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Max Chancy MD

Max Chancy MD

Dr. Max Chancy was born in Haiti and grew up in Orlando, FL.  An atmosphere of violence and instability led his family to seek refuge in the U.S. Dr. Chancy wanted to be a doctor from a very young age, inspired by the needs of his community.  His dream is to build a clinic in the farming village where he is from. Dr. Chancy obtained his degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from Florida A&M University. He chose to pursue his medical degree at the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in Cuba because of the school’s commitment to community medicine and social justice. Dr. Chancy has worked alongside family physicians since his first year in medical school, performing community needs assessments and house calls. He believes that the specialty of Family Medicine allows him to have a broader impact on the health of a community.  He has a special interest in population health research. 

Dr. Chancy believes that health equity can be achieved through equal access to quality healthcare. He is committed to serving under-resourced communities and improving health through the power of prevention. 

In his free time Dr. Chancy enjoys playing basketball, bike riding and movies. He also plays the piano. He speaks French and Spanish. 

Education:

Undergraduate: Florida A&M University
Medical School: Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

Ana Maria Mejia Cardenas MD, MPH

Ana Maria Mejia Cardenas MD, MPH

Dr. Mejia grew up in Cali, Colombia and is the daughter of two teachers. She moved to Southern California at the age of 18. She first attended Glendale Community College and transferred to UCLA where she majored in Psychobiology, with a Minor in applied developmental biology. She has a special interest in children and child development and in Public Health. She attended Medical School in Dominica and completed her clinical rotations at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. She loves being a family physician because of the opportunity to care for a wide variety of patients, perform procedures and provide a holistic approach to health care. 

Dr. Mejia believes that health equity is driven by three participants: society, the medical provider and the patient herself. For the patient, equity is the right to exercise and demand proper and excellent health care, regardless of a person’s circumstances.

Dr. Mejia is appreciative of the opportunities she has had to learn from different cultures and communities. These experiences have strengthened her competence in caring for diverse populations.  She has worked as an assistant administrator at an FQHC that serves the Korean community in Los Angeles and has volunteered with the Patient Assistance Program, linking uninsured patients with free or low cost medications. 

In her free time Dr. Mejia enjoys reading, hiking and watching TV, especially Korean dramas. She loves listening to her church’s sermons and to medicine podcasts. She speaks Spanish fluently. 

Education:

Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Masters in Public Health: Touro University
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine 

Sharon Bakshi MD

Sharon Bakshi MD

Dr. Sharon Bakshi grew up in Southern California. She graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Psychology. She completed her medical education at St. George’s School of Medicine in Grenada. While studying there, she worked in communities where medical resources were scarce. It is there that she witnessed first-hand what community medicine truly means and the impact that a devoted physician can have on society. She chose Family Medicine as a specialty because of its emphasis on the patient-physician relationship. She considers it an honor to learn each patient’s unique story and values the opportunity to build a trusting relationship with her patients. Dr. Bakshi has a special interest in patient education.

Dr. Bakshi believes that health equity is an integral part of Family Medicine. Each patient should have the opportunity to reach their health potential. She aspires to be an advocate for her patients as they work to reach their goals. Dr. Bakshi has been a long term volunteer and counselor for a local non-profit agency that serves teenage and young adult mothers. 

In her free time, Dr. Bakshi likes to spend time with her husband and her family. She is a fitness enthusiast. She enjoys yoga and running outdoors. She speaks Hindi fluently. 

Education:

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine (UCI)
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Regina Inchizu MD, MPH

Regina Inchizu MD, MPH

Dr. Regina Inchizu grew up in Southern California alongside 8 siblings. She is a first generation College graduate. She started her education at Mount San Antonio Community College and transferred to UC Riverside where she earned a degree in Biology. She joined the UCLA/PRIME program, where she completed her medical degree and her Masters in Public Health in the field of Health Policy. Dr. Inchizu loves Family Medicine because she gets to build long-lasting and trusting relationships with her community. She wants to be at the forefront of her patients’ care, offering preventive care and early recognition of problems. 

For Dr. Inchizu, health equity means that those who need more, receive more in order to achieve the same health outcomes as those who have more. She feels that it is important to examine the role of the healthcare industry in resulting poor outcomes. She is passionate about giving back to the community and she is a long time volunteer with Homeboy Industries and a mentor.
 
Dr. Inchizu loves to sing and dance, and movie nights with her daughters. She also enjoys reading, especially non-fiction. She speaks Spanish fluently. 

Education:

Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Masters in Public Health: UCLA 
Medical School: UCLA

 

Mina Abdelshahid MD

Mina Abdelshahid MD

Dr. Abdelshahid was born in Egypt and grew up in Pennsylvania. His family emigrated to the United States in search of broader educational opportunities. He is truly grateful for his family because it is through their support, care and sacrifice that he is a physician today.  Dr. Abdelshahid turned down a football scholarship in favor of pursuing a liberal arts education at Elizabethtown College, where he earned a degree in Biology. He studied Medicine in Antigua and Barbuda and completed his clinical clerkships with the Florida International University College of Medicine. Witnessing the challenges that the population of Antigua faced in accessing health care strengthened his desire to work with vulnerable populations. He chose the specialty of Family Medicine because it offers the opportunity to provide compassionate and longitudinal care to the community and because it requires complex problem-solving skills. 

For Dr. Abdelshahid, health equity means working with everyone equally and nonjudgmentally, and providing the highest quality of care regardless of a person’s circumstances. His family taught him to always put himself in other peoples’ shoes and this has guided his work with his patients, who he tries to care for as if they were his own family. Dr. Abdelshahid believes in giving back to the community and he greatly values his experiences volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. He is inspired by a quote from Winston Churchill:  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. 

In his free time Dr. Abdelshahid likes to learn about other cultures and beliefs and he enjoys traveling.  He likes to experiment with new dishes. He speaks Arabic fluently and is learning Spanish.

Education:

Undergraduate: Elizabethtown College
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Reina Amiling MD, MPH

Reina Amiling MD, MPH

Dr. Reina Amiling grew up in Oceanside, CA. She is a Filipino-American, born to immigrant parents who always emphasized the importance of education and of remembering one’s cultural heritage. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and went on to pursue her medical education at the Tulane University School of Medicine. She has a special interest in women’s health and Adolescent Medicine. She chose the specialty of Family Medicine because it offers her the opportunity to work with different populations and to influence the health of a community. Dr. Amiling was an AmeriCorps scholar.

Dr. Amiling believes that health equity means that everyone has the ability to access appropriate, considerate and quality health care. She has worked with various communities providing reproductive health education. She has been inspired by witnessing high school students benefit from outreach activities, from learning about health topics to becoming engaged in their health care. Dr. Amiling is committed to continue working in an underserved community. 

Dr. Amiling enjoys reading epic fantasy series and cooking, especially Filipino dishes. 

Education:

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Masters in Public Health: Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Medical School:  Tulane University School of Medicine