You will, more than likely, make many trips to our office…..sometimes for many years. You will get a chance to meet all of our office staff as time goes by. All of these women want to help you in any way possible so don’t hesitate to call if you have a question about your appointment, test authorization or insurance coverage, etc,.

Physician's Assistants

Our Physician Assistants are an integral part of our practice. Amber, Michelle, Aubrey, and Caroline assist in surgical procedures and aid GOA physicians in both inpatient and office care of our patients.

Michelle Stone

Michelle graduated from California State University in Long Beach, CA. She received her Masters in Physician Assistant Practice from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She has prior experience as both a Family Practice and Plastic Surgery Physician Assistant.

Aubrey Jacobson

Aubrey Jacobson graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Neurobiology and Physiology. She then went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences. She is proud to be a part of the GOA team.

Alexia Sanchez

Lauren Kerstner

Lauren graduated Cum Laude from University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies. She then went on to complete her Master of Medical Science Degree in PA Studies at Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU) in Fullerton, CA. She is a member of the American Academy of PAs, California Academy of PAs, and Association of PAs in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Lauren is a Newport Beach native and is proud to be a part of the Hoag GYN/ONC team.


GOA Nurses are chemotherapy certified with extensive experience in caring for gynecologic and breast cancer patients. All nurses are active in the Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists and the Oncology Nursing Society and have published numerous articles on aspects of patient care.

Rita Kankus, RN, B.S., B.S.N.

Rita received her undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Miami (FL) in 2004. She completed her nursing training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL., While at NMH, she received additional experience working at a hematology/oncology clinic. Rita also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Surgery Schedulers

Jasmine Paxton

Kyle DeWitt

Sonia Ojeda

Medical Assistants

Jeanette R.

Support Staff

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