Our Residents

Dr. Karen W. Fong
Post-graduate year: Second Year

Karen Fong

Dr. Karen W. Fong’s childhood dream was to open a homeless shelter. She says God showed her He wanted her to serve those in need. She was further inspired to become a physician after she saw the great care that physicians gave her father when he was ill. Dr. Fong attended University of California, Berkeley and received her Medical Degree from Saba University School of Medicine, Caribbean Netherlands. She is married to a Veteran and they are both passionate about serving our country through mission and medicine. Dr. Fong speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Her interests include singing in choir, mentoring high school students through basketball and running marathons.


Dr. Phyu Wai Lwin
Post-graduate year: Second Year

Phyu Wai Lwin

Dr. Phyu Wai Lwin grew up in Myanmar and was inspired to pursue medicine by a local family medicine doctor who she says took care of her community with tireless dedication. She set heart on becoming a doctor and is the first physician in her family. She received her Medical Degree from University of Medicine, Mandalay and served as a general practitioner in Myanmar. She has also studied health administration and health information management. Dr. Lwin speaks English, Burmese and Chinese. She says she is enjoying Hanford and its “small town feel,” as well as all the fresh produce available. Her interests include cooking, shopping and outdoor activities like traveling, hiking and cycling.


Dr. Manhar Patel
Post-graduate year: Second Year

Manhar Patel

Dr. Manhar Patel initially wanted to be a pilot. When his father was undergoing heart surgery he saw how caring doctors and nurses helped him recover. From that moment in childhood, he knew he wanted to become a doctor. He received his Medical Degree from Smolensk State Medical Academy in Russia and completed a Health Information Post Baccalaureate at Weber University, Utah. Dr. Patel says he is enjoying the “small town feel” of the Central Valley because the peaceful environment reminds him of life at home. He speaks English, Russian, Hindi and Gujarati. His interests include cooking, spending time with family and friends and exercising.


Dr. Alvin E. Vanegas
Post-graduate year: Second Year

Alvin Vanegas

Dr. Alvin E. Vanegas knew he wanted to become a doctor from an early age. He remembers how physicians helped his mom recover her vision after she suffered a complete occlusion of the ophthalmic artery. He chose to become a doctor so that he too could bring that type of happiness to others. He received his Medical Degree from ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine) in Cuba. Of his time in Cuba, he says he learned about the positive perspective people can keep despite their circumstances. He speaks English and Spanish. Dr. Vanegas and his wife, are enjoying the homey feel of Hanford. His interests include hiking, dancing and good movies.


Dr. Peter Bong
Post-graduate year: First Year

Alvin Vanegas

Peter Bong, MD completed his medical degree at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine with a strong focus on psychiatry. He soon learned that his true calling was family medicine and looks forward to serving the Hanford community with a focus on whole-person health. Dr. Bong speaks English and Spanish and in his spare time enjoys volunteering with his church, indoor surfing, lacrosse and pickleball.


Dr. Juan Deras
Post-graduate year: First Year

Alvin Vanegas

Juan Deras, MD completed his medical degree at Universidad Juárez del Estado del Durango in Durango, Mexico. Concerned for his safety as a physician in Mexico, Dr. Deras and his wife moved their family to the U.S., where he was accepted to the UCLA’s International Medical Graduate Program. He speaks English and Spanish and is thrilled to pursue his passion for family medicine caring for local families in the Hanford community. Dr. Deras is married and has three children. In his spare time he and his family enjoy watching movies, hiking, cooking and traveling.


Dr. Jennifer Garcia
Post-graduate year: First Year

Alvin Vanegas

Jennifer Garcia, MD completed her medical degree at the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center College of Medicine in Quezon City, Philippines. The daughter of a long-time California family physician and a mother to two young children, Dr. Garcia is excited to pursue family medicine because it will allow her to build long-term relationships with her patients. She speaks English and Spanish. Married to a fellow physician, Dr. Garcia enjoys karaoke, running and exploring new cultures.


Dr. Lyza Vanegas
Post-graduate year: First Year

Alvin Vanegas

Lyza Vanegas, MD, completed her medical degree at the Kharkiv National Medical University in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Following medical school graduation, Dr. Vanegas decided to pursue her love of family medicine in a safer location away from the armed conflict in Ukraine. She looks forward to training and serving in Hanford and speaks English, Russian and Ukrainian. Dr. Vanegas is married to a physician who is also a resident at Hanford Family Medicine Residency. She enjoys ballroom dancing, ice skating and painting in her spare time.