PGY-1, 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
PGY-2, Class of 2019
- Cynthia Chen, DO | Western University
- Gerardo Hernandez, MD | UC Davis
- Denise Lu, DO | Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Brittany Mastin, DO | Western University
- Leah Phan, DO | Touro University
- Julie Ramirez, DO | Western University
- Edric Ruiz, MD | UC Davis
- Aditi Shastri, MD | Drexel University
PGY-3, Class of 2018
- Shannon Bell, DO | Western University
- Tony Hsu, MD | Univesity of Cincinnati
- Francie Jablonski, MD | Case Western Reserve
- Hannah Karp Wiefel, MD | Drexel University
- Sandrine Lee, DO | Western University
- Ami Ni, MD | Tufts University
- Sergio Viera | UAG/New York Medical College 5th Pathway
- Andrea Yanez, MD | UC Davis
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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) and my boyfriend, traveling, hanging out with my family (especially my 97-year-old grandma), Zumba, watching the Lakers play, watching Friends and HIMYM reruns, watching ID, and going to the farmer’s market.
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!
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)!
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.
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.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I feel that the training at Long Beach Memorial was unique when compared with many other programs that I had seen. The program is a community hospital that offered high patient exposure with plenty of procedure experience on rotation and in the ED, which is exactly what I am looking for. Even with the high work load, every single resident and faculty member was kind and made an effort to teach. I felt that that Long Beach Memorial was a program where I could flourish as a physician, and where I could truly receive the best possible training as a resident.
Medical Interests: Public health and policy, maternal and child health, global medicine, and procedures
Hobbies: Traveling, eating, cooking, reading, gymning, and binge watching TV shows while eating chips, salsa and guac :).
Fun Fact About Yourself: I just got married in March! I played piano for 12 years. I love avocados, and I greatly dislike crunchy foods (like nuts).
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? The city of Long Beach has always held a special place in my heart. Having completed my undergrad at CSULB (GO BEACH!), volunteered at St. Mary’s, and worked at the Long Beach VA in clinical research, Long Beach has given me the opportunity to interact with and serve a diverse population and address the ongoing health disparities within such a large area in Los Angeles County. As I was applying to residency, I knew that my heart was in Los Angeles because my mission in medicine was always to come back home and serve the people I grew up with. During interviews, Long Beach Memorial has always stood out to me because of their amazing residents and supportive faculty and staff. Long Beach Memorial had it all: full spectrum family medicine, emphasis in health policy, outstanding community service, a focused track in OB, a great pediatric hospital, and sports medicine. With such a large set of options during residency, the faculty are well equipped to help guide you to fulfill your interests in medicine and take you to a whole new level in leadership. The support at Long Beach Memorial is amazing, from the clinic staff to faculty. Everyone is genuinely invested in your learning and education and want you to succeed. I am super happy to be training at Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Program and serving the communities in need.
Medical Interests: Underserved medicine, preventive and community medicine, and mentorship with underrepresented minorities interested in the health field.
Hobbies: Playing music, going to concerts, and discovering new music are some of my favorite things to do! Other hobbies include reading fictional books, hiking, and playing soccer.
Fun Fact About Yourself: Harry Potter is my best friend, Han Solo is my uncle, and Gandalf is my grandpa!
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I initially became interested in the LBMMC program because of the reputation of the hospital and by hearing the great experiences other students had while rotating with the program. It was important for me to find a program that was community-focused and fully embraced the meaning of a family physician in the curriculum. After meeting the staff and residents and meeting patients as a fourth-year Sub-I, I knew I would feel at home at this program and receive the support and challenges that I need to grow as a physician.
Medical Interests: I chose family medicine because I have lots of interests in many different medical fields but I especially love women’s health, obstetrics, adolescent medicine, community-oriented culturally-focused medicine, and sports medicine.
Hobbies: I enjoy all things fitness – running, yoga, Pilates, strength training & hiking. I also enjoy planning trips and reading. I am a huge animal lover.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I was the proud parent of Spike, a chinchilla, for 7 years. Prior to going into medical school I was a Pilates instructor.
Brittany Mastin, DO | Western University
From: I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, so Long Beach isn’t far from home. Except of course when there is traffic, which let’s face it, there always is. Honestly, I might as well be from Oregon. After spending 4 years in Pennsylvania at Bucknell University, I decided it was time to venture back toward home and serve the community that raised me.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? The commitment to community outreach and the strong curriculum drew me to LBMMC. In addition to being a great family medicine program where I felt I would get excellent training, I really enjoyed the program’s comraderie and collaborative mentality. After completing a month- long sub-internship here, it quickly felt like home. The strong sense of community provides a wonderful learning and working environment. I’m thrilled to be a part of the LBMMC family!
Medical Interests: Women’s health and family planning, community medicine & health policy.
Hobbies: Traveling, baking, board games, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Fun Fact About Yourself: For my 8th birthday party my parents set up an obstacle course in my back yard, complete with a bike race, Slip ’N Slide and a zip line. I secretly (now publically) want to re-create this for my next birthday.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I’ve spent most of my life in SoCal and having the opportunity to come back to serve in my community is a true honor. I wanted a diverse training program with a strong emphasis on both inpatient and outpatient medicine. I also wanted to continue working with underserved populations in my local community and LBM had it all! From my first emails with the staff to my wonderful interview day, I knew that Long Beach Memorial was where I wanted to train.
Medical Interests: Preventive medicine, community health and access, and underserved populations.
Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, hiking & being outdoors!
Fun Fact About Yourself: I once caught a 39.9 lb tuna…and there’s a video on YouTube.
Julie Ramirez, DO | Western University
From: I grew up in Los Angeles, which means my favorite childhood memories include going to Dodger games, free summer night events in downtown LA with family and friends, and going to concerts.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? Long Beach Memorial encompasses everything I was looking for in a program. There are several community outreach opportunities; we see such a diverse population, strong inpatient and women’s health, along with a very supportive faculty, employees and residents all who enjoy teaching.
Medical Interests: I love community medicine. I enjoy working in pipeline programs and peer groups that teach adolescents empowerment tools. Community Medicine allows us to address the social aspects and barriers we see in the communities we serve. I believe working on community projects is key for preventive health because we get to know our patients outside of the clinical environment.
Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, including road trips to different parts of California. My favorite trip has been traveling to Peru, where I stayed for 15 days with only the bare essentials that I carried in my small backpack.
Fun Fact About Yourself: During undergrad I studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico. Every weekend I explored a different city, including Oaxaca with its silver mines, Acapulco, and Tenochtitlan back when it was still permitted to walk up the pyramids.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I chose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine because of its commitment to creating a supportive, and welcoming environment for residents. All the residents and faculty I met on interview day were very nice and genuinely interested in getting to know the applicants. The program is in Long Beach, which is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. I knew this would prepare me to become cognizant of the health disparities affecting such a diverse population. Long Beach Memorial also gives me the opportunity to continue my passion for mentorship. Through specific outreach programs, we have the unique opportunity to work directly in the community to inspire and empower the youth with the knowledge to create change and pursue higher education.
Medical Interests: Community medicine, palliative care, sports medicine and mentorship.
Hobbies: I love sports, especially basketball and soccer. I love the Lakers. I enjoy eating, watching films, trying to read more, and running.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I enjoy Korean dramas; my favorite Korean actor is Lee Jong-Suk.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? The people I met on interview day were perhaps the biggest influence on my decision. The faculty, staff, and residents were genuinely happy and down to earth. The residents were extremely passionate about the program and the supportive, collaborative environment in which they trained. I was excited about Long Beach Memorial because it provides strong training across the board – in outpatient medicine, inpatient medicine, women’s health, peds, and procedures. Like most family medicine enthusiasts, I have many areas of interest and my interests keep evolving. I knew I would get rigorous training in whatever aspect of family medicine I was drawn to during residency. To top it off, the program’s sincere commitment to engaging with the broader community to provide education and access to care really resonated with my interests and I knew it would be a great fit!
Medical Interests: Global health, preventive medicine, procedures, urgent care, and providing access to underserved populations.
Hobbies: Traveling and exploring new cultures, hiking, playing board games, crossword puzzles and yoga.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I’m 100% from India, but I’m often confused for being from other another country. I’m at 8 countries and counting!
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? This program is filled with passionate, dedicated, down to earth folks that I wanted to work with. Of course, LBMMC has all of the good stuff I like too: home visits, plenty of OB opportunity for the taking, excellent clinic experience with preceptors that are great teachers, but most importantly, the people made me want to come here. The programs put on by the residents reflect their excitement for medicine and their commitment to improving their community — it is inspiring and I am so excited to be here!
Medical Interests: My original passion and love will always be in women’s health. I love being a part of medicine and educating women about their bodies and their health. I also love being a mother who can share in the common female experiences throughout our reproductive lives. In the past few years I’ve fallen more in love with geriatric care and have ignited my desire to work with the elderly population…maybe post-menopausal women’s health as a future?!
Hobbies: My favorite things to cook are vegetarian dishes, vegan baking and soups of any kind…soup is the best meal. And when I remember that life is all about balance, I fall back into the groove of yoga that I love so much and have been practicing for the past 10 years, mainly Iyengar with a sporadic stints in Bikram, prenatal, and of course, mommy-baby yoga which is just the best.
Fun Fact About Yourself: As a child I went to circus camp for 5 years and was in the Redlands Y Circus (the oldest community circus in the nation, I should add). I did the spanish web but always secretly wanted to be a unicyclist.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? Cuz… Snoop Dogg! Just kidding. I grew up in SoCal, so it was a big draw for me to be back around family, friends, good food, and great weather. More than that though, I was looking for a program that had strong training in inpatient medicine, peds, and procedures, and I found that Long Beach Memorial had everything I was hoping for (and a lot of other great things, too). I loved that there are a lot of opportunities here to engage people outside of the hospital/clinic through different outreach programs because it just showed me that the people here really care about and value the community and the patients they serve. I also liked that there are some great opportunities to be involved in global health, because my experiences with global health in the past have had a big role in shaping the way I approach medicine and patient care. To top it off, I just felt like everyone I met on interview day seemed genuinely happy and down-to-earth, and those are the kind of people I want to be surrounded by as I learn how to become the kind of doctor I hope to be one day.
Medical Interests: Pediatric/Adult medicine, procedures, patient education, global health
Hobbies: Tennis, drums, hiking, movies, “cooking”, watching cooking shows as I eat my burnt my food.
Fun Fact About Yourself: My biggest fears are spiders, hair that is no longer attached to someone’s body, and awkward silences/situations.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? My number one commitment is to excellence in primary care, and the program at Long Beach Memorial embodies that mission. Additionally, I was looking for an unopposed residency with a strong community service tradition, diversity of patients and residents, and friendly and supportive faculty. Although I took a brief sojourn to Ohio for medical school, I lived all over California for five years prior and I was ready to come back.
Medical Interests: Like most family doctors, I have many! A few of my specific interests include LGBT health, women’s health and family planning, obstetrics, and rural medicine.
Hobbies: Photography, hiking, camping, reading, and gardening
Fun Fact About Yourself: I volunteered at a wildlife rescue center in Thailand with bears, monkeys, a tiger, otters, birds, civets, elephants, and one free-roaming horse that had to be continually chased away from eating compost or dog food!
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? Aside from the fact that Long Beach is an ideal location with perfect weather (thanks, Philadelphia, but this SoCal native has had enough of your winters), I chose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine because it’s a program with great people, rigorous academic training, and a strong commitment to community with a culturally and socioeconomically diverse patient population. Prior to my interview, I had heard positive things about the program and had a feeling I would fit in with the residents given their interests listed in these bios. My interview day confirmed all of this – I felt very welcomed, met lots of down-to-earth people who made me feel at ease, and left with a positive feeling. Additionally, the personal and friendly communication from this program throughout interview season made it stand out compared with other programs.
Medical Interests: Preventive Medicine, Community Medicine, Pediatrics
Hobbies: Anything having to do with food – cooking, baking, trying new restaurants, nutrition; hiking; running (well, jogging…or walking); crossword puzzles; reading
Fun Fact About Yourself: I love Harry Potter and have a tabby cat named Gryffindor.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I was looking for an unopposed community-based program with an excellent reputation, which would give me a strong training in inpatient and outpatient care, women’s health, obstetrics and procedures. I also wanted to work with a culturally and economically diverse patient population. Long Beach Memorial offered all of this and even more. When I came to interview, the faculty and residents were all extremely welcoming and supportive, and there was a great camaraderie between them. That sealed the deal! Also, being from a little island, the fact that Long Beach is close to the ocean was a big plus! I couldn’t be happier!!
Medical Interests: Women’s health, obstetrics, preventative health, underserved populations, integrative medicine, geriatrics
Hobbies: I love spending time with my family, dancing, traveling and discovering different cultures and cuisines, and relaxing on the beach. I also like photography, classical music and movies.
Fun Fact About Yourself: People always get confused after meeting me because I am ethnically Chinese but I was born and raised in Tahiti and my primary language is French.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? It’s the perfect fit for me! From the first time I heard about Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine program at Kansas City AAFP conference, I just felt like I connected with the people. Everyone is really down to earth and I could tell that Long Beach creates a really supportive and collaborative environment for learning. Residency is not easy but it can enjoyable if you’re surrounded by the right people. Most of the clinical sites are on the Long Beach Memorial campus which allows residents to really understand the needs of the community and gives residents the opportunity to make an impact. Long Beach is a unique program that has excellent teaching and a great residency family that can shape me to be the physican I want to be. I’m also looking forward to escaping the cold snowy winters of Boston and enjoying the sunny beach city of Long Beach!
Interests: Women’s health, preventive medicine, integrative medicine
Hobbies: Traveling and exploring new cultures, photography, cooking/eating, tennis, yoga
Fun Fact About Yourself: I tried to start my own garden last year but fought over the use of the garden bed with a neighborhood cat who used it as his litterbox. The cat won. Although I don’t have the space to garden this year, I am enjoying the plethroa of farmers’ markets in Southern California.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I originally started my Family Medicine Residency at a different program here in California, but with the closure of that program circumstances allowed me to land here and be part of a great program. I did not know much about Long Beach Memorial, but when I was given the opportunity to come visit the program the residents and faculty were very kind and welcoming. I quickly felt that I would fit in just nicely. Also the diverse patient population was a catch. Lastly, I would be near home.
Medical Interests: Outpatient medicine; preventive medicine; community medicine and sports medicine
Hobbies: Spending as much time as possible with my family. Love to play soccer, baseball, and softball.
Fun Fact About Yourself: While playing College Soccer, I was selected to tryout for the LA Galaxy, but declined the opportunity to pursue my career in Medicine.
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? There are so many reasons I chose Long Beach Memorial for residency. The residents and faculty were wonderful and created a supportive learning environment, with opportunities in areas of my interests. The program is largely unopposed with fun, interactive didactics and a strong commitment to the community.
Medical Interests: I have many, but my main interests include underserved/community medicine, mental health integration into primary care, obstetrics, adolescent medicine, and global health.
Hobbies: I love being outdoors: camping, hiking, and biking. I try to keep active with sports like tennis and volleyball, and joined a boxing gym last year. My fiancé and I enjoy learning new board games and hanging out at the beach. We cannot wait to explore the Long Beach area.
Fun Fact About Yourself: I went Volcano surfing in Nicaragua.