CLASS OF 2021
Shannon Dorton, MD
I am a native of Richmond, California, a city known for pride and purpose. At a young age, I took pride in my desire to become a physician. While attending Pinole Valley High School, my interests were enhanced through the UC Berkeley Early Academic Outreach Program. After the completion of high school, I attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. With a passion for preventative medicine and women’s health, I conducted five years of cancer research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After the completion of UCSF post baccalaureate program, I began my journey at Ross University School of Medicine. The knowledge and clinical experience that I obtained there led me to pursue Family Medicine as a specialty. My favorite pastimes include shopping, swimming, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. My aspiration for the future is to open a community outreach clinic.
Paul Hogan, DO
Hi, my name is Paul. I was born and raised in Manteca, CA about 10 minutes outside Modesto. After high school, I attended CSU Fresno for undergrad where I received a degree in psychology. While at Fresno, I was also a 2-time All-American on the Fresno State Bowling Team. I then went to medical school at WesternU in Southern California. Though I will miss SoCal, I am excited to be back in Modesto at VCME to continue my medical career learning full-spectrum family medicine. Outside of Medicine, I enjoy playing tennis, board games and spending time with family and friends.
Vicki Hsieh, DO
I was born, raised, and educated in the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in my hometown of San Ramon, went to UC Berkeley for my biology degree and education minor, then finished up at Touro University California for my medical degree with global health emphasis. During my time at UC Berkeley, I was heavily engaged in mentorship and teaching programs, did biological research here and abroad in French Polynesia, was part of a dance team, and played in the University Wind Ensemble. I continued my love of these activities in medical school, adding on a new passion for global health and underserved medicine through multiple research projects and volunteer work. In my spare time, I love watching, cooking, and eating everything food-related, listening to kpop, and travelling to new places and countries. In the future, I hope to improve my Mandarin Chinese and Spanish medical language proficiency to better communicate with my patients, and hopefully craft a career where I can cater to my (way too many) interests which include community medicine, urgent/emergent care, family planning, preventative care, mentorship/teaching, and global health!
Mihir Kshirsagar, DO
I was born in Michigan and raised in the Bay Area. I went to UC Berkeley where I developed my passion for social justice and majored in Social Welfare. After college I worked at two research labs focusing on SLE and Neurodegenerative disorders, separately. While doing so, I tried my hand at working a variety of different jobs: high school athletic coach, science and math tutor, packer at shipping and receiving department. I attended Touro University, California for medical school, and am thrilled to be starting residency at VCME. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, good beer (drinking and brewing), and playing board games. I hope to work with underserved and underrepresented populations after finishing residency.
Mallory Mitchell, DO
I was born and raised in Modesto until leaving for UCLA for undergrad, and then attended medical school at Touro University-California. I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to my home town for my residency training and to begin practicing medicine. My dad worked in the OR at Doctor’s Medical Center for 38 years, and inspired my love of medicine beginning at a very young age. My mother also devoted her career to serving the community as a Special Education teacher in local elementary schools. My free time is spent going on adventures with my fiancé and our dog, and being a very proud auntie to four of the most adorable kids in the world. I am passionate about addressing healthcare disparities in low-resource settings, which led to the creation of my philanthropy-Shirati Babies Project while I was in medical school. I spent over two months working at a hospital in rural Tanzania. I provided medical supplies and training to local staff with the aim of reducing neonatal mortality. I get great joy from serving patients, and my goal is always to give them the most personalized and high-quality care possible.
Rachel Moebus, MD
I am from a rural town in Northern California, and am excited to be so close to home after many years in Virginia. I earned a bachelor's degree at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!). After college, I worked with brain and spinal cord injuries and research. I even went on a medical mission trip to Bolivia where I was moved by global healthcare disparities. So many patients were motivating factors for me; I decided to apply to medical school. I completed a post-baccalaureate program and medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. As a student, I volunteered with the Norfolk Emergency Shelter team and developed a passion for working with homeless individuals. After medical school, I matched into an Otolaryngology residency in Virginia, but finally decided to come home to California to catch up on lost time with my family and pursue Family Medicine. I am grateful to be here in Modesto at VCME. In the future, I plan to continue pursuing my interest in research, and with my affinity for humor in medicine, I would like to qualify for an I Nobel Prize one day. My primary goal is to care for underserved populations, both locally and globally. When I'm not working, I enjoy being outside, gardening, karaoke, and spending time with my family.
Ben Nguyen, MD
I was born in Florida but was raised in southern California in the heart of Orange County. I can speak Vietnamese, and I am the first doctor in my entire family. I attended UC Irvine for undergrad and earned a degree in Biological Sciences. During that time, I had the privilege of going on a medical mission trip to Vietnam with Medical Education Missions and Outreach (M.E.M.O) which solidified my desire to pursue a career in medicine. For medical school, I attended St. George’s University and did my clinical rotations in California, New Jersey, and Florida. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, karaoke, playing the guitar, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. In the future, I hope to pursue a career as an attending physician for a residency program and spending time volunteering at free clinics and on medical missions.
Aurosis Reddy, DO
I was born and raised in Barstow, California located in the Mojave desert of southern California. I attended UC Davis for my undergraduate education and majored in physiology. While at UCD I am grateful to have participated in nutritional research for the USDA lab on campus. It was there I fell in love with learning how certain foods can affect the body and the correlation this has with overall well-being. I then attended medical school at Touro University Nevada in Las Vegas. It was here I furthered my interest in preventive medicine and developed my passion for primary care. Additionally, I fostered an enthusiasm for osteopathic manual medicine and hope to provide this modality as a way to achieve more comprehensive care for my patients. Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time outdoors including; mountain biking, camping, atv riding, and hiking with my dog. I am very excited to be moving back to northern California and I hope to one day practice in a rural town in the area.
Ian Sanchez, DO
I was born in the Bay Area of California and grew up in the beautiful Central Valley in Ceres and Modesto, CA. I returned to the Bay Area for undergrad at UC Berkeley and also attended medical school out there at Touro University in Vallejo. In between undergrad and medical school I had a career working in retail operations and merchandise management for seven years before returning to my first love of medicine. Working in retail gave me an amazing amount of experience working in a team and with the general public, which I know will translate well into the field of Family Medicine. Outside of work, I enjoy travelling to places both near and far with my lovely wife, including just returning from a bucket list trip to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. I also enjoy staying active by going to the gym and playing practically any sport, with my favorites being baseball, basketball, tennis and golf. Any extra free time I find myself with beyond this, I like to binge watch tv shows and watch my favorite sports teams the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Cal football and basketball. After residency I hope to continue my training in Sports Medicine and eventually practice both Family and Sports Medicine in the Central Valley or Bay Area.
Andrea Silva, MD
I am a Central Valley local! I was born and raised in Fresno, California and attended the University of California, Davis for college. Before attending Medical School, I was heavily involved in research at the University of California, San Francisco. I studied the harmful effects of secondhand smoke in a cohort of flight attendants as well as helped develop a novel biomarker to diagnose and manage obstructive sleep apnea. Later, I moved to Grenada to study medicine at St. George’s University, where I had an invaluable international experience with students and faculty from around the world. I was involved in the Women in Medicine Club, where we organized health clinics for local women. I witnessed how poor access to healthcare translates into poor quality of life. It was at these student-run clinics when I grasped the true importance of preventive medicine in a woman’s life. Access to preventive medicine became a passion of mine, and until we secure health care as a right for all patients, we must keep fighting for healthcare equality. I am excited to be back in the Central Valley for residency, close to my family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my two dogs and significant other, gardening, cooking, and studying politics. As a proud member of the LGBT community, I volunteer at local Pride events spreading awareness of the health disparities affecting our community. After residency, I hope to stay local and care for our diverse patient population.
Zhe Tan, MD
I was originally born in Guandong province, China, and came to the United State about eleven years ago. Since then, my family and I have been residing in the Bay Area, California, which I consider as my second hometown. I attended University of California, Berkeley for my undergraduate study majoring molecular and cell biology. I earned my medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. Being a foreign medical graduate, one of the biggest challenges for me was being away from home when studying in medical school. Therefore, I am very glad to join the VCME and finally get settled closer to my hometown. Besides Medicine, I like to spend time with my family, especially to play with my 2 years old son. I also like to do lap swim and play Badminton. My future plan is to practice full spectrum of family medicine in either outpatient setting or inpatient setting in the underserved region.
Allen Zeng, DO
I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in the California Bay Area. I am a first generation Asian-American and am fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. I attended UC Davis and graduated with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, as well as a minor in Psychology. While there, I joined the premedical fraternity Sigma Mu Delta, was involved in academic research on HIV, and volunteered at the UC Davis Medical Center. During the summer I also worked at a biopharmaceutical company, MedImmune, on projects such as RSV and Flumist. I took a year off between undergrad and medical school and worked as an ER scribe and chess tutor. I attended Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, where my interest in Family Medicine blossomed and grew. I spent one summer on a medical mission trip to Surin, Thailand, where we provided basic medical care for the severely under-served. I did most of my third year rotations in Turlock, CA at Emanuel Medical Center, and I am happy to be coming back to Central California to complete my training as a resident. In my spare time, I enjoy watching NBA basketball, Netflix, and the latest films. I am also a decent chess player and the world's biggest Star Wars fan. Going forwards, I hope to practice full-spectrum family medicine and settle down in California.