On behalf of the faculty and staff of the GCRMC Family Medicine Residency Program, we are thrilled to announce our newest group of incoming residents.
Cynthia Okpala, MD
Dr. Cynthia Okpala was born and raised in Anambra State, Nigeria. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Physiology from Igbinedion University, Nigeria and her medical diploma from All Saints University School of Medicine, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Before medical school, Dr. Okpala volunteered at a rural community hospital where she experienced the difficulties faced by the medically underserved communities. This experience set her interest in providing full spectrum care for patients while constantly paying attention to their social needs.
In her leisure time, Dr. Okpala loves to enjoy nature by hiking, walking or running. She also loves traveling, experiencing new cultures and meeting people.
Dr. Okpala is excited to train and serve the people of Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Divya Koduri, MD
Dr. Divya Koduri was raised in a small town in Massachusetts for most of her life. She attended medical school in a rural part of India at NRI Medical College. She is the first person in her family to become a physician.
Dr. Koduri became interested in Family Medicine during her last year of medical school when she found that she wanted to continue taking care of people of all ages and with a variety of needs. Dr. Koduri is looking forward to continue learning about how to practice medicine with all of its particular challenges in a rural setting.
In a spare time, Dr. Koduri enjoys, reading, baking, gardening, and camping. Dr. Koduri is excited to begin her new journey in Alamogordo after moving from a different environment from Massachusetts. She is looking forward to being able to spend many hours hiking outdoors, particularly White Sands, and becoming a part of her community in Alamogordo.
Zaira Lucero Villa, MD
Dr. Lucero was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico. She attended medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua. Following medical school, Dr. Lucero worked in Chihuahua for 3 years before moving to New Mexico. She had great experiences working in a rural community and later on in an emergency department in her hometown.
In her free time, she loves going out to explore this Land of Enchantment while hiking, cycling or camping with her family. She can’t wait to become a primary care physician and serve the community that she now calls home.
“Even though I didn’t plan on moving to New Mexico, this state has grown in me due to its unique blend of cultures and its beautiful landscapes.”