Dr. Agnoli began her Assistant Professor in Residence appointment with Family and Community Medicine in September 2017. Her clinical and research interests focus on issues of access to care, particularly for vulnerable populations and individuals with substance use disorders. Dr. Agnoli grew up in Massachusetts and she is committed to the Department’s mission of increasing access to quality primary care in California’s Central Valley.
Dr. Amadi is a family medicine physician who practices in both the clinic and hospital settings. She completed additional training in palliative medicine so that she could better help patients make healthcare decisions and manage symptoms in advanced and chronic diseases (eg cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, dementia). She enjoys caring for patients of all ages and in different stages in life and emphasizes patient and family education in her practice.
Dr. Bertakis received her B.S. degree from UC Davis and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley. She attended medical school and completed her family practice residency at the University of Utah. She joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1980, and founded the UC Davis Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care in 1994. Dr. Bertakis was Chair of the Department from 1995 to 2017, and was elected Chair of the Council of Chairs (2000), as well as Chair of the UCDMC Practice Management Board (2009 and 2012). In 2005, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring for her role supporting the professional development of faculty and residents. Dr. Bertakis was the youngest recipient of the Curtis G. Hames Research Award in Family Medicine, which is a lifetime achievement award for contributions to family medicine research, and in 2018, she received the Hibbard E. Williams, MD Lifetime Achievement Award "In Recognition of Lifetime Commitment and Service to the School of Medicine." She has sat on numerous editorial boards, and has also served on the National Board of Medical Examiners and Medical Board of California.
While on a recent sabbatical, Dr. Bertakis was a Visiting Professor at the University of Crete School of Medicine, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care and Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, where she taught, assisted in writing research grant funding proposals, and consulted on the expansion of primary care education and health care services in Greece. Dr. Bertakis' research focuses on the doctor-patient interaction and the effects of physician practice style on patient outcomes and health care delivery. She also collaborates with Italian colleagues doing research in the area of geriatric depression. Her international activities with both Greece and Italy are ongoing.
Edward J. Callahan, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine and Associate Vice Chancellor Emeritus for Academic Personnel, Schools of Human Health Sciences at UC Davis. His work in Faculty administration has focused on assuring fair measurement of faculty work effort and on increasing the diversity of faculty at the UC Davis Health. Dr. Callahan earned his Ph.D. at the University of Vermont training in experimental and clinical psychology; he worked primarily in health behavior change related to medicine and studying the impact of physician behavior on patient health. Clinically, he worked with people minoritized for mental health problems including substance use. At UC Davis, he led efforts to integrate sexual orientation and gender identity demographics in the Electronic Health Record and led similar efforts to integrate sexual orientation and gender identity demographics in Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) medical student and faculty surveys. Dr. Callahan is a Past Chair of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) and serves as a Board Member of Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP). In retirement, Dr. Callahan continues to work to increase the success of minoritized medical and healthcare students in healthcare academia.
W. Suzanne Eidson-Ton, M.D., M.S. - Professor, Director of the UC Davis Network of Family Medicine Residency Programs
Dr. Eidson-Ton completed her medical school training at University of California, San Francisco. After completing a joint residency in Family Medicine and Obstetrics at UC Davis, she joined the UC Davis Family and Community Medicine faculty in 2002 where she helped to coordinate the integration of women's health, obstetrics and newborn care in the Residency Program. Dr. Eidson-Ton is currently the Director of the UC Davis Network of Family Medicine Residency Programs, a group of residency programs in Northern and Central California, dedicated to training the next generation of Family Medicine physicians for these rural and underserved regions. Dr. Eidson-Ton is also the Chief Medical Officer of CommuniCare Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Yolo County and one of the community clinic partner sites for UC Davis Family Medicine residents. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of OB/GYN as a provider on Labor and Delivery.
Dr. Faustin is a Family Medicine & Sports Medicine physician, jointly appointed in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Family & Community Medicine. She obtained her MD degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed Family Medicine residency training and subsequent Sports Medicine fellowship training at UC San Diego. As a former gymnast, volleyball player and Division I Track & Field Athlete, Dr. Faustin is personally invested in the health and healing of pediatric athletes. She is skilled in recommending varied non-surgical treatment strategies, including integrating diagnostic and therapeutic musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Faustin is the head team physician for USA Gymnastics Women's National Team and team physician for UC Davis Intercollegiate Athletes, Sacramento Republic Soccer Team and various Junior Colleges around the Sacramento Area. Dr. Faustin's academic/research interests align with the education of medical students, residents and fellows, especially in regards to Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, Female Athlete Triad and concussion. She is interested in caring for pediatric and adult populations and the collaborative treatment model with patients/athletes with an overall getting patients healthy through exercise and medical interventions when needed.
Dr. Fenton graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and completed his residency at San Francisco General Hospital. He subsequently served as a family physician on the Navajo Indian Reservation at Crownpoint, NM and as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington. Dr. Fenton’s research focuses on screening and prevention, patient-doctor communication, and increasing the value of primary care. Dr. Fenton is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine and is Associate Editor of the Evidence-Based Medicine.
Dr. Franks received his M.D. degree from the University of London, England, and completed residency training in 1979 in Rochester, NY. For the next 20 years he adopted many guises, including residency director, research director, medical director, and associate chair before moving to Sacramento in 2000. He became Emeritus in 2018 and continues his interests in health services research with an emphasis on the role of primary care in the healthcare system, study design in primary care settings, and psychosocial factors affecting health, health care, and health care delivery.
Dr. Micaela Godzich received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 2007. Prior to this, she had completed a master's degree in cell biology from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She trained in Family Medicine at Contra Costa County Health Services in Martinez, California, finishing her residency in 2010. Dr. Godzich then stayed on at Contra Costa to provide primary care, supervise residents, and staff inpatient medicine and labor and delivery through 2012. She subsequently moved to Shasta county in rural Northern California in the summer of 2012 to work as a full spectrum family physician in a traditional practice, providing inpatient, outpatient, operative obstetric, and emergency room care. She moved to rural north eastern Washington state in 2014 to continue her full spectrum practice. Dr. Godzich began her Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in July 2017. She is thrilled to be working with learners again and is eager to share the joys of full spectrum family medicine with new doctors. Her clinical interests include effective longitudinal relationships with patients in a variety of clinical contexts, and physician well-being and professional fulfillment. She is committed to the Department’s mission of increasing access to quality primary care in California.
Dr. Jerant earned his M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine under an Army Health Professions Scholarship (HPS), and then completed family medicine residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center. He spent his four-year HPS service commitment on the teaching faculty of the family medicine residency program at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. He joined the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1998, and was appointed as Chair in January 2018. As Chair, Dr. Jerant strives to embody the servant leadership philosophy, maintaining a primary focus on cultivating the growth and well-being of the people in the Department and the patients and communities it serves.
Before becoming Chair, Dr. Jerant had many other Departmental leadership roles, including Vice Chair, Mentoring Director, Medical Student Education Director, and Associate Residency Director. In 2014, he received the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching, UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest teaching award, recognizing sustained and enduring contributions to medical education. Dr. Jerant practices broad scope family medicine, with particular interest in primary mental health care, preventative care, chronic illness care, and outpatient procedures. He is also a health services researcher with a strong interest in developing and evaluating interventions to activate patients to participate more effectively in their own care. Dr. Jerant has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been awarded more than $9 million in career extramural research funding as a principal investigator, including grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. When not working, Dr. Jerant cherishes spending time with his two sons and enjoys walking, playing the guitar, and listening to records (yes, vinyl!) and other recordings.
Andrew Jones, M.D. - Associate Physician
Dr. Jones received both his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and his medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He then completed his Family and Community Medicine residency at UC Davis, graduating in 2021. He is very excited to now work as a staff physician seeing patients and teaching residents and medical students in both the clinic and hospital. His interests in medicine include chronic disease (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, substance use, etc.) management, musculoskeletal complaints, and reproductive health counseling. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his family, cheering on the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers, and listening to music.
Jennifer Karlin, M.D., Ph.D. - Assistant Professor and Co-Director FCM Medical Student Education Program
Dr. Karlin is a board-certified family physician and fellowship-trained family planning specialist whose primary care practice is anchored in caring for patients--particularly those who have been historically disenfranchised--in ways that encourage their empowerment and autonomy. Trained as an anthropologist and historian of medicine, her research aims to understand how social, political and institutional structures affect people's experiences with diagnosis, treatment and health care. Dr. Karlin completed her graduate and medical degrees as well as a fellowship in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago and then finished her residency training and family planning fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). For her doctoral work, she examined how diverse understandings of health were, and were not, integrated into a large teaching hospital, one with particularly high rates of poor and uninsured patients. Since then, her research has spanned a wide range of topics to address how health care can be delivered in ways that are person-centered and empowering with a focus on reproductive health, end stage renal disease and chronic illnesses including autoimmune disorders. As important, Dr. Karlin is committed to medical and resident education and research that aims to encourage physicians-in-training to approach their practices from an historical, trauma-informed and self-reflexive perspective as a way of improving quality of care and decreasing trauma caused by the medical system.
Ian Kim, M.D. - Assistant Clinical Professor
William Klas, M.D. - Associate Physician
Dr. Lin received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine residency followed by a one-year Geriatrics fellowship at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. His professional interests include geriatrics training, residency training, and continuous quality improvement in the inpatient and outpatient settings. He has a strong interest in care of the elderly in long-term care facilities and in the home environment. He enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling, solving puzzles, and table tennis.
Dr. Magnan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Her primary interest is research to improve health outcomes and the patient experience for patients with complicated health needs, including diabetes and multiple chronic conditions. Outside of research, Dr. Magnan loves to teach and showing trainees how wonderful family medicine and the patient-doctor connection can be. Clinically, she believes in working with patients to find plans that work for them and enjoys chronic condition management and behavioral health.
Dr. Marshall received her undergraduate degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed a combined residency program in Family Medicine and Obstetrics at UC Davis in 2007. After residency, she joined the faculty at UC Davis. Her passions include teaching residents and medical students, especially in the areas of women's health, obstetrics, family planning and well child care. Dr. Marshall has served as the director of the Family Medicine Obstetrics Program since 2012 and been an Associate Residency Program director since 2014. She's especially excited about her new role as the Family Medicine Residency Program Director!
Juanita Melau, M.D. - Associate Physician
Dr. Melau completed her medical degree in Miami, Florida at the Florida International University College of Medicine. She subsequently competed her Family Medicine residency training here at UC Davis Medical Center. She is passionate about comprehensive, patient-centered care and health equity. She also is proud to work at one of our associated Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHC) Sacramento County Clinic. Her professional interests include women’s health, clinic procedures, non-operative obstetrics, sports medicine, and geriatrics. Outside of the workday, she enjoys gardening, soccer, and skiing.
Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H. - Professor Emeritus
Dr. Melnikow received her M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her family practice residency training at the University of Massachusetts in 1987. She served as a family physician at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital before joining the faculty of Case Western Reserve University. Since joining the department in 1992, Dr. Melnikow has explored her professional interest in women's health through her research on cancer screening and prevention issues in underserved populations, evaluation of women with abnormal pap smears, and cost effectiveness analyses. She is a nationally recognized leader in health services research with appointments on the United States Preventative Services Task Force, the National Institutes of Health’s Health Delivery and Methodologies Integrated Review Group, and is the vice chair for public health for the California Health Benefits Review Program.
Dr. Nesbitt graduated from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1979 and did his family practice residency at the University of Washington affiliate in Spokane, WA. After practicing in California and Idaho for several years, he completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Nesbitt joined our faculty in 1988. His research interests include rural health, OB access to care issues, and telemedicine. As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances, he is responsible for advancing the UC Davis Health’s excellence in telemedicine. Toward that goal, he works closely with leaders throughout the state in developing partnerships with regional hospitals, clinics and centers to expand access to quality health care and create a statewide broadband telehealth network. He also ensures that faculty and staff excel at using innovative technologies to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art medical care.
MK Orsulak, M.D., M.P.H. - Associate Physician
Mary Kathryn (MK) Orsulak, MD, MPH (she/her) completed her medical and public health training at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and is a graduate of the UC Davis Family Medicine Residency Program. She recently completed her Fellowship in Primary Care Psychiatry through UC Davis and UC Irvine. MK currently works and teaches at the Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic, the UC Davis Ambulatory Care Clinic, and on the inpatient Substance Use Intervention Team. MK believes that Family Medicine is a collaboration between primary care physicians and patients, and everyone should have access to compassionate healthcare that is patient-centered. Her interests include providing primary care-based treatment of substance use disorders, mental health, gender-affirming care, and reproductive health with a focus on caring for people experiencing homelessness, people who use drugs, and people impacted by the prison industrial complex. She is passionate about decreasing barriers to primary care and integrating the philosophy of harm reduction when providing patient care. MK believes that medicine does not exist in a vacuum, and it is the role of physicians to advocate against systems of oppression that impact their patients, especially when those are reinforced within the healthcare system.
Dr. Seibles received her medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine, and completed family medicine residency training with the California Department of Health Services. She also has a Certificate of Added Qualification in geriatric care. She is particularly interested in the use of technology via electronic health records (EHRs) to make primary care delivery more effective, since EHRs have greatly improved the ability of health systems to provide care that can make a difference in individual patients’ lives and in communities. Many patients live with multiple chronic illnesses and Dr. Seibles believes the additional challenges they face can be addressed, in part, with more sophisticated uses of data in EHRs. Accordingly, she strives to use and develop tools for clinical informatics, with the goal of providing individualized care and enhancing physician-patient relationships.
Kris Srinivasan, M.D. - Associate Clinical Professor and Co-Director FCM Medical Student Education Program
After studying English and genetics at UC Davis and a brief diversion studying molecular biology at UC Berkeley, Dr. Srinivasan became interested in health care after learning of the work of Paul Farmer and Partners in Health -- in particular the concept of treating poverty as a social disease with profoundly negative health consequences for people. He worked for Partners in Health briefly and then decided to pursue a career in primary care, mainly to address the health disparities associated with social inequity. He learned how to be a family physician at UC Davis and is proud to join the terrific faculty that has provided mentoring for all these years. He works and teaches both here and at the Salud Clinic in West Sacramento, which is a community health center serving those with public or no insurance. Dr. Srinivasan's medical interests continue to include social disparity, but more practically include full-spectrum primary care including procedures, non-operative obstetrics, and inpatient care of patients of all ages.
Kirsten Vitrikas, M.D. - Associate Clinical Professor
Dr. Vitrikas is joining the UCD Family Medicine Faculty after 22 years of service in the Air Force. She received her MD from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University after which she did her Family Medicine residency at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews AFB in Maryland. After a 3 year tour in Germany she completed her Obstetrics Fellowship at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She then joined the faculty of the St Louis University/Scott AFB Family Medicine Residency in Belleville, Il serving in various roles over her 8 years there before coming to David Grant Medical Center at Travis AFB, CA where she served as the program director from 2014-2021. During her time in Illinois she also completed the Helms Medical Acupuncture Course and a Faculty Development Fellowship through Michigan State University. She is excited to begin a new phase of her career continuing to train young family physicians. She relishes providing full spectrum family medicine care with specific clinical interests in women’s health, pediatrics and acupuncture. Her academic interests include faculty development and leadership development.