Matilde Fredrikson, DO
College: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center / Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Areas of Interest: Vulnerable Populations, Mental Health, Addiction Medicine, Health Literacy
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, I quickly learned the hardships and oppression many immigrants face in this country. Witnessing the lack of access to health care and mental health resources in my community motivated me to pursue a career in community medicine. During college, I fostered my passion for service and led several service projects which included teaching English and Citizenship classes, mentoring children of incarcerated parents, and providing free health screenings in the community. During medical school, I joined the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), where I helped organize two annual regional conferences; these conferences helped address the health disparities that still exist in the Latino community and ways we can work toward health equality for all patients regardless of background, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity.
I chose Stanford-O’Connor because it has many of the qualities I was looking for in a program: an underserved patient population, a strong behavioral science curriculum, supportive faculty with diverse areas of interest, and friendly residents. I am excited to start this journey and continue my commitment for health and social equality. In my spare time, I enjoy Salsa dancing, Bikram yoga, and going on walks with my husband Kurt!
Fun Fact: I have a 16-year-old cat named Smidge!
Nick Hatamiya, DO
College: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Areas of Interest: Sports Medicine, Medical Education, Health Technologies, Underserved Populations
I grew up in Live Oak, CA, on my family’s peach, prune, and walnut farm. My hometown is classified as being “medically underserved” and my motivation to pursue family medicine stems from my rural upbringing. I attended college at UC Berkeley (GO BEARS!) where I studied Integrative Biology. Afterwards, I spent several years doing sports medicine/biomechanics research at UCSF, volunteering in Honduras, and working for a digital-health startup company before heading off to medical school.
I chose Stanford-O’Connor because it is a full spectrum, community-based program with a strong commitment to the underserved. There are also plenty of opportunities to be involved with sports medicine and medical education (OSLER). More importantly, I absolutely loved the supportive nature of the faculty and the diversity of resident backgrounds while doing my sub-I as a 4th year.
Fun fact: In my free time, you can find me snapping photos while adventuring outdoors, checking out the latest “foodie” spot, or binge-watching Netflix shows. I'm also planning on running a marathon on every continent (yes, they even have one on Antarctica!).
Yusuke Kobayashi, MD
College: Linfield College
Medical School: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: Underserved/ Homeless Populations, Global Health, Procedural Medicine, Sports Medicine
I was born in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, when I was six years old. I ventured to the Oregon for college, where I majored in exercise science with a premedical focus. Although I loved my time in Oregon, I escaped the "cold" and returned to the beautiful islands for medical school. Throughout my medical education, I worked at a student-run homeless shelter clinic, where I found my passion for family medicine and the underserved population.
I chose Stanford-O'Connor because of their rigorous unopposed curriculum, diversity of resident interests, educational innovation (OSLER program), and most importantly, their fierce dedication to the underserved populations.
My interests outside of medicine include spending time with my wife, surfing, surf/water photography, and swimming.
Fun Fact: During my second year of medical school, I swam in a relay with my friends across the Molokai channel between the islands of Molokai and Oahu, spanning 26 miles!
Meg Tabaka, MD MPH
College: Wellesley College
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Other Degrees: MPH from the University of Minnesota
Areas of Interest: Underserved populations, Procedural medicine, Addiction medicine
I hail from the great state of Minnesota where I grew up among beautiful lakes and pine trees. I went on to attend Wellesley College for four glorious years where I majored in Neuroscience and spent my free time competing on the rowing team. After much soul searching and gazing into the eyes of many, many Drosophila, I ultimately realized that I wanted to work more closely with people. I thus began my journey in the healthcare field, first completing my MPH in epidemiology followed by attending medical school. While in graduate school I had the opportunity to work in free clinics in both Minneapolis and the Bay Area and it was here that I first found my passion for primary care. During medical school I was drawn to Family Medicine because it allowed me to take care of patients from all stages and walks of life.
I rotated at O'Connor during medical school and was continually impressed by the dedicated faculty, staff, and residents. I was drawn in by the high quality of teaching, supportive learning environment, and focus on holistic patient care. My ideal residency program was one that was both rigorous and focused on underserved population medicine - I found exactly that at O'Connor.
Outside of medicine, I spend my free time eating my wife's excellent cooking, taking videos of my daughter, and explaining to my yellow labrador why he is no longer an only child.
Fun fact: I spent my summers growing up in the turtle racing capital of the world.
Lucia Tomé, MD
College: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Interest: Women’s Health, Underserved Populations
As a child I moved from Argentina to Canada and finally to Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, which I consider my home town. I attended college at UC Berkeley, where I double majored in Psychology and Political Science. I was immediately attracted to the clinician-patient relationship in Psychology and fascinated by human physiology. Volunteering in underserved communities during college introduced me to the barriers that underserved communities face when accessing a multitude of services, including medical care. I contemplated a PhD in Psychology, but soon realized that I wanted to work in a clinical context in which I could integrate physiology, psychology, and the lessons I had learned during these experiences. So, I went back to school, completed the prerequisite courses, applied to medical school, fell in love with Family Medicine, and haven’t looked back.
O’Connor offers the opportunity to train in an unopposed residency with a long-standing dedication to serving the underserved populations of San Jose. The faculty and residents create a supportive and stimulating educational environment that not only prepares residents to be effective and caring Family Physicians but also nurtures residents’ individual interests and passions.
Fun fact: I played the trombone for 9 years, from 4th grade through senior year of high school.
Norma Villalon, MD
College: UC Davis
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: Underserved Communities, Women’s Health, Chronic Disease Management, Patient Education, Mentoring
I grew up in a rural town in Guanajuato, Mexico, and moved to the U.S. at the age of 18. I am the oldest of 4 in my family and the first generation to go to college. I did not speak English when I moved to this country, so I attended community college for 4 years in order to learn it. I then transferred to UC Davis where I completed my undergraduate education. I did community health and prevention research for two years before attending medical school. While in medical school, I took 2 years off to pursue a very fulfilling project studying the effect of diabetes self-management education in patients at a student-run free clinic. Throughout medical school I was also involved with the Stanford Health Career Opportunity Program for premed students from underrepresented backgrounds, where I served as an instructor and mentor. Giving back is very important to me, so I continue to mentor students who have limited resources, as I did as a premed student.
I did a couple of rotations at O’Connor and knew this was the place for me. O’Connor works with underserved populations, including a high proportion of Spanish speakers, the faculty and staff are extremely supportive and excellent teachers, and the opportunities for community outreach are plenty starting from year one. In addition, the residents are happy and support each other like a family. I am extremely excited to begin my training here and to be part of a group of like-minded physicians and staff who strive to provide the best care to each patient, while also working to improve the community.
Fun fact: I have recently started gardening in my front yard - built raised garden beds at home and currently am growing several varieties of tomatoes, squash, peppers, herbs, strawberries, and watermelon! I’m so excited to see them grow. I check my tomatoes every morning when I leave the house and when I get back home!
Daniel Weisel, MD
College: University of Southern California
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
Areas of Interest: Preventive Medicine, Underserved Populations, Procedural Medicine
I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, as a die-hard Cardinals fan. I completed my undergrad Evolutionary Biology degree at USC (Fight on!) before boomeranging back to St. Louis for medical school. During my time at WashU, I was involved in running free clinics and health screenings for the local community, and I travelled to Guatemala to study the relationship between fast food advertising and rising obesity rates. I was drawn to family medicine because of its emphasis on preventative care and its broad scope of expertise. Now I am finally back on the West-coast-Best-coast to complete my training at OCH!
I was drawn to O'Connor because of their outstanding commitment to the underserved populations of San Jose. The residents are a tight-knit group and the faculty is clearly invested in teaching and the education of their residents.
Beyond CPR and memorizing generic drug names, my interests include playing baseball and tennis, reading fantasy novels, and hiking through national parks.
Fun Fact: I spent two weeks living with, caring for, and feeding lion cubs in Johannesburg!
Marisa Yanez, MD
College: Stanford University
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA/Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science
Areas of Interest: Sports Medicine, Procedural Medicine, Underserved Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Global Health, Medical Education
I was born and raised in sunny Southern California (Orange County to be exact) and am the youngest of four siblings. Soccer is my passion, but I enjoy anything that gets my heart rate up, including yoga, weightlifting, hiking, and swimming, just to name a few. A torn ACL is what first brought me to medicine, but my attraction to full spectrum medicine and my work with underserved populations is what happily brought me to Family Medicine. In my spare time, I can be found reading a fiction mystery novel (or more likely listening to the audio book while driving), watching the latest and greatest on Netflix (Orange is the New Black in Spanish is a favorite), or googling hypoallergenic cat breeds to fulfill my dream of adopting one despite my very allergic boyfriend.
Coming to Stanford-O’Connor was an easy choice for me. They truly are a family here; from my co-resident class, to my big sibs, to the extremely supportive staff and faculty, I am surrounded by respect, love, and encouragement at all times. And with the opportunity to explore any and every passion, I do not have to limit my areas of interest and am confident that I will graduate a very capable and well-rounded physician. Plus, it is a welcome joy to be back by my alma mater (go trees!).
Fun fact: I have traveled to 4 continents and 19 countries, 15 of which were during medical school!