Dr. Fenison is a board certified orthopedic surgeon whose primary practice is based in Moreno Valley, California. He started his academic career at UC Davis in 1983, where he did his premedical education, and ultimately matriculated into Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1986. After graduating from medical school he did his general surgery internship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Next, he finished his orthopedic surgical residency at the Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996. After graduating, he worked for a couple of medical groups before opening his own practice. His current orthopedic practice is focused primarily in addressing occupational injuries, and because of his dedication to the injured worker he underwent additional training to become a Qualified Medical Examiner. Besides the time and effort that it takes to run an orthopedic practice, he has always made mentoring and interacting with his community a major focus in his life. Because of his interactions within the community he has received several awards. In 2011 he received the Alvin H. Crawford Mentoring Award from the J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society, the Madam C.J. Walker Entrepreneur Philanthropist Award in 2014, as well as the Ethnic Physician Leadership Award in 2016 from the Network of Ethnic Physicians Organization and the California Medical Association to name a few. Additionally, his commitment to the Inland Empire led him to accept the position as President of the J.W. Vines Medical Society. He has served in this position for the past four years. Ultimately, despite the demands of a practice and his love for service, he has always maintained that family should come first, and has been happily married for over 26 years to his lovely wife, Lachelle, and has helped raise his three children, Jenelle, Aurriel, and Benjamin. Also, Dr. Fenison has taken his family with him to Haiti on medical missionary trips for the past several years. Dr. Fenison and his family were recently featured on the cover of Riverside Living Magazine, which is focused on families who have positively contributed to the local community.
Alexander Soto Medical Student
Alexander Soto is a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He will be completing both his medical degree and a master’s degree as part of the Program In Medical Education (PRIME), a dual degree program that focuses on the development of physician leaders interested in caring for the medically underserved.
Alex is the son of immigrants from Chihuahua, Mexico. He spent his childhood years in Duarte, California before moving to Hesperia where he eventually graduated from high school. His journey into medical school saw him attend two junior colleges before matriculating to the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) where he majored in biochemistry. It was at CSUSB where he connected with mentors who helped shape his future and provide him the opportunities to excel as a leader. He helped organize pre-health conferences that targeted thousands of students throughout Southern California.
Alex is passionate about mentorship and personal development. With the support of the Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC), the Student Assistance in Learning (SAIL) program, and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Alex led several educational and mentorship endeavors throughout CSUSB and the greater community. His work in the community, his story, and his academic achievements led to him being recognized by the CSU Board of Trustees and The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU), with an Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Marco Angulo, MD, MA
Dr. Angulo was born in East Los Angeles and raised in Southern California. Barely graduating from high school, he pursued a music career as a lead guitarist in a Rock band. At the age of 26 he enrolled back in school at East Los Angeles College where he was an active member in the Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM) and Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA). He then transferred to UC Berkeley in 1999 to pursue a BA in Chicano Studies (2002) as well as continuing an interest in Latino health and Medicine. While an undergraduate at Berkeley, he served as Co-Chair for Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (CHE). After graduating, Marco worked 4 years in the Biology Scholars Program and co-developed the Pre-Health Pathway component in BSP to increase the number of undergraduate students serving the underserved communities as future professionals. He graduated from UC Irvine School of Medicine (2011) with Honors and Distinction in Service and was enrolled in the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). Dr. Angulo also received his Master’s in Social Science at UC Irvine (2010) studying the importance of Diversity in Medicine. During his time in medical school he helped with the implementation of a pipeline programs for High School, Community College and Undergraduate students of 1st generation/low economic backgrounds at UC Irvine that would help increase the workforce of professionals going into health fields. He is currently on Family Medicine Faculty and is the Director of the Office of Medical Education Diversity, Inclusion and Community Service (M.E.D.I.C.S), Medical Director of the UC Irvine Student Run Free Clinic as well as the Director of the Health Scholars Program, one of the largest Volunteer/Clinical Experience programs at UC Irvine for undergraduate students interested in serving the Orange County underserved communities.