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William Bermeo, MD

William Bermeo, MD

A day without scrapes, bruises & dirt lodged under my fingernails was a day wasted. I grew up on several acres of rural Michigan, complete with a winding creek in a lush forest; homeschooled until sixth grade, this would be my classroom. It was where my love for learning, especially science, really took root. One of the textbooks my mother used was a coloring book for Scripture memory & it proved transformational. I believe it helped seal God’s Word onto my heart (Psalm 119:9).  By sophomore year of college, I took flight for Peru to teach English. In just a few months, I was teaching & speaking comfortably - in Spanish! Then an encounter with dengue fever threatened to silence me. I was bedridden for days, but I vowed that if my health were restored, I would learn to restore others. I believe God heard my prayer from that village in the Amazon River Basin & He answered miraculously. Pursuing medicine was the best way I knew how to live a life of service for my friends (John 15:13). 

I learned how medicine & spirituality are intertwined & can be addressed in patient-centered, whole-person care. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of visiting Mexico, Russia & Madagascar. Traveling has familiarized me with new people, culture & language & has given me a glimpse into our small world of great disparity. I’m thankful to be in a program that emphasizes preventive health, wholeness & global medicine. When I finish my training, I dream of becoming a missionary that honors Christ’s method of service; He began with “the least of these,” forming friendships & ministering to their needs (Matthew 25:40). I can’t think of a better place to start than right here in SoCal at LLUHEC!

Marcus De Ranieri, DO

Marcus De Ranieri, DO

My name is Marcus Alberto De Ranieri, I am a resident physician specializing in Family Medicine at Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium. I was raised in Burlingame, California located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to medical school I worked as a preschool teacher and studied Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University. Following college, I worked in pediatrics, global health, and cancer research all of which led me to study Public Health at Creighton University. I attended medical school at Touro University California. While not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters, they are the highlight of my day. I am passionate about full spectrum family medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, public health, preventative medicine, health inequality, spirituality, and whole-body holistic care. There is truly something special about the people of this area. Of all the places to study primary care, I could not imagine a more well-rounded, wholesome, and amazing place which is delivering world class healthcare. I am truly honored to be working with the people of the Loma Linda community and to continue my learning with the health professionals of the Loma Linda Medical System.

Steven Frey, MD

Steven Frey, MD

I was born and raised in the Bay Area before moving to Southern California for medical school at Loma Linda University. It was when I moved to Loma Linda that I found a sense of passion for family and lifestyle medicine as well as being a patient advocate for underserved populations.  I am extremely grateful and excited for my upcoming journey over the next few years as I better learn to provide whole person care to my patients. I couldn’t have asked for a better cohort of intelligent, kind-hearted and motivated individuals to further the mission of Jesus Christ. In my free time, I enjoy working out, watching the Golden State Warriors and SF 49ers games, traveling the world, and spending time with my beautiful wife, Kelsey, and fur child, Momo.

Brian Huang, MD

Brian Huang, MD

Well met! I’m a California native, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I traveled negligibly east for undergrad at UC Berkeley, and then moved north to the Sacramento County as part of the inaugural class of California Northstate University College of Medicine. I’m now fortunate to explore the southern parts of California by training in the LLUHEC Family Medicine Residency. I was drawn to the program for many reasons, but particularly because of the opportunity to train in academic, community, and spiritual settings. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, playing board games and mahjong with my family, and watching Disney/Pixar movies and the NHL. 

Brian Koch, MD

Brian Koch, MD

I was born and raised just outside the city of Syracuse, in upstate New York. After considering several careers, I ultimately felt God leading me to enter medicine as I realized I had a passion for helping others combined with a fascination for how the human body is designed, and functions. Beginning in high school I began to develop a personal interest in health and wellness including the importance of diet, exercise, sleep, and mental and emotional health. It was also around this time that I had the opportunity to participate on international missions trips which sparked an interest in global health as well as serving underserved populations. I am excited to be a part of the Family Medicine residency program at Loma Linda, to learn how to further apply my passions for lifestyle and global medicine as well as providing care for medically underserved populations.

Joshua Perkins, MD

Joshua Perkins, MD

I was born in Oshawa, Ontario Canada and my earliest memories were of playing hockey and exploring the woods of Muskoka with my family. After high school I attended Canadian University College in Alberta and originally was planning on pursing marine biology until my focus switched towards medicine. I had been working as a lifeguard and summer camp counsellor for several years at that point and really enjoyed building connections and helping those around me in any way that I could. I felt I could combine my love of science with my passion for people and decided to switch my major to Pre-Med. After graduation, I moved down to California to attend Loma Linda University School of Medicine. One thing that struck me (besides the heat) was the diversity and sheer number of people who needed healthcare (there are more people in California than all of Canada)! I I choose Family Medicine because as a physician I want to be a mentor, counsellor and friend to patients of all ages. Someone they can rely on in hard times and never be afraid to ask any question. I hope to someday work in a rural or suburban area and provide full-spectrum primary care to patients of all ages and backgrounds. My wife Jennifer and I enjoy hiking, swimming, driving, playing music, hanging out with our cat Mimi and going to Disneyland.

Lauren Quan, MD

Lauren Quan, MD

I am a San Francisco-native who ventured to the East Coast to earn a B.S. in biopsychology at Tufts University. During my time as an undergrad, I explored interests in medicine and travel through a semester abroad in Denmark where I studied medical practice and policy. Following my passions for medicine and cultural immersion, I pursued a medical degree at the University of Queensland School of Medicine-Ochsner Clinical School. Through the program, I had the privilege of living and studying in both beautiful Brisbane, Australia and vibrant New Orleans, where I learned that I am happiest when serving my local community. I decided on a career in family medicine because it offers the opportunity to treat a diverse demographic through a holistic approach, while simultaneously building genuine, long-term relationships with patients. I am excited to continue my medical training at Loma Linda. My ever-growing clinical interests range from women’s health to global health to addiction medicine. I also hope to expand competencies in health advocacy and healthcare access for underserved populations. Outside of medicine, I enjoy hiking, open water swimming, rock climbing, drinking coffee, eating snacks, and going to concerts and live shows.

Kevin Sonza, DO

Kevin Sonza, DO

I was born in Manila but grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I stayed there all the way through college, obtaining my degree in Biology at California State University, Northridge. I then attended Touro University Nevada for medical school. My interest in medicine stemmed from a shadowing program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles during my senior year of high school. Through the support of my mentors and various rotations, I knew family medicine was the one for me. From the interview dinner, I knew that I wanted to come to Loma Linda and am beyond excited to have matched here! Outside of medicine, I absolutely love to travel and explore new places and cultures. I also enjoy hiking, photography, and food (especially desserts).

Christopher Tangunan, MD

Christopher Tangunan, MD

Prior to starting my journey as a Family Medicine Physician, I had previously worked as a Medical Technologist at Florida Hospital-Heartland Division. Although I enjoyed the laboratory work and working with my coworkers, I soon realized my passion was to to work with patients on a personal level. This desire for patient interaction and to serve my community was the foundation for my choice of Family Medicine. Outside of medicine, I love to spend time with my family, attend church events, and to play basketball.  I love spending time with friends and getting to know new people.

Eric Bauer, MD

Eric Bauer, MD

Growing up in rural Northeastern Wisconsin I developed an early fascination with the natural world and trying to find my place within it. Early on in my medical journey I had the great opportunity to work with a team of Orthopedic Surgeons from LLU in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. This experience ignited a passion for service and global health, but it more importantly revealed the enormous potential of preventative medicine applied towards public health. I was further compelled into a career in Family and Preventative Medicine during medical school after witnessing the tragic results of longstanding chronic illness; illnesses that are preventable and reversible through lifestyle change. It was clear from these experiences that I would find the greatest sense of fulfillment helping my patients and those in my community live long and vibrant lives as a Family Physician with a practice relying heavily on lifestyle medicine principles.  Outside of the clinic you can find me in the hiking in the mountains with my wife and our dog Luna, playing board games with friends, cooking plant-based meals, reading sci-fi, getting to the ocean as much as possible. 

Alice Jean, MD

Alice Jean, MD

I grew up near Houston in Sugar Land, Texas. Being a part of the Global Studies Academy in high school made me realize that I had a passion for learning about different languages and cultures. I studied Environmental Science at the University of Texas at Austin because I was interested in viewing healthcare from a perspective of sustainability and community. I discovered my passion for global health when I spent a summer in a rural town in El Salvador interning at Clinica Ana Manganaro. After being exposed to traditional Chinese medicine at a young age, I created my own minor in Complementary and Alternative Medicine to explore music therapy in the geriatric population. I attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School with the goal of becoming a primary care physician. Ultimately, I chose Family Medicine because I value building long-term relationships with patients to help them achieve wellness, having a broad scope of practice, and being able to care for people of all ages. Pursuing Preventive Medicine will allow me to focus on lifestyle medicine in caring for the whole person as well as public health to impact patients on a larger scale to increase access to quality healthcare for all. I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to be a Family-Preventive Medicine resident at Loma Linda! I enjoy volunteering, swimming, horseback riding, singing, and watching Korean dramas in my free time. 

Nicole Scherlie, DO

Nicole Scherlie, DO

­I grew up on a farm in Silverton, Oregon and attended Seattle Pacific University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. Throughout college, I was astounded by the complexity of the human body and developed a heart for the underserved, while in Brazil, Sudan, and Nepal, bringing to mind the possibility of becoming a physician. Through these experiences, I realized that true wellness is only attainable when the entire person is considered to include body, mind, spirit, a person’s socioeconomic status, and the communities they live. Ultimately, I attended medical school at Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest. I was blessed to serve as an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, where my love for educating health care providers, patients, and the community flourished, and I saw the power of diagnosing and treating with my hands. I am so blessed to have matched into LLUHEC’s Family and Preventive Medicine Residency where my desire to provide whole person care can flourish and my clinical interests in Lifestyle Medicine, global health, public health, community education, underserved care, and teaching the future generations of health care providers will be fostered. I am so excited to begin my career as a Family Physician, walking alongside my patients and their families throughout all stages of life, addressing the whole person to include physical health, mental wellness, spiritual health, and community needs. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time outdoors via hiking, cycling, kayaking, running, horseback riding, and visiting farmers’ markets, and also love cooking, traveling around the world, and learning about different cultures.