Lulua Bahrainwala, MD
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences – India
Lulua describes herself as a "third culture kid." With roots
in India, but growing up in Bahrain and immigrating to Canada and then
the USA, she takes pride in being a truly global citizen. Making California
her home four years ago, she loves to hike, swim, and explore different
parts of the city. Being an avid world traveler, her top destinations
are Turkey, Italy and South Africa. Lulua’s dream is to backpack
across Australia and New Zealand, exactly like her parents did 30 years ago.
Frank Choe, DO
Touro – Vallejo, California
A second generation Korean-American, Frank was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Growing up with an ocean view from his backyard, Frank would gaze at the
ocean and watch for whales while savoring his Spam musubi and poke. During
elementary school, he moved to sunny California and spent the majority
of his life in the Hancock Park district of Los Angeles.
After graduating medical school, Frank traveled to South Korea and Japan
to reconnect with his relatives. Frank hopes to travel to Vietnam and
retrace his father's footsteps during the Vietnam War to get a glimpse
into his own roots. Some of Frank's hobbies include golfing, tending
to his saltwater fish, and building gaming computers from scratch. He
also enjoys playing games such as StarCraft, and Counter-Strike.
Thomas Chong, MD
Ross – Dominica
Thomas is a native of the city of Covina. During his free time, he enjoys
playing basketball, tennis, and going on hikes. Fishing is one of his
main hobbies. He finds the thrill of hooking and reeling in a fish exhilarating.
He believes that once you catch your first fish, you will be hooked yourself.
Cooking is another hobby that he enjoys and finds relaxing. He looks forward
to preparing dishes that other people will enjoy. His main cooking style
is American BBQ. Thomas hopes that one day he will be able to go on a
road trip with his friends around the southern belt of the US and stop
at each state to sample their style of BBQ.
Luis Garcia, MD
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California – Mexico
Luis was born and raised near the U.S. /Mexican border area and has family
living in both countries. After completing medical school and the required
year of community social service, he worked as a general practitioner
in Mexico. Luis looks forward to closing communication gaps between monolingual
Spanish-speaking patients and non-Spanish-speaking members of the health
care team. His personal interests include playing chess, running, cycling,
and spending time with family.
Mohammed Feroz Iqbal, MD
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara/New York – Mexico
Feroz enjoyed reading comics as a child, especially Batman and the DC Universe.
He attended the San Diego Comic-Con for the first time this summer, fulfilling
a lifelong dream. Feroz loves adventure. One of his favorite experiences
was hitchhiking with a friend from Southern Mexico to Guatemala on the
back of a truck. His love for travel stems from his passion for exploring
new cultures, and languages, but especially trying the food! Speaking
of food, Feroz likes bringing people together with barbecues and potlucks.
Two of his favorite dishes are the South Asian classics of Mughlai cuisine:
Haleem and Nihari. His favorite saying is: "Panza llena, corazon
contento" (a filled tummy makes the heart happy)! Aside from the
occasional indulgence, he always advocates healthy eating!
Benedicta Omoko, MD
University of Calabar – Nigeria
Being of Nigerian descent, cooking is a skill Benedicta learned at an early
age and one she's loved and developed. She jumps at the opportunity
to cook and entertain family and friends. Benedicta's other hobbies
include listening to music with her husband, singing and dance aerobics.
Currently, she sings in her church choir. Dance aerobics is a fun way
to burn calories and keep fit, making consistency easy. A favorite of
hers is the Latin cardio workout, Zumba.
Francisco Ordaz, MD
Universidad Michioacana – Mexico
Francisco was raised in the agricultural area of Oxnard (SoCal). He enjoys
spending time with his wife and their two small dogs. Francisco loves
soccer and is a fan of the greatest club ever, Real Madrid. Visiting theme
parks and fishing are other favorite hobbies. One of Francisco’s
greatest professional goals is to provide care for the underserved communities
similar to where he grew up.
James Pearson, MD
University of St. Georges – Grenada
James is a 3rd generation Californian having grown up in both Northern
and Southern California. An avid outdoorsman and waterman, in his free
time James enjoys spending time with his wife and children while taking
advantage of California's beautiful natural resources, beaches and
state parks. He enjoys surfing, paddle boarding, hiking and fishing. Known
to make a fiery fruit salsa, on his days off you may find him at San-O
reading a Louie L' amour paperback and waiting for the tide with grilled
fish tacos in hand.
Angel Pinachos, DO
Touro – Las Vegas, Nevada
Angela is a proud Las Vegas native who enjoys living in Southern California.
Her favorite activities include watching movies, listening to new songs,
spending time with family and friends, visiting museums, and sight-seeing.
She also likes to relax by the pool and enjoys going to the beach. Angela
has a long bucket list of places she would like to visit and loves to
explore other cultures. She is hoping to one day travel to Spain, Greece
and the Maldives.
Patrice Tully, MD
Drexel University – Pennsylvania
Patrice is a New York transplant who fell in love with the West Coast after
medical school during her final US Navy move. She especially enjoys outdoor
activities that include hiking, running, and fishing. She also loves reading
murder mysteries with a soft spot for Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories
as well as historical fiction. Her recent favorite is Half of a Yellow
Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. When she has time to cook, she prepares
her favorite West Indian dishes learned from her parents and grandparents.
She eagerly anticipates settling into work and life in Southern California