Our Doctors

Brian Belnap, D.O. Andrew Michael Blumenfeld, M.D. Thomas Chippendale, M.D Emeritus
     
Bilal Choudry, M.D. Benjamin Frishberg, M.D. Michael Lobatz, M.D.
     
Amy Nielsen, M.D. Irene Oh, M.D. Remia Paduga, M.D.
     
Jay Rosenberg, M.D Mark Sadoff, M.D. Gregory Sahagian, M.D.
     
Jack Schim, M.D. Lesly Giselle Aguilar Tabora, M.D. Anchi Wang, M.D.
     
Chunyang Tracy Wang, M.D., M.S. Michael Zupancic, M.D.Jessica Brower, P.A.
     
Peter Heinen, P.A. Stephanie Huang, P.A.Andrew Inocelda, P.A.
     
Megan Strowd, P.A. Melissa Mortin, N.P.Phyllis Taylor, N.P

Brian Belnap, D.O.

Dr Belnap is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Dr. Belnap is a double board certified specialist in the fields of Pain Management and Rehabilitation Medicine. He completed his undergraduate training at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. He then completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC followed by a fellowship in Pain Management at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. He served as Chief Resident towards the end of his residency and upon completion of the program was selected as Chief of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was then chosen by the Surgeon General of the Army to relocate west with the task to help establish a highly specialized combat casualty rehabilitation center at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He became the first Medical Director of this center and upon separation from the military was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal which is equivalent to the Bronze Star for combat service.

Dr. Belnap has expertise in providing treatment for a wide array of conditions including sports injuries, spine & joint disorders, complex polytraumatic injuries, amputations and neurologic disorders. He has been a contributing author in peer reviewed journal articles and medical textbook chapters in his specialty. He has also given numerous presentations at national and local conferences throughout his career. He is a native of Southern California and enjoys basketball, volleyball, surfing, volunteering in his church & community and spending time with his wife and four children.

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Andrew Michael Blumenfeld, M.D.

Dr. Blumenfeld is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Dr. Blumenfeld is director of the Headache Center of Southern California. As director, he has encouraged the development of a center addressing the multi-faceted needs of headache sufferers. These needs include acute care, educational programs and other specialty services. This comprehensive approach treats the whole person in a highly individualized manner and addresses the growing demand for one-stop treatment services.

Dr. Blumenfeld grew up in South Africa and graduated from St. Andrews College, South Africa, with a first class pass and distinction in mathematics. He attended the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa Medical School and completed a neurology residency at Johannesburg Hospital. In 1986 he moved to the United States and completed a neurology residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following this, he completed an EEG and EMG fellowship, also at University of Massachusetts Medical School.

He served as staff neurologist at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego from 1990 to 2004. As Chief of Neurology Service at Kaiser from 1999-2004, his unit was named a Neurotoxin Center of Excellence by Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Medical College. The Neurotoxin Centers of Excellence recognize excellence in neurologists and other physicians who specialize in headache management.

Dr Blumenfeld is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. He has published widely and has been an active researcher in headaches.

Dr. Blumenfeld has been a principal investigator for many research studies showing that Botulinum toxin type A, sold under the brand name Botox®, is an effective preventative therapy for headache in chronic migraine sufferers. He has treated more patients with Botox therapy than any other provider in the world and trains other physicians on this nationally and internationally.

In addition, Dr. Blumenfeld serves on the advisory board for Allergan, and has been a national speaker and consultant for Allergan as well as other well-known medical corporations: Pfizer, GSK, Merck, Posen, Zogenix, MAP pharmaceuticals, Forrest and Ortho McNeill. I believe in an individualized, patient centered approach that empowers patients to take control of their own health care. This requires that patients are fully informed about alternative therapies, and that physicians and patients make joint decisions about treatment, based on lifestyles and other medical factors. In this capacity, he regularly addresses national pharmaceutical meetings, medical conferences, continuing education seminars, and community events.

Board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Blumenfeld currently holds active privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospitals (Encinitas and La Jolla) and Tri- City Medical Center in Oceanside.

An avid bicyclist, he participated in the Race Across America in 2003 and 2004. He also enjoys running and spending time with his family.

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Thomas Chippendale, M.D. Emeritus

Thomas Chippendale 1/14/1949 ~ 4/2/2014

Dr. Thomas Chippendale started practicing with The Neurology Center in 1985, and has touched many lives as a physician, healer and friend.

He had an extensive research background, having received a PhD in Neuroscience from Princeton University before entering medical training, and was board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and by the American Board of Holistic Medicine.

His special interests were multiple sclerosis, stroke, and clinical research. For over 20 years he was the research director for The Neurology Center and Director of the MS Center of Southern California. He also worked in multiple capacities with Scripps Health. Dr. Chippendale was Chief of Staff at Scripps Encinitas, Chair of the Scripps Neuroscience Steering Committee, Chair of the Scripps Stroke Task Force, Stroke Director at Scripps Encinitas, and served as Physician Advisor to Utilization Review on the Encinitas campus.

Dr. Chippendale focused on how stress affects the body, especially in relationship to chronic disease. This interest led to the implementation of a program called Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction that he co-lead with his wife, Julie. www.MBSRencinitas.com.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues and the many patients whose lives were greatly improved by his contributions to their care. All of us at The Neurology Center are deeply saddened by his passing.

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Bilal Choudry, M.D.

Dr. Bilal Choudry is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Dr Choudry grew up in California. He is a board certified member of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate training at UC Davis. This was followed by medical school at the Medical University of Lublin. He then completed his Neurology residency at University of Kentucky where he also served as Chief resident. Subsequently, he did an Epilepsy Fellowship at Harvard University- Brigham and Women's hospital. During this fellowship he was able to participate in advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment and work up of epileptics under the tutelage of world renowned epileptologists. He also was active in giving presentations in Epilepsy surgical conferences, as well as giving weekly lectures to Harvard medical students introducing them to EEGs and training Harvard residents in interpreting and reporting routine, intracranial and continuous video EEGs.

After his fellowship, he practiced in a hospital employed model in suburbs of both the New Orleans and Louisville area's. This experience, allowed him to stratify both knowledge and expertise in treating general neurology patients as well as continuing to use the skills he attained during his epilepsy fellowship by doing prolonged and routine EEG monitoring. He also was able to continue other skills by doing EMG/NCV's, sleep studies and Botox therapy. He was also able to continue to utilize his skills in the outpatient and inpatient settings including treatment and work-up of stroke.

He is an active member of the American Epilepsy Society, American Academy of Neurology, and American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. Dr Choudry works diligently to be an advocate for his patients. He believes in taking a thorough history, which not only allows him to make a more accurate diagnosis but often can be a cost saving measure for the patient. Dr Choudry enjoys and holds interests in field hockey, tennis, baseball, travel, exotic cuisine and Sufi meditation.


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Benjamin Frishberg, M.D.

Dr. Frishberg is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Dr. Frishberg was board certified in Psychiatry & Neurology in 1985. Dr. Frishberg received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1979. He served his internship specializing in Internal Medicine at UCSD Medical Center and served his residency specializing in Internal Medicine and Neurology at UCSD Medical Center. Subsequently he did a fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. He is active as a board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, course director at the Annual American Academy of Neurology meeting, and course director of the local "Neurology for Primary Care" annual course in La Jolla.

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Michael Lobatz, M.D.

Dr. Lobatz is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

As the medical director of the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and senior partner in The Neurology Center, Dr. Michael A. Lobatz was a James Scholar and graduate of the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Lobatz completed his internship and neurology residency at the University of California, San Diego where he also served as chief resident during his senior year. He remains active in academics and serves on the clinical core faculty at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Scripps Clinic Internal Medicine residency programs.

Dr. Lobatz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, vice president of medical affairs, and a past Chief-of-Staff of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas with specialized interests as a neurologist in treatment and rehabilitation of brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease. As such, Dr. Lobatz provides direction and oversight of the entire rehabilitation program including the Cognitive Brain Injury Program at the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, the first such program accredited by CARF in the San Diego, Imperial and Riverside county areas.

Dr. Lobatz has participated in numerous clinical research trials during his career including acute stroke intervention, epilepsy, brain injury, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and many others. He also serves as a member of various boards and foundations including the Scientific and Medical advisory board of the Alzheimer Association, and is a member of the board of directors of the Head North Foundation and Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

With almost 30 years of experience he has encountered numerous different clinical problems and has helped to impart that knowledge and experience lecturing and teaching to medical students, residents, and practicing physicians in both the art and science of neurology and rehabilitation.

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Amy Nielsen, M.D.

Dr. Nielsen is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Dr. Amy Nielsen is a board-certified member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Prior to practicing in San Diego, Dr. Nielsen completed her medical internship and residency training in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. She continued at the Mayo Clinic with a fellowship in neurophysiology.

Dr. Nielsen received her medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she graduated with honors in the top 5 percent of her class. She also graduated with high honors from UC Santa Barbara while earning her bachelor of arts in physiology.

As a general neurologist, Dr. Nielsen treats a variety of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and nerve and spinal cord issues. She has a special interest in helping patients with migraines and stroke. As a board-certified neurophysiologist, she performs nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) testing to help diagnose disorders of muscles and peripheral nerves.

Dr. Nielsen has given many neurology presentations both nationally and regionally, and has published several articles in neurology medical journals. She believes that every patient relationship is a partnership developed by trust and communication. By encouraging her patients to play an active role in their health, she helps ensure each patient is involved in the decision-making process.

A native of southern California, Dr. Nielsen enjoys hiking, snowboarding and traveling with her husband.

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Irene Oh, M.D.

Dr. Oh is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Irene Oh, MD, joined the Neurology Center in 2009. She grew up and trained in Texas. She received her undergraduate degree at Rice University and medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. She completed her residency in Neurology and fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Oh has a special interest in Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. She is experienced in the management of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. She also is experienced in using botulinum toxin injections for dystonia and spasticity and in managing intrathecal baclofen pumps for spasticity.

Dr. Oh has privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Tri-City Medical Center at Oceanside. She works at our locations in Encinitas and Escondido. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and Movement Disorders Society.

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Remia Paduga, M.D.

Dr. Paduga grew up and went to school in Manila, Philippines. She moved to the United States a few months after her medical school graduation and after passing the Philippine medical board. She was a consistent honor student and scholar from grade school to college. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1995. She graduated on top of her class and was also given the Bienvenido Gonzales special award for Excellence in Academics. She practiced nursing in the university hospital, Philippine General Hospital, for two years and spent most of them in the central intensive care unit prior to medical school. In 2003, she graduated from the same university with her medical degree with an upper class rank. She moved to the United States on the same year and worked as a registered nurse in Texas for more than a year in the ICU/telemetry unit.

She did a two year internal medicine residency in Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia prior to her neurology residency in the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City where she served as chief resident. She stayed in the same university for a clinical neurophysiology fellowship with emphasis on EMG. Prior to her graduation, she won first place in the university's annual research oral presentation held for residents and fellows. She went to St. John's Medical Center in Joplin, MO after the tornado for a few weeks shortly after fellowship, before she moved to California.

Dr. Paduga is board certified in neurology and in her subspecialty in neurophysiology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has special interest in stroke, neurologic emergencies and prefers to see patients in the hospital setting.

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Jay Rosenberg, M.D.

Dr. Rosenberg is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

I have practiced neurology 29 years at Kaiser Permanente and 9 years with the Neurology Center. Over this period of time, my medical experience has been extensive and I consider it a privilege and honor to be a physician. I have faced head on the medical revolution as it pertains to the doctor patient relationship and economic reimbursement. Being the first chief of neurology and a founding member of the Kaiser Permanente group in San Diego, the bureaucracy of System Medicine at times was very challenging but I never lost sight of the fact that my patients were my patients. I continuously advocated for my patients even it if meant that I had to place individual patient needs ahead of the systems concern.

At the very beginning of my career, "Neurology" was just emerging from a "diagnose and adios" mentality and transitioning to an aggressive treatment approach. Throughout my career I have considered symptom management as one of the foundations of aggressive therapy. Now that we have an extensive armamentarium of many potential successful disease interventions, we can approach neurological issues with the confidence to achieve true "disease management" (treatment interventions and symptom management with emphasis on improving and maintaining quality of life).

My background is unique in that I grew up in a family where my father was a psychoanalyst and my brother was an autistic savant with seizures. I suffered with an orthopedic problem that warranted some 40 operative procedures before the age of 21. I married a wonderful woman and with her raised two children. This was despite her long-term struggle with multiple sclerosis and her ultimate demise in 2004 to the ravages of metastatic Breast Cancer. This background combined with my wife and I interacting with many different physicians cemented in my mind the need to be a competent, compulsive, compassionate and above all empathetic physician!

I was involved with the Academy of Neurology for the last 25 years and as such developed and chaired the Guidelines Committee. We were responsible for creating the standards of care for such varying condition as coma and vegetative state, brain injury (concussion and sports injury), seizure management, and the diagnosis and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

My practice at the Neurology Center is predominantly focused on Multiple Sclerosis as I am one of the staff physicians with the Southern California Multiple Sclerosis Center. I am rendering numerous second opinions for difficult diagnostic dilemmas, diagnosis and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica, and the diagnosis and management of the chronic conditions of brain injury and brain tumor. I am a staff physician at the Scripps Encinitas Hospital providing consultative services to the hospital staff along with the primary care for patients of the Scripps Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. There we care for a variety of neurological problems including stroke, spinal cord and brain injury.

I consider it a privilege and an honor to be a part of the most advanced, competent, exciting and compassionate Neurological Group in Southern California.

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Mark Sadoff, M.D.

Dr. Sadoff is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

A practicing neurologist with The Neurology Center since 1987, Dr Sadoff was board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1985, having graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles, earning a B.A. degree in Zoology and a M.A. degree in Biology, before attending the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. Completing his medical internship and neurology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles and Wadsworth V.A. medical center, he first started the private practice of neurology in Long Beach California, where he also taught medical and neurology residents as an attending physician and UCLA Clinical Assistant Professor at the UCLA affiliated neurology clinics in the Wadsworth V.A. Medical Center in Los Angeles and St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach.

In San Diego, Dr. Sadoff has been affiliated with the University of California, San Diego as a Clinical Instructor in neurology at the San Diego V.A. Medical Center. He has been co-investigator in a variety of clinical research trials for conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, migraine, and Parkinson's disease. He served as chairman of the Division of Neurology and Neurosurgery and on a variety of committees at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, California.

Since 2005, Dr. Sadoff has been the Medical Director of the Tri-City Medical Center inpatient acute rehabilitation unit, where each patient is treated as a unique individual in order to maximize their potential for recovery from a variety of neurologic, medical and post- surgical conditions. Dr. Sadoff believes that a strong doctor-patient partnership is based on mutual respect, education, and above all, listening carefully to the concerns of the patient, all vital steps in formulating the best plan of treatment

Dr. Sadoff is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the San Diego County Medical Society.

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Gregory Sahagian, M.D.

Dr. Sahagian is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Dr. Sahagian is a board certified member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Sahagian graduated from Columbia University with a B.S in Chemical Engineering. He completed his M.D. at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York with special distinction for research in Cardiovascular Medicine. After a medical internship at the Winthrop University Hospital SUNY School of Medicine, he completed his neurology residency in 1999 at UCSD where he was given the honor of Chief Resident. He completed his neuromuscular fellowship at UCSD, with sub specialty training in neuromuscular diseases, electromyography and botulinum toxin use. He has continued at UCSD as an Assistant Clinical Professor.

Dr. Sahagian specializes in diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, Neuropathy, Myopathy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome He is an expert in performing Electromyography/Nerve Conduction (EMG) studies and performing skin biopsies to help diagnose disorders such as Small Fiber Neuropathy. His Neuro-diagnostic team also performs test such as EEG (electroencephalogram), SSEPs (Somatosensory Evoked Potentials) and VNG (Videonystagmography) all in the relaxed comfort of an office setting. He has been active with The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and attends the MDA neuropathology case conference at Rady Children's Hospital regularly.

Dr. Sahagian is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Association of California Neurologists, California Medical Association, San Diego Neurologic Society, American Medical Association, San Diego County Medical Society. He acted as Program Chairman of the San Diego Neurologic Society and has represented the Association of California Neurologists as a delegate to the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He remains active in the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine as the California State Liaison.

He is the managing partner of The Neurology Center of Southern California and works with a team of neurologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating neurological disorders such as: Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy, Seizure Disorders, Dementia, Head Injury and Spinal Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Tremors, Dizziness, Movement Disorders, Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Migraine Headaches and Torticollis.

Dr. Sahagian has participated as an investigator for numerous clinical research studies. He believes in offering our community a setting for scientifically valid clinical research in an environment that promotes the highest standards of medical inquiry. We are committed to an ethical environment that fosters clear communication and reflects a respect for patients, clients and staff.

Dr. Sahagian has integrated his years of expertise with the personal touch he gives each patient. He understands that just as every patient is an individual, their treatment plans should be as well. It is this type of treatment that has earned him the San Diego Top Doctor award, Best Doctor award and The Patients' Choice Award.

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Jack Schim, M.D.

Dr. Schim is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Jack Schim, MD, is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor in the Neuroscience Department at University of California San Diego. He has special interests in headache management, stroke prevention, neuropathic pain treatment, acute stroke intervention, and neurologic rehabilitation.

Dr. Schim grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended the University of Miami, with majors in psychology and Philosophy. He then earned a MFA in Ceramics and Photography. He earned his medical degree from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical School. He served as a medical intern at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and completed his neurology residency at UCSD. Dr. Schim is Chair of the Division of Neuroscience at Scripps Hospital, Encinitas, and Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Tri-City Medical Center. He is a Past President of the Association of California Neurologists and an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Stroke Association, and American Headache Society. He is Secretary and Board Member of the Headache Consortium of the Pacific, Chairperson and Director, California Chapter, Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA), Board Member and past President, American Heart Association San Diego.

Dr. Schim is Board certified in Neurology, and has certification in Headache Medicine by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. He has published articles in Experimental Neurology, Current Medical Research and Opinion, Pain Practice, Headache, and Neurology. He has been using Botox therapeutically since 1989 for numerous therapeutic purposes including movement disorders, spasticity, hyperhidrosis, and numerous pain conditions, and has been clinically active in headache care since 1992. He has been a clinical investigator in multiple clinical trials including pain, movement disorders, chronic headache, stroke and spasticity, amongst others. He has been a speaker and consultant for Allergan, Boehringer- Ingelheim, Depo-Med, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Merck, Pfizer, and Zogenix.

Currently he is a partner in The Neurology Center, in Encinitas California, and is co-director of the Headache Center of California. He enjoys travel, and is an avid photographer and surfer.

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Lesly Giselle Aguilar Tabora, M.D.

Dr. Aguilar Tábora is board certified in Neurology as well as in Stroke / Vascular Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the American Medical Association. Her interests are in cerebrovascular diseases, acute stroke management, and stroke critical care.

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Anchi Wang, M.D.

Dr. Wang is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Dr. Wang received her medical degree from Escuela Autonoma de Ciencias Medicas de Centro America, Universidad Autonoma de Centro America in San Jose, Costa Rica. She completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a fellowship in movement disorders at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Wang is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology and the Movement Disorders Society. She has participated in numerous research studies involving the investigation of new treatments for migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, pain management, Parkinson's disease and stroke.

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Chunyang Tracy Wang, M.D., M.S.

Prior to joining the group, Dr. Wang was an attending physician at Cooper University Hospital and assistant professor of Cooper Medical School, Rowan University, NJ.

Shortly after graduating with high honors from Harbin Medical University, China, Dr. Wang went on to pursue master's degree in Pharmacology at University of Missouri, Kansas City. Subsequently, she was conducting extensive research at Marion Merrel Dow Laboratory of Viral Pathogenesis, University of Kansas Medical Center and the Department of Tumor Virology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.

Dr. Wang completed her Internship and Neurology Residency training at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia where she was Chief Resident. She continued with fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia and Epilepsy Fellowship at University of California at San Diego.

Board certified in American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology and American Board of Eletrodiagnositic Medicine, Dr. Wang was the recipient of many academic honors and awards. She has presented at national conferences and has been a contributor to medical publications.

Dr. Wang has a special interest in EEG, EMG, evoked potentials and treating a variety of epilepsy patients, including pre-surgical evaluation, intracranial epilepsy monitoring, inpatient long term EEG monitoring, status epilepticus and refractory epilepsy. She also enjoys caring for a diverse group of patients. She speaks Mandarin.
 

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Michael Zupancic, M.D.

Dr. Zupancic is accepting new patients. Please call 760-631-3000.

Dr. Michael Zupancic specializes in adult sleep medicine. He is a board certified neurologist and a board certified sleep medicine specialist. Dr. Zupancic completed his fellowship at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Center. Prior to joining The Neurology Center, he was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the department of Neurology, section of Sleep Medicine.

Michael has been the principal investigator of several clinical research trials regarding restless leg syndrome and insomnia. He has published articles and book chapters about sleep disordered breathing, insomnia, sleep apnea and stroke. Dr. Zupancic has presented numerous CME lectures and recently chaired a discussion group about sleep apnea and stroke at the annual American Academy of Sleep Medicine national meeting.

Dr. Zupancic's clinical expertise and interests include sleep disordered breathing, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, insomnia, and parasomnias.

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Jessica Brower, P.A.

Locations: Encinitas and La Jolla

Jessica Brower joined the Neurology Center in 2009, specializing in treating patients with headache disorders. She has been an integral part of the team, managing both the acute and chronic needs of patients. She provides quality education to patients, reviewing the multiple options available for treatment while individualizing each person's needs.

Jessica grew up in Solana Beach, California and is proud to return to her home community to treat local patients. She attended Torrey Pines High School and spent three seasons as the TPHS Junior Varsity Swim Coach after college. She graduated with highest honors from University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2009, she graduated from Western University of Health Sciences as a certified Physician Assistant.

Since 2009, she has furthered her knowledge as a specialist and branched out to hospital work at Scripps Encinitas Hospital seeing rehabilitation patients transitioning from inpatient to home. She has also played an important role in research studies for potential pharmaceutical drugs. Jessica continues to see patients with various neurological disorders ranging from stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorder.

Having a background in collegiate swimming, Ms. Brower incorporates physical activity into her life. She has completed a number of half marathons, triathlons and open water swims.

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Peter Heinen, P.A.

Location: Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas NeuroRehab Unit.

Mr. Heinen has been practicing medicine in San Diego County since 1977. He has been with the Neurology Center since 2007, where he has been seeing following patients in the office clinical setting as well as the NeuroRehab unit at Scripps Hospital-Encinitas.

He received his certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and has passed the recertification process every six years.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Medical Education: He received his Physician Assistant degree from Baylor College of Medicine after graduating from San Diego State University in 1975.

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Stephanie Huang, P.A.

Locations: Encinitas and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas NeuroRehab Unit.

Stephanie Huang was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. As an undergraduate, she returned home during the summers to work in the local hospital's laboratory. After graduating, she worked as a certified nurse assistant during the day and volunteered in the Emergency Department at night.

Coming from a family of generational doctors, and being exposed first hand to patient care, she decided to further her education as a Physician Assistant so that she can serve both doctors and patients. She graduated from the Masters of Physician Assistant Practice Program at University of Southern California in 2010. During her elective clinical rotation, she spent four months working in a complex headache and general neurology clinic in Fullerton, California. She also had extensive training and experience in headache management, vestibular disorders, balance and gait disorders and spine disorders.

"As an Advanced Practitioner, I am able to spend more time with the patient and free up the doctor's time to focus on more complex cases. I have the luxury of spending more time with the patients; getting to know them, educating them and especially listening to them. If you listen, most of the time the patients give you the answers."

Stephanie is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the California Board of Medicine.

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Andrew Inocelda, P.A-C

Locations: Escondido, Poway and Oceanside

Andrew was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and completed his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at Linfield College in Oregon. He is a 2007 graduate of the Masters Physician Assistant Program at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Andrew is our lead Advanced Practitioner, helping to coordinate our team of well-trained Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. He joined the group in March of 2013 bringing six years of experience in Neurology. He sees patients with a variety of Neurological conditions to include migraine, dizziness, balance disorders, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, dementia, myasthenia gravis, seizures, neuropathy, and radiculopathies. He has a particular interest in dizziness and has performed many lectures for patients and fellow healthcare providers on this topic.

He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the California Board of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

"My approach to medicine is simple. If we truly focus on treating the patient then everything else falls in line. I am a Physician Assistant dedicated to being a patient advocate, an integral member of The Neurology Center team, and providing quality patient education."

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Megan Strowd, P.A.

Locations: Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital.

Megan Strowd completed her undergraduate education in Biology at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State. After college, she embarked on a journey abroad as an international science instructor in Costa Rica. Returning to Seattle, WA she worked for several years in Bio-Technology and virology research.

In 2005, she graduated from Pacific University Masters in Physician Assistant Program in Oregon. She graduated with highest academic honors, leadership awards, and as the Presidential scholar. After her training, she returned to Seattle and practiced in Primary Care and Hospitalist Medicine but primarily in Emergency Medicine. She has over eight years of experience in the acute medicine field. Her special interest includes neurological emergencies and inpatient care. She has had the privilege of working on volunteer medical teams in Cambodia, Kenya, and Central America and enjoys global medicine.

"I am passionate about helping patients and their families feel more at ease and informed about their care and treatment plan, even in the most stressful situations."

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Melissa Mortin, N.P.

Location: Oceanside

Melissa Mortin is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She is committed to working with patients with a variety of neurological conditions. Melissa is competent in working with patients that have been diagnosed with a variety of neurologic conditions including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, dementia, seizure, tremor, neuropathy, headache, myasthenia gravis, and neuromyelitis optica.

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Florida. She graduated with honors and received awards for community service, academics, and research. She then worked as a critical care/intensive care unit Registered Nurse in Florida, New York and California over the next 6 years. She worked in the intensive care unit at Scripps Encinitas from April 2006 to August 2010 where she was awarded the Nursing Practice Award of Excellence twice and was nominated ICU Nurse of the year in 2010. Melissa then received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from San Diego State University in 2010. She was an active member of Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society while studying at San Diego State University.

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Phyllis Taylor, N.P.

Locations: Tri City Medical Center, Oceanside and Encinitas.

Phyllis Taylor is a nurse practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Phyllis has been a registered nurse since 1978. She graduated from Regis University in 1993 with a BSN, and completed her master in nursing degree at Washington State University in 2006. Her experience in Sleep Medicine has been working with patients with a variety of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome. She has a special interest in helping patients adjust to therapy for sleep apnea.

"I am new to the San Diego area and love the wonderful weather, beautiful terrain, and the ocean. Every day I look at the sea, and think how lucky I am to live here. Outside of work, my hobbies include cooking, music, hiking, cross-fit and other group exercise modalities."

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