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 and once a week
while on the consult liaison rotation.
Ralph Agnello, Faculty and Attorney at Law
Judge Ralph Angello is a hearing officer for cases at the mental health
hospital. He supervises residents on their forensic rotation providing
education for psychiatric court proceedings and assigned reading.
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 and the consult-liaison/emergency
Diana Herva, Ph.D, Faculty
Dr. Herva is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of California. She is
the supervisor of resident during their forensic rotations at a State
facility that serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities
that have come in contact with the legal system. Her credentials include
a PhD and MA in Forensic Psychology and MA in Organizational Behavior.
Dr. Herva’s experience includes serving as an expert witness for
Courts and subject matter expert for the California Board of Psychology.
Pei-Huey Nie, MD, Faculty
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine
Fellowship: University of California San Francisc
Dr. Nie is the Regional Medical Director for Aligned Telemedicine, attending
physician for the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry at VA West Los Angeles
Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She leads the geriatric
seminar series during didactics and provides supervision as needed.
Cory Jaques, MD, Associate Program Director of Outpatient and Core Faculty
Residency and Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Dr. Jaques is dually board in Adult and Child Psychiatry, supervises residents
in the outpatient adult and child clinics, and is heavily involved in
formal didactics. His current research and writing interest are in the
world of Forensics and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, bullying, cyberbullying
and LGBT youth.
“I hope that residents enjoy the training they receive here. Residency
is hard enough as it is, but can be made easier with a little fun sometimes.
Because I have a passion for treating children, I hope to inspire residents
to pursue fellowship training in Child and Adolescent psychiatry.”
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 , 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
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, Program Coordinator
Michelle started her career at Kaweah Delta 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 Delta.
Gagandeep Randhawa, MD, Core Faculty
Residency: Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Dr. Randhawa provides supervision during the community outpatient continuity
clinic and during a portion of the geriatric and addiction rotations at
the Tulare County Mental Health Clinic.
“Training at Kaweah Delta Health Care District 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
Saqib Rashid, MD, Core Faculty
Residency and Fellowship: Upstate Medical University Hospital
Dr. Rashid holds multiple board certificates in Internal Medicine, Critical
Care, Pulmonary Disease, Addiction Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Obesity Medicine
and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Residents receive supervision from
Dr. Rashid during their Methodone and Suboxone clinic during their addiction
rotation. His clinical interest include Palliative care in ICU, COPD and
smoking cessation, metabolic syndromes and insulin resistance, insomnia,
and management of the critically ill morbidly obese patient.
Michael Regier Ph.D, Faculty
Dr. Regier is a clinical psychologist who specializes in leadership development
for executives and physicians and emotionally focused marital psychotherapy.
Dr. Regier leads Resident Process Group and participates in didactics.
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. 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, Core Faculty
Residency: Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine
Dr. Saini provides supervision and mentorship in one of our rural health
care clinics located in Exeter (15 minutes from Visalia).
Harkirat Saggu, MD, Core Faculty
Residency and Fellowship: Wayne State University
Dr. Saggu is dually boarded in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides
supervision for residents providing short call coverage on the inpatient
Gurpreet Sandhu, MD, Associate Program Director of Consult-Liaison and Core Faculty
Residency: Rutgers New Jersey
Dr. Sandhu is dually board in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
He supervises residents while on inpatient psychiatry and consult-liaison/emergency
psychiatry. 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 , Core Faculty
Residency: Kaweah Delta Health Care District
Dr. Serna supervises residents during their outpatient continuity clinic
and during a portion of their addiction and geriatric rotations. He current
research interest focuses on the negative outcomes related to medications.
“I hope that residents come away with a better understanding of people
and mental illness that will allow them to provide compassionate care
Vicken Totten, MD, Institutional Director of Research
Residency: Mercy Medical Center
Dr. Totten has her Master’s Degree in Research Design and Statistical
Analysis and is dually boarded in Family and Emergency Medicine. She supervises
residents in the Family Medicine Clinic and in the Emergency Department.
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.
Interdisciplinary Faculty Members:
Mary Laufer, DNP
Director of MH services at KDHCD, Seminar series such as: interprofessional
education, collaboration, and team based care, APNA recovery to practice,
Jaime Hinesly, LMFT
Provides training for 5150’s and seminar education to the residents
on therapies and on site education and support on inpatient and emergency
Kelly Banks PharmD
Participates in the program through seminar series related to Pharmacology
and interdisciplinary teams.
Elaine Guerrero Clar, LMFT, PsyD
Is a co leader of Resident Process Group along with Dr. Regier.