Our Staff

Our Staff


Emily Phan

Medical assistant

Emily Phan is a medical assistant and scribe with extensive patient care experience in dermatology, ophthalmology, urgent care, and now in neurosurgery. She is currently working as Dr. Rao’s scribe and she is also a medical assistant for a COVID testing center.    Emily earned her nursing assistant certificate and associate degrees in Sociology and Biological Sciences from Mission College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton. She has volunteered as a music support volunteer in hospice care, mental health youth mentor, and an ophthalmic technician in underserved areas. She aspires to become a physician assistant and would like to practice in surgical specialties. Emily moved to Orange County from San Jose, California in 2018. 

In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, painting, cooking, and lifting weights. Emily is a musician and has played the violin, viola, and piano since childhood. She currently lives in Irvine with her cat, Yuna.


Layla Rezaeepour

Nurse Practitioner

Layla Rezaeepour is a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience as a Registered Nurse working primarily those with brain and spine disorders. Layla earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Penn State University and Master of Science in Nursing at California State University Long Beach where she graduated with honors from an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. She is nationally certified as a stroke RN and currently working toward her certification to first assist in the operating room. Layla moved to Orange County California from Philadelphia, PA in 2015.
In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors visiting national parks, kayaking, hiking, along with indoor cycling, yoga, and traveling. She currently lives in Laguna Niguel with her rescue dog Cali where she recently purchased her first home and is looking forward to many DIY projects.


Danette Hansell

Patient Coordinator

Bio coming soon

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