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.
Class of 2022
Binstock, Maxwell, MD
UC San Francisco
I grew up across the bridge in Marin County, CA and came to medicine through my studies and work at the intersection of agriculture, ecology, and health. My primary areas of focus during medical school were working with people who are homeless, studying the healing philosophy of Ayurveda, and eating delicious food while hiking. I am grateful to be joining the team of amazing staff, residents, and faculty at CCRMC, learning from my patients in the county setting, and practicing full-spectrum family medicine in a rigorous program.
Boulos, Maryana, MD
University of Utah
I was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah with my Syrian-American family where I fell in love with the outdoors. I am excited to come to Contra Costa for its unbeatable broad-spectrum training while I will be fortunate to explore the beauty of the Bay Area as well.
Castillo, Carla MD
I was drawn to CCRMC because I wanted to learn how to do "common things uncommonly well," train at a program that valued diversity and be part of promoting equity and justice in medicine. Although my family lives in central Florida, I studied in New England Dartmouth College for undergraduate and at Brown for medical school. I also completed a Master's in applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida. My research interests lie at the intersection of health, labor, and immigration policy.
Chang, Jinnie, MD
UC San Diego
I was born and raised in the Bay Area and studied Political Science and Public Policy at UC Berkeley, before relocating to San Diego for medical school. Prior to medical school I worked in health policy research and social advocacy organizations, notably the Berkeley Free Clinic. I chose Contra Costa County for residency for it's full-spectrum training and commitment to health equity in under-resourced communities.
Eshera, Noha, MD
I am an Egyptian-American, born and raised in Maryland. I went to the University of Maryland for my undergraduate studies in biology, French and international development. Before medical school, I spent a few years conducting public health research in the DC area. I am excited to join a team of healthcare providers at CCRMC committed to full spectrum family medicine, global health, health equity and social justice.
Mostow, Jacqueline, MD
Ohio State University
I've spent most of my life in OH but am so excited to venture west and grow some roots in CA. I'm thrilled to pursue my residency at CCRMC, where the rigorous clinical training and passionate residency community will allow me to become an FP capable of advocating for medically underserved patients in and out the healthcare system. I love sharing food with others, exploring the outdoors, and live music; within medicine, I'm excited about caring for multiple generations, adolescent health, family planning, advocacy, and health equity.
Pichardo-Gomez, David, MD
UC San Francisco
I'm originally from Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and since moving from southern CA to med school in SF I've fallen in love with the bay area. My passions in medicine include the use of lifestyle medicine for the prevention and treatment of disease, and the entirety of culinary medicine, which has spawned a fun hobby for cooking. I love the outdoors and working out and dancing to Latin beats. Contra Costa is the epitome of my interests, due to its underserved diverse population, including a large Latinx community, it's safety net/county setting, its concentration on health, social justice, and patient empowerment with opportunities such as the recent food as medicine initiative, and its remarkable ability to train FM clinicians. I did a sub-i at CCRMC and LOVED it and am happy to come back another three years.
Priyam, Prachi, MD
Thomas Jefferson University
After enjoying many years living between the Northeastern United States and India, I look forward to returning home and serving the East Bay. I am honored to join the Contra Costa family, which challenges the socioeconomic and racial inequalities that foster health disparities and equips its residents to provide high quality, full-spectrum care for marginalized communities. Outside of the clinic, I hope to learn more about our local history and explore nearby trails, museums, concerts, and writing events.
Richardson, Emma, MD
After bouncing around the Midwest for my entire life, I'm thrilled to escape the polar vortex and relocate to CA for my residency training at Contra Costa! From research on obstetric fistula in Uganda to leading weekly discussions on health in the Cook County jail in Chicago, I've always been happiest and fulfilled working at the intersections of health, behavioral science, health equity, and justice. I was drawn to Contra Costa by the amazing people and incredible full spectrum training that will prepare me to provide the best care for my patients in the future!
Saho, Fatumata, MD
University of New Mexico
I am a first generation American who grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I chose CCRMC because of its focus on training full-spectrum family medicine physicians in addition to its global health program, and the wonderful faculty and residents who are passionate about the wellbeing of their community.
Sanchez, Lilia, MD
I am a Contra Costa County native, raised in Pittsburg, CA! I am so incredibly blessed to return home to serve my community. I chose CCRMC because in addition to their reputation of outstanding full-spectrum training, their mission really speaks to all things I hold close to my heart—compassion, advocacy, diversity, global health, social justice and service to some of the most vulnerable patient populations. As the first in my family to become a physician, I hope to practice Family Medicine with humility, while honoring lessons I have learned from my amazing parents and patients. I look forward to providing compassionate care and be an advocate for families from all walks of life.
Wittenburg, Gregory, MD
Growing up in Topeka, Kansas, I always marveled at my father's ability to make friends with anyone (everyone); he is a gifted listener and someone who takes genuine interest in people's stories. It is perhaps no surprise that I was drawn to a specialty, family medicine, that emphasizes the paramount importance of human relationship—especially with those at the margins. Contra Costa's mission to serve the underserved both locally and globally resonates deeply with my own, and I consider myself fortunate to be in their company.
Younge, Marian, MD
University of Massachusetts
I grew up in Sub-Saharan Africa and moved to Massachusetts in elementary school where I stayed for my undergraduate, gap, and medical school years. I spent the last few years exploring my interests in community health, global health and pipeline programs. I chose CCRMC because of the program's full-spectrum OB training, global health opportunities and dedication to quality healthcare for the underserved.
Class of 2023
Carrillo, Mayra, MD
I grew up in the Yakima Valley, Washington and the first in my family to become a physician! Prior to medical school, I pursued my commitment to public health as a health educator and community mobilizer at an FQHC. I am excited to join the CCRMC family because of the broad-spectrum training, dedication to the underserved communities, and commitment to social justice and diversity.
Cuervo, Isabel, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
I was raised by my two loving Cuban parents alongside two sisters with an upbringing mostly in Miami. I chose CCRMC because of the people and their commitment to delivering patient-centered care and training full-spectrum providers. I feel inspired by the community-orientated training and proud to be part of a program that acknowledges the weight of social determinants of health.
Devries, Jennifer, MD, MPH
UC San Diego
I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and I have lived all throughout California and Chicago. I am excited to be back in the east bay, where my love for harm reduction, queer community, and activism were first nurtured! I chose CCRMC to train at a community-oriented, mission driven program where I could gain the clinical skills necessary in a supportive environment to further advance health equity and liberation.
Escamilla, Daniel, MD
I was born in Sonora, Mexico and have been in California for almost 20 years (mostly in Sacramento), where I volunteered in various clinics and learned about health disparities. I chose CCRMC for it's full-spectrum training with the goal of being a well-rounded physician for any patient population or setting. In my free time I enjoy tasting new foods as well as being outdoors.
Gonzalez, Elvira "Sofia", MD
Universidad Autónoma De Guadalajara
Contra Costa's mission aligns with my personal commitment to learn how to best serve under-resourced communities, similar to those that I grew up in, through quality and accessible healthcare. As a Latina family physician, I aim to reduce health disparities and inspire other Latinas to pursue medicine. I am happy to be back in my birthplace of California, after years of chasing my education all over North America.
Guerrero, Nery, MD
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Growing up in South Texas, I witnessed the role physicians play in advocating for their patients, especially the undocumented and under-resourced. As the first in my family to graduate college, let alone medical school, I value community driven missions which foster growth and trust. I chose CCRMC due to its community involvement and promotion of justice and equity in medicine.
Gutierrez, Gabriel, MD
UC San Francisco
I grew up in Daly City, California. I completed medical school at UCSF and am excited to train at Contra Costa because I believe it will develop me into a well-rounded physician, who delivers quality patient centered care to diverse medically underserved populations.
Kane, Myriam, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
My name is Maïsha and I am originally from Dakar, Senegal. I plan to return and practice in my home country, and I chose Contra Costa because of the robust broad-spectrum training. I have a special interest in Obstetrics and wanted to be able to have the maximum number of deliveries. In addition to providing all the above, CCFMR also had great faculty members and a diverse program which was important to me.
Milne-Price, Shauna, MD
University of Washington
Growing up in Montana, I developed a love for animals, rural communities, and wild places. My path to family medicine followed an exploration of human-animal health, infectious diseases, and social justice. I have seen the power of family medicine in action, and hope to someday use it to serve rural, historically marginalized communities. I was drawn to CCRMC because of its mission for advocacy, full spectrum training, and amazing people.
Muralles, Sara, MD, MPH
Loyola University Chicago
Born and raised in Chicago, I grew up close to my family and community, allowing me insight into how health and well-being are intertwined with family, culture, beliefs, and access. These perspectives, undoubtedly influenced my journey to family medicine. I chose CCRMC for its unparalleled full-spectrum training, dedication to quality care to the underserved, and because the people and values of the program made me feel at home.
Perez, Megan, MD
University of Colorado
I grew up in a small town nestled at the base of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. My aspiration to become a board spectrum family physician are galvanized by my desire to return to a rural, under-resourced community. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Contra Costa family because of their rigorous, mission-based training, robust OB opportunities, and dedication to pipeline initiatives.
Ray, Kyra, MD
I began cultivating my interest in primary care for underserved populations while working at a shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Seattle, a passion that solidified in medical school. As I researched residency programs, I was drawn to the diverse patient population and robust, broad-spectrum training at CCRMC. After meeting the caring and compassionate people here, I knew it was the place for me!
Sullivan, Eleanor, MD
University of Iowa
I am from Des Moines, IA. After studying biology and East Asian studies at the University of Chicago, I worked in San Francisco then circled back to Iowa for medical school. I am thrilled to train at Contra Costa, a place well-versed in the art of full-spectrum family medicine and committed to providing care for those faced with systemic barriers to health services.