Gus G. Halamandaris, M.D.
Gus G. Halamandaris, MD joined the medical staff of Salinas Valley Memorial
Hospital and Central Coast Brain and Spine Associates in 1990. He is a
neurosurgeon and specializes in surgeries of the brain and spine utilizing
the latest surgical and microsurgical techniques, advanced technologies
and the minimally-invasive procedures to care for his patients.
He graduated with a BA from the University of California, San Diego in
1980 and earned his medical degree in 1984 at the University of Utah School
of Medicine, Salt Lake City. He completed a general surgery internship
at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond in 1986 and a neurosurgical
residency at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990. He is
board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgery, Congress
of Neurological Surgeons, Western Neurological Society, American Medical
Association, California Medical Association and the Monterey County Medical Society.
Dr. Halamandaris resides in Monterey with his wife and children. He enjoys
woodworking and has participated in missions with Assist International
including one to Caminul Felix Orphanage in Oradea, Romania where he helped
build facilities to house the children..
Lisa R. Kroopf, MD
Lisa R. Kroopf, MD, an Interventional Pain and Spine Physician, joined
the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic, Orthopedics, Podiatry Spine & Sports
Medicine in 2017. She specializes in relieving both chronic and acute
pain through a wide range of minimally-invasive surgical and non-surgical
techniques She completed her Residency training in Physical Medicine &
Rehabilitation as well as her Fellowship in Pain Medicine at Loma Linda
University Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA. She earned her medical degree
from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, School of Medicine in Guadalajara,
Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at
Dr. Kroopf is an Interventional Pain Specialist. Her medical training is
deeply rooted in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary (bio-psycho-social)
approach, with focus on advanced interventional pain treatments, coupled
with patient education and adjuvant therapies to optimally improve the
well-being of her patients. She is dedicated to delivering pain care in
a patient-centered manner, and her primary goals include the following:
improving patients' quality of life and physical function, decreasing
reliance on pain medications, and facilitating return to work and daily
Dr. Kroopf has the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for the
California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. She is an active
member of the following medical societies: American Board of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Academy of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation, American Board of Pain Medicine, North American Neuromodulation
Society, Women in Neuromodulation, and The Spine Intervention Society.
She is a native Californian and currently resides in Salinas with her husband
and two children. Dr. Kroopf is fluent in Spanish. In her leisure time,
she enjoys travel, yoga and snowboarding.
Theodore Kaczmar, Jr., M.D.
Neurosurgeon Theodore Kaczmar, Jr., MD joined Central Coast Brain and Spine
Associates and the medical staff of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in
1985. In his practice, he utilizes the most advanced technologies and
procedures for brain and spine surgeries including microsurgical, computer-assisted
and minimally invasive techniques.
He graduated "Cum Laude" with a degree in biology from Princeton
University in 1975. In 1979, he earned his medical degree at Washington
University, St. Louis. He completed an internship in surgery and a residency
in neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Connecticut. He was associate
research scientist, Section of Neurosurgery at Yale University School
of Medicine and chief resident in neurosurgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
He is board certified by and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical
Examiners and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Kaczmar has served on Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital's Bioethics
Committee for several years. He is a member of the American Medical Association,
California Medical Association, Monterey County Medical Society, American
Association of Neurological Surgeons, Western Neurosurgical Society, California
Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Federation of the International
College of Surgeons.
He is a frequent medical volunteer at the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare
System Medical Facility at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at Palma High
School. He and his wife live in Salinas and have two grown daughters.
In his personal time, he enjoys motor racing, astronomy and golf.
Willard B. Wong, M.D.
Willard Wong, MD joined Precision Orthopedics and the medical staff of
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in 1994. He is an orthopedic surgeon
with a specialty in spinal surgery of the neck, middle and lower back.
He also performs less invasive procedures including kyphoplasty for vertebral
compression fractures, microdiscectomy for pinched nerves and disc replacement
or fusion surgery for chronic debilitating low back pain. Dr. Wong utilizes
physical therapy options and non-operative treatment options, in addition
to the most up-to-date surgical procedures.
After graduating with a degree in biology from the University of Hawaii
in 1984, he earned his medical degree from the University of Hawaii Medical
School. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency in Phoenix, Arizona
and a fellowship in spinal surgery at Harvard/Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.
He is board certified by and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic
Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He
is a member of the California Orthopedic Association and the North American
Dr. Wong was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to Salinas shortly after
completing his fellowship training. He enjoys mountain biking, woodworking
and spending time with his family.