Meet the Team!

The Undergraduate Executive Board

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Gehena Girish

Co-President

Class of 2022

Major: Global Disease Biology and Political Science

Why RIVER Clinic: The clinic combines all my interests - pediatrics, public health, and service to the community. I joined the clinic to make a tangible different in the lives of children and families in my backyard, in a way that allowed me to use my interest in health and policy to better the world. I am grateful to be a part of an organization filled with folks from all backgrounds and all interests who are dedicated to one main cause!

Fun Fact: I did Taekwondo for 13 years and I am a fourth-degree black belt!

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Pradhan Hariharan

Co-Outreach Director

Class of 2022

Major: Genetics and Genomics
Minor: Public Health


Why RIVER Clinic: I joined RIVER Clinic because I believed in the potential of our unique model, which specifically emphasizes early detection and accessibility, to effectively address key issues faced by underserved populations and significantly improve the long term health of our community.

Fun Fact:  I watch Formula 1 racing!

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RJ Billena

Co-ACE Director

Class of 2022

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why RIVER Clinic:  I joined because of its holistic approach to medicine through health education and community engagement.

Fun Fact: I have a knack at breaking chem glassware

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Alyssa Bravo

Co-President

Class of 2022

Major: Nutrition Biology
Minor: Psychology minor


Why RIVER Clinic: I joined RIVER Clinic because I knew that this type of clinic model was going to be amazing and beneficial to the communities that we would be serving. Not only is a pediatric clinic at schools going to be great, but a mobile clinic in the community will help a lot of people and children specifically and I love helping people.

Fun Fact: I participated in wrestling for 3 years in high school!

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Cindy Liu

Co-Outreach Director

Class of 2023

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Minor: Nutrition and Food


Why RIVER Clinic: I joined the RIVER Clinic because I believe preventative health is an undervalued topic in healthcare, especially for the pediatric population who are in a critical period of development where early detection and diagnosis can make a big difference. Also being able to take part in the development of the clinic has been a very unique and rewarding experience.

Fun Fact: I am missing a bone in my right foot!

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Vishal Harnoor

Co-ACE Director

Class of 2023

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Why RIVER Clinic:  I joined RIVER Clinic as it presented an opportunity to build something special from the ground-up and positively impact children in the underserved community by providing them access to medical and ACE-related care.

Fun Fact: I am a huge basketball fan!

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Malia Tieu

Vice President

Class of 2023

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Why RIVER Clinic: I loved the Idea of a mobile clinic as it makes medical services more accessible, especially for such a vulnerable and in-need population such as children and I was super interested in having the opportunity to be a part that brought this clinic to life!

Fun Fact: I once drank 8 cups of coffee in a day (do not recommend)

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Rachel Chen

Co-Finance Director

Class of 2022

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Minor: Psychology


Why RIVER Clinic:  RIVER clinic aims to prevent kids with ACEs from developing long-term health concerns. It aligns with my interest in preventative health. Also, it is a very precious opportunity to engage in the establishment of a student-run clinic. Our works are creative and meaningful.

Fun Fact: I do voice over in Mandarin for animation and other stuff

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Ritika Parvatikar

Co-Finance Director

Class of 2023

Major: Human Biology

Why RIVER Clinic: I joined RIVER Clinic because I’m interested in helping out the underprivileged pediatric population in my community. This project allows me to continue my passion of working with children while also educating them about the benefits of addressing mental and physical health early.

Fun Fact: I have been learning Indian classical dance for 11 years.

Professional Student Board

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Tara Allison

Why RIVER Clinic: I co-founded RIVER Pediatric Clinic after researching the community needs of Sacramento and noticing the lack of an existing pediatric clinic at UC Davis. I hope this project touches the lives of as many people in the community as possible, along with all of the students and healthcare professionals that volunteer their time with it.

Fun Fact: I love running and soccer! I played midfield for the UCD Women's Club Soccer Team for 2 years and ran my first half marathon in late 2021!

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Brandon Swenson

MS1

Why RIVER Clinic: I have always loved working with kids and leaving a positive impact on people's lives. RIVER is a program that allows me to continue to serve my community and work in youth development.

Fun Fact: I love to play baseball

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Patrick Hazelrigg

MS1

Why RIVER Clinic: I joined RIVER because I am passionate about preventative care and want to help provide meaningful care to underserved pediatric populations in Sacramento through a trauma-informed lens.

Fun Fact: I love cooking and nutrition and I worked full-time for a food bank during my gap year!

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Caroline Liu

MS1

Why RIVER Clinic: I enjoy working with pediatric populations as they are so resilient and curious. It’s important to consider pediatric patients in terms of their physical health, mental well-being, social factors, and all aspects that affect their growth and development. RIVER’s focus on meeting patients where they are at and advocating for various aspects of their health is important to me.

Fun Fact: I taught elementary special education prior to starting medical school.