Congrats to our incoming interns, Class of 2024!
- Shelby Armstrong-Kager, DO | University of North Texas
- Becca Dehnel, MD | UCSD
- Jodie Guller, MD, MPH | USC
- Jovanny Lucero, MD | Tufts
- Samantha Mohammad, MD, MPH | UCLA
- Haley Oosterhouse, MD | USC
- Jessica Sokol, MD, MPH | Wright State
- Ashley Williams, MD | University of Washington
PGY-1, Class of 2023
- Valerie Burstein, MD | Ohio State University
- Connor Farrell, DO | Western University
- Guiyu “Lutetia” Li, MD | Case Western Reserve University
- Arissa Ma, MD | UC San Diego
- Jennifer Perdomo, MD | USC
- Julie Schafer, DO | Western University
- Andy Shen, MD | UC Davis
- Frank Valdez, MD | UC Davis
PGY-2, Class of 2022
- Cecilia Huang, MD | University of Pittsburgh
- Kenneth Job, MD | UC Davis
- Rochelle LaCaze, MD, MPH | 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-3, Class of 2021
- Roshelle Chan, MD | UC Davis
- Chelsey Ferrell, DO | AT Still University
- Melissa Huynh, MD | Virginia Commonwealth University
- Amy Komure, MD, MPH | USC
- Justin Mauser, MD | Virginia Commonwealth University
- Daniel Reichman, DO | Touro University
- Gregory Reynolds, MD, MPH | UC Davis
- Phoebe Smith, MD | Rosalind Franklin University
Valerie Burstein, MD – The Ohio State University
From: Camarillo, CA
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? For me, it was important to find a family medicine residency that prepares residents to work in any type of setting for any types of patients. I looked for an unopposed residency in a diverse community with strong inpatient and outpatient training. Long Beach Memorial provided just that, along with a mixed feel of community and academic medicine. On interview day, I was surprised to see how friendly and enthusiastic the residents were about their program. I could tell that their unique interests were supported and valued by the faculty.
Medical Interests: Combined inpatient/outpatient medicine, academic medicine, refugee/immigrant health. Still exploring the many facets of family medicine
Hobbies: Naturally competitive, I love sports, especially soccer and tennis. When I need to relax, I like to read, sip on coffee, and maybe do some yoga alongside my Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Fun Fact About Yourself: I like to travel and practice my Spanish. I have been lucky to spend months in Panama, Bolivia, and, most recently, Costa Rica.
Connor Farrell, DO – Western University
From: Pleasanton, CA
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I had the opportunity to do a sub-I at Long Beach Memorial during by 4th year of medical school. During my month-long rotation there were a handful of things I came to love about the program. First, the people were incredible! From the faculty to ancillary staff to the residents, everyone was kind, helpful and open minded, encouraged critical thinking/learning, and fostered a positive learning environment. Secondly, it checked all of the boxes I wanted out of a program: sports medicine opportunities through both an associated fellowship and area of concentration, a multicultural/diverse patient population, countless opportunities to be involved in the community through outreach programs, and an ultrasound curriculum. Because of all of this, I know that my experience at Long Beach Memorial will allow me to grow into the physician I want to be.
Medical Interests: Sports Medicine, Functional Medicine, Ultrasound, Health Policy, Healthcare Management and Administration
Hobbies: In my spare time I enjoy CrossFit, watching and/or playing sports (go Niners, Warriors, Giants and Sharks!!), hiking, traveling and adventure photography (goes with the hiking and traveling). Sometimes I’ll also sit down and read a book too!
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have two awesome Australian Shepherds (Rufus and Remy) with whom I do all of the aforementioned activities. 🙂
Lutetia Li, MD – Case Western Reserve University
From: Shanghai, China
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? My interview at Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine gave me a warm and tingly feeling, the only time I felt this on the interview trail. After the interview I was extremely excited and also terrified that I wouldn’t be good enough, and those feelings sealed the deal! Everyone I met during interview day was beaming with energy and happiness. My interviewers expressed excitement about my application. The program presentation included everything I want from a family medicine residency, health policy, including LGBTQ care, women’s health, underserved medicine, global health, etc. I am especially impressed that the program already has a family planning curriculum, which was very important to me.
My partner’s preference was also a priority in deciding the program. Luckily, he also liked Long Beach the most among all the other places I interviewed so everything worked out!
Medical Interests: Immigrant/refugee health, preventive medicine, women’s health, family planning, gender-affirming care, geriatrics, palliative medicine, and so much more!
Hobbies: Currently I am working on making my apartment a comfortable place. I do little projects such as making curtains, cushion covers and decorations. I love learning new things and my newest goal is to learn surfing someday!
Fun Fact About Yourself: I dance Argentine Tango
Arissa Ma, MD – UC San Diego
From: Fremont, CA
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I actually decided to apply to the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine program after reading about the residents on this website! After my interview day and post-interview dinner, everything I had read and heard about the residents and faculty rang true. I felt so warmly welcomed by both faculty and residents, and I could tell that everyone was truly part of a family here. In addition, the program’s curriculum and mission fit with all my career interests and goals – serving a diverse community, emphasis on full-spectrum training, community engagement, and strong training in all aspects of women’s health and OB. I knew that I would be well-prepared to pursue any career path I desired within family medicine with my training at Long Beach Memorial.
Medical Interests: Women’s health, family planning, OB, pediatrics, preventive medicine, mentorship/teaching and outpatient procedures
Hobbies: Cooking, eating, Netflix, traveling, cross-stitching, listening to true-crime podcasts, board games and spending time with family and friends
Fun Fact About Yourself: I studied abroad in Hong Kong in college and loved traveling throughout Asia!
Jennifer Perdomo, MD – USC
From: Los Angeles, CA
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I first learned about Long Beach Memorial when my colleague, Susie Sandoval, matched at this exact program. Later, the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine program hosted an ultrasound workshop at USC and I had a great time learning from the residents and faculty who came that day. When I learned more about the program, including the diversity of training and opportunities that are available, it quickly became a top contender among other programs and ultimately won me over as number 1. After my interview day I was further reassured of these sentiments. Every person that I met was so genuine and down-to-earth and each had such varying interests within family medicine. Further, they were all so welcoming, and I could tell they were supportive and a family. As someone who has interest in women’s health, reproductive rights, and mentorship I knew that this was the perfect place as it offered me opportunities within my interests (if you can dream it, they’ve got it!). I especially love that it is a community program and that I have the opportunity to have such a diverse patient panel. I look forward to meeting patients from all walks of life who will aid me in becoming the best physician I can be with the support of the Long Beach Family Medicine training program.
Medical Interests: Women’s health, family planning, community medicine, mentorship and pipeline programs for underrepresented minorities in healthcare
Hobbies: Spending time with my partner of eleven years and family, trying new restaurants/food, eating my sister’s baked goods, yoga, and at home workouts
Fun Fact About Yourself: I have been fond of pandas since I was in third grade, when I wrote a report about them. I have a lot of random panda knick-knacks and even nicknamed my baby (due August, 2020) Panda puff.
Julie Schafer, DO – Western University
From: Mission Viejo, CA
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? During my Sub-I at Long Beach Memorial I was struck by how incredibly kind, supportive and fun loving the entire faculty, staff and residents are. I knew from my first few days there that it was a good fit! The learning environment is collaborative and the patient population diverse and in need. Beyond that, the program cares about its patients and residents and strives to improve care in a meaningful way. I felt like everyone really supported each other and valued teamwork. Long Beach Memorial FM also has the opportunity for further training in women’s health/OB while still training well-rounded physicians. I also thought how the residents would work up their patients in the ER before admission to be a unique and invaluable experience for training. Overall, I am so happy to have chosen Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine for residency.
Medical Interests: OB/Maternity care and women’s health, community medicine and underserved care, inpatient medicine, and preventive medicine
Hobbies: Hiking and camping with my two dogs (Rufus and Remy), reading, baking, gardening and spending time with my family and friends
Fun Fact About Yourself: I taught a summer soccer camp with World Cup Champion Julie Foudy and I love to bake (and eat) pies!
Andy Shen, MD – UC Davis
From: El Monte, CA
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? I chose Long Beach Memorial because of the dedication to diverse, underserved communities, the well-rounded, full-spectrum program, and the kindness and support from the entire staff. With a variety of community outreach programs and initiatives to improve the Long Beach community it was clear that Long Beach Memorial would be a perfect fit for me where I can thrive and grow to be a family physician. During my interview everyone was so open and supportive that I felt connected to the residents and faculty, and I’m incredibly happy that I was matched at Long Beach Memorial.
Medical Interests: Family planning, women’s health, LGBTQ+ medicine, HIV medicine, transgender medicine, community medicine, underserved communities, palliative care, healthcare access, public health and many more!
Hobbies: Cooking, eating, badminton, reading fiction, anime/manga and volunteering
Fun Fact About Yourself: 12 years of perfect attendance in the El Monte City School District and El Monte Unified High School District
Frank Valdez, MD – UC Davis
From: Baldwin Park, CA
Why did you choose Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine as your training site? When choosing a residency program I wanted to be somewhere in which the mission statement paralleled my own—caring for underserved communities similar to the one in which I grew up. What made LBM stand out among other programs was its strong training in my areas of interest such as mental health and LGBTQ+ medicine. Most importantly, I wanted to have a sense of family that I had during medical school at UC Davis. I immediately experienced that sense of family during my interview at LBM. Then, during my second look, I was welcomed back with tons of smiles and hugs. Despite not having a relationship with the residents, attendings and staff beforehand, I felt as if I was already a part of the LBM family and decided that this was the perfect place for me to thrive not only as a physician, but also as a human being.
Medical Interests: Underserved populations, family planning, LGBTQ+ medicine and mental health, among many others!
Hobbies: Hiking, jogging, Netflix (drama, horror, independent films, docuseries), exploring new restaurants and spending time with my family and friends—especially my little niece, “Weasel.”
Fun Fact About Yourself: I wanted to be a writer growing up. As a child I was fascinated by R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” anthology series and TV show. I was inspired to write a book entitled Beware of Killer Trees for my “Mystery Horrors” book series in elementary school.
Cecilia 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.
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!)
Rochelle LaCaze, MD, MPH – 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!
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).
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!
Christian Ramirez Haro, MD – Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.