Class of 2023

Class of 2023

Luke Anderson
Luke Anderson

Hometown: Odessa, TX

Undergrad: Texas Tech University 

Medical School: TTUHSC in Lubbock

Favorite thing about El Paso: It's not flat! And the family I have here.

Hobbies/Interests: Video games, Disney pin collection, various outdoor hunting/shooting/fishing activities.

Plans after residency: Get a big kid job, go to Disney a lot, have more babies.

Something unique or interesting about yourself: I fought competitively at the national level as a teenager.

Patrick Asay
Patrick Asay

Hometown: Nampa, Idaho

Undergrad: Brigham Young University- Provo

 

Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine

Favorite thing about El Paso: Weather and food

Hobbies/Interests: Dog walks and parks with family, fishing, food 

Plans after residency: Work in community or county setting 

Something unique or interesting about yourself: My first real visit to the ED as a patient was in the middle of a shift during my 4th year EM away rotation- luckily, it was just a kidney stone so I got to keep my appendix where it belongs 

Stewart Da Silva
Stewart Da Silva

Hometown: Mesa, AZ

Undergrad: Arizona State University

Medical School: Touro COM - Middletown, NY

Favorite thing about El Paso: Great family vibe, AMAZING Mexican food, Scenic Drive, Unbeatable cost of living haha and of course home to the BEST EM residency in the country (and world).

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife and 2 daughters, Health/Fitness (low-key Gym Rat), Cooking, DIY Woodworking, maybe some welding in the future (time will tell).

Plans after residency: Possible Fellowship (TBD), otherwise paying off loans ASAP so I can work to pay for all my hobbies, also plans to get my pilot license and go on medical missions.

Something unique or interesting about yourself: I recently lost 30 pounds and now have a 6 pack. I'm also trilingual, but those things come second to the six-pack, obviously...

Kris Faiss
Kris Faiss

Hometown: Reno, NV

Undergrad: University of Nevada, Reno

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

Favorite thing about El Paso:

Hobbies/Interests: hiking, reading, cooking

Plans after residency: Community EM in Nevada.

Something unique or interesting about yourself: First job as a teenager was at my parent’s Italian restaurant.

Jessica Gonzoles
Jessica Gonzoles

Hometown: Hobbs, New Mexico

Undergrad: Baylor University 

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine 

Favorite thing about El Paso: The food...duh! Aside from that, the people of El Paso are so kind and welcoming. It makes this patient population a pleasure to serve. 

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, cooking, singing, dancing, making mixed media art, and watching anything/everything on Bravo. 

Plans after residency: Undecided as of now but interested in a global health or ultrasound fellowship. 

Something unique or interesting about yourself: I try to visit at least one art museum when visiting a new country (The Louvre and Van Gogh Museum have been my favorites), I am classically trained in opera, and Jimmy Fallon once told me I have nice dance moves. 

James Grow
  James Grow

Hometown: Lewiston, Idaho

Undergrad: BYU

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Favorite thing about El Paso: The history, weather, food, culture, people, sunsets, and proximity to Mexico!

Hobbies/Interests: Guitar/music, boxing, racquetball, history, economics, and spending time with family.

Plans after residency: Scrape my way out of debt, record music, work, get in shape

Something unique or interesting about yourself: I won the diaper derby when I was a year old and got free diapers for a year!

Alexandra Lippincott
Alexandra Lippincott

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Undergrad: The University of Arizona

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Favorite thing about El Paso: 

Hobbies/Interests: Wakeboarding, Cheerleading, DIY projects, Grilling & BBQ

Plans after residency: Not sure yet! I am interested in Ultrasound and EMS and might pursue a fellowship.

Something unique or interesting about yourself: I was a national champion cheerleader and was on ESPN.

Igor Mashchenko
Igor Mashchenko

Hometown: Edison, New Jersey

Undergrad: Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Medical School: St George's University School of Medicine

Favorite thing about El Paso: Wonderful people and delicious food.

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, fishing, kayaking, hiking, traveling, playing tennis, digital painting, reading comics.

Plans after residency: Travel the world with my wife. 

Something unique or interesting about yourself: I am a classically trained painter. 

Nima Pourrajabi
Nima Pourrajabi

Hometown:  Austin, Texas  

Undergrad:  Texas A&M University

Grad:   University of Texas Medical Branch

Medical School:   Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Erie Campus

Favorite thing about El Paso:  No humidity and the stark difference in weather compared to Erie, PA: On average, there are 297 sunny days per year in El Paso! Goodbye Vitamin D deficiency!!!

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife and children. Volunteering with the children’s ministry at our local church. Cooking for family and friends.

Plans after residency: Practice clinically in a community hospital ED around the Austin area. Become involved with emergency medicine education and eventually health service administration.

Something unique or interesting about yourself: I have lived in and attended school on three different continents. Also, by doing residency through Texas Tech University, I have been a student at the big three Texas public institutions. Gig ‘em!!! 😉

Servando Rivera
Servando Rivera

Hometown: El Paso,Tx

Undergrad: University of Texas at El Paso

Grad: Texas tech university health sciences center-graduate school of biomedical sciences 

Medical School: Paul L Foster School of medicine 

Favorite thing about El Paso: the sunsets, the mountains and hiking trails, Mexican food. 

Hobbies/Interests: mountain biking, working out 

Plans after residency: I am currently between academic and private medicine but I am sure about staying in the city of El Paso and serving the border community.

Something unique or interesting about yourself: 

Armin Valdes
Armin Valdes

Hometown: Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico (Border to Del Rio Texas)

Medical School: Universidad la Salle Mexico City

Favorite thing about El Paso: The patient population! <—This turns a bad shift into a good one.  

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family

Plans after residency: Academic Medicine 

Something unique or interesting about yourself:  I’m a Pediatrician!

Tenaya Wilson-Charles
Tenaya Wilson-Charles

Hometown: Veneta, OR

Undergrad: Carleton College

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Favorite thing about El Paso: Not yet familiar with the area, but looking forward to exploring the outdoors and devouring some delicious Mexican food!

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, reading novels, sailing, scuba diving, horseback riding, crossword puzzles, drawing, and traveling. Also an overly doting cat mom. 

Plans after residency: I hope to work abroad with an international aid group such as Doctors Without Borders - perhaps will do locums to stay busy between trips.

Something unique or interesting about yourself: I was the president of my college rugby team - managed to survive four years without any concussions!