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MEDICAL CLINIC

Meet Our Providers


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Armani
Ayyala
Barua
Chadalawada
Cortes-Surdilla
Freitas
Gandhi
Garg
Guarino
Kallem
Lavelle
Lay
Mehra
Moghaddam
Moody
Munjal
Perumal
Shrestha
Silva
Zafer

Primary Care Providers

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Dr. Dawnell Moody, D.O.

Education: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA in 2005
Board Certification: Pediatrics
Area of Practice at Axis: Pediatrics
Working at Axis Since: 2014
Languages: English and Spanish




As Chief Medical Officer,
Dr. Moody makes sure our patients receive quality care - including her own. She knew she wanted to work with children during her first visit to a pediatric clinic in medical school – “it just clicked,” she says. Now, working with children is the highlight of her day; she loves to see her patients grow and thrive. She also knows how much parents care about their children, and makes sure to take time to address their concerns and connect them with other helpful community resources.


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Dr. Reshma Gandhi, M.D.

Education: Terna Medical College, Mumbai, India, 2007
Board Certification: Family Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
Family Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2016
Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi




Now accepting new patients.


“I love family medicine,” says Dr. Gandhi, Axis’s Associate Medical Director, “it gives you the chance to really get to know people.” Coming from a family that has faced its own medical struggles, she aims to make patients feel supported and informed. She believes that “preventative medicine is the best medicine,” and works with patients to stop disease and symptoms before they start. She is very experienced in treating chronic diseases, especially diabetes.



Dr. Sreedevi Ayyala, M.D.

Education: Ghandi Medical College, Hyderabad, India
Board Certification: Internal Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
Internal Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2013
Languages: English and Telugu





Dr. Ayyala
says that becoming a doctor was “always her dream.” She uses the power of preventative care as a technique for stopping disease and symptoms before they start. For instance, focusing on nutrition and healthy eating habits is one way she helps patients stay healthy. She completed a year-long diabetes fellowship, and has extensive experience treating diabetic patients.


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Dr. Upama Barua, M.D.

Education: Jahurul Islam Medical College, Kishorevamj, Bangladesh, 2001
Board Certification: Internal Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
Adult Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2016
Languages: English and Bengali

 

Now accepting new patients.


As a child helping her grandfather at a local free clinic, Dr. Barua got an early start on her career in medicine. “I want to understand my patients’ lives,” she explains, “so that together we can find solutions that work outside the exam room.” Dr. Barua knows the importance of research and evidence-based care, and stays up-to-date with new developments. She completed a year-long geriatric fellowship before joining Axis, and is excited to be living and working in Pleasanton.


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Dr. Sudha Chadalawada, M.D.

Education: Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada, India in 1992
Board Certification: Family Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
Family Practice
Working at Axis Since: 2013
Languages: English and Telugu





Dr. Chadalawada
finds each day at Axis unique. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and different medical needs. For her, the variety is energizing. She strives to see her patients’ health improve over time. As a bilingual Telugu speaker, she is eager to use her language skills whenever possible to provide care their home language.


Dr. Michelle Cortes-Surdilla

Education: St. George's University, Grenada
Board Certification: Family Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
Family Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2017
Languages: English


Now accepting new patients.


“I grew up in Livermore,” explains Dr. Cortes-Surdilla, “and I always knew that I wanted to come back home to serve my community.” As a family medicine practitioner, she believes that each person has an important role to play in their family’s health. “I love watching families grow and change,” she says, “and I’m honored that I get to assist them along the way.” Dr. Cortes-Surdilla has special experience helping young adults transition from pediatrics to adult medicine.


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Dr. Anuja Garg, M.D.

Education: Lady Hardinge Medical College- University of Delhi, New Delhi, India in 2004
Board Certification: Internal Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
Internal Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2013
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Medical Spanish and Punjabi







Dr. Garg
believes that patient health education is just as important as treatment, and enjoys working at a clinic that values both. She makes a point of identifying each patient’s largest health concern, and to spends time explaining how and why symptoms occur. She has a special interest in endocrinology, including thyroid disease and diabetes, and enjoys helping her patients successfully manage these chronic diseases.


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Dr. Priyanka Kallem, M.D.

Education: Institute of Family Health, Kingston, NY in 2007
Board Certification:
Area of Practice at Axis: Family Practice
Working at Axis Since: 2011
Languages: English, Hindi and Telugu






Dr. Kallem is devoted to community clinics, and says that she is “passionate” about Axis’ mission. She believes prevention the best tool we have to help patients stay healthy, and makes certain to discuss it with each patient. She usually sees adults and also provides urgent and acute care for children. She particularly focuses on chronic disease management, in order to help her patients’ health improve.


Dr. Cho Cho Lay, M.D.

Education: University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Burma
Board Certification: Family Practice
Area of Practice at Axis:
Adult Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2016
Languages: English, Burmese




Now accepting new patients.


Dr. Lay has four sisters – three of whom are doctors! From an early age, their dedication to medicine inspired her to follow in their footsteps. She believes that patients and providers should work together as a team. “We’re on a journey to good health,” she explains, “if the patient is the driver, then I’m the GPS!” Dr. Lay is passionate about community health, and is excited to be a part of the Axis team.


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Amennah Moghaddam, MSN, FNP

Education: Samuel Merritt College,
Oakland, CA in 2013
Board Certification: Nurse Practitioner
Area of Practice at Axis:
  Family Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2014
Languages: English, Farsi, and Dari

 

 


As a second-generation nurse, Amennah is committed to improving community health, one patient at a time. In the exam room, she emphasizes prevention and often connects patients with other Axis services such as smoking cessation or nutrition counseling. She is dedicated to helping patients from different cultural backgrounds understand how to get their healthcare needs met.

Dr. Gunjan Munjal, M.D.

Education: Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, India, 2005
Board Certification: Internal Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
Adult Primary Care
Working at Axis Since: 2016
Languages: English, English, Hindi, Punjabi



Now accepting new patients.


With two doctors for parents,
Dr. Munjal became excited about medicine at a very early age. She aims to help her patients to feel at ease, and strives to make the exam room a place where they can feel safe to express their concerns. Dr. Munjal is enthusiastic about community health, and worked at a community hospital for over three years before joining Axis. It was there that she developed a special interest in caring for the elderly.

Dr. Deepa Perumal, M.D.

Education: Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Karnataka, India, 2005
Board Certification: Family Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
Adult Primary Care
Working at Axis Since: 2015
Languages: English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi







A family member’s struggle with cancer inspired Dr. Perumal to study medicine. Her belief in the power of health education motivates her to help patients understand their bodies in order to stay healthy. She is especially interested in chronic disease management, and seeks to help patients of all ages decrease their symptoms and increase their wellbeing.


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Suzanne Silva, MSN

Education: University of Utah, 2000
Board Certification: Nurse Practitioner
Area of Practice at Axis:
Family Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2014
Languages: English, Spanish





Suzanne
seeks to build trusting partnerships with her patients through conversation – both in English or Spanish. This helps her tailor treatment plans and connect patients with other Axis program. Before joining Axis, Suzanne volunteered with medical programs in many different countries, where she gained special experience working with people with diabetes, dietary problems, and cardiac issues.


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Swechha Shrestha, FNP

Education: Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA, 2013
Board Certification: Nurse Practitioner
Area of Practice at Axis: Adult Medicine
Working at Axis Since: 2016
Language: English, Nepali, Hindi




Now accepting new patients.


Sweccha got her start in medicine while working in assisted living. “I got lucky,” she says, “it helped me discover my passion for providing care for others.” With her warm, encouraging style, Swechha aims to make patients feel comfortable sharing their health concerns. “When a patient feels empowered to speak – then we can really work together as a team!” Swechha has a special interest in chronic disease management, and looks forward to helping patients achieve their health goals.


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Dr. Sadaf Zafer, M.D.

Education: Government Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad, India in 2007
Board Certification: Family Medicine
Area of Practice at Axis:
  Family Practice
Working at Axis Since: 2013
Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi and Urdu

 



Dr. Zafer’s
father, who was also a doctor, inspired her to work in healthcare. She chose family medicine because she values its focus on treating each patient as a whole person, and its emphasis on long-term doctor-patient relationships. In the exam room, she addresses a wide variety of health issues, and specializes in managing diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Women's Health


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Rachel Freitas, N.P.

Education: Columbia University, 2010
Board Certification: Nurse Practitioner
Area of Practice at Axis:
Women's Health
Working at Axis Since: 2015
Languages: English





Rachel joined Axis because she is inspired by its nonprofit mission. She believes in the importance of wellness education, and makes time in every appointment to answer patients’ questions about exercise and healthy eating. She has a strong background in gynecology and reproductive health, and particularly enjoys working with teens and adolescents.  


Cecille Guarino, NP

Education: San Jose State University in 1994
Board Certification: Nurse Practitioner
Area of Practice at Axis:
  Women's Health
Working at Axis Since: 2015
Languages: English and Spanish

 

 




While working at a clinic in downtown Oakland, Cecille learned how difficult it can be for young women to get accurate health information and compassionate care. Today, she makes patient education and active listening her top priorities in the exam room. She enjoys helping her patients find ways to build healthy habits into their daily lives, and always looks forward to seeing them grow from teenagers to adults and beyond.  

Pediatrics


Laura Lavelle, F.N.P.

Education: University of San Francisco, 2003
Board Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner
Area of Practice at Axis:
Pediatrics
Working at Axis Since: 2016
Language: English, Spanish, Italian, French




Now accepting new patients.


“There’s an art to hiding vegetables in your kids’ food,” Laura notes, with a smile. As a nurse and mother, Laura combines medical knowledge with practical tips that families can use to support their children’s health. She particularly enjoys working with newborns and first time parents, and makes time in every appointment to address parents’ concerns during this exciting and challenging time.

  


Dr. Soniya Mehra, M.D.

Education: University of Missouri
Board Certification: Pediatrics
Area of Practice at Axis:
Pediatrics
Working at Axis Since: 2016
Language: English, Spanish



Now accepting new patients.


“Choosing Pediatrics was an easy decision,” says Dr. Mehra, “because working with kids is so much fun!” Because she believes that raising healthy, successful kids is a team effort, Dr. Mehra helps families learn how best to help their child thrive. She also has a strong interest in public health, and works to resolve issues impacting children’s health. Dr. Mehra is delighted to be part of Axis’s team-based, community-focused mission.   

Nutrition


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Dr. Kathy Armani, RD

Education: San Francisco State University, in 1998
Board Certification:  Registered Dietitian
Area of Practice at Axis:  Clinical Nutrition
Working at Axis Since: 2008
Languages: English, Farsi, German, French and Spanish





Dr. Armani
is a great resource for Axis patients who want to learn about how food impacts their health. She usually sees patients who are diabetic, overweight or underweight, have high cholesterol, or have digestive issues. She works with patients to find ways to fit healthy food into their budgets and lifestyles, and supports them as they change their eating habits. She’s thrilled when her patients succeed at their goals, whether it’s losing weight, increasing energy, controlling blood sugar, or using less medication.

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Bengali
Burmese
Dari
English
Farsi
French
German
Hindi
Italian
Kannada
Marathi
Nepali
Punjabi
Spanish
Tamil
Telugu
Urdu

LOCATIONS

5925 West Las Positas Blvd, Suite 100, Pleasanton
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4361 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton
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3311 Pacific Avenue, Livermore
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APPOINTMENTS

Medical services are by appointment only.
Call 925-462-1755. Evening and Saturday appointments are available.

FEES

We accept Medicare, Medi-Cal and many public insurance plans. Some services are available on a sliding scale based on income and family size.

ENROLLMENT

If you do not have insurance or the resources to pay for your services, we will work with you to make sure you get the care you need. Call 925-462-1755 to schedule an enrollment appointment.

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