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At Desert Spine & Neurosurgical Institute, we specialize in treatment of a variety of brain and spinal disorders including brain tumors, vascular disease, Parkinson's disease, trigeminal neuralgia, acoustic neuroma, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, stenosis, disc herniation, spinal fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tumors of the skull base and the pituitary gland, tumors of the spinal cord and the vertebrae, spinal deformity, adult scoliosis, failed back syndrome and infectious diseases of the brain and spine.

After a thorough medical and neurological evaluation of each patient, a unique treatment plan is prescribed for the individual patient using a multi-specialty team approach.

Our group includes fellowship-trained neurosurgeons working in collaboration with a team of interventional neuro-radiologists, neuro-otologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, pain management and critical care specialists, medical and radiation oncologists dedicated to provide the desert community with the highest quality of healthcare.

We provide a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatment options. Our spine surgical team specializes in minimally invasive disc surgery and spinal fusion, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and major spinal reconstructive surgery.

We use state-of-the-art technology to treat the entire spectrum of spinal and cranial disorders. Desert Spine & Neurosurgical Institute strives to provide the highest quality of care using the latest technological advances available.



Our Physicians



Neurological Surgery / Reconstructive Spine Surgery


Shahin Etebar, M.D., F.A.A.N.S.

Medical Director
Medical School: University of California, Irvine.
Residency: Neurological Surgery, University of California, Irvine.
Fellowship: Reconstructive Spinal Surgery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Special Interests: Spinal reconstruction due to failed surgery, cancer and trauma. Adult Degenerative Scoliosis. Diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders and tumors. Minimally invasive spinal surgery.


Professional Memberships: American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Congress of Neurological Surgeons; California Association of Neurological Surgeons; California Medical Association; American Medical Association; North American Spine Society; American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Hospital Affiliation: Eisenhower Medical Center, JFK Memorial Hospital, Desert Regional Medical Center.

Professional Appointments: Medical Staff President, Eisenhower Medical Center 2011-2013, Chief Division of Neurosurgery, EMC 2002-2007

Medical Director, Desert Spine and Neurosurgical Institute 2002-present.

Additional Information: Listed in "Top Doctors in America", "America's Top Surgeons", Palm Springs Life "Top Doctors".


Michelle Brilee, FNP

Primary Care

Working with Dr. Shahin Etebar in his Rancho Mirage, California office is Michelle M Brilee, a Family Nurse Practitioner Specialist. Ms. Brilee collaborates with Dr. Etebar to develop treatment plans for patients, and she also provides pre-and post-surgery education to patients undergoing brain and spine surgeries to promote successful outcomes.

As she puts it, “My practice philosophy focuses on the whole person when evaluating, diagnosing and treating back, neck and chronic pain with both medical and non-medical interventions.” Her work complements that of the physician, whether he is treating them for a neurological problem or other condition. By working closely with the patient and offering both compassion and in-depth information, she increases their understanding of what they need to do to maximize the benefits of their treatment and improves the patient experience.

Trained To Help

A graduate of the University of California at San Marcos, Ms. Brilee has a Master of Science degree in nursing, post graduate studies in Psychiatric-Mental Health, and board certification as a nurse practitioner from American Nursing Credentialing.

Prior to joining Dr. Etebar’s practice, she worked with him and other physicians at the Eisenhower Medical Center JFK Memorial Hospital, Desert Regional Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Hospice
  • Intensive Care
  • Primary Care

Before or after surgery, FNP Michelle Brilee offers the thorough and caring holistic service you need to achieve the best results with your procedure. While you will most likely work with her as a patient of Dr. Etebar, Ms. Brilee also accepts patients for consultation at the office at 72780 Country Club Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA . To schedule an appointment, please call (760) 346-8058.








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