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

 

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Xochitl I. Marquez, D.O.
• Place of Birth: Morelos, Mexico.
• Medical School: A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, AZ.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013
• Education: Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, B.A. Kinesiology, Spanish Literature and Culture, May 2006.
• Hobbies: Dancing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, painting, drawing, arts and crafts projects.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish
• Personal Accomplishments: I am the first college graduate and physician in my family. As an immigrant from Mexico and having grown up in an underserved community, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue motivating similar individuals to pursue their dreams despite the obstacles confronted. One of my greatest accomplishments has been tutoring/mentoring students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in the LAUSD area and motivating them to pursue a college education.  I am most proud to become part of a specialty that will allow me to positively impact the health of my community through early prevention and education.


 

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Cliff Okada, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Los Angeles, CA.
• Medical School: Los Angeles, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2013
• Education: University of California, San Diego, CA, B.S. Biochemistry/Cell Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, M.S. Biomedical Sciences/Human Genetics, June 2009.
• Hobbies: Traveling, surfing, diving, basketball, cycling, painting and photographing.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic Spanish, Japanese
• Personal Accomplishments: Fell in love with working with the underserved after spending two years in Swaziland as a Peace Corps Volunteer doing HIV/AIDS work.


 

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Laura Otis, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Phoenix, AZ.
• Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013
• Education: Brown University, Providence, RI, B.A. Comparative Literature, May 1999.
• Hobbies: Going to live music, swimming, and gardening.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish
• Personal Accomplishments: Volunteering for 5+ years at the Berkeley Free Clinic as a lay community health care worker.


 

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Isaac Sanchez, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Bakersfield, CA.
• Medical School: University of California-Davis, Davis, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013
• Education: University of California-Davis, Davis, CA, B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, June 2006.
• Hobbies: Sports and mariachi music.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Co-Director of Clinica Tepati in Sacramento, a free clinic serving uninsured Latino population of Sacramento. Mentoring future/current medical students from high school to medical school. Being there for my family.


 

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Diana Aceves Rezvani, D.O.
• Place of Birth: Pasadena, CA.
• Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013.
• Education: University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A. Psychology, Dec. 2005.
• Hobbies: Films, live music, museums, trying new restaurants, exploring locally, meeting new people, spending time with friends and family, and cooking.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: I’m proud of having had the opportunity to have worked as an HIV counselor and eventually an HIV Counselor trainer, focusing on high risk populations for the UCSF Alliance Health Project in San Francisco and AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. These experiences helped shape my feelings about the importance of primary care access and community education.
 


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Khamphoucanh Southisombath, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Savannakhet, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
• Medical School: University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013
• Education: California State University-Fresno, Fresno, CA, B.S. Molecular Biology, June 2006.
• Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, hiking, spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, reading, watching Chicago Bulls.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Thai, Laotian, and Basic Conversational Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: I had the opportunity to work with the Lao Community of San Diego/Fresno to create a diabetes education video incorporating Lao cultural values and practices. The video aired on Lao satellite television that aired in the United States, Canada, Thailand, Laos and France. It featured at the Lao Community Health Fair in San Diego and won a couple of medical school awards. It was very rewarding to see the community come together and make a positive difference in the health of their friends and families.


 

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Jerrod Writt, M.D., M.B.A.
• Place of Birth: Schweinfurt, Germany.
• Medical School: University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013
• Education: Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, B.S. Sports Medicine, April 2001, University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA, M.B.A. Business, June 2012.
• Hobbies: Working out, basketball, football, classical and jazz music, cooking, and fantasy football.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish and Italian.
• Personal Accomplishments: Helped organize an organ and tissue donor drive at my medical school during my 2nd year that resulted in a match.


 

 

PGY-2 Residents


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Bernard Brass, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Boston, MA.
• Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Education: Columbia University, New York, BA History, May 2001.
• Hobbies: Eating, bagel making, hiking, biking and traveling. I follow any spectator sport but especially involving the Red Sox, Celtics, or Patriots. I will play just about any kind of game. Overall I’m a pretty nice guy unless I’m playing scrabble (then I’m a huge jerk).
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: I once struck out every batter in a game (so what if it was little league?). I also made it from the Himalayas to my couch in Boston in one day.
 


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Patricia Kelly, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Atlanta, GA
• Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014
• Education: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, BA Biology, May 2008.
• Hobbies: Surgery, academic medicine, medical research, data analysis, television/cinematic critique and badminton.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: African-American National Collegiate Badminton Player 2005.
 


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Julieta LaRocca, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Bolivarian Republic of Caracas, Venezuela.
• Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (UTMB), Galveston, TX.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Education: University of Texas, Austin, TX. BA Music, May 2010.
• Hobbies: Playing the trumpet and guitar, weightlifting, live music, reading novels and mixed martial arts (Judo, Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing).
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Making my family proud of me and being a good daughter and sister; mission trips to Laredo, TX, and serving community in Cordoba, Argentina; starting a mental health and wellness organization for students at UTMB; starting peer counseling program.
 


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Claudia Martin, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
• Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.
• Date of Graduation:
• Education: California State University, Los Angeles, CA, BS Biology/Mathematics, May 2001.
• Hobbies: Public Health (wish to pursue extended degree in near future), Pilates, Aztec dancing, salsa dancing, classic rock and hiking with my husband and three dogs.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish, Basic French.
• Personal Accomplishments: Setting out to do what I aspired since high school: to serve the community that welcomed me as an immigrant from Mexico and becoming a much needed positive role model as a medical resource and community advocate.
 


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Kelley Ng, D.O.
• Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA
• Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Henderson, NV.
• Date of Graduation:
• Education: University of California, Berkeley, CA, BA Integrative Biology, May 2008.
• Hobbies: Traveling, cooking and baking, tennis, yoga and hiking.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Finding my love for this specialty through working in underserved communities in Oakland, Chinatown and Valladolid, Mexico. I am proud to have grown up in a family of amazing role models and through their support, I have maintained a passion for continuous personal growth and keeping a balanced healthy lifestyle. I am grateful for those who have inspired me throughout the years and look forward to doing the same for my patients and colleagues.
 


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Katia Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H.
• Place of Birth: Glendora, CA.
• Medical School: University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2014.
• Education: University of California, Berkeley, CA, BA Integrative Biology, Nov. 2006; University of California, Irvine, CA, MPH Public Health, June 2014.
• Hobbies: Badminton, live music and family.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Outside of my medical school graduation, being a role model to my niece is my most proud accomplishment.
 


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Hamed Shalikar, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Fountain Valley, CA.
• Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2014.
• Education: University of California, Riverside, CA, BA Political Science & Neuroscience, June 2009.
• Hobbies: Weight lifting, family, experiencing new restaurants or dishes and traveling.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Fair Persian, Basic Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Being a part of the Mobility Center, along with both of my brothers; the business started as an idea and is flourishing today; being the first member of my family to attend medical school and college; being a role model to my nieces and nephews.
 


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PGY-1 Residents

 

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Ulysses Gόmez, MD
• 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.
 


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Darren Himeles, MD
• 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.
 


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Jonathan Kang, DO
• 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, MD
Mary Mullaney, MD
• 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, MD
• 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, DO
• 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, DO
• 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.