Meet Our Team
Sarah Miller, M.D.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr. Sarah Miller, a board-certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), treats a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, from simple degenerative problems to more complex disorders such as scoliosis and spondylolisthesis. With the ultimate goal of restoring functionality and maximizing each patient’s quality of life, she embraces a conservative, precise and personalized approach, fusing Western medicine with an awareness of Eastern philosophies.
Surgery is considered a last option for Dr. Miller, who prides herself on identifying the correct diagnosis and exploring all non-surgical treatment options for patients with neck and back pain.
She is well-versed in the use of electromyography studies (EMGs) to diagnose neuropathies (nerve disorders), myopathies (muscle disorders), and radiculopathies (commonly known as “pinched nerves,” the most common concern in disorders of the spine). In conjunction with a patient’s clinical history and imaging (X-rays, MRIs), the EMG provides functional, real-time information on the muscles and nerves. This means a more accurate diagnosis, extra targeted treatment and a better prognosis.
Committed to forward-thinking medicine, Dr. Miller was also trained in a newer technique called Proliferative Therapy (or “Prolotherapy”), which has been known to alleviate chronic musculoskeletal pain through nonsurgical ligament reconstruction.
If surgery is required, she works closely with her spine surgeon colleagues to facilitate smooth transitions and continues to manage and follow up with her patients after their procedures.
Dr. Miller is a native Los Angelean and attended Brentwood School for high school. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University, Dr. Miller taught Ashtanga yoga in New York City before deciding on a career in medicine. She attended Columbia University’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, and subsequently matriculated to USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Miller completed her internship at Harbor-UCLA and was Chief Resident as a senior in her PM&R residency at the UCLA/VA Multicampus program.
Dr. Miller, who has practiced Hatha yoga for the past 15 years, spent time observing acupuncture with physicians at UCLA’s Center for East-West Medicine, studied nutrition with Dr. David Heber at UCLA’s Center for Human Nutrition, and became a certified spinning® instructor—all of which round out her unique holistic awareness.
An adventure enthusiast who has scaled Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, Dr. Miller identifies with her athletic patient population since she herself is serious about keeping fit and healthy. She is committed to returning her patients back to their active lives and to living as pain-free as possible.
Wendy became a Medical Assistant in 2005 after graduating from high school. She has worked in the medical field for over 11 years and came to our office in July 2016 bringing a wealth of experience from working in a OB/GYN office. Currently she oversees new patient referrals, scheduling, insurance verification, authorizations, and back office duties. Wendy is a native Californian and a mother of a beautiful daughter.
Monica Gutierrez, Medical Assistant
Monica graduated from UCLA in December of 2017 with a degree in Psychobiology and a minor in Global Health. Her passion for medicine started with her involvement in many community outreach projects to provide health and medical services for underserved communities. Monica joined the pain clinic as a front and back office assistant in February of 2018. She hopes to continue her graduate studies to become a medical doctor in the future.