Meet our Residents

PGY-2 2017

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 Medical College – Mexico/New York

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