Class of 2023
Carrillo, Mayra, MD
I grew up in the Yakima Valley, Washington and the first in my family to become a physician! Prior to medical school, I pursued my commitment to public health as a health educator and community mobilizer at an FQHC. I am excited to join the CCRMC family because of the broad-spectrum training, dedication to the underserved communities, and commitment to social justice and diversity.
Cuervo, Isabel, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
I was raised by my two loving Cuban parents alongside two sisters with an upbringing mostly in Miami. I chose CCRMC because of the people and their commitment to delivering patient-centered care and training full-spectrum providers. I feel inspired by the community-orientated training and proud to be part of a program that acknowledges the weight of social determinants of health.
Devries, Jennifer, MD, MPH
UC San Diego
I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and I have lived all throughout California and Chicago. I am excited to be back in the east bay, where my love for harm reduction, queer community, and activism were first nurtured! I chose CCRMC to train at a community-oriented, mission driven program where I could gain the clinical skills necessary in a supportive environment to further advance health equity and liberation.
Escamilla, Daniel, MD
I was born in Sonora, Mexico and have been in California for almost 20 years (mostly in Sacramento), where I volunteered in various clinics and learned about health disparities. I chose CCRMC for it's full-spectrum training with the goal of being a well-rounded physician for any patient population or setting. In my free time I enjoy tasting new foods as well as being outdoors.
Gonzalez, Elvira "Sofia", MD
Universidad Autónoma De Guadalajara
Contra Costa's mission aligns with my personal commitment to learn how to best serve under-resourced communities, similar to those that I grew up in, through quality and accessible healthcare. As a Latina family physician, I aim to reduce health disparities and inspire other Latinas to pursue medicine. I am happy to be back in my birthplace of California, after years of chasing my education all over North America.
Guerrero, Nery, MD
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Growing up in South Texas, I witnessed the role physicians play in advocating for their patients, especially the undocumented and under-resourced. As the first in my family to graduate college, let alone medical school, I value community driven missions which foster growth and trust. I chose CCRMC due to its community involvement and promotion of justice and equity in medicine.
Gutierrez, Gabriel, MD
UC San Francisco
I grew up in Daly City, California. I completed medical school at UCSF and am excited to train at Contra Costa because I believe it will develop me into a well-rounded physician, who delivers quality patient centered care to diverse medically underserved populations.
Kane, Myriam, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
My name is Maïsha and I am originally from Dakar, Senegal. I plan to return and practice in my home country, and I chose Contra Costa because of the robust broad-spectrum training. I have a special interest in Obstetrics and wanted to be able to have the maximum number of deliveries. In addition to providing all the above, CCFMR also had great faculty members and a diverse program which was important to me.
Milne-Price, Shauna, MD
University of Washington
Growing up in Montana, I developed a love for animals, rural communities, and wild places. My path to family medicine followed an exploration of human-animal health, infectious diseases, and social justice. I have seen the power of family medicine in action, and hope to someday use it to serve rural, historically marginalized communities. I was drawn to CCRMC because of its mission for advocacy, full spectrum training, and amazing people.
Muralles, Sara, MD, MPH
Loyola University Chicago
Born and raised in Chicago, I grew up close to my family and community, allowing me insight into how health and well-being are intertwined with family, culture, beliefs, and access. These perspectives, undoubtedly influenced my journey to family medicine. I chose CCRMC for its unparalleled full-spectrum training, dedication to quality care to the underserved, and because the people and values of the program made me feel at home.
Perez, Megan, MD
University of Colorado
I grew up in a small town nestled at the base of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. My aspiration to become a board spectrum family physician are galvanized by my desire to return to a rural, under-resourced community. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Contra Costa family because of their rigorous, mission-based training, robust OB opportunities, and dedication to pipeline initiatives.
Ray, Kyra, MD
I began cultivating my interest in primary care for underserved populations while working at a shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Seattle, a passion that solidified in medical school. As I researched residency programs, I was drawn to the diverse patient population and robust, broad-spectrum training at CCRMC. After meeting the caring and compassionate people here, I knew it was the place for me!
Sullivan, Eleanor, MD
University of Iowa
I am from Des Moines, IA. After studying biology and East Asian studies at the University of Chicago, I worked in San Francisco then circled back to Iowa for medical school. I am thrilled to train at Contra Costa, a place well-versed in the art of full-spectrum family medicine and committed to providing care for those faced with systemic barriers to health services.
Class of 2024
Adams, Tristen, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
I am a born and raised Burqueña from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was looking for a rigorous residency program that values political advocacy and anti-racism work and that would prepare me to confidently practice full-spectrum family medicine in resource-limited communities.
Aguilar, Bianka Janette, MD
Keck School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Long Beach, California to immigrant parents- my mom is from Mexico and my dad is from El Salvador. I went to UC Berkeley for college which is where I first fell in love with the Bay Area. I am excited to come back to the Bay Area to train at CCRMC, a truly full-spectrum family medicine program whose mission to serve vulnerable populations align with my personal values.
Carneal, Hillary, MD
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and studied international relations thinking that I wanted to pursue a career in international politics but was inspired to enter medicine during my time working with FQHC's throughout Northern California. At UC Davis, I cultivated my passion for serving rural communities through participation in the Rural PRIME program, and I am thrilled to be joining an institution dedicated to training excellent full-spectrum family medicine providers such as CCRMC with a strong dedication to health equity.
Chaet-Lopez, Alexis, MD
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
I grew up within view of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and prior to medical school worked in the NGO world in Latin America, feeding a passion for global health and women's health. I was drawn to Contra Costa's mission and knew the program's rigorous training would prepare me for a career as a capable, compassionate physician. My perfect weekend morning involves a long bike ride and a latte, and I look forward to exploring nature out West alongside my husband and CCRMC family!
Cless, Mallory, MD
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
I grew up in the east bay but have spent much of my adult life in San Diego where I completed medical school at UCSD. I am looking forward to coming back to the beautiful bay area and being a part of a highly motivated and dedicated group at CCRMC. I chose CCRMC for its dynamic, full-spectrum training in a community-oriented environment.
DeGroote, Maya, MD
Dartmouth Medical School
I grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine, and several places overseas. When not in the mountains, I am exploring country roads on my bike. My passion for broad spectrum family medicine is tied to my desire to care for rural, under-resourced communities. I was drawn to Contra Costa because of the people, the robust obstetrical and clinical training, and the emphasis on the role of physicians in addressing systemic inequities in healthcare and society.
Glick, Stephanie, MD
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
I grew up on the west side of Buffalo, NY where I was immersed in a diverse community of people that inspired me to pursue family medicine and focus on partnering with my patients in every phase of life. I wanted a program that would provide quality full spectrum medical training and would be intentional about addressing health inequity at every level of our system. CCRMC had all of this and more, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be here.
Hawkins, John MD
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Originally from Utah, I'm excited to be back in the Bay, where I lived for 10 years during college and working as a stem cell biology researcher and sexual health counselor prior to medical school. Within family medicine, I'm especially interested in health justice, full-spectrum reproductive and gender-affirming care, harm reduction, and palliative care. I'm grateful to train alongside diverse patients and co-workers in a supportive, justice-minded residency program.
Kirkpatrick, Karlee, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
I was born and raised on the East Coast, but I consider California my home. I chose Contra Costa because its diverse population, broad spectrum training, and dedicated faculty members will help me to fulfill my goal of working with underserved communities in the U.S. and Abroad. I'm happiest when I'm traveling internationally, participating in outdoor sports, learning and trying new things, playing music, cooking, eating good food, and spending time with family and friends.
Ku, Tiffany, MD
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
I am born and raised in the Bay Area by Chinese immigrant parents. My family's experience with healthcare has led to my passion for preventive medicine and public health. I studied public health at UC Berkeley, worked in public health in Seattle, then attended medical school in Chicago. In medical school, I focused much on community engagement, organized medicine, and multidisciplinary partnerships. I chose CCRMC so I can advocate for my patients both inside and out of my clinic—I was drawn to CCRMC's commitment to health equity and unparalleled full-spectrum training. Outside of medicine, I love traveling, hiking, and salsa dancing!
Erica, Mitchell, MD
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
I grew up in Escondido before moving to Northern California for college and medical school. I became passionate about justice and health equity at a young age, having grown-up low-income, and knew that I wanted to return to serve communities who were also marginalized by institutions and systems. Throughout my medical training, I have focused on queer health, abortion care and DEI curriculum building. I truly love getting to know patients and being a witness to their health journey. When I'm not working, I am adventuring with my wife, cooking, reading or herding goats.
Ratcliff, Stephannie, MD
San Francisco School of Medicine
I chose Contra Costa for its unparalleled clinical training, especially in OB, for its centering of care for marginalized communities and because everyone I met made me feel like I had found my home.
Robin, Arianna, MD
Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine
As a New Yorker and Oregonian from a big family, I appreciate strong community and cultural diversity. I am passionate about full-spectrum family medicine and am excited to train at CCRMC to become a strong clinician, proceduralist, and advocate for health equity! My medical interests include obstetrics and LGBTQ care; otherwise, I love cooking and sharing food, exploring outside, and doing art.
Class of 2025
Baranes, Sarah, MD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
I grew up in Washington, D.C. but came to think of the East Bay as home when I moved there to take premed classes. I didn't take in college as a geography major. My time in both Oakland and medical school in the Northeast sparked a passion for harm reduction, gender-inclusive perinatal care, and addiction medicine. I chose CCRMC because of its dedication to equipping its residents with the skills to treat everyone who walks through the door with respect and the best care possible.
Bredin, Phoebe, MD
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
I am originally from Virginia, but grew up moving around outside of the US, then moved to Tucson, AZ for medical school. I want to practice global and rural full spectrum FM and am passionate about women's health. Contra Costa was a natural fit with the strong inpatient and OB training, as well as commitment to underserved populations and social justice.
Carter, Inanna, MD
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
I was born and raised in rural Maui, Hawaii where my upbringing taught me to respect native people and environments. I worked as a public high school science teacher prior to pursuing medicine but felt that I would have more resources and skills to assist my community with a medical degree. I chose Contra Costa for the warmth and progressiveness of the community, the faculty and patient diversity, the broad spectrum training including POCUS, procedures, and excellent OBGYN, and the mission to serve and advocate for under-resourced communities.
Gach-Kvenild, Aaron, MD
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
I was born in Maryland, lived in the Bay, and then moved to Hawaii before coming back to California for college and medical school. I'm from that part of Hawaii where a lot of us spent more time herding cattle than surfing. I chose CCRMC for my Family Medicine training because of its reputation for unparalleled broad spectrum training. I am delighted to return to Contra Costa County and honored for the opportunity to exercise everything I've learned along the way in the service of a community that I hold so dear to my heart.
Gemelas, Jordan, MD, MPH
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Great training in broad spectrum family medicine and a focus on population health disparities drew me to Contra Costa. I’m originally from rural Oregon and saw the importance of high-quality primary care from a young age - and my perspective on public health led me to earn an MPH in epidemiology. Outside of work I love to play piano with friends, cook, time outdoors backpacking, camping, biking, and using my hammock.
Komarizadeh, Aemad, DO
Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiram C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
It's a passion of mine to return back to my hometown, and work as a physician for this diverse community. I chose Contra Costa for it's excellent training in full spectrum family medicine.
Krentz, Christine, MD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
I was born in rural upstate New York before my family moved to the mountains of Colorado, so I have always been a small-town woman at heart. Rural health is a passion of mine and during my clinical year of school, I completed an immersive, six-month rural longitudinal program. I was fortunate to experience true full-scope family medicine and the impact a physician can have on a community. I chose Contra Costa for its unparalleled broad scope training, including OB, and its commitment to serving and advocating for underserved communities.
Liu, Angela, MD
Donal and Barbrara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
I grew up amongst the wilderness of Tucson, AZ and my family in China. I am the first physician in my family. I am excited to explore obstetrics and global health at CCRMC to become a broad spectrum family doctor.
Mackenzie, Onagh MD, MPH
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Growing up on my family’s farm in Western New York, I became interested in the connections between community, place, and health. Prior to medical school, I completed my MPH and worked with community health and food justice non-profits in Alaska and Navajo Nation. My interests within family medicine span a broad range – from addiction and street medicine to reproductive and rural health – and I was drawn to CCFMR for its exceptional training in these areas and its commitment to health equity.
Najibi, Lakhta, MD
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
I have lived in multiple cities throughout Central and Northern California but consider the Bay Area to be home. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, exploring new cities, and spending time with family and friends. I chose the CCFMRP for its strong obstetrics focus, full-spectrum family medicine training, emphasis on community-based care, diverse patient population, and dedication to health equity.
Rasmussen, Kayla, MD
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
As a born and raised Wisconsinite (Go Badgers!), I'm excited to trade in snowy winters for California sunshine and the beautiful Bay Area. My medical interests include reproductive health, family planning, LGBTQ care, integrative medicine, health equity & advocacy. I am thrilled to train in full-spectrum family medicine alongside a diverse family of justice-minded providers at CCRMC and hope to use this unparalleled training to care for urban underserved communities.
Suarez, Marjorie, MD
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
I am Venezuelan native who enjoys salsa dancing, calls Florida home and moved to Puerto Rico for medical school. I am passionate about helping under-resourced communities locally and globally. I chose CCRMC because its commitment to serving disadvantaged polulations and rigorous full-spectrum training align with my personal and professional goals. Therefore, I feel fortunate to join a program filled with warmhearted people that will equip me with a broad set of skills needed in communities or geographical areas where certain specialists and subspecialists may not be available.
Ushasri, Harini, MD
Ohio State University College of Medicine
I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where I have spent most of my life. I have always been drawn to medicine to reduce health disparities and serve underserved communities, and Contra Costa drew me to the East Bay for that, and for its full-spectrum family medicine training. One day, I would love to be a one-stop shop for my patients, and I am excited to get that training at CCRMC while getting to explore beautiful California!