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Psychiatry Faculty

Mandeep Bagga, MD

Mandeep Bagga, MD, Program Director and Vice Chair, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine
Residency: East Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine
Fellowship: Duke University 2016, ECT and Other Brain Stimulation Therapies
Residents and medical students train directly under the guidance of the Program Director on the inpatient psychiatry rotation.

Sukhjit Brar, MD, Faculty

Medical School: Christian Medical College, Ldh, India
Residency: Meharry Medical College, Nashville Tennessee
Fellowship: UCLA-Kern Medical Center
Why did you go in Child Psych? I appreciate opportunity to treat children in the context of their families, schools, and community. I enjoy the holistic approach integrating biomedical, psychological, and social perspectives.
Area of interests: Anxiety disorders, Mood disorders, ADHD, suicide prevention.
Why train in the Central Valley? The Central Valley offers a good work life balance, which helps reduce stress and prevent burnout in the workplace. There are a lot of outdoor recreational activities, wonderful national parks, good restaurants, wonderful school districts, good housing options, to name a few. Along with that, you will get an all round mental health experience during residency/fellowship.
"I appreciate you taking time to read about this program and people. Good Wishes!"

Mark Dailey, DO

Mark Dailey, DO, Core Faculty
Residency: Kaweah Health
Dr. Dailey joined Kaweah Health as faculty upon graduation and supervises residents on inpatient psychiatry and participates in program educational activities.

Rahi Daneshvar, MD

Rahi Daneshvar, MD, Core Faculty
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
Dr. Daneshvar is dually board in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. During residency he completed advanced ECT training. He supervises residents and medical students while on the inpatient psychiatry rotations and participates in program educational activities.

Setare Eslami, MD, Core Faculty
Residency: Kaweah Health

Cory Jaques, MD

Cory Jaques, MD, Child and Adolescent Fellowship Training Director
Residency and Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Area of interests: I am particular interested in working with the LGBTQI+ population, and volunteer regularly with our local LGBTQI+ resource center, The Source. Academically, I am interested in education regarding this population, and all underserved populations in medicine. I am a strong advocate for the practice of ethical medicine, and promoting the principals of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. I also serve on the GME Wellbeing committee and strive to improve the wellbeing of residents and faculty. Personally, I am kind of a nerd. I like to play video games and watch Anime. I love my animals. I am a homebody, but I do love to travel with my husband, our favorite destinations being Japan and Scotland.

Samantha Kennedy, Ph.D., Core Faculty, Director of Psychotherapy

Christine Le, DO, Core Faculty
Residency: Kaweah Health

Lester Love, MD

Lester Love, MD, Faculty
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Lester Love is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine as well as serves as the Medical Director for the Tulare County Department of Mental Health. He also holds graduate degrees/studies in philosophy, theology, and electric engineering.

Albert Ma, MD

Albert Ma, MD, Core Faculty
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship: Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center
Dr. Albert Ma is dually boarded in Adult and Child psychiatry. He supervises residents during their inpatient child psychiatry rotation. His areas of expertise include pediatric psychopharmacology and autistic spectrum disorders.

Richard Pantera, MD, Director of Neurology and Core Faculty
Residency: Washington University
Dr. Pantera supervises residents from multiple specialties and medical students on the inpatient neurology rotation. He was the resident elected faculty member of the year for the 2017-2018 academic year. Residents stated: “No robot can ever replace him. He fully engages the residents who rotate with him and is an endless source of interesting stories, patient presentations, and useful concise clinical knowledge that can be applied across all specialties. He has high expectations for the psych residents and his affiliation with our program also promotes the valuable role of psychiatry to other departments. No AI can ever replace him.”

Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips, Program Coordinator
Michelle started her career at Kaweah Health just right before the first class of residents started in 2014. She is heavily involved with the program and is an advocate for the program, faculty and residents. Michelle participates in the GME Wellness Committee and is a volunteer for No One Dies Alone at Kaweah Health.

Gagandeep Randhawa, MD

Gagandeep Randhawa, MD, Core Faculty
Residency: Kaweah Health
Dr. Randhawa is boarded in Adult Psychiatry and provides supervision during the community outpatient continuity clinic at Tulare County Mental Health Clinic as well as participates in program educational activities.. “Training at Kaweah Health will be very valuable. As a resident I was able to learn from and manage care of so many patients with rare illnesses that I had only read about before. There is a wide variety of pathology in this area, great place to learn psychiatry.”

Khadija Rashid, MD, Faculty
Residency and Fellowship: SUNY Update Medical University
Dr. Rashid is dually boarded in Neurology and Sleep Medicine. She provides back up supervision to Dr. Pantera on the Neurology rotation and presents during didactics.

.Abdolreza Saadabadi

Abdolreza Saadabadi, MD, Associate Program Director of Inpatient and Chair for the Department
Residency and Fellowship: UCLA-Kern
Dr. Saadabadi is dually boarded in Adult and Child Psychiatry and supervises residents during their adult inpatient psychiatry rotation and participates in program educational activities.. His research interests are: Psychopharmacology, Biological Psychiatry, Neurosciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Wellbeing and Self-improvement. “Our program is welcoming and supportive. We provide a great training opportunity at a unique community/ academic hybrid model with access to a rural mental health clinic. Our residents and faculty are very caring and have created a great working environment.”

Rubby Saini, MD

Rubby Saini, MD, Core Faculty
Residency: Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine
Dr. Saini is boarded in Adult Psychiatry. She provides supervision and mentorship in one of our rural health care clinics located in Exeter (15 minutes from Visalia) and participates in program educational activities.

Gurpreet Sandhu, MD

Gurpreet Sandhu, MD, Associate Program Director and Core Faculty
Residency: Rutgers New Jersey
Dr. Sandhu is dually boarded in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He supervises residents while on inpatient psychiatry rotations and participates in program educational activities.. His research interests are: Addiction Medicine, Depression, Bipolar d/o, and Prevention of Suicide. Medical Students should consider Residency here because “very good psychopathologies are available for learning in our program including inpatient, CL and outpatient. KDMC and KDMHH are big hospitals that cover vast population.”

Michael Serna, MD

Michael Serna, MD, Adjunct Faculty
Residency: Kaweah Health
“I hope that residents come away with a better understanding of people and mental illness that will allow them to provide compassionate care to patients.”

Juan Sosa, MD, Core Faculty
Residency: Kaweah Health

Luis Velosa, MD

Luis Velosa, MD, Faculty
Residency: Wayne State University
Fellowship: University of Michigan.
Dr. Luis Velosa is Board Certified in General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Dr. Velosa has his MBA in HealthCare and a Diploma in International Mental Health Law and Human Rights from a World Health Organization program at the International Law School in Pune, India. He has extensive experience in both private practice and criminal forensic psychiatry serving as an expert witness for courts across the Central Valley.