Medical Providers

Primary/Occupational/Pain Management:

Dr. Noralahi is the founder and CEO of NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He holds two different doctrines. One in allopathic medicine and another in complimentary medicine. This diverse background has allowed him to bring together a unique fusion of traditional and holistic care for an integrated approach to injury and illness. He has decades of experience in providing care for injured workers and musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Noralahi’s philosophy is “Awareness of human dignity and respect for patients needs must be the visible quality of a doctor, coupled with teaching and empowering patients in taking an active role in the process of recovery, with an aim to promote functionality and well being”.

Dr. Noralahi is well known for his compassion and his sincere interest for the health of his patients. On a personal note, Dr. Noralahi lives locally in the bay area with his wife and two sons. When he isn’t working he loves spending time with his family. He enjoys meditation, writing, spiritual activities, and community volunteer work.

Dr. Noralahi is a state of California Qualified Medical Examiner. He is a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is a clinical preceptor for the Stanford University School of Medicine PA Program. Dr. Noralahi was chosen as one of America’s Top Physicians in 2008 by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. He is currently serving on the board of directors of the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery.

He is a member of the following medical organizations:

  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • American Medical Association
  • California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery
  • Union of American Physicians Dentists
  • American College of Physicians

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“My name is Scott Standage, MD. I received my medical degree from Tufts University in Boston. While there I served as the Class President all four years. Graduation honors included the Faculty Award to the Student Who Contributed the Most to the Medical Community. I completed my internship at University of Washington in Seattle. Lastly, I did my residency at Stanford University. I was Board Certified in specialty, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Doctors who specialize in this field are referred to as Physiatrists.

I split my work life between seeing new patients (and followups) and electromyography (EMG’s). EMG’s are diagnostic studies that evaluate nerve and muscle function and are commonly used in evaluating patients with neck or low back pain, as well as problems like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. My medical interests are primarily spine related.

Some will know that the word “doctor” is derived from the Latin word “docere” (to teach). I believe that it is imperative that doctors involve their patients in their own care, and the opportunity to educate should be a central focus of medical care. As such, I especially enjoy helping patients to understand their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options.

I live on the peninsula, and primarily work out of our Santa Clara office, although I often travel to our other clinics to perform EMG’s.

Outside of my career work, I am especially interested in all types of sports (both spectator and participant), and my most recent focus has been on biking. Environmental issues and animal welfare are causes that are of particular interest to me. I also enjoy travel if given a chance. I am known to speak passable Spanish if encouraged to do so, although this is definitely a work in progress!”

– Scott Standage, MD

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Dr. Dhanu J. Panchal, MD, PM&R is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine. He has experience in the subspecialty field of non-interventional pain, electromyography, ultrasound guided peripheral joint injections and neurolytic injections. In addition, he has focused training with treating chronic pain illness within the workers compensation system. His interests are to maximize the function of individuals through managing a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. He utilizes interpersonal and communication skills, medical knowledge, and systems-based resources towards helping a community achieve access to the best medical care available.

He has been an active member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine as well as the California Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, California Applicants’ Attorneys Association and California Medical Association.

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April Mancuso, D.O., PM&R is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. She attended the University of Utah where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree. She went on to pursue her doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University-California. Afterward, she completed an internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan followed by her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

Dr. Mancuso grew up in Lake Tahoe, California. She began ski racing at a young age and eventually became a member of the U.S Ski team and then skied competitively for the University of Utah. She currently lives in the bay area with her husband and two sons. While she continues her passion for skiing, her other interests include spending time with her family, surfing, kiteboarding, hiking, waterskiing, wake surfing, yoga, and camping.

Dr. Mancuso’s focus includes spine and musculoskeletal injuries, myofascial pain, neurological disorders, electrodiagnostics, disability evaluation, and acute and chronic pain syndrome. Her emphasis is on patient-centered care in order to restore their physical capabilities and be able to resume activities they enjoy.

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Paul Nkadi, MD, PM&R grew up in Nigeria where he obtained his medical degree from the University of Benin. He completed a Surgical internship at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY, followed by a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the same hospital. His interests include musculoskeletal, neurological and spine rehabilitation.

When he is not working, he loves to cook, play scrabble and spend time with his wife and daughters.

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Dr. Brian Mitchell, DO is a physician employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

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“My name is David Kassel. I have been practicing medicine for 33 years. I received my medical degree from State University of New York. I completed my internship at Tacoma Family Medicine. I did my residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. I am Board Eligible in Emergency Medicine.

My medical interests are primarily Occupational Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine and Spine Care. I enjoy helping patients to get appropriate medical care and support. I live in Santa Cruz, CA. My philosophy for treating patients is to listen carefully to my patients and explain the treatment I propose.

My hobbies are traveling, hiking and live music. In addition to the English language, I am capable in Spanish.”

– David Kassel, MD

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Dr. Monte Penner, MD is a physician employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

Dr. Edward Verceles, MD is a physician employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

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Christa Bradley MPH, PA-C serves as the PA & NP Coordinator at NMCI Clinic Inc. Mrs. Bradley was raised in Alaska. She has traveled extensively and has intermediate Spanish speaking skills. Mrs. Bradley has a special interest in diabetes. She received her Physician Assistant training at Stanford School of Medicine, Primary Care Associate Program (PCAP) in 2003 and received her Master in Public Health in a joint program with Stanford School of Medicine and San Jose State University, 2005. Her BA in Latin American Studies was from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1993.

As well as working at NMCI Clinic Inc. Ms. Bradley is a part-time teacher at the Stanford School of Medicine, PCAP since 2007. She has also taught at the University of California San Jose.

At NMCI Clinic Inc. she provides the following services:

Treatment for patients with musculoskeletal complaints, trigger point injections, cortisone joint injections, electrical stimulation trials, depression & sleep hygiene screenings and treatment, biofeedback, exercise programs, weight screenings, evaluation for change in established sexual patterns secondary to pain, changes in activities of daily living, cervical traction trials, A&D of abscess, minor stitches.

Ms. Bradley also evaluates for: epidurals, EMG/NCV, MRI, acupuncture, spinal cord stimulator, & orthopedic evaluation referrals.

She has also procured funding and organized numerous diabetes and hypertension community screenings at NMCI Clinic Inc.

Ms. Bradley’s past medical experience has included: Peace Corps health care, and appropriate technology volunteer, São Tomé e Principe, Africa. Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic training. Emergency Medical Technician San Jose, California. Home Health Care provider for Parkinson’s disease patient Atherton, California. Community Health Representative for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, San Jose, California.

Published works: Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Self-Care of Children with Diabetes 8/04 Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley

Awards: Ministry of Health, São Tomé e Principe, Africa

Article written about Mrs. Bradley: PAs Caring for the Undeserved: Day Workers and Occupational Health by Margaret Allen, PA-C, CAPA News March/April, 2012

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Tina Thomas-Robinson is a Physician Assistant employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. She provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

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Lubov Patouga is a Certified Physician Assistant, she joined the NMCI team March of 2015. She graduated from the Masters Physician Assistant program at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland CA, and became certified by NCCPA in 2013. She holds a BA in Radiological Biological Sciences from Medical College of Georgia. Her prior experience includes specialties such as cardiology, sleep medicine and internal medicine. She holds the title for Miss Georgia United States 2011, contributing her time to local, state and national level philanthropy.

She has also dedicated her time to Global Medical Brigades where she traveled to Panama to work with the native Kuna community, providing medical attention and public health education. Lubov is currently practicing pain management/occupational medicine at our Daly City office; utilizing her skills, knowledge and expertise to provided diligent and compassionate patient care. In addition to English, Lubov is also fluent in Russian.

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Deepika Goyal is a Physician Assistant employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. She provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

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“I was born and raised in South Korea until moving to California during college years. I received NP from Sonoma State University and worked as a nurse practitioner in family practice for few years before joining NMCI.

My goal is to develop long-term relationships with patients and their families. I love to educate and engage patients in managing pain, and I hope to continue helping them with maintaining health and quality of life. I feel very fortunate to be part of NMCI clinic at Santa Clara where I am surrounded by most friendly and competent colleagues in occupational medicine/pain management.

When I am not at work, I enjoy photography, gardening, cooking, music, snowboarding and jet skiing.”

– Joo-Hyung (Joshua) Yi, MSN, NP-C

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Mary Dunning Garofalo is a Nurse Practitioner employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. She provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

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“As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I am happy to support and care for our patients with empathy, passion, and the tools of medicine. I can help answer your questions regarding your injury, treatment, lab results, diagnostic studies and prescribe appropriate medications to treat your pain. I collaborate with your primary treating physician when making treatment decisions.

I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from UC Berkeley where I trained to specialize in piano accompaniment. As an accompanist, I was responsible for bringing out the best in the performer. In a similar manner, I see the medical profession and its practices as the means to bring out the best in individuals and communities; even in places where all hope seems to be lost. I hope to create an environment where a patient can feel comfortable expressing their feelings and health care needs. I want my patients to leave the office not only feeling physically better, but I also want them to feel that I have cared for their well-being.

Outside of the clinic, I enjoy playing gigs with my Christian Contemporary Music band – playing keyboard or bass guitar, going to new restaurants, and spending time with my husband and toddler daughter.

I received a Masters degree in Public Health Nursing from University of Washington and received a post-masters certificate to become a Nurse Practitioner from San Francisco State University. I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an active member of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners.”

– Sun Hye “Sunny” Kim, MN, FNP-C

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Cheri Kai is a Nurse Practitioner employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. She provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

James Eskridge is a Nurse Practitioner employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

Clinical Neuropsychology/Psychiatry:

Robert J. Balaban, M.D. is a physician with years of experience in the field of psychiatry, both as a psychotherapist and psycopharmacologist. He has obtained a post graduate degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research, where he studied personality theory. Dr. Balaban has been a clinician and teacher including being on the clinical faculty of the Harvard Medical School and the University of Wisconson. Dr. Balaban integrates several healing psychotherapies which he has learned through intensive training with some of the most influential and skilled therapists in the United States and Europe.

Dr. Balaban’s philosophy is to address various aspects of a person’s well being including physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions. Dr. Balaban has been trained in many approaches to psychotherapy including psychodynamic, mind/body medicine, EMDR, neurolinguistic programming, focusing, meditation, and guided imagery. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Balaban provides medication evaluation and management.

Having the option of integrating numerous techniques that facilitate healing, allows Dr. Balaban to collaboratively address each individual’s unique needs. Gene Gendlin, Ph.D., the founder of Focusing, states that each person knows their “own forward direction”. It is important to respect the deep knowledge and intuition that each person holds within their being. Dr. Balaban believes in approaching therapy collaboratively, respecting the personal history and specific goals of each person.

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“My name is Nancy Underwood. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology with specialized focus in health psychology and neuropsychology. I received my doctorate from Alliant International University. I completed and internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where I helped people who suffered acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other health issues. My work included inpatient and outpatient services.

I am interested in and focus on helping people to adjust to major changes in their lives that include injury, chronic pain, managing depression and anxiety as well as associated problems such as sleep concerns and changed functional status.

My philosophy for treating patients is to connect with them to understand how their lives have changed as a result of their health issue; to see them for who they are beyond this issue and to help them move forward in their lives as they establish a new normal. In addition to the English language, I am conversational in Spanish.”

– Nancy Underwood, PsyD

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Richard Palmer, PhD is a Psychiatrist employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and secondary psycho emotional conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

Orthopedic Surgeon:

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Paul Hughes, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

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Andrew Burt, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

Ancillary Services:

Dr. Jacobs DC, QME, has been providing care in the Bay Area and the Valley since 1997. As a Chiropractor, Dr. Jacobs has managed a multitude of injuries to the spine and extremities, and has helped thousands of patients to restore their health and well-being. To be a part of his patients’ recovery from injury, restoring function, participating in the healing process from the beginning to the end, and watching the joy that patients’ experience from being whole again is the reason Dr. Jacobs began his health care career.

Being a former Competitive athlete, and suffering injuries which lead to visits to a Chiropractor, Dr. Jacobs understands the importance of health and function in its fullest form. He wants for his patients to experience a pain free, maximum capacity life. Dr. Jacobs has helped patients with Acute, Sub-Acute and Chronic Conditions, weight loss, and Neurologic Injury.

Of note, Dr. Jacobs lives in the area with his wife and two children. He competes actively in several sports and his other hobbies include meditation, reading; although most of his free time is spent watching his children participate in their athletic events.

Dr. Jacobs is a State Appointed Qualified Medical Examiner and has lectured in colleges throughout the Bay Area.

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Dennis Sosine, DC is a Chiropractor employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

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Robert Froh, DC is a Chiropractor employed at NMCI Medical Clinic, Inc. He provides care for patients suffering from work related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. All of the providers at NMCI Medical Clinic work as a team with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well being.

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“My name is Wu Zhao. I have been practicing medicine for 30 years. I received my medical degree from Chong Qing Medical University – China. I completed my internship at Chong Qing Medical University. I did my residency at Chong Qing Medical University. I am Board Certified in Acupuncture LAc.

My medical interests are primarily pain management through natural healing methods. I enjoy helping patients to alleviate pain and improve their quality of life. I live in San Jose. My philosophy for treating patients is to understand appreciate the multi-discipline approach in medicine and applying it to the treatment I provide to my patients.

I enjoy spending time with my family and my dogs. In addition to the English language, I am fluent in Chinese.”

– Wu Zhao, LAc

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Dr. Maryam Kalami LAc, DAOM, is a licensed acupuncturist and a doctor of oriental medicine. She started her career in medicine as a registered midwife and gradually transitioned into oriental medicine several years later. Dr. Kalami is also certified in Pain Management & Sports Medicine, Clinical Nutrition & Weight Management, Cosmetic Acupuncture and Medical Qi Gong.

In addition to her private practice in the Bay Area, Dr. Kalami teaches Advanced Clinical Nutrition at the University of East West Medicine, where she also supervises acupuncture students performing their clinical rounds.

Dr. Kalami lives in the Bay Area with her husband, daughter, and her adorably feisty 11 year old Pomeranian! In her spare time, she enjoys meditating, swimming, and hiking in nature. Dr. Kalami’s philosophy in both life and patient care can be encompassed by the follow George Elliot quotation: “What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”