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Meet Our Chief Residents

As a Valley Children’s pediatric resident, you become very close to the program’s chief residents, as they serve as clinicians, educators and liaisons between the program and the residents. Chief residents have insight into what the residency program and workload is like because they’ve just completed it themselves.

Who are our chief residents this year? Let’s get to know Dr. Chloe Kupelian and Dr. Keenia Tappin.

Chief Residents Dr. Keenia Tappin and Dr. Chloe Kupelian

Dr. Keenia Tappin (left) and Dr. Chloe Kupelian (right)

Let’s start talking about you. Where are you from, where did you go to medical school and what is a random fun fact about you?

Dr. Kupelian: I am from Santa Clarita, California and I went to medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tappin: I am originally from Glendale, California. I went to medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Fun fact: I minored in dance in undergrad and like to take different local dance classes like belly dancing and salsa classes when able!

When did you first know you wanted to be a doctor?

Dr. Kupelian: I knew I wanted to be a doctor at a very young age! My grandfather in Beirut, Lebanon was a physician. He often traveled to France and Africa to take care of patients as well. His work inspired me to pursue medicine.

Dr. Tappin: I first knew I wanted to be a doctor when I was about 10 years old. I have a younger sister, who was born with Wolf-Parkinson White Syndrome. I waited so long to have a sibling and she had a heart condition that could result in tachycardia and sudden death. A pediatric cardiologist was able to diagnose her and get her in for an ablation procedure. He was able to give my sister back to me and allow her to grow up to be an awesome adult. At that time, I knew I wanted to be a pediatrician. I wanted to help heal kids who were sick and enable them to be well and go on live out their greatest dreams!

What made you choose Valley Children’s?

Dr. Kupelian: I chose Valley Children’s because of the opportunity to serve a community in dire need of care and the subsequent potential to enact long-lasting, systemic change.  

Dr. Tappin: The diverse patient population, the depth and breadth of illness pathology, the high need for competent physicians in the Central Valley, the mission of the hospital and strong leadership in the medical education department.

What do you love most about Valley Children’s?

Dr. Kupelian: The people! Everyone who works in the hospital is dedicated to providing ever-improving care for the children of the Central Valley. I feel honored to work in an institution whose sole purpose is to ensure that children have access to outstanding care.

Dr. Tappin: The opportunity to serve children who need care the most in a supportive, warm and welcoming environment. Employees really bring their best when serving our patients!

In one sentence, how would you describe this residency program to an interested medical student?

Dr. Kupelian: The residency program and its leadership are dedicated to ensuring that each resident achieves the highest level of success in order to become the best pediatrician for their future patients!  

Dr. Tappin: Our residency program provides a diverse patient population, supportive leadership and teaching focused to attendings, which allows you to become a phenomenal pediatrician!

What is your favorite part about living in the Central Valley?

Dr. Kupelian: Definitely the perk of being able to travel to and from places without worrying about traffic!

Dr. Tappin: Easy access to fun outdoor activities such as farmer markets, hiking trails, walking trails and lakes.

What are three things you can’t live without?

Dr. Kupelian: My golden retriever, my fiancée and my family!

Dr. Tappin: Coffee, my kindle, hope!

If you could only have one dessert the rest of your life, what would it be?

Dr. Kupelian: Oh man, how do I only choose one? Can I pick all of them? I would say cookie dough flavored ice cream in a waffle cone!

Dr. Tappin: Chocolate chip cookie!