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NEUROLOGY

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Maninder Kahlon, M.D.

Dr Kahlon has been practicing in the Phoenix area for over 20 years, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our practice. He is fellowship trained in Neurophysiology. He is on the board of Banner Health and has been associated with Arizona Integrated Physicians for years as both a member and board member. He has served on many committees in the years with the most recent Neuroscience Clinical Consensus Group through Banner Health Care Management. Dr Kahlon is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr Kahlon is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del Webb Medical Center, and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. He is accepting new patients in our Phoenix, Sun City, and Sun City West locations.

Education

  • 1989-1991 | Neurology Residency, Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
  • 1991-1992 | Chief Resident, Neurology Department, Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
  • 1992-1993 | Fellowship, Electrophysiology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY

Interests:

Dr Kahlon is married to Ramit Kahlon, MD (Internal Medicine Physician) with two boys in college. He enjoys time with friends and family. He loves to play golf.

Swaraj Singh, MD

Dr. Singh’s areas of interest include vascular diseases affecting brain such as stroke, aneurysms, venous thrombosis etc, headaches and neurodegenerative disorders. He is member of American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association, Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology and American Medical Association. After graduating in 2002 from Govt. Medical College Patiala in India, Dr. Singh did a two year basic research fellowship in Experimental medicine at University of British Columbia, Canada where his research focused on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Singh completed his neurology training at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and VA hospital, Little Rock AR, where he also served as chief resident. He did a fellowship in vascular neurology at University of Massachusetts. Dr. Singh has various publications during his training including co-authoring a textbook chapter. He has presented his research in various national and international conferences. He has been awarded many times including best resident of the year, Jeff Nicholas prize for dedication towards care of veterans and a prize for evidence based improvement in practice.

Did you know?

  • Can Speak 4 languages
  • Loves to play Indian classical Flute known as Bansuri.
  • Married to a physician and has 2 lovely daughters.

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Ralph J Pagano, M.D.

This adult neurologist received his BS degree from the University of Notre Dame.  Following this he attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and  received his MD degree in 1973.  Post graduate training in medicine and neurology was completed at Loyola University and Northwestern University and he obtained board certification in Neurology in 1980.  He then accepted a faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology  at Loyola University and over the next 5 years was head of the residency training program and was a clinical assistant professor.  After this he briefly practiced neurology in suburban Chicago but then relocated to Arizona in 1987.  He has been practicing general neurology is in the Northwest Valley since then mainly in the Sun Cities.

Mona Mehta, M.D.

Dr. Mehta is a general neurologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as board eligible for Clinical Neurophysiology, and she is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. She attended medical school at University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed her internship, Neurology Residency, and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at State University of New York Downstate. She has a special interest in neuromuscular disorders, but also practices general neurology.

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Paul Kowalski, M.D.

Dr. Kowalski has practiced neurology for over 20 years and served proudly with the US Air Force before entering private practice in the West Valley. The Consumers Research Council of America has repeatedly named Dr. Kowalski as one of Americas “Top Physicians” in both the state of Virgina as well as Arizona.

Fellowship trained in Clinical Neurophysiology and Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, Dr. Kowalski treats all aspects of neurologic disease.  This includes headaches, seizures, neuropathy, memory disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, and other neurologic conditions.

Born and raised in Albany New York, Dr. Kowalski was a National Merit Scholar and was accepted into a very competitive six-year college / medical school program.  He attended Union College as well as Albany Medical School in Albany New York.  From there he went on to complete his residency training from 1992 – 1995 in neurology as well as his fellowship training from 1995 – 1996 in neurophysiology. 

During his time in college, medical school as well as four years after graduation, Dr. Kowalski was on active duty for the US Airforce Reserve from 1987 – 1996.  While on duty with the United States Air Force he served as the Chief of the FFEBI Mobility Team where he managed and supervised a rapid deployment team to a contingency hospital.  During his time with the Air Force, Dr. Kowalski was also the Medical Director for the Department of Medicine. 

Dr. Kowalski has lived in the Phoenix Arizona for over 15 years with his wife of over 25 years as well as their three daughters.  In his free time Dr. Kowalski enjoys hiking with his family as well as watching science fiction movies. 

 Arizona Integrated Neuro, Spine, & Pain is proud to have Dr. Kowalski join our group— helping to ensure that we continue to be the leaders in patient centric and leading edge care for all aspects of neurologic disorders, neuropsychology, spine care and pain management.

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Darry Johnson, MD

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Douglas Shepard MD

Dr. Shepard graduated from University of Arizona Tucson Medical School
and is Board Certified in Neurology. Dr. Shepard completed hi Fellowship at University of Alabama Birmingham. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and has over 30 years of Neurological clinical experience. Dr. Shepard’s outside interests include piano, exercise, reading, and spending time with family.

SPINE SURGERY

Harvinder Bedi, MD

Harvinder S. Bedi, MD is a board certified, fellowship trained spine surgeon. He specializes in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disorders of the spine, including degenerative disorders, spinal trauma, deformity, minimally invasive surgery, artificial disc replacement, and computer-assisted navigation. Dr. Bedi completed a combined neurosurgical and orthopedic spine fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, one of the nation’s premier spine centers under the guidance of world-renowned spine surgeons. He gained tremendous experience in all aspects of spinal care, performing complex reconstructions, utilizing minimally invasive techniques, and incorporating the latest technologies.

Dr. Bedi completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Buffalo in New York. While in residency, he took a particular interest in trauma, complex adult spine, and pediatrics. He excelled throughout his training, and was awarded the Theodore Papademetriou Award for excellence in orthopedic research and education upon graduation. Dr. Bedi earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from University of Buffalo, where he graduated from the Honor’s Program and magna cum laude. Dr. Bedi is currently a member of numerous societies, including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), and the North American Spine Society (NASS). He also continues to participate actively in research. His current focus involves investigating the outcomes of disc replacement surgery and the use of novel BMP carriers for fusion. Dr. Bedi is fluent in conversational Punjabi, Hindi, and Spanish.

Education

  • 2011 – 2012 Spine Fellowship
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Los Angeles, CA
    Directors: Rick Delamarter, MD | John Liu, MD 1998 – 2002
  • 2006 – 2011 Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
    Directors: Lawrence Bone | Kenneth Krackow, MD
  • 2002 – 2006 Doctor of Medicine
    SUNY Upstate Medical University. Syracuse, NY

Navkirat Bajwa, MD

Dr. Bajwa is a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon who completed his Bohlman spine surgery fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. There, he received specialized training in minimally invasive techniques, management of spinal tumors, spine trauma, and degenerative conditions of the spine. Dr. Bajwa specializes in the operative and non-operative treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of South Alabama.

Born and raised in Punjab, India, Dr. Bajwa completed his medical school training at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital following which he spent three years as a research fellow at Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. During this time he published and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences, particularly in the field of age related spine degeneration, correlation of spine degeneration with hip, knee and ankle arthritis, congenital cervical and lumbar stenosis and tandem stenosis. Dr. Bajwa is a member of multiple professional organisations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS), Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS). Dr. Bajwa is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.

 

 

Stephanie Hurd, PA-C, MPAS

Stephanie is a board certified Physician Assistant. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and she attended A.T. Still University in Mesa where she graduated in 2011 with her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. She is nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the Arizona Regulatory Board. She has worked in several specialties over the years but has found her home in orthopedic spine surgery working exclusively with Dr. Harvinder Bedi.

She is a fellow member of the organizations American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS). “My goal is to provide excellent compassionate care to our patients to improve their quality of life.”

During her spare time Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Eric johnson, PSY. D.

Dr. Eric Johnson is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in adult neurological disorders including concussion/head injury, stroke, dementia, seizure disorder, toxic metabolic encephalopathy, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus, epilepsy, and cognitive deficits due to chronic pain and psychiatric symptoms.

He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy-Phoenix. Dr. Johnson completed an internship accredited by the American Psychological Association at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center, working with veterans and their families. Dr. Johnson also completed a two-year neuropsychology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center specializing in head injury (e.g. evaluating athletes concussions, work injuries, and motor vehicle accidents). He has co-authored professional journals/book chapters, supervised students, and lectured/consulted both locally and nationally. In his free time Dr. Johnson enjoys hiking with his wife and rescue dog Niko.

Amy L. Knapp, Psy.D.

Dr. Knapp is a clinical neuropsychologist with specialized training in pediatric, adult, and geriatric neuropsychology. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy-Phoenix. She has extensive training in both inpatient and outpatient settings, to include Level I Trauma Care. Dr. Knapp evaluates a wide range of patients, including those with complex medical and neurological diagnoses, memory loss, dementia, degenerative neurological conditions, traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, strokes/TIAs, seizure disorders, ADHD, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Arnold Chiari malformation, bariatric concerns, chronic pain syndrome, cancer, and cognitive impairment related to emotional problems. Dr. Knapp is originally from Central New York and has been a Phoenix resident for 12 years.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Chhavi Manchanda MD, FRCA

Dr Chhavi Manchanda is a double board certified pain management physician and Anesthesiologist. She completed her Anesthesiology residency and ACGME accredited fellowship in pain management at St Elizabeth Medical Center, Tufts University school of Medicine in Boston, MA.

Prior to coming to USA, she was certified Anesthesiologist in England and India. She received extensive training in Anesthesiology and pain management in world-renowned hospitals in London and was awarded“ Fellow of Royal College of Anesthesiologist”(FRCA). Apart from her clinical training, she has been a lead academician with several scientific publications and presentations in pain management.

She offers her patients the time needed to fully evaluate their pain and improve patients’ functionality and quality of life. She believes in comprehensive approach to pain management and working closely with referring physicians in order to provide the customized care and treatment to patients.

Conditions Treated:

• Low back pain, Facet joint pain, Sacroiliac joint pain
• Neck pain
• Herniated disc
• Sciatica
• Degenerative disc disease
• Arthritis
• Spinal stenosis
• Muscle spasms
• Cancer-related pain
• Complex regional pain syndrome
• Neuropathic pain
• Pelvic pain
• Peripheral neuralgias
• Major joint pain
• Headache
• Trigeminal Neuralgia

Amin Alishahi MD

Dr. Amin Alishahi decided to become a doctor to give back to the community. He was influenced by members of his family who were great mentors. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota where he earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in four years, one in Biology and the one in Business. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. During this time, he was a research assistant and was a key author in several publications. In his residency at the University of Texas – Southwestern, he specialized in Anesthesiology so that he could use his hands and mind to guide patients through surgery. He also was active in several quality improvement projects in anesthesia.

Dr. Alishahi completed his pain medicine fellowship at Oregon Health and Sciences University, where he was noted by patients and staff for his knowledge, compassion, and excellent technique. He chose this sub-specialty of pain medicine because he truly enjoyed developing relationships with patients and helping them improve their quality of life and function through a well-rounded approach. Dr. Alishahi moved to Arizona in 2018, as his family lives in the Phoenix area. During his free time, Dr. Alishahi enjoys soccer, basketball, tennis, ping pong, boating, hiking, and being an active member of the community.

Services include but not limited to:

– Epidural steroid injections
– Radiofrequency ablations (RFA’s)
– SI Joint injections
– Spinal cord stimulation
– Dorsal root ganglion stimulation
– Kyphoplasty
– Shoulder injections
– Knee injections, including Gelsyn and Durolane
– Hip injections
– Carpal tunnel syndrome injections
– Occipital nerve blocks

PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION

Amir Buljina, MD, PhD

Dr Amir Buljina was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He trained at Medical University of Sarajevo, Bosnia where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree. After moving to United States he completed internship and residency at Medical College of Ohio, Toledo where later worked as Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is board certified in field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

His areas of interest include rehabilitation of neurological and orthopedic conditions. Dr Buljina is affiliated with the following hospitals: Boswell, Del Webb, and Kindred hospital. He is member of the American Medical Association and the fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr Buljina is married to Taida Buljina, a computer engineer. They have one son. His special interests are photography and soccer.

Nurse Practitioner

Noemi Pimentel, NP

Noemi Pimentel is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified by American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She attended nursing school through Mesa Community College where she obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2005. She then furthered her education with Grand Canyon University to obtain a Bachelor Degree in Science of Nursing in 2015. Most recently she completed her Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner in 2018 from Grand Canyon University.

Francisca Olibarria, NP

Francisca Olibarria is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified by American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She attended Nursing school through Mesa Community College where she obtained her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2000. She then furthered her education and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree at Grand Canyon University in 2008. In 2018, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing for her Family Nurse Practitioner from Grand Canyon University.