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Cecilia A. Florio, M.D., M.P.H.

Program Director

Cecilia A. Florio, M.D., M.P.H.

Program Director

As the Program Director for AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Cecilia Florio led a team of talented educators in establishing the health system’s first residency program. Her nearly two decades of expertise in the field guide her as both a teacher and administrator. In her role, she focuses on recruiting doctors who are committed to serving ethnically diverse communities – both by providing culturally sensitive care and developing programs that inspire minorities to pursue careers in health care.

Dr. Florio joined the AltaMed family after spending 17 years as a clinician educator at UC Irvine, and more recently, at UC San Francisco (UCSF). She is passionate about the specialty of Family Medicine and about caring for those with the greatest needs. With an emphasis on good communication, fostering compassion, and attention to the needs of others, she promotes humanism in medicine that benefits both patients and health care workers. Dr. Florio loves working alongside residents and strives to provide a supportive environment where learners can develop their skills and pursue their career objectives while preserving their love for the specialty and the joy of caring for others.

Dr. Florio spent her childhood in Mexico, first living in Cholula, Puebla, and then in Mexico City. She moved to the United States at age 17 to attend Smith College, where she majored in Biology and spent her junior year abroad in Paris. After graduating from the UCSF School of Medicine, she obtained a Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and went on to complete her residency in Family Medicine at UC Davis.

At her first job at La Clinica de la Raza in the San Francisco Bay Area, she discovered the positive impact of the community clinic model, which provides care for the most vulnerable and complex patients while leading change to improve access and quality.. Because of the emphasis on service, accessibility and advocacy, she has continued to work at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) throughout her 20-year career.

Dr. Florio loves spending time her two kids and her spouse. She has two cats and is an advocate for animal welfare. She enjoys going on walks and reading about international politics.

Education:

Family Medicine Residency Program, University of California, Davis
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
M.D., University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
B.A., Biology, Smith College

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Ana Karina Melgar, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Ana Karina Melgar, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Dr. Karina Melgar serves as Associate Program Director of AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program. In this role, she supports Program Director Dr. Cecilia Florio and the faculty to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment. Dr. Melgar is involved in curriculum building, rotation development, recruitment, scheduling, evaluation, and compliance policy. As a highly engaged resident mentor, she cultivates leadership in community engagement and health equity. In addition, she provides comprehensive and compassionate care to her patients while empowering them to continue to improve their health.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Melgar spent five years teaching kindergarten in South Los Angeles before returning to school to pursue her medical degree. Since then, she has focused on providing care to ethnically diverse communities, mentoring the next generation of health care professionals, and working to increase diversity in the medical field.

During her residency, she continued to teach and served as Academic Chief, a role in which she was actively involved in diversity advancements in the recruitment process. As Community Medicine Fellow, Dr. Melgar divided her time between teaching as junior faculty and collaborating with many community organizations. She successfully opened a new student-run clinic in collaboration with Lestonnac Free Clinic in Garden Grove. She also pioneered an interprofessional collaborative behavioral health clinic for uninsured patients.

Dr. Melgar went on to become faculty at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, where she was Director of Community Engagement and Diversity. She was the lead faculty for the Neighborhood Meed Mentoring Program and the onsite food pantry. During her time at Long Beach, she created a new integrative behavioral health clinic and community medicine concentration for the residents. In an effort to connect with the community, Dr. Melgar also started a Diversity and Health Equity Committee.

Dr. Melgar’s clinical interests include women’s health, behavioral health, public health/policy, global health, addressing social determinants of health, and community empowerment. Outside of work, she spends time with her large, extended family and volunteering at a student-run clinic. She also enjoys running, spin class, yoga, soccer, snowboarding, dancing, and shopping at vintage stores.

Education:

Community Medicine Fellowship Program, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
Family Medicine Residency Program, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
M.D., School of Medicine at University of California, Davis
B.S., Physiological Science, UCLA

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Christopher Bui, M.D., M.B.A

Faculty, Geriatrics Associate Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Senior Care and Complex Care

Christopher Bui, M.D., M.B.A

Faculty, Geriatrics Associate Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Senior Care and Complex Care

Dr. Christopher Bui is the Medical Director of High Risk Population Health and the Clinician Home Visit Program.  He oversees four clinical field teams that span Los Angeles and Orange County.

Dr. Bui received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and went on to complete his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the UCLA/Veterans Administration Healthcare Program.

Dr. Bui completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine through the Scripps Health/University of California, San Diego Health System.  He is the former Physician Lead for Outpatient Palliative Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

Dr. Bui is the Faculty Lead for Geriatric Home Care and Street Medicine for AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program at South Gate.  Dr. Christopher Bui is passionate about the palliative care philosophy, healthcare innovation, research, and mentoring the next generation of physician leaders.

 

Education:

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship - UCSD Health
System/Scripps Health SystemCommunity Medicine Fellowship Program, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
MBA, Rady School of Management – UCSD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency - Greater Los
Angeles Veterans Administration Healthcare System/UCLA
MD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
BS, Biochemistry, UCSD

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Gustavo Casillas, M.D.

Core Faculty, Faculty Lead for Clinical Systems

Gustavo Casillas, M.D.

Core Faculty, Faculty Lead for Clinical Systems

Working for a FQHC has been a professional goal even before entering medical school. During medical school I chose most of my clinical rotations to be at Harbor-UCLA, which is a Los Angeles County public teaching program that also serves as a safety net hospital. Exposure to this patient population motivated me to continue training at their family medicine residency program. This was the only local program at the time that served my community and its aim was to train physicians to work in marginalized communities.

Now practicing clinical medicine full time for 10 plus years, 3 of those in my home community and the rest for AltaMed has slightly altered my professional ambitions. After completing three years of training at Harbor-UCLA and earning the Fred Matthies, MD award for personifying the “special qualities” of the traditional family physician and the complete care they provide in 2009, I completed a one-year faculty development fellowship with a focus on adolescent medicine with a plan to participate in teaching in some capacity.

With my clinical experience there is a realization that many colleagues do not have the same outlook on providing care to this marginalized population. Being a full-time clinical physician and working with people from my community and having very similar challenges as a child, I recognize that personal experiences will definitely contribute to your style of practicing medicine. I’m hoping to share these experiences of being uninsured, in addition to other common social determinant challenges like having monolingual Spanish speaking immigrant parents with very little formal education, with new physicians. Overall most physicians have the medical understanding to perform their job, but the practical use can be complicated if they are unable to successfully convey this information in a culturally sensitive way.  My approach has allowed me to receive the Patients Choice award from AltaMed in 2014 with multiple nominations and also regularly high scores in measured patient satisfaction surveys. I hope with my experience to effectively model an appropriate way to empathetically provide care in a busy clinical setting.

Besides reading medical journals or listening to medical podcast, my current hobbies include spending time with my family, especially weekend soccer games, but also going to vintage swap meets, watching old black and white movies and listening to Big Band music and also Regional Mexican music.

 

Education:

Faculty Development Fellowship Harbor-UCLA
Family Medicine Residency Program Harbor-UCLA
M.D., University of California Los Angeles
B.S., University of California Los Angeles

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Daniel Diaz, D.O.

Faculty, Family Medicine and Sports Medicine

Daniel Diaz, D.O.

Faculty, Family Medicine and Sports Medicine

Dr. Diaz earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Northridge and started his path to medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. He went on to Loma Linda University Health to complete his Family Medicine residency. His strong background in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine ensued his interest in a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship, which he completed at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The fellowship year began in 2019 and was filled with valuable experience caring for NCAA Division 1 athletes on and off the field, but took an unexpected turn in the spring of 2020 when COVID-19 put a halt to athletic competitions nationwide. It was then that Dr. Diaz volunteered his services in organizing and streamlining the largest Covid-19 curbside testing site in the state of Nevada. He was dubbed “Captain COVID” by faculty and staff and received University recognition for his efforts and leadership as Site Medical Director for the COVID Response Team.

While in Medical School Dr. Diaz was the recipient of the TOUCH Platinum Award from Western University of Health Sciences awarded to only one student who completes the most community service hours within the academic year. He also received the Kaiser Oliver Goldsmith, MD Scholarship for his commitment to providing culturally responsive care. Being a native of the Los Angeles area, and recognizing some of his own struggles in his path to becoming a physician, Dr. Diaz began to realize his passion for mentoring other aspiring Latino physicians and the importance of working in underserved communities. He began his involvement in the Latino Medical Student Association where he served as the Southern Chief Executive officer of the Western Region as well as being a member of the LMSA National Board of Directors. It was this passion for his community and the LMSA connections he made along the way that ultimately led him to AltaMed where he is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician. Dr. Diaz also has a zeal for teaching and is current Associate Professor for the UNLV School of Medicine. He enjoys spending his free time with his family. His new schedule allows him to spend the weekends trying to keep up with his 2 year old son and watching his favorite sports teams play. Go Lakers!

 

Education:

BS, Kinesiology - California State University, Northridge
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship- University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Gerardo D. Hernandez, M.D.

Core Faculty, Faculty Lead for Community Medicine

Gerardo D. Hernandez, M.D.

Core Faculty, Faculty Lead for Community Medicine

Dr. Gerardo Hernandez is delighted to be serving as core faculty for the AltaMed Family Medicine Residency.  His role in the residency program will include teaching residents in the outpatient and inpatient setting, curriculum development, healthcare advocacy, and community outreach and engagement.

Having grown up in Maywood, a neighboring city to South Gate, Dr. Hernandez is honored to be coming back and serving his home community to provide an empathetic and compassionate approach to medicine.  After completing his bachelor of science at California State University Long Beach, Dr. Hernandez traveled to northern California to start medical school at UC Davis.  Interested in primary care and underserved communities, Dr. Hernandez was selected to join the Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS) program focusing on the impacts of race and discrimination in healthcare and becoming familiarized in the teachings of cultural humility.  Through working with the underserved community of Sacramento, Dr. Hernandez chose to pursue Family Medicine to practice holistic medicine and focus on the effects of social determinates of health on the community.

Dr. Hernandez completed his medical training at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where he served as chief resident and was a leader of Neighborhood MED; a mentorship program focused on undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds interested in pursuing medicine. With his involvement from mentorship pipe-line programs to healthcare advocacy, he recognized his journey has been sculpted and guided by great mentors, inspirational advocates, and leaders. Therefore, Dr. Hernandez values mentorship as a cornerstone to a successful path to medicine.

After residency, Dr. Hernandez became the Kaiser Permanente Community Medicine Fellow in Orange County and served as a lead physician for Lestonnac Free Clinic.  As a fellow he led changes in clinic work flow, management of diabetic care, augmented interpretative services for mono-lingual patients, and ensured the longevity of other established community efforts focused on behavioral health, mentorship, and patient wellness.  As junior faculty teaching residents and medical students, he was involved in curriculum development and enhancing the importance of diversity in medical education.  He was able to navigate the complex medical system and work as a safety net provider, advocating for equitable and quality care for the undocumented and underserved.

As core faculty at AltaMed Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Hernandez is enthusiastic to be a teacher, primary care physician, mentor, and community advocate.   He is eager to train the next generation of well-rounded healthcare providers and community leaders to deliver equitable care for all communities.

Dr. Hernandez’s interests include community and upstream medicine, minor procedures, public health/advocacy, social justice, and diversity in medical education.  On his spare time, Dr. Hernandez loves spending time with his family, traveling, reading sci-fi fantasy novels, playing music, and attending concerts.

 

Education:

Kaiser Permanente Orange County Community Medicine Fellowship
Family Medicine Residency Long Beach Memorial
MD, UC Davis School of Medicine
BS, Microbiology, California State University, Long Beach

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Richard Lam, M.D.

Faculty Lead for Geriatric Home Care and Street Medicine

Richard Lam, M.D.

Faculty Lead for Geriatric Home Care and Street Medicine

Dr. Richard Lam is the Medical Director of AltaMed Health Services' Clinician Home Visit Program, which focuses on our seriously ill and most fragile patients, utilizing his experience in Hospice and Palliative Care skills to support these patients and their loved ones physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Dr. Lam received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, then his MBA from Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Upon graduation, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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Roger Liu, Ph.D.

Director of Medical Education

Roger Liu, Ph.D.

Director of Medical Education

Dr. Roger Liu serves as the Director of Medical Education for the Institute for Health Equity at AltaMed. In this role, he oversees all educational program and curriculum development including pre-health pipeline programs, new AltaMed residencies in family medicine, and continuing medical education (CME) for providers. Dr. Liu also develops faculty training and support, as well as evaluations and assessments for all programs and activities. He also oversees any grant-funded programs that include an educational component.

Dr. Liu’s day-to-day responsibilities include everything from building curricula to teaching leadership, clinical, and research skills to overseeing the establishment of a program to train current AltaMed physicians to become leaders and researchers in Quality Improvement projects.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Liu was a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where served as Director of the Program for Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) Residency Track, as well as the Director of Research and Resident Scholarship. Dr. Liu supported students committed to serving the most vulnerable populations, and was involved in the development of programs, curriculum and research focused on the training and mentoring of the next generation of faculty and health practitioners from diverse backgrounds.

For more than two decades, Dr. Liu has been involved in bringing equity to science education. Dr. Liu was a director and instructor in the Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology and Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught and mentored thousands of students, from every grade level, socioeconomic background, and location from around the country.

Dr. Liu is focused on establishing AltaMed and the Institute as leaders in the recruitment, training, and development of physician leaders devoted to serving medically vulnerable populations. By developing the AltaMed Scholars program, he’s continuing his dedication to creating projects that will improve patient care.

In his free time, Dr. Liu practices the contemporary Chinese martial art of Wushu, and he’s a two-time national collegiate Wushu team champion. He also enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, and keeping an eye out for insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

 

Education:

Ph.D., Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Comparative
Endocrinology/Herpetology, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

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Matthew Lomeli, M.D.

Faculty, Family Medicine and Dermatology

Matthew Lomeli, M.D.

Faculty, Family Medicine and Dermatology

Dr. Matthew Lomeli is the Medical Director for AltaMed’s Medical Patient Service Center and Telehealth. Dr. Lomeli also serves as the Site Medical Director for the AltaMed Anaheim and Huntington Beach Clinics.

Dr. Lomeli received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH and went on to complete his family medicine residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA. Continuing his training, Dr. Lomeli attended flight surgeon school from the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL. After his medical training, Dr. Lomeli went on to become an attending physician at his residency program, served as head family physician aboard the USS Makin Island for Fleet Surgical Team V and became lead Naval flight surgeon. After separating from the military, he eventually served as AltaMed’s lead physician in dermatology, consulting for all six AltaMed clinics in Orange County. He is the Lead Faculty for Dematology for AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency Program at South Gate. Dr. Lomeli is passionate about mentoring underrepresented students in medicine. Some of his hobbies include playing sports, mountain biking, running, home renovation, and gardening.

 

Education:

Family Medicine Residency: Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
M.D., Ohio State University College of Medicine
Medical School
B.A., Biology, Whittier College

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Francisco Mendoza, M.D.

Core Faculty

Francisco Mendoza, M.D.

Core Faculty

Doctor Mendoza's passion to serve as a physician is fueled by his commitment to serve diverse working-class communities. This desire is rooted in his direct experience of growing up undocumented and living in poverty during his childhood.

As a Family Medicine Physician he strives to provide compassionate, culturally-sensitive care to patients of all ages. In his role as core faculty for the Family Residency program he serves a clinical educator in ensuring the delivery of high-quality teaching and patientcare in both outpatient and inpatient setting.His interests in medicine include mental health, community-based research, development of community projects, Trauma-informed care, Mentorship, Diversity, Health Equity, and LGBTQ health.Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Mendoza earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. During his undergraduate studies he helped create the Immigrant Rights Coalition and other organizations such as IDEAS at UCLA. As a coalition, they organized a statewide campaign comprised of professors, clergy, labor unions, businesses, and individuals that shared the goal of legalization of undocumented people in the U.S. More specifically, they focused on the passage of AB-54O, an assembly bill that permitted qualified students to be exempt from paying significantly higher out-of-state tuition at public universities. After a successful statewide campaign, AB-540 passed. Today he continues to advocate and lobby for equal health-care access, and immigration reform (Dream Act/DACA) at local, state and federal level.

After graduation Dr. Mendoza returned to his community in San Diego and Imperial Valley and practiced trauma-informed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Social Skills Groups, and Early intervention with children and youth for 7 years. He then earned his medical degree from University of California, Davis where he volunteered in the community based student-run free clinics. Dr. Mendoza had the privilege of being mentored by Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia and Dr. Garcia and through his participation in Summer Institute of Health and Race. There he was able to understand the praxis of cultural humility. During his studies Dr. Mendoza had the honor of receiving the Distinguished Senior Award from Latina/o Medical Student Association at UC Davis School of Medicine, the National Health Service Scholar Award, and the California Community Service Learning Scholarship.Dr. Mendoza then completed his residency in Family Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and served as Chief Resident focusing on Diversity recruitment and Wellness of residents. He continues to be active in the Summer Urban Health Fellowship where he mentors high-school, pre-medical, and medical students. He teaches the fundamentals of advocacy, culturally sensitive health education and public policy.

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Ruben Mora Roman Jr., D.O.

Core Faculty, Faculty Lead for Maternity Care

Ruben Mora Roman Jr., D.O.

Core Faculty, Faculty Lead for Maternity Care

Dr. Ruben Mora Roman Jr is honored to be a part of a phenomenal Family Medicine Residency Team at AltaMed. His primary focus will be on working with women’s health and with continuity obstetrics with the residents. In addition, he will work both inpatient and outpatient with the residents.

Originally from Northern California, he attended college at Notre Dame de Namur University where he ran Cross Country and Track. After college, he transplanted to Southern California to attend medical school at Western University of the Health Sciences. Next he attended residency at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance where he served as Co-Chief. Passionate about working with the underserved population he continued fine tuning his diverse skill sets by pursing OB Fellowship at University of California San Francisco, Fresno.

In addition to mentoring residents and medical students through Altamed, he also has been extensively involved with the Latino Medical Student Association, National Hispanic Medical Association and Rotary International. In his spare time, he enjoys finding new restaurants, playing various sports, and spending quality time with loved ones.

EDUCATION

College: Notre Dame de Namur University

Medical School: Western University of the Health Sciences

Fellowship: University of California San Francisco, Fresno

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Lynnea Morm, D.O.

Faculty Lead for Hospital Medicine

Lynnea Morm, D.O.

Faculty Lead for Hospital Medicine

Dr. Morm serves as the Faculty Lead for inpatient care, in support of our teaching service at Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital. She is passionate about working with underserved communities, and continuity of care between the hospital and the clinic setting. Dr. Morm completed her medical education at Western University of Health Sciences, where she obtained her degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.  She was at Harbor-UCLA for her Residency, where she also served as Chief Resident. She recently completed a Fellowship in Faculty Development at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and has been working as a hospitalist.

Dr. Morm’s special interests are in Street Medicine, pipeline programs and community outreach, including Refugee Health. She does a significant amount of volunteer work with refugees in Tijuana, Mexico as well as has spent time working in free clinics in Southern California and pipeline programs.  Dr. Morm believes that health care is a basic human right and is committed to working towards health equity. She is passionate about community medicine and mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals. In addition, she has a third degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Outside of work, she likes to bike, travel, explore new hiking trails, and visit Disneyland every chance she can.

Education:

Faculty Development Fellow/Chief Resident, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Family Medicine Residency Program, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
D.O., Western University of Health Sciences
B.S., Biology, Vanguard University of Southern California

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Susana Sandoval, M.D.

Faculty

Susana Sandoval, M.D.

Faculty

Dr. Susana Sandoval is excited to join AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency as a Faculty member. Her interests include Behavioral Health, Hepatitis C treatment, Women’s Health, Chronic Disease Management, and other areas.

Dr. Sandoval was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and attended USC Keck School of Medicine, where she grew passionate about Family Medicine while completing the Primary Care Program. In medical school, she was an active member of the LMSA-West Regional Board and helped fund pre-med scholarships, coordinate conferences, and, most importantly, made lasting relationships that continue to inspire her at AltaMed today. She graduated from the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency program in 2020. Her residency training sparked a commitment to bring culturally and linguistically sensitive mental healthcare delivery to underserved populations, including monolingual Spanish-speaking patients. She became familiar with the collaborative care approach and researched the effects of implementing a Behavioral Health Clinic within a residency program. She also worked towards increasing diversity in medicine through pipeline programs and mentorship and enjoyed leading the clinic diabetes groups.

Education:UC Irvine TNT PCP Psychiatry FellowshipLong Beach Memorial Family Medicine ResidencyM.D., Keck School of Medicine of USCB.S., Biological Sciences, UCLA

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Melissa See, M.D., M.P.A.

Faculty, Site Medical Director

Melissa See, M.D., M.P.A.

Faculty, Site Medical Director

Melissa V. See, MD, MPA is a Family Physician and Site Medical Director of AltaMed-South Gate Clinic. Dr. See previously served as Medical Director for an FQHC in Washington D.C. where she completed a Community Health Leadership Development Fellowship at Georgetown University. Dr. See’s experience as a physician leader has been a rewarding and unique experience; she developed professionally at a time and place where providing equitable, comprehensive health care to some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations was, and continues to be, challenged on a multitude of levels and intersectionality. Dr. See has a background of working with diverse populations and environments from addressing cancer screening disparities in Queens, NY, to addressing post-traumatic stress disorder in Syrian refugees recently resettled in Salt Lake City, UT. The combination of experiences and training have also helped to highlight issues she is most passionate about, including Health Equity, Transgender/LGBTQ Health, Pipelines to Increase Diversity in the Family Medicine Workforce and Higher Education, Community Medicine, Quality Improvement, Medication Assisted Therapy for Opioid and Substance Use Disorders, and Physician Advocacy and Leadership. Dr. See is fortunate to have trained in academic centers and community health organizations whose values align with her own. This is especially apparent in her current position as Site Medical Director of the South Gate clinic, home to AltaMed’s Family Medicine Residency. As she moves forward in her professional journey, Dr. See is looking forward to developing and flexing her skills in environments that will allow for innovative processes and measures aimed at bridging the gap in health disparities for vulnerable communities. Dr. See is especially grateful to be able to return home to Los Angeles, CA where she was born and raised.

By investing in her own community, the way it invested in her years ago, Dr. See hopes to witness firsthand, changed communities propelled forward, more resilient and stronger than when she first arrived.

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Ilan Shapiro, M.D.

Faculty, Health Education, Chief Health Correspondent and Medical Affairs Officer

Ilan Shapiro, M.D.

Faculty, Health Education, Chief Health Correspondent and Medical Affairs Officer

Though Dr. Ilan Shapiro has only been with AltaMed since 2016, he has already made a significant impact on the organization and the greater communities it serves. Dr. Shapiro is a tireless advocate for health care equality, with a deep affinity for innovation and public health policy, especially relating to the Latino population.

Currently, Dr. Shapiro serves as AltaMed’s Medical Director of Health Education and Wellness, helping to create and implement programs and services that expand access to care and improve outcomes for the community. Between 2016–2017, he also served as Medical Director for Behavioral Health, and was instrumental in strengthening the practice and expanding AltaMed’s offerings.

One of his biggest accomplishments at AltaMed has been the development of a dedicated AltaMed health and wellness facility. The center uses the latest technology, as well as traditional evidence-based principles and a hands-on approach, to teach members healthy habits relating to nutrition, fitness, and chronic condition management. The center, located in Santa Ana, will serve as a prototype for future sites in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Dr. Shapiro’s background includes award-winning public health work, often on the international stage. After graduating as Honorary Valedictorian with his medical degree, he worked for the Mexican Secretary of Health as the liaison between Mexico and the World Health Organization (WHO). He has created binational public health programs to improve the health of Hispanic communities on both sides of the border. In 2011, he was invited to join the White House Hispanic Policy Group and help educate and raise awareness for the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Shapiro is also a recent recipient of the Othli Award, an honor presented by the Consul of Mexico to recognize individuals working to improve the lives of Mexican nationals living in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining AltaMed, Dr. Shapiro held numerous health and leadership roles that focused on traditionally underserved communities. He spent five years working with migratory agricultural workers’ families and the homeless in Southwest Florida and as a pediatric resident at Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He believes these roles sparked his passion for meaningful, community-focused work.

In addition to his work at AltaMed, Dr. Shapiro serves on the Board of Governors at L.A. Care Health Plan. He currently acts as the regional director for the National Hispanic Medical Association.

 

Education:

Universidad Anáhuac
Doctor of Medicine
Candidate: MBA with specialty in Healthcare Leadership
Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow-elect of the American College of Health Care Executives

Our Staff

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Maite Villareal Rodriguez, M.A.

Manager of Family Medicine Residency Program

Maite Villareal Rodriguez, M.A.

Manager of Family Medicine Residency Program

Maite Villareal Rodriguez joined the AltaMed team in Spring 2020 as the Manager of Graduate Medical Education.  Her role is to provide programmatic and project management support to ensure that residents have an optimal learning environment.  Maite is an educator at heart and has spent the last 15 years working at community colleges and public universities as an advisor, lecturer, and mentor.  Maite’s love for students and yearning for more contextual knowledge led her to pursue her masters in higher education from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (class of 2014).  She most recently served as the Health and Science Careers Advisor at Cal State LA, where discovered her love for the overlap of health, education, and social justice. 

A few of Maite’s favorite things - her Boyle Heights neighborhood, her two little girls Anaya Belen and Soraya Itzel, wandering the aisles of Target when she gets some time to herself, and binging Stranger Things with her husband.  That said, her homeland of Puerto Rico tops all her lists.

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Violeta Cuevas

Violeta Cuevas

Scheduling Coordinator

Violeta Cuevas

Scheduling Coordinator

Violeta Cuevas began her career at AltaMed by completing a Health Care administration internship in 2021. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration later that year. Violeta officially joined AltaMed’s workforce by accepting the role of Patient Service Advocate at the South Gate clinic. The following year, Violeta became the newest member of the Family Medicine Residency Program staff as their Residency Scheduling Coordinator. In this new role, she is able to work closely with a group of dedicated providers who share the same vision for the future of medicine. Violeta aspires to one day become a Clinic Administrator, while at the same time working on a better integration of information systems used in medical settings.

Violeta was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her family immigrated to Las Vegas when she was 1-year-old, later moving to Montebello, California at age 10. In 2008 Violeta earned a scholarship from Goldman Sachs to attend Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program. The following summers she traveled to prestigious universities, such as Johns Hopkins University, taking college level courses. This program is where her passion for sciences and health care began.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, reading about interior design and trying new foods.

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Sabrina Kosok, M.P.H.

Manager of Medical Education

Sabrina Kosok, M.P.H.

Manager of Medical Education

Sabrina Kosok joined AltaMed in 2018 to help launch the Medical Education Department. As AltaMed’s Manager of Medical Education, she supports all Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. Her current projects include the development and implementation of two summer pipeline programs for aspiring physicians, and AltaMed’s first Family Medicine Residency Program, as well as the creation of high-quality CME opportunities for AltaMed providers.

Ms. Kosok began her medical education career at Kaiser Permanente of Southern California (KPSC), where she managed the Community Medicine Fellowship, a year-long fellowship for primary care residents dedicated to community medicine and public health. She also managed a two-week intensive health policy elective for KPSC residents. Additionally, Ms. Kosok volunteered with the LGBTQ Care Committee and developed an innovative cross-specialty student rotation in LGBTQ care that was later replicated for residents.

Ms. Kosok‘s passion for community medicine and public health began when she was living in Southern Chile with her extended family and working at Hospital Makewe, a rural hospital and community center run by and serving the indigenous Mapuche population. This experience motivated her to pursue a Master of Public Health, which included a three-week field study of the Chilean health system with the Harvard School of Public Health.

As a graduate student, her thesis project focused on analyzing health equity initiatives within the Oregon Health Authority. With her research, she established a baseline assessment of racial and ethnic health disparities awareness, documented health equity initiatives in each department, and reported on departmental barriers to health equity.

Ms. Kosok grew up in Oregon but has lived in Los Angeles for the past eight years with her wife and her son. Her family enjoys road trips, camping, eating good food, and spending time with their friends.

 

Education:

M.P.H., Health Policy and Management, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
B.A., International Studies, Global College of Long Island University

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Nikki Mere

Nikki Mere, M.A.

Program Coordinator

Nikki Mere, M.A.

Program Coordinator

Nikki Mere is the Program Coordinator for the AltaMed Family Medicine Residency Program, she is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the ACGME-accredited Family Medicine Residency Program.  In her role, she supports the recruitment of trainees, tracking and reporting trainee progress to all relevant stakeholders, and communicating with faculty, residents and external entities and partners.  Nikki ensures compliance with all accrediting bodies and works to support the integration of the program into clinical operations in partnership with clinic site leadership.

Nikki received her Master’s in Applied Research for Developmental Psychology and Evaluation. Through her work in program evaluation, she pursued her goal of empowering communities by bridging the gap between research and practice. After being contracted to assist family medicine residents complete their scholarly activities, support a mentorship program, and create research posters, she found her way into the world of residency.  As a developmental psychologist, she is passionate about applying principles of positive psychology into all aspects of her work, and also life.

In her free time, Nikki continues to run her own vintage apparel shop. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, thrifting, dancing, and soaking up moments in nature.

Year 1 Residents

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Calvin Truong

Calvin Truong, D.O., M.P.H.

Calvin Truong, D.O., M.P.H.

Dr. Calvin Truong was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona by his immigrant parents from Vietnam. He received a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences at Arizona State University and a Master of Public Health at the University of Arizona. Upon working for various non-profit health organizations, his close work with patients within the underserved communities inspired him to obtain his Medical degree at Midwestern University.

Dr. Truong chose to pursue a career in family medicine because it allows him to be at the forefront of disease prevention, especially in populations that need it the most. Furthermore, as a prior high school teacher, he has always enjoyed educating and believes that good patient education is the key to effective treatment.

Dr. Truong believes that health equity means putting an end to discriminatory barriers based on social and cultural circumstances that lead to disadvantages in obtaining proper healthcare.

During his free time, as a huge foodie, you will find Calvin trying new recipes or restaurants. When he is not eating, he is playing a pick-up basketball game at a local gym, hiking or traveling with his partner.

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Juan Valadez

Juan Antonio Valadez, D.O.

Juan Antonio Valadez, D.O.

Dr. Juan Antonio Valadez is a first generation Mexican-American. Born in Los Angeles he studied art and design at California State University of Long Beach. He worked in the creative field for over 17 years as an art director for various advertising agencies in southern California. While he worked on an abundance of ad campaigns, he was most fascinated by the medical non-profit campaigns, whose purpose was to promote a social cause and provide a public benefit. Inspired by the vital role these institutions played and the critical services that they contributed to the communities in need that they served, he decided to switch careers to become a family medicine physician to work with the underserved communities

He completed his medical education at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University. As a family medicine physician, he wants to further explore the chance to be a community leader working toward achieving health equity by advocating for better health, working to improve healthcare communications for the underserved communities by breaking down language and cultural barriers for immigrants, and bringing a holistic and integrative approach to the care of his patients—regardless of their background or socioeconomic status.

During his free time, you can find Juan shopping at a local thrift store, working on a few art projects, on road trips with his family, practicing jiu jitsu, or at a gourmet coffee shop. He speaks Spanish fluently.

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Christopher Alvarado

Christopher Alvarado, M.D.

Christopher Alvarado, M.D.

Dr. Christopher Alvarado was born in Lancaster, CA but grew up in the city of Los Angeles. He moved to Northern California to attend Santa Clara University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Public Health. After college, he returned to Los Angeles to complete a year of service through an AmeriCorps organization called City Year. During this time, he spent over 1700 hours working with high school students by providing mentorship and helping reduce the high school dropout rate. Following this experience, he moved to Omaha, NE to attend Creighton University for medical school. After two years, he moved to Phoenix, AZ to finish his clinical rotations before returning to Los Angeles.

Dr. Alvarado chose to pursue a career in Family Medicine because he enjoys making impactful and long-lasting connections with his patients. He has worked with many volunteer groups that focused on helping migrant workers, high-risk youth, and the elderly along with completing several mission trips to countries such as El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.

He chose AltaMed because he wanted to be at a program that focused on working with underserved communities and promoting health equity. To him, health equity is the opportunity for all people to access affordable healthcare and live healthy and fulfilling lives.

His interests in medicine include sports medicine, adolescent medicine, public health, and medical education. He hopes to one day become involved in educating medical students to impact future generations of healthcare providers.

In his free time, Dr. Alvarado enjoys gardening, cooking, playing the drums, watching football (Go LA Rams!), and spending time with his family and pets.

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Bernard Hernandez

Bernard Hernandez, M.D.

Bernard Hernandez, M.D.

Dr. Bernard Hernandez is a Southern California native and was raised in the cities of La Puente and Phelan. As a first-generation Mexican-American, he developed a passion for medicine while pursing medical assistant, and emergency medical technician certifications. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of California San Diego, where he was involved in health care at the Shiley Eye institute. While in San Diego, he also volunteered internationally and provided free medical services to disadvantaged patients in the northwest region of Mexico. He completed his medical education at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine and participated in the Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program at FIU-Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami. 

Dr. Hernandez decided to practice family medicine because it provides him the opportunity to advocate for and provide comprehensive health care to patients from all walks of life. His medical interest include preventative medicine as well as addressing social determinants of health. He believes that health equity is a fundamental right and includes barrier free-culturally competent care.

In his free time, Dr. Hernandez enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his large family.

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Itzel Vazquez

Itzel M. Vazquez, M.D.

Itzel M. Vazquez, M.D.

Dr. Itzel Vazquez was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

While pursuing her medical education in Mexico, she volunteered in organizations such as:
-Doctors Abroad
-Venice Family Clinic in California
-Center of Excellence for Chagas Disease
-Brain Imaging Lab in CHLA

Through these experiences, she became aware of the many challenges that the underprivileged population face when seeking medical care.  These challenges include language barriers, cultural misunderstandings and lack of financing.  These realities she witnessed inspired her to put herself in a position in her career to be able to help the underprivileged community with these problems.

She emigrated to the United States in 2018 after completing her Medical Education at the University of Guadalajara.  She is the first one in her family to emigrate to pursue a Medical Career.

Her interests include Adolescent Medicine, Integrative medicine and Sleep medicine.
She firmly believes that Family Medicine can create a huge impact in the outcome and health of patients of all ages no matter how complex their disease is.

In her free time, Dr. Vazquez enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs (Lexie and TJ), working out, cooking, listening to podcasts, meditation and spending time in nature

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Marleny Carmona

Marleny Carmona, M.D.

Marleny Carmona, M.D.

Dr. Carmona grew up in Mattawa, Washington. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. from Michoacán, Mexico in their twenties and worked as agricultural migrant workers throughout central Washington before settling in Mattawa. There, Dr. Carmona worked in a grape vineyard with her family and community members during her high school summer breaks. She developed a passion for serving Latinx communities through community organizing and youth mentorship. She is a first-generation college graduate and majored in biology at Washington State University. She then completed a postbaccalaureate at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. With the help of her supportive family, friends, partner, mentors, and medicine pathway programs, she completed her medical education at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Her involvement in community organizing and youth pathway programs continued throughout medical school. She was a community organizer for the Hispanic Business and Professional Association, a trusted messenger for the 2020 census, and a youth mentor for the Dare to Dream Health Science Academy. Her scholarly project in medical school focused on examining relationships between physical activity, social health, and income in pregnancy. Dr. Carmona is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She hopes to be a family medicine doctor who listens with grace and humility and acts with courage and kindness. In addition, she aspires to be a community leader, a lifelong learner, and a teacher to her patients.

To Dr. Carmona, health equity is rooted in acknowledging and addressing social determinants of health.

In her free time, Dr. Carmona enjoys traveling, dancing, listening to podcasts, watching suspenseful Netflix shows, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Uriel, and their dog, Nala

Year 2 Residents

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Bibiana Sandoval

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.

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Emily Byrne

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.

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Hoan Le

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.

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Jonathan Guajardo

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. 

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Lien Trinh

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.

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Roberto Valentino

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 3 Residents

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Max Chancy

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.

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Ana Maria Mejia Cardenas

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

Chief Resident

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

Chief Resident

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.

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Sharon Bakshi

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.

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Regina Inchizu

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

Chief Resident

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

Chief Resident

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.

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Mina Abdelshahid

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.

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Reina Amiling

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.