Peter R. Schultz MSN, FNP-C

Peter R. Schultz MSN, FNP-C

Peter R. Schultz received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Public Health Nurse Certification from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1995. From 1995 to 2004, Peter worked as a bedside nurse at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla. During this time, he gained experience in the post-surgical ward, ICU, and Emergency department. As a testament of his strong work ethic and fortitude, Peter worked as a Trauma Nurse Team Leader and concurrently attended graduate school at Western University of Health Sciences. Peter graduated with his Master’s in Science of Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner certification and became board certified in 2004. Since graduation he remained on the medical staff at Scripps Hospital La Jolla, working as a Nurse Practitioner for the Trauma department and as a Surgical First Assistant. During that time, he gained a vast knowledge of surgery in specialties including Orthopedic, Bariatric, Trauma, and Neurosurgery. Additionally, Peter is an Associate Instructor at Western University of Health Sciences. Peter formally joined Dr. Scott Leary in January 2020.

During his free time, Peter enjoys biking, desert sports, and spending time with his family.

Maya L. Freeman

Maya L. Freeman

Director of Clinical Research and Office Manager

Maya L. Freeman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University in 2000. Maya moved to San Diego in 2005 and worked as a scientific recruiter for four years. Having a deep passion for science, human biology, and clinical research, Maya continued her education at University of California, San Diego Extension and obtained certificates in both in Regulatory Affairs Essentials and Clinical Trials Design and Management in 2008. In 2009, Maya joined Dr. Scott Leary as his clinical research coordinator and over the years expanded her role and became his Director of Business Development and Office Manager. For the past 12 years, Maya has supported Dr. Leary in his vision to build a patient centered practice that continues to be innovative and cutting edge while providing the best possible neurosurgical care. Maya maintains memberships with the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and the San Diego Chapter of Women of Bioscience.

During her free time, Maya enjoys traveling with her husband and playing with her four-legged babies.

Edith Smith

Edith Smith

Operations Manager

Edith Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego in 1996. From 1997 to 2002, she worked as a Program Manager at Qualcomm, during which time she also obtained a Certificate in Project Management from the University of San Diego. Edith took some time off to start her family and remained active in her volunteer efforts for Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, where she co-chaired 9 large fundraising events and served on the Board of Directors for 5 years. During her time at Rady Children’s, Edith became passionate about healthcare and neurosurgery in particular when her daughter became a neurosurgical patient at Radys. Edith became Senta Neurosurgery’s Operations Manager supporting Dr. Scott Leary’s practice in 2019. Given her personal experiences, Edith knows that getting a referral to neurosurgery is a stressful, life altering event, so she truly appreciates being part of the patient care process for Dr. Leary’s patients.

When not at work, Edith enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, cooking, and entertaining.

Cheyenne Gilsdorf

Cheyenne Gilsdorf

Surgery Scheduler

Cheyenne graduated from Pima Medical Institute’s Medical Assistant program in 2018. Upon graduation, she joined Dr. Leary’s practice to complete her Medical Assistant externship and stayed on staff permanently. After a brief period as a Medical Assistant, Cheyenne transitioned to becoming Dr. Leary’s Surgery Scheduler. When surgery is required, Cheyenne coordinates surgical procedures with hospitals and surgery centers, schedules and obtains pre-operative testing, communicates surgery orders, and collects all of the necessary documentation for surgeries. Cheyenne guides our patients through the entire surgery process so that they can focus on recovery. She enjoys her role as Surgery Scheduler because she appreciates being a part of the healing process for Dr. Leary’s patients, but what she most loves is seeing our patients regain their quality of life post-treatment.

When Cheyenne is not working, she enjoys time with her family, going to the beach, hiking, and reading.

Andrea Salgado

Andrea Salgado

Patient Services Representative & New Patient Coordinator

Andrea graduated from Concorde Career College in 2019 with a certificate in Medical Administration. Prior to joining Dr. Leary’s team, Andrea worked at San Ysidro Health Center as a rotating Patient Services Representative. Andrea is new to Dr. Leary’s team and as our Patient Services Representative, Andrea is managing patient check out and is also working closely with our Referral Coordinator to assist patients in coordinating their referrals for additional testing, imaging, physical therapy, and to other physicians. Andrea is also the New Patient Coordinator, working with each new patient to register them in our medical record system, obtaining insurance information, and coordinating consult appointments. Andrea enjoys getting to know our patients and working in a team.

When not working, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and playing baseball.

Alisa Pyatt

Alisa Pyatt

Medical Assistant

Alisa graduated from Comprehensive Training Systems Medical Assistant Program in June of 2000. Upon graduating as a certified Medical Assistant, Alisa took a position in La Jolla working in cardiology at San Diego Cardiovascular Associates and worked there until 2018. In 2019, Alisa joined Dr. Leary’s practice as his Medical Assistant. Alisa seats patients, assists providers with all aspects of patient care including procedures, and also completes patient fittings for medical braces. Alisa enjoys getting to know Dr. Leary’s patients and, with over 20 years of healthcare experience, she provides comprehensive and compassionate care.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, beach days, hiking, and eating yummy food.

Michelle Deliafrost

Michelle Deliafrost

Patient Services Representative

Michelle graduated from Dialysis School of San Diego in 2012 with a certificate in Patient Care. Michelle is new to our team. Prior to joining Dr. Leary’s practice, Michelle worked in customer service and administrative roles for 14 years and is excited to return to healthcare. As the Patient Services Representative, Michelle is managing front desk operations and checking patients in for their appointments. Michelle approaches our patients with empathy and compassion and ensures a positive patient experience.

When not working, Michelle enjoys gardening, spending time with family and going to the beach.

Stefani Contreras

Stefani Contreras

Medical Assistant & Referral Coordinator

Stefani graduated from United Education Institute in 2011 with a certificate in Medical Assisting. Prior to joining Dr. Leary’s team, Stefani worked as a Medical Assistant in Pain Management. In 2019, Stefani started working with Dr. Leary as both his Referral Coordinator and Medical Assistant. In her role as Referral Coordinator, Stefani works with each patient to assist them in coordinating their referrals for additional testing, imaging, physical therapy, and to other physicians. Stefani also seats patients, assists providers with all aspects of patient care, and also completes patient fittings for medical braces. Being a part of the healing process is especially gratifying for Stefani. She loves to witness a patient’s return to pain-free living after receiving care from Dr. Leary.

When not working, Stefani enjoys time with family, going to the beach, and watching movies.