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- Sara Aney, MD
I grew up in beautiful Boise, Idaho, where my love for the outdoors was fostered by long bike rides along the Boise River Greenbelt and whitewater rafting trips on the Payette River. After earning my B.A. in chemistry at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, I ventured eastward to pursue an opportunity in clinical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Through this experience, I discovered that a career in medicine would seamlessly merge my interest in the sciences with my love for connecting with people. Following a two-year tenure at the NIH, my college sweetheart (Jordan) and I tied the knot just weeks before packing our bags and heading to sunny southern California to start medical school together at Loma Linda University. During our time at Loma Linda, Jordan and I have been challenged to grow in medical knowledge and to deepen our relationships with God – as well as with one another, our family, and our friends. As a resident physician at Loma Linda, I look forward to furthering my clinical acumen and learning to more proficiently practice “whole-person care.” Areas within the specialties of Family and Preventive Medicine that currently pique my interest include weight management, bariatric medicine, group visit models for pregnancy and chronic disease management, and community outreach/education. In my spare time, I enjoy reading historical fiction, biking, whitewater rafting, traveling, and spending time with my husband, family, and friends.
Sara Aney, MD – CHIEF
- Marcus Carty, DO
I was raised in small rural farming community in California. It was here that I learned to appreciate the close personal relationships and meaningful community ties that ultimately led me to choose Family Medicine. My experience prior to entering medical school ranged from auto-mechanic to construction worker, high school science teacher in the Islands of Micronesia, to table server in the beautiful hills of Napa. My path ultimately led me back to Southern California where I completed my medical training at Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. In my free time I enjoy designing and building small projects ranging from laying fiberglass to woodworking, handcrafting furniture, hiking, road-biking, cooking a plant based diet, gardening, sewing, and riding my motorcycle. With my limited experience, I have already come to realize the most important way to change the lives of our patients and our community is to prevent disease before it occurs. Chronic disease prevention with collaborative care, all the way from city planning, community gardens, increasing health literacy, to small group visits, is my passion. Someday, I hope to run my own direct primary care clinic, practicing lifestyle medicine using non medical treatments to prevent and reverse disease. Finding like-minded individuals to help collaborate with the local city planning department to develop the infrastructure needed to foster healthy lifestyles within our community.
Marcus Carty, DO
- Kelsey Cherepuschak, MD
I spent my childhood exploring the prairies of central Alberta (Canada) and practicing my “doctoring” skills on the kittens born on my parent’s acreage. When I was 12 years old I went on my first mission trip to Fiji which started my passion for travel and global health. Since that time I have been privileged to learn about the culture and health care system in other countries including Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Tchad, and China. I was blessed to be able to attend medical school at Loma Linda University and while there I joined the Deferred Mission Appointee program which will allow me to serve at one of the international Seventh Day Adventist hospital after completing residency. I love serving underserved populations, whole person care and educating patients on how they can improve their health one step at a time. When I am not in the hospital I can be found hiking, kayaking, and exploring both locally and internationally.
Kelsey Cherepuschak, MD
Esther Cha, MD
- Jeffrey Cho, MD
I came to Loma Linda University to complete a medical degree as well as a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health. I am a Deferred Mission Appointee of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church, which means that I will be serving at one of the overseas SDA medical institutions with my wife, Michelle after I complete residency; this makes the combined residency in Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine a good fit. I was attracted to the program because of its emphasis in lifestyle medicine and global health. My goal is to be a medical missionary as described in the book, The Ministry of Healing by Ellen White. As part of that vision, I hope to see Loma Linda partner with our brothers and sisters in San Bernardino to make positive changes in our community. In my free time, I enjoy reading, small groups, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Jeffrey Cho, MD
- Jeremy Clay, MD
I was born and raised on the island of Kauai in Hawaii before moving to the state of Washington. I attended Walla Walla University and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. During college, I had the privilege to serve as a missionary in Palau where I became interested in working with the underserved. Medical school at Loma Linda University brought me to Southern California, where I am staying for Residency. I enjoy going to church and hiking in the mountains, playing violin, and snow skiing as often as I can. I eventually want to have a combined family and lifestyle practice to promote whole person health in my patients.
Jeremy Clay, MD
- Richard Compton, DO
I was born in California and I have had the opportunity to live in variety of places including Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Mongolia. I attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania and worked in various upstate New York hospitals. While I appreciate helping a patient recover from illness I am motivated to help people discover that prevention is key and good health starts at home. My time in Mongolia taught me how much it means to people to receive quality medical care. I enjoy cycling, racquetball, soccer, and spending time with my family.
Richard Compton, DO
- Christen Cuevas, MD, MPH
Originally from the Midwest, I received my MD and MPH degrees from Case Western Reserve University. After living in Mexico during college, numerous experiences within my home city opened my eyes to the profound health disparities that Latino immigrants face in this country. That ignited a fierce determination for me to become a primary care provider in underserved Latino communities. I first witnessed the power of public health at a global health conference soon after I’d traded in a corporate career for the deeper satisfaction of patient care, and my future became crystal clear: a fusion of individual clinical medicine and innovative problem-solving at the population level. I fell in love with this combined program because they exemplify whole-person care across the full spectrum of health determinants. I am absolutely thrilled to join such a vibrant group of people! Outside the medical world, you’ll find me out biking, exploring new foods, writing, dabbling in graphic art, or nestled in with my husband watching movies. I’m SO excited to be able to bike year-round!
Christen Cuevas, MD, MPH
- Fiyinfoluwa Fawole, MD
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia to loving parents Dr. & Mrs. Alaba & Tinuke Fawole. I am closely followed by the best three siblings in the world – Ope, Gbolu & Damisi. My early formative years were spent in Prince George’s County, Maryland before my family moved back to Georgia in 2001. I graduated with a B.S. in Genetics from the University of Georgia in 2010 and immediately pursued my dream to become a Physician. By the grace of God, I received my Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Medical College of Georgia in December 2014 and I could not be happier about starting my Family & Preventive Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. I have never wanted to be anything besides a doctor, and it wasn’t long after beginning medical school that I felt the calling to be a Family Physician. Through mission trips, rural health experiences and personal relationships with my patients, I became convinced that I could make a significant impact on people both physically and spiritually ministering in this profession. I look forward to expanding my resources and level of influence over the next four years. In my spare time, I cannot think of anything I would rather be doing than spending time with my wonderful and supportive husband, Tosin.
Fiyinfoluwa Fawole, MD
- Mary Goodrich, MD
I grew up on a farm outside of Bend, Oregon where I spent my summers swimming and fishing in our pond, riding horses, and sleeping in my treehouse. For my undergraduate degree, I attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Biophysics. I attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. During college, I began traveling internationally and I got hooked. I have since had the chance to volunteer in many remote areas of the world (Brazil, El Salvador, Tonga, Peru, and Kenya), and each time I return with an increased desire to learn more so that I can be better prepared to help. I chose the combined program because I believe prevention is the only real cure. In my spare time, I love playing ultimate frisbee, camping, and reading nonfiction books.
Mary Goodrich, MD
- Elizabeth Hausmann, DO, MPH
I was born in San Diego and raised in the north county community of Carlsbad. I got my undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of San Diego and continued my education with a Masters of Public Health epidemiology from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. I took my passion for community medicine and whole person care to Touro University Nevada where I graduated with a Doctorate of Osteopathy. I enjoy being able to provide osteopathic medicine treatment to my patients in conjunction with allopathic medicine. I am excited to use my MPH and focus on whole generations of patient care in the combined Family and Preventive medicine program. Building connections with individuals but understanding community and population medicine have been my driving force to become a physician. In my spare time I ride horses and am an enthusiastic runner enjoying half and full marathons. I also participate in crossfit with my husband and enjoy traveling to unique hiking locations and one day would like to complete the PCT hike.
Elizabeth Hausmann, DO, MPH
- Marcus Heisler, MD
I’m a native Californian with roots in both northern and southern California, but with a touch of Canadian education thrown in! With goals to practice whole-person primary care in the States and abroad, I was thrilled to be accepted by Loma Linda University for medical school. My special interests include wholeness, community medicine, and a preferential option for the poor. During my four years at LLU I made time to experience and learn from healthcare workers in underserved areas of Uganda, Nepal and India, and I frequently walked the streets of downtown San Bernardino with colleagues to hear from and attend to the needs of those without homes. My hobbies include backpacking, rock climbing, and experiencing new foods and cultures.
Marcus Heisler, MD
- Emiko Ishihara, DO
I spent my childhood getting poison ivy and building snow-people in Maryland, feeding stray dogs in Nepal, and biking the cobblestone streets of old Tokyo. I enjoyed my adolescent years in a Buddhist monastery in Northern California and then went to Middlebury College in Vermont where I studied philosophy. I attended osteopathic medical school at Des Moines University and was fortunate to be able to train my hands as well as mind in compassionate medicine. I am thrilled to be attending Loma Linda University Family Medicine/Preventative Medicine Residency to further my training in innovative and holistic health care. One reason I was drawn to LLU was for the people and their genuine intention to provide a space of healing. I believe strongly in patient empowerment and education as the backbone to health and longevity. In our spare time, my wife and I enjoy making cheese, playing with our jack Russell puppy, hiking, drinking tea, doing yoga, playing card and board games, and dreaming about raising chickens and goats someday.
Emiko Ishihara, DO
- Lucas Shanholtzer, MD, MPH
My journey into the medical field began when I majored in Nutrition Science at UC Davis. In medical school, my passion for nutrition and preventive medicine grew stronger at the Nutrition Specialty Clinic at the UCSD SOM Student Run Free Clinic. Caring for patients struggling with the devastating sequelae of preventable illnesses planted the importance of a healthy lifestyle at the forefront of my mind. Motivated to keep my patients, family, and friends healthy, I began attending the annual Lifestyle Medicine Conferences, where I discovered the combined Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine Program at LLU. Today I feel truly blessed to be part of the Loma Linda family. I look forward to these upcoming four years of learning whole person care and how to best partner with patients to optimize their health. Outside of medicine I enjoy cooking, cycling, board sports, rock climbing, and being active outdoors.
Lucas Shanholtzer, MD, MPH
- Brandon Shumway, MD
I grew up on the north edge of the Navajo Indian reservation in southern Utah. From there and later as an LDS missionary I developed a strong desire to serve in underserved communities. I attended Utah State University where I majored in Spanish and worked as a medical interpreter. I was fortunate to attend the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences while sponsored by the Indian Health Service. I came here for the unique FM/PM program and am excited to be able to use my Spanish at our FQHC. I now owe my soul to Uncle Sam and hope this path will lead me back near Navajo country after residency. When not studying I am usually hanging out with my beautiful wife Sirisha, and our three sweet kids.
Brandon Shumway, MD
Leanna Wonoprabowo, MD