2014-2015 Family Medicine Chief Residents


Mario Espindola, MD received his medical degree from Michigan State University School of Human Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree at UC, Davis where he volunteered as a translator and assisted with a student-run free clinic in an urban area of Sacramento. Mario is the recipient of a National Health Service Corps Scholarship. He has traveled to Peru to work in rural communities. Mario looks forward to working with underserved people. His interests include: civic activism, politics, photography, riding his bike, running, camping, and hiking. Mario is fluent in Spanish.   Anjani Tilak Kolahi, MD received her medical degree from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree at UCLA. Anjani maintains a special interest in women’s health. During her second year of medical school Anjani served as President of Medical Students for Choice. Anjani thoroughly enjoys travelling and event planning. She is fluent in Marathi and Spanish.



Erica Delsman, MD received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Erica grew up as the sixth generation on her family farm. Erica has worked in rural communities in NorthernCalifornia and Oregon for many years. She acquired hard work ethics, appreciation of land conser-vation and cultivation, and the value of good teamwork. Erica has travelled abroad to work in missionary clinics in Arequipa, Peru, an indigenous village near Tena, Ecuador, a government hospital inSikkim, India, and also at Indian Health Services clinics in the US. Erica’s interests include travel, rockclimbing, gardening, cooking, and training horses. She speaks German and Spanish.
Nitika Dhir, MD received her medical degree from St. George’s University. Nitika was born in Kuwait.She came to the US where she attended California State University, Fresno and received her under-graduate degree. As a student she volunteered at the Community Regional Medical Center ER inFresno, as well as becoming a scribe (emergency medicine physician’s immediate assistant) at St.Agnes Medical Center. At St. George’s University she was elected Trustee of the Orphanage Student Organization (OSO) and the Pediatrics Club. Nitika enjoys yoga and learning foreign languages.Nitika is fluent in Punjabi and Hindi.
Jasmine Garcha, MD received her medical degree from Ross University. Jasmine adamantly believes that preventive medicine is the key to maintaining good health. Jasmine has participated in numerous health fairs with student organizations, such as the American Medical Student Association and Physicians for Medical Rights in Portsmouth, Dominica. Jasmine maintains a passion for the arts, including painting and shading artwork. Several pieces of her artwork have been on display at the California State Fair. Some of her other interests include jazz dance and baking. Jasmine is fluent in Punjabi.
Rachel Goerzen, DO received her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee. Rachel was born in Fresno and grew up in Selma. She received her undergraduate degree at California State University, Fresno. Rachel has remained consistently involved in community volunteer work at Children’s Hospital of Central California as well with the Boys2Men, Girls2Women Foundation. Rachel is an avid reader, enjoys the outdoors and her personal interests include running, camping and hiking.
Miriam “Ida” Harris, MD received her medical degree from University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Originally, Ida wanted to pursue a profession in teaching but that changed as she developed a passion to do more to improve people’s quality of life. She now has profound interest in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Ida considers herself a socialite with a myriad of personal interests. She enjoys art history, mythology, world history, sociology, music theory, graphic arts, martial arts, philosophy, and science fiction/fantasy.
David Hoang, DO received his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences. David was Secretary/Treasurer with Pipeline to Healthcare Careers, a student organization with the mission of giving youth the tools essential to attain their full academic potential. He completed his undergraduate work at UC, San Diego. While some of his other interests include love for books and board games, his passion lies within sports such as tennis, running, and basketball. David is fluent in Vietnamese, and has honed his Spanish skills while spending time at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
Derik Keshishian, MD received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. Derik obtained his undergraduate education at USC where he received his Master Degree in Gerontology, an interest which he continues to pursue. Derik enjoys spending family time with his wife and son. He also thoroughly enjoys a good game of tennis, table tennis, chess as well as reading a science fiction novel. Derik speaks Armenian, Farsi and conversational German.
Ji Young Park, MD received her medical degree from the Universidad de Sao Paolo in Brazil. As a young teenager Ji relocated with her family from Korea to Brazil, where she grew up and pursed her undergraduate education. After completing medical school, Ji joined relatives residing in the US where she continued her quest to become a physician. Living in several countries has increased Ji’s appreciation of cultures. Ji is multilingual, speaking five languages including Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. She maintains a genuine interest in language, arts, playing the piano and attending chamber concerts.
Melanie Southard, DO received her medical degree from Touro University. While attending California State University, East Bay, Melanie was awarded the Psychology Student of the Year as well as the President’s Leadership Award for “Outstanding Service to the Campus Community”. Melanie’s interests and hobbies include: photography, yoga, knitting, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, singing and mountain biking.

Bobby Aulakh, MD received his medical degree from the American University of Antigua, College of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at UC Davis, where he was involved with extensive research including studying long term effects of DBS in Parkinson's disease. Family medicine was an obvious choice for Bobby because he feels this is the only field that will make him a well rounded physician and allow him to fulfill his future prospects of contributing to WHO/Doctors without Borders, providing much needed care in underdeveloped countries.  Bobby's hobbies and interests include; outdoor activities, weight training, tennis, yoga, meditation and DIY projects.  He is fluent in Punjabi, and Hindi.

Jose Buenrostro, MD received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and obtained his undergraduate degree at California State University, Stanislaus.  He grew up in the Central San Joaquin Valley where early in life  while working  in the fields, as well as working as an Emergency Medical Technician motivated  him to become a family practitioner.   Dr. Buenrostro looks forward to staying in the central valley and providing care to the people in his community.   His outside interests includes farming, traveling, snowboarding as well as playing baseball and basketball.  He is fluent in Spanish.

Alice Chung, MD was born in California, but spent the first few years of her childhood on a farm with her grandparents in Taiwan. She studied biomedical engineering during her undergraduate years at the University of California Berkeley and then received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine.  She has a strong interest in international health and participated in AMSA Global Health Groups and Physicians for Human Rights at Boston University.  Her hobbies and interests include hiking, traveling, photography, drawing, exploring new places, and trying new activities.

Ashlynn Gordon, DO did her undergraduate studies from the University of Montana and received her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Ashlynn was born and raised in Missoula, Montana.  After her first year of medical school Ashlynn had the opportunity to study surgery while volunteering in Germany. During her second year of medical school Ashlynn worked on a research project, and was published in the JAOA. She also has been actively attending medical conferences and lobbying in Washington D.C. on health care issues. Ashlynn’s hobbies include triathlons, skiing, hiking and karate.

Inderpreet Grewal, MD spent most of her life in Livingston, CA and the Central Valley before heading to UC Davis to study Human Development and find her passion for medicine through volunteering.  During medical school at St. George’s University in beautiful Grenada, Inderpreet made sure to return back to her home and intern with the Public Health Department in Stanislaus County.  It was there where she indulged in her interest of working with adolescents by creating additional health centers for teens to receive counseling on birth control methods and family planning.  Inderpreet is multi-lingual and looks forward to utilizing her native language, Punjabi, and her passion for public health and medicine to empower and serve her community.  Inderpreet’s other passions in life include cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Benjamin Huang, MD received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo State University, New York.  During undergraduate studies at Syracuse University Benjamin helped to organize and run a weekly after school program for refugees. He helped co-found the Buffalo Chapter of Primary Care Progress, where he organized quality improvement project teams in primary care offices around the city.  Benjamin enjoys playing piano, game design and the culinary arts in his spare time.

Sebouh Krioghlian. MD was born and raised in Fresno, California.  He attended California State University, Fresno where he completed his undergraduate studies.  Sebouh received his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences.  Sebouh looks forward to working with underserved in the community where he was raised.  He is an avid reader and enjoys cooking.  Sebouh speaks Armenian and conversational Spanish.

Liana Milanes, MD  was born in Havana Cuba.  She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine.  Living  and studying in Dominca gave Liana an opportunity to create a unique learning experience that solidified her desire to seek a specialty heavily involved in health education and disease prevention.  She is looking forward to working with the underserved in the Central Valley.  Her hobbies include judo, scuba diving and continental philosophy.  Liana is fluent in Spanish.

Rashell Reynoso-Garza, MD was born and raised in Visalia, California in the Central Valley.  She did her undergraduate studies at UC, Davis and received her medical degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine.  As a first year medical student Rashell participated in the Patient Centered Medicine Scholars Program (PCM) where she realized that family medicine was the specialty that would allow her to reach her goal of working with the underserved.  Rashell enjoys fishing, camping , painting and spending time with her family. 

Jusel Ruelan, DO  attended Stanford University and received her medical school diploma from A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine. She was born and raised in Merced, California in the Central Valley. While in medical school her experience rotating in one of the largest non-profit community centers in the United States, the El Rio Community Health Center as well as the Pascua Yaqui Native American clinic in southern Arizona helped to solidify her zeal with working with the underserved.  Jusel’s outside interests include traveling, hiking, tennis and playing the piano. Jusel speaks Visayan as well as conversational Spanish.

Satjit Sanghera, MD  received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She is also a graduate of UC Berkeley where she received her Bachelors of Science. Satjit grew up in the Central Valley, Turlock, California. Having grown up in a small town, she experienced the limitations of health care which galvanized her interest in working with the underserved. Her inspiration for pursuing Family Medicine in the rural setting includes her grandmother as well as her experiences throughout her medical school career. Her interests include event planning, cooking, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.  Satjit is fluent in Punjabi.

Alejandro Soto, MD  was born in Nogales, Mexico.  He attended  UC, Riverside before receiving his medical degree from Universidad de Montemorales.  Alejandro has a passion to serve the underserved, fueled by his year of social service in Allende, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  He looks forward to working with the underserved in the Central Valley.  Alejandro’s hobbies and interests include basketball, softball, jogging, working out and reading, as well as spending time with his family and friends. Alejandro speaks fluent Spanish.

Amarjot Bains, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Navpreet Kaur, 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.
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.
Jihan Mandilawi, 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.
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.
Sarah Nasir, DO was born in Bangladesh. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from UC, Davis and received her medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Sarah has a special interest in Women’s Health and Geriatrics. She received the National Health Service Corps scholarship. Some of Sarah’s leisure interests include cooking, religion, family, languages and culture awareness, reading, and volunteer work. Sarah speaks Bengali, French and Hindi.
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.