Community Psychiatry Residency Program

Meet Our Residents

Nicole Wiecks, DO
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Nicole Wiecks earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree and Master of Public Health (MPH) through the DO/MPH Dual Degree Program at Touro University of Nevada and Touro University of California. She attended undergraduate school at the Dominican University of California in San Rafael, CA where she received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry with a Minor in Psychology. Before medical school, she worked as a counselor at a crisis residential unit and volunteered as a suicide hotline crisis counselor in the North Bay Area. Her career interests include addressing health disparities and promoting equity in healthcare, with a particular interest in increasing access to mental health care. Other interests include correctional and forensic psychiatry. Outside of medicine, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, traveling, and playing board games.

Jasmine Gill, MD
Medical School: California University of Science and Medicine
Jasmine Gill is originally from the Bay Area. She completed my undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and majored in biology. Jasmine worked as a K-12 tutor for one year before starting medical school at California University of Medicine and Science. During her free time, she enjoys baking, drawing, working out, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Mira Parekh, MD
Medical School: University of California, Davis,
School of Medicine
Mira Parekh is from Palo Alto, California. She attended UC Davis for both undergraduate and medical school. Mira spent several years doing field work and study of biodiversity and population genetics in marine ecosystems before pursuing her medical degree. Mira is very excited to start her psychiatry residency with Healthy Rural California, she is looking forward to being part of building a new program while working in the community setting. Her special interests include community and cultural psychiatry, ecological medicine, and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Outside of medicine Mira enjoys natural history, yoga, spending time outdoors whether that be nature walks or gardening. She also loves spending quality time with friends and family.

Leandra Padayachee, DO 
Medical School: Burrel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Leandra Padayachee was born and raised in Sacramento, California and earned her Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree in Nutrition Science at the University of California Berkeley. She then took one year off to gain experience working at multiple health clinics before applying to medical school. Leandra moved to New Mexico the following year to attend medical school and earned her Doctor of Osteopathic (D.O.) medical degree at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University. During her third-year clinical rotations, Leandra discovered her passion for psychiatry and loved the idea of destigmatizing mental health and treating those who needed it the most. She became a crisis advocate at the Rape Crisis Center of New Mexico (RCCNM) and helped sexual assault victims receive adequate medical care and legal assistance. Looking ahead, Leandra aims to pursue a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as she would love to normalize psychiatry for future generations and empower children with the tools to enhance their mental health. Leandra hopes to give back to the community she grew up in by practicing psychiatry in Northern California post-fellowship.

Outside of medicine, Leandra typically lives an active lifestyle and enjoys going to the gym, hiking, jogging, biking, and any other outdoor activities. She is also a major foodie and coffee addict – she will go out of her way to try every coffee shop and hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

Overall, Leandra is very excited to start her psychiatry residency with Healthy Rural California, and she cannot wait to make a meaningful impact in the world of mental health.