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Program Leadership

Martha L. Melendez, MD

Martha L. Melendez, MD

Program Director

Medical School:  University of California, Davis School of Medicine; Davis, California

Residency: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, California 

Fellowship: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship, Colton California

Responsibilities: Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program; Teach residents and medical students in the ambulatory and inpatient settings.  

 

I was raised in East Los Angeles and was fortunate to attend the University of California, San Diego for my undergraduate studies. This was followed by matriculation at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine where I received intensive introduction to family medicine.  It is through my time in residency and living in a community in need that I realized the intensive healthcare demand to have competent and compassionate specialists in family medicine. I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my very patient and supportive husband, two active and talented teenage boys, and a very spoiled and rambunctious chocolate labradoodle.


Every patient deserves to have a family practitioner. It is my commitment to contribute to the education and training of future family practitioners that will serve Murrieta and its surrounding communities.

 

Renée Sayegh

Renée Sayegh

Program Coordinator

I was born and raised in Westchester County, New York, where I earned my associates degree in Paralegal Studies and worked in the same law firm for 15 years before moving to California in 2013. In 2015, I expanded my experience as a contract administrative assistant at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta. In April 2016, I transitioned into a new role as policy and procedure coordinator in the Quality and Patient Safety Department. I took a new position as Family Medicine Residency Program Coordinator in 2019.    

I’m eager to learn new things and embrace new challenges, including working toward my Bachelors of Science in Health Management. I enjoy outdoor activities and am most content when working out.

Jared Horricks

Jared Horricks

Designated Institutional Official / Executive Director

Education:  Loma Linda University, MBA ; Loma Linda, California

Responsibilities:  Oversight of graduate medical education programs and hospital ancillary services. 


I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and found myself in Southern California pursuing a graduate degree in Business / Healthcare Administration.  The time spent in school at Loma Linda University inspired me to further pursue a career with the Loma Linda Health Systems. I have since grown through multiple areas of service and administration and found myself with the great opportunity to bring graduate medical education to the Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta campus.  My time enjoyed most is spent with my three children exploring anything outdoors.

Faculty

Susan Behnawa, MD

Susan Behnawa, MD

Director of Geriatric Medicine

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine
Fellowship: University of California, Irvine Medical Center Geriatric Medicine
Responsibilities: Teach residents and medical students in the ambulatory setting with a focused educational experience in geriatric medicine.

Personal Interests & Philosophies
I am a family medicine physician who specializes in geriatric medicine, caring for the older adult. As a geriatrician, I focus on providing patient-centered care in a manner that optimizes healthy aging while placing emphasis on quality of life. My interests include comprehensive geriatric evaluations, memory care and polypharmacy review. When not practicing medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring new recipes in my kitchen and reading.

Daniel Camarillo, MD

Daniel Camarillo, MD

Director of Research

Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Residency: Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
Fellowship: University of California, Irvine Medical Center Geriatric Medicine
Responsibilities: Teaching residents and medical students in the ambulatory and inpatient settings. Director of resident research at Loma Linda University Health – Murrieta.


Personal Interests & Philosophies

After attending UCLA and conducting research at Cornell University, I joined Caceres Medical Group and practiced alongside renowned interventional cardiologist/electrophysiologist Dr. Jose Caceres. Later, I joined Rancho Family Medical Group and earned the Quality Physician of the Year award. Today, I am their Menifee facility’s medical director. A fluent Spanish speaker, I’m committed to providing care in underserved communities and delivering culturally competent medicine to my patients.
 

When the white coat is hung, I’m committed to serving my primary ministry: my family. My favorite subject is photographing my family. I enjoy spending time with my wife and sons, and am committed to teaching and mentoring my family in the ways of Christ Jesus.

Walter Combs, MD

Walter Combs, MD

Clinic Director

Medical School: University California, San Francisco School of Medicine; San Francisco, CA
Residency: Ventura County Medical Center
Responsibilities: Teaching residents and medical students in ambulatory and inpatient settings; medical director of Rancho Family Medical Group and The Springs skilled nursing facility.


Personal Interests & Philosophies
I enjoy being an active member of the Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula communities and frequently volunteer at various community events. I also provide community and hospital lectures on exercise, obesity, smoking cessation, early childhood care, diabetes and preventative care. As medical director of Rancho Family Medical Group, I enjoy overseeing residents practicing in their continuity clinic. Through medical missions sponsored by the Haiti Endowment Fund, I also provide valuable medical care in Haiti. Lastly, I like to unwind through participation in various sports activities, hiking and camping.

Charles Fraley III, DO

Charles Fraley III, DO

Medical School: De Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
Responsibilities: Teaching residents and medical students in the ambulatory setting; as hospital chief of staff, providing residents with an introduction to administrative medicine.


Personal Interests & Philosophies
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. In addition to caring for my patients in both inpatient and ambulatory settings, I am passionate about promoting quality care and patient safety programs at Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta.

Rolando Gutierrez, MD

Rolando Gutierrez, MD

Director of Skilled Nursing Facility Clerkships

Medical School: New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York; Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Fifth Pathway
Residency: Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Responsibilities: Teaching residents and medical students in the ambulatory setting; teachingfull spectrum care for skilled nursing facility patients.


Personal Interests & Philosophies
I practice in the ambulatory setting, caring for patients in my primary care clinic as well as skilled nursing facilities throughout the community. As someone fluent in Spanish, I am proud to create meaningful connections with my patients while bridging gaps in healthcare disparities. Currently, I am medical director of Life Care Center of Menifee and The Springs Healthcare Center in Murrieta. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and cultivating Bonsai trees.

Eric Madrid, MD

Eric Madrid, MD

Medical School: The Ohio State University, College of Medicine
Residency: Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier, CA
Responsibilities: Teaching residents and medical students in the ambulatory setting.


Personal Interests & Philosophies
My special interests are in preventative medicine, nutrition and integrative medicine, and I enjoy practicing medicine in both inpatient and ambulatory settings with a particular interest in diabetes care. As someone who enjoys missionary work, I and have been caring for patients in Haiti and the Philippines since 2006 through the Haiti Endowment Fund. And of course, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children.

James Sotis, MD, MA

James Sotis, MD, MA

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies
Residency: University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Broadway Family Medicine Clinic/North Memorial Medical Center
Responsibilities: Teaching residents and medical students in the ambulatory setting. Teaching full spectrum family medicine from a holistic approach, with special interests in exercise and sports medicine, nutrition and chronic disease management.
 

Personal Interests & Philosophies
Running, Cycling, Family Recreation, Church, Guitar, and Reading Fiction