Mark Schultzel, M.D., MBA

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Mark Schultzel is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery. He trained at the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic under mentor Dr. John Itamura, and is a respected expert in injuries of the shoulder and elbow. His focuses of practice are shoulder and elbow sports medicine (labral tears, rotator cuff tears, Tommy John injuries), shoulder and elbow arthroplasty (joint reconstruction), and fracture care.

Dr. Schultzel completed undergraduate, medical school, and business school at UC San Diego, with orthopaedic surgery residency training in Kansas City. He has experience with sports medicine coverage at an elite level, as a team physician for the US Olympic Team, San Diego Legion Professional Rugby Team, as well as for the Los Angeles Sparks and Loyola Marymount Athletics. He currently is a team physician for the USA Kendo Team and for the United States Olympic Committee. Dr. Schultzel is the Chair of the Sharp Community Medical Group Orthopaedic Specialty Advisory Council and sits on the Surgical Steering Committee for Sharp Healthcare.

He is also committed to training the next generation of physicians: he provides mentorship to numerous college students, medical students, and residents, fellows, and young attendees. He is a volunteer clinical instructor for the UCSD School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgeon and Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery for Touro College of Medicine and Rocky Mountain University. Dr. Schultzel is also a clinical instructor at Point Loma Nazarene University.


Mario Ammirati, M.D.
Board Certified Neurosurgeon/ Spine Surgeon

Dr. Mario Ammirati is a board-certified neurosurgeon who recently opened his private practice in Sorrento Valley (San Diego) after 20+ years of operating his own skull base surgery lab in Ohio. He has two clinics – one in Sorrento Valley and one in La Mesa. He performs surgery at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Surgical Center of San Diego (and currently in the credentialing process for Paradise Valley Hospital and several more). He has 30+ years of neurosurgical and spine surgery experience; he has been published in 160+ medical journals and publications, and he has co-written the guidelines for the treatment of brain metastases and primary brain tumors for the American Neurosurgical and Cancer Associations. Newsweek Magazine published a physician-voted survey in which Dr. Ammirati was listed among the “Top 3% of Neurosurgeons in the U.S. in 2015.”

Dr. Ammirati has performed 4,000+ procedures on skull base and benign and malignant tumors in the brain and spine/lumbar. He’s known by his peers for correctly diagnosing and treating patients who were otherwise misdiagnosed (e.g. brain tumors hidden behind blood clots; normal pressure hydrocephalus misdiagnosed as dementia/Alzheimer’s). He takes personal injury cases, and has 20+ years of experience as a medical expert – providing IMEs and testifying for both plaintiff and defense attorneys.

He trained in neurosurgery at Northwestern University Medical School. Afterwards, he completed a 2-year fellowship with Professor Samii, the leading world expert in skull base neurosurgery. He contributed to writing the guidelines for the treatment of brain metastases and Brain Tumors on behalf of American Neurosurgical/Cancer Associations. Dr. Ammirati was one of the first neurosurgeons in the USA to use computers and intraoperative Computerized Tomography (CT) to place instrumentations (screws) in the spine, thereby decreasing the number of badly-positioned screws and hence the need for reoperation while optimizing patient outcomes.

Since the beginning of his career in 1989, Dr. Ammirati has personally trained more than 120 neurosurgery residents and fellows from all over the world in the delicate art of neurosurgery/skull base surgery and spine surgery. These surgeons have used the techniques that they learned from Dr. Ammirati at prestigious neurosurgical institutions such as, amongst others, Harvard and Cleveland Clinic. He is also one of the world’s foremost leaders in diagnosing, removing and treating benign brain tumors with care and precision, while prioritizing his patients’ quality of life and physical functions. He prides himself in being the most considerate doctor to his patients, who meet him at the most vulnerable time in their lives.

Dr. Ammirati’s treatment philosophy is based on adherence to the most up to date reliable scientific evidence that is tailored to the need of each individual/unique patient. Indeed, no guideline completely fits each unique patient.

Dr. Ammirati has contributed chapters on Skull Base Surgery in the last 3 editions of the #1 neurosurgery textbook in the world (Youman’s Neurological Surgery), and his contributions to the advances of medicine in general include authoring 13+ textbooks on skull base tumors and meningiomas, speaking at hundreds of conferences over 40 years, and publishing more than 165 peer-reviewed research papers that uncover and perpetually evolve techniques to improve outcomes and lives through neurosurgery.


Eric S. Korsh, M.D, F.A.A.O.S.

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Fellowship Trained Spinal Surgeon
Dr. Eric Korsh has practiced in the San Diego area 1997. He received his medical degree from Rutgers- NJ Medical School. After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at Seton Hall University he completed a spinal surgery fellowship at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City which is considered the premier orthopaedic hospital in the world.

While Dr. Korsh treats the entire range of orthopaedic injuries, he is considered to be an expert in spinal surgery. He has treated many professional and elite amateur athletes, as well as countless weekend warriors. Dr. Korsh treats injuries to the entire spine including the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. His surgical expertise includes Minimally Invasive Spinal (MIS) Procedures, disc replacement surgery, and anterior and posterior fusions.

Dr. Korsh considers surgery to be a last resort and he extensively utilizes non-operative modalities and a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of all orthopaedic injuries.


Lars R. Newsome, M.D.
Board Certified in Pain Management
Board Certified in Anesthesiology
Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Newsome received his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York, and graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing his anesthesiology residency and fellowship at Emory University he remained on the faculty for three years as an assistant professor of anesthesiology before moving his practice to San Diego.

Dr. Newsome specializes in interventional pain management and anesthesiology. He offers a variety of procedures to manage pain, such as lumbar, thoracic
 and cervical epidural steroid injections, facet injections, radiofrequency ablation,
 intrathecal drug delivery and neuromodulation.

American Board of Anesthesiology

Critical Care Medicine-Subspecialty

American Board of Anesthesiology-
Pain Medicine-Subspecialty

Facet Injections

Fluoroscopically Guided Epidural

Steroid Injections

Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems

Joint Injections

Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks

Percutaneous Intradiscal Nucleoplasty

Peripheral Nerve Blocks

Provocative Discography

Spinal Cord Stimulator

American Medical Association

California Medical Association

Associate Examiner, American Board of Anesthesiology

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 1979

National Medical Fellowship Award 1979

Kaiser Foundation Award of Merit 1990

Emory University, Anesthesiology Faculty Member of the Year 1986

Roger Kasendorf, D.O.
Board Certified Pain Medicine
Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Roger Kasendorf, DO, is a top physiatrist in the La Jolla, CA, area, providing state-of-the-art pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation services for superior, effective treatment of a wide array of issues affecting the musculoskeletal system. Recognized as a leading specialist in the management of chronic pain, Dr. Kasendorf is committed to providing the most advanced care for patients at his practice on Genesee Avenue in La Jolla. His close affiliation with Scripps Memorial Hospital ensures patients have ready access to cutting-edge therapeutic options aimed at assessing and treating their unique health needs.

Dedicated to providing patient-centered care based on each patient’s condition, medical history, personal goals, and other factors and objectives, Dr. Kasendorf offers an array of care options, including osteopathic manipulation, arthritis management, acute and chronic pain management, cancer pain management, regenerative medicine, electrodiagnostics (EMG) and rehabilitation services.

Dr. Kasendorf completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, followed by medical training at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, a medical internship at Plainview Hospital on Long Island, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Nassau University Medical Center in NY. After completing his residency, he served as medical director for his pain management and rehabilitation clinics in New York before moving to the San Diego area, where he served as associate program director for the Long Beach Medical Center before opening his practice in La Jolla.

Dr. Kasendorf is committed to expanding his knowledge and skills in the areas of pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and he holds board certifications in both pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation from the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has also lectured extensively about the topics of chronic and acute pain management.

In addition to caring for patients at his private practice, Dr. Kasendorf maintains an affiliation with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He welcomes new patients, and his practice accepts most major medical insurance plans.

Dr. Ritvik Mehta received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He then went on to Harvard Medical School where he completed his internship in General Surgery and residency in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery. While at Harvard, he developed his interest in treating patients with facial paralysis. Recognizing the profound impact that facial paralysis has on the lives of those affected, Dr. Mehta chose to pursue advanced training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery / Facial Nerve Disorders during his fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary / Harvard Medical School. He then went on to complete a second fellowship in Otology / Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Mehta is truly a compassionate and caring physician who has a deep interest in providing the best possible care for his patients. He has co-authored numerous publications and was the recipient of the American Neurotology Society Trainee Award for his middle-ear research. Dr. Mehta is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a professional member in the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, International Otopathology Society (Schuknecht Society), and the American Neurotology Society.


At the Head, Neck and Spine Center of San Diego our focus is treating patients with musculoskeletal conditions due to auto accidents, sports and work related injuries using a variety of techniques including Diversified, SOT, Active Release Technique, and K-Laser. The clinic also offers on site therapeutic massage, physiotherapy, orthotics, rehabilitative exercises and nutritional supplements.

“Our objective is to help individuals and families reach optimal spinal and physical health through chiropractic care, as well as encourage them to take responsibility for their health and well-being.”


Dr. Goldstein, a native Californian, attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and then continued his graduate work at Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles earning a doctorate degree in Chiropractic. Following his graduation, Dr. Goldstein joined a practice in Malibu where he worked with many professional athletes and celebrities.

In 2001, Dr. Goldstein moved back to San Diego where he split his time between two practices, one in Sorrento Valley and one in La Costa. Dr. Goldstein spent a bulk of his time consulting for the United States Golf Fitness Association. In 2002, Dr. Goldstein was asked to provide chiropractic services for the PGA Tour and Physiotherapy Associates, a division of the Stryker Corporation, the “Official Provider of Fitness Training and Physical Rehabilitation for the PGA Tour and Champions Tour”. He traveled and worked with PGA Tour players such as Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Bob Estes, Duffy Waldorf, Stuart Appleby, K.J. Choi, Michael Campbell, Tim Herron, Jeff Sluman, and Tiger Woods.

After several years of gaining valuable experience working on the PGA Tour, Dr. Goldstein took over a busy practice in La Jolla. He converted the practice into a family, sports and auto accident injury clinic. In 2006, the Head, Neck and Spine Center of San Diego was voted “Best of La Jolla” by La Jolla Light Readers poll. In 2007, Dr. Goldstein opened a second clinic inside Active Wellness in Solana Beach.

With nearly 12 years of experience, Dr. Goldstein is setting a new standard with postural restoration and spinal subluxation correction. With his experience and knowledge in the biomechanics of the human body, Dr. Goldstein is creating new, innovative methods to correct posture and correct lives forever.


From the 5 freeway:
Exit La Jolla Village Dr. Go west on La Jolla Village Dr.
Make a left at the first signal onto Villa La Jolla Dr.
Make an immediate Right into the 1st driveway between Rock Bottom and El Torito Restaurant.
Drive straight back into the parking structure and park.

We are upstairs in suite B212.

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