R-1 Class

Bonnie Jan, MD

Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Geriatrics
About Me: I was born and raised in Southern California and am so excited to be practicing medicine back home. I grew up in a traditional Chinese household and was introduced to Eastern medicine at a very young age through my family members. It was my desire to help those I cared about the most with their health issues by assuming an active role in bridging the cultural gap between Eastern medicine and Western medicine that led me to medicine. In medical school, I saw firsthand how family physicians played such an important role in defining the patient experience and found myself effortlessly drawn to the field. I love that family medicine allows for so much variety and flexibility in practicing the art of medicine. Moreover, I love that it provides physicians with the opportunity to address the physical, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of an individual. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, sightseeing, yoga, and watching reality television.
Why Kaiser? I chose Kaiser Woodland Hills because of the well-rounded training, the supportive environment, and most importantly, the amazing residents, faculty and staff.

Mirnes Kadic, MA, DO

Undergraduate School: Mercy College of Health Sciences
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Clinical Interests: Procedures, underserved population health, OMT, sports medicine
About Me: Hello and welcome! I am originally from Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina and grew up in Germany before emigrating to the United States where I completed my education in Iowa and Arizona. I am lucky to have escaped war in my home country and homelessness during my upbringing in the U.S. During this time, I gained insight on certain barriers to care, developed greater understanding of social and financial insecurities that affect medical care which developed my strong emphasis on preventative care and patient education. This ignited my passion toward underserved, community medicine and full spectrum Family Medicine. I aspire to provide comprehensive medical care to patients from all ages. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching the Green Bay Packers play and hiking local trails.
Why Kaiser? The Kaiser Woodland Hills Family Medicine program is truly one big family. I had the privilege of completing a rotation as a fourth-year medical student and during my experience I was impressed with the comprehensive academics, collegiality among the faculty and residents and nurturing environment that I knew would allow me to become a well-rounded competent physician. This program is truly one of a kind!
Other: I am a twin!

Maliha Khan, MD

Undergraduate School: George Mason University
Medical School: Texas Tech University School of Medicine - Amarillo
Clinical Interests: Adolescent medicine, LGBTQ health, women’s health, preventative medicine
About Me: Although I lived in various parts of the country as a child, I spent the majority of it in northern Virginia. During my time as an undergrad at George Mason University, I began to shadow physicians, and even worked as a medical assistant. After graduating, I took some time off to pursue a research fellowship at the Food and Drug Administration where I was doing systematic literature reviews for post-market surveillance on various medical devices. I then moved west to start at Texas Tech University for medical school. During medical school, I was active in Rainbow Nutrition, a club dedicated to educating children in low-income school districts about healthy eating habits, and Docs4Kids, an organization that created and handed out goody bags during holidays to children in the hospital. Throughout my clinical years, I loved connecting with patients of all ages and forming close relationships with them, which ultimately led me to family medicine.
Why Kaiser? I chose Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills for residency because of how close knit, warm, and friendly the residents and faculty were. I am excited to complete my training at an institution with such a diverse and supportive group of colleagues.
Other: I have a black cat named Shadow who I am obsessed with!

Naomi Kim, MD

Undergraduate School: Rutgers University-Newark
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Community medicine, underserved population health, integrative medicine, mental health and wellness.
About Me: Growing up in Queens, New York, I was drawn to medicine due to my family’s experiences. I was originally interested in psychiatry, so I majored in psychology and biology in college. I also became active in several community service organizations which solidified my aspiration of becoming a physician and my passion for community outreach. In medical school, I volunteered at the student-run clinic which provides care for the underserved. It was incredibly rewarding, and the supervising family physician became my mentor and my inspiration to pursue family medicine. I quickly fell in love with the field because it advocates for patients and values a holistic approach to healing. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, yoga, going to the beach, and acrylic painting.
Why Kaiser? I chose KP Woodland Hills FM residency program for its warm and supportive community. The residents are friendly and collegial, and the administrators truly care about our education and wellness. The program also stood out to me because it is unopposed, has strong outpatient training, and provides care to a diverse patient population. I’m so happy to be part of the KPWH family and excited to start my new life in California!
Other: In college, I was on my school’s Bollywood Fusion dance team and competed at various state dance competitions.

Hibaa Ounis, MD

Undergraduate School: Brown University
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Women’s Health, Adolescent Medicine, Dermatology, Procedures
About Me: Hello everyone! My name is Hibaa, and I was born and raised in upstate New York. I then completed my undergraduate studies at Brown University, where I majored in Biology and developed a passion for peer advising and mentoring. What I cherished the most from these mentoring and advising relationships was their longitudinal nature, coupled with the diversity of my mentees and advisees. I then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. At UPSOM, I had the opportunity to work as a coordinator for a medical student-run community service group that focused on providing comfort to pediatric oncology patients, particularly those with prolonged hospital stays, and their families. I also heavily involved in medical education research through the Department of Family Medicine. During my third year Family Medicine clerkship, I recognized that my passion for education, medicine, and longitudinal healthcare for a diversity of patients across all ages was ever-present in Family Medicine.
Why Kaiser? I chose the KPWH Family Medicine Residency Program because of its strong clinical training, well- rounded curriculum, and the incredibly welcoming and supportive faculty, residents, and staff.
Other: Outside of medicine, I enjoy eating, traveling, and riding every rollercoaster in every amusement park I can find!

Erica Wolfish, MD

Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Women’s health, adolescent care, social determinants of health
About Me: Hello and welcome to Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills! I was born and raised in Calabasas, California. As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, I majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology. I then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where I instantly gravitated toward the field of family medicine. I became passionate about addressing social determinants of health and performed a research project on patterns of tobacco use among young adults in East Cleveland. One of my most meaningful experiences in medical school was a year of dedicated research on maternal-child health. I helped implement a parenting group for at-risk mothers and their young children, and I saw firsthand how improving maternal mental health can optimize health outcomes for the whole family. While I developed a great fondness for the Midwest, I could not be more excited to be back in Southern California and explore all that Los Angeles has to offer. When I’m not working, I love being with family and friends, spending time outdoors, and playing jazz/funk piano. On the weekends, you can find me at a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, seeing the latest exhibit at LACMA, checking out an improv comedy show at UCB, or playing trivia!
Why Kaiser? During my sub-internship here as a 4th year medical student, I felt immediately welcomed and supported by the residents, faculty, and staff. I was especially impressed with the faculty’s enthusiasm for teaching, even during the busiest of clinic days. I always looked forward to noon conference lectures and the afternoon clinics in Behavioral Sciences and Dermatology. I love that Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills has outstanding clinical training and all the resources of a large academic program in an unopposed community setting.
Other: I love doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles!

R-2 Class

Erin Adams, MD

Undergraduate School: Washington State University
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Other: Hello, welcome, and thank you for looking me up. I love family medicine because I can get to know everybody in my community. I can see people of all ages, from new babies to great-great-grandparents, hear about any concerns they have, and leverage all of the knowledge and tools that we have here at Kaiser Permanente to help people thrive. I am from Washington State (and yes, I love the rain), and worked in a pharmacy and a chemistry lab before going to Saint Louis for medical school. In Saint Louis, I had the chance to work with Healthy Living groups, volunteer at Effort for AIDS, go to conferences on toxic stress, talk at schools about Flu Fighters, and participate in geriatric screening efforts and inter-professional competitions to provide the best possible care for older adults. Woodland Hills is a wonderful program full of brilliant and enthusiastic people that I am so excited to be a part of.

Tina Barjasteh, MD

Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Other: I was raised in Woodland Hills, CA. Growing up as a first generation American, I was exposed to natural herbal remedies and elixirs in lieu of traditional western medications to treat common ailments. My curiosity about both natural and western remedies to help my loved ones ultimately drew me to medicine. After studying Psychology at UC Berkeley, I took some time to travel and volunteer in Panama with an organization that provided medical outreach to remote, indigenous populations. I fell in love with the community I had come to know and noticed many of the volunteer physicians were family medicine doctors, able to treat any patient regardless of age or ailment. At Georgetown School of Medicine, I began my work as a resource specialist at a student-run homeless clinic. Inspired by the patients I met, I took to the notion of advocacy on a patient’s behalf and working with marginalized populations. What drives me is developing a meaningful relationship with people in need. During my medical training, I loved how a family physician was able to know a patient and their family over many years and serve as their advocate. Being here at this residency is very important to me. I knew Kaiser Woodland Hills was the right fit because of the superior training, collegial environment, and wonderful patients. I am thrilled to return to Woodland Hills and serve the community I was raised in.

Olivia Lam, MD

Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine
Other: I grew up in the Bay Area in a city of fog. I have always been passionate about behavioral health due to personal experiences with family and friends, and I also spent a couple years conducting research in the field of psychiatry. When I discovered family medicine, I loved it. I got to work with families from newborns to the elderly and expectant mothers, and I saw the essential role of primary care in mental health. I chose Kaiser Woodland Hills because of its comprehensive training and sincerely good-hearted and friendly residents, faculty, and staff.

Erika Priestly, MD

Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Other: Hello! My name is Erika and I was born and raised in New Jersey by my parents who emigrated to the US from Jamaica. I did my undergraduate studies in Communications at Northwestern University before seeking a warmer climate in southern California. I originally worked in marketing but soon desired a career where I could focus on helping others. Due to personal experiences that I had, including helping to care for my grandmother at the end of her life, I was inspired to return to school and completed my medical training at USC. During medical school I became engaged in many activities the most meaningful being working with underrepresented groups in medicine as well as teaching and mentoring. I chose the KPWH Family Medicine Residency Program because I want to be the most well-rounded physician that I can be and felt that their strong community-oriented program would help me achieve this goal. Additionally, all the other residents and faculty truly seem to care about each other and their patients. Lastly, I'm excited to work with patients of all ages and walks of life.

Chloe Su, MD

Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
Other: Hi there! Born and raised in Orange County, I am a SoCal girl through and through. Growing up as the daughter of a physician, it seemed somewhat intuitive to follow in my father’s footsteps. The more that I get to experience medicine, the more drawn to it I am, and the more I come to appreciate what a privilege it is to be able to practice medicine. In my free time, I love traveling (especially to Asia), drawing, and singing along to my favorite jams in the car while sitting in LA traffic. While creating my residency rank list, I distinctly recalled the sense of welcoming I felt on my interview day at KPWH; everyone was incredibly kind and warm. I knew that I would not only receive great training to become a clinically competent physician, but also be immersed in a nurturing environment where I could thrive as a person.

Michael Zhang, DO

Undergraduate School: University of Washington
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Other: I was born and raised in suburban/rural southeastern Washington. Growing up as a cultural minority was a very unique experience that led me to not only appreciate my own Chinese heritage, but strive to learn more about others. I love meeting new people and getting to know about their interests, backgrounds and life experiences. During my free time, I enjoy hiking outdoors, writing reviews for restaurants as a Yelp Elite member, and going to Disneyland. My journey into medicine was driven by my passion for the sciences and caring for others in need, but was influenced by my older sister, who is a family physician and role model that inspires me every day. I love family medicine because it gives me the opportunity to provide full spectrum care for patients of all ages and allows me to develop long lasting relationships with them. I chose Kaiser Woodland Hills for my residency training because of the excellent clinical training curriculum, but more importantly, the amazing faculty and staff who are all so supportive of us. They truly look out for us and give us what we need to succeed.

R-3 Class

Andrew Chomchuensawat, MPH, MD

Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of California, Davis Medical School
Other: I have lived nearly all my life in the amazing multicultural city of Los Angeles. I was born in Chinatown and lived in downtown LA for several years before moving to Eagle Rock. Growing up in and around immigrant communities, I have always been moved by the struggles of the underserved. As a first-generation undergraduate at UCLA, I became involved in many student organizations centered on communities of color and access to health care. These interests naturally converged into community/public health, where I studied how various socioeconomic factors contribute to health outcomes, and, through my passion for helping people hands-on, ultimately into medical school. At UC Davis, my only time moving away from LA, I became heavily involved in our various student run clinics that serve distinct populations in the Sacramento area. My drive to serve immigrant communities led into the global health arena, as it is important for us doctors to see how culture and lifestyle impacts the health of those who migrate around the world and live amongst us. Family medicine is an easy choice for me, given that I find love everything about medicine. It has always been important to me to be able to care for any and all patients who need medical attention, to meet patients where they're at, and to serve as a positive influence for our youth. Being at Kaiser Woodland Hills has been a natural next step in my journey to becoming a well-rounded, community-oriented family physician. Here, I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with multiple populations from all demographics in a comprehensive, evidence-based, and supportive community setting.

Carolyn Henkel, MPH, MD

Undergraduate School: Southern Methodist University
Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Other: I was born and raised in Texas. I went to a very diverse high school in downtown Dallas, where I was exposed to vast economic, educational, and health disparities. I was particularly impressed by the difference in quality of healthcare received by people who did not speak English. These injustices are ultimately what lead me to become a doctor. I went to college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where I majored in Spanish literature. In my free time I was active in the human rights committee and had the amazing opportunity to teach English as a Second Language to refugees. After graduation, I went on to med school in El Paso, TX. During my time there I was able to work primarily with recent immigrants who had little to no access to care through regular means. I co-founded Teaming Up in the Frontera, a summer program designed to improve access to health information and resources among adult immigrant women in a rural Texas border community. During med school I also pursued my MPH in Management and Policy Sciences. I came to California specifically to experience Kaiser Permanente, because it has been used as a model healthcare delivery system in many of my management classes. I hope to use what I learn here to change policy to improve the quality of care received by all patients, particularly those who are linguistically isolated or economically disadvantaged.

Monica Jain, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Southern California
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Other: Hey everyone! My name is Monica Jain. I grew up in San Francisco Bay Area and went to USC for undergraduate and medical school. I am interested in integrative, international, and wilderness medicine, and enjoy promoting preventative health through various east-west modalities. During my free time I love traveling, nature, ashtanga yoga, plant-based cooking, backpacking, camping, and dancing. My favorite aspects of KWH residency program are the kind, intelligent, and supportive faculty and residents, the program's consideration for wellness and work-life balance, and the interesting and varied patient population. We are truly a family here at KWH!

Andrew Le, DO

Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Other: I was born and raised in San Jose, CA surrounded by an awesome family that included my hard-working parents, older brother, the most spiritual and inspiring grandmother, and numerous multitalented cousins. We have always been able to open up to each other because of an unspoken trust developed through years of perseverance, respect of individual values, and a non-judgmental nature. My family is my greatest pride and joy, and to be able to extend that family environment to my patients through my profession would be an honor and privilege. I often reflect on what it truly means to be a "family" doctor. To know that this word, which is so simple, yet elemental to who I am as a person, will one day be a part of my professional title is the fuel that drives my unwavering commitment to the career of Family Medicine. Given my specialized interests in sports, I have traveled abroad where I played soccer with kids in Honduras and Vietnam, worked as a student athletic trainer for UCSD intercollegiate athletics, coached sports for developmentally disabled athletes, and became President of the Sports Medicine Club in medical school. The profession of medicine is a life-long commitment that is both highly rewarding yet mentally rigorous and physically demanding. For residency, I wanted to become part of a genuine family that would not only make me a better clinician, but a quality person. I am grateful to say that I have found my perfect fit with the residents and faculty at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills.

Missy (Luttio) Campbell,MD

Undergraduate School: Tulane University
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Other: I was born in South Bend, Indiana the youngest of four children with a world religions professor for a father and a musician for a mother. We spent our childhood undergoing various cross-continental moves from Tokyo, Japan back to South Bend, Indiana, and finally landing in South Florida. Growing up, I watched my mom undergo health struggles and witnessed first hand the impact that a thorough, thoughtful physician can have on a family's lives. After a brief foray into the world of creative writing as a freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont, I transferred to Tulane University to complete my pre-med requirements and finally found my way out to Southern California to study medicine at USC. In medical school, I was a member of the integrative healthy student interest group, the mindfulness meditation interest group, the keck rock climbing club, and probe and compass outdoor adventures. I completed several research projects with the department of emergency medicine on financial barriers to access to care amongst LA County patients. I chose Kaiser Woodland Hills for residency because I was so impressed with the family atmosphere amongst the residents and faculty and the amazing training that you receive.

Shawn Whelan, DO

Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Other: I grew up in Woodland Hills, CA. After undergrad at UCSD I moved to Vienna, Austria where I performed research related to Hemophilia, a condition I have myself-publishing my findings in Blood. Unwilling to sit on the sidelines, I am an outdoor enthusiast: from surfing, snowboarding, tennis, rock climbing, and mountain biking. I love traveling, having been to at least one country for my 31 years alive. During the biggest rainstorm in Austrian history I met wife Sabine, and we will soon have a little surfer dude running around. I attended medical school at Western University and I utilize my Osteopathic skills and principles whenever possible. Community outreach is important to me; I remain active with the hemophiliac community organizing events, public speaking, and going on international missions. I am a big proponent for treating the mind, body and spirit. It is my goal to increase the scientific foundation and implementation of alternative medicine. I was ready to move across the country for residency, but in the end I found my family right back in the town I grew up in. I couldn’t have imagined a better residency experience than I have been having at Kaiser Woodland Hills.

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Where are recent graduates now?

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Our graduates pursue diverse career opportunities in many fields of medicine in many parts of the world. Our recent graduates have pursued fellowships in Sports Medicine, fellowships in Geriatrics, opportunities in the county health system, a rural health project in Honduras, roles in academia, opened a solo practice specializing in obesity and nutrition, master in public health administration at Harvard University, as well as opportunities within the Kaiser medical system, private practice, group practice and roles within family medicine residency training programs.