WHO IS ALIGN SURGICAL ASSOCIATES

To align body and mind through compassion and surgical excellence, so that all people can experience the freedom of living as their true gender.

OUR STORY

For many of our patients, life is filled with feelings of anxiety and depression, and a struggle for acceptance, belonging, and equality. Despite this need, the trans community remains underserved, often having to face discrimination and other barriers to care.

At Align Surgical, we believe all trans people have a right to the simple dignity of being valued, respected, and treated just as any other human being. And that in helping others move past their pain, it can become a source of true compassion and strength. Our mission is to serve the trans community, so they can go on to live their best and truest lives.

We provide gender-affirming surgery to the trans community and strive to do so not only with excellence, but with warmth, humility, kindness, and connection.

INDIVIDUALIZED CARE

Our Physician Associates provide direct, independent gender-affirming care to all our patients.
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OUR PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATES

Physician Associates are medical providers licensed by the State Medical Board who work collaboratively with all healthcare professionals.
DEBBY ANZIANO
SHE/HER/HERS
PA-C
TERANZE LAM
HE/HIM/HIS
PA
YIWEI LING
SHE/HER/HERS
PA-C

OUR STAFF

When you read our Align Surgical testimonials, you will often hear patients mention our support staff with equally high praise as they have for our doctors. This is because each member of Align Surgical’s staff, from our nurses and physician associates to our patient coordinators and office managers, are hand-chosen for their experience working specifically with the transgender community.

Each team member is a highly sensitive and skilled individual who has the capacity for unconditional acceptance, trust and compassion. Our team is overflowing with knowledge and maturity, as well as the ability to add humor to the conversation, setting clients at ease, especially if they are feeling anxious about their surgery.

The environment at Align Surgical Associates Inc. is a sanctuary and is meant to be a home away from home. Our team provides specific training for all employees in the nuanced techniques that are used in top and bottom surgery, so you will receive an unprecedented atmosphere of support as you embark on the journey of a lifetime.
DR. ARYA AKHAVAN
HE/HIM/HIS
Research Director
RACHEL ZAMORA
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
EDITH MONTES
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
KIM WALTERS
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
KARINA RANGEL
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
JENNIFER LEE
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
EDITH ZURITA
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
MICHELLE CHU
SHE/HER/HERS
RN, BSN
LARA PASKEY
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
KIM SODA
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
JAN BURGESS
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
ADELINA PEREZ
SHE/HER/HERS
Clinical Medical Assistant
SAMANTHA HABECK
SHE/HER/HERS
RN
YAJAIRA TOLEDO
SHE/HER/HERS
Administrative Medical Assistant
NEVADA LACROIX
SHE/HER/HERS
Clinical Medical Assistant
LAURA DUTRA
THEY/THEM/THEIRS
Clinical Medical Assistant

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DEBBY ANZIANO

PA-C

Debby Anziano PA-C is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Plastic Surgery. She has been working with Dr. Satterwhite for the past five years and has found her passion serving the transgender community. For those not familiar with Physician Assistants, they are medical providers licensed by the State Medical Board who work collaboratively with all healthcare professionals.

Debby was raised on the East Coast, graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and an Associate degree in Radiology. She received her PA degree from University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.

Debby worked for many years in Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery and has gone on many medical missions in third world countries. Debby says, “Working with the transgender community has been the most amazing, gratifying experience in my long career. I learn something new from patients every day and find our patients to be the most grateful, kindest, appreciative and bravest group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure to take care of and hopefully make a difference in their lives.”

Debby lives in Marin with her husband, 3 children, her dog “Caveman”, (who makes many visits to the hospital with her to visit patients) and her cats. In her free time, she enjoys skiing (having skied competitively in the past), martial arts, paddle boarding, golf, and glass work. She is also working on her private pilot’s license.

TERANZE LAM

PA

Teranze studied to become a Physician Associate at Touro University Nevada and graduated in the fall of 2019. His work experience since graduating was in the emergency department at San Joaquin General Hospital where he worked with an underserved patient population of many different socioeconomic backgrounds. He received his undergraduate degree majoring in biology and minoring in psychology at UC Merced.

Teranze is excited to begin working at Align Surgical as a Physician Associate.

YIWEI LING

PA-C
Yiwei Ling, MMSc, PA-C is a board-certified physician associate joining Align Surgical Associates. She is thrilled to continue to provide exceptional gender affirming care to patients in California.
Yiwei began her PA career at Mount Sinai in New York City, as an early member of the surgical team at The Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery.  During her time there, she established a strong foundation in all aspects of gender affirming care, including not only the medical and surgical care of patients, but also the multi-faceted interdisciplinary teamwork approach that is essential to successful patient outcomes.
It is also where she first had the opportunity to work with Dr. John Henry Pang. They developed a robust working relationship that is built on a shared commitment to excellent surgical outcomes and continual innovation in all aspects of gender affirming care. The favorite part of her workday is spent in the operating room with Dr. Pang, where their exchange of dad jokes never ceases to make both of them chortle.
As a New Yorker, Yiwei is looking forward to wearing all-black attire to explore all that the Bay Area has to offer. She enjoys staying active indoors and out, eclectic travel, and online shopping.

DR. ARYA AKHAVAN

Research Director

Dr. Arya Akhavan is an award-winning clinical research scientist, with an extensive history and prior surgical experience in plastic surgery. As a dedicated advocate for and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Dr. Akhavan focuses much of his research on improving techniques and outcomes in gender-affirming surgery, as well as perceptions and mistreatment of LGBTQIA+ patients and medical professionals. He has formally presented his research work at multiple national and international plastic surgery and research conferences, and continues to earn awards for the quality of his studies.

Dr. Akhavan remains a lifelong teacher, continuing to mentor LGBTQIA+ medical students and residents in their pathway to becoming plastic surgeons. He remains actively involved in national and international plastic surgery societies, as an educator, researcher, and mentor, and continues to work with diversity, equity, and inclusion offices and organizations to improve LGBTQIA+ representation in the profession of plastic surgery.

RACHEL ZAMORA

Administrative Medical Assistant

Rachel Zamora, CPC is a Certified Professional Coder with over 15 years of experience in Medical Billing and became certified as a coder in 2014. She has experience in multiple specialties with the most recent being Orthopedic Surgery, Gynecology, Cardiology, and Radiology. Rachel joined Align Surgical Associates in January of 2020 and says, “I knew right away this was the company I was meant to be at. I feel grateful to work with such amazing and caring Doctors.”

In her free time Rachel enjoys spending time with her son who will be graduating from High School in 2021. She enjoys traveling, fitness, spending time with her family and friends, going to museums and going to Disneyland.

EDITH MONTES

Administrative Medical Assistant

Edith Montes has joined the Align Surgical team as an Administrative Medical Assistant. She is from Los Angeles, California where she graduated from Cal State Northridge with her Bachelor of Science in Public Health. From an early age, she knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others by focusing on guiding people through the barriers in healthcare. She plans on going back to school to become a Registered Nurse.

In her free time, she loves to go on adventures with her family and friends: including hiking, ziplining, and road trips. Along with her mom and sister, they have made it a tradition to go to any amusement park hosting Halloween themed nights to enjoy the thrill of being scared.

KIM WALTERS

Administrative Medical Assistant

Kim has worked in healthcare for over 25 years in Specialty Care and Family Medicine. She is currently going to school to finish her RN degree while working as an Administrative Medical Assistant at Align Surgical.

She is very passionate about helping others and is excited to work with such a compassionate team at Align that cares for others.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves traveling, going on road trips, hiking, and going to the beach.

KARINA RANGEL

Administrative Medical Assistant

Karina Rangel is one of our Administrative Medical Assistants at Align Surgical. She was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, but moved to California City two years ago. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health. She has always known she wanted to work in Health care in order to help out people and her community. She plans on returning to school to become a Registered Nurse.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her little family and also driving down to LA to go visit her parents and siblings. As a family, she enjoys going out camping during the summer and fall.

JENNIFER LEE

Administrative Medical Assistant

Jennifer Lee is the Operations Administrator at Align Surgical with a background in consulting, people development and office administration.

Jennifer is originally from the East Coast and earned her BA in Sociology from San Diego State University. She is passionate about people and believes that by better understanding the individual, you can begin to understand a world where progress is not only possible, but inevitable.

Align Surgical has provided her the opportunity to work with and learn from an exceptionally talented team, while assisting patients who continue to navigate through the ever-evolving world of transgender healthcare.

By providing direct support to our team and our patients, she is determined to seek the most efficient ways for our practice to work together in serving the transgender community.

When she is not planning her next trip to her beloved Costco, Jennifer enjoys spa days, learning more about her Korean American heritage and making memories with family and friends.

Edith Zurita

Medical Administrative Assistant

Edith Zurita is a Medical Administrative Assistant at Align Surgical Associates. She is from Los Angeles but now lives in Palmdale, California. Edith has worked as a Medical Assistant for over 25 years in multi-specialty practices, including Dermatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Otolaryngology. She is excited to work at Align, where she can utilize her skills and experience to make a positive impact in the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community.

In her spare time, Edith enjoys going on hikes, doing yoga and spending time with her family and furry friends.

MICHELLE CHU

RN, BSN

Michelle Chu RN, BSN is a registered nurse with a little over two years of experience. Her home is in New Jersey and she graduated with a bachelors of science in nursing at Seton Hall University. She had previously worked in a medical surgical unit with remote telemetry through the start and peak of the pandemic.

Michelle joined Align Surgical Associates in July 2021 and is honored to be a part of such a committed and compassionate team.

When she’s not working, she loves to stay home with her two cats and watch tv. She recently moved to California and is really enjoying the food, people and weather in San Francisco.

LARA PASKEY

Administrative Medical Assistant

Lara Paskey, MA is Align’s surgery scheduler and insurance specialist. Lara earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist for five years. After the birth of her daughter, Lara decided a change in professions was necessary and began her new career with Align Surgical.

Lara has a deep passion for helping others and believes equality, compassion, and respect should be offered to all individuals from every walk of life. She feels at home working with the Align team and is honored to be a helping part of the transgender community. In her free time, Lara enjoys traveling with her family, going to Disneyland, and driving on road trips.

KIM SODA

Administrative Medical Assistant

Kim Soda is Align Surgical’s Administrative Medical Assistant. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Business Administration. She is from San Diego, California. Kim has always been passionate about supporting the LGBTQIA+ community and jumped at the opportunity to support the community further by working at Align Surgical. Kim is a caring, empathetic, compassionate person who is excited to help the patients on their journey. Kim loves to spend time with her family and friends, traveling, watching Anime and K-Dramas, reading and playing video games.

JAN BURGESS

Administrative Medical Assistant

Jan has been in the medical billing field for three years. In that short time, she has worked with physician groups, whether independent or part of a larger healthcare system that include an expansive breadth of specialties. She is excited to grow in this industry with the Align team. She looks forward to working with a team of caring, compassionate and talented people.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves traveling and trying new food.

Adelina Perez

Clinical Medical Assistant

Adelina Perez is Align Surgical’s clinical medical assistant in Los Angeles, striving to provide excellent care to transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse individuals. She is a member of the Lions charitable organization and is passionate about helping people not only medically but also in other aspects of life whenever possible.

When she isn’t working, Adelina enjoys traveling and exploring the history of old towns with her family!

Samantha Habeck

RN

Samantha Habeck is one of Align Surgical’s clinic nurses in San Francisco. She previously worked as a medical-surgical nurse for 15 years before joining Align Surgical to pursue her dream of specializing in transgender health care. A member of the transgender community, Samantha is a passionate advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and strives to create a safe space for all transgender and gender expansive people to receive care. She is honored to provide nursing care to individuals undergoing life-changing gender-affirming surgery.

YAJAIRA TOLEDO

Administrative Medical Assistant

Yajaira Toledo joined the Align Surgical Team as an Administrative Medical Assistant. She was born in Mexico, but was raised in South Central Los Angeles. From an early age, she was faced with challenges and unrealistic expectations of Gender Roles. That is when she decided she wanted to make a difference in society. She has always been enthusiastic about supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community and is a strong advocate for equality and supporting Minority Rights. Her major is Behavioral and Social Science and hopes to get her Masters in Sociology.

In her free time, she loves road trips, especially with friends! She has made it a tradition for 5 years to go to Crestline, California for Summer and Winter. She really enjoys Architecture and Nature.

NEVADA LACROIX

Clinical Medical Assistant

Nevada is a Clinical Medical Assistant at our San Francisco office. She was born and raised in Los Angeles before moving up to the Bay Area for school and graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2020. She earned her EMT certificate as an undergraduate and has experience in emergency medicine from volunteering as an EMT. She plans on returning to school for a doctorate in psychology, with a clinical focus on helping the gender-diverse community. In her free time, she can be found exploring the Bay Area with her dog, Darby, having nights in with friends, and curating amazing Spotify playlists.

LAURA DUTRA

Clinical Medical Assistant

Laura is a Clinical Medical Assistant at our San Francisco office. Born in the Midwest but raised in Sacramento, Laura has lived in various parts of the country as well as traveled abroad in Europe. Trained as a graphic designer, Laura has worked as a freelancer and business owner before pursuing medicine. They’ve worked in hospitals in non-clinical roles and as an EMT in the Midwest before returning to California. They plan on returning to school in the future to pursue a higher license in medicine. When not in the office, Laura can be found hiking and backpacking all over California with their fiancée.

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