Class of 2018
Victoria Chew, MD
I grew up in San Jose and after majoring in genetics at UC Davis, taught English in China and was involved in burn research before starting medical school. I enjoy cooking, baking, knitting, cycling, and traveling. I am excited to be joining the CCRMC program because I know I will receive excellent procedural and OB training with talented people who share a common goal of serving a diverse community.
Madeline Cozad, MD
Louisiana State University – New Orleans
I'm from New Orleans, LA and have lived in the South all of my life, besides a stint with the Peace Corps in Lesotho. I'm interested in primary care, global health, and maternal and child health, and I'm so excited to come to Contra Costa to train with such like-minded, passionate, and intelligent people!
Erik Gonzalez, MD
UCLA Drew Medical Education Program - L.A.
I was born and raised in Pacoima, California a working class, mostly immigrant community of Los Angeles County. I was an anthropology major at UC Davis mostly because my interests have always orbited humans: our biology, our cultures, and the way we interact with our worlds. But I've also consistently geared my life towards working with and in under-resourced communities. Through the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program I will be trained to provide the best full-spectrum care that I can give to the communities that I've dedicated myself to.
Kari Kompaniez, MD
I grew up in a small mountain community, Big Bear Lake in Southern CA, where my initial experiences in medicine helped me to appreciate the value of having a compassionate, as well as thorough and resourceful, primary care physician. After finishing my away rotation at CCRMC in the obstetrics department, I couldn't imagine doing my Family Medicine Residency anywhere else. On the first day of my rotation, I delivered two babies and participated in a C-section -- I was so excited to learn that Contra Costa' s philosophy encourages learning by doing. Additionally, I am thrilled to join a community that shares many of my core values -- humanism, discovery, continuity of care, teaching, and caring for the underserved. I look forward to training where full-spectrum Family Medicine emphasized among intelligent, inspiring, and compassionate faculty and residents.
Mariel Lougee, MD
University of Minnesota
My name is Mariel Lougee. I'm originally from the Midwest - Michigan and Minnesota and spent some time on the east coast prior to moving west. I have worked in psychology/counseling and as a case manager at a Women's shelter prior to finding medicine and primary care as my passion. I am dedicated to practicing full spectrum family medicine in a county system with a particular focus on the homeless and underserved.
Tiffany Lu, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago
My Christian faith led me to pursue medicine, and it is central in my professional decisions and aspirations. I chose CCRMC because I believe my training here will shape me into a skilled and compassionate physician prepared to serve patients most in need of care.
Adelaida Magallanes, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine - Seattle
I was raised in San Pablo and Vallejo, and studied Biology and Latin American Studies at the University of San Francisco. Before medical school, I spent time as an afterschool teacher for youth in Richmond and taught ESL to Latina immigrant mothers and transgender women in San Francisco's Mission and Polk District. More recently, I taught teenagers in a rural Washington beauty salon about Emergency Contraception and actively mentored underrepresented pre-meds and medical students. I chose CCRMC for its high-quality, full-spectrum training, dedication to caring for the underserved and the warm, well-rounded, and friendly residents I met along the way.
Ashley "Engel" Ottman, MD
University of Arizona – Tucson
I grew up in Idaho, but went to school and lived in England before beginning my adventures in Medicine. Previously, I worked as a stone carver, restoring Gothic buildings in England and also taught Art to all ages. I am excited to work and learn at Contra Costa as the people here are warm, diverse and dedicated to practicing the art of medicine in the service of those most in need.
Lauren Pallis, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson
Born and raised in the Bay Area, I stayed close to home after high school to attend UC Berkeley (go Bears!). I have been on the East Coast for the past four years, and am thrilled to be returning home to serve the community that helped shape me. After learning about the wonderful training opportunities at CCRMC and meeting the faculty and residents, I knew it was absolutely the place for me!
Evan Pulvers, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – New York
Naman Shah, MD, PhD
University of North Carolina
Born in North Carolina, I grew up moving frequently in the US and abroad - I'm excited to now add California to the mix. Clinically, I enjoy all acute care with special interests in tropical medicine and primary surgery. I'm also an epidemiologist focused on the design and management of health systems. I chose Contra Costa for it's rare mix of celebrating generalism, hard work, and training true do-anything docs. Having been educated in public institutions, and continuing that tradition here, I also appreciate the wonderful difference a clear mandate makes in mission and sense of community.
Marcella Torres, MD, MS
I was born and raised in nearby Stockton, CA and am thrilled to return to NorCal after a great run at UC Irvine School of Medicine, and participation in UCI's PRIME-LC program, which taught me to recognize and address Latino health disparities through the broader lens of advocacy and community development. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Panama 97-99), and credentialed teacher in my former life, CCRMC's community feel and strong focus on underserved medicine strongly aligns with my own reasons for coming to medicine. I am honored to join the CCRMC team, and can't wait to build the broad spectrum skills I will need to make a difference in the lives of those most in need.
Ariel Wagner, MD MMSc
Harvard Medical School
A native of Arlington, Virginia, I chose CCRMC for its rigorous full-spectrum FM training and the chance to care for underserved patients. I am particularly interested in maternal and child health, global health, and medicine as a means to enhance social justice. In my free time, I like to travel, read, bike, camp, and do just about anything I can outside.
Class of 2019
Gabriel Anaya, MD, MS
Universidad de Guadalajara
I was born in San Diego but grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. After graduation I came home and started working in public and environmental health at UC San Diego, later obtaining a Master's in Clinical Research and recently concluding a Global Health Fellowship with the NIH. I chose CCRMC because of the range of training, hands-on environment and community atmosphere created by faculty and residents. I'm honored, excited, and happy to become part of CCRMC team and community and will work to make a difference in my patients and community.
Joshua Back, MD
University of Rochester:
I grew up in Albany, NY and went to undergrad at Colgate Univ., where majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies sparked my passion for social justice. WWOOF'ing around Kenya seeking direction after graduating, I found my way to a fishing island in Lake Victoria, where a grassroots effort was taking holistic participatory approach to global health. Seeing the power in blending clinical care, public health, & comm. dev. led me to the Univ. of Rochester. I'm excited to join CCRMC for it's full-spectrum training, learning by doing & shared commitment to health equity.
Alex Harsha Bangura, MD
Harvard Medical School
I grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota, and after living in Los Angeles, the Pacific NW and the NE, I can definitely say that the Bay Area is juuuust right. I'm passionate about maternal & child health, particularly in low-resource settings, and have spent much time working on mobile health tools to increase access to quality prenatal, delivery and early childhood care in sub-Saharan Africa and Nepal. I chose CCRMC so that I could continue to nurse this passion while developing the skills I need to work in critically underserved areas. I'm thrilled to do so with such an incredible group of thoughtful, compassionate and all-around amazing individuals!
Kevin Dolezal, MD
Originally from Chicago, I spent 4 years in New Orleans for medical school at Tulane Univ. I came to CCRMC with my wife Catherine to get the most well rounded medical training available & to serve the people of beautiful northern California.
Melinda Kong, MD, MS
UC San Francisco
I was raised in Oakland and have many childhood memories of swimming competitively all over the Bay Area. I spent my undergrad. years at Stanford and for medical school attended UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program. In med. school, I also worked with elder immigrants in public health programs and local school age kids in community projects. Between the two, I lived in China and Taiwan where I studied acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and practiced as a licensed acupuncturist in San Francisco. I chose CCRMC because of the strong commitment to family & community, full-spectrum FM training. I look forward to working with this dedicated and compassionate team.
Jessica Lucey, MD
I was born in Los Angeles, but moved away from sunny California to study medicine in even sunnier Havana, Cuba. While I had originally planned to become an obstetrician like my grandfather, the excellent primary care I witnessed in Cuba inspired to specialize in family medicine. I chose Contra Costa because it provides full-spectrum training, including elements of operative OB, with a large Spanish-speaking population.
Jennifer Estrada-Melgar, MD
I was born and raised in the San Fernando valley of Los Angeles. I came to the Bay Area for undergrad at UC Berkeley, and remained in northern California for medical school at UC Davis. I am a first generation Latina, with cultural roots in Central America. I chose the CCRMC family medicine program because I believe in its mission. My passion in medicine is to render services to underserved populations, and I'm so excited to be part of a residency program that strives to alleviate health disparities. As a new member of the CCRMC team, I hope to grow as a physician that is equipped with both medical knowledge and empathy to serve a wide range of patients whole-heartedly.
Victor Luis Mleczko, MD
UC San Francisco
Born in San Francisco of Salvadoran and Argentine-Polish heritage, I'm a lifelong Bay Area resident with a decade of work experience preceding medical school. Much of that time was spent doing ancillary social work as a residential counselor or IHSS service provider. I also have healthcare experience including work as a Certified Nursing Aid (CNA). Life as the son of immigrants has given me an interest in health disparities making CCRMC's unique and rigorous training program particularly attractive. Few other family medicine residencies truly leverage the potential of primary care to combat healthcare inequalities.
Catherine Nguyen, MD
I grew up in the Bay Area, went to undergrad at Cal, and got happily transplanted to New Orleans for medical school at Tulane. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to attend CCRMC with my husband, Kevin, and care for the community that shaped me. I chose CCRMC for its commitment to the underserved, rigorous broad-spectrum training, and compassionate faculty/residents.
Jonathan Patberg, MD
University of Washington
I went to the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate school and the Univ. of Washington for med. school. As a physician, my interests are in critical care, women's health, transgender health and community medicine. As an activist, I am curious about what actually changes people's minds and as a community member I am interested in breweries and fruit orchards. I am excited to be at Contra Costa because I can rely on its rigorous training to prepare me to be a useful physician in any environment.
Sarah Pettibone, MD, MSCR
University of Michigan
I chose CCRMC because I was looking for rigorous, full-scope training program. I plan to be a rural doctor in the north country of my home state of Michigan. My masters research was on the care of medically complex patients with dementia in the rural primary care setting. Every level of the staff is involved and inspired in the care of their patients at CCRMC, and I appreciate working alongside them every day.
Angela Rodgers, MD
Greetings, I'm Angela! I grew up with alopecia areata, an autoimmune hairloss disease, which sparked my interest in medicine, education, and advocacy. Although my family lives in the Inland Empire in southern California, I enjoyed my undergraduate and medical school studies at UC Davis. I chose CCRMC in order to learn how to be the best physician I could be in a rigorous training program that is community oriented.
Karen Weinbaum, MD, MPH, PhD
University of Wisconsin
I came to medicine after 3 years in rural Cameroon as a Peace Corps volunteer, and after spending additional time there as a research scientist. It was at that point that I realized my deepest personal fulfillment would come from helping people directly. I chose CCRMC for its full- spectrum training, global health program, and the amazing group of residents and faculty dedicated to the underserved of California and beyond.
Class of 2020
Margot Albert, MD
UC San Francisco
I grew up in upstate New York and prior to medical school worked as a ski instructor, a bartender, and as a lawyer representing victims of elder abuse and low-income homeowners in foreclosure. After my law career I spent a year in Haiti at a tuberculosis ward, which helped me better appreciate the vast complexities of global health. I chose Contra Costa for its high quality, broad-spectrum training, its dedication to providing quality care to underserved communities & its rigorous training that will afford me the skills to practice in low-resource settings home & abroad.
Rafael Blank, MD
UC San Francisco
I took a pleasant and scenic route to medicine. I studied anthropology in undergrad because I loved hearing people's stories and learning about their lives. After school, I realized that a career as a family physician, would allow me to create intimate connections with people I might otherwise never meet. I'm excited about being a Contra Costa FM resident! I chose this program because not only does it embrace the full breadth and depth of family medicine, but it uses those as tools to serve people who may otherwise have little access to healthcare.
Kevin Critchlow, MD
University of Washington
I grew up in Seattle and Los Angeles. After studying biomedical engineering in undergrad, I shifted towards family medicine with the aim of marrying a social medicine based approach with a technical understanding. I am excited to train at CCRMC because of the opportunity to serve patients with the social needs present in a county hospital while gaining the skills to practice anywhere. And in the Bay Area, I can enjoy the best of both the northern and southern parts of the West Coast!
William "Liam" Guerin, MD
Geisel School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Metro Detroit by a family that valued playing soccer, making music, serving our community, and celebrating our American, Irish, Scottish, and Maltese traditions. Oberlin College broadened my perspective on social and political challenges affecting health, while medical school at Dartmouth offered tools to promote a more fair and efficient medical system. With Contra Costa's robust training, I will work to meet the health care needs of all patients, including refugees and LGBTQ+ people.
Rachel Harlos, MD
University of Minnesota
I grew up in Tucson, AZ and moved to Minnesota in high school. Growing up in predominantly Mexican-American, low-income neighborhoods challenged by gang violence gravitated me towards medicine & raised questions about access, equity, and what makes a person/community healthy or sick. I explored these questions as an Anthropology major in college and then working in public health, teaching 4th grade & working with women / children recovering from substance disorders. I chose Contra Costa for its rigorous training and preparation to work in low resource settings and for its people who think and work deeply, broadly, and creatively for health and empowerment of the communities we serve.
Claire Hartung, MD
University of Rochester
Although a native of the Philadelphia suburbs (Devon, PA), I ventured to Carleton College in Minnesota for my undergraduate degree and eventually moved up to snowy Rochester, NY for medical school. My wanderlust and degree in French led me to study experiences in Paris and Bamako, Mali and a year teaching English in Lyon, France. I am thrilled to be joining the CCRMC family where I can pursue training in broad-spectrum, community-focused family medicine, as well as further cultivate my interests in global, public, and women's health.
Adam Krystian Jesionek, MD
Saint Louis University
I grew up within the Polish community here in the East Bay and learned to love the NorCal environment by way of climbing, trail running, and backpacking its hills. I chose CCRMC because it's exceptional emphasis on community service & the manifestation of Family Medicine as a discipline that can be utilized in so many different settings. My particular interests in medicine include maternal/child health, rural & wilderness medicine, and the benefits of nature and green spaces, such as the mountains surrounding Martinez, on the well-being of my neighbors.
Jessie Liu, MD
I grew up in the Midwest and Los Angeles before arriving in the Bay Area. Through college I worked to address health inequities around water/sanitation in Tanzania and the Galapagos Islands. In medical school, I began working with several other grad students to increase capacity of patient families in India through a social enterprise that grew out of a class project. Since I derive immense meaning from interacting with people from all walks and in all stages of life, family medicine was my ideal specialty. I chose CCRMC for the compassionate, social justice-oriented residents/faculty, the patient population & learn-by-doing clinical training.
Candace Markley, MD/MPH
I'm excited to join Contra Costa FM Residency where I know I will get to pursue my passion for providing full-spectrum primary care to the underserved. This passion was sparked by my experiences working with Spanish-speaking patients at a UC Davis student-run free clinic while in college (go Aggies!) and was deepened in med. school at Emory Univ. in Atlanta, a city rooted in some of our country's most pivotal social justice movements. I chose CCRMC because it will provide me with training I need to be a skilled and confident practitioner in any setting.
Elena Phoutrides, MD/MPH
Oregon Health & Science University
My family is from Portland, Oregon where I grew up along with my older brother and two younger sisters. After college, I worked for a few years in research and public health program development before starting medical school. I am passionate about caring for the underserved and wanted to be somewhere that valued family medicine as a specialty, and I am delighted to be starting residency at Contra Costa!
Jennifer Shrestha, MD
University of California Davis
Our family is Chinese-Hawaiian-Nepalese and I am an LGBTQ friendly provider. I was born and raised in East LA, and am the first in my family to become a physician! Growing up I saw many with poor access to health care--which inspires me to be a physician who finds innovative, compassionate ways to provide quality care for underserved communities. At UC Berkeley I was a Blum Ctr. Fellow & am blessed to join the CCRMC family! The people care deeply about patients & are driven to close disparities in health care through social justice & comm. activism.
Kelsi Schoenrock, MD
UC San Francisco
I grew up in the East Bay and went to college on the East Coast before moving back to the Bay Area for medical school at UCSF. I'm passionate about reproductive health, adolescent medicine and working to engage with the local community. I am excited by CCRMC's strong full-spectrum training, commitment to the underserved and opportunities in global health.
Jennifer Stanziale, MD
Michigan State University
I was raised in Charlotte, NC but spent part of my childhood in Switzerland. Living in another country I experienced immigrant status first-hand. I worked 10 years in veterinary medicine before finishing my degree and going to med. school. My experiences growing up and desire to interact with others led me to FM. I learned of CCRMC and felt this was family medicine as I thought it should be practiced. I'm excited to join dedicated & competent physicians & healthcare workers. My interests include LGBTQI med., social determinants of health & inpatient med.