Stephanie Amaro serves as the Practice Administrator at Vascular Neurology of Southern California. She began her career as a Medical Assistant in 2015 and overtime has developed a curiosity and passion for the administrative duties necessary to operate a successful medical practice. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys weekend getaways among nature with her family and dogs to the surrounding National Parks. Stephanie is dedicated to the growth and development of VNSC and is eager to contribute to the process.
Director of Clinical Research
Anastasia Vechera serves as the Director of Clinical Research for Vascular Neurology of Southern California. Her role involves overseeing the entirety of the research process which includes adherence to protocol and federal guidelines, submission of study documentation to the Institutional Review Board, contracting and budget negotiations with study sponsors, drafting and administering informed consent, patient recruitment and participation management, disclosure of adverse events, and supporting the Principal Investigator. Anastasia graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, and the A. Irving Hallowell Award for her Honors Thesis titled The Sociality of Organ Transplantation: Uncertainty, Anxiety, and the Politics of Biomedical Knowledge. She is currently completing a pre-medical certificate at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Patient Care Coordinator
Grace Prieto serves as the Patient Care Coordinator at Vascular Neurology of Southern California. Grace grew up in Santa Clarita, after high school she developed a strong sense of devotion for the medical field and received her certification in Medical Assisting. As the Patient Care Coordinator she is responsible for managing the patient experience from beginning to end, she maintains patient records, schedules appointments and surgeries, arranges for hospital admission, images and laboratory testing. Outside of work Grace enjoys spending time with her loved ones, watching a good Netflix show but can also be found on long hiking trails.
Nicole Mercado serves as a medical scribe and is part of the clinical research team. As a scribe, she helps with medical documentation to allow for more personal one-on-one time between doctor and patient. For her role as clinical research coordinator, she helps screen for potential research participants for medical trials, organize participant data, and manage daily clinical trial activities. Nicole graduated with honors from the University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in Biology. She is a tenacious and compassionate person who to learn. Nicole is an aspiring doctor herself and hopes to gain as much knowledge as she can about the medical field. When she isn’t hard at work or studying, she enjoys painting and rock climbing. She loves traveling and has been to all 7 continents of the world.