Class of 2019
Sana Irfan Ali, DO
I was born in Saudi Arabia but grew up in the San Francisco, Bay Area of Northern California. I attended high school in the bay and then moved east towards Sacramento and finished my undergrad at UC Davis. Afterward, I moved to Southern California and received my medical degree from the Western University of Health Sciences. I am fluent in Hindi and Urdu and also know basic Spanish. Prior to starting medical school and my residency I worked in medical research, studied abroad in London, interned with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and had a baby girl. When I am not working I love to travel, read books, cook, and to spend time with my wonderful husband and our beautiful daughter. My future plan is to develop myself as a Family Physician who serves her patients with compassion and excellence. Similarly, I plan to tackle the mental health needs of my community through education and prevention.
Thomas Anker, DO
I was born and raised in Southern California. When I started my undergrad I moved to Northern CA and attended UC Davis; there I received my degree in Genetics with a minor in Theater Arts. I then moved across the country, in Florida, to complete my medical school at NOVA Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am married and we have a loving little boy. Prior to pursuing medicine, I was involved in the theatre arts and film industry. I have also worked extensively with children on the autism spectrum and especially enjoyed my time at the SENSE Theatre in Northern California, where we produced the Wizard of OZ led by a cast of children with autism. Outside of family medicine, I enjoy acting, photography and playing softball. I am a huge supporter of local, organic food and am slowly developing my own vegetable garden that my family and I can enjoy. I also love laughing, traveling and exploring the outdoors with my wife and our son. In the future I hope to develop a community wellness center, which will incorporate all aspects of health and wellness, including nutrition, social activities and support, and optimal medical care for a diverse patient population.
Damandeep Baidwan, MD
I was born and brought up in Punjab, India. I am fluent in four languages: Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, and of course English. After graduating from high school, I migrated to the US with my family. I am the first member in my family to be given the opportunity to go to college. I joined community college and being good in science, I took the opportunity to support my college education from tutoring services. Further, I transferred to UC Davis to pursue biology. I joined Sahaita, a non-profit org, which helps organize medical camps to screen uninsured patients in the Indian community for chronic health problems. Also I was able to work on Autism research projects funded by the public health department. Having a deep interest in preventative medicine, I proceeded with my master’s degree in Public Health and worked on projects involving breastfeeding initiatives and pediatric obesity which expanded and solidified my interest in pursuing primary care; I then joined medical school at St. George’s University. I am married and my husband is pursuing residency training in another state. Before starting residency, we traveled to India on a missionary trip as well as to visit family. Outside of work, I enjoy playing the Harmonium, which is a keyboard instrument. In the future, I am hoping to stay in the Central Valley and practice the whole spectrum of family medicine in a teaching facility and continue my missionary trips to India.
Nabeel Hameed, MD
I was born in Philadelphia, PA but raised in Southern California. There I attended undergraduate school at UCLA. I then returned to Pennsylvania and received my medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine. I have pursued medicine since high school, and outside of medicine I love to play basketball, watch sports, play ping pong and video games and to spend time with my family and friends. My future plan is to practice outpatient primary care in a group practice.
Yuri Ito, DO
I was born and raised in Chiba Japan and am fluent in the Japanese language. After high school, I moved to the U.S. and attended UC Davis to complete my undergrad. I received my medical degree from Touro University which is in the beautiful northern San Francisco Bay Area of California. I am married to my wonderful husband and we have 2 beautiful children together. When I am able to find some free time I like to spend it cooking, antique shopping, running, doing yoga, meditating, or listening to pod casts such as This American Life, Fresh Air, and Code Switch. Before Medical School, I worked as a financial services officer at a bank in the SF Bay Area, CA. Also in the Bay Area, I did my volunteering at a hospice service and worked as a research intern at San Francisco General Hospital. In the future, I would love to practice medicine in a community where my husband (who is a dedicated teacher and community leader) and I can be a part of community building and where we can grow together with the people around us.
Diana Maida, MD
I was born in sunny California and grew up in the southern part of the state. For my undergraduate school I was fortunate to be close to home while attending the University of California, Los Angeles. I received my medical degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine on the island of Grenada which is in the Caribbean. Outside of work, I love to swim, travel and cook along with my amazing husband. I am also fluent in Arabic and I hope to be able to travel around the world. In the future, I hope to start a family with my husband and further my knowledge of medicine.
Rizwana Mollah, MD
I was born in Mountain View, California and grew up in Los Altos, CA which is one hour south of San Francisco. I attended my undergrad school in the San Francisco Bay at University of California, Berkeley. My medical degree I received from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, which is known for serving some of the most vulnerable people in our nation. I am proficient in French and in my free time I love to travel, hike and bake. My future plans are to provide primary, preventative and sports medicine care.
Rodger Ruby, DO
I was born and raised in Oakland, CA, go WARRIORS!!! I completed my undergraduate education at UC Davis earning a double major in Neurobiology, physiology, and behavior as well as Psychology. I spent some time in Philadelphia prior to going to medical school. I stayed close to home and went to medical school at Touro University in Vallejo, Ca and spent some time in Long Beach, Ca prior to starting here.My hobbies outside of work include: basketball, football, volleyball, eating, movies, martial arts, fantasy football, board games and spending time with family and friends. In the future, I hope to continue to travel around the world, meet new people and experiencing all different cuisines around the world.
Natalie Stephan, MD
I was born in Abu-Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, but my hometown is in sunny Southern California. There I attended both undergrad school at UC Riverside and medical school at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. I am fluent in Armenian and some Spanish and Arabic. Prior to pursuing medicine and beginning my residency here at VCME, I achieved an International Baccalaureate Diploma. I also had the opportunity to attend the 2012 Opening Ceremony rehearsal in England. Furthermore, I played sports (tennis, volleyball, roller and ice hockey), built a snowman, fell in love with my boyfriend, and became and American. For my birthday, I celebrated with my brother in France. Some of my hobbies include hiking, camping, road trips, traveling to new places, playing disc golf, drawing (my favorite media are charcoal and graphite), and writing stories. My future plans include practicing medicine for the low socioeconomic status population, teaching to medical students, exploring the world, and raising a family.
Jennifer Tan, DO
I was born and raised in the heart of Northern California, San Francisco. I attended undergrad not far from home at UC Davis. For medical school I was also fortunate to be close to home while attending Touro University in Vallejo, CA just north of San Francisco. I am fluent in Chinese and Spanish. Community Service is one of my biggest passions - whether it is hosting disaster preparedness workshops with the American Red Cross, volunteering at the UC Davis student run clinics and its respective health fairs for diabetes and breast cancer screening; or participating in pre-medical or pre-health student fairs to reach out to future medical students. Prior to starting medical school I also spent time getting my Masters Degree in Public Health where I worked on the San Francisco Community Transformation Initiative in which we worked on a number of projects such as training community health workers, implementing smoking cessation projects, creating safer pedestrian walkways, and creating safer recreational areas for school children to play. My hobbies and outside of work interests are photography, cooking and baking, volleyball, hiking, learning how to paint, traveling, finding the best eats in town, and spending time with family and friends. In the future, I hope to continue working with underserved populations with an emphasis on preventative medicine as well as implementing osteopathic manipulative treatment as an adjunct to treating chronic pain, various viscerosomatic and musculoskeletal conditions.
Zena White, MD
I was born and raised in the Los Angeles, CA area and completed my undergrad there as well. I then moved to Grenada where I attended St. Georges University and received my Medical Degree. Prior to medical school, I completed the UC Davis School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program. I also worked as a Research Trainee at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery, receiving co-authorship on a publication in the area of xenotransplantation. In addition, I worked as a Medical Research Specialist for an evidence-based medical research consulting firm called Doctor Evidence and worked in the mortgage industry as a Data Specialist for Freddie Mac. On a voluntary basis, I have engaged in various medical and nonmedical related activities and served in numerous ministries within churches. Prior to residency, I had the opportunity to travel abroad to visit various parts of Europe and engage in a medical selective in Prague, Czech Republic. Outside of work I enjoy exercising and anything related to fitness, such as running, resistance training, zumba and various forms of dance. In my spare time, I like to design costume and fashion jewelry and attend musicals, plays and dance performances. I also have an interest in natural hair care and reading books in the areas of self-improvement and spirituality. In the future, I have a strong desire to improve the health care of underserved communities with a particular interest in community health, women’s health and international medicine. I plan to serve in communities, both locally and abroad, incorporating health fairs, home visits and medical mission trips into my practice of caring for vulnerable populations and spreading the love of God.
Alicia Zhou, DO
I was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up in Bay Area of Northern California. I finished both my undergrad and medical school in my beautiful home state of California. For undergraduate school I went to UC Berkeley and medical school I completed at Touro University, which is in the Northern part of the Bay Area of California. I am fluent in Mandarin and can speak some broken conversational French. Prior to starting medical school, I worked for three year in the lab at the Oakland Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Before beginning residency, I visited the Grand Canyon with fellow graduates and the motherland (China) with my padre for a much-needed family reunion. Some of my hobbies and interests outside of work are: running for the sheer joy of movement, baking to satisfy my sweet tooth, trying new recipes on obliging guinea pigs, sipping on caffeine, being involved in the local church and going on adventures! My future plan after I complete my residency here at VCME is to work with the underserved, wherever that may take me.