David Millett, MD, PhD is a passionate epileptologist who has established two epilepsy programs over the past 9 years in Southern California. After completing fellowship training in EEG and Epilepsy in 2007, he joined the faculty at USC and created an epilepsy monitoring unit at Rancho Los Amigos for Los Angeles County to provide advanced diagnostic care and treatment for hundreds of underserved patients with severe epilepsy.
This program was closely affiliated with the USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, and rapidly expanded to provide epilepsy monitoring, surgical evaluation and epilepsy surgery. This high volume epilepsy program soon provided the clinical foundation for a number of translational research studies that explored neuronal networks that give rise to seizures.
In recognition for his achievements during his tenure at USC, Dr. Millett received several awards, including a Care and Cure Fellowship from the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles (2011-14), and a Special Merit Award from the County of Los Angeles (2011).
In 2014, Dr. Millett moved to Orange County as Director of the Hoag Epilepsy Program and establish a regional system of care in Orange County for persons with epilepsy. In 2016, under the direction of Dr. Millett, the Hoag Epilepsy Program achieved accreditation as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
Maintaining a close partnership with Dr. Charles Liu and the USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Dr. MIllett and colleagues are continuously working to create a regional Epilepsy Consortium in an effort to operationalize a network of specialists and epilepsy centers across central and southern California to deliver high quality care for persons with epilepsy across he socio-economic, geographical and age spectrum.
In recognition of these efforts, Dr. Millett was recently recognized by the Epilepsy Foundation as the 2016 Honoree at the annual Hidden Truths: Art and Epilepsy event. Dr. Millett is involved in multiple research projects and educational programs, and regularly lectures on various aspects of epilepsy for patients, families, and health care professionals.
Meet Our Team
Behind everything we offer our patients at Newport Neurospecialists are the compassionate and experienced doctors, ready to provide world-class healthcare.
JAY PUANGCO, MD
Jay Puangco, MD currently serves as Chief of Service for the Hoag Voltmer Sleep Center. He is one of the most sought after sleep physicians in Orange County.
DAVID BROWN, MD
David Brown, MD is a Neurologist and fellowship trained Stroke Specialist who has been voted one of the top Neurologists in Orange County.
JASON MUIR, MD
Jason Muir, MD is uniquely board certified in Neurology, Sleep Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology. He is highly respected by his colleagues and peers in the fields of neurology and sleep medicine.
ANDREW LY, MD
Andrew Ly, MD is advising and leading the charge in developing a concussion/head injury program for the community. He is a board-certified member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
VICTOR DOAN, MD
Victor Doan, MD is board-certified neurologist. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology.
VIVEK MEHTA, MD
Vivek Mehta, MD is a Neurosurgeon with particular expertise in complex and minimally invasive brain and spine surgery. He currently serves as the Surgical Director of the Hoag Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.
JAMES D. PARK, D.O.
James Park, D.O. is a board-certified neurologist and epileptologist – who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of seizures. He brings that passion and expertise to the Hoag Epilepsy Program.
DR. YASIR N. JASSAM, MD
Yasir Jassam, MBChB, MRCP(UK), is a neurologist and a neuroimmunologist. After graduating from medical school, he received post graduate training in both internal medicine and neurology. He completed Core Medical Training (CMT) in Cambridge
JONATHAN RUSSIN, MD
Jonathan Russin, MD has been an integral member of the neurosurgery team at the Pickup Family Neuroscience Institute since 2016. He serves as the primary cerebrovascular microsurgical resource to support the neurosurgical and neuroendovascular programs.
CHARLES LIU, MD, PhD
Charles Liu, MD, PhD has been an integral member of the neurosurgery team at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute since 2014.
LAUREN BENNETT, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Lauren Bennett, PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist specializes in neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury, vascular disease/stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and the relationship between psychological and cognitive symptoms. sports.
MIKI OHATA, NP
Miki Ohata is a board certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who specializes in memory and cognitive disorders. She is excited for the opportunity to be part of the team to develop a memory and cognitive disorders screening program for Newport Neurospecialists.
KELLY WATKINS, FNP-C
Kelly Watkins FNP-C is a board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in neuroscience nursing. She collaborates alongside Dr. Millett and Dr. Mehta as part of Hoag’s Epilepsy Program as well as Hoag’s Neurology and Neurosurgery Program.
RUTH MORIN, Ph.D.
Anh Tuan Nguyen, ACNPC-AG
Anh Tuan Nguyen, ACNPC-AG has been working as neurology Nurse Practitioner in the inpatient setting for over 10 years. He is compassionate, detail oriented, and professional. We are delighted to have him as a team member at Newport Neurospecialists.
ASHLEY K. MILLER, PhD
Ashley Miller, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist. Her clinical areas of interest include neurodegenerative diseases, movement disorders, cerebrovascular disease/stroke, traumatic brain injury, and cognitive concerns in the context of other medical conditions and/or psychiatric illness.
VI BURGAN, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
Vi Burgan is a compassionate board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in neuroscience nursing. She works alongside Dr. Vivek Mehta as part of Hoag’s Neurosurgery Program. Vi also serves as the first assistant in surgery and round on patients in the ED and inpatient unit.
What Our Patients Have To Say About Our Healthcare Services
“I have trouble putting into words just how fantastic Dr. Mehta is. He was there for me in my time of real need helping me through two major spine surgeries. He took the time to explain everything to me. Never pressured me to just jump into a surgery but rather provided me options. Once it became clear that surgical intervention was an absolute must he was very quick to respond, I was admitted to Hoag Hospital right away and handled himself amazingly. He is hands down the best surgeon I’ve ever met. I would highly recommend him for any spine surgery. I am so thankful to him for him. I had lost function to my arm and was very scared I would never be able to use my arm again however shortly after the surgery function to my arm is already coming back. Thank you so much for all of your help.”
“I’m very thankful for the wonderful staff and physicians at Hoag. I was treated extremely well and everyone seemed genuinely concerned about my well being.”
“My memory and naming ability are awesome now. My husband said from the moment I woke up from surgery, ‘The old Tiffany is back.’ Dr. Millett and Dr. Liu are phenomenal. I am so grateful for the help they’ve given me.”
“Dr. Park is a listener and a teacher. He carefully listened to all my issued, I know this because he went over everything I said one by one and helped me understand what’s happening to me. He made me also feel very comfortable and not be rushed. Most doctors’ office is very systematic and quick to dismiss you. Highly recommend him!”
Patient from RateMDs.com
“When we moved to Arizona, Dr. Millet asked me if I wanted him to help me find a doctor there. I said, ‘No. I’m staying with you. We’re with you for life.’”
“By monitoring me almost every day, being flexible and responsive, Dr. Mehta gave me the confidence that doing the procedure was the right thing to do.”