Wade Y. Nishimoto, MD. is a board certified Medical Oncologist, and also specializes in Hematology. He has been in private practice at CHOMG for the past 15 years. After completing undergraduate studies (B.S. Microbiology/Immunology) at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Nishimoto finished his Internship, Residency, and Fellowship in Oncology and Hematology at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. He joined CHOMG shortly thereafter, and practices mainly out of the Torrance office. Originally from sunny Hawaii, Dr. Nishimoto transplanted to So. California in 1984, and brings his own version of the Aloha spirit to the practice of oncology. He is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys tennis and travel when he has the time!
Allan A. Orenstein, MD. is a board certified Medical Oncologist with 30 years experience both in private practice and as a clinical faculty member at UCLA. He attended Washington University in St Louis for his undergraduate studies; the University of Rochester School of Medicine and UCLA Center for the Health Sciences for internship, residency, and fellowship. He has also served as the Director of Oncology at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital. Dr Orenstein has special interests in Breast Cancer and in the disparity of oncologic care in the city's diverse population. Very much the family man, nothing gives him more pleasure than special dinners surrounded by friends and family....and something chocolate for dessert!
Curriculum Vitae: Dr Orenstein
Alex J. Makalinao, MD. is a board-certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist who has over 12 years of experience in the field of medicine. Dr. Makalinao practices in both the Howard Hughes and Torrance clinics. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York and fellowship in Oncology and Hematology at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Makalinao continues his work at UCI as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Hematology/Oncology. He is also a member of several professional organizations including American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Asian Physician Association. Although highly qualified and experienced in Hematology/Oncology, Dr. Makalinao promotes the vision of traditional and complementary medicine working in harmony in the cancer care setting. In his spare time, Dr. Makalinao enjoys composing music, and song-writing.
Frank K. Mori, MD. is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. Dr. Mori practices in the Howard Hughes clinic. After completing undergraduate studies (B.S. Electrical Engineering) at the University of California, Los Angeles he attended the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He completed his Fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball and participates in a community orchestra.
Jenny Ru, MD. started her medical career in China where she studied, practiced and taught medicine at Henan Medical University. Upon moving to California, Dr. Ru completed her residency and training in Internal Medicine at UCLA VA Hospital in West Los Angeles. She received her three-year fellowship training in hematology and oncology at USC/Norris Cancer Center. Dr. Ru is highly trained in treating hematology and oncology diseases. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Fellow in Hematology for the year 2004, for her patient care by the faculty at USC/Norris Cancer Center. Dr. Ru is a very warm, compassionate physician who truly cares about her patients.
Curriculum Vitae: Dr Ru
Jessica Hernandez, BA., CMT. is the Director of Staffing for CHOMG. Jessica has been with CHOMG for over 15 years. She graduated from University of Riverside, California with a degree in history. Jessica is especially skilled at providing optimum care to all patients with appointments and problems.
Viveca Tokatlian is the Director of Accounts and New Patient Services for CHOMG. Vivi is responsible for welcoming all our new patients to CHOMG, and acting as liason between patients and insurance companies. She has over 20 years experience in the medical field including hospital management, front/back office and nine years experience in medical billing. Her interests include volunteering at her son's school and traveling.
Jody Onorato, with over 20 years experience in the oncology office setting, joined CHOMG in February 2003 as CHOMG's Patient Liason. She finds it extremely gratifying to work in a setting that not only provides superb medical care to its patients, but assists them as well, sort through the myriad of insurance choices and coverage issues facing all of us today.