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.

Medical Staff Spotlight: Dr. Sai Alla

Medical Staff Spotlight: Dr. Sai P.K. Alla Enjoys Building Relationships with Patients While Improving Their Long-term Functionality

Dr. Alla and his wife enjoy traveling and recently welcomed a baby girl, Aarya. She was born on August 16, 2022 and surprised them by arriving three weeks earlier than expected!

Dr. Alla and his wife enjoy traveling and recently welcomed a baby girl, Aarya. She was born on August 16, 2022 and surprised them by arriving three weeks earlier than expected!

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.​ Sai P.K. Alla​, who was born in India. He moved to the United States at seven years old and grew up in Philadelphia. After training in Georgia, his family decided to make Atlanta their home. Recently, Dr. Alla and his wife welcomed a new baby girl, Aarya.

Keep reading to get to know Dr. Alla​, who joined our practice​ in August 2022​.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN PAIN MANAGEMENT?

I chose ​pain ​​management because I value building long​-​term relationships with patients and being able to improve their long-term functionality via interventional procedures, medications​, ​and other behavioral therapies. It is a field that is being revolutionized by advancements by Neuromodulation and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation, so there is much to learn and offer patients.

​WHAT ARE THE KEY CHALLENGES OF THIS FIELD OF MEDICINE? ​

​This field of medicine requires finding the balance of providing high-quality care in a healthcare marketplace that demands efficiency, cost-effectiveness​, ​and patient satisfaction.

WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?

I enjoy being able to find avenues to improve a patient’s functional status by reducing their pain and learning new interventions that revolutionize how we understand and treat pain. Another rewarding part of my job is to help patients on opioids wean off them and control their pain in other avenues with fewer side effects.

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

​The amount of support we receive from the nurses and ancillary support staff. Everyone is such an integral part of this practice. I really appreciate how everyone is so valued and consequently people in the practice do their job with such dedication and compassion.

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

Yes! Pain requires a lot of patience, compassion, and empathy. I think our field is unique in the sense​ that​ there are a variety of new upcoming procedures, interventions, medications, ​and behavioral therapies that can make a tangible difference in people’s lives. Embracing these multimodal approaches can set someone up well for long-term success in this field.

​WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE NOT WITH ALLIANCE?

I would probably still be a ​​physician practicing anesthesiology, focusing​ on ​acute and ​regional pain. I really enjoy doing procedures.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PASTTIMES?

I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan, so I enjoy keeping tabs on the Sixers, Eagles, ​and Phillies. I enjoy playing tennis, running, and hiking outdoors.

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Adds Physicians to Acclaimed Roster

Drs. Sai Alla, Daniel Colón-Conde, Hammad Malik, and Ikenna Okpareke join largest pain management company in Southeast

As the largest interventional pain management company in the Southeast, Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is proud to announce that Drs. Sai Alla, Daniel Colón-Conde, Hammad Malik, and Ikenna Okpareke have joined the practice.

“It is exciting to welcome one new physician, let alone four,” says Stephen Rosenbaum, CEO of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. “We look forward to having the doctors join our team and contribute to our practice’s commitment to excellence and top-quality care.”

Alliance has been adding new physicians to its top-tier team since the beginning of 2022, with Drs. Okpareke and Colón-Conde joining the practice earlier this year, Dr. Malik joining in July, and Dr. Alla in August of this year. Drs. Alla, Malik, and Okpareke specialize in interventional pain and anesthesiology, and Dr. Colón-Conde specializes in interventional pain as well as physical medicine and rehabilitation.

“As the practice continues to grow, I’m excited to see Alliance add to its diverse physician roster,” says Rosenbaum. “This broadens the wide range of professional perspectives available, which leads to better solutions for our patients.”

Dr. Sai P.K. Alla practices in our Conyers and Covington offices. Prior to joining Alliance, Dr. Alla completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of South Florida and a fellowship in anesthesiology multidisciplinary pain management at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Alla is also board certified in anesthesiology and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Spine International Society, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia.

Dr. Daniel G. Colón-Conde practices in our Carrollton and Douglasville offices. He received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences. Dr. Colón-Conde then completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the VA Medical Center in San Juan followed by a fellowship in interventional pain management at National Spine and Pain Centers in Florida.

Dr. Hammad Malik practices in our Cartersville office. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and a fellowship in pain management at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Malik is also double board certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine, and belongs to American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, Kentucky Society of Anesthesiologists, Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, Cincinnati Pain Society, and American Society of Critical Care Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Malik can speak Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi.

Dr. Ikenna Okpareke practices in our Camp Creek and Douglasville offices. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College before completing a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Chicago, then a fellowship in chronic interventional pain management at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Okpareke is also double board certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine.

To learn more about the future of pain relief or to schedule an appointment, click here to schedule an appointment or call 770-929-9033.

Employee Spotlight: Rashida Lavette

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Rashida Lavette

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

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know Rashida Lavette, a medical assistant at our Camp Creek location. Read more below to learn about Rashida!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

Giving quality patient care is my favorite part about working for Alliance.

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

I have been honored to be complimented on my kindness, professionalism, and respect for others.

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

All five of Alliance’s core values resonate with me. I am compassionate, respectful to others, honest, and provide excellent service.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

Before entering the medical field, my first job was with IBM. My roles with IBM included being a  rate calculations tech and working for their customer service team.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?

Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do when I leave the office.

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

I am very creative with accessories, such as clothes, shoes, etc!

Patient testimonial: Walter Hickox

Improvement in Day-To-Day Functions Exceeds All Expectations: Patient Success Story

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.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Our patient success series is intended to share incredible and inspiring stories of our patients overcoming pain. Keep reading to learn about 72-year-old Walter’s journey with pain management with Alliance Spine and Pain Centers.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN CENTERS?

I was suffering from low back and leg pain.

TELL US YOUR ENTIRE STORY WITH ALLIANCE, FROM START TO FINISH. WHAT ISSUES DID YOU NEED TO RESOLVE? HOW WERE THEY ADDRESSED?

I have seen Dr. Pallavi Gupta at Alliance’s Dallas location for many years. She has helped me address different pain management issues I have faced over this time. To further address my pain symptoms, Dr. Gupta recommended a spinal cord stimulator. I elected to proceed with this treatment option, and it was life-changing! I got it almost two years ago, and it is still giving me at least 80% relief in my pain symptoms. I am now able to do the outdoor activities that I enjoy such as hunting and fishing.

TELL US ABOUT THE ALLIANCE PHYSICIAN YOU WORKED WITH.

Dr. Gupta truly cares for her patients and it shows! I have been extremely pleased with the care I have received from her over the years. Without Dr. Gupta, I would not be where I am today.

HOW ARE YOU DOING NOW?

The improvement in my day-to-day functions has exceeded all of my expectations.

Five Alliance Spine and Pain physicians receive Top Doctors honors in Atlanta magazine

Drs. David Gale, Allen Hord, David Neckman, David Rosenfeld, and Michael Schaufele appear in Atlanta magazine’s July issue

Five physicians from Alliance Spine and Pain Centers —the largest interventional pain management company in the Southeast— rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. Alliance Spine and Pain Centers physicians consistently appear on the list, which annually honors notable physicians among the area’s healthcare landscape.

Drs. David Gale, Allen Hord, David Neckman, and David Rosenfeld appear in the pain medicine category. Alliance Spine and Pain physicians comprise more than one-quarter of the doctors in that category. Additionally, Dr. Michael Schaufele appears in the physical medicine and rehabilitation category.

Atlanta magazine creates its list from a roster of doctors selected by Professional Research Service (PRS). A total of 1,098 physicians appear on the publication’s 2022 list. These doctors represent the following counties in Georgia: Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale. PRS creates its list by conducting an online peer-review survey of physicians in the metro Atlanta area. Physicians are asked to nominate fellow physicians they deem the best in their field of practice. Many votes were cast honoring excellence in all fields of medicine. The featured doctors were screened and selected through the verification of licensing and review of any infractions through applicable boards, agencies, and rating services.

Stephen Rosenbaum, CEO of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, applauds the honored physicians and the practice as a whole for their commitment to excellence.

“The field of pain management is an evolving medical practice with new developments consistently around the corner,” says Rosenbaum. “Not only does Alliance assemble a roster of top talent, as evident by this recognition, but each of our physicians are true trailblazers, representing the future of pain relief.”

Dr. David 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 the Atlanta magazine 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. Since 2010, Dr. Hord has been recognized annually as an Atlanta magazine Top Doctor.

Dr. David Neckman practices at the Piedmont/Atlanta, Covington, Conyers, and Sandy Springs offices. He received his medical degree and completed his residency and fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. Dr. Neckman is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine. His passion for science and motivation to help people led him to choose the evolving field of pain management. Dr. Neckman specializes in minimally invasive injections for chronic neck and back pain as well as cutting edge procedures such a Vertiflex and spinal cord stimulation. He is a partner at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers where he serves on the Medical Executive Committee.  He also serves on the Piedmont Hospital Clinical Governance Committee as the representative for Pain Medicine for one of the largest hospital systems in Georgia.  When he is not seeing patients, he loves spending time with his wife, who is also a doctor, and their three young children. This is his first year being recognized as an Atlanta magazine top doctor.

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. Since 2010, Dr. Rosenfeld has been recognized annually as an Atlanta magazine Top Doctor.

Dr. Michael K. Schaufele practices at the Marietta and Woodstock locations. He has more than 25 years of experience in non-surgical spine care and pain management. He was involved as an investigator in several pivotal clinical trials for spinal cord stimulation, vertebral augmentation, basivertebral nerve ablation, and various spinal injection procedures. Dr. Schaufele implements the wide spectrum of interventional pain procedures, including regenerative medicine injections to decrease his patients’ pain, improve function, and minimize dependence on opioids. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Schaufele completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Harvard Medical School, and fellowship training at the Spine Center in Munich, Germany. As a former associate professor at Emory University, he served as residency program director and helped train numerous residents and fellows in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and pain medicine. Dr. Schaufele is a certified physician executive and served as chief medical officer for Alliance Spine and Pain Centers from 2018-2020. Dr. Schaufele is a commercially rated pilot and FAA aviation medical examiner, who flies medical missions for patients in need of medical transportation for Angel Flight. Since 2012, Dr. Schaufele has been recognized annually as an Atlanta magazine Top Doctor.

Appointments or can be made by calling 770-929-9033 or making an appointment online.

Medical Staff Spotlight: Dr. Daniel Colón-Conde’s Interests Led Him to a Career in Providing Relief for His Patients

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.

Keep reading to learn about Alliance physician, Dr. Daniel G. Colón-Conde, who joined our practice this year.

Dr. Colón-Conde with his fiancé, an internal medicine physician.

Dr. Colón-Conde with his fiancé, an internal medicine physician.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN PAIN MANAGEMENT?

It’s a field where I can work with the musculoskeletal conditions, a topic that I was always interested in. I also get to provide relief and functional improvement for my patients in a minimally invasive approach.

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, driving sports cars, and outdoor activities, especially mountain biking and hiking.

Employee Spotlight: Lesley Smith

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Lesley Smith

At Alliance, our employees provide incredible care for our patients and for each other. Lesley Smith 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 Lesley Smith, Clinic Lead, at our Canton location. Read more below to learn about Lesley!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

My favorite part of working at Alliance is getting to know the patients. I love seeing them every month, asking how their family is doing, and really learning about them outside of their chronic pain. To some of them, a simple, quick conversation each month is really meaningful.

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

The best compliment I have received is being told that I am a valued employee and that I played a crucial role in the recent transition of the 575 region. It feels good to know that my hard work has been recognized.

WHICH ALLIANCE VALUE BEST REFLECTS YOU?

The Alliance Value that best reflects my quality of work is Integrity. Being honest and fair is really important to me, especially when providing a service in our specialty of patient care.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

My first job was working at a preschool at the age of 16. I ended up working there through high school and during college.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?

My favorite thing to do when I’m not at work is to attend my kids’ sporting events. You will most likely see me at the baseball field every weekend!

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

One fun fact my co-workers may not know about me is that I got engaged in Yellowstone National Park. When my now-husband was working there in the summer of 2005, I took a weekend trip out to see him. I was surprised by an engagement with the most beautiful scenery.

Sarah Faver Employee Spotlight

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Sarah Faver

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

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know Sarah Faver, a certified medical assistant (CMA) at our Douglasville location. Read more below to learn about Sarah!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

My favorite part about working for Alliance is the way everyone helps one another and happily works together. The workday is easy and enjoyable when it’s such a happy environment.

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

A physician that I have done most of my training with told me that I was operating the C-arm really well. These kind words were a big deal to me because I had never operated a C-arm and had really tried to be receptive to any tips and education given to me. It was a huge compliment for me!

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

Each value is equally important to me, but I strive for “Excellence” the most. A goal of excellence during every procedure and patient encounter creates a smooth rhythm and peaceful atmosphere.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

Throughout high school, I was a babysitter. However, my first job (with a W-2) was a library assistant. Ironically, I’m not very quiet and don’t enjoy recreational reading, so this first job is very laughable to all who know me.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?

I love shopping and spending time with my family.

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

Originally, I went to college on a music scholarship as a classical soprano vocalist.