Meet the team behind this top reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon.

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It takes a good group of humans to deliver a stellar surgical experience.

Dr. Blitz is the first one to say it: he couldn’t do what he does without the trusted staff in his Beverly Hills and NYC practices. 

Hand selected for their professionalism, expertise, and personality, each one is intrinsic to the practice – and a trusted part of your care team. From managing a bi-coastal surgical schedule to the post-op reassurance of a warm smile as you take your first steps, these loyal team members deliver on the Dr. Blitz experience, each and every day.

Cheer Alvarez, Practice Administrator

Practice Administrator

Cheer Alvarez

Cheer is the force behind Dr. Blitz’s high-end Manhattan practice. She was instrumental in establishing an elite, concierge-style patient experience, from educating and training staff to creating an environment that’s suitable for the deeply personal nature of surgery. She’s honored to have developed the knowledge base needed to ease patient concerns during a vulnerable moment – and proud that the entire team has done the same. “Surgery can be an intimate, intimidating experience,” she says. “To be successful in medicine, you have to remember the Golden Rule.” Cheer also enjoys the diverse challenges and opportunities that allow her to evolve practice operations. Her finest footwear moment: taking a moment to strut her stuff in a pair of “Blitz Blue” Louboutins.

Alayna Fairbanks, Facility Director

Facility Director & Office Manager

Alayna Fairbanks

Alayna’s mission is to provide an exceptional experience, for every patient, every time. As both a natural advocate and a well-educated resource, Alayna strives to treat every patient as if they were her own family. She holds herself to the highest standards of leadership, reliability, and dedication, so that patients feel confident about their surgery. Of course, it’s not all work and no play when Dr. Blitz is in the building, as the team is often either laughing or learning together, and sometimes both. “I’ve never met another doctor – or person for that matter – who has as much passion for life,” she says. “He includes everyone in his success.” Alayna’s white sneaker collection is as legendary as it is practical for running around the office, and no one who knows her would expect anything less.

Chelsea Kimmel, Surgery Coordinator

Surgery Coordinator

Chelsea Kimmel

Chelsea provides coast-to-coast coverage for Dr. Blitz’s busy surgical calendar – and compassionate support to every patient she works with. By the time a patient’s journey with the practice is complete, they feel more like family to her; that’s because she gets to know them closely, as she works to make the process as seamless as possible. “I pride myself on delivering positive experiences for our patients,” she says, and patients in both practices agree. When she’s not working her magic on scuedules, she’s traveling and hitting the trails in her Merrell hiking boots.

Brittany Benson

Social Media Director

Brittany Benson

Brittany is the force behind Dr. Blitz’s social media, which is often how patients discover their surgeon-to-be. “He really is the guy you see on Instagram,” she says, “and I love how patients become part of our extended family!” She also loves working for an employer who cares just as much about his team’s well-being as he does about his patients. And her heart does a happy dance each time she sees a patient take those first post-op steps, without a cast or crutches. “It really is like in the video, and they’re so happy and grateful.” Brittany is loyal to her red, white, and black Jordan 1s, and loves pairing them with both casual and dressy styles.

Zack Lawton, Director of Information Technology

Director of Information Technology

Zack Lawton

Zack keeps the practice technology infrastructure running smoothly, working side by side with Dr. Blitz to identify the newest technologies to help the team function as a productive, efficient whole. Equal parts technical and creative, Zack seeks and implements solutions that enhance daily operations and deliver on the Dr. Blitz experience. “I’m always working to make sure our staff can access any information they need,” he says. “It makes a big impact on patient care.” When he’s done working for the day, he’s eager to lace up his biking shoes and head out the door for some fun in the sun.

Josue Escobar, Surgical Tech

Scrub Tech

Josue Escobar

Josue loves everything about assisting Dr. Blitz in surgery at his Beverly Hill Golden Surgery Center, especially the fact that he’s working for the best surgeon in the profession. He appreciates podiatry cases in particular, because seeing the results right away makes patients happy – and for Josue, happy patients are what it’s all about. “It feels great to be able to help them address any foot problems,” he says. Since he’s on his feet all day, it’s no surprise Josue is partial to his super-comfortable Nike Jordans.

Yesenia Prado, Lead Scrub Tech

Scrub Tech

Yesenia Prado

Yesenia is responsible for the pristine equipment and environment that allows Dr. Blitz to operate safely at his Beverly Hills Golden Surgery Center. So it’s no surprise that one of her favorite things about her boss is his perfectionism. Another favorite thing? “He’s always willing to teach,” she says, which aligns well with her own passion for learning new ways to help patients. She takes patient experiences to heart, and is often almost as thrilled as they are when they see their new feet. Yesenia feels strongly about her Nike VaporMax FlyKnit 3s, thanks to their comfort, style, and versatility. “It’s a 360° shoe for me.”

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Staff in OR prepping room

“They’re more than employees. They’re a family. And they care as much about my patients as I do.”

Neal M. Blitz, DPM, FACFAS