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Sarah Chaffin, MD | UC Davis School of Medicine
Sarah was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended UC San Diego, where she earned a degree in Biochemistry and English Literature. Bitten by the travel bug and nursing a serious case of wanderlust, Sarah spent a few months in the Ecuadorian Amazon and some time in rural villages of Mozambique; these experiences deeply shaped her, eventually leading her to pursue a medical degree at UC Davis. For Sarah, training with the Methodist Family Medicine program is a dream come true given a shared passion for underserved communities, global health, and whole person care! She is deeply thankful for the love and support of her family, her wonderful fiancé, and amazing friends who help her to find the grace in each day. Her life would not be the same without God. She enjoys a cup of black coffee on a cold day, painting flowers, cooking and sharing meals with loved ones, and that magic light that sneaks through the trees on late summer afternoons.
Suzanne Dela Cuesta, MD | UC Davis School of Medicine
Born in Oakland and raised in Fremont, CA, Suzanne is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA with a double major in Biology and English. After a brief stint as a writer, she returned to science and worked as a researcher at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. While working, she volunteered at a number of community clinics throughout the Bay Area where she developed a desire to enter medicine to help the underserved. She went on to attend the UCSF Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program and obtained her medical education at the UC Davis School of Medicine. There she served as Co-Director of the Bayanihan Student-Run Clinic and volunteered abroad through Medicos: the Kenya Project. Her professional interests include working with urban underserved populations, community health, and full-spectrum family medicine. She also enjoys traveling, writing, eating, singing, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Glenn Gookin, MD, PhD | University of Central Florida
Glenn grew up in Lake Arrowhead, California. He attended University of California, Irvine where he majored in Biological Sciences. After graduating, he traveled to Thailand and worked as a laboratory technician in an air pollution health effects lab at UC Irvine. Excited by the fieldwork, bench work and public health outcomes, he entered the graduate program in Environmental Toxicology. While completing his doctorate, he co-founded the first student-run free clinic at UC Irvine and, most importantly, met his wife Karina. Glenn traveled to Orlando, Florida to complete medical school at the University of Central Florida. He continued to pursue his interests in underserved medicine by co-founding the student-run free clinic at UCF. Those primary care experiences and the family medicine faculty he worked with confirmed his passion for family medicine. An away rotation in Sacramento made him realize what an amazing city it is and the mission of the Methodist Family Medicine Program was exactly in line with his ideals. In his free time he enjoys basketball, hiking, climbing, running, and is excited to have Lake Tahoe so close. His professional interests include preventative health, global health, and family medicine advocacy.
Karina Gookin, MD, MS | University of California, Irvine
Karina was born and raised in Norwalk, California. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. Prior to medical school, she did research at the University of California, Irvine on the health effects of air pollution and received funding to obtain her Master's degree in Environmental Toxicology. It was in this lab that she met her husband, Glenn Gookin, now a fellow resident. She went on to receive her medical degree from UC Irvine. As the daughter of two Mexican immigrants, Karina has a strong interest in underserved medicine and pipeline programs. She was co-founder of the UC Irvine Outreach Clinic, a student-run clinic dedicated to serving a federally recognized medically underserved community, and was heavily involved with UCI LMSA and their mentorship program. Karina is very excited to be a resident at Mercy/Methodist where there is a focus on underserved medicine. She looks forward to the broad spectrum training and living in a city that she loves. Outside of medicine, she can be found running, reading, crafting and watching Harry Potter movies.
Hao “Harry” Li, MD | UC Davis School of Medicine
Harry was born in Shanghai, China and immigrated to the States when he was 3. His family moved all over the country, and ultimately settled in the Bay Area. Growing up in a multicultural environment, he quickly discovered his passion for languages and cultures. At UCLA he completed a major in Asian Humanities and a minor in Spanish. Though he loved the weather and food of SoCal, the horrendous traffic drove him back up north to UC Davis for medical school. Harry likes to spend time with his family and friends, travel, cook, watch Asian drama, drink boba, and take naps. He is excited to finally start working after 20 years of school, and looks forward to the next three years at Methodist and a future in family medicine.
Amanda Woodward, MD | University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Amanda, a Nebraska native, graduated from Doane College with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She moved to Sacramento to start her Family Medicine residency at Methodist Hospital in July of 2015 where she will be developing her career in full-spectrum practice Family Medicine. Amanda is excited to be making the move to California and joining the Dignity Health family. In her free time she enjoys exploring her new home, running, hiking, playing sand volleyball, watching Husker football and spending time with her friends and family.
Paterra Yang, MD | UC Davis School of Medicine
Paterra grew up in Oroville, California. She completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, Chico, majoring in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology. She attended medical school at UC Davis School of Medicine. Her interests in medicine include women's health, global health, and underserved communities. She is happy to be staying in northern California and joining the Dignity Health team. In her free time, Paterra enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and fishing.