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Alliance Physicians Participate in Groundbreaking Nalu Medical Study

At Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, we provide life-changing pain relief for chronic pain patients through innovative, individualized treatments. Several Alliance Spine and Pain Centers physicians have been initiated by Nalu Medical to participate in their first United States clinical post-market, open-label, multi-center study.

The study title is Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Treatment of Chronic, Intractable Pain Using the NaluTM Neurostimulation System (nPowerTM-US). Dr. Jordan Tate is the Principal Investigator for the Alliance sites and Dr. Nok Keomahathai and Dr. David Rosenfeld are the Co-Investigators. Dr. Nok Keomahathai was the first physician at Alliance to do a spinal cord stimulator trial for the study.

Interested in learning more about Nalu Medical treatments? Schedule an appointment at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers or contact our referral department.

Headshots of Dr. Nok and Dr. McDowell

Alliance Hosted Two September Webinars

At Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, we invest our time in educating our patients on advancements in technology that may help reduce or eliminate chronic low back and/or leg pain. We want patients to have a full understanding of our treatment options so they can make the best decisions for their body.

Based on public health guidance to limit gatherings due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Alliance recently hosted two webinars in September. Here the recaps of both events:

These events educated patients about these treatments so they could decide if these options are right for them. Please contact Alliance Spine and Pain Center to see when our next webinar is.

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Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Adds New Physician to Roster

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, leaders in the future of pain relief, continue offering patients a stable of best-in-class physicians. The latest addition to the team is Dr. Mark Stewart, now practicing at the Augusta locations (2100 Central Ave, Augusta, GA 30904; 1367 Interstate Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909).

As the largest interventional pain management company in the Southeast, Alliance Spine and Pain Centers provides patients with a variety of physician options at convenient locations, many located near local medical facilities.

“Alliance Spine and Pain Centers gives me the opportunity to share the latest innovations in interventional pain management with my patients,” says Dr. Stewart, a board-certified physician in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Dr. Stewart specializes in minimally-invasive pain relief, including epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency treatments, sympathetic nerve blocks, facet blocks, sacroiliac blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, and more.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Dr. Stewart attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia where he also completed his residency in anesthesiology and fellowship training in interventional pain management.

Joining Dr. Stewart are two certified family nurse practitioners: Melissa Chapel and Erin Key. Both are certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Dr. Stewart and each of the Alliance Spine and Pain providers focus on unique and innovative non-opioid treatments. Appointments can be made by calling 770-929-9033.

Headshot of Dr. Stewart.

Medical Staff Spotlight: Dr. Stewart Changes Tears to Smiles

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. Mark J. Stewart. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN PAIN MANAGEMENT?

I worked in anesthesiology for more than 20 years before I was led to the field of pain management. For me, it’s a means to help patients in chronic pain by reducing discomfort and maximizing function. Each human experiences pain and all should have access to quality Christian care.

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES OF THIS FIELD OF MEDICINE?

Medicine and pain management in particular are advancing rapidly. As new technologies emerge, we must strive to incorporate new interventional techniques. Using these advancements will help us continue to diminish pain and maximize function for our patients, while also limiting undesirable medication side effects.

WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Restoring wellness and function while changing tears to smiles!

WHAT’S ONE THING THAT HAS SURPRISED YOU ABOUT WORKING AT ALLIANCE SPINE AND PAIN?

I am very patient-focused and was looking for a corporate morality with the same mindset. Alliance has proven to be just that practice!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PAST-TIMES?

Attending church and participating in family-related activities!

If you or a loved one are having issues with pain management, the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain are here to help you get back to what you love. Give us a call at 770-929-9033 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Stewart in Scotland with his wife. Dr. Stewart in Scotland with his wife. Dr. Stewart in Scotland with his wife. Dr. Stewart in Scotland with his wife. Dr. Stewart in Scotland with his wife. Dr. Stewart with his family.

Headshots of Dr. Gale and Dr. Keomahathai

Dr. Gale and Dr. Keomahathai Appeared on “The Weekly Check-Up”

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ physicians, Dr. David Gale and Dr. “Nok” Keomahathai were featured on “The Weekly Check-Up” on News/Talk WSB Radio on Sunday, October 4th. The radio show addresses a wide range of topics about health. Selected medical providers are interviewed, and then caller questions are fielded by both the featured guests and the show’s host.

On the October 4th show, the two Alliance doctors shared with the audience how they chose to practice pain management medicine and why they enjoy helping their patients find pain relief. With Dr. Nok’s medical education in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Dr. Gale’s education in anesthesiology, each brings an unique perspective of helping their patients find pain relief. They are committed to advancing the field of interventional pain relief, and both serve as Board of Directors of the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

The weekly show took calls from listeners interested in learning more about their specific pain issues and treatment. Both physicians spoke to the callers on their perspectives of effective treatment options and advised on when you should speak with your primary care physician about seeing a pain management specialist.

Alliance Spine Pain doctors at the Vertiflex event.

Alliance Hosts Vertiflex Patient Education Event in Canton

On August 6, 2020, Dr. Jordan L. Tate and Emily Cummins, APRN-BC from Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ Canton team hosted a Vertiflex Patient Education Event at this location. 

Vertiflex is a minimally invasive FDA approved procedure for patients living with pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis. This event was an opportunity for patients to learn about the device and if they felt it was the right option for them. A “Patient Ambassador” provided her experience with how Dr. Tate helped improve her quality of life after the Vertiflex procedure.

Alliance is proud of Dr. Tate and her team for bringing new hope and real relief to our patients in the Canton community. With innovative interventional pain treatments, our best-in-class physicians are leading the way to the future of pain relief.

Learn more about the Vertiflex procedure here

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Dr. Grochowska is Now Offering Medtronic DTM in Atlanta / Piedmont

Alliance is excited to announce that Dr. Beata Grochowska has started offering Medtronic DTM™ (Differential Target Multiplexed) spinal cord stimulation (SCS) at our practices Piedmont/ Atlanta location. It is a Spinal Cord Stimulation waveform to help treat patients with chronic, intractable low back pain. A Spinal Cord Stimulator is a minimally invasive implantable device to help the patient better control his or her pain and the DTM™ waveform is the first SCS therapy intentionally developed from preclinical science. The goal of this therapy is to help reduce patients’ chronic pain with 50% or greater relief and to improve daily activities. Learn more about this treatment here

Alliance is proud of Dr. Grochowska and her team for bringing new hope and real relief to our patients in the Buckhead area. With innovative interventional pain treatments, our best-in-class physicians are leading the way to the future of pain relief. 

Dr. Gale (headshot) featured in The Daily Tribune News

Dr. Gale Featured in the Daily Tribune News

On July 25, 2020, The Daily Tribune News featured Dr. David W. Gale as their “Bartow Bio,” highlighting his recent honor of being selected one of Atlanta magazine’s Top Docs.  

Dr. Gale practices out of Alliance’s Cartersville and Marietta locations. As Bartow County’s only daily newspaper, the feature in The Daily Tribune News shared with the local community Dr. Gale’s professional background and accomplishments. Dr. Gale is one of four Alliance physicians to receive this honor for the publication in 2020. He has been awarded the Top Doctors recognition in previous years.

Read  The Daily Tribune News “Bartow Bio” on Dr. Gale to learn more

Photo of Dr. Patterson with Vertiflex.

Dr. Patterson is Now Providing Vertiflex Procedure in Camp Creek

Congratulations to Dr. Pickens Patterson for being the first physician in the Camp Creek area to offer Vertiflex for patients with chronic low back pain.  Vertiflex is a minimally invasive FDA approved procedure for patients living with pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis. Learn more about the Vertiflex procedure here

Alliance is proud of Dr. Patterson and his team for bringing new hope and real relief to our patients in the Camp Creek community. With innovative interventional pain treatments, our best-in-class physicians are leading the way to the future of pain relief.

Alliance Spine and Pain Center’s team showing up the first to provide the Nalu implant for a patient in the state of Georgia, lead by Dr. David J. Rosenfeld.

Dr. Rosenfeld Provides First Nalu Implant in Georgia

Alliance Spine and Pain Center’s Dr. David J. Rosenfeld was the first to provide the Nalu implant for a patient in the state of Georgia. Traditional neuromodulation SCS systems required for pain management can be bulky, require more invasive surgeries, and additional procedures for battery replacements. The Nalu implant offers the latest, most advanced technologies to provide a tiny, less invasive option for pain relief without having to compromise your lifestyle or clinical benefits.

Check out the photos we captured below to celebrate the medical accomplishment.

Photos of the Alliance Spine and Pain Center physicians with the Nalu implant.

Xray of the Nalu implant in the spine.