Sean Chen, MDUndergraduate School: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Preventative medicine, procedures, integrative medicine, mental health
About Me: I was born in China and moved to Iowa City at the age of six. My friends thought I would never leave, but I had always dreamed of living in a big city. With the move, I am also excited to branch out and practice medicine in a whole new setting. During my undergraduate at The University of Iowa, I majored in biochemistry with minors in Japanese and Economics. I was drawn to medicine early on because I wanted to be able to apply scientific knowledge directly to help others. In medical school, I volunteered at our student run free mental health clinic and pursed a research project analyzing the neuroanatomical correlates of personality traits using structural MRI imaging. I was drawn to family medicine during my clerkships where I saw how rewarding the longitudinal relationships between providers and their patients could be and the impact of preventative medicine on patients’ health. In my spare time, I enjoy tennis, photography, hiking, board games, traveling, food, and gaming.
Why Kaiser? I chose Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills for residency because of all the warm and friendly faculty and residents that I met at Kaiser. Additionally, Kaiser provides strong unopposed training in family medicine while offering a good work life balance.
Other: I am a huge tech nerd!
Brian Dickey, MDUndergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Clinical Interests: sports medicine, wilderness medicine, preventative medicine, and population health
About Me: I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. My exposure to medicine began with my parents - my dad worked as a family medicine physician and my mom worked as a clinical social worker. I attended college at UCLA, where I majored in Human Biology and Society. During this time, I volunteered as a youth mentor and as a clinical assistant at a community-based primary care clinic. After graduating, I worked as an emergency medical technician and as a research assistant with the Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program. I attended medical school at Keck School of Medicine of USC, where I served as a co-chair of the USC Student-Run Clinic and assisted with a quality improvement pilot project involving the integration of pharmacists into clinical teams. I decided to pursue residency in family medicine because I was interested in broad-based training tailored towards an outpatient setting and developing long-term relationships with patients in which I can address their whole health needs. During my free time, I enjoy running, biking, playing sports with friends, hiking, backpacking, cooking, and taking photos.
Why Kaiser? I chose KPWH FM for the well-rounded clinical training, friendly residents and faculty, and location in Los Angeles.
Other: I have visited 27 United States national parks (and hope to be able to visit them all!
Jasmine Jafari, MDUndergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Medical School: UC Riverside School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: health policy, underserved population health
About Me: I have always been driven by my desire to use the tools that I have to help where I can, and enjoyed most of my young adulthood volunteering throughout LA. My path to medicine began serendipitously, while volunteering in the CareExtenders program at UCLA. In was there that I first experienced the joys of combining science and psychology to provide care, but also witnessed some the challenges entwined in our healthcare system. The experience gave direction and purpose to my studies and inspired my subsequent path towards becoming a primary care physician devoted to fighting health inequities. Since then, I’ve been incredibly lucky to pursue this path, getting involved in insurance advocacy, safety-net clinics, and local governance while still making time for some rock climbing along the way.
Why Kaiser? I chose Kaiser Woodland Hills because of the incredible culture of the program. While so many family medicine programs share the warm, friendly attitude that constitutes primary care providers, throughout my interview cycle I kept thinking back to KPWH and how easily I could see myself establishing roots here. They say selecting a residency is about ‘finding your people,’ and the feeling was mutual after meeting the team here!
Other: I’m an avid baker—when I’m not at the hospital you can usually find me whipping up treats.
Sunha (Adrianne) Lee-Rodriguez, MDUndergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Clinical Interests: Geriatrics, Women’s Health, Nutrition and Culinary Medicine
About Me: Hello! Dr. Adrianne here. I am originally from Seoul, South Korea, but spent most of my life in the SF Bay Area. I studied Economics and Art History as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, and spent my life before medicine working in the art world until I found my calling to become a physician. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, I cultivated my passions in optimizing the quality of life for elderly patients, providing women’s health education, and guiding patients to make healthy dietary changes that are sensitive to their current lifestyle, cultural background, and socioeconomic status. I knew early on that I wanted to be a Family Physician because I enjoy working with a diversity of patients from all walks of life, and I believe that my role is to help my patients achieve and maintain physical and emotional health for the long run. My hobbies include cooking, hiking, and hanging out with my very sweet and cuddly dachshunds. More recently, I have been putting together a home garden, and I hope to be able to cook with the herbs and produce from my backyard!
Why Kaiser? I chose KPWH’s Family Medicine Residency Program because of its strong and well-rounded training experience within a team of incredibly welcoming and supportive people.
Other: In college, I backpacked through central and southern Mexico for 3 weeks on a $300 budget. The trip involved sleeping in hammocks and some long bus rides, but remains one of the most fun & memorable trips I have ever taken.
Odalmy Molina-Rivera, MDUndergraduate School: Brown University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
How I Thrive: underserved population health, global health, women’s health
About Me: Originally from Hialeah, Florida I was born to a family of Cuban immigrants and I was a first generation college student! Early in life, I gravitated toward medicine because of the inequities in healthcare access that I saw firsthand within my family. This led me to pursue both a bachelor’s degree and medical degree through Brown University’s Program in Liberal Medical Education. Through time spent in a variety of clinics in Providence, I gravitated towards Family Medicine because of the specialty’s focus on addressing social determinants of health that occurs within different communities. In my spare time, I love crafting, going on hikes with my husband, traveling and gardening.
Why Kaiser? I personally believe that institutions like Kaiser Permanente is one of the solutions to mending our broken healthcare system nationally by centralizing healthcare. I chose KPWH FM residency program because I felt that the close knit community I saw within residents, faculty and staff was one that would allow me to thrive and grow as a physician-in-training. I appreciated seeing how different residents within the program had a variety of passions within family medicine and how KPWH provided the support and mentorship needed to carry out those passions in its program.
Other: I constantly mix up idioms creating new, fun nonsensical idioms.
Sonia Rutten, MDUndergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: adolescent care, integrative health, preventative medicine
About Me: I grew up in Southern California, and after briefly exploring the opposite side of the country for medical school, I am excited to come back home to continue my training. My childhood was inundated by the world of medicine – both my parents were physicians in China before coming to America and learning Eastern medicine. Through my days helping out at their clinic, I was exposed to the impact that effective preventative care can have on a person’s long-term health. Ultimately, I was enthralled by the unique opportunity that physicians have in building long lasting relationships with their patients and their families.
Why Kaiser? I chose Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills because of the robust clinical training and emphasis on evidence-based medicine. Mostly importantly, I was drawn to the close-knit environment among not only the residents but the faculty as well. During my interview day, it was evident that the entire program genuinely sought out the well-being of their residents. I felt that KPWH would be the perfect fit to help me become the best physician for my patients.
Other: I love listening to true crime podcasts and working out through barre classes!
Bonnie Jan, MDUndergraduate 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, DOUndergraduate 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, MDUndergraduate 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, MDUndergraduate 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, MDUndergraduate 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, MDUndergraduate 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!
Erin Adams, MDUndergraduate 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, MDUndergraduate 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, MDUndergraduate 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, MDUndergraduate 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, MDUndergraduate 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, DOUndergraduate 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.
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Where are recent graduates now?
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.