Author: Oxana Pavlova

Oxana Pavlova, CNIM, MS, Surgical Neurophysiologist III, is a member of SpecialtyCare's Intraoperative Neuromonitoring team. She received a master’s degree in Computer Science from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Russia, in 2005, and completed the Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist Program in Tampa, Florida, graduating with honors in 2008. Ms. Pavlova joined SpecialtyCare in 2012 and relocated to Reno in the spring of 2015. She has established herself as a skilled surgical neurophysiologist and trusted member of the team, building respected working relationships with many of the renowned surgeons in the Greater Lake Tahoe region.

SpecialtyCare IONM Mission Trip to Moldova


In the fall of 2016, David Citarrella, SpecialtyCare’s Director of Operations for Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) in California and Nevada, let me know that an orthopedic surgeon in San Francisco planned to travel to the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe on a humanitarian mission. The surgeon, Dr. Dimitriy Kondrashov, had inquired about the use of IONM equipment to monitor spinal procedures during his trip. My first thought was, “What is he going to do with this equipment? It’s not like you just press one button to turn it on, then get a green light if all is good, or a red light if there is a problem.” I reached out directly to Dr. Kondrashov to see if I could help.