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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
Tulane University

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
Escuela Latinoamericana

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
UC Davis

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
Tulane University

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
UC Davis

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
Stanford University

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
Emory University

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
UC 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.

Class of 2021

Mercedes Charles, MD
Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

I'm from Caribbean-Latino descent; raised in Woodbridge, VA. I'm a GMU Patriot and a Cuba-ELAM Medical Graduate. I choose CCRMC due to its rigorous and dynamic training. I'm honored to train with such a high-octane team. I can't wait to meet you!

Silvia Fonseca, MD, MPH
UC San Diego School of Medicine

I was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Los Angeles with my family when I was 7. I attended UC San Diego for medical school and had the privilege of being part of the PRIME-Health Equity program, which furthered my desire to provide compassionate, comprehensive medical care for vulnerable communities. I am thrilled to join CCRMC because of its unparalleled combination of full-spectrum family medicine training, as well as humanistic, mission-oriented residents and faculty.

Helena Frischtak, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine

I grew up in Rio de Janeiro - a vibrant, gorgeous city full of bossa and charm that I'll forever be impartial to. At 18, I followed in my three older sisters' steps and moved to the U.S. for college. I have taken the "scenic route" to Contra Costa, with detours in NYC, Peru, New Zealand, France, and Mozambique. I am very passionate about global health and caring for the underserved, and believe full-spectrum Family Medicine lends itself particularly well to these interests. In the future, I hope to work for Doctors without Borders in some far-flung locale, or serve low-income communities in Brazil.

Laura Harris, MD, MS, MPH
UC San Francisco School of Medicine

I grew up in New York, and migrated west for public health and medical studies. I'm interested in women's health, and passionate about family medicine's role in caring for underserved populations and promoting health equity. I am excited to stay in the Bay Area for residency at CCRMC, learning full-spectrum Family Medicine with fantastic women's health training alongside fantastic co-residents and faculty!

Sorren Lindstrom, MD
UC Davis School of Medicine

I have a warm and strong connection to the Bay Area, having grown up, worked and gone to school in the East Bay and San Francisco. This makes me all the more excited and honored to continue my training in Contra Costa County at CCRMC, giving back to and learning from a community which helped shape me. Personally, I love hiking and cooking, and clinically, I look forward to training in full spectrum primary care excellence with an emphasis on family planning in underserved communities.

Joana Loeza, MD
UC San Francisco School of Medicine

I am a first-generation student from Southern California with a passion for social justice and mentorship. I chose Contra Costa because it is a rigorous program that will prepare me to provide high-quality care to ALL of my patients regardless of their socioeconomic status. My hobbies include running, cooking, eating, and dancing any type of Latin music.

Carol's Montes-Rouse, MD
UC Davis School of Medicine

I was born in Honduras, and immigrated with my family to Compton, CA at a very young age. After UCLA and spear heading student organizations that advocate for undocumented access to higher education, I attended UC Davis. My passion lies in community engagement, advocacy and activism for my undocumented community & educational programs for the underserved. I've experienced the multi-faceted role community has on individuals & families. I chose CCRMC because of the people that dedicate their life to providing for the underserved and was moved by the commitment to nurture the next generation of community physicians through a rigorous full-spectrum family medicine program.

Skender Najibi, MD
Oregon Health & Science University

I was born and raised in the East Bay region of CA before moving to Portland, OR for medical school, where I became the first physician in my family of Afghan immigrants. I am honored to continue my academic journey & train to become a full spectrum Family Medicine physician at CCRMC. Their commitment to social justice through caring for a diverse and medically underserved population aligns perfectly with my goals!

Dahlia Norry, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

I chose Family Medicine because I believe that comprehensive patient care means working with families and communities, too. I'm excited to move from the east coast to be part of the unbelievably motivated and passionate Contra Costa family because of the rigorous, hands-on training that will enable me to work within underserved communities and fight for a just health system for all. I'm especially excited about family planning, outpatient care, and community medicine.

Shakir Saud, MD, MS
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

As a native New Yorker, I appreciate cultural diversity and have a strong sense of community. Working as a paramedic for ten years allowed me to contribute to humanitarian efforts in Haiti, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Peru, which strengthened my passion for global health and treating the underserved. I was drawn to Contra Costa because of the program's diverse patient population, broad spectrum training with an emphasis on inpatient medicine, and faculty members who are dedicated to teaching.

Ari Simon, DO, MS
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I learned to surf in the frigid Pacific Ocean and climb the beautiful mountains that surround this wonderful area. I am honored to join the team of inspiring faculty, staff and residents at CCRMC, whose dedication to providing excellent and compassionate medical care to those who have the greatest need inspired me as a medical student. I am excited to continue my training and education at CCRMC where I hope to develop knowledge and skills in maternal and child health, inpatient medicine, and advanced POC Ultrasound that will allow me to practice true full-spectrum family medicine in low-resource settings.

Adam Spring, MD, MPH
George Washington University, School of Medicine & Health Sciences

I'm from Galesburg, Illinois, a small town not far from the Mississippi River. I chose CCRMC because I know it's the best full-spectrum training program and the only one that could prepare me for my future goal of becoming a full-time clinician in Sub-Saharan Africa

Selina Thomas, MD
UC San Diego School of Medicine

I am from San Diego, and I love Jesus, the outdoors, cooking, crafting, word games, and listening to peoples stories. I choose CCRMC because I value their commitment to the underserved and am passionate about caring for such precious and vulnerable populations both locally and globally. I believe the full-spectrum training, high volume OB, and global health opportunities here will be of great benefit in allowing me to pursue my calling to use my skills as a conduit of the many blessings in my own life, as I seek to one day serve a people outside of the US.

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