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Year 1 Residents

Bibiana Sandoval, M.D., M.P.H.

Bibiana Sandoval, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Bibiana Sandoval was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and moved with her mother and older sister to South Florida in 2001. She attended Florida Atlantic University where she majored in biology and completed her first publication of oncopathology research. She then obtained a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree from Barry University. She attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, and completed her clinical rotations in North London in the United Kingdom, and Brooklyn, New York. Her interests include community and global medicine, women’s health, health policy, and research. She firmly believes that a career in family medicine chose her. Family medicine is the field that offers the best way to directly care for patients of all ages and allows her to link her upbringing, multicultural life experiences in different countries, and her passion to serve the community.

Dr. Sandoval believes that health equity means that everyone can be healthy when there is justice in resource allocation based on the unique needs of individuals.

In her free time, Dr. Sandoval enjoys running outdoors, going to the beach, reading nonfiction, traveling, and spending time with her friends and two nephews. She loves animals, and her favorite is her cocker spaniel dog. She speaks Spanish fluently.

Emily Byrne, D.O., M.B.S.

Emily Byrne, D.O., M.B.S.

Dr. Emily Byrne is originally from New Jersey, where she developed her interest in the medical field while studying and performing ballet in a pre-professional training program. She attended Wesleyan University, where she focused on social and biological sciences, graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior. After earning her undergraduate degree, she worked for three years as a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, where she focused on interventions to reduce burdens on cancer survivors. She then went on to complete a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree before relocating to Southern California to join AmeriCorps in their Community HealthCorps program.

As a member of AmeriCorps, she served as a chronic disease coordinator with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) Health. It was there that she found her passion for partnering with and educating patients on their health, and her interest in comprehensive primary care was born. Her focus expanded towards health equity work when she transitioned on to build the groundwork for National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home recognition at the South Los Angeles Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). These experiences drove Dr. Byrne towards family medicine, where she looks forward to forming lasting relationships with patients while providing evidence-based preventive care and ultimately improving quality of life for patients and their families.

Dr. Byrne attended the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. As a medical student, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honors Society (GHHS) for her focus on providing empathic, patient-centered care. She has a particular interest in the care of women and underserved populations, including LGBTQ children, adolescents, and adults.

In her free time, Dr. Byrne enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dog, and catching up on podcasts, television, and film.

Hoan Le, D.O.

Hoan Le, D.O.

Dr. Hoan Le was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Los Angeles with his family at the age of nine. As the first generation in his family to attend college, Dr. Le graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a dual degree in Molecular & Cell Biology and Nutritional Sciences. After earning his undergraduate degree, he worked as a Staff Researcher at University of California, San Francisco and co authored many publications. He then went on to complete his medical education at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona.

He chose to practice family medicine because he wants to cultivate longitudinal relationships with his patients and perform preventive care on an extended basis, rather than emergent care when crises occur. For Dr. Le, health equity means having equal access to quality and culturally-sensitive care. He aspires to equip his patients with knowledge about their health and empower them with the confidence and understanding to take charge of their physical and mental well-being.

In his free time, Dr. Le loves to travel to different countries to try local cuisines and experience the culture each country has to offer. Aside from traveling, he enjoys date night with his wife, spending time with his daughter, and watching the N.B.A. He is also an avid sneaker collector, as he appreciates the artistic design, functionality, and story behind each sneaker.

Jonathan Guajardo, M.D.

Jonathan Guajardo, M.D.

Dr. Jonathan Guajardo is a first generation Mexican-American who was raised in Baytown, Texas. He pursued his undergraduate education at Baylor University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went forward to complete his [BN2] graduate degree at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. Dr. Guajardo has always held an interest in giving back to his Latino Community through his efforts in the National Hispanic Institute, where he was head coach of the debate team and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), where he held leadership positions at his school’s chapter level, as well as the regional and national levels. As a first generation college and medical school graduate, Dr. Guajardo has developed a passion for mentoring the next generation of underrepresented minority youths and [BN3] for community medicine.

Dr. Guajardo believes that achieving health equity in a community is key to properly caring for a patient—but to do that, the social determinants of health that are specific to each community need to be identified, addressed, and remedied.

In his free time, Dr. Guajardo can be found gardening or trying out a new recipe. He enjoys dancing to Latin genres and exercising frequently. 

Lien Trinh, M.D.

Lien Trinh, M.D.

Dr. Lien Trinh was born in Vietnam and raised east of Los Angeles by her hard working immigrant father. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of California, Riverside. She then dedicated half a year in Central America with Somos Hermanos to further advance her medical Spanish. She completed her doctorate at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Her passion for continuity and preventative care inspired her to pursue family medicine.

Dr. Trinh believes that health equity means that everyone has access to quality health care regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Her volunteer work strongly revolves around this belief, and she spends her free time providing primary care in El Hongo, Mexico with Flying Samaritans and educating communities at health fairs throughout Los Angeles.

Dr. Trinh enjoys spending time with her loved ones, exploring different cities and cuisines, hiking, playing volleyball, reading nonfiction, and journaling.

Roberto Valentino, D.O.

Roberto Valentino, D.O.

Dr. Roberto Valentino is a first generation Mexican-American college graduate that grew up in Pacoima, California[BN4] . He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He completed his medical education at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University. While in medical school, Dr. Valentino was involved in founding a Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) chapter, where he collaborated with others who are passionate about Latino representation in medicine. While in LMSA, he worked with his peers[BN5]  to organize various events to benefit the health of Central American migrant refugees who were being housed in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Dr. Valentino chose family medicine as a specialty because he feels that it puts him at the forefront to help with many barriers and issues that patients face to access quality care. As a family medicine physician, he wants to treat people of all ages and serve as an advocate, educator, and guide for a healthier future for all.

To Dr. Valentino, health equity means that every patient who comes to seek care is heard, treated with respect, and has their needs addressed, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status.

During his free time, you can find Roberto barbecuing with his family and friends, playing video games, or out on trails hiking or mountain biking. He speaks Spanish fluently.

Year 2 Residents

Max Chancy, M.D.

Max Chancy, M.D.

Dr. Max Chancy was born in Haiti, but an atmosphere of violence and instability led his family to seek refuge in the United States, where he grew up in Orlando, Florida. Inspired by the needs of his community, Dr. Chancy wanted to be a doctor from a very young age. His dream is to build a clinic in the farming village where he is originally from. Dr. Chancy obtained his Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He chose to pursue his medical degree at the Latin American School of Medicine (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, where he performed 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.

Ana Maria Mejia Cardenas, M.D., M.P.H.

Ana Maria Mejia Cardenas, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Mejia was raised in Cali, Colombia by her parents, who were teachers.. She moved to Southern California at the age of 18. She first attended Glendale Community College and transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology, with a minor in Applied Developmental Biology. She has a special interest in child development and in public health. After she received her Master of Public Health at Touro University, she attended the Ross University School of Medicine. She later completed her clinical rotations at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California. 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 patients themselves. 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 a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves the Korean community in Los Angeles. She has also volunteered with a patient assistance program, where she linked uninsured patients with free or low-cost medications.

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

Sharon Bakshi, M.D.

Sharon Bakshi, M.D.

Dr. Sharon Bakshi grew up in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She completed her medical education at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. While studying there, she worked in communities where medical resources were scarce, and witnessed firsthand what community medicine truly means. After seeing 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, and that 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, and enjoys yoga and running outdoors. She speaks Hindi fluently.

Regina Inchizu M.D., M.P.H.

Regina Inchizu M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Regina Inchizu grew up in Southern California alongside eight siblings. She is a first-generation college graduate. She started her education at Mt. San Antonio Community College and transferred to University of California, Riverside where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. She joined the University of California, Los Angeles PRIME-LA program, where she earned her Masters of 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 by offering preventive care and the early recognition of problems.

For Dr. Inchizu, health equity means that those who need more help or resources will receive this, in order for them to achieve the same health outcomes as those who already have the most resources and assistance. She feels that it is important to examine the role of the health care industry in resulting poor outcomes. She is passionate about giving back to the community, and she is a longtime volunteer and a current mentor with Homeboy Industries.

Dr. Inchizu loves to sing, dance, and have movie nights with her daughters. She also enjoys reading, especially non-fiction. She speaks Spanish fluently.

Mina Abdelshahid, M.D.

Mina Abdelshahid, M.D.

Dr. Abdelshahid was born in Egypt and grew up in Pennsylvania. His family immigrated 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 bachelor’s degree in biology. He studied medicine at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine in Antigua and Barbuda, and completed his clinical clerkships with the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami. 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, all while utilizing complex problem solving skills. 

For Dr. Abdelshahid, health equity means working with everyone equally and without bias to provide 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 this 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. He also likes to travel and experiment with new dishes. He speaks Arabic fluently, and is currently learning Spanish.

Reina Amiling, M.D., M.P.H.

Reina Amiling, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Reina Amiling grew up in Oceanside, California. She is a Filipino-American, and was born to immigrant parents who always emphasized the importance of education and remembering one’s cultural heritage. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She 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 also an AmeriCorps scholar.

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

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