First Year Residents
Erik Carpio, M.D.
University of California, Riverside
I grew up in Cypress, CA which is in Orange County. I stayed in Southern California for college at CSU Long Beach where I earned a B.S. in Biology. While in college I met my wife, and we moved to Riverside where I began medical school at UC Riverside. I really enjoyed volunteering at the Riverside Free Clinic, where I was able to provide healthcare to underserved and homeless populations. I chose Family Medicine because of my wide spectrum of interests which include sports medicine, pediatrics, and women’s health.
In my free time I enjoy playing with my twin boys, walking the dogs, and watching movies with my wife. I am excited to be joining the Sutter Health team!
Mehwish Farooqi, D.O.
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
I was born in New York, but raised in the Pacific Northwest. After high school, I earned a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Southern Oregon University. My original intent was to attend graduate school for non-profit management, but I was inspired to pursue medicine after my time volunteering at a Planned Parenthood in Portland, OR.. During medical school in Kansas City, MO I nurtured my passion for reproductive health, social justice, and community medicine through leadership in Medical Students for Choice and participation at a local Planned Parenthood. I pursued reproductive health rotations in a variety of locations, from the heart of New York City to a small town in Nebraska. These experiences strengthened my interests in reproductive rights and health equity in primary care. I chose a career in family medicine because it gave me the tools I need to be an advocate for patients and their community.
Outside of medicine, I love to travel, meet new people, enjoy good food, hike, and kayak. My fiancé and I are extremely excited to be returning to the West Coast for residency. I feel honored to be part of the Sutter Family!
Jessica Fortin, M.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
A happily transplanted East Coast native, I was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts and earned a M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During medical school I became an avid health policy wonk and served in local and national medical societies advocating for better opioid addiction treatments. I also spent a month training to become a (surprisingly inflexible) yoga teacher at the Kripalu Center. My main academic passions include harm-reduction focused addiction medicine, comprehensive women’s health, and integrated care. Family Medicine excites me because of our responsibility to be patient advocates and the flexibility in practice.
Outside of medicine I like to hike with my rescue pit bull, read murder mystery novels, and over the past four years I’ve completed four long-distance pilgrimages totaling over 1000 miles. I am thrilled and grateful to join the Sutter Health team!
Esther Lin, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine
I'm an East Coast native, having grown up in New Jersey and going to school in the Philadelphia area. After graduating Villanova University in a BS/MD track, I enrolled in Drexel University College of Medicine, where I had the opportunity to work closely with immigrants and uninsured patients at the Chinatown Clinic and the Drexel Mother and Baby Dragons program. My work as a health navigator for these populations opened my eyes to the powerful social determinants of health, and drew me towards the field of Family Medicine. I'm fascinated by language and its role in human connection—in addition to Mandarin and French, I'm working to add Spanish and Taiwanese to my repertoire.
In my free time, I cultivate a variety of interests ranging from urban agriculture to anime to handicrafts. Sacramento charmed me from the start, and I'm so excited to be part of the Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency!
Alexandria Meyers, M.D.
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
I am from the Central Valley of California. I attended UCLA and obtained my bachelors in applied mathematics. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to and serve in Germany and Central Asia before attending University of Connecticut School of Medicine. During medical school I volunteered and helped organize the student run South Park Clinic dedicated to serving the homeless. I was founder and president of the local Latino Medical Student Association, a club aimed to bring awareness and support to the health needs of the Latino community.
I am so happy to be a part of Sutter Sacramento Family Medicine Residency, return close to my family, and serve the community of Sacramento. I take great joy in partnering with my patients to live a healthier and more abundant life. Outside of medicine, I enjoy reading a good book, riding my bike, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Alicia Schlenz, M.D.
University of California, Davis
I was born and raised in Sonora, CA, earned a B.S. in Biology at UC Davis and returned to UC Davis for medical school. During medical school, I helped direct a student-run clinic dedicated to serving IV drug users, sex workers, and transgender patients. I also had the privilege of participating in an intercultural exchange in Nicaragua. Here, I sparked my passion for reproductive health through my research on the attitudes, beliefs, and access to contraception. I further pursued this passion in Sacramento while co-coordinating a reproductive health story slam. Family Medicine will allow me to practice full spectrum medicine, create lifelong relationships with patients, and work with patients from diverse backgrounds. I am so excited to join the compassionate and driven residents and faculty at Sutter Sacramento.
In my free time, I love to run, cook and spend time with my family and loved ones.
Felicia Tang, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
I grew up in the Bay Area and went to UC Berkeley for college, where I earned a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. After working in biotech for a year, I took a grand adventure to Cleveland, Ohio for medical school at Case Western Reserve University. During those years, I had the opportunity to participate in public health research in Hangzhou, China, where I learned about cross-cultural differences in approaches to healthcare. It was during my third year that I realized I love seeing patients in the context of their families and communities, as well as the longitudinal relationships that allow family physicians to address patients’ unique needs, cultural or otherwise. I also like pretty much every subject in medicine, especially women’s health and preventive health-hence my interest in Family Medicine!
In my spare time I like reading, playing the cello, hiking, stargazing, and hanging out with friends and family. I am so excited to be returning to California to join the Sutter Health family!