First Year Residents
Archana Ganta, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine
I grew up in Southern California but journeyed to the East Coast where I completed my undergraduate education at Rosemont College in Philadelphia with a B.A. in Biology. I stayed in Philadelphia for medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. During this time, I developed an interest in behavioral health, women’s health and addiction medicine. Throughout my clinical rotations, I also recognized the need for Family Medicine in underserved and rural areas. My passion for Family Medicine stems from the ability to treat to patients of all ages, foster strong relationships, and be an advocate for patients and the community.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, cooking, practicing yoga and exploring the outdoors. I’m so excited to return to California to be part of Sutter Health and train in rural medicine in Amador!
Arely Macias, M.D.
Ross University School of Medicine
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of San Francisco. Thus far, my medical training has taken me from Guadalajara, Mexico, to the Southside of Chicago to Skid Row in Los Angeles, and now I am looking forward to another new experience in rural Northern California. I am dedicated to serving the underserved in my community. Outside of medicine, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, yoga and traveling.
Shreya Chandrashekhar, D.O.
AT Still University Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
I am originally from the Bay Area, and grew up primarily in Cupertino, CA. I then ventured outside of California and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest as an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle. During my time there, I developed a special interest in behavioral health and health disparities. After graduation, I spent a year scribing at an ENT clinic back home in the Bay Area. I then attended medical school at A.T Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, which allowed me to continue my love affair with the Pacific Northwest due to the unique 1 + 3 model. After completing my first year of medical school in Mesa, Arizona, I spent the remaining three years of my training based out of HealthPoint community health center in South King County, Washington. At HealthPoint, I developed a keen interest in working with underserved patients in a diverse urban environment and in advocacy work. I enjoy the role of full-spectrum family medicine and my specific interests include obstetrics, women’s reproductive health, hospital medicine, adolescent health, and behavioral health!
As much as I love the greenery and the countless outdoor activities available in the Pacific Northwest, I am thrilled to be returning back home to Northern California to continue my training and spend more time in the sun! Outside of medicine, I enjoy trying new recipes, running, yoga/Pilates classes, kayaking, exploring new places and restaurants with friends. I have fallen in love with Sacramento so far and am so grateful to be joining the Sutter family this year!
Brandon Maxwell, M.D.
California Northstate University College of Medicine
I was born at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento and raised in Davis, California. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Neurobiology from UC Davis, I attended medical school at California Northstate University. Prior to college, I worked as a firefighter-EMT and as a laboratory assistant for a medical research company. However, it was my service as a combat medic during the Iraq War that inspired me to study medicine. Helping the people of Iraq was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy traveling, golfing, skiing, tennis, board games, and rock climbing. I’m excited to be part of the Sutter Health family and thrilled to be part of the Family Medicine residency program in Davis and Sacramento.
Jennifer Daza, M.D.
University of California Davis School of Medicine
I was born and raised in San Francisco and completed my undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University. For nearly 10 years, I volunteered at Cliníca Martín Baró, a student-run clinic in the Mission District, caring for SF’s undocumented and underserved community. It was there that I found my passion for community medicine and social justice advocacy. I attended UC Davis School of Medicine and was part of the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) track, a 3-year MD program. As a Latina daughter of immigrants, I participated in numerous leadership roles to raise awareness of the public health and social issues that continue to disproportionately affect our communities and to also promote the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority health professionals.
I was drawn to Family Medicine because of the ability to offer whole-person care for patients of all ages and build long-lasting relationships across multiple generations. Within the full scope that is Family Medicine, I am particularly interested in preventative medicine, women’s reproductive health, obstetrics, as well as outreach and mentorship for pre-medical students.
Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my husband and family, salsa dancing, and continuing to explore all that Sacramento has to offer. I am beyond thrilled to be joining the Sutter FMRP Family!
Mehlika Faire, D.O.
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York
I am a native of Sacramento and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area while completing my Bachelor's and Master's degrees at San Francisco State University. I always had a passion for science and medicine and participated in NIH research projects investigating the effects of aging in reproductive development in animal models before medical school. I loved research and was fortunate to work as a research specialist and lab manager and publish several projects in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Still, in my heart of hearts, I knew I wanted to pursue medicine, which led me to Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York. I worked closely with the Harlem community and helped open our school's first student-run clinic by serving as a committee member and Research Chair. My enthusiasm for community medicine and research has led me to work on memorable projects, including medical trips to Haiti and investigating the impact of COVID in those living with HIV in NYC.
After living in NYC for the past seven years, I am excited to return to the Sacramento area as a physician in Family Medicine, which resonated with me the most. I am thankful for the rewarding opportunity to give back to the community I grew up in by providing services focusing on preventative care, procedures and developing lifelong relationships with my patients.
I enjoy spending time with family, working out, creating new recipes, and traveling in my free time.
Rachel Fields, M.D.
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
I grew up outside of Sacramento, where I developed a love for growing food and cooking. In college, I studied International Development with a focus on agriculture and immigration. After graduating, I worked as a researcher exploring the structural causes of poor health outcomes in the San Francisco Latino day labor population. I learned a lot from the day laborers and began to see how many factors influence a person’s health - from genetics, to individual choices, to policies. I sought experiences to learn how to provide respectful and compassionate care by working at a women’s family planning clinic before applying to medical school.
As a medical student, I continued to deepen my understanding of how larger structural forces, such as history, economics, and laws affect health by pursuing a dual degree in the Joint Medical Program at University of California, Berkeley and UC San Francisco. For my master’s degree, I explored ways to address racism embedded in medical training, and I created a primer and toolkit for faculty to reference when engaging students in conversations about racism.
I am thrilled to return home and join the Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program. I know I will learn much from my patients and look forward to building the skills to be a kind, honest, and thorough primary care provider.
In addition to growing food and cooking, I love open water swimming, biking, hiking, podcasts, movies, camping, and meditation. And, I always love a good joke.
Sukhpreet Janda, D.O.
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine California
Born and raised in Sacramento, I am overjoyed to be back home for residency! I received my Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and attended medical school at Touro University in the Bay Area. I was first introduced to medicine while translating for the Punjabi community and working as a medical scribe. I was drawn to Family Medicine for its incredible breadth, intertwined patient advocacy, and the long-term relationships built with patients of all ages and stages. During medical school, I developed a special interest in outpatient care including women’s health and the incorporation of procedures and ultrasound.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, family, and our horse, Jaanbhai. You may find me baking treats and planning the next adventure. I’m always looking for new activities to try, with my most recent being learning to crochet and horseback ride. I am grateful and excited to return home and join the Sutter family!
Kaitlyn Stettnichs, M.D.
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and small-town Iowa before attending undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. After college I spent two years serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest/AmeriCorps, first as a coordinator of a daytime homeless shelter in Boise, ID and then as a case manager at a medical respite program in Portland, OR. My years as a Jesuit Volunteer were equal parts joyful and humbling, and I came away from them with an awareness of both the inequities present in our healthcare system and the power of longitudinal relationships that ultimately led me to a career in Family Medicine. After attending medical school at the University of Rochester in Upstate New York, I am delighted to be ending my lifelong tour of the snowiest parts of the country by settling in Sacramento.
It is difficult for me to narrow down my interests within Family Medicine because there is so much to learn and love, but I am especially drawn to addiction medicine, women’s health, and palliative care. Outside of medicine, I enjoy drawing and painting, caring for a growing collection of houseplants, and spending time with my fluffy and somewhat overfed cat, Reptar.