Residents

PGY-1, Class of 2022

  • Cecilia Huang, MD | University of Pittsburgh
  • Kenneth Job, MD | UC Davis
  • Rochelle La Caze, MD  | Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ariana Martinez, MD | UC Davis
  • Eric Pai, MD | Loma Linda University
  • Christian Ramirez Haro, MD | UAG
  • Nam Thai, MD | UC Irvine
  • Fari Valji, MD | USC

PGY-2, Class of 2021

  • Roshelle Chan, MD | UC Davis
  • Chelsey Ferrell, DO | AT Still University
  • Melissa Huynh, MD | Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Amy Komure, MD | USC
  • Justin Mauser, MD | Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Daniel Reichman, DO | Touro University
  • Gregory Reynolds, MD | UC Davis
  • Phoebe Smith, MD | Rosalind Franklin University

PGY-3, Class of 2020

  • Grace Brantingham, DO | Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Odrin Castillo, DO | Touro University
  • Walter Chang, MD| UC Davis
  • Mindy Goh, DO | Western University
  • Cynthia Gonzalez, MD, MBA | UC Irvine
  • Chris Gornes, MD | Virginia Commonwealth
  • Susana Sandoval, MD | USC
  • Anokhi Shah, MD | Saint Louis University

Huang


Cecila Huang, MD | University of Pittsburgh
From: Munster, IN

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site?  I first heard about Long Beach Memorial at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students as a 4th year medical student. I met some of the current residents and faculty, and everyone seemed so happy, kind, and enthusiastic. I left our conversation with a big smile on my face and the idea that those were the kind of people that I wanted to work alongside.  I also love how broad in scope the practice and curriculum are here at LBM, and I knew that the training I received here would prepare me for any kind of family medicine career in the future!
Medical Interests: Women’s health, reproductive justice, intimate partner violence, underserved populations, preventive medicine and patient-provider relationships
Hobbies:Horseback riding, cooking, baking, eating and hanging out with my husband and dog.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I know kung fu.


Job


Kenneth Job, MD | UC Davis
From: Fresno, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site?  I chose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine because I was immediately drawn to the welcoming family environment among the residents.  I first heard about this program through former classmates, and they each raved about the incredible bond between the faculty and residents. When I arrived for my interview I was able to experience that presence instantly.  I was also drawn to the robust yet thorough training that is provided here.  I have a strong interest in underserved community medicine and was drawn to the extremely diverse patient population that is treated here.  I also have a passion for sports medicine and the sports medicine track aligned exactly with my future career goals.  It was an easy choice to choose LBMFM and of course the amazing location and weather made it a no-brainer.
Medical Interests: Underserved community medicine, sports medicine, adolescent medicine, preventive medicine and mentorship
Hobbies: I am a huge sports fan and former athlete, so I enjoy playing and watching just about any athletic activity, binging TV, movies, anything that involves food, and I dabble with the piano from time to time
Fun Fact About Yourself: I am undefeated as basketball coach (4th grade elementary league in 2012 – Los Osos!)


La-Caze


Rochelle La Caze, MD | Virginia Commonwealth University
From: Southern California

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site?  When looking for a residency program it was really important to me to find a program that trained well-rounded family physicians capable of working in any setting.  Additionally, I have medical interests in both OB and community medicine, so I wanted a program that would provide me with a lot of exposure to OB and that integrated community medicine into the curriculum and provided opportunities to understand better and to address the health needs of the community.  Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine offered all of that!  In addition to receiving high quality training, I also wanted a program that made me feel comfortable and supported.  Ultimately, I chose Long Beach Memorial because of how happy and amazingly kind the residents and faculty are.  Everyone is so welcoming and supportive of one another.  During my interview it became very clear to me that the residency was more than just a group of individuals working together, it’s a family, and having that sense of family was very important to me.
Medical Interests: OB, women’s health, community medicine, preventive medicine, underserved populations and pediatrics, I could continue on but I’ll stop for now.
Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with the my husband and family.  I also really enjoy reading a good book.  My favorite genre is fantasy but I’ll read anything.  If I have enough spare time then my absolute favorite thing to do is travel.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to 18 different countries and have flown well over 100k miles!


Martinez


Ariana Martinez, MD | UC Davis
From: Oxnard, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I chose Long Beach Memorial because it had everything I was looking for in a residency program, including a diverse patient population, a commitment to community engagement and full spectrum training.  I was also looking for a community-based program with strong outpatient and inpatient training, strong pediatric training and an ultrasound curriculum.  The program has it all!  I was blown away by the various opportunities available to explore my interests in community medicine, sports medicine and global health.  In addition, I loved all the different opportunities available to residents to be involved with underserved communities and outreach/mentorship programs.  Residents, faculty and staff all made me feel right at home on interview day and I was impressed by the genuinely supportive environment.  I felt this program would give me the best training and allow me to flourish as a physician.  I’m very excited to be training at Long Beach!
Medical Interests: Community medicine, preventive medicine, sports medicine, global health and adolescent medicine.
Hobbies: Strength training, running, hiking, playing basketball, spending time with my family, watching sports (live and TV) and binge-watching Netflix
Fun Fact About Yourself: I’m very clumsy.  I’m terrified of rollercoasters.  I own a harmonica and can play one song (Happy Birthday).


Pai


Eric Pai, MD | Loma Linda University
From: Oak Park, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? Among the many outstanding family medicine programs in California, Long Beach Memorial stood out to me as a place where I would receive rigorous, comprehensive training to care for the underserved within a warm, supportive environment.  I was looking for strong pediatrics training, active engagement with the local community and commitment to the medically underserved.  Long Beach Memorial offers all of this as a community hospital with qualities of an academic teaching hospital.  I also sensed enthusiasm, compassion and humility among the residents, faculty, and staff in what they do as part of this community.
Medical Interests: Urban underserved medicine, pediatrics, mentorship/teaching, whole person care and spiritual care.
Hobbies: I enjoy exploring and experiencing new sights and sounds through traveling, hiking, reading, playing/listening to music, visiting museums, trying out restaurants/cafes/dessert shops, cooking and doing art projects.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a fascination with owls, which is the mascot of my alma mater, Rice University. I have a growing collection of owl figurines from different parts of the world and I got to hold a live Indian eagle-owl on my arm while in Japan!


Haro


Christian Ramirez Haro, MD | Universidad Autonoma de Guadalaja
From: Jalisco, Mexico

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site?  The program meets my goals in life.  Build strong and continued physician-patient relationships.  True continuity of care.  An outstanding inpatient medicine curriculum plus the warm of a FM Program.
Medical Interests: Evidence-based medicine and healthy aging of our seniors.  After residency I’d like to study a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine
Hobbies: On a personal note, I enjoy traveling, watching Netflix and spending time with my loved ones.
Fun Fact About Yourself: When I was a child my mom used to take me to Latino dance classes. She always told me it was going to be useful later in my life… It wasn’t.


Thai


Nam Thai, MD | UC Irvine
From: San Gabriel Valley, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? As a medical student I had many opportunities to work with the community of Long Beach during clinical rotations, including at LBMMC.  These collective experiences allowed me to appreciate the breadth of diversity that this community offers, which is also reflected in the patient population that we serve.  Our residency program is truly ingrained within the fabric of this community through a number of outreach efforts that all speak to my interests. From pipeline programs to free clinics, LGBT health, homeless outreach and health education at local schools, we have it all!  I love that our program offers unmatched academic training in a community setting with a socially conscious mission.  Our faculty members all have diverse interests and there are various areas of concentrations for you to foster your own passions. Additionally, every resident that I had worked with as a medical student and met on interview day was super nice and welcoming.  I am ecstatic to be a part of this family!
Medical Interests: Outpatient primary care, underserved and community medicine, LGBT health, public health, mentorship and pipeline programming, ultrasound and geriatrics
Hobbies: Exploring and reviewing new food places on Yelp, exercising, spinning, taking walks on the beach, singing karaoke, drawing, painting and hand lettering
Fun Fact About Yourself: I was born in Vietnam and spent the first eight years of my life there before immigrating to the US.  One of my favorite ways to keep up my Vietnamese is through singing karaoke!


Valji


Fari Valji, MD | USC
From: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? When interviewing for residency, I knew I wanted to be in a supportive environment that would allow me to pursue my interests, but aside from that I had no idea how I was going to choose where I wanted to be.  The advice “Go with your gut” didn’t take on any meaning until my interview day at Long Beach Memorial.  Everyone I met during my day, from the program coordinator greeting us in the morning to my interviewers and the residents at noon conference were warm, inviting and inspiring.  As I moved through the day, I learned about the training environment, the opportunities to work in and with the community, and the support system that was offered by the program, and there was no turning back for me!  I believe that the diverse patient population that is served at the hospital and the thoughtfulness of the curriculum, including specialized tracks, the ultrasound curriculum and unique opportunities like the teen clinics, the clinic at The Center, and participating in outreach programs will allow me to become the best physician I can be.  I am so excited to be able to join the Long Beach Memorial program and family!
Medical Interests: Women’s health and family planning, adolescent medicine, community medicine, health policy, teaching and medical education, mentorship and pipeline programs
Hobbies: Spending time with my friends and family, exploring new coffee shops (and eating pastries!), group fitness classes, yoga, hiking (that I define as casually walking outside to beautiful views), listening to podcasts, farmer’s markets, trying new recipes and board games.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a twin sister!


Chan-Roshelle
Roshelle Chan, MD | UC Davis

From: San Francisco, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? When I first learned about Long Beach Memorial, it struck me as a very warm, unique and well-rounded place to train. During my interview and revisit, not only did meeting everyone at the program affirm my initial feelings, but I was also very impressed with the positive energy and kindness of the entire team. Whether staff, patients or visitors, everyone was welcomed and included as a part of their family. The work and learning environment is incredibly supportive and collaborative. Their mission and commitment to serve diverse, underserved communities were very apparent, and I was especially drawn to the many opportunities for community work with youth, women, and LGBTQ populations. This, along with the well-balanced and broad spectrum curriculum, convinced me that LBM would be a perfect fit. I’m thrilled to join this program and the Long Beach family!
Medical Interests: Underserved community medicine, preventive medicine, health education, women’s health, sexual health.
Hobbies: Traveling to scenic locations, trying all types of desserts, going to amusement parks, eating sour candy, decorating things, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I’ve never been bitten by a mosquito! (…or at least never had a reaction to a bite.)
I love activities involving heights, such as rollercoasters, high glass elevators and zip-lining.


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Chelsey Ferrell, DO | AT Still University
From: Bakersfield, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I was looking for a strong family medicine program in California that offered a community environment, a friendly and supportive work environment, and the opportunity to pursue an emphasis in OB and maternity care. My whole interview experience really influenced me to make LBM my number one choice, as it was a very warm, inviting, friendly atmosphere. It also just felt like a great fit to be back in Southern California, close to my and my husband’s families, and to be by the beach, which has always been my wish. I got the impression that LBM really supports and allows their residents to take many different routes within family medicine and helps to develop those interests. The availability of multiple diverse specialized “tracks” was very appealing to me, especially one in OB/ maternity care.
Medical Interests: OB/maternity care, women’s health, pediatrics, procedures, and community and underserved medical care, to name just a few.
Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and our doggie daughter, Jaeda, visiting family, eating, trying new restaurants, Philadelphia Eagles football, NFL and sports games in general, frolicking on the beach, painting, reality TV shows, and shopping.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I am a newlywed as of April 2018! Somehow my husband predicted that we would get married in the year 2017, when we met in high school in 2011, despite the fact that we did not have any sort of romantic relationship back then. Though his prediction was off by a few months, he still reminds almost daily about how he predicted the future.


Huynh-Melissa
Melissa Huynh, MD | Virginia Commonwealth University

From: Oceanside, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? Where do I begin?! Long Beach Memorial’s curriculum, resident culture and learning environment were exactly what I was looking for and I did not have to compromise on anything. An active commitment to community engagement, an underserved/diverse patient population, and full-spectrum training were my “must haves”, and the program has it all! In addition, the ultrasound curriculum and training in LGBTQ care are such unique aspects, and although I did not necessarily have those interests initially, I was beyond excited for these opportunities. In the end though, it was truly the residents, staff and faculty on the day of my interview who all made it seem like this place would be where I felt at home and comfortable with having not just the good days, but also any bad days.
Medical Interests: Community medicine, global health, preventive medicine, palliative medicine, teaching and adolescent medicine.
Hobbies: Anything that involves being outside, such as hiking, backpacking or even “glamping”. I also love planning trips abroad, and my current goal is to travel to a different continent every year of residency.
Fun Fact About Yourself: In my fourth year of medical school I got kicked out of the National Portrait Gallery for sneaking in to see the Obama portrait after hours.


Komure-AmyAmy Komure, MD | USC
From: Stockton, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I first heard about Long Beach Memorial when one of the residents spoke at the CAFP FM Summit, and I remember being so impressed by their story. I felt like this program had the right balance of rigor, extra-curricular activities and community involvement with a diverse patient population, and faculty who were committed to continuing to improve the program. I felt right at home with everyone I met during my interview day and found myself looking forward to seeing them all again at the social. Two out of my three sisters also live in Long Beach, so I was happy to move closer to them.
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine! Also public health, policy, health care access and delivery models, social determinants, women’s health and health education.
Hobbies: Musicals, San Francisco Giants, Villanova basketball, Netflix, eating and sometimes cooking, trying to improve my knitting skills, reading, and relaxing with my family
Fun Fact About Yourself: I realized I was accident prone after breaking my fourth bone. I know every line of Hamilton and saw the original Broadway cast in New York.


Mauser-JustinJustin Mauser, MD | Virginia Commonwealth University
From: Phoenix, AZ

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I learned about the LBM Family Medicine program when I met Dr. Herzog and a few of the residents at the annual Family Medicine Conference in Kansas City in my fourth year of medical school. Their overall enthusiasm for the program and Long Beach as a whole roped me in right away. It was pretty obvious from the start that this was my dream program as they characterized their broad spectrum training, a wellness curriculum prioritizing resident health and wellness, and a strong sports medicine track with opportunities for outpatient procedural training, as well as a newly developed point of care ultrasound curriculum. I am fortunate to have joined a training site that feels like it was tailor-made to my interests with a social and inclusive group of residents and faculty that immediately made me feel a part of their family. It doesn’t hurt that I am now in the beautiful SoCal climate that is conducive to my many outdoor hobbies and much closer to my family in Phoenix compared to my alma mater in Richmond, Virginia.
Medical Interests: All over the place, but include sports medicine, point of care/musculoskeletal ultrasound, wilderness medicine, integrative health, and implementation of wellness and nutrition programs for the prevention of chronic disease at both community and institutional levels.
Hobbies: Cooking with herbs from my garden, watching cult classic movies, trail running, backcountry camping, live music, and bicycle touring. I’m hoping to learn to sail here in LB!
Fun Fact About Yourself: I wrestled from the time I was six years old and went on to win the 5A DII Arizona state championship in 2007 at 145 pounds. Side note: I was coached shortly by American wrestler and Olympian Rulon Gardner before he won the gold medal in Sydney in the 2000 Olympics.


Reichman-DanielDaniel Reichman, DO | Touro University
From: San Fernando Valley, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? During my fourth year sub-internship I was lucky enough to see firsthand how Long Beach Memorial combines large academic center resources with the feeling of a much smaller community hospital – all with a strong emphasis on community involvement and underserved populations. The culture here, from the top down, simultaneously carries the weight of responsibility for your patients while also maintaining a lightness that can only come from a group of people who truly enjoy what they do. That culture creates an environment where everyone learns from each other with the common goals of self-improvement, systems improvement and compassionate, thoughtful patient care. Most of all, I’m excited about Long Beach Memorial because I know that this program will provide both the challenges and the support to help mold me into the best physician that I can possibly be. Having grown up in the San Fernando Valley, being close to my family during residency is icing on the cake!
Medical Interests: Sports medicine, community medicine, geriatrics, adolescent medicine, underserved populations, global health, preventive medicine, mental health, inpatient medicine, diabetes, and mentorship.
Hobbies: Camping, hiking, basketball, reading, listening to podcasts, amateur woodworking, and spending time with my grandma.
Fun Fact About Yourself: In college I worked at a Teen Center and lost at least two (but more commonly four to five) games of foosball every shift I worked.


Reynolds-GregGregory Reynolds, MD | UC Davis
From: Concord and Colfax, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I chose Long Beach Memorial because of the strong emphasis on community and service to the people of Long Beach, in combination with a curriculum that prepares well-rounded, competent family physicians. Not to mention the faculty and residents at this program were incredibly kind, open to questions and generally welcoming in all of my experiences and made this program feel instantly like home. Also, being close to the beach and in the sunshine never hurts.
Medical Interests: I am an unabashed generalist, but if forced to choose I would say that behavioral health and community medicine are my strongest interests, although I enjoy pediatrics, geriatrics, OB and sports as well.
Hobbies: My hobbies include running, hiking and generally spending time outdoors, along with keeping a peripheral eye on the vast majority of professional sports. I also enjoy movies, TV, music and general pop culture.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a strange love of New Zealand and its culture, especially its humor. Flight of the Conchords and Taika Waititi movies make me laugh a ridiculous amount.


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Phoebe Smith, MD | Rosalind Franklin University

From: Tucson, AZ

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I chose Long Beach for a multitude of reasons. I have always wanted to live in Southern California, so a lot of my residency search focused in this area. When I discovered this program in Long Beach, I was drawn in by the community hospital environment with strong academic ties. The patient population in the clinic and hospital is truly diverse and the program has long-standing roots in the surrounding community. I was especially drawn to the connection with the local LGBTQ center and the opportunity to work to create a more robust focus in this underserved area of medicine. In the end, of course, I felt welcomed and happy on my interview day talking to the friendly residents and faculty. Even after long shifts, the residents were having a good time with one another and seemed genuinely pleased to be where they were.
Medical Interests: Women’s health, LGBTQ+ health, maternity care, adolescent medicine, and procedures.
Hobbies: Reading (especially fantasy and sci fi), dancing for fun and fitness, getting outdoors to the beach/mountains, traveling as much as possible, and hanging out with my two cats, Beans and Butternut
Fun Fact About Yourself: I used to have a pet tarantula when I was a kid.


Brantingham
Grace Brantingham, DO | Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine

From: Warren, OH

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I was looking for a strong Family Medicine residency program with a diverse patient population, a supportive community environment, balance of inpatient, outpatient and maternal opportunities, and the opportunity to use Spanish regularly. Faculty experience and a vision for the future of Family Medicine were also important to me. I found all of this and more at Memorial, and the amazing weather didn’t hurt either!
Medical Interests: Family medicine! Within that, especially maternity care, osteopathic manual medicine, nutrition, derm procedures, pediatrics, women’s health, underserved medicine, advocacy, and whole-person care.
Hobbies: Yoga, swing and salsa dancing, hiking, travel, thrift shopping, and exploring new cuisines and cultures.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I was in ballet and modern dance growing up, during which I performed as mouse, clown, soldier, flower, snowflake, mantis, girl, boy, servant, mother, fairy, monster, damsel, ghost, bird, angel, demon, “component of string theory”, and myself, among many others. Also, I make a fantastic “fish face”.


Castillo
Odrin Castillo, DO | Touro University

From: San Francisco, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I spent my third year at a smaller community hospital in Long Beach, and I fell in love with the people, the food, and the sunshine that the city had to offer. I applied to Long Beach Memorial during 4th year, excited by the possibility of staying in Long Beach for another three years (in spite of my undying love for the Bay Area). During my interview, everyone I met was warm, kind, and passionate—exactly the type of people I wanted to surround myself with during residency. This, along with a strong commitment to underserved populations and rigorous academic training offered at Long Beach Memorial, made me sure that this was the program for me.
Medical Interests: Medical education, LGBT health, HIV medicine, public health & mentoring.
Hobbies: Disneyland, food ventures, writing, cooking, board games, crossword puzzles, Mario Kart, musicals, the San Francisco Giants & the Golden State Warriors.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I started out undergrad as a music major. I still regularly have (literal and figurative) dreams of leading an a cappella group or show choir to a national championship.


Chang
Walter Chang, MD | UC Davis

From: Hayward, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I chose Long Beach Memorial as my training site for its collegiality and supportive team learning environment. During my interview and revisit days, I enjoyed seeing residents learn from and teach each other as they provided good care for their patients. The program’s solid broad spectrum training (with a good volume of Peds, OB, and adult medicine patients) and opportunities for community engagement made it clear that training at LBMMC would be a great fit, consistent with my goal of being able to serve diverse patient populations. Being originally from Northern California, I also felt ready to spread my wings and explore what Southern California has to offer!
Medical Interests: Behavioral health, child development, global health, underserved medicine & urgent care.
Hobbies: Learning different languages, playing the viola, playing board/card games, snorkeling, snowboarding & community gardening
Fun Fact About Yourself: I’ve played in orchestras on four different continents and I’ve ridden both types of camels.


Goh
Mindy Goh, DO | Western University

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I first became interested in Long Beach Memorial’s FM program because of its great reputation and its proximity to my hometown. I was looking for a well-rounded, community-based program with strong training in outpatient procedures, pediatrics and inpatient medicine. After completing a Sub-I here during my 4th year I knew this was the program for me, not only because it offers the rigorous and broad training that I was looking for, but also because of the camaraderie between the residents and the supportive faculty and staff.
Medical Interests: Many! But if I had to pick a few…procedures, women’s health, pediatrics, and community, adult and inpatient medicine.
Hobbies: Cooking and eating, traveling, and binge watching TV/Netflix.
Fun Fact About Yourself: My two biggest fears are heights and spiders, and I love building IKEA furniture.


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Cynthia Gonzalez, MD, MBA | UC Irvine

From: Los Angeles, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? LBM family medicine is a special place because of the people! During my Sub-I I had the opportunity to see first-hand the team culture at this program. I especially appreciate the pre-clinic huddles with the staff. Their mutual respect is very evident. The program offers full-spectrum family medicine training, community engagement, and a diverse patient population, which checked off all the boxes. The residents and faculty are supportive and share my passion for under-resourced communities and that made me feel at home…and I love LB!
Medical Interests: So many – that’s the beauty of family medicine! The Latino under-resourced community, the homeless population, immigrant health, geriatrics, underserved/community medicine, preventive medicine, LGBTQ health, global medicine, women’s health, pipeline programs and mentorship.
Hobbies: Lounging with my cats (Chula and Willy), traveling, spending time with my family (especially my 98-year-old grandma) & friends, dancing, watching the Lakers play, watching ID, and Friends/HIMYM reruns.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have been to Mexico, Chile, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Vietnam, and Thailand. I can’t wait to get more stamps!


Gornes
Chris Gornes, MD| Virginia Commonwealth

From: Plano, TX

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine is the perfect combination of everything I was looking for in a residency program, both professionally and personally: strong academic training, consistent commitment to service, abundant opportunities for global outreach, and it’s very close to the South Bay where I’m from and where I still have family. But ultimately what really made me choose Long Beach were the people I met. Every interaction I had with the program, from the coordinator and faculty to each and every resident I met, made me feel welcome and accepted. The residents and faculty seem happy to be at work and eager to teach and collaborate. It’s an environment where I can see myself being truly happy during residency.
Medical Interests: Pediatrics and adolescent medicine; mental health; diabetes, nutrition & lifestyle; and global medicine.
Hobbies: Baking, reading, playing with my kids, visiting farmer’s markets, horseback riding, camping, eating, Netflix binge-watching, and hanging out in my pajamas all day.
Fun Fact About Yourself: My husband and I have two boys (Adrien is 9yrs old and Elliot is 4yrs old) and a beagle named Ziggy, so life in our house is never dull (or quiet)!


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Susana Sandoval, MD | USC

From: Long Beach, CA

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? This family medicine program has a great reputation, and I was born in Long Beach Memorial and grew up in the community, so it was an easy decision! Growing up I’ve experienced first-hand the vital role this medical center plays in providing healthcare to the large and diverse patient population within Long Beach and its surrounding cities. During the interview trail, when comparing it to other top notch programs in the LA area, I had no doubt I’d receive exceptional training here. In addition to strong and rigorous training, I also wanted a program with a well-balanced and friendly learning environment. Furthermore, the opportunity to engage in meaningful community outreach programs during residency was also very important in my decision.
Medical Interests: Community medicine, preventive medicine, behavioral health, improving health outcomes in minority populations, mentorship, and pipeline programs for underserved youth interested in medicine.
Hobbies: Sunday fun-days with my husband, cooking, spinning classes, intramural softball and volleyball, and watching Canelo Alvarez boxing matches.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a large and closely-knit family whom I visit often in Jalisco, Mexico, including 42 maternal first-cousins! I can tell you their names, but am still working on remembering their birthdays.


Shah
Anokhi Shah, MD | Saint Louis University

From: Elk Grove Village, IL

Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I chose Long Beach because I loved that it was a community-based program that had great inpatient and outpatient training. Additionally, there were so many ways to get involved in the community that the residency offered. After coming for my interview, I enjoyed my time so much with all the residents and faculty I met and knew it would be a great fit for me.
Medical Interests: Underserved medicine, patient advocacy, public health, women’s health.
Hobbies: Drawing, coloring, karate, cooking, eating, and exploring new places.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have a black belt in karate and I’ve been to 3 death metal concerts.