Eric Henley, MD | Designated Institutional Officer
Dr. Eric Henley is an experienced family and public health physician. In the past 10 years, he was CMO of two large FQHCs, one urban in California’s East Bay and one rural in Flagstaff, AZ. He also spent 13 years as an academic physician at the University of Illinois regional campus in Rockford, 9 years as department chair. At University of Illinois, he oversaw the family medicine residency and taught medical students and residents. At LifeLong, he expanded medical education programs, implemented a successful Nurse Practitioner residency, and led the Health Center in achieving initial ACGME accreditation for the Family Medicine Residency Program in April 2019.
Deborah Simon-Weisberg, MD । Program Director
Dr. Deborah Simon-Weisberg is the founding program director of the LifeLong Medical Care Residency. She is an experienced full-scope family medicine physician active in outpatient primary care and inpatient clinical work. She has expertise in women’s health and obstetrics and advanced skills in outpatient procedures. Prior to her role as Residency Program Director, Dr. Simon-Weisberg held leadership positions within LifeLong Medical Care, most recently as the Medical Director of a large family practice clinic. She has 15 years of residency medical education experience working at several different northern California organizations such as Kaiser, Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center, San Joaquin General Hospital, and Alta Bates. She has served as a preceptor for University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) medical students, nurse practitioner students, and nurse practitioner residents as well.
She is a native of California and grew up in Fresno, CA. College and medical school took her to the east coast, but she returned to California for Family Medicine Residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Her wellness activities include hip hop and salsa dance, taking short hikes in the Berkeley hills, and family time. She is thrilled to have been part of the creation of this mission driven residency. She feels that training very competent residents to work in an urban, underserved, and outpatient setting is needed in our community. She has a passion for mentoring residents in high-quality, patient centered, and broad scope family medicine. Her commitment to providing top notch care to marginalized patient populations has made LifeLong Medical Care her perfect home.
Brittany Cash-White | Program Manager
Brittany joined LifeLong Medical Care in June 2010 as an Administrative Assistant with Human Resources. Since then, she’s served in a number of roles including: Electronic Health Records Implementation Project Assistant, Patient Services Coordinator, Medical Executive Assistant to former Chief Medical Officers, Centralized Operations Specialist, Health Center Manager, Manager of Special Projects: Digital Patient Engagement, Contra Costa Ryan White Program Manager and Manager for LifeLong affiliated Contra Costa Skilled Nursing Facilities. Brittany is an avid baker, enjoys reading articles, watching documentaries, exploring trends in health and technology, spending time with her nephew, witty memes, and traveling with friends in her spare time. Fun fact: She developed her affinity for public, underserved health while attending her alma mater Tuskegee University.
Juan Cano | Program Coordinator
Juan was born in Leon, Guanajuato and grew up in Richmond, California from the age of three. Growing up in a low-income, underrepresented community has taught Juan a lot about facing challenges and overcoming adversities. In high school, they began to learn about various STEM disciplines and since then knew that this was the field they would want to pursue for their future career. At University of California, Berkeley, Juan loved to nerd about Astrophysics (especially about Exoplanets) and Geography (especially about the consequences of climate change) and was involved in both research and Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl.
Thomas McBride, MD । Core Faculty
Dr. McBride is a family physician working at the East Oakland and Richmond LifeLong health centers with interest in medical education, team-based care, and treatment of substance-use disorders. Prior to medical school, Tom taught high-school science in the Bronx through Teach for America and earned a Masters in Teaching from Pace University. He remained in New York for medical school at Mount Sinai and moved to the Bay Area to begin his residency in Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While in residency, Tom worked with the Center of Excellence in Primary Care to study best practices for primary care clinics, and remained at UCSF for an additional year to serve as chief resident of the Family Medicine department. He joined LifeLong in 2019 and initially helped manage LifeLong’s partnership with Kaiser’s Internal Medicine Health Equity & Disparities Track and participate in the MAT program at East Oakland. As a member of the core faculty, he coordinates outpatient curricula, oversees resident QI/practice management work, and practices full-scope family medicine. In his spare time, he chases his 1-year old daughter around Berkeley and bikes around the East Bay.
Rebecca McEntee, MD । Core Faculty
Dr. McEntee joined the core faculty of the Lifelong Family Medicine Residency Program in early 2020. She oversees the obstetrics and wellness curriculums for the residency program, as well as acts as the champion for diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism efforts. She was born in Chicago, IL and completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College (MD, 2005), she moved to the Bay Area for residency training with the UCSF Family and Community Medicine Residency Program (2008). Dr. McEntee continues to work as a primary care physician providing full spectrum primary care including inpatient obstetrics at La Clinica de la Raza’s San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center and Davis Pediatrics, and has been in this role since 2009. She has continued to be involved in medical student and resident education throughout her career in community-based primary care. Dr. McEntee is currently an assistant clinical professor in the UCSF Family and Community Medicine Residency program working mainly as a trainer in the TEACH curriculum focused on provision of reproductive health and first-trimester abortion care. She also has a growing interest in integrative health and functional medicine, and continues to work to expand her knowledge and skills in this area.
Jeana Radosevich, MD । Core Faculty
Dr. Jeana Radosevich is thrilled to be a core faculty member for the Lifelong Family Medicine Residency Program. She grew up in El Cerrito, CA and completed her education at UC Berkeley (BA, 2006) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (MD, 2011). She did her residency training at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency and completed the UCSF Faculty Development Fellowship in 2018. After finishing residency, she worked for several years as a hospitalist and urgent care provider. She joined LifeLong in October 2019. In her free time, she enjoys catching up with family and friends, exploring the natural world, gardening, and cooking. Fun fact: while trekking in Peru for her honeymoon, she and her husband got stranded in a blizzard for 36 hours and lived to tell the tale!
Serena Wu, MD । Core Faculty
Dr. Serena Wu is a dual board certified family physician and psychiatrist who specializes in the intersection between physical and mental health. As Deputy Chief Medical Officer of LifeLong Medical Care, she spearheaded multiple medical education partnerships with local residencies and medical schools including the development of a residency track in conjunction with Kaiser Internal Medicine residency. Dr. Wu will assume the role of Core Faculty of LifeLong’s Teaching Health Center Family Medicine Residency Program in 2020.
Cynthia Carmichael, MD । Curriculum Director of Community Medicine
Cynthia Carmichael, MD is a family physician who has provided care in Richmond since 1997. Prior to joining LifeLong Medical Care's Family Residency Program, she served on the medical staff of Contra Costa Health Services in North Richmond, as well as Kaiser Permanente in Richmond. She works with our residents at LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center and is helping to develop the Community Medicine rotation to help the residents be aware of all that the Richmond Community has to offer. She cares for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Kimberly Ceci, MD । Community Medicine Curriculum Director
Dr. Kimberly Ceci is originally from Escondido, California, and completed her B.S. at Davidson College, from where she was recruited to play Division 1 field hockey. After college on a trip to Kikuyu, Kenya, she found a deep passion for underserved medicine and public health. She went on to complete a M.P.H. at Tulane University in International and Maternal/Child Health, and her M.D. at St. George’s University School of Medicine, living through Category V Hurricane Ivan the 1st year. She became a family medicine physician through the University of New Mexico Family and Community Medicine Residency Program, which prepared her to take her first job as a board certified family physician at the Brookside Community Health Center FQHC, now known as LifeLong Brookside San Pablo Health Center. Since 2013, she has served the clinic as the Associate Medical Director. She practices full scope outpatient family medicine, holds teaching appointments with UCSF and Touro University, is a LifeLong NP Residency Program Preceptor, and works in close alliance with the Contra Costa Health Plan on various committees toward achieving quality care for our patients. Outside of work, she is a wife and a mommy to 2 sweet little boys, and enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, playing soccer, and playing piano.
David Chang, MD । Musculoskeletal and Sports Med Curriculum Director
Dr. David S. Chang is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. Dr. Chang graduated from Stanford University, earning dual degrees in English and Biology, with honors. He attended medical school and completed his orthopaedic surgery training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Chang returned to California to complete his sports medicine fellowship with the prestigious Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. During his training, Dr. Chang covered and treated numerous professional as well as Division I collegiate teams and athletes. Dr. Chang believes in personalized attentive care for his patients. He also specializes in minimally-invasive, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, elbow, and wrist. Dr. Chang’s goal is to help his patients, young or old, remain active and healthy.
Rakesh Donthineni, MD । Outpatient Orthopedic Curriculum Director
Dr. Rakesh Donthineni is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon. After completing his orthopaedic residency, Dr. Donthineni went on to complete a fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston). He has been on faculty at the Department of Orthopaedics, as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Donthineni now has a private orthopaedic surgery practice. The focus is managing patients with spine diseases (including neck and back pain; disc herniations; degenerative spine disease etc.), as well as on spine and extremity tumor management (bone and soft tissue tumors, including benign, primary and metastatic diseases affecting adults and pediatrics).
Michael Goldrich, MD । Geriatrics Curriculum Director
Dr. Goldrich joined LifeLong in August 2019 after finishing his geriatrics fellowship at UCSF across the bay. He works both in the clinic at Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley and multiple nursing homes in Berkeley and Oakland. In clinic, He mainly provides primary care for older adults but will hopefully be starting inter-professional geriatric consultative services in the future. His favorite part of geriatric medicine is the emphasis on patient goals and tailoring medical care in complex situations. His favorite part of being in the Bay Area is having access to all the fresh California produce at all independent markets like Berkeley Bowl.
Kanwal Merchant, MD । Pediatrics Outpatient Curriculum Director
Dr. Kanwal Merchant was raised in Torrance, California, went to college at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!), medical school at New York University and residency at Children's National in Washington, DC. She has been working as a Pediatrician at the William Jenkins Health Center since completing residency in 2015, and is inspired and learning from the caring staff and wonderful patients here everyday. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Fun fact: she has a weakness for dessert (specifically chocolate cake).
Yui Nishiike, NP । Family Medicine Outpatient Co-Curriculum Director
Yui Nishiike, NP, is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner and Deputy CMO of Clinical Innovations at LifeLong Medical Care with experience in clinical leadership, particularly in areas of Quality Improvement, Leadership Development and Data Analytics. She is deep rooted in the East Bay, and finds joy in caring for the community where she grew up.
Kalamaoka'aina Niheu, MD । Clinical Preceptor
Dr. Kalamaoka'aina Niheu is a Kanaka Maoli physician with a long history of supporting Indigenous struggles globally. As a kauka (doctor) for Onipa'a Na Hui Kalo, she has helped support and revitalize traditional kalo farming and ai pono or food sovereignty for 20 years. She is the co-founder of the Standing Rock Medic Healer's Council as well as the Mauna Medic Healer's Hui. She currently serves as Associate Medical Director at LifeLong Pinole Health Center and LifeLong Rodeo Health Center.
Mimi Ogawa, MD । Clinical Preceptor
Dr. Ogawa is a family doctor from the SF bay area. Her passion for medicine was sparked when she was working as a counselor at a medical detox for the urban underserved in San Francisco. Since then, she has continued along these lines, working with suicide hotlines, homeless outreach, Americorps, and now an FQHC--at Lifelong Medical Care (!) at the Brookside San Pablo site. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Bennington College, University of Vermont, and the Methodist Family Medicine Residency of Sacramento. She is happy that she is able to continue providing quality primary care to patients of all ages and socioeconmic status, with specific interests in MAT, urgent care, and precepting students and residents at all stages of their medical education. Outside of work she enjoys reading, martial arts, and trying to better understand her senior citizen cat and container plants.
Jason Reinking, MD । Clinical Preceptor
Dr. Jason Reinking is the POCUS Curriculum Director and Clinical Preceptor for LifeLong Medical Care’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He also serves as the Associate Medical Director at LifeLong Trust Health Center, where he provides care to patients experiencing homelessness. Dr. Reinking is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program. Before joining LifeLong, Dr. Reinking worked with Roots Community Health Center and their Street Team Outreach Medical Program. Dr. Reinking spent time in Sagam, Kenya (clinical medicine), Haiti (TB project), as well as a year in Egypt as a clinic volunteer before medical school.
Nathan Stern, MD । Clinical Preceptor
Nathan Stern is a proud family practice physician. After taking a circuitous post-college path, which included living in multiple states in the U.S. and in Chile, he studied medicine at the University of Michigan and did residency in Family Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital through UCSF. He came to Lifelong after completing a Primary Care Transformation Fellowship at the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care, and has been practicing full spectrum primary care while serving as the AMD at Brookside-Richmond since October 2018. He is passionate about providing the highest quality healthcare to underserved and marginalized communities with a focus on dignity and respect. He is very excited about the potential of the new William Jenkins Health Center to provide this type of care to Contra Costa County. A fun fact about Nathan is that his spirit animal is the sea otter - they both love swimming in the ocean and eating seafood.
Tracy White, MD । Clinical Preceptor
Dr. White was born and raised in the East Bay. Her education took her on a journey around the Bay to reach her goal of eventually caring for her home community. She completed her undergraduate studies on the Peninsula at Stanford, then up to UCSF for medical school. The final leg of her training took place at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency program. LifeLong was the obvious choice for her to achieve her long-time goal of caring for the underserved in the East Bay. She is very excited to incorporate teaching may different learners into her primary care practice. Though she wears many different hats at work, she also makes it a priority to still play soccer regularly.