Sudarshan Bhat, MD
Dr. Sudarshan Bhat was born in Kochi, India and raised in San Jose, California. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Bhat had the opportunity to work alongside physician researchers at University of California, San Francisco’s Lung Biology Department. He later partnered with community leaders in Oakland to build the “Highland Health Advocates” Medical-Legal Partnership. He was inspired to see first-hand how discovery impacted treatment of hospitalized patients and humbled by the challenge of addressing social determinants of health in the nation’s busiest emergency rooms. As the first in his family to pursue medicine, he drew a great deal of inspiration from these incredible leaders. Dr. Bhat strived to be a partner to patients of all ages and walks of life, an advocate for our community, and a champion for scientific truth. In his time at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, he discovered that training in Family Medicine would allow him to pursue a career doing precisely this.
Having developed a passion for medicine here in the Bay Area, Dr. Bhat is thrilled to return to the community that made him who he is today. LifeLong Medical Care’s unique partnerships in the East Bay provide a variety of resident training environments that prepare to fill gaps in the most underserved regions.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Bhat loves spending time with his wife, Puja and their families. He enjoys creating with his hands in as many ways as possible: cooking, gardening, woodworking – learning new skills that allow him to turn something good into something amazing.
Fun Fact: Dr. Bhat is trained in Indian Classical Music and sang A Cappella in college and medical school. If you catch him spontaneously whistling, drumming on his desk, or singing a tune, feel free to join in!
Justin Chin, DO
Dr. Justin Chin is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and completed his undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley and medical school training at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. Family medicine is in the privileged and unique position of being equipped to treat and advocate for patients not only as individuals, but also in the context of the entire community system through its focus on preventative medicine and outreach. As a family medicine physician, Dr. Chin sees himself journeying, not ahead of, but alongside his patients: providing better care throughout the joys and tragedies of life in its entire duration, by connecting with each patient one-on-one, and contextualizing their health in the landscape of their family and community. LifeLong Medical Care provides the opportunity to achieve these goals through the myriad of clinics and experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of the inaugural class, Dr. Chin looks forward to creating a space in medicine dedicated to giving the community a voice, by nurturing and providing care to the next generation of immigrants, wherever they come from. His research interests include medical education, social determinants of health, and the role that culture plays in healthcare.
In his spare time, Dr. Chin enjoys food exploring, in which he goes to a restaurant, tastes their top dish, and tries to recreate it at home without a recipe.
Basilia Gonzalez, MD
Dr. Basilia Gonzalez graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine. As a family medicine physician you are at the frontlines of healthcare, at the hub of your patient’s medical wheel, and the life-long relationships one builds makes one a part of their family. She has a huge family, consisting of 74 first cousins, so family is incredibly important to her. She looks forward to taking care of families and being a support to them in both difficult times and meaningful life events.
Becoming a well-rounded and caring family physician is her main goal. When visiting LifeLong Medical Care, she could feel a positive energy in the environment, and a strong desire to make the William Jenkins Health Center successful. She looks forward to forming lifelong friendships, growing into a well-rounded, caring, knowledgeable physician, and to use her career as an opportunity to directly impact the lives of those in her community.
Growing up with parents who owned a Mexican restaurant, food is a part of who Dr. Gonzalez is. She loves to experiment with all types of cuisine. She enjoys eating everything from a traditional Mexican mole to a simple quesadilla. She also enjoys learning to cook meals from South America, since her husband is Paraguayan.
Fun Fact: Dr. Gonzalez met her husband, Santiago, on the first day of medical school. They were married 10 months later! They were ecstatic to couples match in the Bay Area!
Angela Mendoza, MD
Dr. Angela Mendoza grew up around a multicultural and multigenerational kitchen table in Petaluma, California. She’s always been motivated to recreate the caring she received from her family in the form of homemade meals shared with others. This led her to University of California, Santa Barbara, where she used the Italian Slow Food Movement as a blueprint to design a major at the intersection of agriculture, environmental science, and food studies. She took what she learned to her first career as a pastry chef in Sonoma County. She entered medicine to expand the influence she could have on the health of her community, and to challenge the medical community to expand the way it defines health. At University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, her interests led her naturally to family medicine, with its history as a specialty born of medical reform, the rejection of medical hyper-specialization, and the elevation of whole person care. She feels privileged to continue her journey at LifeLong Medical Care and hopes to contribute to a culture of community and caring at the residency. She lives in San Rafael with her partner, Max, a family medicine resident at Contra Costa, and her 110 lb Great Dane, Felix, who is too lazy to accompany them hiking on Mt. Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands.
Barbara Nguyen-Espino, DO
Dr. Barbara Nguyen-Espino was born and raised in San Jose, CA in a bicultural and bilingual household. As the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and Vietnam, she experienced health disparities first-hand. She attended University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Anthropology and decided that she wanted to integrate social-cultural studies with medicine. She applied to medical school in Las Cruces, New Mexico where she was part of the inaugural class and where she fell in love with Family Medicine because of the privilege to form lasting relationships with patients from all backgrounds, emphasis on preventive care, and community engagement. Being the first in her family to attend college and attend medical school, gave her the opportunity to pursue a career in Family Medicine where she could give back to the underserved communities she comes from.
Dr. Nguyen-Espino chose LifeLong Medical Care because of the inspiring individuals who are committed to provide compassionate care for the underserved communities. LifeLong’s dedication to diversity is well represented in its staff and patient demographic. She had a great experience being part of the inaugural class at her medical school and am excited to be part of LifeLong’s inaugural class where she hopes to mentor future generations of healthcare providers. She looks forward to creating a supportive educational environment that nurtures residents’ interests and wellness.
When not practicing medicine, she is trying new foods. Some favorite foods include Vietnamese soups, bún bò Huế and phở.
Fun Fact: Dr. Nguyen-Espino has a twin sister who will also be training for family medicine residency in Fresno, CA.
Olivia Park, MD
Dr. Olivia Park was fortunate to be accepted into University of California, San Francisco’s PRIME-Urban Underserved program, where she was able to find a family of like-minded colleagues who also saw medicine as a tool for social change. She was also able to strengthen her praxis of community engaged work and activism. In 2014, following the police murders of Eric Gardner, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown, Dr. Park was amongst the medical students who organized White Coats for Black Lives. In 2016, she co-founded the Do No Harm Coalition when five local activists went on a hunger strike to demand justice for the police killings of several Black and Brown San Franciscans.
Dr. Park is excited and honored to be a part of LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center in Richmond, a place that is from the community, for the community. She sees great opportunity in being a part of the inaugural class of Family Medicine residents at LifeLong Medical Care, especially during these unprecedented times. Olivia looks to the LifeLong Family Medicine Residency program with the hope to reimagine medicine (once again), to build a culture of care, and to challenge the racist structures within medicine that lead to grave disparities in individual and community health. She looks forward to building community and strengthening the network of leaders working across disciplines to improve access and health for our most marginalized and oppressed communities.
Fun Fact: Dr. Park once attended a holiday party where she had a long discussion with Neil deGrasse Tyson about pens and molybdenum.