Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Negel Beswick

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Negel Beswick

At Alliance, our employees provide incredible care for our patients and for each other. We are so proud of team members like Negel Beswick, who show exceptional commitment and effort towards practice and our patients’ experiences.

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know Negel Beswick, Coding Team Lead at our Corporate Headquarters – Lenox location. Read more below to learn about Negel!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

My favorite part of working at Alliance is gaining remarkable leadership skills from unmatched and unparalleled leaders. Undoubtedly, Alliance puts an immense amount of effort into the growth and development of their employees, which is astonishing.

WHAT IS THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM AN ALLIANCE COLLEAGUE?

The best compliment that I have received from an Alliance colleague is that I have a beautiful spirit and I am very hardworking.

WHICH ALLIANCE VALUE (COMPASSION, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE, & SERVICE) BEST REFLECTS YOUR QUALITY OF WORK AND WHY?

The Alliance value that best reflects my quality of work is integrity. As the Coding Team Lead, I ensure that all claims sent to insurance carriers are coded ethically with honesty, fairness, and integrity.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

In high school, I worked as a cashier at a local supermarket.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?

My favorite things to do outside of the office are encouraging and uplifting loved ones and doing things that bring a sense of joy and relaxation.

WHAT’S A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST OF YOUR CO-WORKERS DON’T KNOW?

A fun fact about me is that I love all shades of green, which is ironic because my middle name is Jade.

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Four Physicians from Alliance Recognized on 2023 Castle Connolly Top Doctors List

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is proud to announce that four of our physicians appear on metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors list in Modern Luxury Medicine + Doctors magazine’s January issue. They are Drs. David W. Gale, Allen H. Hord, Scott Masson*, and David J. Rosenfeld.  

Among the Alliance physicians recognized on the 2023 Top Doctors list, three received Top Doctors honors and one received the Rising Star award*. Additionally, our physicians comprise half of the physicians in the pain medicine category.

Modern Luxury Medicine + Doctors magazine uses a database of top doctors compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established healthcare research company based in New York. The publication features 1,371 Top Doctors and 44 Rising Stars representing the following counties: Bartow, Bill, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Greene, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Clayton, Hall, Spalding, Douglas, and Floyd.

“Pain management is an evolving medical field with new advances offering unending opportunities for research and innovative medicine,” says Stephen Rosenbaum, CEO of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. “As a commitment to our patients, Alliance strives to assemble a team of highly qualified professionals. This recognition is further proof our physicians are strong community leaders, representing the future of pain relief.”

Learn more about these physicians:

Dr. David W. Gale practices at the Marietta and Cartersville locations. Dr. Gale received his medical degree at Ohio State University. He completed his anesthesiology residency while serving in the US Air Force and his pain management fellowship at University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Gale is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain management, and he holds an ABA subspecialty certificate in pain management. Dr. Gale is a thought leader in Georgia. He has been instrumental in assisting to craft Georgia state legislation regarding pain management, while serving as past president and current executive director of the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Practicing in the Atlanta area since 1997, Dr. Gale has a passion for pain management. He is a veteran of Modern Luxury Medicine + Doctors magazine’s Top Doctors list.

Dr. Allen H. Hord practices at the Piedmont/Atlanta, Brookhaven, and Sandy Springs locations. He has more than 35 years of pain management experience in the Atlanta area. Dr. Hord is a pioneer in the interventional pain management field, recognized by peers and patients as a chronic pain expert, educator, researcher, administrator, and philanthropist. He’s an expert in treatments including epidural injections, facet and medial branch blocks, radiofrequency ablation, sympathetic blocks, and spinal cord stimulation. He’s board certified in anesthesiology and was one of the first doctors in the U.S. to become board certified in pain medicine. Dr. Hord was Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ chief medical officer from 2013-2018, and he’s currently chief medical officer for the practice. His philanthropy includes serving a decade on the board of directors of Flying Doctors America, organizing medical missions in Asia, South America, and Haiti. Dr. Hord is a veteran of Modern Luxury Medicine + Doctors magazine’s Top Doctors list.

Dr. Scott Masson* practices at the Roswell, Canton, Jasper, Woodstock, and Cumming locations. Dr. Masson received his medical degree at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. He completed a residency at Oakland University William Beaumont Hospital and a fellowship in pain management at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Masson is board certified in anesthesiology and in pain medicine. He specializes in minimally invasive spine procedures and spinal cord stimulation. Dr. Masson served as a lead author in a publication in the Interventional Pain Management journal. He was fellowship trained under world-renowned pain physician, Dr. Salim Hayek.

Dr. David J. Rosenfeld practices at the Carrollton, Covington, and Peachtree City locations. He has more than 25 years of expertise and innovation in pain management. He is recognized as a pioneer in Georgia for interventional pain procedures. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Rosenfeld is fellowship trained and board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has published several studies on pain medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Rosenfeld belongs to the following associations: American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Pain Medicine, and American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Rosenfeld is a veteran of Modern Luxury Medicine + Doctors magazine’s Top Doctors list.

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Alliance Recognizes Our 7th Annual Alliance Core Value Award Recipients

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers closed 2022 by recognizing the company’s top performers with our annual Alliance Core Values Awards. The recipients embody our Core Values of going above and beyond with regard to Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Service.

Each year we receive many deserving nominees with inspirational stories about incredible employees who do so much for Alliance and its patients. In addition, we also honor and recognize our Provider of the year and an individual that embodies many or all of our Core Values with the Chairman’s Award.

We’re proud to announce this year’s recipients for the 7th Annual Alliance Core Value Awards. Learn more about each recipient and why they were chosen!

COMPASSION AWARD

Compassion award Rashida Lavette

The Compassion Award recipient consistently demonstrates sympathy and concern for the misfortunes of others along with a strong desire to help. They’re often described as selfless, kind, sensitive and determined to alleviate or reduce suffering to patients and co-workers.

Based on the above characteristics, Rashida Lavette, a CMA at Camp Creek and Piedmont/ Atlanta, was chosen as the Compassion Award recipient.

Here’s why:

“Rashida goes above and beyond to make sure her patients receive the best care possible. She is a clear example of a person that deeply cares for her patients and coworkers. Rashida is kind and works hard to make sure her patients are comfortable.”

“Rashida goes above and beyond to make sure her patients receive compassionate care at our Piedmont/ Atlanta and Camp Creek locations and shows dedication to her position.”

Rashida exemplifies why we have the best care team. Thank you for making Alliance a rewarding and impactful place to work!

RESPECT AWARD

Respect Award Jada Williams

The recipient of the Respect Award demonstrates they value their co-workers and patients by honoring their personal rights, opinions and dignity. They’re also willing to listen and learn from others as well as lead by example while consistently treating others as they would like to be treated, regardless of their views, and always making themselves accessible to others.

This year, Alliance’s Benefits Team Lead in our corporate headquarters, Jada Williams, won the Respect.

Here’s why:

“Jada is extremely respectful towards everyone she comes in contact with. She is very easy to talk to and someone you can trust to have everyone’s best interest in mind. You can go to Jada with any problem knowing that she will listen and help find a solution, work or non-work related.”

“Jada takes in her team’s feedback on their workflow suggestions to operate more smoothly. She respects everyone’s opinion when coming up with new ways of doing things. If there are issues within her department, Jada handles them with respect for everyone and looks for a quick and fair solution.”

Thank you, Jada, for managing a great solutions-oriented team!

INTEGRITY AWARD

Integrity Award Katie Hinton

The Integrity Award recipient always does the right thing, even when no one else is looking. They’re also honest, ethical, have strong moral principles and their actions consistently reflect their words. Lastly, they’re also trusted and relied upon by co-workers and patients as someone willing and able to help.

This year, Katie Hinton, Front Office Manager in Camp Creek, received the Integrity award.

Here’s why:

“Katie Hinton is the ideal recipient to be recognized for the Integrity award because she always does the right thing, even when no one is looking. Katie has built a strong foundation of trust with her patients, coworkers, and providers.”

“She is honest, ethical, and has strong moral principles. Katie is reliable and true to her word, and her integrity constantly displays in all her work. When faced with challenges with patients, coworkers, and providers, Katie consistently makes the right choice.”

Thank you, Katie, for being a model of Integrity.

EXCELLENCE AWARD

Excellence Award Alise Cantrell

The recipient of the Excellence Award continually strives to surpass ordinary standards and consistently go above and beyond their normal duties. The Excellence Award winner also constantly seeks to improve their performance through collaboration and being innovative as well as set specific goals before taking steps to achieve them.

This year, Alliance’s Surgical Scheduler in Marietta, Alise Cantrell, was chosen as the Excellence award winner.

Here’s why:

“Alise started at Alliance in the ‘check- in’ role. Her intellectual capabilities, engaging personality, and problem-solving skill set allowed her to quickly be promoted to the role of scheduler. Alise has an amazing ability to keep all of the ‘big’ personalities working together smoothly and is an internal problem solver to help with clinical flow.”

“Often, she works tirelessly through lunch and stays late without any complaints. Alise never fails to check in with coworkers when she knows they are having a bad day, and she always makes new employees feel at home. If Alise ever has a bad day, she never shows it.”

While Alise’s qualifications fit several of the core values, the Excellence Award suits her perfectly. Thank you, Alise!

SERVICE AWARD

Service Award Robin Cade

The recipient of the Service Award understands we are in business for one reason – to help patients overcome pain. The Service Award winner is someone who directly touches patients while supporting the center and, ultimately, the patient. The Service winner also continually seeks to understand the needs of those around them while being accountable, empathetic, customer-focused and resourceful.

This year, Alliance’s Robin Cade, a regional administrator in Carrollton and Douglasville, received the Service Award.

Here’s why:

“Robin exemplifies what it means to be a true leader in service with her natural leadership skills. She constantly ensures that her staff and the patients do not see or feel the stress of the challenges in her role. Robin is not afraid to put on her scrubs to spend an entire day grinding it out with the rest of us, or watching Dr. Masson’s children when his wife is sick so he can see his patients.”

“When a challenge is presented, Robin always finds a solution that makes her team feel their concerns were heard. She has a wealth of knowledge from her years of nursing and leadership experience.”

There never comes a time when she doesn’t put Alliance or the patients first. Thank you, Robin, for your service to our practice!

PROVIDER AWARD

Provider Award Brittany Fox

The recipient of the Provider Award is the CRNA, PA, nurse practitioner or physician who most embodies all of our core values. This person lives by these values, thus setting an example for others to do the same. Their behavior is consistent, inspirational and recognized by both patients and employees.

Alliance PA, Brittany Fox-Morrison, from our Carrollton and Douglasville locations was selected as the Provider of the year.

Here’s why:

“Brittany embodies all of our core values. She shows compassion to her patients and understanding that the therapeutic touch, such as a hug, can be one of the best treatments. Brittany works with both patients and staff to ensure care is provided timely with a manageable schedule that yields a good experience and respects everyone’s time.”

“She is true to herself, which is displayed in her character. Brittany balances good and bad situations throughout the day for an outcome of harmony. When patients frequently call in acute situations, Brittany listens to and empathizes with them.”

Alliance providers are recognized as some of the best in the country because of team members like Brittany. Congratulations, Brittany!

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Chairman's Award Candy Clinton

The Chairman’s Award is given to the employee who best exemplifies all of Core Values by providing exceptional patient care and consistently being an outstanding employee and colleague.

This year Alliance LPN, Candy Clinton, from Conyers was honored with this award.

Here’s why:

“Candy always goes above and beyond to ensure that Conyers ASC runs at a high level. She is well organized, runs the ASC as efficiently as possible, and has an uncanny ability to keep track of dates and when tasks need to be done. Candy knows nearly all the ins and outs of this business and usually the most efficient means in getting them done. She has an excellent attention to detail and that has been reflected when Conyers went through JCAHO.”

“Candy has been steering the ship for a very long time and can anticipate and address many of the clinic’s needs, which many of the providers acknowledged her preparation for these details made smooth transitions. She has experience as the Director of Nurses and a charge nurse. Candy’s staff and staff from other regions see her as an excellent resource for our industry. She is always available to answer any questions and is dedicated to the company, to her staff, and the patients that she assists each day.”

Candy has been with Alliance for fifteen years and always goes above and beyond to take care of patients. Candy is a great teammate, excellent resource and a compassionate caregiver. Congratulations Candy! Alliance is better because of you.

ALLIANCE IS PROUD TO HONOR OUR 2022 ALLIANCE CORE VALUES AWARD WINNERS! CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR PRACTICE.

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Alliance’s Guidelines for In-Office Visits

At Alliance, protecting the safety of our patients and staff is our top priority and we want to keep you updated on our processes for your visit to our offices. We are actively monitoring the overall COVID-19 status in the community and following CDC guidelines. As needed, we will adjust our in-office visit policies to protect the health and safety of our patients and employees.

FACILITY SCREENINGS

All Alliance facilities conduct health screen checks and take the temperature of all entering our facilities. Patients presenting with a newly developed cough within the last 30 days, difficulties breathing, a temperature over 100.4°, or are not feeling well are asked to postpone their appointment and contact their primary care provider (PCP) or, if circumstances dictate, go to the Emergency Room. Patients having already arrived with any of these symptoms will be asked to return home.

MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS ARE OPTIONAL

Following CDC guidelines, Alliance is not requiring patients to wear face masks or coverings in our facilities. However, if the county of the Alliance facility you are visiting is experiencing a higher than normal rate of COVID-19 cases, we will ask all patients, staff, and guests to wear masks at that facility.

We encourage patients who are unvaccinated or are at high risk to continue wearing masks and social distance with other patients and Alliance staff that are not medical providers.

Please notify the front desk on check-in if you prefer that your providers wear a mask during your visit.

SPACE FOR ADDITIONAL GUESTS IS LIMITED

In order to limit the amount of people in our waiting rooms, we would prefer for patients to not have guests at their appointment. However, if they must have someone, we are asking that they make sure that the person with them is not ill in any way. If they are going into the appointment with the patient, the guests will be screened as well.

If you have any questions about these procedures, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling (770) 929-9033. We appreciate your cooperation as we strive to accommodate your needs and keep everyone healthy. ​

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Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: April Hamilton

At Alliance, our mission is to provide incredible care for our patients and for each other. We are so proud of team members like April Hamilton, who embody our commitment and effort towards patients and practice.

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know April Hamilton, a certified medical assistant (CMA), at our Augusta locations. Read more below to learn about April!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

I love working with the doctors and my co-workers at Alliance! I’ve learned so much from them. Anything I don’t know or understand, they always make sure I get the information I need.

WHAT IS THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM AN ALLIANCE COLLEAGUE?

The best compliment I’ve received from an Alliance colleague was when I was told they really appreciated my hard work and willingness to help.

WHICH ALLIANCE VALUE (COMPASSION, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE, & SERVICE) BEST REFLECTS YOUR QUALITY OF WORK AND WHY?

All the Alliance values reflect my quality of work! I’m a very compassionate person, I believe in giving respect even when it’s not given to me and I do my best to give high-quality care to all my patients.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

My first job was working at Burger King. I’ve always wanted to give quality service to people, which led me to the medical field.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?

Outside of the office, I love hanging out with my family and shopping!

WHAT’S A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST OF YOUR CO-WORKERS DON’T KNOW?

A fun fact about me that my co-workers probably don’t know is that I’m really shy.

Caitlyn Coalson employee spotlight

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Caitlyn Coalson

At Alliance, our employees provide incredible care for our patients and for each other. We are so proud of team members like Caitlyn Coalson, who show exceptional commitment and effort towards our patients and practice.

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know Caitlyn Coalson, a scrub tech (surgical technologist) at our Austell location. Read more below to learn about Caitlyn!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

My favorite part of working at Alliance is my work family! It is comforting knowing your co-workers are dependable and that you all work well together. It really makes or breaks your day when you operate like a true team, and that has shown me the importance of communication and teamwork.

WHAT IS THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM AN ALLIANCE COLLEAGUE?

I was told that I was a fast learner and catching on quickly in my role. It meant a lot to me because I started here right out of school and knew I still had a lot of learning to do in my field as a scrub tech.

WHICH ALLIANCE VALUE (COMPASSION, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE, & SERVICE) BEST REFLECTS YOUR QUALITY OF WORK AND WHY?

I think service best represents my quality of work. I truly love what I do here at Alliance and love coming to work every day and helping out any way that I can!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

My first job was working the scoreboard for recreational baseball teams while I was in high school. Ironically, I’m not really a baseball fan and hardly know anything about the game.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family (including my 3 dogs, of course), traveling when I can, going to concerts, and taking naps!

WHAT’S A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST OF YOUR CO-WORKERS DON’T KNOW?

A fun fact about me that my co-workers probably don’t know is that I enjoy going to estate sales and antique stores. I love collecting antique items like kitchenware and vintage Christmas ornaments.

Tracy Harbut employee spotlight

Medical Staff Spotlight: Dr. Tracy C. Harbut Competed at a High Level and Now Provides High Level Pain Relief

Tracy Harbut at Colosseum and skiing

Tracy Harbut at Colosseum and skiing

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

We believe Alliance is truly the “future of pain relief” because of the excellence, expertise, and dedication of our staff. This series is intended to give our patients a glimpse into the lives of these exceptional people.

Alliance physician, Dr.​ Tracy C. Harbut,​ played NCAA Division I Women’s College Basketball while attending Syracuse University, and enjoys watching sports and spending time with family.

Keep reading to find out more about Dr. Harbut​, who joined our practice​ in October 2022 and is conversational in Spanish​.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN PAIN MANAGEMENT?

I wanted use of multimodal therapies including medication and interventional treatments to help patients manage their chronic pain.

WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?

When I can help patients regain and maintain their quality of life through individualized care.

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?

My daily routine is typically structured around breakfast in the morning, followed by audible or podcast on my commute to work. After seeing patients, I enjoy exercising in the evening and winding down with a good book or movie with loved ones.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PASTIMES?

Outside of my professional interests, I enjoy traveling, playing basketball, snowboarding, and drawing.

Anisha Funderburg employee spotlight

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Anisha Funderburg

At Alliance, our employees provide incredible care for our patients and for each other. We are so proud of team members like Anisha Funderburg, who show exceptional commitment and effort towards our patients and practice.

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know Anisha, a certified medical assistant at our Austell location. Read more below to learn about her!

What Is Your Favorite Part of Working at Alliance?

I have been working in the healthcare industry for almost 20 years and have provided care for patients in a wide variety of healthcare specialties. Working at Alliance has allowed me to add pain management care to my experience. I have been enjoying the opportunity to gain knowledge in this field. It has been a lot to learn, but has also been a great experience too.

What Is the Best Compliment You Have Received from an Alliance Colleague?

When I was fairly new to our facility, I felt discouraged. Dr. Growchowska expressed how much confidence she had in me and wanted to personally train me when she cared for her patients. Dr. Grochowska’s encouragement made me feel confident in learning about pain management care and supported me in my new career journey.

Which Alliance Value (Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Excellence, & Service) Best Reflects Your Quality of Work and Why?

Compassion is the Alliance Value that best reflects my work. I am dedicated to my job and take my work very seriously. I always try my best and rely on my training to accomplish all my tasks properly.

What Was Your First Job?

When I was 12, I was ready to work! However, I had to wait until 15 and then got my first job as a cashier at a KFC in Michigan.

What Are Your Favorite Things to Do outside the Office?

Spending time with my family and friends is my favorite activity outside of work. In October 2021, I moved from Michigan to Georgia, so I am far from many of them. I am here with my two children and can continue to have family nights.

What’s a Fun Fact about Yourself That Most of Your Co-workers Don’t Know?

I was a foster mom at 21 years old. For approximately 15 years, I have helped over 20 teenagers get through school and difficult times.

Employee Spotlight: Sharon Torres

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Sharon Torres

Meet Rico, Sharon's beloved dog!

Meet Rico, Sharon’s beloved dog!

At Alliance, our employees provide incredible care for our patients and for each other. Sharon Torres is an example of one of our team members whose exceptional commitment and effort make our organization so proud.

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know Sharon Torres, an accounts payable specialist, at our corporate office. Read more below to learn about Sharon!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

I feel valued, engaged, and a part of a collaborative environment.

WHAT IS THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU HAVE RECEIVED FROM AN ALLIANCE COLLEAGUE?

“Having you on the team has made a huge difference” is the best compliment I have received from a colleague.

WHICH ALLIANCE VALUE BEST REFLECTS YOU?

Integrity. Working with integrity has allowed others to view me as dependable and honest, which in return, enabled me to gain trust and respect from leadership and others on my team.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

I was a customer service manager for a cable company.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?

I love to go to the gym!

WHAT’S A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MOST OF YOUR CO-WORKERS DON’T KNOW?

I’ve won national awards for public speaking, but I’m really shy.

Medical staff spotlight: Dr. Ike Okpareke m

Medical Staff Spotlight: Dr. Ike Okpareke Always Keeps Dedicated Patient Care His Top Priority

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Dr. Okpareke was an interventional pain specialist in Chicago prior to relocating with his family to the Atlanta area to join Alliance in early 2022.

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides life-changing pain relief. Our best-in-class physicians help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

We believe Alliance is truly the “future of pain relief” because of the excellence, expertise, and dedication of our staff. This series is intended to give our patients a glimpse into the lives of these exceptional people.

Learn more about Alliance physician, Dr. Ikenna Okpareke, who completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Chicago and his fellowship in chronic interventional pain management at Rush University Medical Center. Then, he was an interventional pain specialist in the Chicago area prior to joining Alliance in early 2022.

Along with his wife and children, Dr. Okpareke has returned to Atlanta where attended Kennesaw State University for his undergraduate degree. Keep reading to get to know Dr. Okpareke.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN PAIN MANAGEMENT?

The pain management specialty is hands-on, multi-faceted patient care. It has a reasonable work/life balance. Also, I enjoy the daily application of basic science, pharmacologic, technological, medical and surgical knowledge.

WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Seeing patients’ smiles from their relief after treatment is very rewarding. I love to hear about their functional improvement on follow-up visits.

WHAT HAS REALLY STOOD OUT ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

You can feel real passion and engagement in our patients’ care, which is why I love my staff. Alliance is a well-structured and organized company, and it’s reflected in our quality patient care.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE HOPING TO WORK IN YOUR FIELD?

My main advice is to keep your work environment fun while maintaining respect for your patients and co-workers. Dedicated patient care should always be the top priority.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PAST-TIMES?

I love traveling and outdoor activities, especially mountain biking and hiking.