I was born in Los Angeles in the exact same hospital as my wife that I married on Match weekend 2017! We are grateful to God to be successful in the couple's match and excited for what these next years have to offer. I love family medicine because of its breadth of knowledge and am honored with the privilege to make long lasting life changing relationships with my patients, colleagues, and staff. I love spending time with my family and friends hiking, camping, eating out, swimming, playing basketball, and game nights! Grateful for Medicine and Loma Linda as they allow my wife and I to continue the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus!
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. - Romans 12:1
I am a Hoosier, born and raised, a Bulldog from Columbus, Indiana. Some of my favorite things are epic hikes, exploring cities, growing tomatoes, and spending quality time with my favorite people. I stayed close to home at Indiana University for college and medical school. Along the way, the Lord grew my heart for the marginalized and oppressed.
I chose to become a Family Doctor because FM epitomizes many of the things that I am passionate about: building relationships with patients over time, being on the front lines of preventative care and community health, and the opportunity to care for the under-served in the US and abroad with a huge range of skill sets.
Since arriving at Loma Linda FM, I have found myself surrounded by a community of physicians who encourage me to care for the whole patient- physically and spiritually. I've been built up by great mentors, many of whom have significant experience working with the under-served in the US and internationally. There is ample opportunity to teach and invest in medical students.
Our FM clinic is top-notch, provides excellent preventative medicine education, and is well positioned to reach out to a population with low resources in San Bernardino. Through serving our patients, I am learning to actively be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need. My wife Kelsey and I enjoy getting to know some of those same folks as neighbors!
In the midst of this journey of training to practice medicine, it's easy to think of being a great doctor as the ultimate goal. I need to be reminded daily of the truth: my ultimate purpose is not to dedicate my life to medicine, but to glorify God.
I'm basically Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh; I have really bad resting sad face, and everyone things I'm a lot more depressing than I actually I am. I love building deep and meaningful relationships with my family, as well as my patients. I'm interested in Palliative Care, because I think the most rewarding thing in life to treat a person in a way consistent with their goals of life. Now that all the boring personal statement stuff is out of the way, hobbies are playing mediocre piano, drawing, playing JRPGs and searching far and wide for good restaurants to further worsen my likely forming atherosclerosis (McDonald's is always a good fallback option.)
One of my first memories ever was watching old tapes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar throw down his classic skyhook. In fact, I’m pretty sure my dad made me learn Kareem’s name before my own, so yes, I’m a born and bred Angeleno who loves the Lakers, Dodgers, and even that LA traffic, and I’m so grateful to have been a SoCal kid my whole life! At UCI, I majored in biology and minored in sociology, which ignited my passion in addressing community health and social injustice. In between undergrad and med school, I worked for Alzheimer’s Association and spent a few years lobbying for local and statewide policies to protect our seniors, a cause that is very dear to my heart. I then went on to medical school at WesternU, where our curriculum emphasized humanism, compassion, and patient-centered care — everything that is important to me in medicine, especially family medicine! Now here I am at Loma Linda, where the philosophy echoes what I learned and valued in medical school. I also get to work with a group of intelligent, kindhearted, unique individuals in the settings of a FQHC, community hospital, and academic center all rolled into one — a grand slam, if you ask me. When I get a free minute, you can usually find me at a concert/show/music festival, stomping up a hiking trail, checking out new restaurants and coffee shops, and visiting family and friends in LA.
I was born and raised on the island of Kauai in Hawaii before moving to the state of Washington. I attended Walla Walla University and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. During college, I had the privilege to serve as a missionary in Palau where I became interested in working with the underserved. Medical school at Loma Linda University brought me to Southern California, where I am staying for Residency. I enjoy going to church and hiking in the mountains, playing violin, and snow skiing as often as I can. I eventually want to have a combined family and lifestyle practice to promote whole person health in my patients.
I grew up in the breathtaking hills of Mandeville, Jamaica. I spent my childhood days frequenting the secret beaches hidden away from tourists and playing with my 15+ dogs. I moved to South Florida in the 7th grade and remained there until I completed my undergraduate studies with a B.S. in Biology at Nova Southeastern University. I went on to attend Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Although I grew up Christian, I was able to rediscover my relationship with God during my time in Loma Linda. I was absolutely ecstatic to match to the Family Medicine program here and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to continue my education in an environment that emphasizes spiritual wellness and whole person care. It also doesn’t hurt that I’m still pretty close to the beach! When I’m not at work, I’m spending time with my amazing husband, Kharl. I also enjoy watching hours of DIY home décor YouTube videos and attempting (mostly failing) to recreate some of those designs!
I have had the glorious adventure of getting to grow up and learn from a variety of peoples and cultures – as a kid wandering the gorges of New York; in college, walking the cornfields of Ohio; moving on to explore the hollers of southwest Virginia as a med student; then learning the inner city streets of Memphis. And now? Face-to-face with the mountains of Southern California.
California, where every day, all day, I am welcomed in to experience the hospitality of people – patients – as they patiently invite me to sit with them in some of their most vulnerable moments. Cross-generational, cross-cultural, and hopefully someday cross-continental, I am honored to continue this part of the journey at Loma Linda.
I was born in Ottawa, Canada but moved to Las Vegas shortly afterwards and grew up there till moving to San Diego for college where I majored in Biology and Spanish. Afterwards, I knew I wanted to take my education to the next level where I could learn not only how to treat illness but prevent it as well. I went to SDSU for my MPH where I focused my studies on health promotion and behavioral science. Family medicine is a perfect fit for me so I knew when I started Western for medical school that this was the specialty I would choose. Combining my osteopathic, whole person training from Western and my MPH, I am excited to embark on this journey through residency at Loma Linda with a community based perspective. In my free time I love spending time with my husband and my son, Noah. I also love to practice yoga, bake healthy treats, and try out new restaurants.
My name is Mitchell Schoen, and I am from Minnesota. While I was a doctor for Halloween one time as a kid, it wasn't until I my senior year in college in Chicago when I met an Iraqi refugee family as their health advocate that I decided I really wanted to be in healthcare. They showed me how meaningful and joyful it can be to have personal and cross-cultural connections in healthcare. Returning home for medical school at the University of Minnesota, I faced struggles in saying goodbye to college friends, re-discovering who I am, and trying to rebuild relationships. Yet through the kindness of my family and friends, I grew in this time to learn that we have a hope that cannot be shaken by the storms of life. As I was reminded of this anchoring hope, I found joy in students I met at an afterschool urban mentoring program. They taught me that despite living in the highest crime-rate neighborhood of St. Paul, they believed there was a real hope for their lives. Excited by this, I began my residency training in Memphis where I met a loving community of friends who were eager to see an authentic transformation in the neighborhoods of Memphis. When our Memphis residency closed due to financial hardship, it was hard to say goodbye to these amazing people, yet I will never forget the love they showed me there. Now in continuing my training at Loma Linda, I am excited to discover the seeds of hope that have been planted in the hearts of my caring neighbors in San Bernardino and work alongside compassionate and caring co-workers every day! I hope to continue working with youth and discovering how hope is revealed in the hearts us who truly need a lasting hope.
I grew up on the north edge of the Navajo Indian reservation in southern Utah. From there and later as an LDS missionary I developed a strong desire to serve in underserved communities. I attended Utah State University where I majored in Spanish and worked as a medical interpreter. I was fortunate to attend the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences while sponsored by the Indian Health Service. I came here for the unique FM/PM program and am excited to be able to use my Spanish at our FQHC. I now owe my soul to Uncle Sam and hope this path will lead me back near Navajo country after residency. When not studying I am usually hanging out with my beautiful wife Sirisha and our three sweet kids.
Born in Bakersfield, California I am privileged to call 16 different places home and my perspective has gleaned much from that experience. I grew up largely in Ohio and Kentucky by parents who were heavily involved in the Seventh Day Adventist church. They established in me a desire to make my vocation one that benefited the lives of others. Wanting to maximize my service impact, wishing to have direct contact with people and having an affinity for science; medicine seemed the best choice. I graduated from the University of Pikeville in 2017 and gladly matched to residency at Loma Linda where I might continue my desire to serve through God's good graces.
Residency in Family and Preventive medicine at Loma Linda University is truly a dream come true for me. After completing medical school in Australia, I longed for a career to help people heal wholistically, incorporating the best of modern medicine with the power of lifestyle choice. I had long been fascinated by the Adventist Health Studies and the Blue Zone of Loma Linda, and wanted to learn from, and be part of a health system, leading in whole person care. I seek to focus on the spiritual, nutritional, physical, and social aspects of health, not just diseases and prescriptions. Before medicine I studied journalism, nutrition, exercise physiology, yoga and Ayurvedic medicine, and enjoy being able to incorporate this into my clinical care and education roles. I am most passionate about lifestyle medicine, helping those with social disadvantages, and assisting those who have struggled to find health solutions thus far. I enjoy reading research articles, public speaking and educational roles, sharing information through social media outlets, as well as the joy of continuity care of patients. When I am not at work, I love to be outside, traveling, exploring, hiking, cycling, as well as writing, and designing ways to make nutritious food delicious. I am truly thankful that I have been lead here, and am excited to be part of the mission of Loma Linda University healthcare!
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, where dreams are as abundant as sunshine and pollution. I’ve always been quite the dreamer, with fantastical ideas of what my future would bring. When I moved to Michigan for my undergraduate degree, I was convinced I would become an international businesswoman, traveling to new and exciting locations on corporate money. During my year abroad in Argentina, my career goals took a sharp turn. I switched to a degree in Psychology, after realizing that I wanted to pursue a career that was more service-oriented. Eventually, this led to my acceptance into Loma Linda School of Medicine, where I first heard about the combined Family and Preventive Medicine program. As medical school continued, I developed a passion for underserved communities, lifestyle medicine, patient advocacy, and health policy. It became clear to me that I wanted to approach medicine at both a patient level and a systems level. I’m excited to be in a program that will equip me to do just that, while also focusing on whole-person care. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, playing volleyball, reading, photography, and attempting art projects.