Class of 2016

Revery Barnes MD


MD: Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM), Havana, Cuba

I discovered my passion for medicine at the age of 17 while working for a local youth empowerment program in my hometown of San Francisco. Through this experience, I began to view medicine as a mechanism for social change, where true health is a reflection of the entire society, community and family as well as the individual. It is important not only to identify the factors that cause disparities, but also to create tools that empower people to make change in their communities. To that end, I am committed to working to reduce inequities in society, particularly in health and healthcare.

 LA County HIV Public Health Fellowship

Jennifer Brown MD


MD: University of Washington School of Medicine
BA: Anthropology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The educational path to my medical degree has been purposefully meandering and has offered me opportunities for personal growth in many areas. I majored in Anthropology but have also always had an interest in science, thus my educational background ended up providing me the opportunity of meshing the biological with the social, which is medicine. I identified family medicine as a good fit for similar reasons. I’ve come to appreciate how the unique role of a family medicine doctor allows her to foster a relationship with the patient through insight into that person’s life, providing a more complete understanding of the disease process and an equally broad spectrum of interventions. I enjoy the broadness of medicine and I see myself striving to acquire a large repertoire of medical skills and knowledge, engage in continuous learning in other areas related to patient care, and develop long lasting relationships with many patients from various backgrounds.

Working per Diem in Redondo Beach 

Rebecca Cohen MD, MPH


MD: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY
MPH: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY
BA: Art and Semiotics, Brown University

Prior to medical school, Dr. Cohen worked as a video and film editor. As a freelancer, she was often without insurance and experienced first hand the struggles of accessing health care in this country. Now as a clinician, she wants to help make the medical experience safer and more seamless for patients during such stressful and vulnerable times in their lives. She is excited to be practicing family medicine because of the connections to community and the quality of the relationship with patients that is characteristic of the family medicine practitioner. She is dedicated to working with underserved populations and aims to integrate an understanding of the social and environmental determinants of health to provide the best possible care for all of her patients.

Pacific AIDS Education and Training HIV Fellowship and LA County HIV Public Health Fellowship

Christine Dao MD


MD: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
BS: Physiological Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Christine grew up in Long Beach, CA. The integration of care within the context of family and community was one of the many reasons why Christine chose Family Medicine. She believes understanding a patient within the context of community enables physicians to better advocate for patients in this increasingly complex health care system. During medical school Christine was an integral part of the medical student organization Operation Helping Hands, which worked to collect medicine, school supplies, toys and clothing to the School of Angels in Taisha, Ecuador. She volunteered at the Jeanie Schmidt Clinic in Fairfax, VA where she helped perform health screening and follow-up visits for the uninsured and low-income residents of Fairfax County.

Kaiser Permanente- South Bay

Asia De La Torre MD


MD: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
BA: Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

Asia was born and raised in the Salinas Valley of Northern California where agriculture is the way of life. Growing up there, she was surrounded by an environment that lacked sufficient health care. Due to her personal experiences growing up in an underserved community,she gained a unique perspective to comprehend and value the importance of serving communities like her hometown,which is why choosing to become a Family Medicine physician and training at Harbor-UCLA was the perfect fit for her. Asia has special interest in Women’s health and Adolescent Medicine and plans to commit extra focus in these aspects of Family Medicine in her future career.

LA County Ambulatory Care Network- Bellflower

Tasha Dixon MD, MPH


MD: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science/ Chicago Medical School
MPH: University of Texas School of Public Health
BS: Biology, Prairie View A & M University

Tasha first fell in love with family medicine during her third year clerkship. She firmly believes family medicine stands at the forefront of preventative medicine. Tasha appreciates that family medicine provides the unique opportunity to provide primary care in the community while tailoring her career to concentrate on areas that she’s passionate about. Tasha chose the Harbor UCLA Family Medicine program because of its amazing community outreach opportunities and its dedication to cultivate physicians to take over the world! During residency, Tasha has continued interests in adolescent medicine, women’s health and urban/underserved medicine. She serves on multiple committees in the residency program, in the hospital and CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents). After residency, Tasha plans on pursuing a fellowship in adolescent medicine and a career in public health. As a National Health Service Corp Scholar, Tasha has a strong desire to give back to her community, with a specific focus on preventing teen pregnancy, transmission of STDs among the youth and behavioral health. Tasha proudly trains at Harbor, following in the footsteps of many others to become an excellent family physician, contribute to the field and make a difference in the community.

LA County Ambulatory Care Network- Martin Luther King MAC

Michelle Garrido MD, MS


MD: University of Illinois, Chicago
MS: Biology, CSUN
BA: Physiological Science, Psychobiology, UCLA

Michelle, an active visionary, dreamed of becoming a doctor since childhood. During college, Michelle helped set up medical clinics in Tijuana, Mexico, mentored at-risk high school youth, and did clinical research at Harbor UCLA. She spent several memorable summers as a counselor for children at Camp Rainbow, a weeklong camp for children with cancer, HIV, and sickle-cell anemia, where she aspires to one day have a camp of her own. Michelle completed her graduate degree on peripheral nerve injury response in diabetic mice, then spent 3 years teaching and inspiring high school students to dream big! During medical school, Michelle actively participated in LMSA, Queers and Allies in medicine, Medical Students for Choice, and student-run free clinic. Michelle taught underrepresented minority high school students in the summer Urban Health Program Prep for MD. Michelle also translated and recorded podcasts in Spanish for the Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions at UIC on HIV, smoking cessation, diabetes and mental illness, heart disease, and healthy living. Michelle is a proud daughter of a working class immigrant family, similar to patients at Harbor-UCLA, with whom she inherently feels connected. Her interests are in academic medicine, adolescent medicine, LGBT health, and women’s health.

Kaiser Permanente

Irma Hernandez MD


MD: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
BS: Biological Science, UC Irvine

Irma graduated from UC Irvine in 2005 with a degree in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate years she explored the field of science doing research in Alzheimer’s. However, it was through volunteering at Clinica Carino and participating in Chicanos for Creative Medicine (CCM) as well as LMSA that Irma developed her passion for medicine. She developed an interest in improving health care for the underserved populations. Her journey took her to UCSF where she completed a post bac program before entering into the Class of 2013 at UCLA. While at UCLA, Irma volunteered her time to Mobil Clinic and Lennox Health Fair. Her interests have also broaden to include global and international medicine. She has been able to travel to Maravatio, Mexico and most recently to Port-Au-Prince Haiti where she was able to provide primary care and health education. She is the current clinic coordinator for our resident run “Free clinic” and her dedication to the underserved population of Los Angeles.

Kaiser Permanente- Glendale

Kimberlee Jackson MD


MD: University of California at Davis School of Medicine
BS: Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior, University of California, Davis

1) I love to dance and travel, and I believe in dance tourism. I have travelled to Brazil to learn samba, to Dominican Republic to learn bachata and merengue, to Spain to learn flamenco, and Puerto Rico to learn salsa.

2) I do capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) and aerial yoga.

3)  I also made a documentary film on teenage pregnancy while studying abroad in Trinidad.

Kaiser Permanente- Northern California

Eric Maher DO


DO: Touro University California
BS: Biology, California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo

Dr. Maher’s interest in medicine began with his dad, who as a practicing physician helped him gain an understanding for the partnership that forms between patient and doctor. This, as well as his lifelong participation in sports, gave Eric an appreciation for overall health and fitness through teamwork. During medical school he was involved in many community benefit projects that promoted neighborhoods working together to make themselves healthier through physical activity and nutrition. After residency, Dr. Maher plans to pursue further training in a Sports Medicine fellowship.

Harbor UCLA Family Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship

Rose Ochieng MD, MPH


MD: University of Kansas
MPH: University of Kansas
BS: Biochemistry, Kansas State University

I was introduced to health care when my mom became a nurse after moving here from Kenya. I started exploring some aspects that I was interested in, therefore became a certified nurse aide during high school and throughout undergrad. This gave me a fairly adequate exposure to healthcare and after shadowing a few physicians during undergrad, I knew I wanted be a general doctor. During 3rd year of Medical school, I found that I liked most of the rotations I went through, and in the end Family Medicine was the best fit for me to incorporate the various disciplines. It will enable me to incorporate my MPH background and expand to being involved in Global Medicine. In the future, I would like to practice back home in Kenya for some of the time in addition to here in the U.S. I am considering focusing on Maternal and Child Health.

UCSF Heal International Health Fellowship

Christina Oh MD, JD


MD: John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i
JD: Pepperdine University
BA: American History, Barnard College

I wanted to be a vet, but didn’t want to see puppies suffer. I ended up going to law school and practicing immigration law for seven years but I never had much passion for the law. My younger sister was in medical school at the time and encouraged me to explore medicine again but of the human variety. I somehow made it into medical school in Hawai’i. I was originally pulled to other areas, but none seemed to fit. I finally realized that family medicine had everything I wanted and more. I hope to integrate my past into my future in family medicine.

Kaiser Permanente- Colorado