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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Residents

R5 Residents

Swati Rao, M.D. - R5 - FM/Psych Chief Resident

Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Special Areas of Interest: Underserved medicine, cross cultural psychiatry, international health and development
Biography: In undergrad I studied anthropology and English, and mentored junior high girls on reproductive health and women's issues. While in medical school, I was one of the women's clinic managers for one of three student-run free clinics. At my site, we worked mostly with uninsured Spanish speaking patients, who helped me learn Spanish. I am extremely happy to be at UC Davis FM/Psych program (my top choice) where I will be able to incorporate psychiatry into primary care. During electives and after residency, I hope to work with underserved and immigrant populations and gain experience in international health. I am extremely interested in the way mental illnesses manifest and are understood in different cultural contexts and am excited about learning more about this by rotating through UC Davis' transcultural wellness center.
Hobbies: Reading nonfiction/literature/poetry, learning how to throw a frisbee while playing ultimate with fm residents, exploring Sacramento dining, board games, aspiring to be outdoorsy with my bike and tennis racket.

Lynn Yen, M.D. - R5 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: UC San Diego
Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Special Areas of Interest: Systems-based health care, correctional health, addiction medicine
Biography: Coming to Sacramento from rural and urban Buffalo feels like returning to a mid-western home - warm neighbors, lots of trees, and lively communities. My home program had life-long mentors, and I feel fortunate to be again at a program where prestigious mentors abound. I don't think there is any niche unfilled at our department. Despite our prominent research and administrative figures, it's been surprising to see the informal California-style interactions between faculty and residents. Residents take lead on the structure of didactics and rotations; faculty/staff remarkably continually adjust the program to meet the changing needs of the residents. While I am very happy in Sacramento, I'm also confident that I am acquiring skills that will be an asset to any future career setting.
Hobbies: Argentine tango, hiking, running, beer-tasting, and watching COPS.

R4 Residents

Cerrone Cohen, M.D. - R4 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: Florida State University
Medical School: State University of South Carolina
Special Areas of Interest: Medical missions, international health, health disparities and underserved care, disaster medicine, faith and medicine.
Biography: I am one of the few residents from the east coast in the program, but I'm glad I made the move out west to UC Davis. I grew up in the small town of Aiken, SC before heading even further south to Florida where I received my BS in Exercise Science from Florida State University. It's also where I met my wife, who has so patiently followed me all over the map on my crazy journey through medicine. After college I returned to my home state where I attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in the beautiful city of Charleston. It's here where I first became involved in underserved care and health disparities. I spent much of my time as a student serving on the executive board of a student-run clinic for the uninsured. During medical school, I also became involved in short term medical missions, working in rural clinics in both Uganda and Romania during my summers. In the future, I look forward to using my combined family training to continue to care for underserved populations.
Hobbies: Running, movies, reading, cooking, FSU football.

Ryan Spielvogel, M.D. - R4 - FM/OB - Chief/Housestaff President

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: UC Davis
Special Areas of Interest: I am very interested in maternity care, family planning and full spectrum Family Practice.
Biography: I grew up in New York and North Carolina before coming out to California for college at UC Berkeley and staying for medical school and residency at UC Davis.
Hobbies: When not at work, I like rock climbing, biking, and gardening and playing Soccer and Frisbee with friends.

Sophia Tedeschi, M.D. - R4 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Special Areas of Interest: With combined residency, I hope to better apply an integrated approach to treatment of the whole body regardless of age. Someday I wish to pursue international medicine, especially the links between nutrition and disease.
Biography: A native of Northern California, I am grateful to be back after ten years away. I graduated from Cornell University then took time off to work and travel the world. I then moved to Chicago for medical school at Rush. While there, I 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, I was fortunate enough to attend the annual combined conference held at my school and meet faculty and residents and was impressed by the support of individual interests, clinically and in the community.
Hobbies: I am a year round bicycle commuter and enjoy exploring the outdoors as well as gardening.

R3 Residents

Justin Altschuler, M.D. - R3

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: UC San Francisco
Special Areas of Interest: Underserved populations and clinical research.
Biography: I was born in California in the Bay Area, and lived there most of my life.
Hobbies: Being with my family, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Gabriel Belsky, D.O. - R3

Undergraduate: Bates College, Maine
Medical School: Michigan State University
Special Areas of Interest: Humanistic primary care, underserved medicine
Biography: I was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Bates College with a degree in psychology. I realized the importance of caring for those in need through a variety of experiences including participating in a medical trip to the Dominican Republic and volunteering at migrant worker clinics. Meeting my wife while skiing in Lake Tahoe marked the beginning of my journey to the west coast. My aspirations brought me first to Michigan to pursue a primary care focused medical education and now to sunny Sacramento. I feel fortunate and humbled to advocate for my patients, as I strive to provide whole-person oriented care. I am excited to embark on my career as a family physician at a place with so many opportunities and great people.
Hobbies: Anything outdoors, skiing, sailing, biking, running, lacrosse.

Vona Britz-Diener, M.D. - R3 - Chief

Undergraduate: Humboldt State University
Medical School: UC San Francisco
Special Areas of Interest: Pediatric HIV, Women’s Health and Obstetrics, Neonatal care, Integrative Medicine
Biography: I grew up in the beautiful wine country near Cape Town, South Africa. After moving to the US when I was nineteen, I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Humboldt State University in Northern California while enjoying the redwood forests and Pacific Coastline. As an undergrad, I dabbled in basic science research, helped run a local needle exchange site, participated in community advocacy around HIV/AIDS and sexual health, and worked on improving science education for school-aged children. After a year off, I went to medical school at the University of California in San Francisco. There I focused on helping reduce and repurpose medical supply 'waste' and continued my work on topics such as HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence and science and health education in schools, and was lucky to spend a month back in South Africa taking care of children with HIV. I am excited about this next step in the journey and about the full spectrum training I will receive at UC Davis Medical Center!
Hobbies: Growing food, tending to my chickens, swimming in the ocean or rivers, hiking, playing with my dog, drawing, watching bad reality TV.

Rebecca Cantone, M.D. - R3 - Chief

Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: Northwestern University
Special Areas of Interest: HIV, Academics/Teaching, Underserved Medicine
Biography: After 25 years in Illinois, I figured it was time I moved out of state and explore what the rest of the country had to offer. I deliberated career choices throughout all of 3rd and 4th year of medical school and was thrilled with my final decision of family medicine. Following far too many coast-to-coast interviews, I chose UC Davis because of it's wonderful and friendly residents, chances to be passionate about teaching and medicine, and the great things I had heard from recent graduates. By week 1, I knew I made the right choice and have loved every moment of our sometimes crazy schedule. I have learned so much already and enjoy each day's adventure, from intern year to practicing in the future!
Hobbies: I am a music fanatic, and love playing my piano, guitar, flute, or singing to unwind. I'm always up for a concert as well. Running and playing tennis in the beautiful weather of Sacramento have also recently topped my list, along with the resident weekly frisbee matches! But honestly, after a long day or week, I very much enjoy a good movie, TV, or eating with my co-interns!

Mollie Charon, M.D. - R3

Undergraduate: University of Maryland
Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Special Areas of Interest: Social theory, health disparities, provider wellness
Biography: I grew up in the Appalachians of West Virginia, and made my way to a small liberal arts college where I majored in Sociology/Anthropology. After college, I entered molecular biology/virology HIV drug resistance research fellowship, and discovered that for me, medicine is the perfect intersection of my primary passions: science and social justice. I love the intersection of hand, mind, and health, which led me to family medicine via surgery residency, with a new interest in the nuances of health care provider wellness.
Hobbies: Exploring California, trying new things, museums, outdoor activities, swimming, reading poetry, cooking, trying new restaurants, and having slug days.

Paul Dagenais, M.D. - R3 - FM/Sports Med.

Undergraduate: UC Davis
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Special Areas of Interest: Sports Medicine
Biography: I grew up in Foster City California and spent most of my time playing sports. I went to UC Davis where I played 2 years of varsity soccer. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I still enjoy playing soccer competitively. I worked for 2 years at a small pharmaceutical company helping to develop inhalable insulin prior to going to medical school. I left California to go to medical school in St. Louis and although I enjoyed my time there I am really happy to be back in California for Residency. I chose family medicine because it allowed me to combine the 2 most important things in my life: Family and Sports.
Hobbies: I really enjoy playing soccer and basketball. During the winter I hope to be able to make it up to Tahoe for some snowboarding. Other than sports I like to work on home projects. Most recent project was tiling my bathroom floor.

Rachel Hagert, M.D. - R3 - FM/OB

Undergraduate: Calvin College, Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University
Special Areas of Interest: Women's Health, International Health, Preventative Medicine
Biography: Originally from Wisconsin, I received my bachelor's degree in history from Calvin College in Michigan and spent a year as a nurse's aide prior to going to medical school at Michigan State University. I have spent time in Yemen and Uganda working with medical students, teaching medical English, volunteering in clinics, and studying sustainable development. In Michigan I tutored ESL kids in underserved public elementary schools. I'm absolutely thrilled to have matched into the FP/OB program here in Sacramento. It's the program of my dreams, and not only that, but there are countless adventures to be found only hours away!
Hobbies: Travel, backpacking, running, biking, swimming, cooking, dancing, anything outdoors, anything adventurous.

Tin Nguyen, M.D. - R3

Undergraduate: University of the Pacific
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Special Areas of Interest: Medical Education, Academic Family Medicine, LGBT Health
Biography: I originally am from Stockton, CA where I also went to college at Pacific. After graduation, I did an Americorps year with City Year New York, a non-profit whose mission is to promote civic engagement and education in New York City. I ultimately attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. I ultimately love Family Medicine because of the breadth of patients, diseases and procedures encountered. Everybody has a story to tell, and as a family physician, I feel privileged that I can help guide patients to reach their personal and medical goals.
Hobbies: Fixed-gear cycling, Cooking and Cuisine

Anjali Rao, M.D. - R3 - FM/Leadership - Chief

Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: Wright State University
Special Areas of Interest: Health Policy, Patient Centered Medical Home
Biography: I’m originally from Chicago Illinois, attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Masters of Medical Sciences at Loyola University of Chicago, and got a dual degree MD/MPH at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio.
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, spending time with family and friends.

Celeste Reinking, M.D. - R3

Undergraduate: Columbia University
Medical School: UC San Francisco
Special Areas of Interest: Healthcare for the underserved, health care policy
Biography: After growing up in Mexico City and Los Angeles, I attended college in New York where I was a philosophy major.  I worked in the non-profit field, provided legal services for homeless families, and worked in schizophrenia research for several years prior to attending medical school in San Francisco.  My interests include care for the underserved and health care reform, and I am working on a project looking into the feasibility of a community health clinic in the Sacramento River Delta.  I speak fluent Spanish and enjoy taking care of Spanish-speaking patients.  In my spare time, I enjoy being in nature, hiking, reading novels, and spending time with my husband.
Hobbies: I like to read novels (lately historical and sci-fi), go for hikes, and occasionally go swimming in the American River.

Sabrina Silva-McKenzie, M.D. - R3 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: UC Davis
Medical School: UC Davis
Special Areas of Interest: Medically underserved, adolescent health, geriatric health
Biography: I was born and raised in Stockton, CA. I attended undergrad, med school, and now residency at UC Davis, so I have come to view the institution as a home and its members as my family. I have focused my volunteerism working with the medically underserved in Sacramento, working primarily with the homeless and Latino populations. During undergrad and medical school, I took two medical mission trips to Nicaragua, working in rural villages. I married my husband and had my first child while in medical school, and I am grateful to be able to integrate and appreciate both professional and family life. I am drawn to family medicine and psychiatry through my value in whole person care, and I am a believer in the strong connection of the mind and body. I hope 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.
Hobbies: Walking, knitting, embroidery, baking, watching movies and television with my husband, going to the park with my son

Adrian Tabares, M.D. - R3

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Special Areas of Interest: Preventive medicine, Sports medicine, Wilderness Medicine, Clinical Procedures, In-Patient Medicine and working with underserved populations.
Biography: After having spent the majority of my life in the cold and snowy state of Wisconsin, I decided it was time for a change. Living in Sacramento, I feel spoiled by the warm and sunny weather. I’ve taken advantage of our central location and take frequent trips to Tahoe, the Bay Area and Napa Valley. I enjoy Family Medicine because it allows me to see a wide spectrum of age groups and diseases. It’s so rewarding to take care of multiple generations in the same family. After residency, I plan on pursuing a fellowship in Sports Medicine. Ultimately, I would like to combine all of my interests into my future practice, but have not committed to any particular location.
Hobbies: I enjoy anything that allows me to break a sweat; including running, weight-lifting, biking, rock climbing and dancing. I love the outdoors and will always find an excuse to go hiking, kayaking and swimming. I also enjoy travel and in my down time, I like reading, sketching, cooking, and playing shuffle board.

Patricia To, M.D., Ph.D. - R3

Undergraduate: UC Davis
Medical School: UC Davis
Special Areas of Interest: Research
Biography: I received my BS in Genetics from UC Davis where I was named the Division of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Student of the Year and earned the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. I went on to complete my MD/PhD at UC Davis, earning a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology with my dissertation titled, "Effects of Oxyglobin Versus Hespan and Shed Blood Resuscitation on the Microcirculation in a Canine Hemorrhagic Shock Model: Correlation with Systemic Function and Oxygenation." I am a co-author in multiple peer-reviewed publications. After completing mystudies, I went on to work as a scientific curator at a Silicon Valley startup before returning to my true calling in Family Medicine.
Hobbies: Crochet (especially amigurumi), sewing, tennis, cooking, collecting corgis.

Aparna Vemuri, M.D. - R3

Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois
Special Areas of Interest:
Biography: I spent life from kindergarten through medical school in and around the suburbs of Chicago. Loved it, but was SO ready for a change. Sacramento has been great! Honestly, I haven't been able to spend THAT much time outside of residency, however, it is certainly nice to have great weather to enjoy short trips to Tahoe and just get outside when I have free time.
Hobbies: Outside of work, I love raising my brussels sprout and onion plants, skyping with my nieces, and deciding how to enjoy my food calories most without having to upgrade my scrub pant size...

Emily White VanGompel, M.D. - R3 - FM/Leadership

Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Illinois
Special Areas of Interest: Public health, particularly community-based participatory research; women's health, natural childbirth, doulas, and midwives; and health systems reform, including the patient-centered medical home and group visits for chronic disease patients.
Biography: I was born and spent most of my life in the Chicago suburbs, attended Northwestern University for undergrad, and the University of Illinois at Chicago for medical school. I completed a 5-year joint degree program to get my MD and MPH together, and did my public health master's work in group visits for diabetes patients and their relation to the patient-centered medical home. I am a proud aunt of 7 nieces and nephews - going on 8 - and have been married to my scientist husband for 6 years.
Hobbies: Cooking, especially baking, historical fiction and fantasy novels, hiking, biking, and watching Bones and PBS.

R2 Residents

Julie Allen, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: UC Santa Barbara
Medical School: Rochester University of Medicine & Dentistry
Special Areas of Interest: Women’s Health, Obstetrics
Biography: I am a 4th generation Californian, born and raised in the Bay Area until high school, where I went to a fantastic Tech Arts private school. I benefitted from a well-founded public education, where I was inspired by my 4th – 8th grade music teacher to pursue a degree in flute performance in college. After a personal medical experience and losing hearing in my left ear, I was inspired to pursue a career in medicine; largely because of the compassionate care I received as a patient. Falling in love with women’s health in med school, I chose to go into OB/Gyn, but after a year realized I was meant to be a family physician. I was able to work in urgent care for a year before joining the FM program, and loved the gift of time I had to spend with my husband (a Urology resident) and then 2-year old son. The ability to provide comprehensive continuity care in an incredibly supportive training program is an empowering feeling, and I have never felt happier to be a doctor.
Hobbies: Flute, singing, swimming, Jazzercize, good food, FAMILY

Ava Asher, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: University of Oregon Clark Honors College
Medical School: New York Medical College
Special Areas of Interest: International health, public health and health policy, patient advocacy, sports medicine
Biography: I'm an Oregonian by birth but of Midwest and East Coast extraction, so I enjoy a sassy conversation with genial companions especially while on a mountain trail or over an IPA. I spent the last six years reacquainting with my family along the Eastern Seaboard while completing post-bac research in DC and medical school in New York, with the intention to slowly cycle back to Portland after a handful of additional academic and clinical stints afield. I'm perennially involved in health policy education and activism, and my past travel and volunteer experiences -- in the US, South Africa, Angola, Guatemala, Mexico, etc, -- are part of a pattern of international health work that I'll be engaged with throughout life. Now I have the good fortune to be here in Sacramento at UC Davis, where we have a harmoniously diverse population from which to gain comfort with variation, commitment to community engagement and health policy work, and thoughtful, approachable mentors as well as savvy educators.
Hobbies: The three things I daydream about every day in my micro-moments of downtime include: where will my next run or bike ride be? Which bar will my co-interns and I spend our next free evening together? Which coffee shop should I choose to study in next? If you give me a free weekend, I will fill it with wine country excursions, brewery tours, bike escapades, backpacking, ultimate frisbee, and/or trampoline gatherings. Nothing is ruled out.

Adam Cheng, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: UC Riverside
Medical School: UCLA
Special Areas of Interest: To be decided. I'd like to incorporate some principles of Eastern medicine into my practice.
Biography: I spent the entirety of my childhood in San Francisco and finally left home to attend school in Southern California to study chemical engineering. Through a whimsical decision to try a hospital volunteer program, I fell in love with medicine and decided to apply. During early medical school, I absolutely could not decide on what I wanted from my career. Finally, after changing my mind many times, I decided on Family Medicine. For me, family medicine is a perfect mix of a wide scope of practice with a variety of procedural skills and continuity of care. I am delighted to be back in Northern California for residency. Currently, I am enjoying Sacramento's natural attractions as well as its diverse patient population.
Hobbies: I love tennis. I also love basketball (both playing it, and watching the NBA. Go Warriors!). I've recently picked up bicycling and do plan on learning a new musical instrument in the coming three years.

Mary Clegg, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University
Special Areas of Interest:
Biography: I’m a native of Indiana where I completed my undergraduate studies in mathematics, computer science, and gender studies, as well as my medical education. After college, I worked for several years as a software engineer before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. This decision was precipitated by a combination of personal experiences: a dear friend’s struggle with a terminal illness, a growing feeling that something was missing from my professional life, and a disconnection between my work and the needs of my community. As a medical student I helped at local health clinics, tutored homeless children, and served on the board of directors for an emergency kitchen, all of which reinforced my desire to go into community health service. My husband and I had a child during my first year of medical school, and I am honored to have this opportunity to balance doctoring and mothering--two roles that could each be all-consuming. I’m delighted to be part of the UC Davis Family Medicine Residency where I’m confident that I’ll receive a well-rounded training experience that is supportive and that emphasizes social conscience and cultural competency.
Hobbies: My family and I are thrilled to be in Sacramento for my residency and my husband’s postdoctoral fellowship in vision science at UC Davis. Together we enjoy daily bicycle commutes to our respective workplaces and preschool, an abundance of neighborhood parks and farmers’ markets, and the beautiful weather!

Annalyse Feldman, D.O. - R2

Undergraduate: UC Santa Barbara
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: Women’s health, integrative medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine
Biography: I grew up in the East Bay Area and went to college at UC Santa Barbara. I then took several years off before deciding to make my way out to the Midwest to attend the first founding osteopathic medical school in Kirksville, Missouri. It was an amazing experience, and I am now happy to be back in my home state and just an hour from my family. I feel lucky to be a part of family medicine at UC Davis- it is a very supportive environment. My intern class is amazing- we have become close very quickly over various game nights, dance parties, and float trips down the American River. I am looking forward to the next few years with these wonderful people.
Hobbies: In my free time, I love to read non-medical books, play tennis with co-interns, try various zumba classes, and be outdoors as much as possible.

Matthew Gibson, M.D. - R2 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: UC Davis
Medical School: Ohio State University
Special Areas of Interest: Healthcare for the underserved, women's health/perinatal mental health, public health / advocacy, holistic care.
Biography: I grew up in Sacramento, went to Ohio State for medical school and so now it is 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 interests 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.
Hobbies: Running, martial arts, puzzles, baking, camping/hiking when I can!

Andrea Gough-Goldman, M.D., M.P.H. - R2 - FM/Leadership

Undergraduate: Portland State University
Medical School: Oregon Health & Sciences University
Special Areas of Interest: Health promotion and preventive health, Racial and ethnic health disparities, Physician patient communication
Biography: As a native of Portland, Oregon I grew up with an appreciation for trees, rain, and a connection to nature which influenced me to do my undergraduate work in biology. Along the way I decided people were pretty fascinating too, in everything from our anatomy to our social interactions. In an attempt to learn something about health before I began studying disease, I completed a MPH in Health Promotion with emphasis on health behavior at Portland State University before attending medical school. I was naturally drawn to family medicine during medical school because its basic tenets recognize that a patient (and their health) exists within a greater context – not only the family, but also the larger community/environment. I’m excited to be at UC Davis and be part of the leadership track, where I am finding there is plenty of opportunity to advocate for my patients and address the social determinants of health. I’m also happy to finally be closer to my husband, who is at UC Berkeley working on a Master’s in Public Policy but will be joining me soon to call Sacramento home.
Hobbies: Road biking, yoga, backpacking, jewelry making, and all things food related (cooking, eating, appreciating).

Kelly Griffin, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: University of Washington
Medical School: New York Medical College
Special Areas of Interest: Preventative Health, Women's Health, Complementary Medicine, Health Policy
Biography: I grew up a military kid and used to move every 3 years. My family finally settled in Olympia, WA where I attended high school. I studied at U.W. in Seattle where I received dual degrees in Biology and Spanish Studies. After undergrad I spent 1 year working for AmeriCorps at the Seattle American Red Cross where I helped to start up a youth program, taught First Aid/CPR, and disaster preparedness and response. I then spent a year in NC before attending medical school in a suburb of New York. I made some great friends there, but my husband and I wanted to come back to the West Coast. So far we are really enjoying Sacramento and exploring all the area has to offer including Tahoe and SF.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, Cooking, Traveling, Language studies, Music, Hiking, Snowboarding, and playing with my dog.

Carly Grovhoug, M.D. - R2 - FM/OB

Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: Boston University
Special Areas of Interest: Women's health, community development, global health, Latino health.
Biography: Born and raised in the beautiful city of Sacramento, I am happy to be back home training in the FP/OB program. I studied biology and history during my undergraduate years, after which I spent several years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Working on rural women's health and youth development projects, I was turned on to both public health and the idea of applying to medical school. In Boston, primary care became my clear direction, and while my husband and I fell in love with New England seasons and history, we made the westward migration to warmer skies. My future here at UCD and beyond will likely continue to involve working with underserved Latino populations, obstetrics and community-based health interventions
Hobbies: Travel, being outside, playing and watching sports, live music, good food and wine

Jea-Hyoun Kim, M.D. - R2 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Special Areas of Interest: International health, underserved medicine, cross-cultural psychiatry, faith and medicine
Biography: Originally from San Francisco, I moved to Los Angeles after college and worked as a Medicare counselor in LA County. I went to SUNY Downstate for medical school, because I was drawn by their mission to focus on the urban underserved in Brooklyn. During medical school, I traveled to Mozambique and then Haiti to explore international health opportunities. My trips to Haiti especially highlighted the need for primary care and mental health services in developing nations. After many snowy winters in New York, I am ecstatic about being back in California for the Family Medicine/Psychiatry program. I am excited about the opportunities to become involved in the community around UCD to address health care disparities. In addition, I am looking forward to more opportunities to practice medicine abroad.
Hobbies: Going to the beach, independent films, traveling, reading fiction.

Melissa Leedle, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: Bryn Mawr College
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Special Areas of Interest: Health advocacy and improving overall health, women's health, geriatrics
Biography: I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin where my community and family taught me to work hard, laugh and serve others. I went to Bryn Mawr College where I competed in cross country and indoor and outdoor track (and qualified for NCAA DIII Nationals in the 3000 m steeplechase), majored in chemistry and volunteered in west Philadelphian schools as a tutor. After college I served in the Peace Corps in South Africa as a Schools and Community Resource Advisor. My work involved teacher training, library building and out-reach from the schools to the community. While there, I decided I wanted to have more skills to affect change on health an individual level and on a population level. I went to Jefferson Medical College where I continued to serve the community through volunteering. I worked in the student run homeless shelter, JeffHOPE and participated in the Vagina Monologues each year to raise funds for WOAR, Philadelphia's only rape counseling service. I am excited to be at UC Davis where I can hone my skills as a family physician and health advocate!
Hobbies: Knitting, crocheting, quilting, running, hiking, snowboarding

Bryan Nelson, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: Saint Mary's College of California
Medical School: Creighton University
Special Areas of Interest:
Biography: I chose family practice because I don't think I'll ever get bored with it. The field is flexible, the patients are mostly interesting, you don't have to work in a hospital and there's not much call. Family physicians also typically have more patient centered political sensibilities. I chose Davis because I like the university setting. It's fun being surrounded by other residents as well as having access to leading experts in medicine. Plus, Sacramento is surprisingly young, active, and full of good food.
Hobbies: Cycling, eating, brewing, NY Times crossword attempting

Deborah Yang, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: UC Davis
Special Areas of Interest:
Biography: I grew up in Novato, a suburb of San Francisco. I studied molecular and cell biology in college and then worked as a caregiver companion for the elderly and persons with disabilities before deciding to go to medical school. A few of the reasons for my happiness here at UC Davis include the support of the Family and Community Medicine department, visits from family and friends, and “bike-ability” of Sacramento/the American River Trail.
Hobbies: I enjoy riding my bike, playing tennis, watching cooking shows, and folding hot laundry.

R1 Residents

Danielle Alexander, M.D. - R1 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Biography: 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 treat.  I went on to lobby at the National level on matters of health justice before going to medical school. While a student at Albany Medical College in New York, I cultivated an interest in mental health and feel lucky to have joined the combined Family Medicine/Psychiatry program at UC Davis. Having grown up in the Northern California foothills, it is a terrific homecoming to be here. I envision ultimately practicing in multiple venues, including as an out- patient integrated general practitioner, psychiatric consult to my colleagues, and also in health program development.
Hobbies: Tap dancing, yoga, musical theatre enthusiast, bicycling, hiking, intermural basketball

Megan Ash, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Special Areas of Interest: women's health, maternity care, full spectrum family practice, family planning, advocacy
Biography: I grew up in Colorado exploring the outdoors, then decided to explore the East Coast for a while, living in Boston for a few years and doing medical school in Albany, NY.  In medical school, I met my husband who also happened to be from Colorado so we were ecstatic to come back to the west for residency. Now I'm absolutely in love with Sacramento, a very accessible place for lots of fun adventures, be it escaping to Tahoe, the beach or SF for the weekend. Also, the people here are amazing and extremely knowledgeable. I truly love all my co-residents. And I'm very confident that I will get the training I need to practice full spectrum family practice when I get done.
Hobbies: Outdoor adventures- hiking, biking, skiing. Cooking. Travel

Daniel Bates, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
Medical School: University of Colorado
Special Areas of Interest: Behavior Modification, Weight Management, Rural medicine, Anatomy 
Biography: I grew up ranching cattle on a farm in northern Colorado, and have a soft spot in my heart for rural medicine. I have a commitment to undeserved communities through the National Health Services Corp, and it's great to be a program like UC Davis that has a commitment to rural and undeserved primary care.  Before medical school, I worked in various capacities in the pharmaceutical industry including bench research, production and clinical trials. I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder (where I met and fell in love with my beautiful wife) and attended medical school at CU Denver. I love teaching and taught engineering courses during graduate school and taught anatomy part time for four years for an EMS program in Denver. I love to go fishing, hiking and rock climbing when I have free time, but mostly I just spend as much time as I can with my growing family. (We have one daughter and another baby on the way!) My wife and I are both Colorado natives and this is our first time living in California. We love the access to nature we have in northern California, and this great mix of beach, mountains and city culture both within, and just a few hours out of, Sacramento. We've been surprised at how great Sac is for families with kids too, and the great variety of activities we can take our daughter to; especially Fairy Tale Town.
Hobbies: Fishing, rock climbing, boat building

Derrick Chan, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: SUNY Buffalo
Special Areas of Interest: preventative medicine, nutrition, international medicine, patient-centered medical home, procedures
Biography: I was born & raised in the Bay Area, went to UCLA for undergrad, Boston University for grad school, Buffalo for medical school, and now have finally made it full circle back to the west coast.  I did not even know what family medicine was until my 3rd year clerkship as a medical student, but once I learned about its breadth of the scope of practice, emphasis on preventative medicine, ability to practice OB, and the continuity of care, I realized that these were the reasons I had chosen medicine in the first place.  During medical school, I was lucky enough to have traveled to Ecuador and Kenya for clinical work which opened my eyes to health disparities and developed my passion for global health.  I chose UC Davis for residency for its proximity to home, the emphasis on community medicine, the diversity of where their graduates end up, and the true familial vibe of the program.
Hobbies: die-hard Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, and UCLA fan, skiing, hiking, traveling, fantasy football, finding the best cheap eats

Amanda Davis, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: Bryn Mawr College
Medical School: Jefferson University
Special Areas of Interest: Underserved populations, women's health and reproductive care, LGB and transgender health, public health, global health, preventative medicine, HIV medicine.
Biography: I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and after living in that wonderful city for the past 5 years I decided it was time to get out of the nest. I majored in cultural anthropology and have always loved learning about all aspects of people. The ability to take care of people holistically is ultimately why I chose family medicine. Expanding access to medical services for women is why I went to into medicine, and family medicine at UC Davis allows me to pursue all my passions. I chose this program because of its amazing people and I have so enjoyed getting to know and bonding with my fantastic intern class. I love the Sacramento weather and getting to know this town and all that the area has to offer.
Hobbies: biking, cooking, writing, "cake walk" hikes, traveling, being outside, being an amateur foodie

Bobbi Dulcie, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: Med. Univ. of So. Carolina
Medical School: Univ. of So. Carolina, Beaufort
Special Areas of Interest:
Biography: I'm an oh so Southern girl, who grew up on an island off of the South Carolina coast and went to the state college. Originally a journalism major, I intended to bring light to the world's injustices and fight for human rights with words. Going into my senior year, I realized that the best way to relieve human suffering was one person at a time. So, being somewhat of a science nerd, I decided to get all up in some medicine, promising the orphans and human trafficking victims, from books and TV, that I was on my way (in 8 short years). I attended Med School in Charleston, SC (kind of the greatest city on Earth) at MUSC and had way too fun in those four years. I always knew that I would go into Family Medicine as I want to work with women and children and Family med is the only way you get to do both. With the intention of practicing abroad and using medicine of a platform for advocacy, I used Med school to find my cause. Through electives, mentors and mission trips I inundated myself with the issues that hit women and children the hardest: human trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence and addiction (they're all quite related and a cycle of sadness). Knowing it was time to leave my roots, I searched westward for a program with good OB training and a heart for humanity. I met UC Davis at the annual AAFP conference and fell in love with the people. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is essential in surviving residency and coming out on the other side somewhat resembling your prior self. They are not only dedicated to health policy, they scrape out 4 weeks of your intern year for you to get to know your community and its resources. When they mentioned that they have a clinic for sex workers and IV drug users and were establishing a medical legal partnership, I blurted out "you had me at hello."  Everyone is so approachable and my intern class is quite stellar! We are already very close and have many a play date.  Sacramento is full of great food, bars, coffee shops, parks and river trails. Plus there are a hundred great day trips for that occasional time off.  I've already enjoyed rafting the rapids, Lake Tahoe, Napa, Sonoma, San Fran (a few times) and Yosemite.
Hobbies: Dancing it out, really hard, (hip hop, salsa, while commuting...), Beers/wine with co-terns, live music, kayaking, fishing, jumping off of docks, hiking. Really anything outdoors and doing nothing on the couch with Jon Stewart.

John Garcia, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Special Areas of Interest: Underserved medicine, International Health, Public Health/Policy
Biography: I was born and raised in the bay area. I went to Cal for undergrad and majored in Public Health with a minor in Peace and Conflict studies (think really liberal political science). After college, I spent a few years dabbling in research, health policy and grad school at UCLA, UCSF, the Philippine Department of Health, and Johns Hopkins. I eventually found myself road tripping across the country to upstate New York where I would spend the next four years of medical school.  I had an amazing time inside and outside the classroom and almost immediately gravitated towards Family Medicine- a pluripotent field so well suited to combining each of my varied professional  interests. And now I’m back in sunny California where I can bike, hike, snowboard and be outdoors in near perfect weather, or be in SF, Napa, or home visiting family and old friends in a little over an hour.  I know every class feels theirs is the best- but mine really is! Although as intern year progresses, I’m beginning to learn that my seniors and faculty are equally awe inspiring. I can’t imagine a better place to spending the next few years!
Hobbies: Cycling, Snowboarding, hiking, camping, rick climbing gyms...

Cassie Iutzi, M.D. - R1 - FM/OB

Undergraduate: Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage
Medical School: Univ. of Washington
Special Areas of Interest: Women’s health, public health, international health, rural medicine
Biography: I grew up in rural Alaska and have been slowly moving south over the last 10 years for education and training. When I'm not in Sacramento I can be found in one of my other homes: Alaska and Nicaragua. I'm thrilled to be part of the combined Family Medicine/Obstetrics program and am hoping that this training will allow me to work back home in truly comprehensive family medicine. I took a year off from medical school to earn a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in Global Health. I believe that there is much that we can learn from all health systems. I'm looking forward to exploring the Sacramento area over the next few years and soaking up some California sunshine.
Hobbies:Baking (especially pies), distance running, biking, reading out in the sunshine, exploring roads less travelled.

Stephanie Jamison, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: Gonzaga University
Medical School: Univ. of Washington
Special Areas of Interest: underserved medicine, rural health care, geriatrics
Biography:I studied Political Science, Sociology and Women's Studies in college with no notion of medicine whatsoever. From there, I worked at an agency for homeless women in Chicago, a community for disabled adults in Ireland and a girls' orphanage in Bolivia, finally making my way into medicine. Coming from Seattle, I'm very happy to be living in sunny Sacramento with so many things to do close by and a flat, dry bike commute to work!
Hobbies: hiking, biking, eating, reading

Melissa Lichte, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: Tufts University
Medical School: Tufts University
Special Areas of Interest: HIS, QI, public health, women’s health, global health, underserved communities, prevention, health policy.
Biography:I’m originally from the South Bay Area, in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains where I cultivated a love for big trees and sunshine. I moved to Boston for college, where I studied philosophy and public health. I then spent five years doing business development at an international health NGO focused on improving management practices in healthcare. I carried my fondness for public health forward to medical school where I obtained an MD/MPH with a thesis project focused on using EMR reporting modalities to improve colorectal cancer surveillance. I’m thrilled to be back in California for training.  I love family medicine because of its varied practice settings and wonderful people, as well as its emphasis on primary prevention and social justice.
Hobbies: camping/hiking, eating avocados, traveling, live music, yoga

Camile Madison, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: Univ. of Rochester
Medical School: University of Maryland
Special Areas of Interest: Urban underserved medicine, health disparities, preventative health
Biography: I am an East-coast native, born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I went to college in Rochester, NY and majored in general biology and minored in African American studies. I discovered my passion for medicine and patient care during my senior year of college while voluteering at a hospital and working as a Home Health Aide. After college, I spent a year doing research at the National Institutes of Health. I went back to Baltimore for medical school, which allowed me to spend time with family and friends. During medical school, I fell in love with family medicine as it was a field that allowed me to explore my many interests. I did an away elective here at UC Davis while I was a 4th year medical student, and I am thrilled to be back here for residency.
Hobbies: Eating, sports, playing with my dog, traveling, enjoying Sacramento's beautiful weather!

Lisa Netherland, M.D. - R1 - FM/Leadership

Undergraduate: Univ. of Illinois, Urbana
Medical School: George Washington Univ.
Special Areas of Interest: women's health, lesbian/bi/trans health, underserved communities, mental health
Biography: I am originally from a tiny town in Illinois, moved to San Francisco after college, and had a career there in public and community health before medical school.  I was the Director of Planned Parenthood for San Francisco and San Mateo counties and later the Manager of HIV Prevention for San Mateo County Department of Public Health and then had my own public health consulting business.  I got to enjoy Washington DC for medical school and then happily got back to my beautiful Northern California for residency.  I have a home in Berkeley with my partner and kids and my very small dog where I go on my days off.  Our family medicine program is awesome - we have great support from each other and from our faculty.
Hobbies: hiking, biking, hugging trees, eating things that are chocolate, hula-hooping, going to salvage yards and thrift stores to find exciting treasures, making quilts and art, teaching my dog new tricks

Alinea Noronha, M.D. - R1 - FM/Leadership

Undergraduate: CUNY Brooklyn
Medical School: SUNY Downstate Med. Center
Special Areas of Interest: Public health, health policy, underserved medicine, domestic violence, women's health, international health.
Biography: I am an Indian by birth, migrated to New York when I was 6, and grew up in Long Island/Brooklyn. Raised by a single mother, I was always surrounded by strong women who introduced me to advocacy in middle/ high school. In college I became interested and involved in public health and through advocacy efforts through AMSA, PNHP was inspired by people interested in social justice. I began to write about health issues and inequities in Brooklyn for my school newspaper and became editor in chief of my local public health journal.  I began to see the physician's role as the patient's advocate and defender and joined a combined MD/MPH program at Downstate. In medical school I continued to work on issues regarding domestic violence through community partnerships with local CBOs, and began to learn about the social determinants of health and the role of community organizing in underserved communities. I joined the National Health Service Corps to further my commitment to the underserved and studied health policy during my MPH to advocate for physician workforce issues. I am excited to join UC Davis and be part of the leadership track and to be exposed to health leaders, legislation, and mentors at the local, state, and federal level.
Hobbies: violin/viola, flying, basketball, hiking, kayaking, travel

Amy Nuismer, M.D. - R1 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: St. Louis University
Medical School: St. Louis University
Special Areas of Interest: I am an intern in the FM/Psych program and am ultimately interested in providing both primary care and psychiatric services to the underserved.
Biography: I am a Midwesterner born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I moved to Saint Louis for college and studied theology-specifically liberation theology in Central America and at my alma mater- Saint Louis University (which is Jesuit like the pope!)  I liked school so much I just kept on going and stayed at SLU for medical school living in a house with three, sometimes four, other med students and living the dream!
Hobbies:I have a plethora of interests, including but not limited to being a yoga teacher, international travel, and outdoor outings.

Kester Wong, M.D. - R1

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Temple University
Special Areas of Interest: Adolescent medicine; Preventive Medicine
Biography: I'm a native Californian, born in San Diego and raised in the Bay Area. Eventually I also went to college at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) At Cal, I really got involved in nutrition education programs in Oakland through the food bank as well as student clinics. These experiences brought me to medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia. I knew I wanted to pursue family practice when I started.  I had a passion for preventive medicine and wanted to be able to see patients of all ages. I got to participate in many free clinic programs for the homeless in North Philly, in addition to sun safety/nutrition talks to local students.  The UC Davis Family Medicine Residency program has truly impressed me with its active dedication to the community. The faculty and program really emphasize the importance of medicine in terms of the whole person, their health, family, socioeconomic situation and their community. The faculty are so approachable, and love teaching. Best of all, the residents are awesome!
Hobbies: music (going to concerts, playing the piano/violin), running, eating, road trips, TV shows (Homeland, Modern Family, Top Chef, Downton Abbey, Revenge, and yes, some reality TV), sleeping, hanging out with my friends and family