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Meet the Residents

Christine Cao, Pharm.D

I was raised and currently reside in Westminster, CA. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from UC Riverside and earned my Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. From a young age, I knew I wanted to be part of the healthcare team to improve the well-being of others. My passion was solidified after serving in a medical mission, where I was inspired by the impact that pharmacists had on patient care, in addition to the trust that each patient placed in our pharmacists. I am grateful to continue my pharmacy journey at PVHMC where residents are strongly supported and challenged. I am confident that the breadth of clinical experiences offered in our residency program will mold me into a competent and well-rounded clinician, and I look forward to a year of both professional and personal growth under the mentorship of our passionate pharmacy staff. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and going to Disneyland.

Diane Nguyen, Pharm.D

My name is Diane and I grew up in sunny Southern California. I earned both my Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and my PharmD from the University of Southern California (Fight On!). My initial interest for pharmacy began after working as a clerk at an outpatient pharmacy and witnessing the impact pharmacists can make in the community. However, during pharmacy school, I worked as an intern at Memorial Care – Long Beach Medical Center where I was inspired to pursue an inpatient pharmacy residency. I am excited to be a part of PVHMC, where I get to gain a variety of unique experiences, such as in oncology, Neonatal ICU, and Neuro ICU. With PVHMC’s challenging rotations and supportive preceptors, I am confident I will develop into a strong clinician. During my free time, I like travelling, watching TV shows, learning how to paint, and listening to country music.

Mary Youssef, Pharm.D

I grew up in the Pomona area and currently live in La Verne, CA. I earned my bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside and then earned my PharmD from Western University of Health Sciences. Growing up, I knew that I wanted a career in healthcare, but I was not yet sure exactly what I wanted to do. After some thought and exploration, I became a clerk at Rite Aid and realized that pharmacy had everything that I was looking for in a career. During my time in pharmacy school, I was an intern right here at PVHMC and that experience is what helped me decide to pursue a pharmacy residency. It allowed me to see how integral the pharmacist was to the hospital team and how they used their unique set of knowledge to ensure the best possible health outcomes for the patient. My goal as a clinical pharmacist is to contribute to the healing of others who are going through sickness and I am confident that my training at PVHMC will help me accomplish that. I have always enjoyed the welcoming environment at PVHMC and I look forward to my next year here as a resident. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, trying new foods, and going to the beach and Disneyland.

Zuleyka Lopez, Pharm.D

I was raised and currently reside in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Cal Poly Pomona and my Pharm.D. from Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy. Becoming a healthcare professional was always a major goal for me as I wanted to play an essential role in bringing patients back to health. After a year of volunteering at Loma Linda University Mountain View Pharmaceuticals during undergrad, I knew I wanted to become a pharmacist when I witnessed the immense knowledge and trust the pharmacists provided to their patients. As a pharmacy student, I rotated through a variety of hospital pharmacies and discovered the inpatient interdisciplinary dynamic during my internal medicine and hospital rotations. I was extremely drawn to the integrated role of a pharmacist within that dynamic which solidified my interest to pursue additional training with residency. I chose Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center because the training experiences were strongly aligned with my interests within critical care, oncology and neonatal care and the environment was and continues to be extremely welcoming. I am fortunate to be within my ideal program and look forward to my residency year here. Within my free time, I enjoy trying new food places in LA, traveling to different countries, and going to fairs, amusement parks and beaches.