Lynne Diamond, M.D.
Dr. Diamond grew up in Southern California. She received her BA from Brandeis
University and her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School
of Medicine. She did her internship at Harbor UCLA and her residency in
family medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San
Antonio Texas. There she stayed and was in private family practice with
a special interest in geriatrics for 19 years prior to returning to California
in 2002. She holds ABFP Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in both
Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. Prior to becoming
Program Director, she was Associate Program Director and Director of Geriatric
M. Christina Tolentino, D.O.
Associate Program Director
Dr. Tolentino is a native of Southern California, received her BS from
UC Riverside and her medical degree from Western University. She has a
MS in Medical Science from Drexel University. After completing her residency
in 2010, where she served as chief resident, she joined the faculty group.
Dr. Tolentino has a special interest in Women's Health and medical
Ryan Agena, D.O.
Dr. Agena is a native of Hawaii and is a graduate of the University of
California, San Diego. He received his medical degree from Western University
of Health Sciences and completed his residency at PVHMC in 2008, where
he served as chief resident. He joined the faculty after graduation and
practices in Chino. Dr. Agena participates in our Sports Medicine Program.
Snezana Begovic, M.D.
Director of Obstetrics and Women's Health, Medical Director of FHC
Dr. Begovic immigrated to the USA from Serbia where she obtained her medical
degree from Belgrade University. She did a Post-Doctoral fellowship in
Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda Medical School and her residency in Family
Medicine followed by a Fellowship in Obstetrics at Arrowhead Regional
Medical Center. She stayed as faculty until joining our residency in August,
2006. Dr.Begovic's special interests include women's health, obstetrics
and medical research.
Dan Blocker, Ph.D., Medical Family Therapy
Director of Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Dan Blocker received his undergraduate degree in psychology and his
master's degree in marriage and family therapy at Brigham Young University.
He received his PhD in Medical Family Therapy from East Carolina University,
where he also received his certificate in quantitative methods for the
social and behavioral sciences. While serving as a behavioral health fellow
at St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency in western Colorado, he received
his certificate in advanced specialization in medical family therapy from
the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 2017, he joined the
core faculty at the Pomona Valley Family Medicine Residency Program as
a behavioral scientist. In this role, he oversees the behavioral health
training of the residents and provides integrated primary behavioral health
care at the Family Health Center. His academic interests include integrated
primary behavioral healthcare, compassion fatigue/provider burnout, family
and health, and quality improvement. When not working, he is running,
at the beach, or spending time with his amazing wife.
Allan D. Cabral, M.D.
Dr. Cabral is a native of the Philippines. He received his medical degree
from the University of the Philippines in Manila, completed his family
medicine residency at PVHMC in 2012, where he served as chief resident
for 2 years. He joined the faculty in 2013 and is actively involved in
residency committees and projects, and teaches practice management. Dr.
Cabral is developing his practice at the Family Health Center.
William Casas, M.D.
Dr. Casas was born and raised in Colombia. He attended medical school at
the Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine in Bogotá and completed his
residency at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center where he served as
a chief resident. He joined the faculty after graduation in 2016. Dr.
Casas was drawn to family medicine by its emphasis on disease prevention
and healthy living. He strongly believes that individual lifestyle decisions
are a core component of the community’s overall well-being. In addition
to providing personalized treatment for his patients’ conditions,
Dr. Casas educates them about proper health decisions. He is fluent in
both English and Spanish and has a special interest in teaching hospital
medicine. On his time off he enjoys playing soccer, racquetball, going
to the beach, dancing salsa and spending time with his family.
Douglas Chiriboga, M.D.
Faculty Physician - Director of Underserved Medicine Program
Dr. Chiriboga is from East LA, is a graduate of Occidental College and
received his medical degree from UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. He did
his internship at USC Presbyterian Hospital and his family medicine residency
at White Memorial Medical Center. He joined the faculty in 1997 and has
an active practice at the FHC. Dr. Chiriboga's special interests include
Geriatrics and care for the underserved.
Michael D. Deanda, M.D.
Dr. Deanda provides comprehensive healthcare to patients of all ages, as
well as occupational medicine for injured workers. He also delivers compassionate
hospice and palliative care to patients in need of end-of-life care.
Dr. Deanda’s patients value his open and friendly communication style,
and his commitment to delivering highly effective and efficient care.
He takes pride in helping his patients prevent chronic health conditions,
and is dedicated to caring for the whole patient. He frequently gives
presentations on health conditions such as chronic fatigue.
When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Deanda spends time with his wife,
son and daughter. He enjoys running, and volunteers at Our Lady of Assumption
Catholic Church in Claremont.
Lester Holstein, M.D.
Dr. Holstein grew up in Southern California. He received his BA from Point
Loma Nazarene College and his medical degree from Loma Linda School of
Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Glendale Adventist
Medical Center. Dr. Holstein has a large practice in Claremont and has
been an active leader of PVHMC since 1996.
Jeffrey Ijadi, M.D., CAQ
Faculty Physician - Director of Sports Medicine
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Jeff Ijadi is board certified
in Family and Sports Medicine. Dr. Ijadi is a member of American College
of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Medical Society of Sports Medicine
(ASMSSM). Dr. Ijadi attended UCLA where he received his Bachelors of Science
in Psycho-Biology and Minor in Education. Following UCLA, he attended
AUC School of Medicine and subsequently completed his residency training
and board certification in family medicine at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical
Center. He completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine through
the Evergreen Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Keith Kusunis, M.D.
Dr. Kusunis is originally from Joliet, Illinois. He is a graduate of the
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and received his medical degree
from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He completed his
residency at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago, where he was chief resident.
He has served as chief of the medical staff at PVHMC and has a thriving
practice at the FHC. He joined the faculty in 1998. Dr. Kusunis has a
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics and a special interest
in contraception, women's health and office procedures.
Hanh Larson, D.O.
Dr. Larson completed her undergraduate education at UCLA and medical degree
at Western University. She then went on to do residency and fellowship
in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Fontana. She
is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualification
in Sports Medicine. She enjoys the full spectrum of Family Medicine, but
also loves to practice Sports Medicine in order to get athletes of all
types get back on their feet. On her free time, she is an avid ultra-marathoner
Danica Lomeli, M.D.
Faculty Physician - Assistant Director of Curricular Design and Program
Dr. Danica Lomeli grew up in Rancho Cucamonga before attending Stanford
University for an undergraduate degree in biology. She stayed on at Stanford
for a master's degree in religious studies followed by medical school.
After her time at Stanford, Dr. Lomeli returned to Southern California
to train at the UCLA-Santa Monica Family Medicine Residency Program, where
she solidified her passion for full-spectrum patient care and medical
education. In 2016, she joined the core faculty at the Pomona Valley Family
Medicine Residency Program, where she provides primary care services to
patients at the Family Health Center as well as obstetrical services and
hospital-based care. Her academic interests include the medical humanities,
physician psychology, curriculum design, and educational innovation.
Darlene McPherson, Ph.D, FNP
Director of Operations
Dr. McPherson was born and raised in Southern California. She received
her MS in Nursing and her Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the
California State University, Dominguez Hills. She received her doctorate
in nursing from the University of San Diego. Her research interest is
in childhood obesity in Mexican-American preschoolers. Dr. McPherson has
a primary care practice in the Family Health Center and has had an administrative
role in the residency program since 1997.
James Meyers, D.O.
Dr. Meyers was born in Anaheim and was raised in Chino, CA. He graduated
from University of California, Irvine, and received his medical degree
from Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his residency
at PVHMC in 2015, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Meyers enjoys
full spectrum family medicine care, including sports medicine, geriatrics,
and in-patient medicine. Teaching residents is one of his main goals.
He will be completing a fellowship in family medicine teaching by June
2016. On his days off, you can find him at the beach or doing something
active. He enjoy sports and cheering on his fantasy football/baseball teams.
Gisella Olivares, D.O.
Dr. Olivares was born and raised in Southern California. She attended UCLA
and received a BS in psychobiology. She also received a Masters in Biology
from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.
She attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences and
lived in the Inland Empire since. She remained in the Pomona area and
completed her family medicine residency at PVHMC in 2005. After being
in private practice for 9 years, She decided to come back to teach residents
at the Family Health Center. Dr. Olivares is a proud Latina physician
with a deep commitment in serving Latino patients in the Inland Empire.
Erik Olsen, M.D.
Director of IT Support for the Faculty Medical Group
Dr. Olsen is a California native who completed his undergraduate degree
at UC Riverside and his medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio.
He has a MS in Biochemistry from Medical College of Ohio. He completed
his residency in family medicine at PVHMC, where he was chief resident
and joined the faculty after graduation in 2007. Dr. Olsen has a special
interest in OB and Sports Medicine.
Sula Safar, D.O.
Dr. Safar is a native of Southern California and received her undergraduate
degree from Cal State Fullerton and her medical degree from Western University.
After completing her residency at PVHMC in 2011, she joined the faculty
group. Dr. Safar has a special interest in Women's Health.
Katherine Schlaerth, M.D.
Director of Pediatrics Curriculum
Dr. Schlaerth is a native of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Manhattan
College and received her medical degree from the State University of New
York, Buffalo. Dr. Schlaerth completed her pediatrics residency at LA
Children's Hospital and an Infectious disease fellowship at LAC-USC
Medical Center. She is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric infectious
diseases, family medicine and has a Certificate Added Qualifications in
Geriatrics. Dr. Schlaerth was an associate professor at Loma Linda and
is an associate professor emeritus at USC. She has a special interest
in research and has published in addiction medicine, child development
and other areas.
Duane Styles, M.D.
Director of Sports Medicine Program
Dr. Styles is a native of Canada, graduated from the University of Alberta
and completed his residency in family medicine at Calgary General Hospital.
As a member of the medical staff of PVHMC since 1977, he has held numerous
medical appointments including chief of staff. Dr. Styles is active in
the community as team doctor for a local high school's athletics department
and he has Certificate Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.
M. Leticia Valadez, M.D.
Dr. Valadez grew up in Fullerton, California, received her BS from Stanford
University, and her medical degree from UC Davis. She joined the faculty
group in 2002 after completing her residency at PVHMC. Dr. Valadez helped
develop the Women's Track and is dedicated to the underserved and
Libia Wohlert, M.D.
Dr Wohlert emigrated from Venezuela where she graduated from Universidad
Centro-Occidental Lissandro Alvarado. She joined the medical group following
her graduation from PVHMC family medicine program in 2008. Dr. Wohlert
has a special interest in OB and women's health.