I am originally from California and went to Cal Poly Pomona for undergrad. Then went to medical school in Wisconsin, at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Survived 4 winters and now very happy and blessed to be coming back to the Inland Empire for family medicine at Loma Linda. I am also a big foodie and happy to be reunited with my pups. I also like to do outdoor activities, although I lack athleticism for most things, but I try.
I grew up in Goshen, Indiana and have lived in the Hoosier State for most of my life prior to coming to Loma Linda. I earned my undergraduate degree at Goshen College and my medical degree at Indiana University. I was drawn to medicine by my fascination with human physiology and my desire to apply my interests and talents to provide a needed service in my community. My interest in family medicine, preventive medicine, and public health was solidified during a gap year between college and medical school in which I volunteered at an FQHC in Tucson, Arizona through the program Mennonite Voluntary Service. During that year, and throughout my medical education, I have been struck by the impact that strong, continuous relationships can have on health outcomes. I love getting to know patients and working to help them improve their health. I am also interested in Global Health; I love to travel and explore and learn from new cultures. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, El Salvador, and India over the past few years. I am excited to continue learning about family medicine at Loma Linda and hope to work in outpatient primary care, preventive medicine, public health, or some combination of the three in the future. Outside of medicine I enjoy hiking, running, reading, playing saxophone, gardening, and playing board games. I am incredibly excited to explore all that southern California has to offer!
I was born in Los Angeles, but shortly after moved to Bakersfield California and lived there until I began college at California Baptist University in Riverside California. During my time there, I received my bachelor’s degree in Biology, and then my medical degree from Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University. By Living in the Central Valley, Inland Empire, and New Mexico at different times in my life, it has given me a desire for working with medically underserved populations and family medicine was the best way to do this! I’m excited to continue my training at Loma Linda, a place that emphasizes care for the whole patient, physically and spiritually, and a place where I can display the love of God through medicine. My clinical interests range from lifestyle and preventive medicine to sports medicine. In my free time, I enjoy being active and playing all types of sports. I also have a passion for mentoring underprivileged, and underrepresented students, as well as helping them peruse a career in medicine.
I was born and raised in sunny San Diego with a love for swimming and all water activities. I ventured to the opposite coast to complete my undergraduate studies in public health at Johns Hopkins University. During my time there, I became involved with local schools in developing health and nutrition workshops for families in underserved Baltimore communities. After graduating, I traveled to Paraguay for a medical mission trip, where I assisted in providing healthcare in a rural setting to those without access to care. My college and international experiences confirmed my desire to pursue medicine and furthered my passion for the underserved and preventative medicine. I attended Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona and through my clinical rotations; I discovered I wanted to become a Family Medicine physician. As I grew up in a tight-knit family, I was attracted to the relationship nature and continuity of care of Family Medicine and the ability to work with a broad spectrum of ages and diverse cases. I am excited and honored to continue my medical training at Loma Linda University, where the vast opportunities in lifestyle medicine, community education, underserved care and global health overlap with my many interests. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, playing with my dog Bella, and being active, whether it is doing yoga, going for a run or hike, swimming or lifting weights at the gym!
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” -Plutarch.
Born and raised in metropolitan Detroit, I attended Michigan State University, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in History, Philosophy, Sociology of Science. I’ve always had a fascination with brain and behavior, which continued to ignite my studies in medical school at MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. In medical school, I served on the executive board for Student Government and discovered an interest in advocacy. After countless cold and snowy winters in the Midwest, I’m grateful to bring my passion for medicine to the West Coast! I believe the whole-picture of health is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. I’m ecstatic to be at Loma Linda—a program that echoes this strong core philosophy. It is a great honor to serve as a family medicine physician; an opportunity to share my passions in preventative care, behavioral health, and grow diverse, long-standing patient relationships. In addition, I’m eager to advance my interests in women’s health, lifestyle, and addiction medicine. In my free time, I enjoy anything that involves being in the sunshine. I also enjoy hot yoga, live music, trying new restaurants, traveling, and any form of group exercise!
I was born in Iran and moved to the United States when I was ten years old. I grew up in Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley area) and studied psychology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I then pursued a dual degree in public health and osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University. I can confidently say that I’ve dreamt of becoming a doctor for as long as I can remember. Over the years, this dream has adapted and molded into a new meaning for me, and my experiences as an immigrant has had the most meaningful impact. Faced with many of the health disparities experienced by so many individuals, I became fascinated with the connection between the physical, psychological, and social factors contributing to health. I am passionate about wellness and prevention and plan to use lifestyle medicine and integrative medicine to meet the healthcare needs of my community. I am determined to fulfill my desire to practice preventive medicine and I chose family medicine at LLUHEC because of its emphasis on wellness, wholeness, spirituality, and prevention. I am an advocate for a Whole Foods Plant Based diet, amateur tea enthusiast, yoga lover, and an avid reader. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my family, exploring various hiking trails, and running a social media page on mind, body, and soul wellness.
I grew up in Anaheim, California and attended BIOLA University where I graduated with a B. S. in Biology and a minor in Bible. I have a giant extended family (my grandma being the eldest of 15 children!), most of whom work in healthcare, and as a young girl I dreamt of joining them one day in the same profession. I originally wanted to study nursing, but little did I know God had other plans for me. After graduating from college, I wrestled with God about which career path to take. It was like a whirlwind that I found myself applying for medical school in the Philippines! Not only was I able to learn medicine while I was there, but I was also able to apply it when participating in medical missions. It was from these experiences I came to realize my passion for Family Medicine. I learned the importance of primary care and preventive medicine. In addition to medicine, I also had the opportunity to learn more about my own culture and visit family I have never met! Overall, It was one amazing adventure! Being able to continue my education with Loma Linda is an answered prayer. I am excited to begin this next journey in life of becoming a Family Physician and to be able to serve in my local community, as well as globally. My other interests in life are serving in my local church, traveling with friends and family, hiking, watching movies, plays, and musicals, and learning to cook/bake!
Zenziwe Matshe, MD
I spent my early life on a mission school in Zimbabwe, surrounded by a farming community, miles away from any city. My life's journey has been rather tortuous. I have been a stay-at-home mother, an Environmental Scientist, a College instructor, to mention a few. I believe God sent me on this path, in-order for me to get to my calling; that of being a physician. I am passionate about serving the under-served, like the community I grew up in. I am blessed and thankful to be able to serve my fellow man, here in the Inland Empire where the need is vast. Loma Linda Health's mission of caring for the whole person, aligns with my own. I am humbled to be at an institution that promotes, physiological, mental as well as spiritual health. My other interest lies in Global Health; and look forward to reaching out to other communities world wide to share tools I learn. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my children, friends and family; hiking, reading, traveling, watching movies. My go to food is pizza and I love a good cup of black coffee, and tend to reach for that second cup!
I am a Vietnamese-American who loves to cook and bake, and delving into a world of fantasy through novels on my spare time. Within these realms, you can create endless possibilities with just some basic knowledge. This is why I love family medicine. My practice will be ever evolving with my interests. I will always push myself to discover new and exciting ways to deliver medicine.
Growing up in beautiful, sunny Southern California, I'm a Taiwanese American who ventured out to Dallas for Biology and Business Administration at UT Dallas and osteopathic medicine in Las Vegas. During my travels exploring and circuitous various experiences learning about the world around us, I explored the depths of service-oriented patient care while integrating with other dimensions such as psychosocial, spiritual, cultural competencies, and preventative care. Loma Linda's family medicine program not only allows me to pursue my growing interests ranging from holistic, preventative medicine to sports and addiction medicine, but also allows me to also venture and delve into other healthcare systems and global health to make our own even better. My passion and desire in life is to nurture relationships, serve, and inspire the people around me through the different chapters of our journeys through life. Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking and grilling, exploring new hiking trails with my canine buddy George, coaching tennis, and eating good food with my wife.
I grew up in Huntington Beach, California where I enjoyed playing sports, going to the beach, and surfing with my family and friends. For college, I headed south to San Diego where I attended Point Loma Nazarene University. During my time at Point Loma, my passion for science grew and I became fascinated with how the human body functions and recovers. I also experienced significant personal growth in my faith during my college years and I knew that I wanted a career in which I could love and serve others the way Jesus showed us. Medicine was the perfect combination of an intriguing science with the opportunity to serve others daily. I attended medical school at UC Irvine and decided that Family Medicine was the best specialty for me because of its wide breadth of practice and focus on whole-person care. I am excited to join the Loma Linda Family Medicine team where I will be trained in whole-person care while providing care for medically underserved populations.
My specific interests in Family Medicine include sports medicine and lifestyle medicine. I enjoy spending my free time with my wife. We particularly enjoy outdoor activities and exercise, including playing any sport, hiking, cycling, surfing, and skiing. I relax by reading a good book, especially fantasy and science fiction genres. I am also an avid sports fan. Go Angels, Lakers, Rams, Ducks and Galaxy!
I was born and raised in the Bay Area and stayed locally for undergrad at UC Berkeley. Growing up, I developed a heart for the underserved based on my experiences volunteering and going on mission trips to Mexico, but never dreamed of being able to serve people through medicine. After college, I proceeded to land an internship at the California Department of Public Health, where I discovered my love of both medicine and public health. After obtaining my Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins, I was accepted into Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Over that nearly decade span, my passion for underserved communities and solving health disparities in these communities has unwavered and only been further affirmed. In my free time, I love to spend time with my wife and son, travel, dine out, follow Bay Area sports, go hiking, read books, and watch movies. I am very excited to continue my medical education and serve at Loma Linda for residency!