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Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program has over 50 faculty members that are directly involved with resident teaching, representing many disciplines throughout the residency program.

  • Each service has "registrars" - most are Family Medicine Physicians with additional training and experience, whether OB, pediatrics, intensive care or surgery
  • Our registrar system allows for teaching always through the eyes of a Family Medicine Physician
  • Simultaneously, the resident gets "expert" knowledge through the eyes of the "specialist"
  • Faculty is culturally diverse

Brian Johnson, MD
Program Director
Clinical Focus Area: Inpatient Medicine/Ambulatory Care
Residency: University of New Mexico
Medical School: University Of Washington

A native of Seattle, Washington, and graduate of UW School of Medicine, I did my training at the University of New Mexico, completing my family medicine residency in 2009. In 2010, I joined CCRMC where I have had the great opportunity to work with and train our dynamite residents. My broader interests in medicine include Global Health and Health Professional Education. I joined the Residency Leadership Group in 2011 and became the Associate Program Director in 2013. I also have an interest in Faculty Development and helped direct the UCSF FM Faculty Development Fellowship from 2013-2018. Beyond CCRMC, my wife and I spend our time trying to keep up with our daughter, Ezzie, who spends her days kicking the soccer ball and getting into good trouble. Georgie, our COVID rescue, fills out the family, and keeps us happy leading us on slow walks around the neighborhood.

Estela Hernandez, MD
Associate Program Director
Clinical Focus Area: Emergency Medicine
Residency: Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency
Medical School: UC Davis School of Medicine

I attended UC Davis School of Medicine, did a sub-I in medicine at what was then Merrithew Hospital, fell in love with this place and the patients and continue to feel at home. I completed my residency in 2001 and joined the Emergency Department full time while still doing my clinic and monthly shifts in Labor and Delivery. After much deliberation, I now only work in the ED where I continue to enjoy working for and with our underserved patients. I love the hands-on learning, speaking Spanish with my patients and teaching residents. My other passion is working with the residency program to recruit and retain a more diverse resident cohort. I love spending time with family and friends, especially my two young kids, Cristian and Camila. I also enjoy dancing, cooking, and running with my German Shepard, Lulu.

Leah Romito, MD
Associate Program Director
Clinical Focus Area: Primary Care
Residency: Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

Although I grew up in sunny Southern California, for a change of scenery I moved to the East Coast for college, a Masters degree, and ultimately medical school at Boston University. After working in various underserved communities in Boston and training at a hospital that champions Exceptional Care Without Exception, I was looking for a family medicine program to reflect that mission. When I rotated at Contra Costa as a medical student, I knew I found my place and my people. I stayed on as faculty after I graduated in 2014 and in addition to outpatient clinic, educating residents has become a passion of mine. Outside of CCRMC, my husband, three kids, dog and I love to go on hikes and play in the water (while the cat gets to rule to roost at home!).

Angela Tambunting Echiverri, MD, MPH
Core Faculty: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship (IDEA), Community Health
Clinical Focus: Primary Care
Residency: UCSF Family & Community Medicine Residency Program at San Francisco General Hospital
Medical School: UCSF School of Medicine, PRIME-Urban Underserved

I came to Contra Costa in 2015 and serve as a family medicine physician at North Richmond and faculty in our residency with a passion and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; community engagement; and strengthening health career pathways. I have grounded my work in urban under-resourced communities in various capacities including pediatric literacy programming at the Venice Family Clinic, African American health disparities research at Charles Drew University and policy and advocacy on health workforce diversity at Greenlining Institute. I completed my MPH at Johns Hopkins in social behavioral sciences, graduated from UCSF School of Medicine's PRIME Urban Underserved, trained in Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and was a 2018 Health Equity Fellow at George Washington University. I enjoy exploring Bay Area neighborhoods and local arts and food scene; disrupting racism and advocating for equity, justice, and diversity; supporting local artists; and spending time with my family, partner and baby boy.

Ne (Melissa) Ferguson, MD
Core Faculty: Undergraduate Medical Education & Recruitment
Clinical Focus Area: Inpatient Medicine, Point of Care Ultrasound
Residency: Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency
Medical School: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

I grew up in Southern California and came back to the west coast for residency at Contra Costa (by way of the Indiana, Washington DC, Chile, Peru, New York City and Chicago). Here, I found like-minded individuals passionate about providing excellent care for underserved communities and have stayed ever since. I primarily work with residents as an inpatient registrar and am part of the core faculty for the residency. Finding a good work environment is always about being surrounded by those that challenge and inspire you. I'm lucky to feel that way on a consistent basis at CCRMC. Outside of work, my husband and I (a fellow CCRMC alum) try to get outside as much as possible with our two boys and experience the diverse cuisine, music and neighborhoods the bay area has to offer.

Patty Hennigan, PhD
Core Faculty: Behavioral Medicine & Wellness
Clinical Focus: Pain and Wellness Groups
Psychology Internship: Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
Graduate School: California School of Professional Psychology

Born and raised in Virginia, I came to Contra Costa as a psychology intern in 1993 and ended my internship year thinking it would be my dream job to work here someday. After working with Berkeley Primary Care and the Berkeley Mobile Crisis and Homeless Outreach Teams, I was thrilled to return to Contra Costa in 2001. I love working with the underserved and with such talented and dedicated Family Medicine faculty and residents. My clinical interests are in community and health psychology, integrative medicine, and motivational interviewing. I specialize in working with chronic pain patients. I love teaching residents Behavioral Medicine and supporting their well-being and growth throughout residency. Outside of work, I enjoy time with my husband and son, friends, reading, travel, and cheering on the Warriors and Giants.

Skender Najibi, MD
Core Faculty: Longitudinal and Specialty Ambulatory Education
Clinical Focus: Primary Care, Chronic Pain
Residency: Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program
Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine

After completing medical school in Portland Oregon at OHSU, I moved back to my home state of California where I completed residency at the CCFMRP in 2021. Shortly after graduating, I started my full-time outpatient practice at my continuity clinic from residency, the West County Health Center. In January of 2022, I was appointed as the chronic pain consultant for West County and now see patients in my own chronic pain clinics while supporting my colleagues in this new role. I joined the core faculty in June of 2022 because of my interest in teaching and resident education, to support and contribute to the outpatient residency curriculum, and to build a framework for continuity mentorship for residents in the outpatient teaching experience.

Angela Rodgers, MD, FAAFP
Core Faculty: Wellness, Health Equity, Academic Medicine
Clinical Focus: Emergency Medicine
Residency: Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program, Chief Resident
Medical School: UC Davis School of Medicine, Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS)

Advocacy, education, and wellness are passions of mine. As a first-generation college and professional school graduate, I am the proud product of incredible preparatory programs such as Upward Bound, the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), and the Medical Student Preparatory Education Program (MSPEP). As a woman of color from a community historically underrepresented in medicine, I value serving and advocating for those from vulnerable communities. I joined the core faculty in the summer of 2022 and love being a part of this amazing team. After completing the UCSF Faculty Development Fellowship and the inaugural AAFP Leading Physician Well-being (LPW) Program, I spend my time engaged in educating both clinical and well-being related topics. When I am not on shift, I love exercising, sleeping, and spending time with my partner and our 2 cats (sisters Coco and Chai).

Michel Sam, MD, MS, MS
Core Faculty: Family Medicine Ambulatory Education
Clinical Focus: Primary Care
Residency: Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program
Medical School: UCSF School of Medicine, Joint Medical Program

Before pursuing a medical career, I spent several years designing prosthetic feet for landmine survivors in low-income countries. I then graduated from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program in 2008 and came to CCRMC for residency to pursue my lifelong commitment to social justice and working with the underserved. I have loved working here ever since and currently provide care to a very diverse family medicine panel at West County Health Center. I am proud to lead the ambulatory side of our program where I can teach like-minded residents who are dedicated to working in low-resource settings. Outside of work I treasure spending time with my beautiful family (both our children were born in our hospital), as well as surfing, wingsurfing, and snowboarding.

Karen Alingog, MD
Residency Faculty: Course Supervisor for CODA (Care of the Dependent Adult),
Family Medicine Essentials, Resident Advisor
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic

I completed my Family Medicine residency training at CCRMC in 2008. In 2009, I started precepting at Pittsburg Health Center and have enjoyed tremendously the opportunity to work closely with our amazing residents. I then joined the Residency Leadership Group (RLG) in 2010 and have learned various leadership, communication & interpersonal skills. I am currently the co-chair of the Ambulatory Curricular Group and in July 2011, became one of the Assistant Program Directors with a focus on faculty and resident development and support. I love spending time with family & friends, especially with my husband and my young son. I enjoy reading, dancing, hiking and became a certified instructor for women's kickboxing last year.

Kevin Bergman, MD
Residency Faculty: Global Health Fellowship Co-Chair
Clinical Focus Area: Emergency Medicine, point of care ultrasound, global health

I'm passionate about teaching residents, doing ethical global health work, and teaching point-of-care ultrasound to the next generation of family physicians. Currently I'm the co-director the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency's global health and ultrasound programs and am also a full-time provider in the Emergency Department at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. I'm on the Board of Directors of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education, an official consultant to the International Consensus Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education, was the founding Vice Chair of the American Association of Family Practice (AAFP) Ultrasound Member Interest Group, and was a contributing author of the POCUS guidelines for the AAFP. I co-founded World Altering Medicine, an NGO which provides medical and surgical care to rural patients in Malawi where I return yearly since his my visit in 2002. I'm a graduate of Duke University, George Washington University Medical Center, the Santa Rosa Community Family Medicine Program, the University of Tennessee Jackson Emergency Medicine Fellowship, and the Ultrasound Leadership Academy Ultrasound Fellowship.

Ali Block, MD
Residency Faculty: Course Supervisor for Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic, Women's Health

Originally from New York City, I migrated to California after graduating from college and have been a Bay Area enthusiast ever since. After graduating from medical school at UCSF I completed the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency program, where I grew my passions for women's health, integrative medicine, and care of the underserved. I was lucky to land her dream job at CCRMC in 2014 teaching residents, coordinating the reproductive health curriculum, and providing full-spectrum care to my patients. I also have a special interest in storytelling and am the Executive Producer of The Nocturnists, a physician storytelling event series and podcast. In my ever diminishing free moments I enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

Kaitlin HollandBerry, MD
Residency Faculty: Resident Advisor; Continuing Medical Education Committee Chair
Clinical Focus Area: Inpatient Medicine

I grew up in Oakland and never imagined I would live east of the Caldecott. Then, I found the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency with its effort to empower authentic capable residents and to care for our community's most disenfranchised, and I have been proudly living in and working for the county ever since. I work primarily with residents as a hospitalist. I am the chair of the county's Continuing Medical Education Committee and am a member of the Selection and the IRB committees. I identify as a queer femme and live happily in Port Costa with my wife and two ridiculous dogs.

Neil Jayasekera, MD
Residency Faculty: Global Health Fellowship Co-Chair, Resident Advisor
Clinical Focus Area: Emergency Medicine, Point of Care Ultrasound

I was hooked on Contra Costa after I did a surgery Sub-I. I finished my residency in Family Medicine at Contra Costa in 1997 and I have never left home. As an Attending in the Emergency Department, I enjoy teaching residents evidence based medicine, procedural skills, principles of Global Health and bedside, point-of-care ultrasound. I am the Global Health and Ultrasound Director for the Residency. (See our Global Health page on the Residency website). Outside of work, I enjoy austere/disaster medicine and I have been an expedition doctor for the Juneau Ice field Research Program as well as a long term member of Oakland FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, Fremont Disaster Medical Team, and Relief International. As a physician member of these disaster medical teams I have been deployed to hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and other disasters both nationally and internationally. I believe in community service and I am the Team Leader of the Contra Costa Medical Reserve Corps. My training at Contra Costa has been perfect for doing all of the above!! My biggest joy in life is my family and I love to hang out with my beautiful wife, Leah, and my two girls, Sophia and Audrey. I relax and find solice in pretty much anything that gets me outdoors with my family.

Geena Jester, MD
Residency Faculty: Hospital Medicine Course Supervisor, Resident Advisor; Department of Hospital Medicine Assistant Chair
Clinical Focus Area: Inpatient Medicine

I came to CCRMC to do my sub-internship because I wanted to see what vigorous inpatient family medicine training looked like, and I felt an instant fit with the mission and the people here. I was lucky enough to match at our program and completed my training in 2014. Since then I have stayed on to work as a hospitalist, which allows me to work closely with the residents during business hours as well as evenings/nights/weekends/holidays. I balance my work life with the help of my husband, a blues musician, and by gardening, working out, volunteering locally, and getting out to enjoy nature when I can!

Scott Karpowicz, MD
Educational Site Lead - Martinez
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic

After growing up in the Richmond district of San Francisco, I headed east for college at Brown and medical school at Georgetown. Itching to get back to the Golden State, I trained at the Sutter Santa Rosa residency program and joined CCRMC in 2015, based at the Martinez Health Center. I love the environment of teaching, learning and idealism here—it constantly inspires me to continue to evolve into a better physician and healer. I am passionate about primary care, the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and the transformative power of family medicine for our health care system and society. When not in clinic, I enjoy cooking from the garden for friends and family, mindfulness meditation and exploring the world.

Mana Pirnia, MD
Course Supervisor - Family Medicine Clinic
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic

I come to CCRMC by way of Southern California, where I attended osteopathic medical school and studied public health. I fell in love with Contra Costa's full spectrum family medicine training during my internal medicine sub-I in 2013, graduated from the residency program in 2016, and have stayed on since to practice family medicine in a variety of settings and continue to work with our amazing residents both as a clinic preceptor and family medicine course facilitator. I am perpetually impressed with the compassion, focus and energy each class brings to our community. Outside of work, I can be found at my pottery wheel in my shed, in the garden, or on one of our amazing Bay Area trails.

Ashley Porteus, DO
Residency Faculty: Course Supervisor for General Surgery
Clinical Focus Area: Inpatient Medicine, Palliative Care, Wound Care

I grew up in Portland, OR and never thought I would leave the Northwest. However, life doesn't always go according to plans and I ended up moving to Southern California for medical school. This decision changed my life forever as I met my husband in medical school and together we pursued our passion of working with the underserved by going to residency here at CCRMC. After graduating from residency I joined the Department of Hospital Medicine and am also the course supervisor for the General Surgery Rotation. I love our hospital culture, the interdisciplinary comradery, and working together to provide compassionate care to a vulnerable patient population. Our registrar system is one of a kind and allows tailored learning to meet the needs of a changing medical culture. When I'm not at work, my husband (also a Hospitalist at CCRMC) and I enjoy traveling, getting outdoors and hanging out with our 3 crazy toddlers!

Michel Sam, MD, MS, MS
Residency Faculty: West County Health Center Educational Site Lead, Resident Advisor
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic, Minor Procedures

Before pursuing a medical career, I spent several years designing prosthetic feet for landmine survivors in low-income countries. I then graduated from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program in 2008 and came to CCRMC for residency because I knew it would give me the best training to work with the underserved. I have loved working here ever since. I became a lead preceptor in 2013 and greatly enjoy teaching our stellar residents. I am also appreciative of the breadth of opportunities that CCRMC offers: in addition to a very diverse family practice panel at West County Health Center, I also provide outpatient minor procedures and work in South East Asian language clinics. Outside of work I treasure spending time with my beautiful wife and beautiful baby (who was born at our hospital), as well as surfing, windsurfing, or snowboarding.

Trisha Schimek, MD
Residency Faculty: Pittsburg Health Center Educational Site Lead
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic, Global Health, Transgender medicine, Maternal and Child Health

I pursued a career in medicine to care for underserved populations. Thus, I was attracted to CCRMC because I wanted to work with like minded colleagues with a similar mission. I was also excited to share my love for Family Medicine and teach at a residency program that is committed to creating compassionate, well-rounded physicians that are equipped to care for a diverse population. I was born and raised in Minnesota and hold onto the Midwest values of caring for our neighbors. My educational path has allowed me to live in a variety of places, starting in New Orleans to complete my bachelors and Masters in Public Health in Tropical Medicine at Tulane, next to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and finally to University of Wisconsin, Madison, to complete my Family Medicine Residency. My passion for global health and previous experience working in Latin America motivated me to complete the UCSF HEAL Global Health Fellowship where I worked in rural Chiapas, Mexico with Compañeros en Salud as well as with Indian Health Service in Shiprock, NM. My interests outside of medicine include spending time with my husband and daughter, salsa dancing, searching food blogs for fun recipes, and anything that will take me outdoors: hiking, biking, camping, running.

Alan Siegel, MD
Residency Faculty: Preceptor Retreat Lead
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic

I have been at Contra Costa since 1999 after training at University of Virginia. I have been involved with resident education and teaching, faculty development, and med staff education. Presently, I am a Lead Preceptor, helping to oversee outpatient resident education and our UCSF medical student program. I also lead our Art of Health and Healing program, bringing the arts into our healthcare system. When not at work, I help keep up with my amazing toddler. I've also have been leading a band as the guitarist over the last 5 years.

Priyanka Tulshian, MD
Residency Faculty: Educational Lead for Evidence Based Medicine and Scholarship, Resident Advisor
Clinical Focus Area: Inpatient Medicine, Academic Medicine

I moved from the east coast to CCRMC for the global health fellowship and fell in love with the patients, the physicians, and the community here. I like to encourage residents and faculty alike to engage in research and scholarship to showcase all the innovation and contributions that our team makes towards improving the health of our patients. I enjoy spending time with friends and family during my off time.

Sergio Urcuyo, MD
Residency Faculty: Resident Advisor; Hospital Medical Director
Clinical Focus Area: Inpatient Medicine, ICU

The path leading me here was a bit circuitous. I studied business economics and accounting before working as a business and technology consultant. Then a case of appendicitis and a sense that I was meant for something more meaningful pulled me into medicine. I spent much of medical school intending on becoming a surgeon of some sort, but ultimately, I was drawn to the broad scope and close interpersonal connections that Family Medicine fosters. And then I found CCRMC, which is where I found so many others who feel like I do: that everyone deserves excellent healthcare. Here, I learned how to take care of patients in many different arenas, and I learned that some training and a can-do attitude gets you a long way in this field. I stayed on after residency to teach on the inpatient services where I enjoy working with residents and honing my hospital and critical care skills. In my spare time I enjoy running, skiing, music, and spending time with my friends and family.

Jim Walls, MD
Course Supervisor - Medicine Outpatient, Clinics
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic, Minor Procedures

Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, I spent my first four years after college working in R&D at for a consumer product company. I grew disillusioned with the corporate world and wanted to do something more meaningful. I initially thought I wanted to do Emergency Medicine, but after ER and FQHC experience, I saw how much of a difference continuity can make and how lack of access to quality primary care led to preventable acute care visits. For residency, CCRMC was my #1 choice because I was looking for an unopposed program that would provide rigorous, broad-spectrum training, which would prepare me to provide quality primary care for underserved patients. And CCRMC did not disappoint. But it's the people at CCRMC that really make this place special and that is the reason why I stayed on after finishing my residency training in 2014. I am a husband, a father, a PCP at the West County Health Center, a rotation supervisor for the residency program, and a preceptor. I have a specialized interest in clinical procedures.

Lauren Wondolowski, MD
Residency Faculty: OB Clerkship Lead, Resident Advisor
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic, Women's Health, L&D

As a Contra Costa County native, it is a privilege to work in the county where I was raised. I spent several years away for college (New Hampshire) and medical school (Ohio), and when I decided to pursue family medicine training Contra Costa was a natural fit. Not only did I find excellent, unopposed, full-spectrum clinical training, but I also joined a group a dedicated and compassionate people focused on providing care to under-resourced communities. When I graduated in 2015, I was thrilled to join the medical staff and faculty. Currently, about half of my time is spent in family medicine clinic with my continuity panel in Pittsburg and half in the Ob/Gyn department working in inpatient and outpatient settings. I work with our inspiring residents across all areas of my work, and this remains the most rewarding part of my job. Outside of work, I spend time with my husband and our baby boy, black lab, and extended families.

Aneela Ahmed, MD

I am a Geriatric Psychiatrist at CCRMC, the place I love. I graduated from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan and completed my Psychiatry residency and Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at a renowned geriatrics program at UTSW in Dallas, Texas in 1999. I started my career at CCRMC in August 1999, thinking I would move to another job in CA soon thereafter. But almost 15 years later, I am still at CCRMC. I have great passion to serve the elderly in Contra Costa County. I love my job. What also keeps me so interested in CCRMC is the Family Practice Residency program. I am very lucky to work with dedicated, motivated, intelligent, empathic residents. Every day, I learn something from them. I enjoy teaching and interacting with residents - having fun, seeing patients with them and igniting a passion to care for the elderly. I am very lucky to be part of this strong residency program. In my fifteen years here, I have seen many residents bloom into extraordinary faculty members.

Vijay Bhandari, MD
Internal Medicine

I went to the UC-Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program, then did my residency in Internal Medicine at UCSF, where I graduated in 2008. I've been at CCRMC ever since, and I can't imagine working anywhere else! What drew me to CCRMC was the incredible sense of warmth and comradery, the vulnerable yet resilient patients we serve, and my passion for teaching. Ever since my involvement with Teach For America (Corps year '97), I knew I wanted teaching to be at the core of my job as a physician, and I love how our extraordinary residents keep me on my toes. I work in the hospitalist group at CCRMC, Internal Medicine clinic at the Concord Health Center, and Endocrinology clinic at the Pittsburgh Health Center. Outside of work, I love going on adventures with my wife, Melanie, and our 2 children, Thomas and Sage.

Judy Bliss, MD
Family Medicine
Clinical Focus Area: Ob/Gyn, HIV Medicine

I have been at CCRMC since 1989 working primarily in obstetrics, gynecology, and HIV medicine. I enjoy working all the time, especially with the residents delivering babies. I have spent time recently working in Indonesia and Tanzania and I support the residents spending time overseas during residency. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my colleagues – we recently did the John Muir Trail.

Stu Forman, MD
Family Medicine
Clinical Focus Area: ICU, Gastroenterology

Stuart Forman graduated from the CCRMC Family Medicine Residency in 1993 and never left. Before his daughter was born he did everything from C-sections to debriding gunshot wounds, but he's settled down since and now is the Medical Director of the ICU. He also is a part time Gastroenterology Registrar doing full spectrum GI procedures and is a Family Medicine Surgery Registrar. His special interests are procedural medicine, including ultrasound, and critical care medicine. He is the founder of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Hospital Medicine and Procedural Training, and has published two articles on procedural training in Family Medicine residencies in the Family Medicine Journal. A geek in every sense of the word, he is an avid amateur astronomer and he knows his way around a 20-sided die.

Kim Haglund, MD
Family Medicine
Clinical Focus Area: Inpatient Medicine, Inpatient Informatics

I went to University of Michigan for medical school and have been at CCRMC since 2001. I started as an attending in the Surgery Department after graduating in 2004. After doing full-spectrum Family Practice and inpatient Family Medicine Surgery Service for 8 years, I gave up my family practice clinic to take on my half-time Inpatient Informatics role in February 2013. In that role, I focus on tweaking ccLink, our electronic health record (Epic-based), so that review of patient information and workflows for hospital staff are as streamlined as possible. I still do a lot of inpatient clinical work and have a special interest in wound care. If you want to learn how to do a toe amputation, I can teach you. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time in the summer up in the mountains with my dog and friends.

Tom McCoy, DO
Family Medicine
Clinical Focus Area: Emergency Medicine Department Chair

Dr. McCoy is a native Californian who had the pleasure of growing up in a small Midwestern town of 4000 people before eventually finding his way back home to the West Coast. Dr. McCoy completed his residency training at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center where he is the current Chief of the Emergency Department. He continues to play an active role in residency training and teaches point of care ultrasound courses to both residents and attending physicians. When not working, Dr. McCoy enjoys fly fishing, camping and spending time with his beautiful wife, two amazing children and lovable dog.

Jamie Pehling, MD
Family Medicine
Clinical Focus Area: Family Medicine Clinic, HIV Medicine

Jamie Pehling graduated from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program in 2003 and was a resident at CCRMC from 2003 to 2006. Since then he has practiced family and HIV medicine at Richmond Health Center, which is now the West County Health Center. He serves on the Residency Leadership Group Selection Committee and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees. His interests include health informatics, science fiction, and sustainable living.

Lisa Rodelo, MD
Family Medicine
Clinical Focus Area: OB, Women's Health

Hi! I graduated this residency program in 2013 and then joined the OB/GYN department afterwards, where I really enjoy teaching the residents and fostering a sense of pride and joy in their work with pregnant and laboring women. I also work in Addiction Medicine, and have developed an interest in working with moms who struggle with substance use disorders. Finally, I also enjoy rounding on the inpatient medicine service every so often to keep up my hospitalist skills. My favorite job, however, is being a mama to an energetic toddler and a wife to an extremely supportive and loving husband.

Ashley Tyrrel, MD

I was raised in Redwood City, CA by a pair of loving hippies. In college, I volunteered with various programs working with high-risk children and at community clinics before graduating from UC Davis with a degree in cell and molecular biology and cultural anthropology. I then worked as a counselor in a group home with young boys who suffered from severe psychological and mental conditions resulting in them being too dangerous to live at home with their families. I also worked abroad, providing healthcare with an emphasis on childhood illness treatment and prevention in a wide range of rural and underserved communities around the world. In 2008, I attended Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and after graduation, came back to California and completed my pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland. I have worked at CCRMC at a pediatric hospitalist since my graduation. At home, I have a wonderful husband Jonathan and two awesome kids, David and Lauren. I like to read, be active, travel, and play sports.

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