Residents

The residents in training at the White Memorial Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program have a strong motivation to learn family medicine while working with under-served multicultural populations in a community setting, and a commitment to lifelong professional education.

PGY-3 Residents


Maritza Alvarado, MD
Maritza Alvarado, M.D., Ph.D.
• Place of Birth: Glendale, CA.
• Medical School: University of Illinois,College of Medicine – Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, May 2016.
• Education: University of California, Berkley, CA, BA Clinical Psychology and Neurobiology, May 2002; University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, IL, PhD Neuroscience, Oct. 2009.
• Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, time outdoors, swimming, running, hiking, camping and working in my garden.
• Language(s) Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Persona Accomplishments: I am proud of accomplishing my biggest goal in life of becoming a physician and returning to my community to serve. One of my greatest accomplishments has been mentoring high school and medical students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and motivating them to pursue their education and goals. I received a National Institute of Health grant to pursue my interest in preventive medicine – specifically how to reverse the effects of aging on brain structure and function in the elderly population.


Erick Castillo, MD, MPH
Erick Castillo, M.D., M.P.H.

• Pasadena, CA. Medical School: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, CA, Nov. 2015. • Place of Birth: Pasadena, CA. Medical School: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, CA, Nov. 2015.

• Education: University of California, Los Angeles, CA, BS Psychobiology, June 2008; California State University, Long Beach, CA, MPH Community Health Education, May 2015.
• Hobbies: Soccer, bicycling, hiking, exercising, traveling and spending time with my family.
• Language(s) Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: I am extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to have reached my goal of working as a physician and providing care for those who need it the most in the community. The only thing that beats that is the idea of becoming a father.


Jason Cienega, MD, MS
Jason Cienega, M.D., M.S.
• Place of Birth: Houston, TX.
• Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Drew Medical Education Program, June 2016.
• Education: Barry University, Miami, FL, MS Biomedical Sciences, May 2011; University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, BS Biology, May 2006.
• Hobbies: Hiking, camping, running, skateboarding and longboarding.
• Language(s) Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Completed a cross country motorcycle trip and participated in a five day hike in Iceland.


Evelyn Gandara Cuellar, MD
Evelyn Gandara Cuellar, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA.
• Medical School: Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, Havana, Cuba, June 2015.
• Education: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, May 2008.
• Hobbies: Social equality, volunteering, spending quality time with friends and family, traveling, going to the beach, dancing, hiking, cooking and working out.
• Language(s) Spoken in Addition to English: French, Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Completed three marathons, received a full tuition scholarship for college and medical school.


Oscar L. Davila, MD, MPH
Oscar L. Davila, M.D., M.P.H.
• Place of Birth: Zacatecas, Mexico. Medical School: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, CA, Nov. 2015.
• Education: California State University, Long Beach, MPH, June 2012; University of California, Berkeley, CA, BA Integrative Biology, Dec. 2008.
•Hobbies: Sports, basketball, football, mentoring, volunteering, reading and watching movies.
• Language(s) Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish. Language(s) Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Being the first, but more importantly not the last, in my family to graduate from college, and mentoring students to pursue higher education. After high school, I was able to lose 70 pounds of weight.


Carlos Millan Espinoza, MD
Carlos Millan Espinoza, M.D.

• Place of Birth: Mexicali, Baja California Norte, Mexico. Medical School: Howard University College of • Medicine, Washington DC, May 2016.

• Education: California State University, Fullerton, CA, BS Biology, June 2011.
• Hobbies: Dirt bike riding, camping, computer building.
Language(s) Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Helped establish a volunteer clinic in Tecate, Mexico, which provides care for a town of 500 patients. Finished a Quadruple Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas.


Mauricio Joel Martinez, MD

Mauricio Joel Martinez, M.D.

• Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA.
• Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, May 2016.
• Education: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, BS Biology, June 2009.
• Hobbies: Running, cooking, history, current events and watching football.
• Language(s) Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Being one of two brothers to graduate and begin residency the same year here in Los Angeles. Returning to East Los Angeles to work in the neighborhood where my mom grew up and where my grandfather still lives.


PGY-2 Residents

Mina Ananth, M.D.

Mina Ananth, M.D.

• Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.

• Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

• Date of Graduation: May 2016 • Date of Graduation: May 2016

• Education: B.A. Anthropology, Princeton University, May 2009 M.P.H., Tulane University School of Public Health, May 2016 Public Health, May 2016

• Hobbies: Anything outdoors, traveling, basketball, swimming, water polo, “cooking” (eating), reading any and everything, spontaneous adventures

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Spanish, some Tamil and Hindi

• Personal Accomplishments: Lived and worked in many different places, most recently in rural Oaxaca, Mexico for a year, working in community health and eating too many tlayudas


Narciso Caceres, M.D.

Narciso Caceres, M.D.

• Place of Birth: Guatemala

• Medical School: University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

• Date of Graduation: June 2017 Education: B.S. in Physiological Science and Spanish minor, University of California Los Angeles, May 2008

• Hobbies: Running, Six Flags, eating, gym, traveling, exploring Long Beach

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: During medical school I made a conscious decision to exercise on a regular basis and this helped me better cope with stress; I hope that I can continue to exercise during residency; Managed to purchase tickets for Coachella 2018


​​Malia Dadsetan, M.D.

Malia Dadsetan, M.D.

• Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii

• Medical School: Touro University, Nevada

• Date of Graduation: May 2017

• Education: B.S. in Biological Science, University of California, Davis, December 2009 M.P.H., Touro University California, June 2017

• Hobbies: Foot golf, soccer, hiking, baking, and painting

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Basic Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: Skydiving from 10,000 ft.; Surviving a one-month backpacking trip in Hawaii


Rita Hindoyan

Rita Hindoyan, D.O.

• Place of Birth: Glendale, CA

• Medical School: St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies

• Date of Graduation: June 2017

• Education: B.S. in Biology, University of Southern California, May 2008; M.P.H, George Washington University, June 2017

• Hobbies: Traveling, walking, swimming, fitness, piano and blogging

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Armenian

• Personal Accomplishments: Taking care of my father since he has become disabled. Spearheading cervical cancer awareness program in an underserved region. Educating/motivating students in underserved parts of Los Angeles regarding higher and professional education pursuits.


Jose Soza, D.O., M.S.

Jose Soza, D.O., M.S.

• Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA

• Medical School: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA

• Date of Graduation: May 2017

• Education: B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor, California State University, Fullerton, May 2009 Western University of Health Sciences, M.S. in Medical Science, May 2013

• Hobbies: I picked up landscape photography by inheriting an old DSLR that forced me to really learn how to optimize the quality of my photographs. It’s become a therapeutic and mindful experience in setting up the shot, hoping to capture a gorgeous sunset, or emotive night photography. Music, traveling, and gardening are also a huge part of my life.

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: First member of my family to become a physician; Having the privilege of serving the East Los Angeles community


Michael Yeh, D.O.

Michael Yeh, D.O.

• Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA

• Medical School: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA

• Date of Graduation: May 2017

• Education: B.B.A. Business Management, California State Polytechnic University, December 2006

• Hobbies: Basketball, movies and travel

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Chinese

• Personal Accomplishments: Playing in a local basketball league; Leaving my previous career in I.T. to pursue medicine


Paul Yeh, D.O.

Paul Yeh, D.O.

• Place of Birth: Anaheim, CA

• Medical School: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA

• Date of Graduation: May 2017

• Education: B.A. Biology, Pomona College, May 1999

• Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, guitar, bassoon, snowboarding, graphic design

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Mandarin and Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: I had a career as a motion graphics artist working on show titles, movie titles and commercials; Finishing medical school and a becoming a first-time parent at the same time—I love being a husband and father to my son!


PGY-1 Residents

Ashley Chavez, D.O.

Ashley Chavez, D.O.

• Place of Birth: Oceanside, CA

• Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine

• Date of Graduation: June 2018

• Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, California State University, May 2013

• Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, hiking, dancing, fitness and traveling

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: First person in my family to graduate college and become a physician. Helped run community outreach clinics in Shirati, Tanzania for a summer. Completed my first 5k race in my hometown's strawberry festival.


Robert Hernandez

Robert Hernandez, M.D.

• Place of Birth: Fountain Valley, CA

• Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

• Date of Graduation: May 2018

• Education: B.S. in Physiology & Neuroscience, University of Illinois College of Medicine, May 2018

• Hobbies: Bodybuilding, cooking homemade meals and trying new recipes, traveling, hiking, playing and watching any and every sport

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: Being the first in my family to attend and graduate from a four-year university, as well as becoming the first doctor in the family! Maintaining a strong history of mentorship aimed at encouraging our at-risk youth populations to break down barriers and still hope for change. Marrying the love of my life. I would not be here if it were not for the endless love and support from my beautiful bride.


John-David Lyons, M.D., M.P.P.

John-David Lyons, M.D., M.P.P.

• Place of Birth: Honolulu, HI

• Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine

• Date of Graduation: June 2018

• Education: B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a Minor in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego State University, 2013; M.P.H, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs, 2018

• Hobbies: Obstacle courses (Spartan Race), singing, KJ’ing (Karaoke DJ), PS4/PSVR, comedy bars and stand up, movies (action, thriller, comedy, horror), music (90’s and 2000’s, hip hop, rap, R&B, hits from the 80’s and 90’s), roller coasters

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Conversational Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: 5 year Navy/Marine Corps Devil-Doc with an 8 month tour in Iraq. Creating the 1st SoCal LGBT Health Conference, now on its 5th year. Becoming the person I am now.


M. Soraya Pourtabib, M.D.

M. Soraya Pourtabib, M.D.

• Place of Birth: Naperville, IL

• Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine

• Date of Graduation: June 2017

• Education: B.S. in Community Health with Specialization in Health Administration and Planning, B.A. in Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2000

• Hobbies: Latin dance, biking, skiing, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, travel, surfing, languages

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Spanish, basic Farsi

• Personal Accomplishments: Learning Spanish and Farsi as an adult. Living and traveling in various countries. Becoming a salsa dancer.


Sneha Shah, D.O., M.S.

Sneha Shah, D.O., M.S.

• Place of Birth: Woodland Hills, CA

• Medical School: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

• Date of Graduation: May 2018

• Education: B.S. in Anthropology, University of California, September 2012; M.D. in Global Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC, July 2014

• Hobbies: Travel, yoga, reading, Netflix, spending time with friends and family, and searching for the perfect nachos

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Some Hindi and Gujarati, basic Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: Living and worked in Botswana and India at various free medical clinics. Climbed up all 414 steps of Giotto’s Campanile in Italy with my best friend…and then ate 414 scoops of gelato afterwards.


Beverly Tambe, MD

Beverly Tambe, MD

• Place of Birth: Austin, TX

• Medical School:University of Texas School of Medicine

• Date of Graduation: May 2015

• Education: B.A. in Biology, University of Texas at Austin, May 2010; M.P.H. in Public Health, Tulane University, May 2015

• Hobbies: I enjoy hiking (when it’s not scorching hot outside), traveling, dancing, playing basketball but even more so watching (NBA) basketball, discovering new restaurants and trying new foods, cooking and trying new recipes, and yoga

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Spanish (proficient)

• Personal Accomplishments: Hiked Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru in 2012. Getting my research published in a journal in October 2018. Single-handedly missing like 50% of all flights since 2010 – does this count?


Mayra A. Hernandez Schulte, MD

Mayra A. Hernandez Schulte, MD

• Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

• Medical School:Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

• Date of Graduation: May 2018

• Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences, University of California, June 2010

• Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. Running, reading and hiking. Playing with my dog, Cinnamon.

• Language(s) spoken in addition to English: Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: Hiking to the top of Wayna Picchu, Peru. Running multiple half-marathons.