Nicklaus Brandehoff, MD
Medical School:  UCSF
Undergraduate:  Whittier College, Whittier, CA

Hometown: Oakley, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: I played college baseball, managed an Amish furniture store, worked as a venomous snake wrangler, high-ropes course instructor, horse trainer, as a nanny in Hollywood, and lived in a 13th century castle for 4 months in Ireland. Pretty much your standard resume.

Why Fresno?: The people in the program and the pathology we get to see and treat make this a fantastic place to train.


Jennifer Conti, MD
Medical School:  USC
Undergraduate:  University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Hobbies, facts and interests: Collegiate soccer, Coldwater jumper, Big buck hunt safari champion, a happy girl.

Why Fresno?: The people, the faculty and the patients :)


Leslie Crebassa, MD
Medical School:  UC Davis
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley

Hometown: Petaluma, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: I still love anthropology, travel almost any chance I get, enjoy a range of physical activity (climbing, running, swimming, skiing, biking), and have the sense of humor of a stereotypical college-aged male... no wonder I went into EM! My EM interests include low-resource medicine (including wilderness, disaster, expedition/field and international medicine) as well as sports medicine.

Why Fresno?: The people -- residents, faculty, support staff -- at the UCSF Fresno EM program are the best part of the program. The comaraderie shared between everyone, mutual respect, the teaching that comes from many, many years of experience and all the new friendships and activity buddies that develop along the way. The patients we see are a close second best -- the range of pathology and diversity of the patient population are a huge part why this program provides such excellent training. The best part about Fresno as a city is the combination of affordable living with proximity to so many great places (Yosemite, Sequioa, Kings Canyon, Bay Area, Southern California, etc.).


Sarah Garcia, MD
Medical School: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Undergraduate:  Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: I started out my life as a beach bum and became a surf instructor at age 12. You can say I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie, which makes the ER the perfect place!!! I also spend my time gardening, cooking, playing other sports, and playing with my dog. Another random factoid about me is that I love fruit trees, especially fig trees.

Why Fresno?: 300 days of sun a year!!! Awesome produce. Great food. And our residents and faculty are amazing! I get to work with my friends everyday.

Dan Garrison, MD
Medical School:  Chicago Medical School
Undergraduate: Indiana University

Hometown: Veedersburg, IN

Hobbies, facts and interests: Music- guitar, mandolin, listening. Hiking, camping, amateur carpentry.

Why Fresno?: The training, the people, and the outdoor opportunities.


Jove Graham, MD
Medical School:  Tulane University
Undergraduate:  University of Texas

Hometown: Austin, TX

Hobbies, facts and interests: Languages, running long distances, bike touring, tooling around on guitar, Fresno, jumping off cliffs.

Why Fresno?: The residents, the mountains, all the immigrant groups in town, my garden.

Crystal Ives Tallman, MD
Medical School:  USC
Undergraduate:  Oregon State University

Hometown: Salem, OR

Hobbies, facts and interests: Used to play tackle football in middle school, played on a professional women's football team for a season "the Oregon Unforgiven" (we were terrible).

Why Fresno?: Sequoia! (I mean the forest, but the brewing company is also good).


Daniel Kwan, MD
Medical School:  Washington University
Undergraduate:  UC Berkeley

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: Hobbies: Basketball, trying new foods. Work Experience: AmeriCorps VISTA. EM Interests: International medicine, ultrasound, educational technologies.

Why Fresno?: Great pathology, great resident and attending physicians. Proximity to Yosemite and the Bay Area.


Phillip Stalcup, MD

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Undergraduate:  UC Davis
Hometown: New York, NY

Nicole Wojtal, MD
Medical School:   UCSF
Undergraduate:  UC Berkeley





Brian Blake, MD
Medical School:
  Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Columbia University

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: After college I taught English in France for a year, then worked as a bus boy and investment bank lackey in New York City before going back to school to get my med school prerequisites. I love to work out, play pick up basketball and soccer, play guitar and sing, grill delicious meat, and read anything I can get my hands on.

Why Fresno?: Thanks to my awesome co-residents and faculty, work feels like play. I laugh throughout my entire shift. Then I go home and realize I learned a ton.


Nicholas Gastelum, MD
Medical School:
UC San Diego

Hometown: El Cajon, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: Interests/Hobbies: Working out, boxing, beach vacations, burgers, wine, eating my wife’s awesome cooking, watching movies, pugs, science-fiction, sleeping, spending time with friends and family, Breaking Bad. Previous Lives: Souplantation Pasta Chef, High School and College Tutor, Cartilage Tissue Researcher. EM Interests: International Medicine or Ultrasound Fellowships.

Why Fresno?: After rotating here as a medical student, I knew that this was the place where I would truly thrive. Not only is the ED the largest and most organized I have ever seen, it's always able to surprise me with such a great diversity of patients and wide array of pathology. But more importantly, I felt the ED was also filled with some of the best people to work with, including nurses, techs, residents and faculty who made you feel like they had your back and that you were a part of one big family.

Bryan Kaye, MD
Medical School:
  University of Arizona College of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Arizona

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Hobbies, facts and interests: My favorite hobby, by far, is making bad jokes, but in my spare time I like to spend time with my family/friends, hike, snowboard, scuba dive, run, and travel. I have actually been to 29 countries and I am now, and forever will be, broke because of my addiction to traveling.

Why Fresno?: The people! From the day I interviewed at UCSF Fresno, I knew that these were my people. I absolutely love my co-residents and faculty and truly could not be happier here.

Alicia Kurtz, MD
Medical School:
  Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: I'm a certified Spinning & Group Fitness Instructor and self-declared expert in all things Trader Joe's. I love yoga, pretending I know how to surf (I definitely don't...), trying new things, flip flops, really good food, and doing handstands in the pool. (I am awesome at that last one.)

Why Fresno?: The people are so high quality and made me feel like family from the moment I arrived. Also, the patient population is incredible, and our faculty are fantastic teachers who love training residents as much as they love EM. This makes the learning that happens here unlike most other programs. I'm still realizing how lucky I am to be here!


Eli Lessard, MD
Medical School:
  Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California  
UC Santa Cruz

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: Outdoor stuff mostly as far as hobbies go, pretty much anything if it's in the mountains or on the water. I did Peace Corps in South America before med school. I'm married and have an obnoxious child and equally obnoxious dog.

Why Fresno?: The mountains, cost of living, Grizzlies baseball, not too shabby. As for the hospital, nice residents, chill attendings, free starbucks, 'nuff said.


Scott Owens, MD
Medical School:
 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Hobbies, facts and interests: In a previous life, I studied history and Arabic with a plan to work in international relations. I lived briefly in Lebanon, but soon after discovered EMS and changed directions in life. I got totally absorbed in EMS and rescue work, started medical school, and was lucky enough to get the coolest job imaginable training as an emergency physician. I'm also really into rock climbing.

Why Fresno?: The volume and acuity of patients is unlike anything I had seen before. The people are great, and Yosemite being a day trip away is an unbelievable perk.


Steven Riccoboni, MD
Medical School:
  Weill Cornell Medical College
Undergraduate: Santa Clara University

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: In previous lives I appraised vintage rock n roll memorabilia in SF and led student tours across Europe out of going into medicine was the logical next step. My EM interests include international medicine and sports medicine, and in my free time I enjoy hiking, biking, traveling, and watching the Niners, Giants, and Sharks.

Why Fresno?: The people! Also, being on the doorstep of the Sierras is pretty sweet.


Jeremy Salsberg, MD
Medical School:
  University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University

Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: Previous Jobs - Amusement Park Character, Plumber, Caddy. Hobbies - Soccer, Hockey, Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Cooking.

Why Fresno?: The people here are amazing. The faculty, staff and especialy fellow residents have been so welcoming, willing to teach and just genuinely fun people. I will also not miss Ohio winters and am glad to be close to family again.

Gabriel Schroeder, MD
Medical School:
  Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: California State University, Fresno

Hometown: Fresno, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: Reading, playing guitar, going out to nice restaurants, going to Vegas, Texas hold 'em poker, games of all types (board games, video games).

Why Fresno?: Amazing teachers and mentors, outstanding patient population. Close proximity to Yosemite and central California coast.

Keith Wilson, MD
Medical School:
Undergraduate: San Diego State University

Hometown: Ventura, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: Past life worked as a Paramedic/Firefighter Love all things outdoors -- hiking, swimming, biking, paddling, diving, etc.

Why Fresno?: Close to mountains, Yosemite, lakes, etc. Great Clinical Training.




Andres Anaya, MD
Medical School:  UCSF
Undergraduate:  San Jose State
Hometown:  Fresno, CA


Jordan Beshore, DO
Medical School:  Western University of Health Sciences
Undergraduate:  Fresno Pacific University
Hometown:  Casper, WY

Nelson Diamond, MD
Medical School:  Duke University
Undergraduate:  University of Utah
Hometown:  St. George, Utah

Hobbies, facts and interests:

I spent 4 months researching altitude physiology near Everest Base Camp as a medical student. I like to move far and fast over rough terrain - climbing, skiing, biking, running. When I need a break, I love to settle in for a good Netflix binge with my beautiful wife.

Why Fresno?:

TONS of sick patients. Faculty and senior residents who have seen it all and love to teach. Farmer's markets. Park Medic opportunities in the beautiful national parks right in our backyard. Last, but most certainly not least: The Sierras

Leann Mainis, MD
Medical School:  Rosalind Franklin University
Undergraduate:  UC Irvine
Hometown:  Salinas, CA

Ryan Neidhardt, MD
Medical School:  SUNY Binghamton
Undergraduate:  SUNY Upstate Medical University
Hometown:  Syracuse, NY


Timothy Ng, MD
Medical School:  University of Hawaii
Undergraduate:  UC Davis
Hometown:  Glendale, CA

Hobbies, facts and interests: Most of my free time is spent on music, movies, reading, cooking (and eating). There are also 2 of me, but one lives in Southern California as an optometrist. In past lives I've dabbled in computers, working in the theater, and working in a primate lab. Been around the world a few times, but always looking to visit new places.

Why Fresno?: The people, the patients, the pathology.... and it doesn't hurt that Fresno is within driving distance to some of the best parks/cities in the country. Wanna take a day-trip to Yosemite? No problem. Wanna spend a weekend in SF or LA? No problem! And you don't even have to get on a plane.


Courtenay Pettigrew, MD
Medical School:  Jefferson Medical College
Undergraduate:  Princeton University
Hometown:  Durham, NH

Eileen Shu, MD
Medical School:  Columbia University
Undergraduate:  UCLA
Hometown:  White Plains, NY

Hobbies, facts and interests:

Fun Fact: There is a Peruvian surf board company named after me.  Fun Experiences: Cliff diving in Zanzibar.  Polar bear in the Swiss Alps.  Rafting in the Nile.  Swimming in the Amazon.  Spontaneous 12 hour bus ride to see an Incubus concert.  Jumping over the clouds at Barafu. Hobbies: Surfing. Water Polo. TRAVELING. Couchsurfing. Scuba Diving. Swimming. Languages. Taking jumping photos. All things adventuring...

Why Fresno?: The people, people, PEOPLE!!!! The patients, the pathology, the proximity to my favorite national parks, and being close to home (NorCal)!  I've now lived on 4 different continents and I can tell you, I can't even imagine being anywhere else for residency!! 


Caleb Sunde, MD
Medical School:  USC
Undergraduate:  Montana State University
Hometown:  Sioux Falls, SD

Hobbies, facts and interests: I love climbing and being in the mountains. Intermittently I make attempts to run. My life's goal is to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Why Fresno?: The people. The patients, residents, and faculty all make this an incredible place to train. I guess Yosemite is ok too.


Daniel Vo, MD
Medical School:  University of Miami
Undergraduate:  UC San Diego
Hometown:  Montreal, QC, Canada





David Amsalem, MD
Medical School:  Vanderbilt University
Undergrad:  Vanderbilt University

Hometown: New York, NY/Paris, France
Hobbies, facts and interests: In a previous life I was a caveman.  I love anything outdoors: climbing, backpacking, trail running, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, cooking (ie grilling meat), live music - all with my dog (especially playing music).  Love to travel and hitchhike and hit the road any chance I get.  Big interest in wilderness medicine, international medicine, disaster relief and EMS.  Worked as an EMT before med school and co-founded The Nepal Ambulance Service.  Two laws of life: life's too short to drink bad wine, and a kiss without a mustache is like a meal without cheese (both quotes from my father).  

Why Fresno: It's hard to find a population that better mimics an international healthcare setting than this.  Huge volume, incredibly high acuity, and very little access to primary care.  All this makes for the perfect place to get the best training to be a bad-ass ER doc.  Not to mention the city is affordable and you have the mountains in your backyard and the ocean on the other side.  

Stephanie Benjamin, MD
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Undergrad:  Tulane University

Hometown:Old Bethpage, NY (Let's go Mets!)
Hobbies, facts and interests: On my days off you can find me at the beach surfing (not too far from Frenso!) or in the nearby mountains climbing.  To unwind after work I'm often baking (and sharing the goods with my co residents), or at my laptop writing for various medical and non medical journals and websites.
Why Fresno? The people!  The program!  Fresno itself!  Coming to residency in Fresno feels like joining a family.   There is a phenomenal training, the best co workers and attendings one could hope for, and inexpensive living in the heart of California.

Victoria Fanslow, MD
Medical School:  UC Davis
Undergrad:  Stanford University

Nathan Garvin, MD
Medical School:  University of Massachusetts
Undergrad: University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Hometown: Acton, MA
Hobbies, facts and interests: Hobbies: playing and watching soccer, running (trying to keep up with my wife), disc golf, trying new foods and sports, my two boxer dogs. Previous Lives: Landscaper, mover, assistant manager of a dog kennel, soccer player, IT specialist, assistant director of a hotel, tutor.
Why Fresno? No traffic, affordable, sun, close to everything (Yosemite, Sierra, Sequoia, SF, LA, and beaches), great faculty, residents are down to earth and caring people, busy ED where you learn to do everything.​

Jordan Harp, MD
Medical School: 
University of Illinois
Undergrad:  University of Illinois

Lily Hitchner, MD
Medical School:  UCSF
Undergrad:  Pomona College

Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Hobbies, facts and interests: I have managed to be the only girl on a soccer field in eight different countries, I love planning elaborate car camping trips, and I can be found most nights running around my backyard playing with my pups or reading in my hammock. 
Why Fresno?: The sense of community within the residency, the ease of life in Fresno, and the incredible learning opportunities. 


Danielle Holtz, MD
Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Undergrad: Southern Oregon University
Hometown: Medford, OR
Hobbies, facts and interests: DIY projects, eating, cooking (but mostly eating), hiking, camping, climbing, spending too much time on Pinterest, watching college football (Go Ducks!), hanging at home with my husband and my pup.
Why Fresno? The people! I rotated here as a med student and fell in love with the residents and faculty. The nurses are top notch. The patient population is ideal for training to be an amazing EM doc. And of course there is that Yosemite place we all brag about.


Janelle Lee, MD
Medical School:  Albert Einstein college of Medicine
Undergrad:  UC Berkeley

James McCue, MD
Medical School: UC Davis
Undergrad: California State University, Fresno
Hometown: Visalia, Ca
Hobbies, facts and interests:  Hobbies - tennis, movie going, running and sleeping! I worked as a freelance photographer in a previous life, coached kids in tennis for years, and was smart enough to get both my arms stuck in a bowling machine in undergrad.
Why Fresno?: You can't get training anywhere better than Fresno. High volume, good faculty, and a family environment amongst the residents. You can also get a lot for your buck in Fresno. Also, you're 2-3 hours away from the major cities, parks and coastline without having to deal with their traffic on a daily basis.


Dimitri Steblovsky, MD
Medical School: Boston University
Undergrad:  University of Massachusetts

Hometown: Boston, MA
Hobbies, facts and interests: Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, I love myself a mean bowl of borsch with black tea and rye bread. I once lived a happy life in a farm house with 6 of my best friends and 12 chickens, working part time and traveling for months each year. Then I experienced a prolonged fugue state resulting in 4 years of med school. I'm better now. Since moving to California, I've met the double rainbow guy at a hot spring in the East Sierra, done some amazing climbs in the mountains that are our back yard, and collected a number of memorable items including giant Sugar pine cones and whale vertebrae. I hope to one day be referred to as cool Dr. D, so if anyone asks, that's taken.
Why Fresno?:This Emergency Department is insane. Volume and acuity are unmatched by any other hospital I interviewed or rotated at. Pair that with down to earth attendings, incredible nurses and ancillary staff, and a group of residents who always have your back. Throw in mountain lakes and national parks right at your doorstep. Did I mention free food and coffee, cheap living without traffic, and a month off after intern year?