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Meet our providers

Our Practice consist of multiple experienced Pain Specialist which all are Fellowship trained Anesthesiologist with Sub Specialty Certification in Pain Management. Many of our Pain Specialists hold an Academic Appointment with Loma Linda University Medical Center. Experience leads to better decisions, better outcomes and less complications.

Dr. Medhat Mikhael

Dr. Medhat Mikhael

Dr. Mikhael, our medical director is double board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Mikhael is fellowship trained in Pain Medicine and he is the chief of the Pain Medicine department at Hoag Memorial Hospital and Orange Coast Memorial hospital.
Dr. Mikhael has a surgical background and training in general and trauma surgery where he earned his Master degree in general and trauma surgery. Which adds to his experience in surgical intervention for the treatment of chronic pain.
Dr. Mikhael is the Medical Director of the non-operative spine program at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Mikhael enjoys teaching and he is a speaker for several pharmaceutical companies and a faculty member for multiple device companies including Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Nuvectra where he enjoys teaching physicians and fellows about device implantation and new advanced technology.
Dr. Mikhael has a special interest in some of the complicated aspects of chronic pain including neuropathic and cancer pain and he is an active member on the cancer committee of of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and both Long Beach Memorial and Orange Coast Memorial Hospitals.

Dr. Andrew Messiha

Dr. Andrew Messiha

Dr. Messiha is a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist. He has an interest and background in multimodal pain management, utilizing interventional, medical, physical, and psychological therapies to treat the person as a whole. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and completed his general surgery internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. After completing his anesthesiology residency at Case Western Reserve University/Metrohealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Messiha completed a pain medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Messiha and his family are happy to be back home in Southern California, and he looks forward to building long-term relationships with his patients and providing the highest level of care to improve their quality of life.

Dr. Afzaal Iqbal

Dr. Afzaal Iqbal

Dr. Iqbal is a pain medicine specialist, double board-certified in pain management and anesthesiology. He is a strong believer in treating chronic pain with a multimodal approach combining the latest interventional techniques along with effective medical, psychological, behavioral and exercise therapies. He has an avid interest in complex regional pain syndrome as well as cancer pain. He is a graduate of the SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, where he served as Chief Resident. He then went on to complete his pain medicine fellowship at the same institution. Dr. Iqbal looks forward to serving the greater Orange County community with exceptional care and establish meaningful relationships with his patients. He and his wife enjoy exploring the Southern California outdoors as well as the arts and culture of both LA and Orange County.

Dr. Shawn Zardouz

Dr. Shawn Zardouz

Dr. Shawn Zardouz is a pain medicine specialist and board certified neurologist.

He is passionate and dedicated to providing the best possible care to his patients and has a specific interest in multi-modal pain management.

Dr. Zardouz began his studies at the Johns Hopkins University where he graduated with a bachelor of arts in public health. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University and graduated with a distinction in biomedical research. He completed his medicine internship at Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was named intern of the year. He then went to complete his neurology residency at University of California San Diego (UCSD) and also completed a pain medicine fellowship at UCSD. Dr. Zardouz has published in many peer reviewed journals and has presented his findings at several conferences at the national and international levels.

Susan Font, PA-C

Susan Font, PA-C

Susan Font graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. She attended Loma Linda University Physician Assistant Program, from which she earned a Master of Physician Assistant Science degree.
Ms. Font is an active member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is currently a staff member at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

Mark Schwartz, PA-C

Mark Schwartz, PA-C

Mark is a board certified Physician Assistant and has been practicing medicine as a PA since 1981 when he graduated from Long Island University’s PA Program. He completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at LAC/USC Medical Center and has practiced in Orthopedics for over thirty years working as an Orthopedic Surgical Trauma PA as well as with Hand & Total Joint Services before deciding to specialize in Pain Management.

Mark takes care of our hospital patients, and has privileges at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, Irvine, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, and Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center. He is a member of the Academy of Physician Assistants and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Mark enjoys hiking and is a member of The Laguna Coast Wilderness Foundation. He is also a PADI certified Rescue Diver.