Mutaal Akhter, MD, MPH
Medical School: University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
I'm a native Sacramentan. I've been in Sacramento from Kindergarten all the way up until residency. I graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and then completed my Masters in Public Health at UC Davis in 2017 before starting medical school at UC Davis. My path to medicine was inspired by my desire to serve my community and underserved populations. I was inspired to do family medicine due to the ability to have a long-term relationship with patients and care for all ranges as well as the power for advocacy. I hope to continue to serve underserved communities in the future and be involved in global health. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching UFC/basketball, hiking, camping, and spending time with friends/family.
Antonio Alcantar, MD
Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Tony was born in Palo Alto, CA and later raised in Southern California. He obtained a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior during which time he discovered his passion for mentoring local elementary and high school students. He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College where he continued to pursue his interest in mentorship programs with underrepresented minorities. Additionally, he had the opportunity to help underserved populations at the student-run clinic. He is excited to be practicing medicine at Dignity Health Methodist while being closer to his family. In his free time, Tony enjoys hiking with his fiance, cycling, billiards, and fishing.
Valerie Chen, MD
Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Medicine, Grand Rapids
Valerie Chen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley with a major in Public Health. After graduation, Valerie worked in healthcare consulting before continuing her career goals in medicine. While enrolled in post-baccalaureate studies at San Francisco State University, Valerie volunteered with San Francisco General Hospital, where she assisted families and provided community resources for their unmet social needs. This experience shaped her interests in primary care and its role in social determinants of health and health equity. She later moved to the Midwest for medical school at Michigan State University, where she continued her interests working with immigrant populations and promoting health education through the Engaged Partners Project, a community collaboration supporting refugee families with resettlement. Valerie chose family medicine for its incredible breadth of patient care; she also feels it provides a unique opportunity to understand the complex perspectives that guide patients' lives and health, especially in socioeconomically and culturally diverse communities. Outside of the hospital, Valerie enjoys cooking new Instant Pot recipes, camping, backpacking, and browsing books at the local library.
Hermione Gaw, MD
Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, College of Medicine
Hermione was born across the ocean in Myanmar and at the age of 4 moved with her family to the San Francisco bay area to start a new chapter in their lives. Her interests in science, service, and the environment led her to graduate from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Urban Studies and Planning. Her own experience as a first-generation immigrant combined with her work as a medical scribe and volunteer health advocate led to a growing passion for social advocacy and underserved medicine – a perfect pairing with the field of family medicine. At SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY she continued to nurture that passion, serving in various leadership and volunteer roles at the Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic while volunteering in various roles around the community. She is excited to join the Methodist family, where she hopes to leave a positive impact while pursuing her interests in community medicine, urgent care, chronic disease management, preventative medicine, and patient advocacy. In her spare time, she loves to read novels, do anything related to arts and crafts, spend time with her family and friends (including their pets!), lounge in the great indoors, and learn new recipes.
Kiersten Kelly, MD
Medical School: University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Kiersten grew up in the mountains of Truckee, CA where she played a lot of indoor and outdoor sports and went on to play volleyball at Colorado College. Her favorite class was Neuropsychology which sparked her interest in medicine. After college, she worked at a small boarding school in Colorado teaching and organizing extracurricular trips taking students backpacking, climbing, and mountain biking. She attended UC Davis School of Medicine and was a Rural Community Health Scholar, loving the opportunities that rural medicine provided and being inspired from her previous experiences in small mountain towns. In medical school, Kiersten explored many different interests, and was the co-director of Vagina Monologues, co-director of a student-run clinic, and a speaker at the body donor memorial. She also devoted a lot of time to her creative endeavors and accepted a publishing contract for her young adult fantasy novel, titled The Ember’s Cure. She is interested in too many things, which is why she chose family medicine, but among the top include women’s health along with wilderness and rural medicine.
Tooba Khan, MD
Medical School: St. George's University, School of Medicine
Tooba was raised in the bay area in Sunnyvale where she first became interested in the STEM field. She went on to pursue a Molecular Biology B.S. degree from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. She learned to sail there which she still enjoys today. She also first got involved in research by studying the effects of manganese on the prefrontal cortex in the behavior model of rats. With an eye for research, she further studied the effects of nicotine on abdominal aortic aneurysms at Stanford University. At that time, Tooba realized that she missed the interaction with patients from her times as a volunteer in undergrad. Since her impact felt more substantial and gratifying from working first hand with people, she went on to medical school at St. George's University. Dr Khan has joined the Methodist family after a surgical intern year at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. In her free time, she enjoys comedy, the outdoors, tapas and spending time with friends and family.
Kevin Tran, MD
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
Kevin is a Sacramento native and is excited to be back home to give back to his community. He attended UC Davis for his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology while he volunteered with and served as a co-manager of The Willow Clinic. After graduating from UC Davis, he worked for a Sacramento-based software company while volunteering at the MIND Institute, working with children with Autism Spectrum disorder. He then went to UCLA to complete his medical degree where he contributed in research which investigated the disparities among different populations as related to Women’s health and gynecological cancer. As a first-generation college student, he is motivated to serve the underserved and provide culturally competent care. Outside of medicine, Kevin enjoys making art, sports, attending live music shows, and video games.
Angela Wang-Selfridge, DO
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Medicine
Angela grew up in San Diego and later attended UC San Diego, where she received her degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She then pursued medical school at Kansas City University. Angela first had the opportunity to work with the underserved through the International Rescue Committee, where she helped refugees who had just resettled to adapt and succeed here in the US. Later in medical school, she coached local families about healthy diet and lifestyle choices. She also participated in health screenings for children at local schools who have limited access to medical care. Angela spent an additional year during medical school to complete the Anatomy Fellowship, during which she got the opportunity to teach first-year medical students and participate in research projects. In her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her family and friends, finding new shows to binge watch, hiking and going to the gym, cooking Tasty video recipes and finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Hayoung Youn, MD
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Hayoung is a daughter of two courageous South Koreans who immigrated to America in 2004, a spoiled younger sister of a hydrogen energy engineer brother who buys her all the Korean food she wants, and a newlywed wife of an incredibly patient and loving husband. She lived the first ten years of her life on the southern coast of South Korea before moving across the world to Monterey Bay, California. She found her deep interest in medicine and community outreach in her early life through a personal illness as well as her global health experiences in Nicaragua and Mexico while attending UCLA. Fascinated by the wide breadth of training in primary care, Hayoung worked as a scribe at a family medicine clinic for a year before moving across the country to Philadelphia for medical school. As a medical student navigating her way through the pandemic, Hayoung further solidified her passion for serving marginalized populations as well as burnout prevention in medicine. While being quarantined, she founded a city-wide online tutoring program connecting college and graduate students to children of healthcare workers and low-income families in the Greater Philadelphia Area. She and her college friends also published a book titled "Diaries of a Medical Student" in the effort to create an open and safe environment for those in medicine to share their struggles and vulnerability with others. She is incredibly grateful to have successfully matched in Sacramento with her husband and to join such an admirable and mission-driven team at Methodist, where she hopes to find her niche and continue to grow as a person and physician. (She/her/hers)