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Celia Sanchez Casarez, M.D.

Sanchez

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Campus Tijuana

Medical School: Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Campus Tijuana

Describe Yourself:

Tijuana, Mexico was my birthplace. I had the privilege of growing up in both Tijuana and San Diego, moving back and forth between both countries for many years. This gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in both cultures and languages. Becoming a doctor had always been a dream of mine since I was a small child. My mother taught me from example to be compassionate, dedicated, loving and to help others in need. I was fortunate to study medicine in the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Campus Tijuana. I joined the UCLA IMG program where I had the opportunity to learn the American medical health system. Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center has an amazing faculty and such a diverse population where I can grow professionally and personally by helping the underserved. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, bake, go to the gym or the movies, travel and learn from different cultures.


Duc Doan, D.O.

Doan

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: University of Southern California (USC)

Medical School: University of New England College of Medicine (UNECOM)

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Vietnam, but immigrated to the US when I was seven years old. Being the nerd in my family, I was the first member in my family to graduate medical school. It wasn't a quick decision because I spent a few years after college working, but it was an easy one because I knew I always wanted to help people. I'm interested in learning more about integrative & preventative care and treating patients with mental disorders and addiction. Outside of work, I enjoy geeky activities like playing board games and watching anime. But I also like to be active so I play ultimate frisbee, hike, and practice jiu jitsu.


Victoria Ho, M.D.

Resident Victori Ho

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: University of California, Irvine

Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Garden Grove, Orange County. During medical school I was drawn to family medicine (FM), because I appreciate the relationships that the FM physicians build with their patients and the continuity of care they provide. I particularly like the emphasis on preventive medicine as well. I joined Pomona Valley Hospital’s FMRP because of the empathy the doctors at PVHMC display as well as the opportunity to work with a diverse population. I am excited to address different economic, social, and language barriers that affect my patients’ quality of life and their access to healthcare. Special Interests - behavioral health, outpatient procedures, outpatient clinic Hobbies - arts and crafts, spending time with family and friends, eating, my cat, animals


Chidimma Kalu, M.D.

Resident Kalu Chidimma

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: Harvard University

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Texas, and grew up in Colorado. I completed my undergraduate studies at Harvard University with a Bachelor’s in Human Evolutionary Biology, and earned my medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. I participated in sports from elementary school through medical school, and have always had an interest in Sports Medicine. I chose Pomona Valley not only because of the opportunity to complete the Sports Medicine Track, but also because of the obvious commitment that all members of the program (faculty, staff, and residents) have to fostering the development of competent, compassionate doctors. I have a myriad of interests, including orchid growing, learning piano, and taking care of my dog.


Tiffany Kilbas, D.O.

Resident Tiffany Kilbas

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: California State University Los Angeles

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Southern California where I received my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. During college, I participated in bioinformatics research and volunteered with the local underserved population in East Los Angeles. In the years following, working in quality assurance for an organ procurement organization solidified my desire to further pursue medicine as a career. My interest in family medicine grew while obtaining my medical education at Western University of Health Sciences. Throughout my clinical clerkships the far reaching impacts of primary care providers and the importance of compassionate care as well as relationship building in family medicine became apparent. I am excited to receive my training at PVHMC, a supportive program that places gravity on community engagement while providing comprehensive training in broad spectrum family medicine. I look forward to serving this diverse patient population in a location that has always been home to me. In my free time, I enjoy reading, painting and spending time outdoors.


Romina Sifuentes Palomino, M.D.

Resident Romania Palomino

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: UCLA

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was raised in the San Fernando Valley, California. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Biology. After graduation, I tutored chemistry to international university and college students. I then moved to the midwest and had the privilege to attend Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. During medical school I created a preventative healthcare curriculum and held health coaching classes in the underserved community of Maywood, IL. My attraction to the field of Family Medicine has been about offering adequate health care and creating access for those that need it the most.Within medicine, I'm particularly interested in sexual and reproductive health, obstetrics, office procedures, offering patient education, and academic medicine. Outside of the hospital, I love to mentor pre-med students, eat delicious food, and spend time with my precious nephews.


Kenna Schnarr, D.O.

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in a small, tight knit, desert town in SoCal. While studying human nutrition at Cal Poly Pomona, I chose the path to medicine due to my passion for fitness, health, and preventive medicine. Prior to medical school, I completed a Master of Science through the City of Hope Cancer Center where I was using stem cells to treat triple negative breast cancer. I then ventured to the Midwest (Kansas City) for medical school. During medical school, I continued to pursue breast cancer research and even added a year to my medical education by completing an anatomy/pathology teaching and breast cancer research fellowship. I am an individual of many passions in medicine and initially pursued Ob/Gyn with the idea that I could fit many of them under the umbrella of obstetrics and gynecology. After I completed two years in Ob/Gyn at Loma Linda Medical Center I realized that I am truly a family practice doctor at heart. In addition to women's health, I can incorporate many more aspects of medicine into my future practice. PVHMC was exactly the diverse, well rounded, all encompassing, and supportive program that I more than hoped for. Outside of medicine, I have many a hobby, including spending quality time with family and friends, weight lifting and boxing, food spotting adventures, cooking and baking, as well as travels abroad to immerse myself into learning of various cultures and cuisine. I am also an avid car enthusiast and enjoy customizing my own personal vehicles. Currently under the hoods of my Corvette C7 and Jeep Unlimited. :)


Ashley Thomas, D.O.

Resident Ashley Thomas

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: University of Maryland Baltimore County

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born in New York and raised in Towson, Maryland. I attended UMBC and received a BS in Biology and a BA in psychology. I have always wanted a career centered around helping others but found my passion for medicine through volunteering in various hospitals. Through my medical school experiences, I developed a passion for creating lasting relationships with my patients and practicing the full scope of medicine. I also have a passion for women’s health and I am excited to explore it more at this program. I am happy to be a part of such a caring and compassionate team. In my free time I enjoy yoga, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.


Carolyn Vu, D.O.

Resident Carolyn Vu

Resident Year: 2022

Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

Describe Yourself:

I was born in San Jose, California and spent the latter part of my youth living in Saratoga. My interest in medicine began when I stumbled upon an opportunity to work at an adult day care center as an activity therapist. Over time, I developed a sincere appreciation for the elderly, and since, have grown in my desire to do more for that population. I selected Family Medicine for my area of specialty because I wanted the training and exposure that would challenge me most to listen empathically and to address the widest array of medical and psychosocial issues possible. I feel blessed to embark on my career here at Pomona Valley, where faculty and staff are incredibly supportive, and where I feel valued both as an individual and as part of a team. Outside of work, I enjoy journaling, listening to music, being outdoors, and dining with family and friends.


Manuel A. Cruz, M.D.

Resident Alejandro Cruz

Resident Year: 2023

Undergraduate School: Whittier College

Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Facultdad de Medicina Guadalajara Mexico

Describe Yourself:

Hello, my name is Manuel Alejandro Cruz, but I like to go by Alex. I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of 7 came to the U.S. with my parents and grew up in East Los Angeles. I graduated from Whittier College in 2013 with my BA in Biology. I decided to go back to Guadalajara for Medical School at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine. After graduating medical school I wanted to further learn what Family Medicine was in California and I applied to the UCLA IMG Program. In the program it furthered my desire for Family Medicine because of its broad scope of practice and caring for the underserved with educating and giving continuity of care.


Peter Doan, M.D.

Resident Peter Doan

Resident Year: 2023

Undergraduate School: University of California Los Angeles

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I attended UCLA and majored in Microbiology/Immunology. I wanted to come to PVHMC due to the welcoming nature and strong support of the faculty and the opportunity to serve the diverse population found at PVHMC. I am excited for the opportunity to listen to patients and provide care that is tailored to their needs. I have a passion for community engagement and seek to educate and collaborate with patients about their health. I enjoy hiking, playing tennis and other sports, listening to an eclectic range of music, attending concerts, playing video games, watching basketball and football, and going on scenic drives.


Millie M. Hathaway, D.O.

Resident Millie M. Hathaway

Resident Year: 2023

Undergraduate School: Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

Master's Degree: Master of Public Health - Touro University of California

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

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in San Francisco and have lived most of my life in the Bay Area prior to attending medical school in the Inland Empire. I have been passionate about partnering with my patients, working with vulnerable groups, and addressing health disparities in my community. My public health training and experiences working in a free clinic serving an uninsured, low-income, and undocumented population strengthened this desire. As a provider, it is my goal to build a relationship with my community so that I can advocate for my patients and serve as both a resource and a teacher. I'm grateful to be a part of PVHMC's Family Medicine program as I am surrounded by supportive and caring faculty, residents, and staff and the opportunity to serve a diverse patient population. Outside of work, I love running, hiking, hot yoga, drinking boba, and spending quality time with my family, fiance, and friends.



Michael Okazaki, D.O.

Resident Michael Okazaki

Resident Year: 2023

Undergraduate School: University of California, Irvin

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

Describe Yourself:

I grew up in Foster City, California. I attended University of California, Irvine where I majored in Biological Sciences. I choose Pomona Valley Hospital because of the full spectrum training. I had always envisioned practicing all aspect of medicine and treating the young and the old when I decided to become a doctor.
I have always been passionate about educating and empowering patients with the tools to live healthy lives and help prevent the common and chronic illnesses that plague our healthcare system today. My desire is to provide care that can span across multiple generations while building long lasting relationships. My personal interest and hobbies include watching any bay area sports team, playing basketball or pretty much any other sport, exercising, watching movies, reading, spending time with my wife and family.


Megumi Sugimoto, M.D.

Resident Year: 2023

Undergraduate School: University of California, Irvine

Medical School: Drexel University of College of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Japan and moved to Cupertino, California, when I was 9. I attended UC Irvine as a Biology major, and that’s when I decided I wanted to pursue a career in medicine. I chose PVHMC for its family-like supportive environment, unopposed training, great obstetrics training and opportunity to pursue the OB & Women’s Health track, and proximity to my family - especially after spending 4 years in the east coast away from my family. I am excited to finally have the chance to get to know my patients better over a longer course of time, and I am also passionate about working with a culturally diverse group of patients as I am an immigrant myself. Within family medicine, I am especially interested in women’s health, obstetrics, procedures, and behavioral health. I spend my free time looking for new places to eat, going to Disneyland!!!, playing with my dog, and spending time with family and friends.


Tam Tran, D.O.

Resident Tam Tran

Resident Year: 2023

Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Describe Yourself:

I was raised in San Jose, California and attended the University of California at San Diego where I majored in Molecular Biology and received a Masters in Biomedical Science. I chose to become part of the PVHMC family due to the diverse background of the community and staff in terms of ethnicity and culture. PVHMC also provides for the underserved community which aligns with my goal of serving this population group. I am passionate about discovering who my patients are as people, increasing my knowledge in preventative medicine, and honing my skills in dermatology, pediatrics, community medicine, and psychiatry. On my free time, you can find me reading comic-books, posing action figures, playing video games, attempting to draw, beatboxing, running/working out, and catching up on financial education.


Kim Vu, D.O.

Resident Year: 2023

Undergraduate School: University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA

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

Describe Yourself:

I grew up in Santa Ana, California in a predominantly Latino and Vietnamese community. I began my undergraduate education at USC (go Trojans!) undeclared and finished with degrees in Neuroscience, Human Development and Aging, and Biological Sciences. I was particularly interested in Gerontology because I grew up in a multi-generational household with my grandparents. It was fascinating to observe how their culture, religion, community and health all played roles in how they aged. Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, just down the street from PVHMC. I enjoyed Gerontology so much, I completed a Master’s degree in Gerontology at USC also and worked as Director of Social Services for a skilled nursing facility within a continuing care retirement community.


Nadeem Albadawi, D.O.

Mary Canders, M.D.

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: University of California Irvine

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

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in sunny Southern California, and first grew a passion for medicine at University of California, Irvine where I majored in Biological Sciences and minored in African American Studies. From there, I attended Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, where I extended my education by one year to serve as an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Teaching Fellow. My experiences throughout medical school grew my passion for providing full-spectrum medical care across generations in order to empower my patients with the health they deserve. I am privileged to be a part of PVHMC’s Family Medicine Residency Program, as I believe it’s exceptional training will allow me to achieve my career goals by working in a supportive learning environment with a diverse patient population. In my free time, I love trying out new recipes, baking, spending time with my dog(Minnie!), visiting Disneyland, hiking, and catching up with my friends and family! :)


Simona Bor, M.D.

Abdul Kublan, M.D.

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: California State University Fullerton

Medical School: Harvard Medical School

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Southern California to Romanian immigrants. My parents being the only ones to obtain higher education among their many siblings meant my sisters and I were blessed to have parents who encouraged our scholarly pursuits. Growing up in the Romanian Pentecostal church and being musically involved kept me close to home for college. I went to California State University Fullerton (CSUF) and studied biochemistry (thanks to my love of protein folding). Participating in research teams at CSUF and conducting my own experiments made me realize I love basic science as much as I love talking to people so I pursued the physician-scientist track in medical school. I went to Harvard Medical School and completed a Masters in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, discovering that as much as I loved research I did not want to lead a lab as my career. Instead, I tapped into my love of preventive medicine and upstream problem solving, realizing that my professional goals are to help patients of all ages and backgrounds understand their own health in order to avoid unnecessary suffering. It is an honor to be training with the staff and my colleagues at PVHMC! Our rich community and our own rich histories synergistically allow us to practice the art of medicine while collaborating with our patients to tailor care to their individual needs. In my spare time, I enjoy playing recreational volleyball, going figure skating, discovering new Boba and ice cream shops, and spending time with my family and friends.


Tung Chu, D.O.

Thu Nguyen, M.D.

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: University of Washington

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Vietnam and grew up in small town in Washington. I graduated from University of Washington with a B.S. in Chemistry, becoming the first person in my family to go to college. Afterwards, I worked on cancer research and received a M.S. in Medical Physiology at Case Western Reserve University. Driven by my lived experiences and the desire to serve all communities, I knew medical school was where I wanted to be and attended Kansas City University. I am drawn to family medicine’s focus on building long-lasting relationships and the emphasis on preventative care. I chose Pomona Valley because of the program’s focus on community engagement, providing full-spectrum care to a broad population, and the supportive environment. I am excited to return to the west coast and grow with an amazing community determined to serve diverse patient populations. Whenever I have free time, I love going on adventures whether it is a short walk or a long drive. I enjoy astrophotography, rock climbing, watching movies, learning about cuisines and eating delicious food with my loved ones.


Jamila Rahmaan-Colder, D.O.

Justin Pegueros, M.D.

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: Georgia State University

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

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Pomona, CA. I earned my bachelors of science in psychology at Georgia State University. I then returned home and taught high school and also managed a group home for people with autism and intellectual disabilities. After a few years, I was inspired to become a physician because I wanted to better serve the medical needs of the people I encountered through my work as I developed a deep appreciation for the importance of quality health care for vulnerable populations. I earned a master’s degree in medical science at Western University of Health Sciences and then completed medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, also at Western University of Health Sciences. During medical school I developed several community outreach programs targeted to improving community health. I also enjoy research and completed a clinical research fellowship. I chose family medicine because I value a close doctor-patient partnership and I am also interested in women’s health. I am honored to continue service to my community by completing my residency training at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. I spend my free time with my husband, children and time with family and friends. We enjoy hiking, swimming, traveling abroad, as well as local trips to Disneyland.


Patricia Doan, D.O.

Elaine Roh, M.D.

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: Pitzer College

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

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in the Inland Empire. I am a first-generation college student and with much support, I was able to graduate from Pitzer College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Chemistry Minor. Throughout undergrad and medical school, I have sought out mentoring opportunities because I enjoy teaching and organizing group events. Dedicated to building long-term relationships, I have participated in and instructed my local church’s youth group for 11 years. Having a passion to serve disadvantaged communities both here in the states and abroad, I traveled as a student volunteer to Vietnam with a nonprofit called Good Samaritan Medical Dental Ministry (GSMDM) for multiple years. Together with a team of physicians and volunteers, I translated and provided free medical care to people who lived below the poverty line. Through these experiences, I have gained respect for cost-effective and caring medicine. I have seen the benefits of these medical trips for those who do not have access to basic medical care. With PVHMC’s full-spectrum family medicine training, I have no doubt that I will be able to return abroad one day as a well-trained family physician. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, DIY projects, and exploring new places to eat with family and friends.


Cameron Hand, M.D.

Christine

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego

Medical School: The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in southern California. I went to undergrad at UCSD and received a BS/BS in Biochemistry/Chemistry and Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. Prior to medical school I was fortunate to work in a job in the medical field that allowed me to travel across the country and experience medicine and areas of the US ranging from rural Pennsylvania all the way to Anchorage, Alaska. During my time at Penn State my experience with rural and underserved communities helped further my passion to helping the underserved get access to medical care and preventative medicine. I was drawn to Family Medicine as the field makes up the central hub, which can help try and bring about changes to these areas in the future. When not in the hospital you can find me cooking with my wife, hiking in the mountains, or driving to anyplace I find on a map I haven’t been before!


Anthony Smith, D.O.

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: SUNY Binghamton University

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

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and completed my undergraduate education at Binghamton University in Upstate, NY where I would obtain degrees in both Studio Art and Biological Sciences. Medicine has been a career choice of mine since the start of middle school. Prior to the start of my medical school training, I went on to pursue clinical research at Albert Einstein’s Cancer Center in NYC. My research experience allowed me to interact with patients of various backgrounds on multiple levels as well as work alongside oncology specialists treating patients enrolled in clinical trials. Before applying to graduate school, I hosted my own art show to raise money for a medical missionary trip to Honduras. It was during this trip where I would form a deep interest in Family medicine which is a specialty that allows for a full spectrum level of care offered to the patient. I am humbled and privileged to continue my medical training journey at PVHMC where the faculty, staff and residents share the same philosophy for providing excellent healthcare to those vulnerable and underserved communities. During my spare time I enjoy reading works authored by Malcolm Gladwell, playing basketball, tennis, oil painting and breaking a sweat at the gym.


Khoi Trinh, D.O.

Abraham Vela, M.D.

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: University of California, Irvine

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

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Long An, Vietnam. When I was seventeen years old, my family was very fortunate to immigrate to America. Being inspired by advanced medical treatments in the United States, I have always dreamed of becoming a doctor so that I could use my knowledge to help those who are less fortunate. My love for family medicine has grown immensely during medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. No matter where a patient is coming from, I believe preventive medicine, regular checkups, and patient education can make significant differences in their health. I chose PVHMC’s Family Medicine Residency Program due to the supportive and caring faculty, residents, and staff and the opportunity to serve the diverse patient population here. I am excited to build a strong patient partnership to provide the best care to my patients. Outside of work, I enjoy swimming, playing soccer, being outdoors, cooking, and spending quality time with family and friends.


Malvin Vien, M.D.

Abraham Vela, M.D.

Resident Year: 2024

Undergraduate School: University of Redlands

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Colorado. I came into medicine later in life. After graduating from the University of Redlands with a degree in Social Medicine, I attended Parsons School of Design in NYC, NY and established a career as a fashion designer. Despite what accomplishments that came my way, my experiences in the fashion industry left me wanting more. I spent the next decade gaining experiences in public health working with NGOs, community clinics, NYC Department of Health and pursuing research into channelopathies at Weill Cornell Medical College which allowed me to craft a distinct path into medicine that considered multiple health related fields and their rich integrations. I then returned to Colorado and earned my medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I am excited and grateful to be training among the accomplished residents, faculty, and staff at PVHMC who share my values in promoting diversity in medicine and passion for advancing health equity through patient advocacy and community partnership. These days, I spend my free time Muay Thai training and designing jewelry.


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