Our residents come from around the country and around the world, bringing with them a wide variety of unique experiences and perspectives as they continue their medical studies at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Third Year Residents
Martha Alemayehu, D.O.
Martha is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She earned her medical degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. After residency, Martha plans to practice holistic medicine with an emphasis on integrative and preventive medicine. Martha enjoys reading, traveling and exercising.
Saif Alrabadi, M.D
Saif is from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He earned his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. After residency, Saif plans to pursue a fellowship in Sports Medicine. Saif enjoys swimming, soccer and hiking.
Angelic Alvarez, M.D.
Angelic is from Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida. She earned her medical degree from the Universidad Central del Este (UCE), San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. After residency, Angelic plans to work in the outpatient setting where she can truly make a positive, influential mark in the community. Angelic is an avid marathon runner, enjoys reading books, hiking and arts and crafts.
Marvyn Grayson, M.D.
Dr. Grayson graduated from Marshall University School of Medicine in his home state of West Virgina. He completed his first year of residency in medicine/pediatrics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Dr. Grayson will focus his efforts on serving the underprivileged through community outreach, volunteer work and taking care of the whole patient. After residency, he plans to start a practice in an underserved area with his twin brother, who is also a family medicine resident. In his spare time, Dr. Grayson enjoys running, weightlifting, reading, basketball and traveling.
Alfredo Nevarez, M.D.
Alfredo Nevarez is from Chandler, Arizona. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. After residency, Alfredo hopes to use the experience he has gained with evidence-based practices and patient-centered strategies in his career as a physician. Alfredo enjoys exercising, reading fiction and non-fiction books and being a "beach bum" whenever he can.
Uchechukwu Oba, M.D.
Uchechukwu is from Terra Haute, Indiana. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Health, Saint Kitts in the West Indies. After residency, Uchechukwu plans to begin a fellowship program in either Emergency Medicine or Obstetrics. Uchechukwu spends his spare time volunteering at homeless shelters, playing soccer, doing strength training and participating in mixed martial arts.
Second Year Residents
Tomasz Sebastian Gregory Fudalewski, M.D.
Dr. Fudalewski was born in Montreal, Quebec, and grew up in Toronto. He earned his medical degree from Poznan University of Medical Sciences. His medical interests include the full scope of Family Medicine, but specifically community medicine, urgent care and sports medicine. Dr. Fudalewski is excited to become an active member of the lovely community in Yuma. He feels privileged to be working alongside his co-residents and attending physicians. His interests include spending time with family and friends, playing the guitar, 80s music, cooking, mixed martial arts, baseball, burritos, cardiovascular activity and all things comedy.
Eduardo Sandoval, M.D.
Dr. Sandoval was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and grew up in El Paso, Texas. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas. His areas of medical interest include emergency medicine, community outreach, clinical research and academic medicine. Dr. Sandoval’s interests include rock climbing, cooking and meditating.
Edsel Sandoval, M.D.
Dr. Sandoval was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. He earned his medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine. He plans to pursue a fellowship in emergency medicine or sports medicine. Dr. Sandoval’s interests include mixed martial arts, soccer, hiking, working out and watching movies.
Alfonso Téllez II, M.D.
Dr. Téllez was born in Tucson and grew up in Yuma. He earned his medical degree from University of Arizona. He is excited to return to Yuma and work in the community to promote events and health education to benefit the underserved. After residency, Dr. Téllez plans to continue with a fellowship program in emergency medicine or sports medicine. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, soccer, hiking, movies, cooking and planning trips to new places.
Arun Varughese, M.D.
Dr. Arun Thomas Varughese was born in the United Arab Emirates and grew up in Houston, Texas. He earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. His areas of medical interest include preventative medicine, medical education and the availability of healthcare to underserved populations. His ultimate goal is to work in family medicine, caring for patients of all ages. Dr. Varughese’s interests include playing tennis, running and spending time with family and friends.
First Year Residents
Arthur Ayvazian, M.D.
Dr. Arthur Ayvazian was born and raised in Los Angeles. He studied Pre-med at University of California, Irvine and earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. His areas of clinic interest include: Sports medicine, rehabilitation, nutrition, preventative medicine and community medicine. He hopes to use skills through global outreach and humanitarianism to help improve access to healthcare for the underserved. Dr. Ayvazian enjoys cooking, camping, hiking, SCUBA diving, traveling, fitness and hockey.
Richard P. Kozinski, M.D.
Dr. Richard P. Kozinski grew up in Chugiak, Alaska. Before moving to Yuma, he lived in Goodyear, Ariz. He earned his medical degree from Medical University in Lodz, Poland. His clinic areas of interest area are diabetes and rheumatology. In his spare time, Dr. Kozinski enjoys hiking, cooking, cycling and traveling.
Kelley Lizarraga, M.D.
Dr. Kelley Lizarraga was born and raised in Santa Monica, Calif., the daughter of immigrant parents from Lima, Peru. She completed my bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at San Diego State University and earned her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. Her clinical areas of interest include working in community-based medicine, focusing on patient and family-centered care, and striving to reduce healthcare disparities. In her spare time, Dr. Lizarraga enjoys working out, swimming, traveling, making jewelry and spending quality time with my family.
Steffano Mottl, M.D.
Dr. Steffano Mottl was born in Lima, Peru, but considers Pensacola, Florida, to be his hometown. He earned his medical degree from St. George's University in Grenada. His area of clinic interest is sports medicine. This year, he launched a medical campaign in Coya, Peru, that helped provide medical attention for people with poor access to specialty care. Dr. Mottl’s personal interests include traveling, meditating, praying, listening to coaching podcasts, playing soccer and surfing.
Kelvin Ng, M.D.
Dr. Kelvin Ng was born in Hong Kong and grew up in San Francisco. He earned his medical degree from Ross University. His clinical areas of interest include sports medicine, integrative medicine, and global health. Dr. Ng’s personal interests range from triathlons and endurance sports to playing the ukulele.
Lauren Novitskie, M.D.
Dr. Lauren Novitskie was born and raised in Vineland, New Jersey. She earned her medical degree from St. George's University, Grenada. Her clinical areas of interest include emergency medicine and sports medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Novitskie enjoys running, playing basketball, working out and spending time with family and friends.
Daniel Placik, M.D.
Dr. Daniel Placik was born and raised in Los Angeles. He earned his medical degree from Universidad Autonóma de Guadalajara. His areas areas of clinical interest include public health, sports medicine, and urgent care. Dr. Placik’s personal interests include maintaining an active lifestyle, playing piano, enjoying an occasional basketball game and spending quality time with family.