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Meet Our Doctor, JEAN LOUIS BENAE, M.D.

Dr. Jean Louis Benae at Surgical Associates of North Texas in McKinney Texas. Living Magazine
Dr. Jean Louis Benae at North Texas Brain & Spine Specialists in McKinney Texas. Living Magazine

Born in Cameroon, and raised in Paris, France, Dr. Jean Louis Benae came to the United States at the age of 20 to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He pursued a degree in Physiological Sciences and graduated with honors. He continued his education at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, where he obtained his Doctorate in Medicine.


During his graduate medical education, his fascination for neuroscience led him to a neurotrauma research fellowship with the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center. After completing his research fellowship, Dr. Benae began his neurosurgery specialty training at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee.


Throughout his extensive training and professional experience, Dr. Benae has accrued remarkable versatility with complex spine and minimally invasive spine surgery.

His unique approach to spine care involves a comprehensive care model. “In our clinic, we have a comprehensive approach to spine care. From educating you about your disease process to assisting with choices of effective non-surgical treatment modalities, and when indicated you will be offered the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery.”


Dr. Benae is committed to sharing his knowledge and helping those in need. He has organized multiple medical missions to various developing countries, and strives to be active in his local community through participation in health fairs and free educational seminars.


He is Board-Certified and a member of various distinguished national and international neurosurgical societies such as the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and AO Spine.


Don’t live in pain. Contact Dr. Benae today and explore your options. Let his experience work for you.

Meet Our Physician Assistant, Vanessa Laws

Vanessa is a native of the island of Trinidad and Tobago. She had an interest in the medical field from an early age, and after her family emigrated to the US in 2000, that opportunity was realized. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Biology from Howard Payne University, she spent several years on a genetics research team that focused on scoliosis and other pediatric orthopedic disorders.


She then attended physician assistant school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she focused her elective and selective rotations on primary care and orthopedics/spine disorders. Thus, it was a natural fit to join Dr. Benae at North Texas Brain and Spine Specialists upon graduation. 


Vanessa is very excited to care for the family of NTBSS patients and further her interest in brain and spine pathology. 


In her free time, she enjoys dancing, church events, and doing just about anything with her family.


If you’re interested in reading more about Dr. Benae, check out his full page bio in LIVING Magazine!


Call our office in McKinney at (972) 704-1535 or contact us online to learn more or schedule an appointment.