A New Spin

On Spine


The new Center for Spine Health at Orange Coast Memorial represents an important breakthrough for patients seeking treatment for back and neck pain. 

“Anyone who has ever had back or neck pain of any kind knows how disruptive it can be to perform simple, daily activities like showering or getting dressed. From the first point of contact, our goal is pain relief,” says Medhat Mikhael, M.D., pain management specialist and co-medical director of the Orange Coast Memorial Center for Spine Health. “That means prompt diagnosis and a customized treatment plan that delivers results.”

Left to right: Sue Romero, Theresa Stern, Dr. Barry Ceverha, Dr. Jason Koh, Dr. Medhat Mikhael.


A cross-disciplinary team of spine experts – from orthopedic surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons to physiatrists, physical therapists and acupuncturists – work collaboratively to offer coordinated and comprehensive non-operative and surgical solutions. A dedicated nurse navigator follows patients throughout their entire course of therapy, including follow-up care, for an entire year after treatment.

“Our clinical navigator is integral to our back and neck wellness program,” says Theresa Stern, M.P.T., director of the Center for Spine Health. “The navigator synchronizes all aspects of care – from scheduling appointments to patient education. This way, all the patient has to do is concentrate on healing.” 


At the Center for Spine Health, specialists recognize that surgery is not always the first or most appropriate treatment. Neurosurgeon and co-medical director, Barry Ceverha, M.D., stresses the Center’s philosophy of exhausting all conservative interventions first.


“The bulk of my patients – maybe 9 out of 10 – don’t require major surgery,” says Dr. Ceverha. “Often the right protocol of minimally invasive procedures, physical therapy and pain management may be enough. But if it’s not, we have the best back and neck specialists here to get patients back to living pain-free.”


For more information, please call (714) 614-2317, or visit memorialcare.org/ocspinehealth.

Listen to Dr. Mikhael’s podcast on Spine Health, or visit memorialcare.org/podcasts