Class of 2019
Vincent Giani, MD
Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
“Originally from eastern North Carolina, I graduated from UNC Greensboro where I studied Sports Medicine and played college soccer on a scholarship. Soon after, I moved to Kaua’i with a friend. Initially for the surf. But, quickly fell in love with the people, food, and culture of Hawai’i. Afterward, I moved to Oahu where I received a degree in Biology from UH Manoa. I worked at Kewalo Marine Lab in the field of genetic research and tissue regeneration for 3 years before going to medical school.
It is a dream come true to be back in Hawai’i and to work with the exceptional physicians, nurses, and staff at Hilo Medical Center. I am honored to be here and I look forward to serving the people of Hawai’i for many years to come.”
Nataliya Holmes, MD
First Moscow Medical State University
“My name is Nataliya Holmes. I moved to Hawaii in 2012 from Russia, where I graduated from First Moscow Medical State University as a physician. The past four years, I have worked as a Research Associate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducting clinical trials. During that time I was working with patients with HIV/AIDS, methamphetamine addiction, and families with newborns exposed to multiple drugs in utero.
In August 2015, I moved to Hilo and since then I consider it my home. I enjoy Hawai’i Island’s diversity and friendly people. Now, as a new Family Medicine Resident in the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency program, I hope to get to know the local community better and further become a part of the ʻOhana.”
Ashley Noelani Rodriguez Kong, MD
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
“I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu and completed my BA and MD in Boston. As a medical student, I was privileged to work alongside individuals who found a calling in serving the underserved. My favorite physician was a fantastic mix of scientist, teacher, counselor, social worker, and friend to his patients – which is what I hope to emulate in my own practice.
Though Boston will continue to hold a special place in my heart, Hawaii is the only place I can truly call home. I am grateful for the chance to move back to the Islands and learn about providing the best care for Hawaii’s unique population.
Outside of medicine and spending time with my wonderfully supportive family, I enjoy running, baking, and K-pop. Just don’t ask me to sing!”
Tereza Molfino, MD, Chief Resident
University Karlovy, Czech Republic
“I was born in Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. My Alma Mater is Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348 and one of the oldest universities in Europe.
I first came to the Big Island in 2009 for a vacation and fell in love with the Island and my future husband. After graduating from medical school, I was happy to relocate to Kona and call the Big Island my new home. I was excited when I learned about the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program in Hilo which enabled me to stay with my new family and care for the underserved community of Big Island.
I like to spend my free time exploring the island with my two dogs, enjoying the ocean and outdoor activities, discovering new food, and staying active and healthy.””
Class of 2018
Will Chapple, MD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Chapple graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health. Upon graduation, he joined a private practice in Waimea on Hawai‘i Island where he cares for patients of all ages.
Tuy-Ngoc Nguyen, MD
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Dr. Nguyen graduated from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr Nguyen practices outpatient family medicine in several settings on Hawai‘i Island.
Gaku Yamaguchi, MD
Ross University School of Medicine
Dr. Yamaguchi graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica. He currently serves as a family physician at Hui Malama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi, a nonprofit organization in Hilo, Hawaii whose mission is to uplift the health of the Hawaiian nation.
Class of 2017
Dr. Kā’ohimanu Dang Akiona
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dr. Akiona was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She currently serves as the medical director at Hui Malama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi, where she oversees the organization’s medical and behavioral health program on Hawaii Island.
Dr. Svetlana Schchedrina
Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia
Dr. Shchedrina graduated from the Russian National Research Medical University. She currently serves as a family physician in Hilo, Hawaii in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.
Dr. Seren Tokumura
University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii
Dr. Tokumura was born in Honolulu and attended the John A Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. She is currently in private practice on Oahu.