined program after serving as the combined chief resident in 2006.  She was born and raised in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii and attended the University of Hawaii, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in zoology and a minor in history in 1995. She also attended medical school in Hawaii at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Julie was employed as a lab technician at the Pacific In Vitro Fertilization Institute, a genetics research laboratory at the University of Hawaii and the state chemistry department.  Since graduating, Julie has split her time working mornings as a primary care provider at the busy Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic and afternoons as an inpatient psychiatrist at Sutter Center for Psychiatry.  She is currently building a home on the big island of Hawaii and plans to return there in the next couple years.  She enjoys home improvement projects, gardening, outdoor activities and traveling the mainland.
Swati Rao, M.D.
As an undergradate student at Stanford, Swati studied anthropology and English, and mentored junior high girls on reproductive health and women's issues. While in medical school at UC Dan Diego, she was a women's clinic manager for one of three student-run free clinics. At her site, students worked mostly with uninsured Spanish-speaking patients, which helped her learn Spanish.  During her electives and after residency, Swati hopes to work with underserved and immigrant populations and gain experience in international health. She is very interested in the way mental illnesses manifest and are understood in different cultural contexts and is excited about learning more about this by rotating through UC Davis' Transcultural Wellness Center.  Swati’s interests include reading non-fiction/literature/poetry, learning how to throw a frisbee while playing ultimate frisbee with fellow residents, exploring Sacramento dining, board games, and aspiring to be outdoorsy with her bike and tennis racket.
Shannon Suo Shannon Suo, M.D.
 Shannon graduated from the combined program in 2003 and is currently an attending physician at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center, supervising residents in both medicine and psychiatry.  She is also the secretary for the Department of Psychiatry's Diversity Advisory Committee, treasurer of the Central California Psychiatric Society, and coordinates a psychiatric service for the Paul Hom Asian Clinic (a medical student-run clinic serving the Chinese community on Saturdays).  Her professional interests include cultural competence, especially working with southeast Asian refugees, and medical-psychiatric interface.  In her leisure time, Shannon can usually be found playing Sudoku and/or spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Serena Wu, M.D. Serena Wu, M.D.
Lynn Yen, M.D.

Lynn Yen, M.D.
Lynn grew up in southern California and was a bioengineering major at UC San Diego. While attending medical school at SUNY Buffalo, she observed vast disparities in mental health and primary care in both rural and urban western New York. Mentors led communities to innovative solutions to meet these needs, inspiring Lynn to further her training via the family medicine/psychiatry program. UC Davis offers prestigious academic family medicine and psychiatry programs with multiple research projects, diverse faculty interests and expertise. There is a supportive and inspiring network of mentors from each department and from the combined faculty/residents. Sacramento offers the cultural diversity of California with warm, friendly neighbors, and Lynn relishes her time exploring the pockets of Sacramento. She is ultimately interested in academic and primary care training.