Lisa Elvin, N.P.

Lisa Elvin | NP San Francisco | Marin County CALisa graduated from Youville Hospital School of Nursing in 1977, and has spent the last 30 plus years caring for patients in a variety of settings, including the neurosurgical step-down unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, as a hospice nurse with the Quincy Visiting Nurses’ Association, and as a nursing supervisor at Cambridge City Hospital in Massachusetts. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nursing, with distinction, in 1996 from Simmons College School of Graduate Health Studies, and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, nursing’s national honor society, the same year. She was nationally certified as an adult nurse practitioner in September of 1996, and has spent the last 18 years as a nurse practitioner working with people with acute and chronic spine pain, as the clinical coordinator at Kentfield Rehab Hospital’s Pain Treatment Program, at Spine Care Medical Group, and at Bay Area Pain Medical Associates.

Patient education is key to helping people feel better as quickly as possible when they have an acute spinal problem; Lisa also tries to help people with chronic spinal problems have less pain and educate them in how to live with the challenge of a chronic condition. People with spine problems have more treatment options than ever and now is a good time to explore those options. While spinal pain sometimes cannot be eradicated completely, it can be decreased for better quality of life.

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"Lisa is a credit to her profession. I am an elderly woman and Lisa took all the time neded to reduce my anxiety by explaning the procedures I would be facing. She answered all my questions in layman terms which I very much appreciated. I enjoyed meeting and talking with her and if additional procedures are necessary I would like to work with her again." Annette S.

"It started with Dr. Byers, who after many months of excruciating sciatic pain and after my seeing multiple doctors, diagnosed me in a minute, knowing that I needed a discectomy on L 3, 4, & 5. After the discectomy, I was able to return to my normal life and walk upright again for the first time in 6 months. Lisa Elvin, the nurse practitioner, was a wonderful, compassionate friend, assisting me with follow up, always making sure that I did the right thing and ensuring the finest care so that I was capable enough to continue working 3 jobs. I shall miss Lisa Elvin now that I have transferred to Las Vegas. I hope to find someone as professional and caring as she always was. The entire staff ALWAYS gave the kindest and most professional care." Brigit S.

"Dr. Robert Byers, Dr. Ernest Sponzilli, and N.P. Lisa Elvin of Mt. Tam Spine Center have worked together to successfully minimize the impact of injuries to the lower lumbar region of my spine since my initial injury in 1995. The vast knowledge and experience each brings to bear has been the core component of fifteen years of successfully managing multiple spine injuries utilizing progressive, effective spine care.

Skilled, educated, and experienced in this specialized field; the Mt. Tam Spine team is quite simply the best. Their ability to effectively address acute and or chronic symptoms, coupled with the fact they undoubtedly are, and have remained, some of the most genuine and kind people I've had the pleasure of knowing, makes them a hard team to beat. Also, the comprehensive discussions on treatment options and procedures have been key to reducing any anxiety I might have, not to mention the team's empathy and willingness to talk me through a procedure.

In addition, there is dedicated staff, which work tirelessly to ensure medical needs are addressed and questions answered. On more than a few occasions, letters have been drafted and sent to my insurance carrier to ensure I have unfettered access to coverage and benefits that carriers conveniently forget about; the Mt. Tam team was quick to act, and relentless in pursuit.

As is evidenced by my history of injury and treatment, the aforementioned fact-based observations, evaluations, and comments are rooted in a professional relationship that has been and continues to be the linchpin of my care. Additionally, close friends I've sent to be evaluated and treated at Mt. Tam Spine Center aren't shy about their own success stories, as they too feel fortunate to be in such capable, caring hands." Grant W.