Past Fellows (2011-2016)
Brea Bondi-Boyd (2013- 2014)
Brea hails from the Sacramento area. She pursued her medical studies at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. Following graduation, she continued to serve as a mentor for medical students in Cuba, leading several workshops on women's health issues for medical students. As a family medicine resident, her interests led her to clinical work with indigenous Mapuche in Chile, Los Medicos Voladores in rural Mexico, and Partners in Health in Chiapas. Her global health fellowship year was spent working in Chiapas and attending on the medical/surgical service at Contra Costa. She continues to facilitate resident educational opportunities in Chiapas. Outside of medicine, she enjoys swimming, visual art, antiques and literature.
Emily Cotter (2015-2016)
Emily is a recent graduate of the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency program and currently a Contra Costa/UCSF Global Health Fellow. Her interest in addressing health inequities began while working with communities on Native American reservations during high school. After completing her undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, she completed her MPH at U.C. Berkeley studying infectious diseases. She developed a strong sympathy for and commitment to health and human rights after witnessing human rights abuses during an MPH project in Zimbabwe. Her passion for working with populations experiencing and recovering from conflict led to her participation in a neglected tropical-disease project in Sierra Leone during medical school and various projects with Village Health Works in Burundi during residency. As a Global Health Fellow, she plans to work in Malawi supporting family medicine education and capacity building, with hopes of also returning to Burundi. She remains passionate about health and human rights and health inequities, as well as family-medicine education and volunteering with asylum seekers. Outside of medicine, she enjoys urban homesteading, cooking, running and wood working.
Matthew Fentress (2011-2013)
Dr. Fentress attended medical school at the University of California Davis, subsequently joining CCRMC for residency. As a resident, Dr. Fentress co-founded the global health track at CCRMC, which enabled him to participate in clinical rotations in Malawi, Tanzania, and Haiti. Upon graduation, he served as a global health fellow, working with the MGH/CCRMC partnership in South Sudan where he trained South Sudanese medical students and junior physicians in the Juba Teaching Hospital. During his second year of fellowship, he focused on ultrasound skill development and teaching, spending his time abroad volunteering in a hospital in northern India serving the Tibetan refugee community in exile. After fellowship, Dr. Fentress joined Medecins Sans Frontieres, serving in missions in Myanmar and South Sudan, and subsequently worked in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic with Last Mile Health, an affiliate of Partners in Health. Dr. Fentress is currently the medical director of a homeless clinic in downtown Oakland and continues to work in the emergency department at CCRMC.
Ben Huntley (2015-2016)
Ben Huntley completed his family medicine residency and obstetrics fellowship training at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He is joining us for a PGY-5 year as a Global Health Fellow. His primary interest abroad is in the teaching and provision of direct maternity care, including prenatal care, ultrasound (dating, anatomy and growth scans), labor management, and delivery (spontaneous vaginal, operative and surgical). Other related interests include family planning and cervical cancer screening. The brunt of his surgical training included mandatory operative fellowship months at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, which is among the busiest labor and delivery wards in the world. He is an ALSO Instructor and enjoys teaching in domestic and international settings. When not in maternity, he enjoys general adult inpatient medicine. Dr. Huntley holds a Certificate of Knowledge in Trop Med from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In addition to the three months he recently spent representing Contra Costa at the Partners In Health site in Malawi, his clinical travels have previously taken him to Ecuador, Ghana, and Palestine. A native of Iowa City, Ben's interests outside medicine include running, mountain biking, cooking, baking, checking scores on ESPN and checking headlines in the New York Times.
Michele Montandon (2011-2013)
Dr. Montandon received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, with an area of concentration in global health. She completed residency training in family medicine at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. During her training, she volunteered clinically and conducted HIV research in Kenya and Uganda. After residency, she worked with Doctors Without Borders in Lagos, Nigeria. Her international health interests include improvement of primary health care systems and medical education, particularly the training of highly skilled general practitioners and physician leaders for work in rural, physician-poor areas. Through this fellowship, she has worked on medical education programs in Juba, South Sudan and Sagam, Kenya.
Jeff Pierce (2012-2014)
A native of South Texas, Dr. Pierce completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas-Pan American and his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. After completing his training at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency in 2007, he worked in Lesotho for a year as part of the Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric AIDS Corps. Since then, he has divided his time between working in Northern California and working as the director of education for World Altering Medicine, an NGO mainly focused on helping a community in central Malawi. In addition to his experience in southern Africa, Pierce has worked in Kenya, South Sudan, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peruand the Philippines. His medical interests include high-risk obstetrics, HIV and tropical medicine. He is dedicated to addressing health care needs in the developing world primarily through the teaching of medical practitioners.
Mena Ramos (2015-2016)
The seed for global health was first planted as a child growing up in the rural Philippines bearing witness to the stories of relatives whose lives were lost as a direct result of poverty. As an undergraduate at Brown, Mena worked with community health organizations in the Philippines and in Ghana, exploring social determinants of health in a community with Hansen's disease in Manila and in a fishing community in the Volta Region of Ghana. Her path led her to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, where she was inspired and humbled by the commitment of a government to provide basic healthcare for all despite political and economic constraints. She was privileged to study alongside thousands of students from South America, Central America and Africa, becoming part of the much needed global health workforce. She completed her family medicine training at Contra Costa where she nurtured her interest for teaching by facilitating workshops in women's health for community health workers in India and ultrasound training for family medicine residents. As a global health fellow, Mena will be working with PIH to strengthen family medicine and ultrasound training for medical students in Malawi. Outside of medicine, Mena loves playing Afro-Cuban percussion, congas, batá, salsa dancing, doing triathlons and learning new languages.
Jason Reinking (2014-2015)
A graduate of Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program, Jay has spent 18 months in Malawi doing pediatric malnutrition research for the World Health Organization, as well clinical medicine with Partners in Health. Has also spent time in Sagam, Kenya (clinical medicine), Haiti (TB project), as well as a year in Egypt as a clinic volunteer before medical school. He is interested in comprehensive primary care and longitudinal institutional project presence at global health sites.
Kali Stanger (2012-2013)
Dr. Stanger graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco before joining CCRMC for residency. As a resident, Dr. Stanger's work abroad included relief work in post-earthquake Haiti, inpatient adult medicine for a district hospital in Malawi, and volunteer work in South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya that included teaching ultrasound. During her year as a global health fellow, she volunteered abroad in a hospital with the Tibetan refugee population in northwestern India. Her work as a resident and fellow focused upon developing the global health program curriculum at CCRMC. Subsequent to fellowship, Dr. Stanger brought her training in underserved medicine closer to home, where she now serves as medical director of La Clinica de la Raza, a safety-net FQHC in Vallejo, CA.
Priyanka Tulshian (2014-2016)
Priyanka's interest in global health started in college where she majored in Public Health. Her college experiences with the underserved communities of Philadelphia pushed her to think beyond country borders and find a way to mix her interests in public health with medicine. In medical school, she spent a summer in a small mountain village in South Africa working with other clinicians to develop a better tuberculosis treatment monitoring program at a local hospital. She spent a few months working in India at a government hospital as well; again working with marginalized patients in the worst of situations. She was able to spend a month in Xela, Guatemala, working on her Spanish and working at a local clinic. During her residency in Boston, she was able to continue working in the global health field through the Refugee Center at Boston Medical Center. Here, she worked with FGM patients and assisted in creating affidavits for those refugees seeking asylum. She worked with family medicine physicians who focused on refugee health as well. As a global health fellow, she has dedicated her time to the program development of the first Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Africa, which is located at a rural hospital in Sagam, Kenya. There, she works as an attending physician for the residents in the program and continues to work on system issues at the hospital; along with continuing to improve the nuts and bolts of the residency program. She particularly interested in chronic care management in developing countries as chronic diseases begin to place a significant burden on healthcare systems in the region. While at CCRMC, she works as a hospitalist on the teaching services. Priyanka is an avid football fan and cannot leave the house without ketchup.