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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine


R5 Residents

Sophia Tedeschi, M.D. - R5 - FM/Psych

Sophia Tedeschi M.D. 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.

Sabrina Silva-McKenzie, M.D. - R5 - FM/Psych

Sabrina Silva-McKenzie M.D. 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

R4 Residents

Matthew Gibson, M.D. - R4 - FM/Psych

Matthew Gibson M.D. 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: Matthew Gibson is a Sacramento native, and returned home as quickly as possible after attending The Ohio State University for medical school. The combined residency program in both family medicine and psychiatry aligns perfectly with his approach of seeing each patient as a whole human being. He has a passion for working with the marginalized in society, particularly those who are homeless. As often as he is able, he can be found walking the streets and hiking the riverbanks in Sacramento, bringing hope, medical and mental health care to those who are "off the grid" in those areas. He is hoping to do this full time after graduation. When Matthew is cultivating wellness in his own life, he can generally be found in the company of his wife and three children, or else with his nose buried in a good book.
Hobbies: Running, martial arts, puzzles, baking, camping/hiking when I can!

Carly Grovhoug, M.D. - R4 - 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. - R4 - 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.

R3 Residents

Danielle Alexander, M.D. - R3 - FM/Psych

Danielle Alexander M.D. 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. - R3 - FM/OB

Megan Ash M.D. 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. - R3

Daniel Bates M.D. 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. - R3

Derrick Chan M.D. 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. - R3

Amanda Davis M.D. 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. - R3

Bobbi Dulcie M.D. 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. - R3

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. - R3

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. - R3 - Chief

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. - R3 - Chief

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. - R3

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. - R3 - 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. - R3 - 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. - R3 - 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. - R3 - Chief

Kester Wong M.D. 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

R2 Residents

Reshtina Alamzai, D.O. - R2

Reshtina Alamzai D.O. Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Touro University
Special Areas of Interest: Women and children’s health, preventative medicine, holistic care, working with underserved populations
Biography: Having lived in Northern California almost my entire life, I couldn’t be happier to continue living in the best place on earth. Some of my most fulfilling volunteer work as a UCD undergrad was right here in Sacramento, at Clinica Tepati and UCDMC. I later graduated from UC Berkeley and after spending several years focusing on my growing family, I returned to pursuing my passion for medicine. I am blessed to have come back to Sacramento for residency and to have the opportunity to work with the diverse population that makes this community so special. I fell in love with Family Medicine because of the many ways a family physician can positively influence a patient’s life and the crucial role they play in guiding the community towards a higher state of health. I look forward to building bonds with patients across all generations and helping shape their lifestyles for optimum health, both of the mind and the body. I am truly confident that my training here at UCDMC will provide me with the necessary exposure and skills to be the competent family physician I hope to become. I adore my intern class as well as the amazing faculty, staff and residents. I am thrilled and honored to be a resident here at UCDMC!
Hobbies: cooking, art, spending time with family and friends, traveling, enjoying the wonders of the bay area and raising my three amazing kids

Christine Bourgeois, D.O. - R2

Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: Osteopathic Manual Medicine, Nutrition and Chronic Disease/Food as Medicine, Healthcare for the Underserved, Integrative Medicine
Biography: I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where I developed a passion for medicine and caring for the underserved at a young age. In college I received my bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences with a specialization in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society from Michigan State University (Go Green!). I also studied Spanish and subsequently studied abroad in Costa Rica where I practiced the language, learned about disparities in healthcare on a global level, and spent time volunteering in disadvantaged communities. In medical school I continued to work with the underserved through local student-run clinics for the homeless and Spanish-speaking populations, and I also developed my interest in teaching nutrition and mind-body wellness by volunteering at community education events and facilitating a stress management group at my university. I’m so excited now to be a part of UC Davis where there are so many opportunities to continue my passions in a supportive and wellness-oriented program. Everyone here is amazing and my co-interns are already like family to me. And of course living in northern California, a short drive from both beaches and mountains and where the sunshine is plentiful, is a dream!
Hobbies: Vegetarian cooking, trying anything new, traveling, hiking, live music, being outdoors and any activity on the water.

Luz Contreras Arroyo, M.D. - R2 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: UC Davis
Medical School: UC Davis School of Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: "whole" family care, mental health awareness, healthcare to underserved, community involvement and education
Biography: I am from Stockton, Ca, but born in Mexico. I went to UC Davis School of Medicine, and I stayed at UC Davis for residency because I know how great the program, faculty, and patients are. I am hoping to be able to work in a setting where I can use both my Family Medicine and Psychiatry training in the future. I am the oldest in my family, and am happy to be living 1 hour away from them so that I can visit my family and spend time with my little brother and nieces. I got married two month before starting residency, and am very lucky to have a loving husband who understands the commitments to my new job. I am excited to learn from my faculty, co-residents, and especially my patients the next few years I am here. PS: Hablo espanol.
Hobbies: Camping/hiking (wish I did more of it), reading for pleasure, relaxing outdoors (especially by lake/river/ocean), spending time with loved ones, including my dog, puzzles (1000 pcs)

Queena Dai, M.D. - R2

Undergraduate: UC Berkley
Medical School: Saint Louis School of Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: Global health, integrative medicine
Biography: Born in Montreal, Canada, I moved to the south bay at the ripe age of 10. I went to undergrad at UC Berkeley and double majored in psychology and integrative biology. After taking a year off after undergrad to coach swimming and work at a private family practice, I found myself in Saint Louis for medical school. I was drawn to work with the immigrant and underserved communities in Saint Louis at our free clinics and community screenings, and became interested in learning about ways to overcome cultural and socioeconomic barriers to healthcare. Eventually, I was lucky enough to do some international work in Antigua, Guatemala and Chengdu, China. I hope that during my years here at UCDMC I will gain more experience with global health on both the local and international fronts and apply what I learn to my future practice.
Hobbies: I love running outdoors, traveling, exploring neighborhoods, trying new restaurants, playing board games, and salsa dancing with the fiancé. I'm down to try anything and I am currently trying to pick up biking!

Cassy Friedrich, M.D. - R2 - FM/Psych

Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago
Special Areas of Interest: underserved care, "alternative" medical tradiations, the mind-body connection, women's health
Biography: After living in Illinois my whole life, I am excited for this West Coast adventure! I grew up the daughter of a farmer in rural Illinois, and I still love playing outside. I am looking forward to taking advantage of camping, hiking, and skiing opportunities in nearby Tahoe while I am here. I feel very fortunate to get to train in both family medicine and psychiatry because I believe it will help me be a better advocate for my underserved patients. UC Davis is going to be a great place for me to learn and grow among amazing faculty and colleagues!
Hobbies: yoga, running, hiking, camping, biking places, food

Julie Garchow, M.D. - R2

Julie Garchow M.D. Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: University at Buffalo, SUNY
Special Areas of Interest: International health, underserved communities, teaching, refugee health, humanism in medicine, women’s health
Biography: I was born in Bakersfield, CA, but lived most of my life in Ontario, CA. I received my bachelor’s degree from UCLA, majoring in biology and minoring in American Indian studies. I worked as a research technician in ophthalmology and analytical chemist for several years before attending medical school at the University at Buffalo. I am very interested in global health and refugee populations in the US. I have volunteered at the Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda and worked with the growing refugee population in Buffalo. I am also very interested in teaching, both in the community and with medical students. I was a student coordinator for the Friends of Night People medical clinic that serves the homeless population of Buffalo, and am very interested in working with this vulnerable group.

Gary Garcia, M.D. - R2

Gary Garcia M.D. Undergraduate: UC San Diego
Medical School: University of Utah
Special Areas of Interest: Global health, Sports Medicine
Biography: I grew up in Southern California and went to UC San Diego for my undergraduate degree in Human Biology. Before college, I enlisted in the Army as a radar engineer and during my active duty I participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. To help decide whether medicine is right for me, I became involved with the Flying Samaritans, a non-profit organization that provides free health clinics in underserved areas of Mexico Baja peninsula. I was the clinic coordinator for about 4 years and it was a amazing learning opportunity about myself and about helping the underserved communities. I am interested in global health and sports medicine. I feel very privileged to be a part of the UC Davis Family Medicine Team. It is a friendly and supportive learning environment!
Hobbies: basketball, tennis, road and mountain biking, fly-fishing, hiking/camping, travel

Brent W. Hanson, M.D. - R2

Brent W. Hanson M.D. Undergraduate: UC San Diego
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: Underserved medicine, Latino health, Global Health
Biography: I grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Grass Valley, California, playing sports and hanging outdoors with my siblings. I headed south for undergrad to San Diego where I learned to surf and keep the sand out of my books while studying for a Spanish major and Biology and Chemistry minors. After graduation, although I knew I wanted to go into medicine, I opted for an adventure in Johannesburg, South Africa, performing behavioral HIV prevention research with UCLA’s Program in Global Health. What was initially a six-month commitment turned into three years abroad where I learned how to implement public health research in resource-poor settings and was privileged to travel to amazing countries to do so. I returned to the US and pursued medical school in Boston where I found my personal and professional interests coincided best with the field of family medicine. Its wide scope of practice and the central role we play in a patient’s health make it forever challenging and forever rewarding. I’m thrilled to be back in Northern California at UC Davis for residency and am looking forward to pursuing both career and home interests while here.
Hobbies: Cooking, running, camping, movies, child’s pose.

Jarrod McGahan, M.D. - R2

Jarrod McGahan M.D. Undergraduate: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: Integrative medicine for the underserved, Mindfulness, Nutrition, Food Justice
Biography: I found my passion for medicine during college on a medical relief trip to Jamaica. Being a part of a clinic in the mountains of Christiana, I also made house calls under a family physician. The chance to be a part of the intimate setting of someone’s home while being a part of medical care for the underserved is a dear memory to me. While in medical school, I pursued interests in integrative medicine, with a main focus in acupuncture. I mean to be certified during my residency at UC Davis and bring this knowledge back to Family medicine. I hope to make evidence-based medicine like acupuncture, mindfulness, and advanced nutrition a meaningful part of patient care.
Hobbies: Cooking, Mountain biking, cycling, running, weightlifting, hiking and backpacking, drums, guitar, singing, meditation.

Susan Mead, M.D. - R2 - FM/OB

Susan Mead M.D. Undergraduate: Macalester College
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Special Areas of Interest: Women's health, Obstetrics, Integrative Medicine, Public Health, Advocacy
Biography: Born and raised in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, I began my westward journey after high school, stopping first in St. Paul, MN to attend Macalester College. I took my anthropology degree to Aflao, Ghana, where I worked in an HIV/AIDS NGO and interviewed women living with HIV. Returning to the United States, I worked as a clinical literature analyst for a medical device company. I then attended medical school at the University of Michigan. Desiring a return to my anthropological roots, I took a break to study public health at Harvard University. I am excited to continue my medical training at UC Davis in the family medicine/obstetrics program.
Hobbies: photography, story slamming, yoga, running, biking, cooking

Chirag Patel, M.D. - R2

Chirag Patel M.D. Undergraduate: USC
Medical School: Drew/UCLA
Special Areas of Interest: Men's health, Medically Underserved
Biography: I was raised in Las Vegas, the last of four children. I attended the University of Southern California and earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Following my undergraduate degree, I obtained an M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. After spending a year tutoring junior high school students in Math and Science, I completed a Ph.D. in Industrial Hygiene (Occupational Epidemiology) from the University of Illinois - Chicago. I come to UC Davis from Charles Drew/UCLA Medical School.
Hobbies: I am/was an avid bicyclist and runner, reader and watcher of sci-fi and fantasy, aspiring vermicomposter, and I enjoy spending time outdoors with my son and wife.

Upal Sarker, M.D. - R2

Upal Sarker M.D. Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: The Commonwealth Medical College
Special Areas of Interest: Healthcare for the underserved, Sports Medicine, Behavioral Medicine
Biography: I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, branched out a little to attend Cornell University for undergrad, and returned to Pennsylvania for medical school. Now, I have made the move across country to California for residency to live with my partner, Kriszta. I am excited to be a part of family medicine at UC Davis and to explore a new area! I look forward to spending the next three years reaching out to the local community, serving a diverse patient population, and growing as a physician in a very supportive program. My fellow interns and residents are a great group and I look forward to working with and getting to know them better.
Hobbies: I love playing (and watching) almost any sport and hope to become more outdoorsy over the next three years! I also enjoy reading, playing board and video games, and doing puzzles.

R1 Residents

Eveline Yen Chu, M.D. - R1 - FM/OB

Eveline Chu, M.D. Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Special Areas of Interest: Medically underserved, Hot Spotting, Women's Health, Global Health, Obstetrics, Intergrative medicine
Biography: The Bay Area is my home. I was born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay (Go Warriors!). I graduated from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) with a major in Molecular & Cell Biology and a minor in Art History. Being the first of my family to graduate college, I wanted to take time to explore various jobs to ensure that I’d be passionate about my ultimate career path. Coaching swimming, working in retail, volunteering in a CHF clinic, and doing wet lab experiments helped me realize that Medicine was where my true passion was. I moved to the charming and historical city of Richmond, VA for medical school at VCU (MCV), where I continued to work with the medically underserved population and was a part of the Hot Spotting project sponsored by Camden Coalition. While I absolutely loved my time in RVA (also commonly referred to as “River City” for the James River), I am so happy to be here at this River City where I am closer to my family and friends. I am thrilled to be a part of the FP/OB program where I have the opportunity to work with two incredible departments here at UCDMC.
Hobbies: Swimming, yoga, running, hiking, traveling, SCUBA, hugging dogs, being a foodie, being a kama'aina.

Wei (Wendy) Diao, M.D. - R1

Wei Diao, M.D. Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Special Areas of Interest: Healthcare for the underserved, adolescent medicine, global health, medical education, cross-cultural barriers to care
Biography: I grew up in Vancouver, Canada where I developed a penchant for pure maple syrup, a love for the outdoors, and a deep respect for primary care. My whole family went to the same family doctor for our care; he knew our lives' story and practiced both adult and pediatric medicine in a culturally-sensitive and family-oriented way. I remember thinking that when I grew up, I wanted to be just like him. I studied biology and anthropology at Dartmouth College, where I had the opportunity to go to Nicaragua three times to work with patients and teach health education in rural and urban communities. The experience reaffirmed my interest in medicine and opened my eyes to the ability of medicine to bring about social justice and create change at the individual, family, and community level. After college, I spent two years teaching science to underserved high school students in inner city Houston as a Teach for America corps member. I saw first-hand how health problems and the lack of health knowledge prevented many of my students from achieving their full potential. I wanted to offer help not only as their teacher, but also their as their doctor. I went to medical school at Jefferson in Philadelphia, where I volunteered at a women and children's homeless shelter every week and was fortunate enough to work with the same families week after week. Through building relationships with the families and having a better understanding of their health problems in the context of their social environment, I got a taste of what it would feel like to be a family physician and absolutely loved it. Family medicine emphasizes the importance of practicing medicine not in a vacuum, but in the rich context of the patient's family, culture, and community. I also love the flexibility it offers, the diverse patient population it allows, and its heavy emphasis on preventative health. I am ecstatic to be a family medicine resident at UC Davis! I have found so many kindred spirits in my co-interns and co-residents who also believe in the mission of family medicine and are determined to create social change through medicine. I feel that here at UC Davis, I have truly found a supportive community and look forward to the next three years. I am excited to develop the skills to become a compassionate and culturally-sensitive family physician and create change on the individual, family, and community level in North American and abroad.
Hobbies: Painting, hiking, reading, audiobooks, languages, trying new food, traveling, using new phrases I learned to order delicious food in foreign countries.

Jessica Brazil Gould, M.D. - R1

Jessica Gould M.D. Undergraduate: Claremont McKenna College
Medical School: UC San Francisco
Special Areas of Interest: Underserved medicine, Women's health, Global health
Biography: I was born and raised in Davis, California, so training in Family Medicine at UC Davis feels like coming home! I was initially drawn to medicine because of the way it merges social justice and public health. As a pre-med student at Claremont McKenna College, I enjoyed playing tennis, volunteering, planning elaborate theme parties (like Famous Duos Night) with friends, and pretending that my evening O Chem labs were actually the Hogwarts’ potions dungeon. After I graduated, I was awarded a Fulbright grant to study maternal health in Nicaragua. While there, I worked with some amazing health promoters and nurses providing prenatal care in underresourced communities, helped to start a pregnancy support group, met some of the kindest and most resilient women I have ever encountered, and consumed my body weight in gallo pinto. Yum! I attended medical school in gorgeous San Francisco, and especially enjoyed working at a free clinic in the Mission neighborhood for Spanish-speaking patients and coordinating Remedy, a club that collects unused medical supplies for donation abroad. I am thrilled to be back home in the Davis area, and I look forward to the next three years.
Hobbies: Harry Potter, spending time with family and friends, biking, puzzles, reading, gardening, travelling.

Joel Adam Bonilla-Larsen, M.D. - R1

Joel Adam Bonilla-Larsen M.D. Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Medical School: Albany Medical College, New York 
Special Areas of Interest: Preventative Medicine
BiographyI was born in Sacramento and spent most of my life in Southern California. Many of my summers growing up were spent in Sacramento visiting my grandfather.  I found my love for medicine before college as I shadowed my uncle at his clinic in México.  My uncle is a family physician with 30 years of experience.  Every summer I would spend time working at my uncle's clinic and with each visit I became more convinced I was destined to be a Family Physician.  My time at my uncle's clinic would serve as my inspiration for my studies during undergraduate and medical school.  I attended the University of Michigan for my undergraduate studies, where I majored in Neuroscience.  I spent four great years at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York and decided it was time to return home for residency.  The Family Medicine Residency at UC Davis was the perfect choice for me: Sacramento is my home, my family is here, and the faculty and residents from the UC Davis Family Medicine program put the "Family" in Family Medicine.
Hobbies: fixing anything, restoring cars and motorcycles, kayaking, playing guitar and piano, and rollerblading.

Valerie Therese Liu, M.D. - R1 - FM/Leadership

Valerie Therese Liu D.O. Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School:Touro University Medical School
Special Areas of Interest: Women and Children's health, Holistic care, Family Medicine Leadership
BiographyAs a native Michigander used to enduring harsh seasons, I am delighted to be in beautiful Northern California enjoying the mild weather and beautiful scenery. Practicing medicine in a community so culturally diverse with such excellent teachers and support staff is an extraordinary gift for which I am very thankful. I believe the best care is provided when you assess the whole self, mental and physical, within the context of a patients community. We are not a collection of body parts, but integrated whole beings, creators and products of our own health and environments. Realizing this truth made Family Medicine a natural choice for me. Unlike other specialties, Family Medicine doctors have the unique opportunity to see multiple generations in a family, from newborn babies to grandparents, which helps us understand how both environment and genetics work together to impact health. Completing my training here at UC Davis in the Family Medicine Leadership track is the culmination of a long held dream for me. I feel very fortunate to be here with my brilliant co-residents and look forward to the next few years!
Hobbies: Exploring the Bay Area with my husband and two beautiful children, singing, sewing and yoga.

Christine Marechal, M.D. - R1

Christine Marechal, M.D. Undergraduate: University of Calgary
Medical School: Midwestern University - Arizona College of Ostepathic Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: International medicine, women's health, medically underserved, preventative medicine
Biography: I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where I grew up skiing, hiking and enjoying everything that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. My first career was as a Geophysicist and I worked for a large oil and gas company before deciding to return to school to become a physician. I enjoyed my job however I lacked the feeling that I was doing something meaningful in my work. As a child I lived in Yemen and traveled extensively, I was exposed to an incredible variety of cultures and living situations. I saw that I had been fortunate to have the opportunities that I do and that knowledge grew into a desire to work with underserved populations both locally and internationally. When I couldn’t find a way to incorporate my goals into my first career I decided to shadow a physician and I knew immediately that I had found the right fit. I eventually moved down to Arizona with my husband Mitch and our dog Painty where I attended medical school at Midwestern University. Along the way our daughter Ayla was born. She definitely keeps us busy but parenthood has been the most wonderful experience that we’ve had so far. We were thrilled to match at UC Davis and move our family to Sacramento where we are closer to friends, family and all of the outdoor activities that we enjoy so much. UC Davis is full of incredibly intelligent, warm and welcoming people and I am so excited to be able to spend the next three years with them.
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, skiing, hiking, traveling, drawing.

Kate Marie Richards, M.D. - R1 - FM/Psych

Kate Richards, M.D. Undergraduate: UC Davis
Medical School: UC Davis School of Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: Behavioral Health, Underserved medicine, Health Disparities, International health
Biography: My interest in Family Medicine-Psychiatry developed from my love of people and their stories. In college, I pursued a double-major in Biological Sciences and Psychology, because I felt both subjects were necessary to understand a person. I explored internships in physical therapy, optometry, public health, and social work and discovered that I enjoyed integrating what I had learned in each field. When I began volunteering in college at the Willow Clinic, a student-run medical and psychiatric clinic for the homeless, I found my calling in medicine. As I heard the patients' stories, I understood the importance of social context within medicine and saw how often patients with mental illness fall through the cracks of the health care system. I also saw the importance of learning about both mental and physical health while volunteering in clinics in Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras. My love of broad-spectrum care and continuity was reinforced in medical school, where I enjoyed building on each patient's story over time and working with patients of all ages. I am passionate about integrating Family Medicine and Psychiatry to provide comprehensive care. I chose UC Davis because of the strong support for combined training (FM-Psych, IM-Psych, FM-OB), the dedicated teaching faculty/mentors, the value on clinical primary care, the cutting-edge research university, and the emphasis on community outreach/service. I look forward to reaching out to a wide variety of patients, taking time to build relationships, hearing my patients' unique stories, using a variety of skills for healing, and understanding the context of each patient's life within the community.
I have lived in the Davis/Sacramento area for almost 10 years, and I really love it. There are tons of delicious restaurants, cool museums, concerts, fairs, and a great community feel with all of the perks of a mid-sized city. Plus it's an easy place to live, affordable, close to the Capitol for advocacy/ public policy work, and there are lots of nearby outdoor activities (skiing in Tahoe, hiking in Auburn, camping, rafting the American River) .
Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, anything outdoors,making crepes, quilting and traveling.

Susana Torres, M.D. - R1

Susana Torres, M.D. Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: USC Keck School of Medicine
Special Areas of Interest: Underserved medicine, Latino Health, At-risk Populations
Biography: As a child, I suffered from frequent asthma exacerbations, which subsequently led to frequent doctor visits. It was during these visits that I first experienced the intricacies of the patient physician relationship. I became the first person in my family to attend college at the University of California, Berkeley, and I decided to attend the UC Davis pre-medical post-baccalaureate program after college. I moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC Keck School of Medicine where I experienced my family medicine rotation in a community clinic in South Central Los Angeles. It was one of my dearest experiences of medical school because I felt as if I was opening the door to a new world, to new signs and symptoms, to new challenges, and to a new opportunity to make a very positive impact in a one person’s life. I am thrilled to be back at UC Davis where I may continue my training and I look forward to the possibility of treating entire families through the generations.
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, trying new foods, movies.

Maritza Wilson, M.D. - R1

Maritza Wilson M.D. Undergraduate: Loyolla Marymount
Medical School: Quillen College of Medicine, Tennessee
Special Areas of Interest: Preventative Medicine, Hispanic/ Latino Health, working with underserved populations
Biography: I was born and raised in a suburb north of San Francisco. grew up in a bicultural home and was heavily influenced by my mother’s Hispanic culture. Every other year, I spent my summers with my family in Caracas, Venezuela. I decided to study medicine in Puerto Rico at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine where I would be able to learn medicine both in Spanish and English. During my second year of medical school in Puerto Rico, they temporarily lost their accreditation and Quillen College of Medicine in East Tennessee, offered me a position in their second year medical school class, so I moved to Johnson City Tennessee and finished my schooling there. In both, Puerto Rico and Tennessee, I had the opportunity to learn about rural medicine and take care of underserved populations. Although I have truly enjoyed living in different places around the US these last 10 years, the phrase, “there’s no place like home” resonated with me when I interviewed with UC Davis Family Medicine. Now that I have begun my residency training at UC Davis I can say with full confidence that I am where I am supposed to be. My class connected instantly and we already have been so supportive of each other and the faculty is incredibly helpful.
Hobbies: hiking, dancing, makeup, trying out new restaurants

Rachel Woodside. M.D. - R1 - FM/Psych

Rachel Woodside, M.D. Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: USC
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Ellen Yang, M.D. - R1

Ellen Yang M.D. Undergraduate: Pomona College
Medical School: New York Medical College
Special Areas of Interest: Preventative Medicine
Biography: I was born and raised in SoCal, where I pursued Environmental Chemistry at Pomona College. During my time there, I had the chance to collaborate with underserved communities both locally and abroad in the Peruvian Altiplano to expand educational opportunities for youth. While I was studying abroad in Denmark, I learned firsthand about the General Practitioner’s role as the gatekeeper to health care. I felt that Family Medicine would enable me to take on a similar role in the US. When I ventured over to the East Coast for medical school, I became actively involved in our Family Medicine Interest Group and fell in love with the flexibility and full scope of Family Medicine. My interests in women’s health and preventive care grew during my time spent leading our student-run women’s health clinic in East Harlem and developing wellness workshops for community organizations. I am ecstatic to be back on the West Coast for residency and at a program that is as committed to the community as it is supportive of its residents.
Hobbies: Food excursions, hiking, baking, Pilates and Yoga..