Meet the Residents: Class of 2022

 

 


Class of 2022

 

Sarah Bodine, MD

University of Arizona College of Medicine

Where are you from? I grew up in Phoenix and Prescott. I love the southwest with its desert colors, beautiful skies, mountains and wide open spaces. There are also so many opportunities and cultural diversity that make this a wonderful place to live.
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? I felt that the residents were kindred spirits. We got along great and I knew I’d love working with and learning alongside them. Residents, staff and faculty also nurture a positive and supportive educational environment. I knew I would receive the broad and thorough training I needed, and educational innovation and responsive leadership were strong points. The program also demonstrates a commitment to innovation in healthcare delivery and an emphasis on integrative medicine which will enrich my training.
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson? Tucson is my home and I am so excited to continue making new connections throughout residency. There are still tons of restaurants and nature spots I have yet to experience as well.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of Medicine? I like to cook, especially trying out new ways to prepare veggies and use herbs and spices. Alternately I love visiting breweries and donut shops. I enjoy relaxing at home with family and my pup Louie, as well as running and weightlifting.
What are your professional interests within Medicine? I am interested in improving healthcare quality while reducing unnecessary costs. I am also passionate about a holistic approach in medicine, working with patients on disease prevention through lifestyle modification.
Favorite way to spend a day off? I like to sleep in, have a workout, order food and watch funny Netflix shows while snuggling with my pupper.
Top item on your "Bucket list"? Grow an amazing flower garden at my home and keep all the plants alive.


 

Fatima Giron Rivas, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine

Where are you from? San Salvador, El Salvador
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? I chose to pursue residency at the University of Arizona Family Medicine Residency Program because of how supportive and welcoming the faculty, residents, and support staff were during my interview day. Once I interviewed here, I couldn’t be strongly interested in another family medicine program. This program offers amazing opportunities in academic medicine, integrative medicine, global health and even obtain master in public health if you are interested. Besides all that, I’ll be working with undeserved communities and I’ll get to use my Spanish on a daily bases with my patients.
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson? The weather for sure!!! Besides that, it’s a very affordable city in terms of rent and food. You will be able to save money and live very comfortably. Also, I’m looking forward to meeting new people and become a more outdoor person.   
What are your interests or hobbies outside of Medicine?
I love singing (even if I don’t do it that well). I like watching movies or TV shows, listening to music (pop, rock, broadway, classical, opera and ballads), and hang out with friends.    
What are your professional interests within Medicine?
Academic medicine, Integrative medicine, Public Health, Global Health (Latin America) and Preventive medicine
Favorite way to spend a day off? Cleaning the apartment, watching movies or TV shows, and hanging out with friends.
Top item on your "Bucket list"? Finish residency successfully and becoming a fantastic family medicine physician.

   


 

Frank Gomez, MD

University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Where are you from? Edinburg, TX
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? I chose the University of Arizona because I had a great interview day experience. It was clear that both the faculty and residents have great attitudes about learning/teaching and really strive to push the boundaries of our profession! The program also highlighted a number of opportunities to work with the underserved and advocate for them, which is very important to me.
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson? The seemingly endless hiking opportunities, amazing food options, and the 360-degree picturesque views.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of Medicine? I love playing just about any genre of music on drum set, dabbling on guitar/bass, and producing/engineering music on my computer. I also love hanging out with my wife and cooking for her!
What are your professional interests within Medicine? Care of the underserved, identification of barriers to healthcare, preventative medicine and management of chronic disease.
Favorite way to spend a day off? Watching Netflix with my wife, turning on all my guitar pedals and making weird noises, and catching up on podcasts.
Top item on your "Bucket list"? Having an above average cup of coffee in Melbourne, Australia.

 


 

Daniel Luccock, MD

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Where are you from? I grew up in Centennial, CO, spent a few years in Boulder, CO, for college and then returned to Centennial before moving to Virginia for medical school.
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? I have long been interested in Integrative Medicine and UA Tucson is a leader in the field. I spent a month as a sub-intern in the program and loved the strength of teaching, variety of patient demographics, supportive residency environment, and the many outdoor opportunities in Tucson. I am thrilled to be heading back West, where the air is dryer, the mountains higher, and the dirt redder.
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson? I am excited to have mountains to bike through and climb on and to finally have some great Mexican food options.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of Medicine? When not being studious, I love skiing, climbing, mountain biking, SCUBA diving, photography, traveling, and spending time with my amazing wife.
What are your professional interests within Medicine? I am interested in preventive and integrative medicine.
Favorite way to spend a day off? Going for a hike/bike/climb/ski and then relaxing in a new brewery.
Top item on your "Bucket list"? Dive with a manta ray.

 


 

Sean Patrick McEvoy, MD

University of Arizona College of Medicine

Where are you from? Tucson, AZ
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? I really enjoyed working with the faculty and residents during medical school at the U of A and love the idea staying in Tucson with family and friends. The integrative focus and patient centered care is how I want to train as a physician.
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson? Finding new parts of the city I have yet to explore, hike more trails, and be involved in the community as a new physician.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of Medicine? Cycling, gardening, yoga, and live music.
What are your professional interests within Medicine? Integrative medicine, mind / body medicine, hospice and palliative care, and sports medicine / massage.
Favorite way to spend a day off? I like to sleep, read, cook and be around good people. Walking down to a concert or dance party and having a good meal out with friends is a pretty great day off for me.
Top item on your "Bucket list"? Play electric bass as a studio musician for the next Daft Punk album.

 

 


 

Natasha Mitra, MD, MPH

MD: University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
MPH: University of Texas Health School of Public Health at San Antonio

Where are you from? I am originally from McAllen, a border town on the southernmost tip of Texas.
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? I chose UA because my partner is originally from Arizona, and he introduced me to the unparalleled beauty and endless activities that AZ has to offer. Needless to say, I fell in love. Tucson, in particular, has the laid back vibes, outdoors adventures, and cultural diversity that I was looking for in a residency spot. He’ll also be starting his own residency in Emergency Medicine at UA as well!
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson? I am most excited about having Mt. Lemmon and lots of hiking trails right in my backyard. I’m stoked to do as much exploring as possible, involving nature, arts, and cuisine.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of Medicine? Outside of medicine, my absolute favorite thing to do is dance. I hope to join a local studio to take occasional classes and learn new choreography.
I love yoga. Namaste.
I love hiking, and I can’t wait to hit the trails around Tucson.
I love cooking new meals and trying new foods, so I hope to explore farmer’s markets, restaurants, and new recipes while in Tucson.
I love creative writing and hope to continue it during any down time I might have left.
What are your professional interests within Medicine? My professional interests within medicine include working with underserved populations. I am passionate about working with Spanish-speaking patients, in particular. I would love to be involved in global health, whether that means engaging in care of patients abroad or in under-resourced areas nearby. I was an English major in college and absolutely love reading/writing and am intrigued by the role of reflective writing in the field of medicine. Finally, I have a peripheral interest in palliative medicine and end-of-life care, so I hope to gain more experience in all of these fields during my residency experience.
Favorite way to spend a day off? Traveling to somewhere new or trying a new activity.
Top item on your "Bucket list"? There are so many items to choose from, but probably at the top of the list is to attend a hot-air balloon festival and ride in one.

 


 

Natondra Powell, MD

Howard University College of Medicine

Where are you from? Atlanta, GA but Washington, DC has become my second home.
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? Integrative medicine and the ability to continue to care for the underserved!!
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson? The sun, fun outdoor activities with my family, good food.
What are your interests or hobbies outside of Medicine? I enjoy making beaded, crystal and copper wire jewelry, painting, writing, and just about anything that allows me to create. I also enjoy gardening, herb walks, and camping with the family.
What are your professional interests within Medicine? Integrative and functional medicine, nutrition, maternal-child health, and women’s health.
Favorite way to spend a day off? Rejuvenating in nature, taking herbal baths, and having fun with my daughter.
Top item on your "Bucket list"? Travel the world, connect with different cultures and study the indigenous traditional medicines and healing practices.

   


 

Karissa Wasiak, MD, MPH

MD, MPH: University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine

Where are you from? Las Vegas, Nevada
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine? I chose UA Family Medicine because on my interview day the residents, faculty, and staff made me feel like I fit right in! I was also excited about the clinic immersion scheduling, research opportunities, and emphasis on underserved populations. Plus, I wanted a program that allowed me to practice and improve my Spanish skills.
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson? Coming from Las Vegas, I’m a fan of warmer weather, so I’m excited to experience a new desert climate. I’m really looking forward to exploring all the mountains and trails of the area with my husband and my dog. I’ve also heard a lot about the great rock climbing around the area and am looking forward to conquering some of it!
What are your interests or hobbies outside of Medicine? I love to bake bread, train with my dog, hike, rock climb, try new board games, puzzle, and try new places to eat.
What are your professional interests within Medicine? Broadly, public health and working with underserved populations. I have a lot of other potential interests, like sports medicine and academics, but I’ll have to see where residency takes me.
Favorite way to spend a day off? My dream day off is hiking a new trail with my husband and our dog in the morning, finding a great lunch spot, and then relaxing with friends playing board games or trivia in the evening.
Top item on your "Bucket list"? I think it would be so fun to host a pop-up restaurant or bakery one day with my husband, but more realistically I really want to become fluent in Spanish.