Our Residents

Dr. Kelvis Gonzalez Gallardo
Post-graduate year: Third Year

Kelvis Gonzalez

Dr. Kelvis Gonzalez Gallardo was born in Santa Clara, Cuba. He had a passion for science, but didn’t realize the impact he could have on lives, until a group of physicians visited his high school one day. He says the passion and knowledge they had opened his eyes to the possibilities of making a difference. He attended medical school at the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences in Villa Clara, Cuba. While preparing for his medical boards, Dr. Gonzalez Gallardo was a CNA in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was a scholar for the University of California at Los Angeles International Medical Graduate Program, which places bilingual family physicians in rural and urban communities. In his free time, he enjoys technology, playing sports and reading.

Dr. Javier Hernandez
Post-graduate year: Third Year

javier hernandez

Dr. Javier Hernandez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. When he was 7 years old, his mother had an episode of amnesia. He said she woke up one day and couldn’t remember him. He was so impressed by the doctor’s ability to help her, that he decided he wanted to become a doctor. He began attending Universidad Autonoma Benito in Juarez de Oaxaca, but a year into medical school, came to the United States to help his family who was working in the fields picking fruit in Dinuba, Calif. Dr. Hernandez wanted to do more for his community, so he went back to Mexico to finish medical school and is happy to be returning as a physician. In his free time, he enjoys international cuisine, outdoor activities and salsa dancing.

Dr. Angelina Neria
Post-graduate year: Third Year

angelina neria

Dr. Angelina Neria was born in Los Angeles. Her father suffered a heart attack when she was in high school. She remembers the great care he received and how the doctors were able to save his life. This inspired her to become a doctor herself. She has a medical and master’s degrees from Loma Linda University. Dr. Neria is happy to join her husband, Dr. Jerry Neria, who began the Hanford Family Medicine Residency program in January 2016. She is fluent in English and Spanish. In her free time, Dr. Neria enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, baking and jogging.

Dr. Adeel Amer
Post-graduate year: Second Year

Adeel Amer

Dr. Amer is very familiar with the Hanford residency program. He started his internship in Hanford in 2014, then completed the remainder in Brooklyn, New York. He remembers growing up in Pakistan and helping care for patients at Mission Hospital, where his father was a business administrator. At 6 years old, he helped nurses give patients baths and get them out of bed to walk around. This experience later grew into a passion for the medical field. Amer earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from California State University, Fullerton, and a medical degree from American University of Antigua. He’s fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, collecting vinyl albums and golfing.

Dr. Kofi Asirifi
Post-graduate year: Second Year

Kofi AsirifiDr. Asirifi was raised by a grandmother who was an herbalist in a small village in Ghana. He wanted to study conventional medicine so he could reach people in ways his grandmother couldn’t. He decided to pursue family medicine after his father suffered a stroke. He has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences and a degree from University of Ghana Medical School. Asirifi completed pediatrics and surgery internships from 37 Military Hospital in Accra, Ghana, and medicine and OB-GYN internships at Holy Family Hospital in Berekum, Ghana. He migrated to Merced in 2014, where he began work as a clinical manager. Asirifi has family in Coalinga. He’s fluent in Twi and Fante, and enjoys cooking and playing soccer and football.

Dr. F.J. Castillo
Post-graduate year: Second Year

FJ CastilloDr. F.J. Castillo was influenced by his family physician while growing up in Granada, Nicaragua. Although just a toddler, he was impressed by the doctor’s charisma. When he was 13, he moved to Los Angeles with his father and learned about American culture. Due to family matters, he returned to Nicaragua, where he studied medicine. He has a medical degree from National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and internship training in Orthopedics, Pediatrics, OB-GYN, Internal Medicine and General Surgery from Granada Regional Hospital. He moved back to the United States and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles International Medical Program, which nourishes bilingual physicians. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball, chess and family time.

Dr. Vijay Krishna
Post-graduate year: Second Year

Vijay KrishnaDr. Vijay Krishna remembers being fascinated with science and puzzles since childhood. He wanted to do work that exemplified the ideals of humanism and involved aspects of problem solving. Also inspired by other family physicians, he realized becoming a doctor would involve doing work that incorporated many of his interests, such as architecture and engineering. Dr. Krishna first attended the University of Texas, Austin. He then pursued a Masters of Biological Sciences at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Ultimately, he received his Medical Degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. He is currently enjoying the friendly community of the Central Valley. He speaks English and is partially fluent in Telugu, but would love to learn medical Spanish. His interests include spending time with his dog, playing basketball, scuba diving, traveling, architecture, airplanes and keeping on top of advances in technology.

Dr. Sherief Zamzam
Post-graduate year: Second Year

Sherief Zamzam

Dr. Sherief Zamzam was exposed to health care in the Philippines at the age of 10. His grandmother was ill, and he witnessed poor hospital conditions, such as overcrowding, under-staffing and the lack of resources. This experience was eye-opening for him. Wanting to make a difference, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (NPB); a medical degree from Ross University in the Caribbean and completed an internship at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles. Zamzam’s future ambition is to go on medical mission trips yearly to give back to those in need. He enjoys playing basketball, deep-sea fishing and participating in fitness activities.

Dr. Karen W. Fong
Post-graduate year: First 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: First 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: First 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: First 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.