Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Current Residents
Elena Kolpikova, M.D., University of Washington
During medical school, I got the opportunity to work with patients whose psychiatric and physical health conditions wholly impacted their lives, yet who faced many barriers to receiving comprehensive care. Nobody is immune to becoming sick, however it is often an entirely different experience for those who are uninsured, or cannot speak English, or are facing houselessness and lacking transportation. One of my favorite aspects of medicine presents itself during the transition out of the hospital and back into the clinic setting. I am passionate about working within the resources my patients have, and learning about what else our healthcare system can offer them to help them stay healthy. I aspire to become a clinician capable of addressing my patients' complex emotional needs while partnering with them to understand whatever illness they may be faced with. I am thrilled to join the UC Davis Internal Medicine/Psychiatry residency program, where I feel incredibly supported to explore my passions within medicine (including medical education, addiction medicine, infectious disease, and mood disorders) and create meaningful relationships with my peers, mentors, and the community we are all working to care for. As a transplant from Seattle, I am ever appreciative of the warm and welcoming culture I have found here.
Sydney Wyatt, M.D., University of Oklahoma
Throughout medical school, I consistently encountered patients with complex comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions. However, I found that our existing healthcare system failed to adequately address their needs. During this time, I realized I wanted to pursue med-psych, where I could work with this vulnerable patient population from a comprehensive and holistic perspective. I chose the UC Davis Med/Psych program because of the encouraging and supportive atmosphere with the kindest co-residents. My ultimate goal is to leverage my skills and knowledge gained through this program to make a significant impact on patients in an integrative primary care setting. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the endless hiking trails, snowboarding, eating my weight through Sacramento and SF, and catching sporting events. I am so happy to be in a residency program that fosters my interests within and outside of medicine.
Rida Fatima, M.D., University of Washington
During my time in medical school, I found myself incredibly drawn to taking care of patients with both complex medical conditions and comorbid psychiatric concerns. I quickly learned that to provide truly holistic care both needs would have to be thoroughly addressed. This drive to focus on my patients’ comprehensive mental and physical health led me to join the UC Davis Med/Psych family! Now, with my passion for working with underserved populations, I hope to bring my skill set to the communities that need it most. With my background as a Pakistani and then a Wyomingite, I hope to be involved with educational and advocacy efforts to improve access to mental health resources while functioning in a primary care setting.
Paul Glasheen, M.D., University of Colorado
Like many of my co-residents, I was drawn to combined training in internal medicine and psychiatry because of the unique challenges facing patients with co-morbid medical and psychiatric illnesses, beyond the baseline barriers, stigma, and discrimination they may encounter as participants in a healthcare system where outcomes are unfortunately influenced by one’s identity and income. I entered medical school passionate about psychiatry, and then became fascinated by the practice of internal medicine and the interplay of the two fields. I also feel that combined training will help me best address unequal health outcomes for marginalized patients with high needs and low access. I was drawn to UC Davis, particularly for the excellent clinical training, the institutional commitment to advocacy, and the incredibly warm and welcoming people!
Anastasiya (Stacy) Haponyuk, M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine
The beauty in combined IM-Psych training is that it allows you to practice truly holistic medicine. Growing up in Ukraine, New Jersey, and subsequently the southwest United States, I have had the unique opportunity to see how integrated practice differs internationally and across the United States. Living in these different places taught me that more could be done to unify patient care, especially when it comes to the treatment of substance use disorders.
Substance use disorders do not develop in a vacuum and therefore should not be treated as an isolated concern. Effectively treating substance use disorders means addressing the complex interplay of thought processes, family dynamics, psychiatric and physical comorbidities that are intrinsic and individual to each patient.
I am excited to be a part of the UC Davis Med-Psych family, where I can continue to develop my skills as a more compassionate and holistic provider in a supportive and close-knit community. In the future, I plan to work as an internist, psychiatrist, advocate, offering comprehensive addiction treatment to marginalized patient populations.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, listening to audiobooks, yoga, and discovering the best taco restaurants. Given the mix of beautiful nature and cultural diversity that California offers, UCD is the perfect place to continue my training.
Britany Lundberg, M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine
Motivated by my experience growing up in Northern California, I dedicated time in medical school to serving rural communities across California. As I explored and learned about medicine and psychiatry in these communities, I was unable to separate these two specialties. Simultaneously addressing body, mind, and soul in one place overcomes many obstacles that reduce access to care, especially in rural communities. At one clinic, one person can have the whole of their needs addressed by one ever evolving and multifaceted plan. I am most grateful for the opportunity to continue my training at UC Davis. UC Davis is the perfect place to explore my broader interest in improving access to care through innovative and creative solutions, such as telehealth and integrated care.
Ethan Cermeño, M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine
I am thrilled at the opportunity to train at UC Davis for my combined Internal medicine and Psychiatry residency! I grew up in Guatemala and Southern California (go Lakers!) before making my way up to UC Berkeley for college (go bears!). I fell in love with Northern California and interpreted that it loved me back when I was given the chance to attend UC Davis for medical school. I have never looked back! What stands out to me about the IM/Psych program here is their comprehensive multi-site clinical training, mentorship, and close-knit family atmosphere. Of course, being less than an hour drive from every possible ecological niche is impossible to beat too! For my career, I envision myself at the front lines of the medical system as a primary care internist and psychiatrist who not only aims to improve the delivery of integrated behavioral and general health services to patients, but also as an advocate for marginalized patient populations focused on eliminating the socioeconomic barriers to their health.
Garrett Peck, M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine
Internal medicine teaches you care for the body and psychiatry teaches you care for the mind and soul. When I was a 6th grade teacher in the South Bronx, NY, I realized that problems are rarely unifactorial, so effectively solving complex problems requires innovative thinking and approaching problems from multiple fronts. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to further learn how to integrate psychiatric and medical healthcare and continue at UCD Health.
Kelsey Wong, D.O., Western University of Health Sciences
With combined training in internal medicine and psychiatry, I hope to bridge a gap in care for patients with co-morbid medical and psychiatric illnesses. I'm excited to be at UC Davis for its focus on integrated care, which allows trainees to developing a unique perspective on the applications of combined training. I was also inspired by the program's strong commitment to patient advocacy through resident and faculty involvement in organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, American College of Physicians, and the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry. It is so inspiring to be a part of a community that cares deeply about patients and also provides such a supportive environment for trainees.
Jackie Hsieh-Wong, M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine
I am delighted to have matched here at UC Davis for IM/Psych! I was initially drawn to med-psych after seeing how intertwined mental and physical health were on the wards and in clinic. I now eventually hope to use my training to provide both medical and psychiatric care as a primary care provider or hematologist/oncologist for the urban underserved. I chose UC Davis for multiple reasons; however, the primary reason was the people. The faculty and my co-residents here are not only amazingly brilliant and patient-centered clinicians, but also compassionate and supportive individuals. But don’t just take my word for it — come see for yourself!