Dr. Michele Carpenter

Throughout my life, I have enjoyed helping people. This began in earnest as a young hospital volunteer where I learned the true meaning of life and death in the emergency department. I was truly impressed with the dedication of both nurses and physicians. My goal was to be as good a doctor as I could be. When the US Navy graciously paid for most of my Medical school training, I received the best part of my education: a very "up close and personal" view of the world aboard the USS Acadia, a now retired repair ship.

As a young woman, general surgery was a specialty frowned upon for women but I was determined to be a surgeon. I knew this was where I belonged. Having lived with Breast Cancer in the family, I found that caring for women with breast problems and especially breast cancer was my true calling. Throughout my career, I have been intimately involved with the American Cancer Society Breast Health program, Medical Director of the Breast Clinic at Scripps Clinic, and with the California Department of Health Services Cancer Detection Section. I am currently the Breast Program Director of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment of St. Joseph of Orange, CA.

I learned that in order to fully care for the breast cancer patient, one must treat the whole patient, mind and body. My patients have taught me more than I could have ever imagined over the years and it is this total care of the patient that has brought me to this place. I believe that we, breast surgeons can offer the total care experience in educating and directing the patient to the best physicians and care available. I am extremely honored to count myself among the team of professionals that have been assembled.

Dr. Anna Houterman MD, FACS

Dr. Anna Houterman is a board certified, fellowship trained breast surgeon, specializing in benign and malignant diseases of the breast. As a breast surgical oncologist Dr. Houterman's expertise includes oncoplastic surgery, breast conservation surgery, nipple sparing mastectomy and sentinel node biopsy.

Dr. Houterman received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from the University of Southern California. She completed a general surgery residency at Kaiser Permanente and returned to USC to complete a specialty fellowship in breast surgical oncology. During her career Dr. Houterman has authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and has been an invited speaker at many academic conferences as well as community events. She is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Association of Breast Disease. Dr. Houterman is passionate about providing excellent care for her patients and is dedicated to ensuring optimal outcomes in a compassionate and healing environment.

Angela Higgins MSN, NP-C, RNFA, CNOR

Angela Higgins is a board certified Nurse practitioner through the American Academy of nurse practitioners. She has been in the medical field for over 26 years and a registered nurse for over 20 years. She is also a Registered Nurse 1st Assistant, and helps Dr. Carpenter in the operating room.

She completed her Master of Science Degree in Nursing with her Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from University of Phoenix.

She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Society of Breast Surgeons and Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses.

Angela is very proud to be part of Dr. Carpenter's team of excellent health care providers. She is dedicated to providing the highest level of professional care to all her patients. She is committed to provide patient education and disease management to patients with breast concerns.

She sees patients in the Orange Office.

Randi France

I have worked in the medical field for 25 years. I love taking care of patients and being a support for them. I am married mother of three children & 8 grandchildren who are the love of my life. I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful team.

Jan Furlong

Jan Furlong, mother of 3, grandmother of 3, I've worked in the medical field (industry) for over 20 years assisting patients with insurance matters, authorizations, and now as Dr. Carpenter's surgical coordinator.

It's a honor to be part of Dr. Carpenter's team

Bobbie De La Torre

I worked in the medical field for 13 years. I am a very compassionate and caring person, always helping and supporting our patients. I'm a mother of one beautiful daughter. I am proud to be part of the orange county breast care specialist team.

Rose Rivas

My experience in the medical field spans over 10 years. I am a peaceful, kind-hearted mother full of empathy and compassionate healing nature dedicated to patient care and treatment. I am thankful and honored to be a part of an awesome team providing extraordinary specialized health care

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1010 W. La Veta Avenue,
Suite 475
Orange, CA 92868


Ph: (714) 565 0166

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24302 Paseo de Valencia
#201, Laguna Hills CA 92653

Phone: 949-598-1701
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