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

Ulysses Gόmez, M.D.
Ulysses Gόmez, M.D.• Place of Birth: Indio, CA.
• Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, May 2015.
• Education: Pomona College, Claremont, CA, BA Chemistry, May 2011.
• Hobbies: Running, reading, watching science fiction and fantasy films, playing the bass guitar.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: As a child of Mexican immigrants and grandchild of a Bracero, I am most proud of having earned a complete scholarship for both my undergraduate and medical school education. I am also proud of running three half-marathons and completing both a ‘Tough Mudder’ and a ‘Mud Run’ within a span of two years, one at which I ran the entire race dressed as a Power Ranger.


Darren Himeles, M.D.
Darren Himeles, M.D.• Place of Birth: Dallas, TX.
• Education: University of California, Los Angeles, CA, BS Mathematics, June 2008.
• Medical School: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, CA, June 2015.
• Hobbies: Tennis, chess, running, singing, playing with my son.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic Portuguese, Basic French, Basic Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Being a San Miguel Association Scholarship Recipient and the Founder of the Los Angeles Chess Ladder.


Jonathan Kang, D.O.
Jonathan Kang, D.O.• Place of Birth: Glendale, CA.
• Education: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, BA Public Health Studies, May 2008.
• Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ, May 2015.
• Hobbies: Trivia, golf, tennis, hiking, snowboarding.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Korean, Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Winning my 8th grade Spelling Bee and becoming the first doctor in my family.


Mary Mullaney, M.D.
Mary Mullaney, M.D.• Place of Birth: Alpena, MI.
• Education: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, BS Psychology, Dec. 2004; Columbia University, New York, NY, BS Human Nutrition, May 2009.
• Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, June 2015.
• Hobbies: Running, hiking, travel, movies.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: None.
• Personal Accomplishments: Winning my 7th grade Geography Bee and watching three seasons of “Game of Thrones” all within one weekend.


Jennifer Reed, MD
Jennifer Reed, M.D.• Place of Birth: Detroit, MI.
• Education: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, BA Spanish, BS Human Biology, May 2010.
• Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, May 2015.
• Hobbies: Baking, long-distance running, drawing, kayaking.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Fair Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Completed a four-day hike to Machu Picchu in Peru; survived living in a family with six brothers.


Nilofar Sanaiha, DO
Nilofar Sanaiha, D.O.

• Place of Birth: Torrance, CA.
• Education: University of California, Irvine, CA, BS Biological Sciences, June 2007; Chapman University, MS Food Science and Nutrition, May 2011.
• Medical School: A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, AZ, May 2015.
• Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, collecting quotes, reading, volunteering.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Farsi, Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: I am most proud of being a role model to my younger sister. By pursuing my biggest life goal of being a physician, I was able to show her that anything is possible and giving back to those who are less fortunate is a noble and worthy aspiration.


Kevin Tangonan, DO

Kevin Tangonan, D.O.

• Place of Birth: Manila, Philippines.
• Education: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, BS Clinical Laboratory Sciences, June 2011.
• Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, CA, June 2015.
• Hobbies: Travel, photography, blogging, fitness, scuba diving, cooking.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic Spanish, Basic Tagalog.
• Personal Accomplishments: Taught Jr. High in Korea for three months; hiked to the top of Yosemite’s Half Dome and back to the base in one day.


PGY-2 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.


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PGY-1 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


Brian Khong, D.O.

Brian Khong, D.O.

• Place of Birth: San Jose, CA

• Medical School: Touro University of California

• Date of Graduation: June 2017

• Education: B.A. in Human Biology, Stanford, June 2010, M.S. in Physiology, Georgetown, June 2013

• Hobbies: Guitar, soccer, rock music, biking, psychology, social justice, racial dynamics

• Language/s spoken in addition to English: Spanish

• Personal Accomplishments: Multiple clinical research publications in field of oncology with an oral presentation at a national conference; Social justice advocate at Stanford: working to promote racial awareness and representation as well as for benefits for campus laborers at Stanford as well as in San Jose


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!