Dr. Anusha Chandrakanthan is a Board Certified Addiction Medicine physician with over 5 years' of experience. She graduated from Stanford University’s Addiction Medicine fellowship in 2018. She has helped a variety of people with addiction. Including people with polysubstance abuse, complex co-morbities and homelessness. Before Stanford, Dr. Chandrakanthan worked at a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Central Valley where she developed a special interest in treating patients with chronic pain and substance use disorders. During her time there, she helped create safe prescribing guidelines through her work with the pain management committee. She is passionate about the integration of addiction medicine and primary care and improving access to substance use disorder treatment for patients.
Her patients describe Dr. Chandrakanthan as warm, compassionate and non judgemental. She takes her time to get to know her patients and helps them make safe choices.
Dr. Julio Meza is an Addiction Medicine Fellow at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a Psychiatry in Primary Care Fellow at UC Irvine. Dr. Meza was born and raised in El Salvador. He graduated Cum Laude from Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador. After graduating from medical school, he was accepted into a surgical residency and completed an internship at the Hospital Militar Central in El Salvador. He left El Salvador to pursue his dream of becoming a U.S. licensed family physician.
While in Los Angeles, Dr. Meza worked as a medical assistant instructor and program director, training students to work in the areas of San Fernando, North Hollywood and Los Angeles. Dr. Meza enjoys working with patients from all backgrounds and provides non judgemental compassionate care.
Kathe Gibboney is a Family Nurse Practitioner. For many years she worked in primary care medicine. She began treating more and more people with substance use disorder and/or psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety. Eventually, she joined a practice specializing in these areas.
Kathe works with people as they find their way to recovery, reminding them that it is possible to have a meaningful, joyful life without drugs and alcohol. She is sincere, understanding and cares for her patients very much.
Dr. Vikram Khanna is a Board Certified Family Doctor for 20 years. He graduated from UC Davis Medical School and did his Family Medicine Residency in Modesto, CA. Since then, he has been raising his family and practicing in Modesto. He has a long history of treating the complex and interwoven medical, psychiatric, and substance misuse challenges faced by the medically vulnerable and homeless. He also enjoys collaborating with both private and governmental agencies to help in any way possible to limit the ravages of the opioid epidemic.
He strongly believes that he has not seen an area within medicine as critically underserved by the medical establishment as stigma free and patient empowering substance misuse treatment. Not only do patients lose when they can't find genuinely caring and qualified doctors, but their whole family does as well! Lives are needlessly interrupted and tragedies have become much too common. Although Dr. Khanna stopped delivering babies years ago, prescribing suboxone / buprenorphine allows him to witness the rebirths of the hopes, spirits, talents, and wonderful dreams of my patients. In his own words, "This is by far the most rewarding work I have ever done; the feeling I am left with when I am supporting a patient's best efforts at abstinence is JOY."
Dr. Kanwal Qidwai is a preventive medicine who along with the residency completed her Masters of Science in Clinical Research from the University of New Mexico. Her master's thesis was about increasing access to Buprenorphine for the New Mexico population by assessing the barriers faced by physicians in prescribing Buprenorphine.
She developed a strong passion for addiction medicine and decided to learn about more about substance use disorder treatment. She recently finished the addiction medicine fellowship from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and gained immense experience while treating the patient in ED, inpatient, outpatient, and intensive care unit setting. She has also received training in pain management, and intensive inpatient and outpatient psychiatry.