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Nicole was born and raised in Castro Valley, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she obtained a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies, as well as, a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Women's Studies. After graduating from Cal Poly, Nicole moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area to work in biomedical research and travel. After a few years she decided to head back to school. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans where she received a M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a M.S.P.H. in Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. She decided to stay in New Orleans to attend medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Since deciding to pursue a career in medicine she has had a passion for primary care, but it was during her time in New Orleans working with the homeless shelters, recovery treatment centers, primary care clinics, Chitimatcha Indian Reservation, and during medical mission trips abroad that the value of Family Medicine in being able to provide care to "any and all who walk through the doors," as well as, the importance 'continuity of care' plays in helping patients manage/improve their health became clear; thus, her decision to pursue a career in Family Medicine was solidified. Nicole is not only excited to be back in California close to family and friends but is extremely excited and honored to be a part of a community that is dedicated to caring for any and all in need; including the truly underserved and marginalized. Outside of medicine, she loves being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and watching her Bay Area sports teams.
Marlowe was born in Berkeley, CA and raised in Oakland, CA. While growing up she lived abroad multiple times and traveled throughout Asia, Australia and Europe. She saw extreme poverty at a young age, which engendered an interest in inequities and began her irrepressible desire to try to make things better. She received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and psychology from Smith College in Northampton, MA. Marlowe volunteered for multiple global health non-profits, a rural women and children’s medical clinic in the Dominican Republic and with a migrant farm worker clinic in Baja, Mexico. She also worked extensively with a pediatric global health non-profit dedicated to training doctors to use medical referencing software to care for impoverished children in public hospitals in Southeast Asia and East Africa. After these experiences Marlowe returned to the United States to pursue her Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley. Marlowe then received her medical degree from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She is thrilled to be training at a program that walks the walk when it comes to serving underserved populations. And it doesn’t hurt that she is back home in Northern California! She enjoys river rafting, river boarding, beach combing, swimming, soccer, hiking, backpacking, traveling, trying exotic food, spending time with friends and family, meeting new people and trying new things.
Devery Mitchell was born and raised in Napa, California. She then attended the University of Redlands in southern California where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and double minors in Chemistry and Poetry. After spending time doing migraine research and working as an emergency medicine scribe, she then matriculated to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. During her training at UCLA, she worked as an anatomy tutor and participated in a four piece medical student band as well as two a capella groups. At graduation, her colleagues and faculty selected her as a Gold Humanism Scholar. Her zeal for all things medicine led her to pursue a residency in Family Medicine- the only specialty that could encompass every one of her passions. Working in homeless clinics and FQHCs in Los Angeles also fueled her interest in patient advocacy and so during her intern year she completed the Copello Patient Advocacy Fellowship with the National Physician's Alliance. She hopes to continue on in her career as a rural family physician and advocate for the underserved and marginalized.
Ngabo is originally from the south Sacramento area, and is a graduate of Florin High School. He is the oldest child of two Rwandan Immigrants who came to this country seeking a brighter future for themselves and their children. Ngabo has always enjoyed studying science, history and the celebration of diversity and cultures. His journey to medicine began when he transferred from Cosumnes River College to UC Davis to earn his B.S.in nutrition science with a minor in Chicano studies. Ngabo then spent 2 years abroad serving as a Peace Corps community health volunteer in Rural Ecuador, before returning home to Sacramento to obtain to obtain his M.D. degree as part of the inaugural class for an accelerated primary care track at UC Davis School of Medicine. He is excited to be joining the Dignity Health family, in the same neighborhood he grew up in. Ngabo believes that health is one of those aspects that affects all areas of life, and wants to help his patients achieve optimal health so they can enjoy their lives to the fullest extent no matter where they live or their economic status.
Ben Oldach was born in Bangor, Maine, but grew up primarily in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in biology and sociology before pursuing a masters degree in public health focused on health behavior and promotion. Following graduation, he worked for the population sciences division of the James Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Ohio State University researching cancer screening behavior, tobacco cessation, and HPV vaccination. During this time, he drove around Appalachian Ohio interviewing patients about the impact their social and physical environment had on their health. He then entered medical school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine intending to become a family physician caring for under-served populations. Professionally, he is interested in health behavior change, caring for families and communities longitudinally, Osteopathic manipulation, and full spectrum family medicine. He lives with his wife, dog, cats, and chickens and enjoys all of the exciting outdoor activities Northern California has to offer.
Tamar was born in the land of milk and honey and was raised in Southern California. She received a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Art History from UCLA. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to participate in research involving the Hepatitis C virus. She was also the Director of Project Kids Korner, an organization that tutored and mentored underserved children from Northern Los Angeles. Following graduation Tamar finished a study abroad program in England and traveled throughout Europe, she then worked in the restaurant business in Chicago for a year before starting medical school. Tamar received her medical degree from the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in Connecticut and throughout her medical school career she played an active role in student government serving as the inaugural class’s Vice President. She developed an interest in global medicine (and eating tlayuda’s) after doing an away elective in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Tamar has a wide range of interests, including women’s health, underserved communities and emergency medicine. She is extremely excited to finally be back to California and begin her residency training. In her free time, Tamar enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, traveling, eating anything with avocados, arts/crafts, snowboarding and hanging out with her friends.
Enkhee, or NK, was born in Mongolia and moved to the U.S. with her family when she was young, settling in Berkeley, CA. She truly enjoyed the diversity and culture that the Bay Area had to offer, but moved to Davis to pursue her life-long goal of becoming a physician. She went to the University of California, Davis for both her undergrad and medical degree. As an undergraduate, she majored in biochemistry, religious studies, and writing. Throughout her education, she has been a firm believer of balance between knowledge of the physical sciences as well as the social sciences, and remains convinced that neither can answer all alone, but that the two together may get closer. During her college and medical school career, she worked at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic as a volunteer where her experiences serving patients who had language, cultural, and even document barriers instilled even greater motivation to pursue a career in family medicine. Her cultural background also plays a large influence in how she hopes to practice medicine. She believes that a true family medicine physician is capable of helping anyone from children to grandparents and should always push the limits of what physicians can do for the people we serve.
Mai Cher was born in Stockton, California and moved to Sacramento as a young child with her family. She enjoys all that beautiful Sacramento has to offer which is why she never went far. She attended a local high school, Valley High, and the local community college, Cosumnes River College. Growing up within the heart of South Sacramento, she saw firsthand the health care needs of the diverse underserved populations. She was inspired to pursue a career in medicine so that she could give back to this community and become a voice for those in need. She transferred to UC Davis as a pre-med where she majored in Biology with an emphasis in Neuro-physiology and Biology. She then went on to obtain her medical education at UC Davis School of Medicine, where she co-founded the HLUB (Hmong Lifting Underserved Barriers) student-run clinic which provides free culturally and linguistically appropriate care to the local Hmong community. She enjoys mentoring and teaching local high school and college students, hoping to serve as a reminder that if she could reach her dreams, so can they. She is ecstatic to be a part of the Dignity Health Family, a place where she will be able to grow and gain extensive skills as a Family Medicine physician while serving her community. She enjoys spending time with her partner and her very large family-which includes 5 sisters, 4 brothers, and tons of adorable neices and nephews. Additionally, she loves traveling, exploring different cultures, and cooking (can't forget eating too, which is her favorite part!).