Meet the Residents

  • Homer-Bertrand , Dana
  • Resident Year:
  • 2015
  • Undergraduate School:
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • Medical School:
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Casas, William
  • Resident Year:
  • 2016
  • Medical School:
  • Escuela de Medicina Juan N. Corpas, Colombia
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. After finishing my medical school I worked for a year in an underserved area in Colombia during my social mandatory service. Also, I had the privilege to participate in the creation of programs related to the promotion and prevention of health and I was actively involved in patient education. After working over four years in primary care, I moved with my family to the U.S. I love living in California since it allows me to work with a diversity of cultures especially with a huge Spanish speaking population.
     
    In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching soccer, playing racquetball, scuba diving and dancing salsa. I am interested in doing medical missions in the future and keep enjoying the broad spectrum of Family Medicine.
     
  • Chuang, Michael
  • Resident Year:
  • 2016
  • Undergraduate School:
  • UCLA
  • Medical School:
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Describe Yourself:
  • Made in Taipei, Taiwan, and exported to Southern California at three years of age. After growing up locally in Hacienda Heights, I went to UCLA for undergrad, majoring in Physiological Sciences and minored in English. In between undergrad and med school, I served as a local high school tutor to ESL students and the primary instructor for a home schooled student focused on competitive tennis. Going to Western University of Health Sciences to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine gave me more exposure to the musculoskeletal system through osteopathic manipulation, and also cultivated my appreciation for the continuity found in primary care. As a medical student, I was also involved in a pilot program partnership with Global Medical Brigades to provide care to locals in Honduras. Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Sports Medicine track provides me with a way to give back to the community through Sports Medicine clinics, physicals for local schools, and being the on field physician for a local high school team. I like to play basketball, tennis, exploring new places (both locally and abroad), and do-it-yourself projects.
  • Henley, Nicholle
  • Resident Year:
  • 2016
  • Undergraduate School:
  • University of San Francisco
  • Medical School:
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Parker, Tana
  • Resident Year:
  • 2016
  • Undergraduate School:
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • Medical School:
  • Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, Havana Cuba
  • Describe Yourself:
  • Growing up in Desert Hot Springs, CA, a small town in the Coachella Valley, I have firsthand experience with poverty and struggles. At a very young age my parents would take my sister and I to boycotts, rallies, and meetings in support of the large farmer worker population in the area. There I witnessed the harsh lives and poor conditions of the people. This inspired me to become involved in instilling change in the world, like my parents, so that people would not have to suffer the way they did. For many years I was unsure of my role in this change. I found my opportunity to advocate for this change when I decided to become a Family Physician. I had the wonderful opportunity to be trained by some of the world’s finest and most humble physicians in Cuba, through a scholarship to the International Medical School in Havana. It was there that I learned the most valuable lesson with regard to being an agent of positive change: that we can do a great deal with very little means, through preventative medicine, and by providing universal access to quality healthcare. I am the first resident to be a part of the Medically Underserved Track at Pomona Valley Medical, and I intend to bring some of what I learned in medical school to the track, and to continue to learn from our community here in Pomona. My hobbies include joking with my fellow residents, outdoor activities, the thrill of thrift store hunting (which I probably do too much of), yoga (which I definitely don’t do enough of), arts and crafts (my colleagues know where to get a glue gun when they need one!), hanging out with my sister and my awesome and sweet niece and nephew (you too dad!)
  • Tran, Hoang
  • Resident Year:
  • 2016
  • Undergraduate School:
  • UCLA
  • Medical School:
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born in Vietnam, but grew up in Gardena, CA. At a young age, I was inspired to become a doctor after hearing stories of my own experiences with a severe illness as an infant. Luckily, through the power of medicine, I had a chance to live a fulfilling life, and I knew I wanted to dedicate it helping others. I developed a love for science, particularly biology, in high school and eventually majored in Physiological Sciences at UCLA. In my senior year, to prepare for the medical field, I worked as an EMT in Santa Monica. Providing basic life support and assisting in 911 calls was a great learning experience. Subsequently, I traversed the opposite end of L.A for medical school. Through my studies and clinical experiences I discovered that I love all the various specialties. I felt that family medicine would allow the most variety in my practice, while creating meaningful, life-long relationships with patients. In the future, I would like to be more involved in my community, volunteering my time at health-related programs and events. I want to stress a comprehensive approach to preventative care, and living a healthy, active lifestyle. My hobbies include running, playing basketball, tennis, watching movies, Lakers, exploring new places with my wife, spending time with family and friends, and playing guitar.
  • Yee, Tracy
  • Resident Year:
  • 2016
  • Undergraduate School:
  • Drexel University, Pennsylvania
  • Medical School:
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, and will always be a SoCal girl at heart. I earned my BS in Genetics at UC Irvine, and then went on to spend 2 years on the East Coast earning my MS in Biological Sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia. While I enjoyed my adventure on the East Coast, I ultimately returned to Southern California for medical school at Western University. I chose family medicine as my specialty due to its diverse scope of practice as I knew I would never be bored and I would have several different options for practicing medicine when I graduate. I love running, yoga, snorkeling, vacationing in Hawaii, building things like model kits, jigsaw puzzles, Lego sets, and furniture.
  • Alvarez, Victor
  • Resident Year:
  • 2017
  • Medical School:
  • Universidad de Guadalajara Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born in Jalisco, Mexico. I attended and finished medical school at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico as well. During my last year of medical school, I provided primary care and evidence-based preventive strategies to twelve rural communities in Mexico and was awarded the excellent social service diploma. After graduating medical school, I completed an orthopedic residency position at La Salle University. During the four years of intense residency training, I accepted the responsibility of becoming the chief resident of Orthopedics , and later, as chief resident of hospital training. After graduation, I worked as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in both a public hospital and private office. In 2010, I moved to California to pursue my dream of becoming a U.S. licensed physician. I was very excited with providing bilingual and multicultural health care to underserved populations in California. My long-term goal is to become a faculty member of a Family Medicine residency training program aimed at improving health care disparities. I spend my spare time with my lovely wife and three sons. I love sports and even won a National Silver medal in Taekwondo combat in Mexico. I enjoy riding ATVs, and going to the Drive Inn. My favorite song is “Nothing else matters”, and my favorite quotes are “Whatever you are, be a good one” by Abraham Lincoln, and “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” by William Shakespeare.
  • Arif, Faryal
  • Resident Year:
  • 2017
  • Medical School:
  • King Edward Medical University
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I am originally from Pakistan, where I was born, raised and went to medical school. I have gained much appreciation for gorgeous SoCal, especially after living a few years in Boston trudging through its numerous snowstorms. I love being back in the warm weather that I have been used to all my life. My husband is also a physician and we are equally busy. Therefore, spending quality time with him and our little family is of utmost importance to me. On the days I’m not at work, I’m most likely to be found at the beach, a local park or the mall, whatever suits my little girl’s fancy that day. Our residency program is a bunch of close knit, super awesome people, who with all their eccentricities make the usual residency turmoil quite palatable. There’s always a laugh to share at the end of every long day.
  • Coffin, Heather
  • Resident Year:
  • 2017
  • Undergraduate School:
  • UC Davis
  • Medical School:
  • Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. I went to UCSB for my first year of college but then transferred to UC Davis for my last 3 years to be closer to home/family. From there, I moved to Henderson, NV and attended Touro University Nevada for medical school. I chose family medicine for many reasons, but primarily due to the continuity of care that is present within this field as well as the ability to treat all age groups. I love to play sports, especially soccer, and enjoy all outdoor activities. I also love country music. My family is very important to me and some of my most favorite times are spent with my husband and 2 year old son.
  • Garcia, Hamlet
  • Resident Year:
  • 2017
  • Medical School:
  • Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas de Santiago de Cuba
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born and raised in Niquero, Cuba, a small coastal town. I attended medical school at the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Santiago de Cuba. After graduation I entered residency in ophthalmology, during which I had the opportunity to work abroad for 3 months in very impoverished rural areas of Bolivia and Venezuela. After providing medical attention to underserved populations, I sought political asylum in the United States. I spent the first few years in the US in Louisville, KY where I studied for the medical boards. In 2013 I was selected to be part of UCLA International Medical Graduate program where I was given the opportunity to be trained in preparation for residency. I’m thrilled to be in Southern California at Pomona Valley Hospital for residency, and I am looking forward to starting my career and family while here. I love cooking, working out, movies, walking, surfing and Salsa dancing.
  • Lopez, Claudia
  • Resident Year:
  • 2017
  • Medical School:
  • Universidad de Guadalajara Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but grew up in Los Angeles. However, at the age of 14, I returned with my family to my Mexico, my native country. I graduated in 2002 from the University of Guadalajara and worked as a primary care physician in underserved communities. In 2008, I completed an Otolaryngology residency program in Mexico City. I practiced this specialty and primary care for two years in a public hospital and private office. In 2010, I returned to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of becoming a U.S. licensed family physician, and expanding my medical knowledge. In 2013 I graduated from the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program and became very excited with the opportunity to provide service in underserved communities in California. I like to explore the outdoors and enjoy the spare time with my family. My favorite song is “Sky full of stars”. My favorite quote is “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in raising every time we fall” by Confucius.
  • Momand, Naheed
  • Resident Year:
  • 2017
  • Undergraduate School:
  • UCLA
  • Medical School:
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I grew up in sunny Southern California, and I have lived here all my life. I attended UCLA and earned my bachelor's in Microbiology Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. I also did research at UCLA in Parasitology and Neurobiology. While working in the neurobiology lab, I would sit in on lectures in the school of public health and decided to earn my Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at UCLA as well. Getting my MPH was one of the best decisions I have ever made and affirmed my passion for preventive medicine, global health, and community medicine which is what drove me to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. During medical school I did some clinical research at City of Hope, as well as participated in various community clinics and health fairs. My interest in preventative medicine only grew during clinical rotations and is what drove me towards Family Medicine. I am grateful I get to do my residency near family and I feel confident that Pomona Valley Hospital will train me with the skills I need to be a great family physician. I love hiking, painting, dance, spending time with family, and all things food related (cooking, eating, and appreciating).
  • Bermudez, Xaver
  • Resident Year:
  • 2018
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and spent most of my childhood years there before moving with my family to Jalisco, Mexico. Through my medical school training at the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico, I had the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the rewards (and challenges) of working with the underprivileged. Upon graduation, I decided to return to the United States to pursue a residency in Family Medicine and obtain the best possible training. Prior to residency, I was part of the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program where I had the chance to continue working with vulnerable populations and reinforce my commitment to the underserved communities in California. I chose PVHMC Family Medicine Residency Program because I am confident that I will receive all the necessary tools to practice full spectrum family medicine when I complete my training.
     
    In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, working out and exploring restaurants/bars in L.A.
  • Bingham, Tia
  • Resident Year:
  • 2018
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I’m a Southern girl who became fortunate enough to come to the West Coast for residency! I grew up in Marietta, Georgia and went to UGA for undergrad. While at UGA I volunteered at a free clinic for the underserved (mostly uninsured and undocumented), and also spent a month working at a government-funded clinic in Cuzco, Peru. These experiences propelled me to pursue medicine. I was thankful to get accepted into Mercer University School of Medicine and spend four years in the beautiful historic town of Savannah, Georgia. Ultimately, family medicine seemed like the perfect fit because of my passions for underserved and preventative medicine. For residency I wanted to train in a part of the country where more people have access to healthcare through various programs. It’s great to be in California and at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center! I chose this program because the culture of the hospital is to provide care to everyone who walks in our doors – no matter if they are insured and able to pay or not. Also, the diversity of the residents and physicians reflect the diversity of the population we serve, which I think is very important. My hobbies include dancing, biking, going to open mic nights / live bands / performances, talking to new people, and traveling.
  • Fann, David
  • Resident Year:
  • 2018
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born and raised in Orange County, CA. After I graduated college with a degree in business, an unexpected event in my life drew me into family medicine and the importance of prevention. I went back to California State University Fullerton to study the sciences required for medical school. I’m excited to have matched into Pomona Valley’s FM program and look forward to working with a wonderful group of residents! In my spare time I like going to the gym, running, playing basketball, video games, baking cookies, and memory palace.
  • Luong, Jennifer
  • Resident Year:
  • 2018
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. I am very attached to this area because of the great food. However, I decided to move to San Diego for college and that was a great decision! It was where I had many opportunities to serve people who were marginalized and where my passion developed for underserved medicine. Then I moved to Pomona for medical school at Western University. I enjoyed being a medical student in this area and I am excited to stay in the area and serve patients at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. I appreciate the diversity here and the ability to meet the needs of this community. In my spare time I love to cook, bake, hike, be outdoors, and most importantly spend time with my family.
  • Nazmy, Miriam
  • Resident Year:
  • 2018
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born and raised in New Jersey to Egyptian parents. There I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology and Gender studies. New York City was my home for medical school and internship as well as part of an anesthesiology residency. My passion for family medicine gradually became my focus and I decided to switch residency programs. I am really fortunate to be able to study what I love in the Pomona community. I like to read about nutrition, detoxification, heavy metals and mineral balancing, wellness, energy healing, and meditation. I hope to balance holistic practice with conventional medicine. I like to garden, read, journal, spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy yoga, music, and hiking. I'm really looking forward to exploring California!
  • Oladapo, Ganiyat
  • Resident Year:
  • 2018
  • Undergraduate School:
  • Howard University Medical School
  • Medical School:
  • Indiana University School of Medicine Special
  • Describe Yourself:
  • Originally from Washington DC, I spent my early childhood in Nigeria before moving to the Bay Area for most of my adolescent years only to move back to the east coast. I studied Biology at Howard University and worked in clinical research in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area for a few years prior to starting my medical career. As a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine, I participated in Global health experiences in Guatemala, Kenya and Dominican Republic and I developed an interest in caring for the medically underserved. My hobbies includemusic, dancing (West African and Salsa/Bachata/Merengue), performing arts, spending time with my family, and traveling. My areas of interest include health disparities and medically underserved, women’s health, international/global health, and preventative medicine.
  • Shaban, Ameerah
  • Resident Year:
  • 2018
  • Describe Yourself:
  • I was born and raised in southern California, and had the opportunity to live in Egypt for a good portion of my life. I am grateful for this experience as I got to learn more about my family, religion and culture. In Egypt I attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. I enjoy educating my patients and working with them as a team to accomplish our goal of early disease prevention and minimizing disease progression. I love fashion, cooking, hiking, and enjoying time with family and friends.
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