Our brilliant stroke program clinical team
The team of clinical leaders running the stroke program at Providence Holy Cross Neurosciences Institute is second to none. We’re pleased to introduce you to the dream team of physicians who help us provide award winning stroke care to our community.
Neha Mirchandani, M.D.
Co-director, stroke program
As a young woman in her native New Jersey, vascular neurology specialist and co-director of the Providence Holy Cross stroke program, Dr. Mirchandani, knew she wanted to be a physician. Because she was fascinated with the complexity of the brain, she chose neurology and stroke early on.
She met her husband, also a neurologist, during her residency, and the two decided to relocate to Southern California from the East Coast. Upon arriving at Providence Holy Cross in 2016, she played a critical role, along with her partner and co-director Lindsey Frischmann, D.O., in the accreditation of our stroke program and making Providence Holy Cross a destination for stroke care.
“It’s been rewarding for me to be a part of the development of this program from the very beginning,” she says. “Being a comprehensive stroke center means we meet stringent clinical standards, including the availability of advanced imaging and physicians trained in vascular neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular procedures. To our patients, it means we are a destination for the best stroke care out there.”
Dr. Mirchandani is quick to share the credit for the program’s success with her team. “For me, one of the best parts about being at this program at Providence Holy Cross is our amazing team,” she says. “Our team works so well together, and I truly believe this is why we’ve been so successful.
Lindsey Frischmann, D.O.
Co-director, stroke program
As a child, Wisconsin native Dr. Frischmann, accompanied her grandmother, a nurse, on house calls. Having a front-row seat to compassionate care in action made a big impression on young Lindsey.
“The value of caring for people and seeing the impact health care has on the individual and community was instilled in me at a young age,” she says. “I always knew that was something that I wanted to do. It’s the best way I thought I could positively contribute to society.”
A few years after her fellowship at UCLA and a job at Kaiser in the Bay Area, she chose to return to Southern California and serve this community. “I came specifically to Providence Holy Cross to help build the stroke program,” she says. “I was aware that the northern San Fernando Valley community lacked access to stroke care, and patients were being transferred, which took time. Successful stroke treatment is time dependent.”
She’s proud of what she, her co-director Dr. Mirchandani, and the team have accomplished. “Five years ago, Dr. Mirchandani and I started at the same time, and we had a shared vision. Today, we’re a comprehensive stroke program, a big deal for us and a huge win for our community. We provide an academic level of care in the community setting. Our patients get the most innovative stroke care available right here.”
Manya Khrlobyan, D.O., M.S.
Vascular neurology specialist
Armenian-born Dr. Khrlobyan, moved to Glendale with her family at age five and grew up in the area. A job as a filing clerk in her doctor’s office as she was finishing high school inspired her career path. Her father’s frequent migraines when she was a child sparked her early interest in becoming a neurologist.
“As a kid, I was always searching for something to make him feel better,” she remembers. “First, I thought I would be a headache specialist; then I did my stroke rotation in medical school, and my mentors had such a passion for stroke that I was inspired to pursue it.”
After hearing great things about stroke co-director Dr. Frischmann, and rave reviews about Providence Holy Cross, Dr. Khrlobyan joined the team. “I’d heard the nursing care here was exceptional, and it is,” she says. “That’s important because stroke requires a collaborative interdisciplinary approach to care.”
Dr. Khrlobyan values her team’s culture of continuous improvement and innovation. “We already have one of the fastest ‘door to device’ times, which measures how quickly care begins once a stroke patient enters the hospital, and it is crucial to the outcome,” she says. “We’re on the cutting edge of every study that comes out and proactively working to provide the best care for our patients.”
Together, we can provide care that transforms lives, now and for years to come.