R-1 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-2 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.

R-3 Class

Mario Ademaj, MD

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Other: I was born in Pogradec, Albania in Southeastern Europe before my family immigrated to Milwaukee, WI. I received my Medical Degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. I have a passion for Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, Global Health, and Public Health. Specifically, I have helped to organize annual medical mission trips to medically under-served regions of Albania with the Albanian International Medical Team and my interests for sports medicine was sparked during my experience working alongside team physicians of the Green Bay Packers! Outside of medicine, I enjoy writing and recording songs, working out, and spending time with my family and friends. I chose KPWH because of the diverse population served by the hospital as well as the importance Kaiser Permanente places on humanism and disease prevention. I am excited to use my diverse background and experiences to contribute to the overall health improvement of the diverse populations and communities of California.

Bilal Ittiq, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Other: Hi there. My name is Bilal and I’m currently a second year resident at our splendid program. I am a native of Brooklyn, New York but spent most of my life in Oklahoma, where I completed the majority of my schooling including medical school. It’s still crazy to think that my days of learning in the classroom setting are over (yours will be too, pretty soon). I can’t fully recall my first exposure to medicine but I think it went something like this. Mom: “You’re going to be a doctor.” Me: “Okay.”In all seriousness, as I grew up and thought more about the life of a physician, the appeal grew. I wanted to be able to impact others’ lives in a positive way. I wanted to heal. I wanted to continue learning throughout my life. And I wanted to enjoy my line of work. With those goals in mind, it became apparent to me that medicine was my calling. Also wanted to be able to enjoy life away from work – things like hanging out with my wife, exploring the LA food scene, and catching a movie here and there.I found similar goals in the people I met during my interview day here at Woodland Hill’s Kaiser Permanente. All of the residents I met were easy to get along with, spoke very highly of the program, were excited about being here, and enjoyed having a wide variety of opportunity built into the program. The fact that it was an un-opposed community hospital was also a large draw. After matching and having a year under my belt, I can say without a doubt that this was the program for me. I’ve seen the population management, great work-life balance, and constant opportunity for learning first hand. One major bonus that I’ve found is how well everyone gets along with each other. I thought I would make a few friends during my time in residency, but my co-residents have become my second family. I love it here and if you match with us, you will too.

Joe Dixon, MD

Undergraduate School: Loyola Marymount University
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Other: I was born in the Los Angeles area and grew up in nearby Ventura County. I took an indirect path to Medicine, obtaining my Master’s degree in History before deciding to go to medical school. I love traveling, reading, and all sorts of outdoor activities, but most of all I love spending time with my wonderful wife and two children. I believe that all human beings deserve the right to a healthy life, and I strive to help my patients achieve their optimal health through evidence-based medicine, behavioral change, and patient-physician partnership. Despite all of the incredible advancements in modern medicine, I believe that an attentive ear is still a physician’s most valuable tool. I chose KPWH for many reasons, but among the strongest attractions were: 1) excellent clinical training; 2) the outstanding residents and faculty who came before me; 3) KPWH is part of a cutting-edge healthcare organization that emphasizes Primary Care and prevention of illness; 4) the extraordinary diversity of the program; 5) great location.

Kristina Heller, DO

Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Western Univ of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Med of the Pacific
Other: I grew up in Izhevsk, Russia, and moved to San Diego when I was 10. One of my fondest memories of Russia was going on 4-week-long camping trips with a group of 30 friends every summer. During high school, I was part of a dance company and performed in several shows (mostly jazz and tap). I also played field hockey, a pretty brutal sport for one that's played in skirts! After college, I spent a year in Bordeaux, France, teaching English and traveling around Europe. I chose Family Medicine because I love the idea of comprehensive patient care. I also enjoy seeing 2-day-old babies and 103-year-old great-grandmothers on the same day in clinic. I love KP Woodland Hills because it fosters an incredibly supportive culture. I did a rotation at our hospital during my 4th year of medical school and felt like it was a perfect fit for me. I have been very happy with my training, co-residents, faculty, and staff ever since! I find the diversity of both our program and our patients invigorating, because I enjoy learning from other cultures.

Mor Shapiro, MD

Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Other: I grew up in Israel and moved to Sacramento at the age of twelve. As an undergraduate at UCLA, I majored in psychobiology because I loved learning about the mind-body relationship. This led me to my two years of developmental neuroscience research at UCLA, where we used fMRI to study the effects of early life adversity on childhood brain development. I then attended David Geffen School of Medicine¬ at UCLA. During medical school, I worked as a Clinical Skills Instructor and also discovered a passion for bioethics, which led me to found the DGSOM UCLA Ethics Symposium, now an annual event. When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband and two children, who are my greatest sources of joy, pride and inspiration. I love doing arts and crafts, drawing, binge watching shows like Game of Thrones or Friends, and going to musicals like Wicked and Pippin. I chose this program because of the excellent training and amazing people, all at an innovative healthcare system like Kaiser, in an unopposed program where we learn daily from brilliant faculty and specialists. Above all, I treasure our program’s unique culture of collegiality and community among residents, faculty and staff. And I love sharing an office with my friends every day.

Tammy Lin, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Other: I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. My family moved from town to town until we made our home in Portland, Oregon. As immigrants starting a new life in the U.S., my parents often struggled to make ends meet for much of my early childhood. Taking care of themselves and going to doctor’s appointments was the last thing on their minds, so I’ve always been interested in the stories that arise when health care and illness collide with people’s day to day lives. When I’m not at the hospital, I’m usually doing something outside (the Huntington Library is one of my favorite places in LA!) or reading.KPWH was my first choice for residency because the residents are genuinely happy and everyone, including the faculty, is so laid back. I felt that I would be well-trained to be a great family medicine doctor in a supportive environment.

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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.