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Management

Ali Hajaig

Partner/CEO

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Ali is a founding partner of Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center. 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.

Abbas H.

COO

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Abbas joined Neurology Associates Neuroscience Center in 2021 as Chief Operating Officer.

Christina F.

CPC, Billing Manager

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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.

Claudia A.

Lead Medical Assistant

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Claudia earned her medical assistant degree from Pima Medical Institution in 2013. She joined our practice in 2014 and in 2018 became our lead Medical Assistant, supervising all Neurology Associates Medical Assistants. Claudia is a proud mother of three, and is also fluent in English and Spanish.

Medical Assistants

Dusty S.

Medical Assistant

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Dusty joined Neurology Associates’ Mesa clinic in July 2020 with 18 years’ experience. She works with Dr. Rebecca Jones. Dusty prepares patients for exams, and helps Dr. Jones with patient documents and communication. Dusty calls herself “very passionate” about taking care of her patients. Dusty holds certifications in medical assisting, phlebotomy and first aid. She spends much of her free time with family (including five kids) and friends. Dusty also plays golf, likes to hunt, fish and camp, and also enjoys shopping and going to the gym.

Ariana V.

Medical Assistant

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Ariana is the medical assistant dedicated to Dr. Andrea An. Ariana takes patient vitals and provides information on tests, including MRI, EEG and VENG, ordered by Dr. An. Ariana earned her medical assistant certificate in 2016 and joined Neurology Associates in 2017. She most enjoys providing care that helps patients address their conditions with as much confidence and knowledge as possible. In her off hours, Ariana loves spending time with her son.

Andrea Y.

Medical Assistant

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Andrea, who is also a Licensed Professional Nurse, joined our team in 2017. She acts as the medical assistant to Dr. Brian Rabin, in our Chandler clinic.  She is fluent in English and Spanish. Andrea earned her LPN nursing degree from Gateway Community College where she is 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.

Kelly W.

Medical Assistant

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Kelly joined Neurology Associates in 2019 and works as the certified medical assistant dedicated to Dr. Julie Lockwood. She gathers patient data, takes vitals, and ensures patients receive all the information they need. Kelly has devoted much of her career to helping people. She spent almost a decade in customer service and management, with another 18 months in an oncology office. Kelly holds a bachelor’s of science in communication with a concentration in technology from University of Phoenix, as well as her medical assistant certification from Pima Medical Institute. When she is not providing patient care, Kelly spends time with her fiancé, their two dogs, and family and friends.

Procedure Technicians

Anil P.

MRI Technologist, MR Safety Officer

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Anil joined Neurology Associates in 2019 with 11 years of experience as an MRI expert and as one of the few Magnetic Resonance Safety Officers in the world. This means he is uniquely qualified to ensure patient safety before and during MRI exams. Anil also holds American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certifications in MRI, CT and radiography. He spent 10 years conducting MRI scans in a Level 1 trauma center, which contributed to his distinctive, compassionate approach. “If I can make a patient laugh, that makes my day here at Neurology Associates,” Anil says. “Half of the population we get is claustrophobic and I am very good with these patients.” Anil has earned a number of awards, including one for Outstanding Performance in Radiologic Science from the Joint Review Committee in Education in Radiologic Technology, United State Department of Education, and the All Star award from the Robert Wood John Health Care System for excellence in patient care. Anil practices meditation each day, and enjoys traveling and being in nature.

Melanie H.

MRI Technologist

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Melanie has worked in the medical field since 2004, and as an MRI technologist since 2013. She joined Neurology Associates in 2019. Melanie goes to great lengths to ensure her patients remain safe, comfortable and informed throughout each MRI exam. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and child development from Arizona State University. She earned her MRI certification in 2013. Outside of work, Melanie enjoys traveling, being in nature, playing tennis, good food and spending time with friends.

Brandy H.

MRI Technologist

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Brandy operates the MRI machine at Neurology Associates Mesa. She works one-on-one with each patient, educating them on what to expect, and ensuring their safety and comfort. She also administers the intravenous contrast dye when needed. All this plays a big part in what Brandy most enjoys about her career: Giving patients and their doctors information they need to start feeling better. She strives to produce the highest quality images in the shortest time possible – a huge plus both for claustrophobic and busy patients.

Brandy came to Neurology Associates in January 2021 after 15 years at a valley imaging center, where she served as the lead CT/MR technologist. She has worked in hospitals, imaging centers, and specialists’ doctors’ offices, as well. Brandy holds more than 20 years of experience in radiology, including MRI, general x-ray, mammography, DEXA, and CT.

In addition, Brandy holds an associate’s degree in radiology and Arizona licenses in MRI, radiology, mammography, and CT. She is credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. She also has her Basic Life Support certification.

Away from work, Brandy enjoys camping, hiking, sight-seeing, and dancing; plays cornhole; listens to live music; and spends time with her family. She has a rescue dog named Duncan, an Australian Cattle Dog/Basenji mix; a Sonoran Desert Tortoise; and a 150-gallon saltwater fish tank.

Alaina L.

R.EEG.T Technician

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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 since. 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 G.

EEG, EMG & VENG Technician

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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 B.

EEG, EMG & VENG Technician

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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.

Laura S.

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Laura joined Neurology Associates in June 2020 as our Physical Therapist Assistant. She works closely with our physical therapist, Eric Gee, helping him with patient care and treatment. Her responsibilities often include manual therapy and home exercise program development. Laura has worked as a PTA since 2008. She thrives on spending one-on-one time with patients, watching them progress and gain quality of life. In her off-hours, Laura spends time with her family, cooks and bakes vegan meals and treats, and enjoys supporting vegan restaurants. She also likes to read.

Administrative

Front Desk

Zahira L.

Lead Front Desk Patient Coordinator

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Zahira is one of Neurology Associates’ dedicated front desk personnel at the Chandler practice. She enjoys making people feel welcome when they walk into the office. By the time she joined Neurology Associates in 2019, Zahira had worked in customer service for more than nine years. She wants to earn a degree in the medical field. In her off-hours, Zahira enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

Adriana C.

Front Desk Patient Coordinator

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Adriana took on the role of patient coordinator at Neurology Associates in August 2020. She came to the practice with eight years of experience in the medical field, and enjoys interacting with the people she helps. In her off hours, Adriana spends time with her family and goes hiking.

Samantha K.

Medical Records

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Samantha joined Neurology Associates’ medical records department in December 2020. She also helps with front desk responsibilities. Samantha has held national and state certifications as an EMT; she also attended school for a degree in microbiology. Outside of work, Samantha spends time with her family – she has identical twin girls.

Administrative

Billing

Jennifer U., CPC

Billing Specialist

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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 holds more than 10 years of experience in billing for primary care and neurology. She enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities.

Yvette H.

Billing Specialist

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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.

Administrative

Scheduling

Rita A.

Scheduling Supervisor

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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 benefiting cancer survivors.

Cameo H.

Scheduling Coordinator

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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.

Cierra E.

MRI Scheduler

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Cierra works closely with patients, not only scheduling their MRI exams but also helping them get ready when they come in for imaging. She most enjoys this aspect of her job.

Cierra joined Neurology Associates in January 2021 with a background in scheduling, insurance verification and other aspects of health care. She holds certifications in first aid and CPR. In her spare time, Cierra plays softball, spends time with her kids, goes hiking, and watches movies.

Administrative

Prior Authorization/Insurance Verification

Courtney V.

Insurance Verification Coordinator

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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.

Valerie M.

Prior Authorization Coordinator

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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.

Kristen S.

Prior Authorization Coordinator

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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.

Corrina Z.

MRI Prior Authorization Specialist

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Corrina has worked in the medical field for more than a decade. She joined Neurology Associates in 2021. Corrina obtains pre-authorizations, and then schedules patients for MRI exams. She enjoys interacting with patients. In her spare time, Corrina designs t-shirts and spends time with her children.

We’re looking for talented Neurologists to join our growing team.

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