Meet the team

Recognized for their unique expertise and advanced techniques, these surgeons lead the Regional Hand Center team to provide individualized attention, focused on the best possible outcome so that you can return quickly to your active life.

Ileana Cervantes, M.S., PA-C

Ileana Cervantes obtained her Masters degree as a physician assistant through Western University of Health Sciences and is a certified physician assistant through the National Commission on certification of Physician Assistants since 2005. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Ileana grew up in Santa Maria, California and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Dominguez Hills State University. Fluent in Spanish, Ileana has training in family practice, urgent care and Workers’ Compensation injuries. She regularly attends conferences regarding hand surgery from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. She works closely with her supervising physician when providing care to patients with diverse hand injuries and assists in the operating room in complex cases.

Eric Wagoner, M.S., PA-C

Eric Wagoner obtained his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies through Loma Linda University. He is a certified physician assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and has also obtained certification through an orthopedic surgery residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in southern California focusing on acute trauma and management of common orthopedic conditions. Born in Modesto, California, Eric earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Human Factors and Mechanical Engineering through the United States Military Academy at West Point continuing on to serve as an officer in the United States Army Infantry for eight years. He has continued his medical education to further specialize in disorders of the upper extremity through conferences and current journals. He works closely with his supervising physician as a team in order to provide optimal and timely care for all patients in the operating room and in clinic. He is married and enjoys a variety of sports including triathlons, swimming, biking, tennis and volleyball, as well as a practicing hobbyist carpenter.

Randi Galli, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Randi Galli is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society that comprises the top ten percent of medical students…

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Anisa Yalom, M.D.

Dr. Anisa Yalom is the newest surgeon to join the Regional Hand Surgery Associates. She recently completed the prestigious Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Yalom grew up in San Diego and attended medical…

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Ricardo Avena, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Ricardo Avena is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Avena attended medical school at the National…

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Ileana Cervantes, M.S., PA-C

Ileana Cervantes obtained her Masters degree as a physician assistant through Western University of Health Sciences and is a certified physician assistant through the National Commission on…

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Eric Wagoner, M.S., PA-C

Eric Wagoner obtained his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies through Loma Linda University. He is a certified physician assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and has also obtained certification…

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