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Third Year Residents

Abigail Miller, MD | Tulane University School of Medicine

Abigail is from small town southern Georgia. Her father is a general surgeon/primary care physician there. She received her medical education at Tulane University. She completed an intern year in general surgery at East Tennessee State University before changing fields and pursue a career in Family Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking vegetarian dishes and exploring Sacramento with her dachshund, Phoebe.

Cheng Nguyen-Xiong, MD | UC Davis School of Medicine

Cheng moved to the Sacramento area at a young age and fell in love with its diversity, people, weather and central location to the various adventures throughout California. She attended UC Davis for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Biological Sciences. After graduating, she worked in different capacities to help community members get approval and access to public programs such as CalWORKs, In Home Supportive Services, Medi-Cal and Sacramento’s County Medically Indigent Services Program (CMISP). It was in this capacity that she saw the necessity for more physicians in the underserved community and decided to fulfill her childhood aspirations of becoming a physician. She completed the UC Davis Postbaccaulareate Program and went on to obtain her medical education at UC Davis School of Medicine. Excited to join the Dignity Health Family, she sees it as an ideal opportunity to continue to pursue her professional interests of women and children’s health as a Family Medicine physician, while working with the urban underserved. Believing food is the best way to bring family and friends together, she enjoys cooking different ethnic foods with laughter and banter in the background. Her time is filled with traveling, organizing themed parties, live theater, paper crafting and appreciating all that goes into being a mom and wife.

Gabriel Reina, MD | UC Davis School of Medicine

Gabe was born and raised in Stanton, California and received his B.A. in History from California State University, Fresno. He fell in love with the High Sierra and could be found in the backcountry on most free weekends. While volunteering at a FQHC clinic in Sierra foothills, he developed an interest in rural underserved medicine. He earned his medical degree from UC Davis where he was part of the Rural PRIME program, which helped teach him how to address the health care barriers that rural communities and migrant farm workers face.  During medical school, he was also actively involved with mentoring pre-medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds. He was awarded the National Health Service Corps Student to Service Scholarship for his dedication to primary care for underserved communities. His professional interests include community and preventative health and full-spectrum care. Gabe is incredibly grateful to be a member of the Dignity Health family, to be living in a city he loves and working with colleagues who share his passion for the underserved. Outside of medicine, he loves spending time with family, backpacking, fishing, and reading history.

Javier Rodriguez, MD | University of Nevada School of Medicine

Javier was born and raised in the capital of Guatemala. In a developing country governed by poverty and limited medical access, he could only find hope in programs like UNICEF. Eventually, he and his hardworking family immigrated to the U.S. for a better life. Javier, from day one had a deep desire and ambition to take advantage of this opportunity and diligently pursued higher education in spite of the language barrier. The years passed and with the support of his family, he successfully completed his Bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada, Reno with honors in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology & Chemistry. He became a member of multiple national honor societies and a recognized Latino member in his community. Prior to medical school he conducted research in Microbiology and Virology. He was accepted in the University of Nevada School of Medicine where he conducted clinical research in diabetes and cancer and presented abstract presentations at national meetings across the country. While in medical school he also participated in the Student Outreach Clinic, serving the underserved. After experiencing limited health care access first-hand, his mission has been to narrow the gap between the underserved and health care. Javier knew that family medicine is at the battlefront of this mission and he is very excited to be a resident at Dignity Health where there is a focus on underserved medicine. Outside of medicine, Javier enjoys outdoor activities including, but not limited to, hiking, rock climbing, 4x4 off-roading and soccer.

Ahson Saeed, MD | Oregon Health and Science University

Ahson spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the small town of Corvallis, Oregon. He remained in Corvallis for his undergraduate degree attending Oregon State University where he received an Honors Bachelor of Science in Bio-Engineering. After graduating, Ahson spent time working in the tech industry before beginning his medical education at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Ahson has had an interest in Family Medicine which began well before the start of medical school. This interest became a passion during his time at a primary care oriented medical school. During high school, Ahson lived just outside of Sacramento and is happy to be back in the area. Ahson considers his family his highest priority, and enjoys spending time with his three children. Other interests include woodworking, travel, camping, being outdoors, and playing and following basketball.

Seema Shah, MD, MS | Medical College of Wisconsin

Seema was born and raised in San Jose, California. She received her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine. As an undergraduate student she had the opportunity to participate in research involving children with ADHD and autism, and following graduation she continued working in this field as a Social Skills Provider. She then returned to school and earned a master’s degree in Pharmacology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Seema received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and throughout her medical school career she played an active role in a scholarly project involving mandated reporting of suspected child abuse. Seema has a wide range of interests, including child advocacy, women’s health and underserved communities, to name just a few. She is excited to finally move back to Northern California and begin her residency training in Family Medicine. In her free time, Seema enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, watching scary movies, and hanging out with her buddy Eva, a beautiful and playful sun conure!