1st Year Residents
Rebecca Adams, MD
Texas Tech University School of Medicine I came to Natividad from the US-Mexico border town of El Paso, where I met my fiancé and had the opportunity to work with refugees and begin learning Spanish. Originally from Austin (the hippy-turned-tech capital of Texas), I learned interviewing techniques in my previous career of television and documentary filmmaking, and absorbed values of social justice while working at my local PBS station and volunteering with the Workers Defense Project. In my free time I enjoy hiking and swimming, novels by Louise Erdrich & Ursula Le Guin, and I like to be outside.
Joaquin Charles, MD
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico Both sides of my family were migrant farmworkers, who eventually settled in California where the work was more consistent. My father, mother, two brothers and I moved around the country as my father broke the cycle and acquired higher education. However, we always returned to California to spend time with my grandparents during the summers.
I was born in Seattle, WA. We moved to Minneapolis, MN when I was two, where I spent my childhood until 5th grade when we moved to Salinas, CA for one year. We then moved to El Paso, TX for the next four years. Finally, we returned to our home in the central valley of California when I was a sophomore in high school. I graduated from high school in Visalia, CA. I then started my undergraduate course work at University of California at Santa Cruz. After finishing most my premed course work, I began a career in construction. I started doing tree work and landscaping, then eventually moved on to building/remodeling homes. At that time in my life, I had more time for my hobbies; traveling, woodworking, backpacking, mountain biking, surfing and playing basketball.
As life was passing me by I realized I was ready to fulfill my dream, which is becoming a physician. So I took the MCAT and began my journey into medicine. My wife and I moved to Mexico for the two academic years of medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, where our first child was born. Our twins were born in Henderson, Nevada during my two years of clerkships. I was blessed to match here at Natividad Family Medicine Residency Program. Because my family’s roots in farmworking, I have a strong desire to focus my training on working with the underserved part of our community, especially farmworkers. My family and I are looking forward to getting to know the Salinas Valley and its great people.
Jacob Ginsburg, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine – Midwestern I took a winding road to get to medicine. I was born and raised in Chicago being a city kid doing city kid things. I went to college in upstate New York where I received a B.A. in History. The separation between academia and the people it desires to help pushed me away from that world. Through the unpredictability of random interest, I became an EMT. I continued on this path, traveling to Haiti after the earthquake with other EMTs, which helped persuade me to move back to Chicago to become a paramedic. There, I also met my future wife, adopted a couple of kitties, and eventually decided to become a physician. My degree in History gave me the words to describe the inequity I had seen growing up in Chicago and working (mostly) in bars and restaurants for the last 20 years; I found in medicine a fulfilling way to utilize my experiences to advocate for social change while providing a very useful direct service. Family medicine lends itself to many areas of focus, but I am particularly interested in working in community health centers and in correctional medicine. Natividad drew me in because of its actual ties to the community and its blend of academic pursuit and direct action. I’m excited to work in a hospital and train with faculty and staff dedicated to improving health equity in a meaningful way.
But while I can’t emphasize enough the importance of continuously studying medicine, it’s equally important to not let it take over your entire life. I still love cooking (especially since I don’t do it for work) and being from a city I love exploring nature and can’t wait to discover the pacific coast with my fiancé! I also read all sorts of things, but nothing beats a good science fiction novel.
Evelin González, MD
University of California, Davis School of Medicine I was born in Mexico City and lived there for 10 years while my father worked as a migrant farmworker in northern California. As a child I was used to the idea of only seeing my father for a few months out of the year until we all moved to Woodland, CA in 2002. I then became the first one in my family to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. Migrating from my home country, learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture has been one of the most difficult things I’ve had to overcome but it has also greatly informed the issues I am most passionate about. While I attended UC Davis for undergrad I worked for the Early Academic Outreach Program which allowed me to help first generation students pursue higher education. I was also a volunteer for the Knights Landing One Health Student Run Clinic which provided basic primary care services to rural agricultural families who were predominantly Spanish speaking. Through this work I became more aware of the health disparities that many of our rural and farm working communities face. I was able to continue this work later as Co-Director while at UC Davis School of Medicine and as part of the Rural PRIME track. Thus, I am very passionate about Latino health, community outreach and healthcare disparities that affect our Latino communities.
Outside of medicine, I am a big family person. My family means the world to me and would not be here today without them. I also love to cook (my favorite way to procrastinate), love the outdoors (running and hiking), will always say yes to dancing and enjoy traveling.
Elaine Lee, DO
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine California I grew up in Maryland as a first-generation Chinese-American under the cultural influences of the ‘80’s: big hair, Jimmy Carter, and classic rock ’n roll. After graduating from Cornell University, I set off on a decade-long road-trip, pursuing my dream of professional rock climbing and working as an outdoor educator for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound. Upon my return to conventional society, my passion for medicine was reborn after I was introduced to the principles of osteopathy during my continuing education as a Rolfing Structural Integrator—a form of hands-on manipulation that works with the fascia to achieve optimal alignment of the physical body. I realized that the pursuit of medicine was destined to be my next big adventure, and I began my training to become a Doctor of Osteopathy at Touro University in California.
For the past 20 years, I have called the Santa Cruz area my home, and currently live in the sleepy seaside town of Aptos. Completing my core rotations at Natividad Medical Center opened my eyes to the unique, diverse and incredible, yet often medically underserved, population of the Central Coast. I am inspired and passionate about bringing high quality, preventative care to the underserved Hispanic communities in this area. My medical interests include inpatient medicine, osteopathic manual manipulation, point-of-care ultrasound, and rural medicine. I feel so grateful and privileged to become a part of the Natividad Family Medicine Residency program. Y estoy muy entusiasmada de mejorar mi español!
Alex Logono, MD
American University of Antigua I was born in South Sudan and was one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, and fled my country when civil war broke out and survived ten years in Kakuma Refugee camp, in Kenya.
My life turned upside down in 2001 when I became one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” selected by the USA government to resettle in America. Not long after the move, I began my education at Mohawk Valley Community College in New York and also seized the chance to work as a nursing technician at the local hospital. Through my work at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, and later at St. Peter Hospital in Albany, I thoroughly enjoyed my growing involvement in direct patient care. In addition, I have worked in the lab of Monterey Bay GI Consultants Medical groups.
My surviving experiences inspire me to become a medical doctor. I graduated with BS in Biology from University at Albany, State University of New York, before receiving my MD from American University of Antigua, College of Medicine. At a very young age I learned to provide care for those in need, working as a medical assistant in the Kakuma Refugee Camp Hospital in Kenya, where I enjoyed the opportunity to provide health education on HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, examine and diagnose patients, and even provide treatment to fellow refugees.
Through the McNair Scholars Program, I was also fortunate to gain experience in the research aspect of the medical field. My research was on “Genetics of West Nile Infection of Insect Hosts” at New York State Health Department, Wadsworth Center in Albany.
I am so grateful to be one of the residents who will serve this community. After completing my training, it is my dream to provide health care to the underserved and join Doctors without Borders.
I enjoy outside activities, like playing soccer and running. I speak several languages including fluent Moru, Arabic, Swahili, and basic Spanish. I am currently living in Salinas with my family.
Rodrigo Mojica Castillo, MD
Universidad Mayor de San Andrés Facultad de Medicina, Bolivia I grew up in La Paz Bolivia, a crowded city in Los Andes Mountains. I applied to medical school at the University of San Andres where worked as a teaching assistant. In my fifth year, I joined a research institute where I experienced how medicine is improved through reason and curiosity. My social service year took place in a border town, where I practiced general medicine. I cared for a population that needed preventive medicine due to limited access to health care and medication. I learned the importance of continuity of care and the difference between episodic treatments and comprehensive care. After my internship, I graduated fourth in my class, and continued my medical career in Psychiatry. During my training, I worked with Family Medicine residents who taught me the longitudinal aspects of medical care. As a chief resident I was given the chance to lead a compassionate group of residents. After moving to the United States, I decided to specialize in Family Medicine. I admired the relationship that family physicians formed with their patients of all ages and their ability to provide health care, despite complexity of disease or resources available. Additionally, my hands-on experience with the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program was a unique opportunity to learn about the American medical system. Before residency I worked as a care giver in a nursing facility. This experience made me feel I was helping the patients but I wished I could do more for them.
Outside medicine I enjoy learning new languages- I speak French, Portuguese and Spanish, and some phrases in Klingon. I used to ride a motorcycle and put many miles on it. I enjoy video games, soccer and basketball, and many TV shows. I also served in the Bolivian military.
Weird fact: My mother’s Name is Natividad, so training in mom’s medical center seems like a sign and a commitment. I will work as hard as I can to make my team proud.
Matthew Musselman, DO
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine California It is a privilege to join the Natividad family! I grew up immersed in a diverse, urban San Francisco neighborhood, befriending individuals whose views and culture differed dramatically from my own and each other’s. Drawing from my Jewish upbringing, I have devoted my life to Tikkun Olam — Healing the World — through my actions and studies, which represent caring for fellow human beings, my purpose in practicing medicine.
While attending UC Santa Cruz, I directed the C.A.Re Project which provided health & hygiene services to the homeless while completing dual bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Neuroscience. After college, I worked for a couple of years at the front desk of a primary care clinic in San Francisco. In medical school, I collaborated in leadership through the Student Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, White Coats for Black Lives, Students for a National Health Program, and helping to design a Structural Competency curriculum. I also earned a Master’s in Public Health, culminating in a 6-week field study project aimed at decreasing Dengue Fever in the surrounding villages of Tapachula, MX.
When I’m not at the hospital/clinic, you can find me creatively walking in nature with my partner, Diana, and our chocolate Labrador, Bixby. Or just hanging out with family and enjoying some comida salvadoreña.
Dolores Peña, MD
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico I was born and raised in Oakland, California. My parents are immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico; and instilled in their children the core values of family and a strong work ethic.
I am a first-generation college graduate from the University of California, Davis, where I majored in Exercise Biology and minored in Chicano Studies. My interest in primary care began in undergrad as a member of a student-run clinic named Clínica Tepati, dedicated to offering free health services to the uninsured and low-income communities in Sacramento. In addition, I participated in a medical/public health internship in Oaxaca, Mexico. Studying abroad in Mexico further exposed me to the health care issues Latinxs face at a transnational level. I grew a passion for addressing the cultural, linguistic, educational, and geographical disparities that limit an individual’s access to healthcare.
As a medical student I established an outreach initiative called, Nuestra Salud, aimed to offer chronic illness education, nutritional resources, and vital screenings for Spanish-speaking communities. Since graduating from medical school, I have returned to the Bay Area and worked in Women’s Health for La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, CA. I am actively involved in mentoring and passionate about supporting the next generations of health care providers. In my free time I enjoy exercising both indoors and outdoors, sports, cooking, music and spending time with family.
I choose Natividad because the residency incorporates community health advocacy and outreach in its curriculum along with rigorous, full-spectrum training.
Natali Silva, MD
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, MexicoMy parents immigrated from Mexico to Salinas, CA, and raised my sister and me locally. Growing up, I saw the need for more physicians to cater to our disadvantaged population in our community, including migrant workers like my parents. My personal experiences motivated me to work diligently and pursue a career in medicine. I graduated from the California State University of San Bernardino and earned my bachelor’s in Biology. I then moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco, to attend medical school at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. I discovered my passion for Family Medicine while learning about various pathologic diseases and caring for patients of all ages during my clinical clerkships in Reno, Nevada. I’m honored to join the health care team at Natividad and looking forward to providing full-spectrum care to those in my community. I’m thrilled to use my fluency in Spanish and to continue to gain medical knowledge in hopes of becoming a better diagnostician and providing quality care to my patients. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, and walking my dogs. I also love to cook for my family and spend time with my loved ones.
2nd Year Residents
Guadalupe Arreola, MD
Medical School: UC Davis A first-generation Mexican-American, I was raised in Southern California. I graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Viticulture & Enology and a minor in Chicanx Studies. I worked as a Spanish interpreter at several sliding scale clinics, studied abroad in the Latinx Health Internship program in Oaxaca, MX and participated in the Cuba AIDS project.
After college, I returned to my hometown in the San Fernando Valley and joined Comision Femenil, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Latinas through education, leadership development, and community involvement. I also worked as a study coordinator at a Neurology clinic, before applying for the UC Davis School of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate program.
My desire to use medicine as a vehicle for advocacy and positive social change led me to focus on community engagement and psychiatry in medical school. I completed a fellowship in Child Adolescent Psychiatry, and was awarded the United Health Foundation/National Medical Fellowship. As a medical scholar I was able to partner with providers and parents from economically distressed communities to raise awareness of early language exposure and its role as social determinant of health.
My professional interests include increasing access to family planning services, integrating mental health services into primary care, investigating racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent pregnancy, health disparities among sexual minorities, but I enjoy all aspects of Family Medicine. Outside of medicine, I love the outdoors, road trips, dogs, cooking, board games, spending time with friends and family, especially my seven nieces and nephew.
Gabriel Flores Jr., MD
Medical School: Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara I grew up in Los Angeles in a close-knit household consisting of my mother, father, and three younger siblings. My father is an immigrant from central Mexico and my mother an immigrant from Colombia. Growing up I spent my summers changing tires and doing basic mechanic work at my father’s mechanic shop. These experiences gave me a clear sense as to the importance of hard work and perseverance. I was fortunate to stay in sunny southern California for college at USC (Go Trojans!). My passion for providing medical care for vulnerable populations was inspired by participating in a medical brigade in rural Honduras. After graduating from college, I moved to Jalisco, Mexico to attend medical school at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara and completed my clinical clerkships in Phoenix, Arizona.
I feel privileged to return to California and provide full-spectrum care for the underserved community of Salinas. I am excited to use my fluency in Spanish and familiarity with the Latino culture to make a positive change in the health of my patients. My intern year was full of positive learning experiences and I am eager to continue my training in serving the Salinas community.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy watching and playing soccer, going for runs, mountain biking, and traveling.
Jasmine Garcha, DO
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences Before joining the Natividad family, I grew up in Livermore, CA in the east Bay Area with my parents and two younger siblings. As a kid, I loved to read and back then I thought I would grow up to be an author. Over time, my love for reading remained but the subject of the books changed. I studied biological sciences at UC Davis and then earned my medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.
Throughout my education, I found myself drawn to primary care, where the potential to empower patients to take control of their health is endless. As a family physician, my goal is to serve those with the greatest need and the least access to care. I feel so excited and privileged to be joining the Natividad family to learn full-spectrum family medicine and adopt their value of community wellness.
Vivian Garcia, MD
Medical School: Alpert Medical School of Brown University I was raised in the Inland Empire in Southern California up until I graduated high school, at which point I decided to explore new surroundings, culture, and weather by moving clear across the country to Providence, Rhode Island. I graduated with a degree in Human Biology and Comparative Literature with 3 languages from Brown University. I then went on to attend the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown. During this time, I found that one of my favorite parts of medicine was connecting with patients and helping them understand their illnesses. I enjoyed volunteering at a free clinic helping underserved and uninsured individuals.
In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and television, or taking a scenic hike. I’ve grown and learned a lot during intern year, and have enjoyed getting to explore the community. I look forward to further growth during second year, continuing to explore my interest in women’s health, palliative care, and community outreach.
Forrest Hamlin, DO
Michigan State University I was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in a hard-working, midwest family that embraced a ‘can-do’ work ethic and emphasized the importance of an education. After seeing my father’s experience at the cemetery where he worked I was motivated to heal people and keep them from that inevitable end. Gifted with a 6’5″ stature at the age of 16 and a talent for tackling on the field, I received a scholarship to play football at Saginaw Valley State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
After undergrad, I became a pediatric intensive care nurse at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, in Detroit working in both the trauma and cardiovascular ICU. My career would eventually lead me to California, where I worked at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
Having cared for numerous children with preventable illnesses due to lack of primary care, I set out to explore how I could make an impact in comprehensive primary health care. So I completed my premedical studies at UC Berkeley and went on to medical school at Michigan State University.
The Natividad Family Medicine Residency is a special place to me, having had the privilege of training here for some time before leaving to be with my family during the birth of our first child, Forrest Jr. During my time away from residency, I learned a lot about health care through the creation of a private practice and co-founding a startup. From this, it became clear to me that the best way for me to serve my community was to be prepared in full-spectrum training. There is no place better equipped to provide this training than Natividad, and I am fortunate to return to this place I call home.
Outside of medicine, I am an avid outdoorsman and fanatical home cook. My clinical and entrepreneurial interests include a broad range of topics on ‘food as medicine’, lifestyle balance and burnout prevention, AI/ML streamlining of clinical/non-clinical workflows and workforce allocation, scalable home-based community health care models, aerospace medicine, wilderness medicine, and disaster preparedness.
Ericka Jaramillo, MD
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Originally from Ecuador, I moved to NYC at the age of 4 with my mom and abuelita. I majored in Spanish Literature and Language at CUNY-Hunter College and went to medical school at Mount Sinai. While there, I was lucky enough to be exposed to various clinical research settings in the Dominican Republic and Uganda.
My intern year at Natividad has been one of continued growth with unrelenting support both from residents, especially my co-interns, as well as from dedicated faculty. My medical interests include global health, women’s health, and working in underserved communities.
Outside of work, you can find me in Zumba or yoga classes, but I prefer to cook and eat. I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, and learning how to drive. I’m looking forward to continued community engagement both from the clinical and public health perspectives in order to empower our patients.
Malavvika Kulashekar, DO
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine I spent my early childhood in Mumbai, high school years in Cupertino, and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology. From a young age, watching my family constantly seek medical care, I became acutely aware of the importance of preventative medicine. Before medical school, my experience volunteering with a free clinic in Mountain View cemented my love for Family Medicine. During my clerkships, I discovered joy and fulfillment in bridging healthcare disparities. I decided that I would train with a county hospital, working closely with underserved communities. My interests within the field of Family Medicine include palliative care and women’s health.
Outside of medicine, I am a strong advocate for conservation and sustainability. When I’m not working, you can find me exploring locales with my camera, baking something delicious for my friends and family, and devouring vegetarian tacos en masse (kindly direct me to your favorite taqueria in Salinas). Also, I am compiling a list of unusual dog names, and am accepting new entries at this time.
Stephen Matzat, MD
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai I grew up in the golden foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and earned a degree in Human Biology at Stanford University. I was drawn to New York City where I studied medicine at Mount Sinai before returning to California to train at Natividad’s Family Medicine Residency.
I am motivated by social justice issues and hope to play a role in shaping healthcare systems that are more accessible and welcoming to historically marginalized communities. Natividad has been a place of much growth for me and I have deep gratitude for the coworkers and patients who serve as a constant source of inspiration for me. Outside of medicine, my passions run the gamut from crochet and crosswords to technology and travel.
Perry, Alison, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University I had a bi-coastal upbringing starting in a small town in Western Massachusetts, before moving to Placerville, CA at age 12, not far from my co-intern Dr. Matzat. I migrated down south to Los Angeles for college, and during this time I became interested in the biopsychosocial model and its role in illness and health. Following graduation, I worked at Kaiser in Population Care Management, experiencing a team-based model, and learning about the practice and delivery of whole-person care. I found this more holistic and practical approach to be pleasantly in-line with my values and passions.
Throughout medical school, my desire to address health disparities and work with underserved and vulnerable populations continued to grow, and naturally, I chose Family Medicine. I initially started residency in Milwaukee, WI, and was fortunate enough to join my now fellow residents here at Natividad in January 2020. I cannot express my genuine excitement to be part of such a wonderful group of people and training in such a unique, community-focused program.
I am particularly interested in Addiction Medicine and spent time working as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at a perinatal residential treatment program in my home town prior to starting at Natividad. My interests also include mental health and mental health integration in primary care, correctional medicine, reproductive health, and harm reduction. Outside of medicine, my passions center around social justice issues, foreign travel/culture, music/art, and being outdoors.
Erika Romero, MD
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA to Salvadorian parents. My interest in medicine was sparked early on and was enhanced as I witnessed healthcare disparities in my own community growing up. I became involved in various community organizations that provide resources and programs to help underserved populations. After attending college at UC Santa Barbara, I moved to St. Maarten for medical school at AUC. My clinical rotations across a wide range of communities cemented my desire to practice full spectrum Family Medicine, where I can work with people of all ages and walks of life.
In my free time, I enjoy dance, yoga, pilates, coffee, and spending time with my fiancé, friends, and family.
3nd Year Residents
Kelsey Capron, MD
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson UniversityAfter growing up in the beautiful Monterey Bay area for the first 18 years of my life, I moved to far-away Pennsylvania to attend Haverford College, where I studied Biology & French. Then, I cultivated a taste for adventure during two brief periods of living in Paris, France. My interests in maternity care, global health, and serving underserved populations blossomed while I briefly lived in Haiti and volunteered at a maternity center. I spent two years in Boston, MA doing research before returning to Philadelphia, PA for medical school.
During medical school, I helped run free clinics for Philly’s homeless population, I researched “housing first” as a solution to chronic homelessness, and I became involved in advocacy and education around issues of global health and socioeconomic injustice. Now, I have the great pleasure of having returned to my roots for local full-spectrum training in family medicine at Natividad! Although I feel called to the path of family medicine for many reasons, my particular interests include family planning and reproductive health, obstetrics, homeless/street medicine, addiction medicine & harm reduction, global health, accompaniment and humanism in medicine.
Outside of the medical realm, I love board games, hiking, singing and playing ukulele, yoga, cross-country skiing, traveling & exploring new cultures, and spending time with family (who, by the way, are scattered as near as Aromas, CA and as far as Illinois, New Orleans, New Jersey, Norway, Chile, Malaysia…!). It’s great to be back home!
Alvin Cardona, MD
Medical School: Loma Linda University I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, followed by a move to Arkansas to earn a BA in Theology. While completing my degree, I had the opportunity to spend many of my summers volunteering in Nepal doing health and community development. The people and stories I encountered sparked an awareness of the health and social disparities affecting vulnerable populations all around us.
These experiences led me to pursue medical education at Loma Linda University in California. As a medical student, I found purpose in leading street medicine outreaches, pursued further training in tropical medicine and developed a passion for whole-person-care. Since my wife and I moved to the Salinas Valley for residency, we have been so happy to be a part of a program that has such a strong commitment to serving vulnerable populations. I believe that the strong, full-scope training will give me the best preparation for a career in global medicine.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife, endurance running, podcasts, flying and most anything involving the great outdoors.
Cristian Carrillo, DO
Medical School: Western University – Pomona, CA Growing up in the Bay Area, everything was loud, spicy, and in Spanish. My parents immigrated to Los Angeles, bringing with them the culture of Mexico. Settling down with four children in San Jose, they emphasized our continual development through education, something unattainable to them in rural Mexico.
I attended community college, though I was undecided on a career path. Around this time my grandmother became ill, and I would often take her to doctor appointments and serve as her translator. Caring for her and meeting her doctors sparked my interest in medicine. When she passed away, I knew in my heart that becoming a physician and caring for others was my calling. I transferred to CSU Monterey Bay and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Shortly after, I began medical school at Western University in Pomona, CA. I discovered that, because of my Spanish-speaking ability and cultural background, I thrived when working with Latinos and other medically underserved populations. I decided early on to dedicate myself to caring for the underserved, with particular interest in Latino patients. This motivated me to compete for the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, which I was awarded during my first year of medical school. I also joined the Latino Medical Student Association, and served as vice president for my chapter.
During medical school, my wife and I got married, adopted a puppy, and had our first baby, and we had our second baby after I began my training here at Natividad. Our two daughters love discovering the world and, like their parents, their favorite place is the beach. Our dog Cashew loves to go out for walks with us, especially if we start jogging. Exercise is my stress reliever and I enjoy running, swimming, hiking, meditation, and martial arts. I am honored to be back home for my training, and to be embarking on a career caring for Latinos and the medically underserved.
Brittany Chamberlain, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended San Jose State University. I am a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine, where I served as Honor Council President and also spent my time exploring the island of Dominica. I enjoy working with patients of all ages, helping them to establish a healthy foundation on which to continue to build a healthy and successful future.
I am especially grateful for my Natividad family and I enjoy exploring all the beautiful scenery this area has to offer with my family and colleagues. The multitude of restaurants, beaches, forests and hills allow for fun and adventure at a moment’s notice. Hiking Point Lobos, dining in Carmel and kayaking on the Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing, watching the baby otters and their mamas share dinner, have been a few of my favorite experiences.
Brianne Huber, MD, MPH
Medical School: Mount Sinai in New York City I grew up with four brothers in rural, agricultural North Dakota. With an interest in social justice and underserved populations, I worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan before earning my medical degree and masters of public health at Mount Sinai in New York City. Here in Salinas, I enjoy learning about Mexican-American culture and going to the local farmers’ markets. As a physician, I am especially interested in women’s health, global health, and emergency medicine.
Adrian Jordan, MD
Medical School: National University of Ireland in Galway I grew up in Ballinasloe, a market town in the west of Ireland which serves as the focal point for its neighboring rural communities. Following completion of my medical degree at the National University of Ireland in Galway, I graduated from the Western Training Scheme in General Practice and became a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners.
Family Medicine has always interested me because it encompasses a wide body of knowledge and broad skill-set as well as allowing the development of a trusting relationship between a patient and their doctor; I love being able to care for people of all ages and backgrounds. Everybody deserves access to excellent healthcare and I am delighted to be working with all of the staff at Natividad in striving to provide this.
My wife and I are delighted to welcome a new addition to our family, our daughter Aoibhín. Since moving here, we have really enjoyed getting to know the warm and welcoming people of Monterey County, as well as exploring the beautiful surroundings. I love spending time with my family, whether we’re exploring the outdoors or going to the cinema. Nos encanta estar al aire libre y estar cerca del océano. Además de trabajar en Natividad y aprender español, también disfruto mi otra pasión, ¡jugar fútbol!
Rose Lovell, MD
Medical School: Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University After spending my early childhood in the urban jungle of Los Angeles, the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains became where I call “home”. While earning my psychology degree at San Jose State University, I discovered the joy of medicine as a volunteer at Planned Parenthood in Santa Cruz. I was proud to join my medical school class at my almost-brand new medical school, the Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. It was well worth the temporary relocation to Connecticut. I am passionate about providing full spectrum primary care as a family medicine physician. I have a particular focus on the health needs of underserved communities, with prior experience focusing on gender and sexual minority health including LGBT health.
In our spare time, my wife and I run the local trails and enjoy our time with our three beautiful cats. I’m honored to be a part of the Natividad team, and I enjoy serving patients and communities in and around Salinas the best I can.
Austin Shoener, MD
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine I grew up in the very busy city of Orlando Florida, in a loving family dedicated to watersports, sunshine and entertainment! My parents were professional water-skiers so naturally my sister and I developed a passion for the water as well. It was in college, at the University of Central Florida, that my passion for medicine truly blossomed as my love for science and healthcare took root while assisting in the care of my grandmother. The knowledge I gained from her healthcare providers only fueled my passion for the pursuit of medicine.
Having never lived outside the country and yearning for adventure, I took my studies abroad to the American University of the Caribbean. The opportunity to pursue medicine in one of the most beautiful places in the world, meeting some incredible mentors, and assisting in the care of patients from all walks of life was more than I could have asked for from the beginning of my medical career. During this time I was even fortunate enough to meet my soon-to-be wife, who I now practice alongside of here at Natividad!
When I’m not focused on work, I like to look for adventure. Scuba diving in Monterey, skydiving, watersports, beach volleyball in Seaside, and beach time in Carmel are some of my favorite activities. I enjoy exploring all that the great state of California has to offer and look forward to discovering even more!
Jacqulyne Sylvia, DO
Medical School: AT Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine I grew up in Sacramento California as the youngest of three children. I attended California State University, Fullerton where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Cellular and Developmental Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I then attended AT Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona for medical school. During medical school, I explored my passion for serving underrepresented populations and began to understand the value in whole-person health care. I spent time abroad during medical school learning basic medical Spanish and working with impoverished communities to understand their barriers to health care. I also run a Non-Profit named “Hot Pink Bows” that is dedicated to delivering hand-made hair bows, head scarves, and other gifts to young cancer patients in the community. I enjoy working at a residency program that offers a strong clinical framework and is committed to bettering the lives of their patients beyond providing medical care. My special interests within medicine include women’s health and pediatric care.
I appreciate living in the Monterey Peninsula where the beach, wine tasting, and beautiful hikes are plentiful. In my spare time, I also enjoy spending time with my family, playing with my 6-year-old Great Dane, painting, and, traveling.
Francesco Tani, DO
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine I am a first-generation American, born and raised in the Bay Area. I attended the University of California Santa Cruz for my B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior. After undergrad, I worked as a tutor and instructor for a local company in Cupertino, and as an Emergency Department Navigator and Smoking Cessation Advisor at Stanford. I also worked as a Research Intern at San Francisco General Hospital. I moved to Detroit for medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, I worked with a local clinic which primarily treated LGBT people and those living with HIV. I was also an assistant for Histology and worked with Detroit Street Care. My interest in primary care developed from my experience as a child from an immigrant family and an LGBT individual. I am so pleased to be back on the central coast, living near my family again. My interests include health disparities affecting minority populations, HIV/AIDS and sexual health, preventative medicine, and LGBT issues in medicine.
My goal in life is to prove sunbathing is as healthy as exercise. I also love coffee and wine. Parlo Italiano.