Residents

John Asenjo, DO- Resident Physician

John Asenjo Medical School:
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York
Hometown:
Bronx, New York
Why did you choose Adventist Health Tulare?
I chose Adventist Health Tulare because it is an area where the need for young, quality primary care Physicians is great.
Hobbies:
Reading, volunteering in church/local community, writing poetry, traveling, fitness, boxing, playing futbol, Vegan/plant-based cooking, permaculture/farming, above all spending time with my wife Marjan & 10-month-old daughter Avelyna.


Joel Asunto, MD- Resident Physician

Phyu Wai Lwin Medical School:
Saba University School of Medicine
Hometown:
Isabel, Leyte, Philippines
Why did you choose Adventist Health Tulare?
I like the diverse community in Tulare and the opportunity to give back and making a difference in the lives of others.
Hobbies:
Photography, music, movies, hiking/walking, & spending time with my family.


Shiveta Cherwoo, MD- Resident Physician

Medical School:
Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, India
Hometown:
Jammu/India
Why did you choose Adventist Health Tulare?
I felt a lot of satisfaction by serving the underserved patient population in Tulare county. The love that patients blessed me here with is indescribable. Their love made me stay in the area and seek further training to serve them better.
Hobbies:
Dancing, Meditation, Traveling, Movies.


Joseph Maddela, MD- Resident Physician

Alvin Vanegas Medical School:
American University of Integrative Sciences School of Medicine
Hometown:
Bakersfield, CA
Why did you choose Adventist Health Tulare?
I am thrilled to be serving in the Central Valley, my home community, throughout residency and beyond. I love Tulare for its small-town feel and proximity to my hometown of Bakersfield.
Hobbies:
During my free time, I enjoy working on cars and participating in autocross or track days and watching stand-up comedy.


Melody Nameni, DO- Resident Physician

Nameni Medical School:
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown:
Washington D.C. and Houston, TX
Why did you choose Adventist Health Tulare?
The wonderful weather, beautiful landscape, and proximity to just about every type of outdoor activity and adventure drew me to the central valley. The small-town feel, and friendly citizens, and farmers markets were a great advantage as I love fresh produce.
Hobbies:
Gardening, Playing the Violin, Horseback Riding, Hiking, and spoiling my dog.


Christopher Terzian, MD-Resident Physician

Medical School:
St. George’s University School of Medicine
Hometown:
Pasadena, California
Why did you choose Adventist Health Tulare?
Southern California is my home. However, I think my family and I might have better opportunities in the central valley as I see its growth potential. I feel comfortable moving here because it’s safer, and more affordable; moreover, I sought a more rural setting for training because of the chances it offers someone like me who wants to be able to see and learn more than I might if I was in a metropolitan area of California. All in all, I’m quite optimistic that I’ve made the right decision by moving my young family to the central valley.
Hobbies:
I like to go on hikes with my wife and two sons, and my two favorite sports are basketball and volleyball. I also love making my cultural Armenian foods, eating multicultural foods, and listening to Armenian, Arabic, and American music.