Our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

 

The physicians and staff of Arizona Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists, PC, bring decades of healthcare experience, medical knowledge and exceptional patient care to the practice.

 

 

 

 Manda L. Chatelain, ANP, ACNP

Manda Chatelain has been a nurse practitioner with Arizona Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists since January of 2003. She provides care to our neurosurgical patients in collaboration with the attending neurosurgeons. Manda documents history and performs physicals, consultations, daily rounds and serves as first assist in the operating room.

Manda earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She is a Certified Nurse of the Operating room and completed training as a Registered Nurse First Assist.

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 Melissa A. Leonard, PA-C

Melissa A. Leonard joined the Arizona Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists, PC staff in June 2012 as a Board Certified Physician Assistant. Her prior experience includes Cardiology and Family Practice. Melissa graduated with Honor from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she was awarded a Master’s of Health Science degree in 2008 with the Advanced Degree of Physician Assistant. Working with the attending neurosurgeons and our staff of advanced practice providers, Melissa provides a wide variety of care to our neurosurgical patients including hospital consultations, daily visits and serving as a first surgical assistant in the operating room.

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Jessica Vo, PA-C   

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Sophia Guardiola, DNP, AGACNP

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Heather Fett, ACNP

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Karla D. Wax, FNP, AGACNP

Karla is a native to Arizona. She began her career in healthcare in 1989. Karla joined Arizona Neurosurgery and Spine Specialist (ANSS) in 2008 after earning her Family Nurse Practitioner degree through Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. As a nurse practitioner for ANSS, Karla works closely with the neurosurgeons and other advanced practice providers to ensure quality neurosurgical care and treatment within the hospital setting. She also assumes the role of first surgical assistant in the operating room. In 2012, Karla returned to St Louis University to obtain her post masters certification as a Gerontology Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Karla worked at The Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ as a register nurse. Her nursing experiences include neurosurgery post anesthesia care unit, neuroscience intensive care unit and nursing supervisor of a neuroscience intensive care unit. Karla is a member of the advance practice nursing committee at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to her nursing career, Karla was a registered respiratory therapist.

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