Kaiser San Francisco Bay Area Foot and Ankle Residency
2021-2022 Chief Residents
Dr. Logan Mitchell was born in Woodland, CA and raised in Dixon, CA. He completed his undergraduate training at University of California, Davis, earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Neurobiology. While at Davis, he coached competitive youth basketball and participated in research on adolescent sleep patterns at the UC Davis Sleep Lab. In 2019, he graduated from California School of Podiatric Medicine with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Throughout his training, he received numerous academic scholarships, as well as an induction to Pi Delta National Honor Society. While in school, he participated in biomechanical studies at the Motion Analysis Research Center and provided volunteer podiatric service for events such as Special Olympics Fit Feet and The Bandon Dunes Summer Solstice Golf Tournament. Outside of medicine, Logan enjoys cooking, playing and watching sports such as basketball and golf, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Fernando Ramirez was born and raised in Petaluma, California, an hour north of San Francisco. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of San Diego where he received both a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Fernando spent a semester studying abroad in Sydney, Australia where he worked on a variety of research projects. He spent the year after graduation working as a histological technician creating and analyzing histological data. Dr. Ramirez graduated from the California School of Podiatric Medicine. During his time in medical school, he received multiple academic scholarships, held several leadership positions, and published numerous research articles. He was Co-Director of the Clinica Tepati – a student run clinic in collaboration with UC Davis Medical School which provides medical services to the underserved community of the greater Sacramento area. This position was very fulfilling in that it allowed Dr. Ramirez to give back to his community, something which he is very passionate about. Outside of medicine, Fernando enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors, fishing, camping and snowboarding with family and friends. He is honored to be a part of the Kaiser Permanente Health System.
Dr. Jeffrey Sanker was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in the Inland Empire of Southern California. He received a Bachelor of Science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology. There, his service within the community inspired his interest in podiatric medicine and working with the underserved. Dr. Sanker received his doctoral degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. As a medical student, he served as an American Podiatric Medical Student’s Association delegate and liaison to the American Public Health Association. Dr. Sanker was inducted to the Pi Delta National Podiatric Honor Society and the recipient of research grants and scholarships from organizations including the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery, and American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Outside of work, you can find him enjoying the outdoors, exploring the Bay Area food scene, and spending time with friends and family. He is excited to be a part of the Kaiser Permanente team and looks forward to serving the Bay Area.
2nd Year Residents
Craig Krcal Jr.
Dr. Craig Krcal, Jr. was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Xavier University where he also found great success at the Division I level in track and field accruing 2 gold medals and 2 runner up medals in men’s pole vault, alongside academic acknowledgement as a member of the Atlantic-10 All-Academic team. After completing his undergraduate training, he was exposed to the field of podiatry and instantly became passionate about patient care, surgery, and patient outcomes. While training at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, he balanced his time and passions as a high school track and field coach and personal trainer as well as volunteering as a race aid in local marathons and completing research in regard to surgical technique and outcomes. Other hobbies of his include spending time with his wife, cooking, running, hiking, surfing and exploring new areas of the Bay Area. Craig is very excited to bring his passion and skillset to serve the Bay Area community with the Kaiser Permanente team.
Dr. Aaron Medina was born in Loma Linda and raised in Riverside, CA. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from La Sierra University. While at La Sierra University, he worked closely with the Pre-Medical Society to organize and serve on several medical mission trips to Guatemala. It was in these underserved communities, both local and abroad, that inspired his passion for medicine. Dr. Medina received his doctoral degree from the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University and was awarded membership into the Pi Delta Honors Society. Throughout his training he worked closely with local physicians on research projects and with professors as an assistant for the surgical course. He continued to serve the community through free health clinics, Special Olympics Fit Feet, and career days for high school students. Outside of medicine Dr. Medina enjoys backpacking national parks, hiking local trails, cycling, and woodworking. He looks forward to serving the Kaiser Permanente community.
Dr. Monte Schmalhaus was born in San Ramon, CA and grew up in Colorado and Utah. He graduated with Honors from Utah Valley University with his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. At Utah Valley, he was a scholarship athlete who competed for the Division I wrestling team, where he was team captain for three years and also earned NWCA All-Academic team honors. During undergraduate studies, Dr. Schmalhaus worked as a home health aide where he was first introduced to the medical field. The combination of his sports background and desire to help others achieve a healthy lifestyle led him to pursue post-graduate studies in Podiatric Medicine. In May 2020, Dr. Schmalhaus earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, where he was a member of the Pi Delta National Honor Society. During medical school, Dr. Schmalhaus volunteered his services at the Chicago Marathon, Wisconsin Ironman race, and local health screenings. He is excited to join the Kaiser Permanente team and make the Bay area his home. Outside of medicine, he enjoys hiking, playing golf, Jiu-Jitsu, and trying new restaurants.
1st Year Residents
Dr. Shawn Kashef was born and raised in the SF Bay Area. He has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from UC Davis along with a minor in technology management. During his gap year, he worked with a local podiatrist for a year before attending and receiving his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the California School of Podiatric Medicine. He graduated as co-valedictorian and a member of the Pi Delta National Honor society while also receiving the Stephen M. Geller Graduate Merit award. During medical school he enjoyed volunteering at community events such as the Napa Valley Marathon and the UC Davis Special Olympics. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Kashef is a huge Golden State Warriors fan, an avid gamer, and loves spending time outdoors and on the beach. He is excited to be a member of the Kaiser Permanente team and looking forward to serving the SF Bay Area community.
Dr. Paul Marinos was born in New York and grew up in Cyprus, a small island nation in the Mediterranean. He moved back to New York in 2011 to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. He received his bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Biology from CUNY Queens College. During this time he volunteered for New York Cares, a non-profit organization and participated in various projects such as tutoring for SAT preparation, clothing and toy donations. He was also the volunteer leader in the emergency department in New York Presbyterian Queens where he trained new volunteers and supported them as needed. He received his DPM degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. During his time at the NYCPM, he was co- president of the Pi Delta National Honors Society and President of the International Podiatry Club, a mission driven entity that offers podiatric relief in underserved countries. During his free time, Paul enjoys playing soccer, cooking, traveling and spending time with friends and family. He is looking forward to his new life in the Bay Area and excited to be part of the Kaiser Permanente family.
Jason Shi Zhang
Dr. Jason Shi Zhang grew up in the Temple City, California and subsequently acquired his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Los Angeles. While working as a medical surgical RN, he discovered podiatry and led him to pursue a post graduate degree at California School of Podiatric Medicine, where he was the president of Pi Delta National Honor Society. While in school, he participated in biomechanical studies and authored papers in the National Foot and Ankle Review. He received the Timothy Holbrook Award and graduated as one of the co-Valedictorians of his class. His hobbies outside of hospital include discovering new food spots, staying active and hanging out with friends and loved ones.
2020-21 Recent Graduates