Veronica Aguilar, MD, MPH
Family Medicine, Orange County

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Other: Veronica was born in El Salvador and was brought to the United States as a child. She was raised in South Los Angeles where she has done most of her community work which includes tutoring at the Watts Labor for Community Action Committee, HIV counseling through the Charles Drew University HIV program, providing medical assistance through the Medical Reserve Cops in Los Angeles, amongst many other roles in clinics and hospitals where she has had the opportunity to educate, treat, and provide preventative services to community members. Veronica attended UCLA where she majored in Biology and then spent several years doing clinical research where she had the opportunity to work with diabetic patients and their families. She then completed her Master’s in Public Health degree at Charles Drew University, received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, and completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente LAMC. As a Community Medicine Fellow and as a National Health Service Corp (NHSC) scholarship recipient, she will continue to work in underserved communities and provide high-quality health care to all our patients. Veronica enjoys working with all family members and wants to build a connection that promotes continuity of care. She is a proud mother of two and enjoys being involved in their activities. She also enjoys jogging and recently started traveling.

Abhipsa Kar, MD
Family Medicine, Woodland Hills

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency Training: UCLA
Other: Born in India but raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Abhipsa experienced the classic American midwest while spending her summers going back to her family’s remote Indian village. She became interested in medicine when she helped organize various health camps in her village —which was 2 hours from the nearest hospital. She went to the Medical College of Wisconsin for medical school where she became inspired by the work done by physicians and community leaders to help address community health needs, and she collaborated with the veteran community to address smoking cessation in veterans with PTSD. She also became involved in physician development and efforts to prevent burnout and moral injury in health professionals. After medical school, she fulfilled her dream of living in sunny California and completed her residency at the UCLA Family Medicine program with a certificate in global health. Through her professional career, she has developed strong connections with her local and global community, focusing on ways to address healthcare access issues both through educational/behavioral interventions and through telemedicine. Through this fellowship, Abhipsa is interested in expanding the scope of telemedicine to address health care disparities here and abroad.

Heather Lee, MD
Family Medicine, San Diego

Medical School: University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente San Diego
Other: Heather grew up near Seattle, where she studied Physiology at the University of Washington. During her year off before medical school, and began her journey as a medical scribe in a small family practice clinic in Fallbrook, CA. She went to medical school at the University of Miami, where she valued the opportunity to grow and learn from so many different people and cultures. As the first in her family to pursue further education, she has felt humbled and fortunate to have the opportunity to do so, and this has always motivated her to give back. Throughout undergrad, medical school, and residency her passions have been teaching and community outreach. During medical school Heather was a leader in several community outreach teaching efforts in underserved areas of Miami. She enjoyed engaging young students in discussions on nutrition and exercise, human anatomy, mental health awareness, and smoking prevention. The most rewarding project Heather was involved in during residency was Kaiser’s Summer Urban Fellowship (SURF) program. She helped organize and lead this annual 4-week mentorship program for underserved high school kids in San Ysidro who hope to pursue healthcare. She has also enjoyed volunteering at medical clinics in Mexico, Thailand, Jamaica, and Peru during residency. Heather’s goal during her fellowship year is to grow as a caring physician, teacher, and health advocate within the San Diego community. Outside of medicine, she loves being outdoors, traveling with family and friends, biking, playing badminton and tennis, and exploring music events.

Vivian Partida, DO, MPH
Internal Medicine, Los Angeles

Medical School: Touro University California, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Other: Vivian Partida is an Internal Medicine physician who believes that long-term health outcomes can be positively impacted by culturally competent, and patient centered Primary Care. She is particularly interested in the delivery of care for LGBTQ patients. As well as improving the outpatient management of Diabetes and its associated comorbidities within vulnerable communities. She recently completed her residency training in July 2021 at Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center where she enjoyed contributing to the work of the committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She holds a medical degree from Touro University California and a Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University.

Sneha Shah, DO, MS
Family Medicine, Los Angeles

Medical School: Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Other: Sneha grew up in southern California and is the eldest (and self-appointed favorite) child of Indian immigrant parents. After studying anthropology at UCLA, she became fascinated by the ways in which demographics and cultural identity influence illness and access to health. After graduating, she spent time in both Botswana and India working to empower and educate women about safe sex practices and reproductive health. After returning, she earned her master's in global health at USC where she gained a broader policy perspective to the community health experience she gained abroad. During medical school and throughout her residency, she was able to provide healthcare to an incredibly diverse patient populations while having the opportunity to practice medicine in a community hospital and a large tertiary academic center. Through this fellowship, Sneha hopes to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate about providing healthcare to vulnerable patients and their families in the culturally rich communities of Los Angeles. She is interested in learning how to best advocate for her patients and learning ways in which she can impact and influence public policy for the greater good of the communities she hopes to serve. In her free time, Sneha loves to travel, read, wine taste, and continue her never-ending quest to find the best nachos in LA

Garlen Yu, MD, MPH
Pediatrics, Los Angeles

Medical School: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Other: Garlen grew up in San Francisco, CA. Completing his Master of Public Health at USC and specializing in “Children and Family Health” was instrumental in shaping his approach to medicine. It fueled his desire to understand and address the medical, cultural, and societal barriers to care. This experience enabled his work experience with shaping health policy at the RAND Corporation prior to medical school while teaching him that healthcare often goes beyond clinical care alone. Rather, it involves steady access to care, mobilization of community resources, provision of culturally competent medicine, and development of healthcare policy. The global pandemic has spurred rapid turnover of medical information and political change. These obstacles have been challenging and often inundating for individuals. Garlen believes that the role of a community medicine physician is to improve the dissemination of accurate information as well as guiding change at the systems level. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing and watching soccer, roasting coffee, indoor gardening, hiking, and cooking.

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