2016-2017 Family Medicine Chief Residents


Danielle Malvini, DO grew up in the Bay area in California. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA. She attended Touro University where she earned both a medical degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Danielle has an interest in Geriatrics and hopes to complete a Geriatrics Fellowship after residency. Danielle is a devoted fan of the SF Giants and 49’ers and is an avid runner and also enjoys playing the string bass.   Mario Gutierrez, MD grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in Dos Palos, California. He completed his undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara and medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, in Mexico. While in Guadalajara, Mario learned to practice medicine in a country plagued with poverty and a profound lack of resources. He is fluent in Spanish. He has a passion for sports and enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and football in his free time.



PG-3 Residents  
Jihan Ansari, MD is from Southern California. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College. She has an MPH from Loma Linda University and received her medical degree from Ross University. Jihan realized her passion for medicine while completing an internship with a nonprofit organization in Uganda. Jihan has a special interest in Women’s Health. She has a passion for cooking and baking, especially for family and friends. She also enjoys hiking and jogging.
Leslie Chen, DO was born and raised in Anaheim, California. She attended UC Berkeley and received her medical degree from Touro University Nevada. Leslie has remained active with volunteer work. During medical school she was the student body government director of wellness. She is fluent in Chinese. Scuba diving, paddleboard-yoga, rocking climbing, cycling, volleyball, and swimming are among some interests enjoyed by Leslie.
Sheena Edmonds, DO was born and raised in Visalia, California. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Fresno, graduating Suma Cum Laude in Biology. She received her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences. As the result of Sheena’s dedicated effort providing service to the underserved during her first year of medical school, Sheena was the recipient of the National Health Service Scholarship. Her leisure interests include bicycling, gardening, and camping.
Navpreet Gill, MD was born in Baswaran, India and immigrated at a young age to the Central San Joaquin Valley. She grew up in Manteca, California. Navpreet attended UC, Davis where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. As an undergraduate she spent a semester in Oaxaca, Mexico where she worked closely with the underserved. Navpreet received her medical diploma from Ross University. She is looking forward to caring for the underserved people in the Valley. Navpreet speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Her leisure interests include skyping, to remain connected with her family in India, as well as running, hot yoga, and kickboxing.
Mohsin Jawed, MD is from Chico, California. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from UC, Davis and his medical degree from Ross University. After completing his first year of college, he journeyed through Pakistan. This experience had a profound impact on his career goals after encountering people who suffered without even basic health care. Mohsin speaks Hindi and Punjabi. He enjoys the sport of basketball, both watching professional teams and playing the game.
Jasmine Lahel, DO is from Yuba City, California. Jasmine received her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and received her medical school diploma from Touro University. While in medical school Jasmine was a member of the Family Practice Club, an organization that actively participates in volunteering
at local shelters, serving food to the underserved, and participating in health fairs. Jasmine speaks Punjabi. Her outside interests include cooking/baking, yoga, and biking.
Shuang (Michelle) Lin, MD was born in Yantai, China. She came to the United States as a child. Her family settled in Indiana where she attended Purdue University as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Forensic Science. She received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Michelle was the recipient of St. Vincent Hospital Volunteer Scholarship. In her free time Michelle enjoys crossfit, hiking, fencing, photography, and spending time with friends.
Patrick Polach, DO was born in Fresno. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree at UC, Davis and his medical degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patrick is particularly interested in providing health care in rural underserved communities and embraces the idea of practicing global medicine, contributing to continuity of care in the developing world. He received a Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic Society for academic and community service achievement. Patrick’s interests outside of medicine include mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, snowboarding, and most recently indoor rock climbing.
Amarjot (“Amber”) Rai, MD was born in Jalandhar, India and immigrated to the US as a child. She grew up in the Central San Joaquin Valley near Modesto. Amarjot earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from California State University, Stanislaus and attended Medical School at St. George’s University. Amarjot has a special interest in Geriatrics and is fluent in Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. In her free time she enjoys reading, working out, travel, and learning about different cultures and foods.
Zev Tovian, MD

PG-2 Residents



Gagandeep Aulakh, DO is from Fresno, California. She earned her Bachelors of Science from Fresno State and graduated with a Summa Cum Laude. As an undergraduate, she was actively involved with various organizations in the community to serve the underserved and the less fortunate. She firmly believes in access to basic health for everyone as it plays a vital role in disease prevention and progression.  She received her medical degree from Touro University, California. She is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and is aspiring to learn Spanish. Following her residency, she intends to practice in Fresno and give back to her community. In her free time, she enjoys listening to instrumental music, sketching, painting, cooking and most importantly spending time with her family.

Nicole Constantz, MD  grew up in the Bay Area. Nicole received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine  She obtained her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from UC San Diego.  Nicole has a special interest in full-spectrum family medicine and integrative medicine. She is looking forward to working with underserved, rural and urban populations in the Central Valley. Some of her outside interests include hiking, running and yoga. 

Theresa Day, MD grew up in the Bay Area, but considers Tucson, Seattle, and a small village in northern Cameroon to be her home towns as well.  Theresa received her medical degree from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz, but considers her two years working in Cameroon as a health education Peace Corps Volunteer to be her most valuable education.  Terri has an interest in global medicine and veteran’s health.  Some of her outside interests include birdwatching, farming, and hiking with her husband.

Kulraj Dhah, DO was born and raised in Fresno. He graduated from Clovis High School and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at CSU Fresno. His first exposure to UCSF Fresno was as a Clinical Research Coordinator here in 2006. After attending medical school in Arizona, Raj wanted to come back home and do his residency training in the same underserved community he has been a part of his entire life. He is passionate about focusing on the preventive aspect of Family Medicine by working with young adults and adolescents through Sports Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his wife as well as being the unofficial "official” FM department photographer.

Jenny Du, DO was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US when she was ten years old. Jenny received her medical degree from Touro University Nevada and her undergraduate degree from UC Davis. She pursued a Master of Public Health degree at UC Davis and worked as an epidemiologist promoting Hepatitis B vaccination among Asian Americans at the city of San Francisco Department of Public Health prior to medical school. Her passion for preventive care and community service included promoting cancer screenings among the low-income community in Sacramento, coordinating interpreting services for the uninsured population in San Jose, CA, and delivering primary health care to the homeless in Las Vegas, NV. ​ She enjoys ballroom dancing, biking, and crafting in her free time.

Anh Le, MD was born in Vietnam and spent most of her childhood in Canada.  Ahn received her medical degree from St. George’s University and her undergraduate degree from UCLA.  She enjoys photography and soccer in her leisure time.

Todd Macauley, DO received his undergraduate degree from UC Irvine. Todd received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Todd’s interest in Family Medicine was made stronger when he worked in rural Nicaragua and Costa Rica practicing full scope family medicine in a rural setting.   Todd is an avid sports enthusiast and has a particular interest in sports medicine.

Assad Malik, MD was born in Sweden and lived in four different countries before settling in California. Assad received his medical degree from Ross University and his undergraduate degree from Cal State, Sacramento.  In his leisure time Assad enjoys tennis, hiking and watching foreign films.

Madeline Nguyen, DO grew up in the Central Valley in Stockton, CA.  She received her undergraduate education at UC Davis in Biological Science. Madeline has a passion for community outreach and working with the underserved. She enjoys the variety of family medicine, particularly women's health, sports medicine, procedures, and public health. She enjoys hiking, exploring new places, film and digital photography, running, food adventures, and spending time with loved ones.

Ebimoboere (Ebi) Okoro, MD was born and raised in Nigeria. Ebi received her medical degree from American University of the Caribbean and her undergraduate degree from Cal State, Bakersfield.  Ebi has an interest in HIV medicine.   Her hobbies include leisure traveling, preparing African and continental food dishes as well as music.

Laura Pierce, DO attended the University of Pennsylvania and received her medical degree from Touro University California. In her previous life, she worked as a Behavioral Therapist, a Neuropsychology Researcher, and a Zookeeper. Intent on pursuing both academic and clinical medicine, her interests include learning and cognition, neurodevelopmental disorders, behavioral health, and sports medicine

Nevkeet Toor, MD received his medical degree from Saba University School of Medicine. Nevkeet is from Vancouver, B.C. and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia in Biochemistry. Nevkeet has many outside interests which include hockey, hiking, and travel.

PG-1 Residents  

Miguel Acuna, MD calls Chico, CA home. Graduated CSU Chico with bachelor degrees in biology, exercise physiology, movement studies and a minor in nutrition. Prior to graduating from Ross University with a medical degree was an orthopedic biomechanics researcher at the University of Oregon and worked in physical therapy/personal training. Interest in sports medicine since adolescence and looks forward to teaching and continuing writing. Also an interest in the advancement of those within medically/educationally undeserved communities into the medical sciences. Personal interests include listening to podcasts, going to comedy clubs and ball games, cooking and finding new restaurants. Restarted cycling and Brazilian jiu jitsu and is looking forward to settling down after so many years away from CA.

Lauren Eby, DO grew up in San Diego and attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts for her undergraduate. While there, she studied neuroscience and realized she wanted to be a doctor. After college, she lived in Santa Cruz before attending Touro University in Vallejo for medical school. While there, she also received a master's in public health. Lauren is interested in incorporating public health into medicine, and she loves family medicine because she gets to see patients of all ages and take care of families. She's especially looking forward to practicing women's health and improving her Spanish while in Fresno! She loves to cook, garden, and hike.

Qiuying (Kylie) Huang, DO was born and raised in Guangzhou, China, and lived in Bangkok, Thailand for 2 years prior to the U.S. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston, and her medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in NYC. Kylie has an interest in global health with a focus on women’s health. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

Hiroyasu (Kyle) Kikawa, MD was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan then moved to the SF bay area for high school. He received his undergraduate degrees in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and worked as an engineer in the Silicon Valley. He received his medical degree from American University of the Caribbean. Kyle speaks Japanese and Chinese. He enjoys traveling, photography, playing tennis, snowboarding, and driving on race tracks.

Especianise Loresca, MD was born and raised in rural Haiti and immigrated to the United States as a political refugee at the age of thirteen. After living in Minnesota for ten years and completing a BS in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, she moved to the Bay Area where she worked several years as both a researcher and quality control analyst for a biopharmaceutical company and subsequently attended the UC Davis Post-baccalaureate program.  She obtained her medical degree at UCSF.  After medical school started residency in OBGYN, two years into her training she decided to switch to family medicine. Training in family medicine provides the opportunity to tackle a wider array of health issues affecting a larger population of patients. Her long-term goal is to collaborate with community-based organizations working to provide quality care to those lacking access within the United States and in resource-poor countries such as Haiti. She is excited to join the UCSF Fresno Family Medicine residency program.

Rafael Martinez, MD is from Visalia, CA. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Southern California, majoring in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Studies. He received his medical degree from Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. He discovered his passion for primary care while working as a health educator in the Central Valley. In his spare time, he enjoys reading Car & Driver, traveling and Netflix binging.

Lynna Nguyen, DO grew up in Southern California. She received her undergraduate degree at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and her medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. Lynna has a special interest in pediatrics, women’s health, and palliative medicine. She speaks Vietnamese. She also enjoys playing board games and spending time with family and friends.

Laura Nunes, MD was originally from Portugal but moved to the US at age 18. Received her Medical Degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at California State University of Long Beach. She has a strong interest in Women’s Health, Community Medicine, and Urgent Care. In her free time she enjoys biking, photography, spending time with family and watching soccer and Netflix. She also speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish.

Thomas Quigg, DO was born and raised in San Jose, CA and achieved his medical degree from Touro University in Vallejo, CA. Before medical school, Tom taught Biology courses at San Jose State University and Evergreen Community College; his passion for teaching was a major factor in his desire to pursue Family Medicine. Tom enjoys traveling, going camping, and playing guitar. 

Fay Roepcke, MD is a graduate of California State University, Chico.  She achieved her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine.  She is excited to be joining the UCSF Family Medicine Residency in Fresno, where she has ties to the Central Valley.

Juan Rios, MD was born and raised in Reedley, California. After graduating from Reedley High, Juan went on to earn a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from UCLA. Upon receiving his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine, Juan knew that he wanted to fulfill his dream of serving the Central Valley population. Growing up in Reedley, Juan was always surrounded by the hard-working individuals that comprise the valley's agricultural backbone. It was because of this exposure that he learned the true value of hard work and service to one's community. His passion, consequently, has always been to give back to the underserved communities that gave so much to him. Through full scope family medicine, Juan believes he is given the best opportunity to bring together his love of community service and healthcare. Outside of medicine, Juan enjoys trying new foods, weight training, watching SF Giants baseball or Dallas Cowboys football, and most of all spending time with his wife and children. Juan is also fluent in Spanish.

Eliza Tran, DO was born and raised in San Jose, California, but now considers San Diego to be her home. She received her undergraduate degree from UC San Diego, and her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and their three dogs.