Top US spine and neurological surgery Team – Orange County, Southern California
Meet the minimally invasive spine surgery team of Burak M. Ozgur, MD, top US neurological and spine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, who provide comprehensive clinical and administrative assistance and care to our patients and their families for best possible outcome.
Erin Wood MMS, PA-C
As an experienced physician assistant, Erin Wood brings an array of special talents and overall health care knowledge, expertise and compassion to the practice of Burak M. Ozgur, MD. Her patience, gifted bedside manner and ability to easily adapt to new patients and conditions is attributed to her years of experience as a physician assistant and healthcare professional. Erin is able to provide most services offered by our physicians, functioning as an ideal asset to our medical team. As a minimally invasive spine surgical PA to Dr. Ozgur and at the Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery Excellence (ONE) Brain & Spine Center, Erin participates in advanced and highly sophisticated surgical procedures.
Other than assisting Dr. Ozgur in surgery, Erin also assists patients in the office and the hospital, writes prescriptions, attends to patient’s medical questions and often provides comfort, reassurance and support to patients particularly after surgery. She actively reviews all imaging studies such as X-rays, CT and MRI scans; establishes postoperative orders and patient discharge plans; completes comprehensive discharge summary; and medication reconciliation process. Furthermore, she closely coordinates with Dr. Ozgur, case managers, physical therapists and nursing staff to construct and initiate a post discharge plan for outpatients services.
Attending PA school in Chicago, Erin loved the Midwest. However, she is a southern Californian through and through, Erin was born at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and was raised in Mission Viejo. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, running, snowboarding, gardening, traveling, spending time with family.
Education and Certification
M.S. Medical Science, Midwestern University
B.S. Biology, San Diego State University
San Diego, California
Certification and Memberships
Certified, National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA) 2012-present
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Active Member/Fellow 2010-present
California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA), Active Member/Fellow 2011-present
Yulia is the Medical Assistant and Surgery scheduler for Dr. Burak M. Ozgur. Yulia is a very caring and compassionate person, often going above and beyond to assist patients. Yulia is an integral part of the medical team with her exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to multitask. She answers patient phone calls, assists patients with referrals, imaging orders, scheduling appointments, prepares and rooms patients during their appointments, and answers questions, all with a smile. As a surgery scheduler, she coordinates and schedules surgery, working with the hospital, other physicians’ offices, and performs insurance authorizations to ensure all patients are ready and cleared for surgery.
Yulia was born and raised in Russia but came to the states in 2004. She graduated from American Career College in 2013 with her medical assistant certificate and has been working for Dr. Ozgur ever since. In her free time she enjoys watching hockey (GO DUCKS!!) and spending quality time outdoors with her family.
To request an appointment with Burak Ozgur, MD, one of the best spine surgeons in the southern California, US specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, please call (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.