Ali Hajaig | CEO
Ali is a founding partner of Neurology Associates of the East Valley. He has extensive health care administration experience in the United States and has done business in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He received the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium Innovation Champion Award in 2009, and The Phoenix Business Journal Outstanding CFO Award in 2015. He earned his Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University and is currently working on his PhD in Justice and Social Transformation.
James Louy | Practice Administrator
James has over 16 years of management experience and is working on his degree in Healthcare Management. He finds great satisfaction in making sure his team is happy and working cohesively to provide the best quality experience for the guests of Neurology Associates. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife, collecting Lego and Sideshow Collectables and watching his favorite team in baseball, the Red Sox.
Christina Finley | CPC, Billing Manager
Christina is a Certified Professional Coder and Medical Billing Specialist and has been in healthcare since 2001. She earned her Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership in 2016 at Arizona State University. She has been with us since 2012. Christina enjoys spending time with family.
Anne Church | Patient Support Specialist
Anne joined our practice in 2014 after moving here from Farmington New Mexico. She has 20 years of experience in medical field working in customer service, front desk, referrals, and authorizations. In her spare time, she and her new husband enjoy riding their bike and taking road trips both short and long across country.
Danielle Mischle | Patient Support Specialist
Danielle joined our team 4 years ago to learn more about neurological diseases impacting her family members. She has also lived in Colorado and Hawaii. Her background includes hotel management and she has been a Licensed Cosmetologist for 12 years. She is enthusiastic about greeting our patients and spends her off time with her young son and new baby.
Cameo Hall | Scheduling Coordinator
Cameo is working on his Marketing degree at Chandler Gilbert Community College. He joined our team in 2015 and previously, he was a Certified Diamontologist for 10 years. In addition to helping patients schedule their appointments, he owns his own business breeding Bearded Dragons and building reptile enclosures. He enjoys music, and spending time with his family doing physical activities like hiking, and sports.
Rita Aguayo | Scheduling Coordinator
Rita joined our team in 2017 with 20 years of experience in the medical field including Office Supervisor, front desk, scheduling, authorizations, and medical records to name a few. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Rita loves to cook and when she’s is not working, she’s a volunteer chef for various fundraisers benefitting cancer survivors.
Jennifer Udell, CPC | Billing Specialist
Jennifer has worked in various aspects of the medical field for 15 years, including front office, back office and billing. She is a Certified Medical Coder and joined our practice in 2012. She currently has 10 years of experience in billing for primary care and neurology. She enjoys spending time with her family in outdoor activities.
Ghadir Hojeij | Billing Specialist
Ghadir earned her Accounting Administration degree in Canada and has worked in the financial field in the United States since 2014. She is bilingual speaking English and Arabic and has extensive customer service and sales experience. Ghadir is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business at Arizona State University.
Yvette Herrera | Insurance verification coordinator
Yvette trained at Pima Medical Institute to be a Medical Administrative Assistant. She has worked in health care for 15 years, mostly in primary care, in various capacities including verifications, billing and referrals. She joined our practice 3 years ago. She enjoys spending time with her boys and husband and makes amazing designer cakes for friends and family.
Courtney Vanderflught | Insurance verification coordinator
Courtney joined our team in 2018, coming to us with two years of front office and insurance verification experience. She works remotely from Iowa, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Kristen Singh | Prior Authorization Coordinator
Kristen has worked in prior authorizations for 15 years in various specialties including oncology, and sports medicine. She is trained as a medical assistant and earned her certification in Clinical Back Office from the International Institute of the Americas. When Kristen is at home, she enjoys spending time with her two horses, Thor and Belle.
Valerie McCarthy | Prior Authorization Coordinator
Valerie joined our team in 2013. She has been running our imaging prior authorization and Botox prior authorization / scheduling now for many years. When Valerie isn’t helping patients she loves spending time with her family.
Hussein Hajaig | Schedule coordinator
Hussein joined our scheduling team in 2018 with an excellent background in guest services. He is a quick learner and is always eager to help patients with all their scheduling needs. When not working Hussein is furthering his education with general studies.
Jennifer Porter | Patient support specialist
Jennifer recently joined our team in September 2018 with over 15 years of experience in medical administration in various specialty practices as a front office team lead, a referral coordinator, and served as an OSHA representative. She greets each patient with kindness and is a focused patient advocate that will go out of her way to help make the appointment run smoothly. She has fun on the weekends going to concerts, or supporting the local music scene but especially seeing her husband’s rock band when he plays at many East Valley venues.
Andrea Yepez | Licensed Professional Nurse
Andrea joined our team in 2017 to help in the Mesa clinic. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She earned her LPN nursing degree from Gateway Community College where she is currently working on a Registered Nursing degree. Andrea has a background as a Care Navigator helping patients sign up for government aid programs and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Crystal Speirs | Physical Therapist Assistant
Crystal is certified with the Arizona Board of Physical Therapy as a physical therapist assistant and has 7 years of experience. Crystal completed an Associate’s Degree in applied science/physical therapy at Gateway Community College. When she is not working, you will find Crystal hanging out with her two boys, paddle boarding or hiking.
Alaina Louy | R.EEG.T Technician
Alaina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an Associate’s Degree in Neurodiagnostics. She became board certified as an R.EEG.T Technician in 2014 and has been working in the field for 5 years. She enjoys making sure her patients are well taken care of and comfortable during their tests. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, whether it be traveling, watching sports, or playing with her five cats.
Patricia Goeco | EEG, EMG & VENG Technician
Patricia earned her Associates of Applied Science and EEG/END Technology degree from Gateway Community College in 2014. She worked at Chandler Regional Medical Center as an EEG Technician and at Barrow Neurological Institute as an IONM Technician. Before the medical field, Patricia owned her own catering and craft service company in Phoenix and worked as a personal assistant helping busy families with caring for elderly parents.
Christine Broyles | EEG, EMG & VENG Technician
Christine earned her Associates of Applied Science in Electroneurodiagnostics/EEG Technology from Gateway Community College and became Board Registered in 2017. She also earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Central Arizona College. Christine loves interacting with patients and working in neurology because she finds the brain interesting. In her off time, she enjoys camping, fishing and hanging out with family.
Claudia Alvez | Lead Medical Assistant
Claudia earned her medical assistant degree from Pima Medical Institution in 2013. She joined our practice in 2014 and as of 2018 has been promoted to our lead Medical Assistant. Claudia is a proud mother of 3 and is also fluent in English and Spanish.
Ariana Valenzuela | Medical Assistant
Ariana joined out team in 2017 with experience in Neurology. She earned her degree in Clinical Medical Assisting from Pima Medical Institute. When she’s not working, you can find her on the beach in California or hitting the rides at amusement parks.
Edward Santa Cruz | Medical Assistant
Edward came to us from Seattle, Washington with 7 years of experience in healthcare. He received his training from Pima Medical Institute for medical assisting and Chandler-Gilbert Community College for emergency medicine. In his free time, Edward enjoys soccer, tennis, and rugby. His passion is making a positive impact in patients’ lives.
Adrian Abrams | Medical Assistant
Adrian graduated from Carrington College in 2015 as a certified medical assistant. She joined Neurology Associates of The East Valley in 2018 and immediately made a positive impact on our team. Adrian enjoys her down time with her husband and kids rooting for the Eagles.
Misty Martinez | Medical Assistant
Misty joined our practice in 2018 with 20 years of experience in the medical field and quickly showed herself to be a very skilled medical assistant. Misty moved to Arizona back in 2009 from New Mexico and as of 2016 she is also a certified phlebotomist. Misty has many hobbies to keep her busy during her down time but she loves spending time with her husband more than anything.