Certified Physician Assistant
“I always wanted to help people, so I’m fortunate to be a physician assistant and take care of patients who need me.”
From the time she was a child, Adela Ashraf knew she wanted to be in the medical field. It wasn’t until high school that she discovered the physician assistant profession through her sister, who was preparing to start her medical residency. At the Neurology and Pain Specialty Center, Adela is a part of the neuromuscular and pain team with a sub-specialty in the management of patients suffering from headaches and complex pain disorders.
In 1999, Adela graduated cum laude from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a B.A. in health science. In 2003 she earned her M.S. in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
A physician assistant since 2000, Adela initially worked in family practice and emergency medicine. In 2003, her interests turned to laser and aesthetic procedures, but she always had medicine in mind, and continued to work in the emergency room. In 2009, she focused on pain management at the American Pain Institute in Tustin, California. In 2010, she went to the Orange County Pain Institute in Mission Viejo and in 2012 she joined the Neurology and Pain Specialty Center.
Fluent in Spanish and Farsi, Adela is able to communicate with patients in their native languages if they need assistance understanding their treatment and diagnoses.
Adela is a member of the California Association of Physician Assistants.
In her spare time, Adela likes working out, hiking, enjoying international cuisines and watching movies.