Class of 2020
Rick Carpenter, DO, PhD
I grew up in Fairfield, CA in the northeast corner of the Bay Area, with my Dad (retired firefigher), Mom (public school teacher), and younger brother (Air Force pilot). I didn't stray far for medical school, going to Touro University California on Mare Island in Vallejo. Prior to medical school, I went to UC Davis where I got my Bachelor's degree and later a PhD in chemistry, the latter of which focused on developing new drug and diagnostic agents. My research allowed me to travel to many states as well as Kyoto, Japan. I also played baseball in college and I continue as a coach for Little League baseball. I enjoy family time with my wife and 4 little kids, and catching up with longtime friends that I've met at my various stops in my life. After residency, I am interested in a career as an attending physician in a family medicine residency program and/or emergency medicine.
Josephine Corona, MD
I was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised near there in Southern California. For my undergrad I stayed close to home and attended University of California, Riverside. I went to medical school at Ross University which is located in Dominica. Prior to attending medical school I was tutoring at an elementary school and was involved in the after-school program. Then I did an internship at a community hospital where I helped the staff and was involved in patient care. I am fluent in Spanish. My outside interests involve baking, Zumba dancing, reading books, and spending time with my family and friends. I have a special interest in Women's health and Obstetrics. In the future, I would like to provide primary care in an underserved community.
Rim Gebremariam, DO, MS
I was born in East Africa and I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I completed undergrad at UC Davis, and a master’s degree at UCLA, before completing medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. During medical school I was president of the Global Health Club, organized a mission trip to Nicaragua, conducted community health projects, and participated in an international rotation in Uganda. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with friends and family, visiting the beach, traveling, reading, and practicing meditation. My professional interests include international health, family planning, geriatrics, and preventive medicine. In the future I would like to practice full-spectrum family medicine in underserved communities.
Ivan Gonzalez, MD
I am a California born second generation Latino. My family came from Nicaragua seeking political asylum during the civil war and banned together to get ahead once they arrived here. At any given point during my childhood there were 12 people living under the same roof. My family worked together to create a new life after losing everything. We were very close like many Latino families and this is what inspired me to become a physician. Where one person would be unable to survive a community can thrive. I became a physician to empower others to live healthy and thereby strengthen myself and my community.
To this aim I studied Biochemistry at UCLA and volunteered in local health fairs and in Mexico. I received my medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine located in Washington DC whose mission is to serve the medically underserved. It was there that I came to better understand the deficit in primary care physicians. I hope to fill this role and empower my community.
Amanda Jamal, MD
I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. I graduated from UC Davis with a major in genetics and a minor in education. I received my medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine. During medical school, I had the privilege to co-lead a course promoting health literacy among students with learning disabilities and I also played the role of medical educator for the HOPE study, which used social media to promote HIV testing among MSM populations. I chose medicine because it combined all my greatest passions of teaching, lifelong learning of the human body and service to others. The VCME program gave me the greatest opportunity to learn full spectrum family medicine. I am interested in pediatrics, women's health, prenatal care, diabetes management, procedures, and working with the underserved and underrepresented population. In my free time, I like to be outdoors, play sports, play board games and watch movies.
Aiwen Liu, MD
I was born in Guangzhou, China and grew up in San Jose, California. I am fluent in Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) and currently working on my Spanish. I went to UC Berkeley where I majored in Bioengineering and worked as an AmeriCorps member helping underserved Berkeley High School students prepare for college. After graduating college, I worked as an ED scribe at Alameda Hospital and as a research assistant at UCSF doing translational research in brain and spinal cord injury. My experiences as a scribe solidified my desire to pursue medicine so I headed off to Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. While in medical school, I discovered a love for outdoors and helped organize the 9th Southeastern Student Wilderness Medicine Conference, which attracted over 200 attendees from across the country. I also had the opportunity to pursue my interest in global health; I traveled to Mungeli, India learning about medicine in low-resource settings and to Kaoshiung, Taiwan learning about Traditional Chinese Medicine. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy biking, kayaking, hiking, baking, drawing, and spending time with my fiancé and my cat Colonel Mustard. In the future I plan to practice full-spectrum family medicine with an interest in obstetrics and global health.
Kelly Moruza, DO
I was born and raised in Northern California. I was lucky enough to head south to San Diego for undergrad at UC San Diego. While at UCSD, I competed on the Track and Field Team in the 100m and 200m sprints. At the end of my college track career, I held three school records and earned 6 NCAA Div. II All-Americans. After college, I continued my training and completed semi-professionally for 2 years. During that time, I qualified for the USA National Track and Field Meet in Des Moines, Iowa. There, I placed 26th in the nation in the 200m sprint. To end my track career, I completed internationally in Europe before heading to medical school. I returned to the Bay Area to go to medical school at Touro University in Vallejo, CA. Outside of family medicine, I enjoy staying active. My husband and I go on runs, and I started practicing yoga to help with the stress of medicine. I also love to read and bake. In the future, I hope to incorporate obstetrics into my family practice. I love being involved during that unique time in a woman's life, and I consider delivering babies as one of the greatest privileges of being a physician. I also hope to incorporate Osteopathic Manual Manipulation into my practice to in order to provide well rounded medical care to my patients.
Hoa Phan, MD
I was born in Vietnam and came to the United States as refugee when I was 11 years old. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and obtained undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Utah. Afterward, I attended St. George’s University SOM. When I was an undergraduate, I involved with health assessment project working with new refugees and immigrants from different countries at the Heartland apartments. The goal of the project was to bridge healthcare disparities in the underprivilege and underserved population by helping the residents access to healthcare. Also, I had the opportunity to work with family medicine residents that came to the center to see patients at the apartments. After the project, I knew I wanted to become a family physician because I can serve people in the medically underserved areas in rural or small towns. I wanted to come to VCME because Modesto consists of both rural and small towns, and diverse population. Also, while growing up, I visited California many times and I really love the friendly environment. After residency, I would like to work in medically underserved locations.
Karen Rayos, MD
I was born in Philippines and then lived in Southern California for the first two decades of my life. I am the middle child of three raised by our amazing single mother and devoted grandparents. It was my grandmother’s passing from stroke that essentially ignited my passion for medicine. After finishing my undergraduate studies in University of California, Irvine (Go Anteaters! Zot! Zot!, I wanted to explore my roots and culture which led to my decision to attend the University of Santo Tomas in Philippines for medical school. Upon returning to U.S., I resumed my medical journey in Hawaii and completed a preceptorship program serving the Filipino and Hawaiian population. My close ties with Hawaii paved way to my acceptance to Hawai’i Island Family Medicine Residency Program. I completed two years of Family Medicine training there before I decided to return to Mainland specifically California to be closer with my family. Throughout my medical journey, I’ve also been a big advocate of fitness (specifically kickboxing and working out) and an active participant of medical missions. I am looking forward to getting involved in the community of Modesto and exploring what this city has to offer. I am ecstatic to start this new chapter and ultimately completing my Family Medicine training at VFMR!
Adriana Santana, DO
I was born in Woodland, CA and attended Davis High School. I went UCSB for undergrad where I discovered my passion for medicine. While at UCSB I volunteered for Doctors Without Walls and Street Health Outreach, organizations dedicated to providing free medical care to the most vulnerable populations in Santa Barbara County. Before starting medical school I spent a year working on Fragile X research at the UC Davis MIND Institute, volunteering as a side walker with Horseplay Therapeutics for special needs children and adults and worked as a Starbucks Barista. I left California to attend medical school at Rowan University in New Jersey. I am excited to be out of the snow and back in California for Residency. During my free time I enjoy reading, basketball and hiking. In the future, I plan to practice outpatient medicine in Northern California.
Tana Seneewong, MD
I was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to California at the age of 7. I grew up in San Jose and ended my HS year at Patterson High school. I attended CSU Stanislaus in Turlock for my undergraduate, earning a degree in Biology. I am fluent in Thai as well. I went to Ross University School of Medicine for medical school and completed my clinicals in California, New York, Chicago, and Florida. During undergrad and medschool I competed in several bodybuilding shows in lightweight category. Fitness has always been a passion of mine. I also enjoy playing guitar and hanging out with my close highschool friends. Growing up in the bay, I have always been a fan of the Bay Area sports team (49ers, Warriors, and Giants) and absolutely love going to their games. I enjoy playing basketball whenever I can with friends/pick-up games, and I enjoy coaching for little league. Not to give in to stereotype, but I love watching a few anime shows when I have some time to myself (Boruto, Attack on Titans, My Hero Academia, and Dragon Ball Super). My future plan is to settle down with my amazing future wife in California and travel as much as possible. I have many plans, but no definite one yet. However, I would like to stay and care for the people in the valley as a hospitalist or fellowship in emergency medicine so that my future wife and I can work together in the emergency department.
Tong-Shuan (Alicia) Tan, DO
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I attended UC Berkeley for undergrad and attended medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida. I am excited to be back in California to complete my residency training in Family Medicine. Before starting medical school, I worked at a free clinic to provide free medical care to local underserved communities. I also tutored elementary through high school students, and did some research on medicinal fungi at UC Berkeley. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Other hobbies include watching movies, photography, playing the piano and violin, and spending time outdoors. My future plans include implementing preventive care and emphasizing whole body health and wellness in my practice of caring for underserved populations.