Dr. Galina Nikolskaya, MD, Board Certified by APBN in Neurology, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, Magna Cum Laude, from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio in 2005. She won the Russell M. Lawall Prize for excellence in biology in 2005 and a supplementary instructor leader achievement award for her contributions teaching undergraduate students college level physics and organic chemistry from 2003-2005 as a supplementary instructor.
She received her medical degree in 2010 from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton OH. As a medical student, she received honors for her outstanding clinical performance during both internal and external neurology clinical clerkships.
She did her internship in internal medicine at St Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, CA in 2010 where she was recognized as one of the top 5 residents in critical care rotation and excelled in her neurological clinical rotation.
She became licensed to practice medicine in CA in December 2011.
Dr. Nikolskaya completed her residency in neurology at the University of California San Diego in 2015. During her residency, she developed an additional interest in the various headache disorders and movement disorders and was trained by accomplished experts in the field providing care at the Headache Center of South California and the UCSD Movement Disorder Center designated as the Center of Excellence. She attended movement disorders conferences to expand her level of knowledge. She co-authored a review article on glossopharyngeal neuralgia (cranial nerve 9) during her residency. She taught medical students rotating with her during their clinical neurology clerkships at 3 different hospitals and received feedback that medical students considered her a great teacher.
After residency, she completed an ACGME accredited clinical neurophysiology (CNP) fellowship at Harbor-UCLA in 2016 where she became skilled in electrodiagnostics including electroencephalography, electromyography, nerve conduction studies. During her fellowship, she acquired additional clinical expertise in neuromuscular disorders, headache and epilepsy evaluating and treating patients in subspecialty neurology clinics. She also attended a Botox clinic run by a movement disorder specialist and learned botulinum toxin injections of various neurological conditions. Throughout her fellowship, she supervised residents and medical students in their continuity clinic. She educated residents and medical students on numerous diseases of the nervous system during their clinical time. During scheduled didactic noon conferences, she gave one hour lectures on neurological disorders.
In August 2016, she became an associate staff neurologist at Harbor-UCLA medical center and remains an active member.
She became ABPN board certified in Neurology in September 2015. In October 2017 she took ABPN clinical neurophysiology boards and QME certification exam and awaiting the results.
She works in a highly reputable neurology group practice where she manages a wide range of conditions. Her special focus includes: seizures/epilepsy, musculoskeletal neurology, EEG, EMG/NCS, personal injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s, MS, spine and spinal cord injuries.
In 8/2017, she founded and became a neurologist of GNQNC.INC, where, using website myneuro.care, she provides timely high quality comprehensive neurological consultations outside of regular work hours.
In addition to her active clinical practice, Dr.Nikolskaya has become experienced with performing independent medical evaluations, reviewing medical records, analyzing functional impairments, job restrictions, utilization review, personal and medical injury cases, and expert witness report writing.
She was recognized as Top 1 Neurologist in the Orange County Region during a Spring 2017 HealthTap Best Doctor competition and as the America’s Top Physicians 2017 by Consumer’s Research Council of America.