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Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Physician on Georgia Trend’s Top Doctor List

Dr. Preetesh Patel of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers – the largest interventional pain management company in the Southeast – is among Georgia Trend magazine’s second annual Top Doctors of Georgia list, which appears in the publication’s May issue. He practices at the Lawrenceville, Johns Creek, and Roswell locations.

Dr. Patel is recognized as an innovator and expert in a variety of minimally invasive treatments. He’s an expert in therapies including epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root injection, audiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, ganglion blocks, and vertebroplasty kyphoplasty for compression fractures. Additionally, he’s an active advocate and speaker promoting solutions to opioid addiction.

About Georgia Trend’s Top Doctors selection:

Georgia Trend magazine works with DataJoe Research, a software and research company specializing in data collection and verification. On behalf of the publication, DataJoe Research facilitates an online peer-voting process and references government sources to establish the top nominees in each category.

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Dr. David Rosenfeld of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Teaches Course in Groundbreaking DRG Procedure

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers remains at the forefront of pain management by demonstrating the latest in best practices. Dr. David Rosenfeld recently did just that while teaching a course in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy at the Medical Education and Research Institute in Memphis, Tenn.

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Dr. Preteesh Patel during the procedure

Teaching the class alongside Dr. Rosenfeld was noted Alabama-based physician Dr. Michael Cosgrove. The pair demonstrated the placement of the Proclaim™ DRG Neurostimulator System in the lumbar and sacral spine of a cadaver. 

Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy is a non-opioid therapy designed to manage difficult-to-treat chronic pain in specific areas of the lower body, such as the foot, knee, or groin. Pain in those areas is sometimes related to a cluster of nerves called the dorsal root ganglia. The Proclaim™ DRG Neurostimulator System can provide proven therapy to aid in treatment of chronic pain in those areas.

A total of 12 physicians from around the country attended the course, including Dr. Preetesh Patel of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. 

“Having the opportunity to share groundbreaking therapies and procedures with my colleagues is a true honor and privilege,” says Dr. Rosenfeld. “It’s part of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ commitment to both our patients and the field.”

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Alliance Performs First Interspinous Fixation Device in the State

David J. Rosenfeld, MD

Dr. David J. Rosenfeld performed the first Inspan Interspinous Fixation Device in Georgia.

As the leaders of the future of pain relief, Alliance Spine and Pain Center is proud to offer groundbreaking pain management treatments. In March 2021, we continued to demonstrate our leadership in the interventional pain management field when Dr. David J. Rosenfeld implanted the first Inspan Interspinous Fixation Device​ in the state of Georgia. 

By treating the underlying problem causing pain, this new interspinous fixation technique is minimally invasive and can provide lasting relief. Inspan opens the spinal canal and the foramen to relieve nerve compression. Then, it decompresses and fixates the facet joints to immobilize them for the bony surfaces to fuse, providing additional nerve compression relief.

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is excited to offer the Inspan procedures along with many other innovative, integrated, and evidence-based treatments. We are proud of Dr. David Rosenfeld’s efforts to help Alliance continue to offer advanced technology to help relieve our patients’ pain.

If you have any questions about the Inspan Procedure, Alliance Spine and Pain is here to help. Reach out to any of our pain care specialists by clicking here or by giving us a call at 770-929-9033.

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Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Brings the Future of Pain Relief to Dacula

Patients can experience the latest technology and innovation in pain management by visiting the new Dacula location of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, the largest interventional pain management company in the Southeast. Conveniently located near several local medical practices, Alliance Spine and Pain Centers will perform minimally invasive procedures in a state-of-the-art facility.

As with all Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, the new location (3685 Braselton Highway, Suite 100, Dacula) will specialize in interventional treatments. The practice leads the way with a balanced approach to real relief through innovative, integrated, evidence-based treatments. This gives patients the opportunity to live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives. The goal is to greatly reduce opioids inpatient solutions, which in turn can help shrink the opioid epidemic.

Will Epps, MD

Will Epps, MD

“I’m excited and honored to represent our practice in Dacula,” says Dr. Will Epps. “Pain can be the great inhibitor, and sharing Alliance’s solutions with an even wider audience helps further our mission to help bring relief to as many patients as possible.” 

At the new Dacula location, Dr. Epps will offer an array of interventional pain management procedures. His individualized treatments feature a variety of options tailored specifically for the patient. He and his staff set groundbreaking quality standards in the field, carefully track clinical outcomes, and develop evidence-based best practices. Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is in-network with virtually all insurance payors. 

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is the future of pain relief. With innovative interventional pain management and judicious use of pain medicines, our best-in-class physicians are bringing new hope and real relief to people in pain. We help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

Schedule an appointment at our new Dacula location online or give us a call at 770-929-9033.

Photo of Dr. Rosenfeld (right) and Intracept rep (left) holding an Intracept RF Probe.

Alliance Advances Pain Management Care with the Intracept Procedure

At Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, we’re leading the way to the future of pain relief. The Intracept Procedure is one of the innovative, integrated, and evidence-based treatments offered by our practice, and demonstrates Alliance’s leadership in the interventional pain management field.

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Dr. Schaufele was one of the first physicians in the country to perform the Intracept Procedure.

Over six years ago, Alliance’s Dr. Michael Schaufele was one of the first physicians in the country to perform the Intracept Procedure during its early FDA trials. He also co-authored the original paper showing the effectiveness of the procedure.

Once the clinical trials gained FDA approval, pain management facilities could offer the Intracept Procedure as a treatment option. Alliance physician, Dr. David J. Rosenfeld trained this past year to perform it and last month he executed Alliance’s first Intracept Procedure since its FDA approval.

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Diagram of the Relievant Intracept procedure

The procedure targets the basivertebral nerve for the relief of low back pain. The procedure is a treatment option for patients who have not responded to conservative therapy, and its benefits include Intracept being minimally invasive, outpatient, implant-free, it preserves the structure of the spine, and it provides durable relief of chronic low back pain. Learn more about Intracept Procedure here.

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is excited to offer this treatment option. If you have any questions about the Intracept Procedure, Alliance Spine and Pain is here to help. Reach out to any of our pain care specialists by clicking here or by giving us a call at 770-929-9033.

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New Groundbreaking Treatment Options at Alliance

At Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, we provide life-changing pain relief for chronic pain patients through innovative, individualized treatments. We are proud to share that both Dr. “Nok” Keomahathai and Dr. David J. Rosenfeld recently performed new procedures with advanced technology to help relieve their patients’ pain. 

Dr. “Nok” was the first physician in Georgia to implant the Boston Scientific Wavewriter Alpha Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS). The Alpha IPG battery offers a unified portfolio delivering new personalized and unique therapy options on the most expansive rechargeable and non-rechargeable full-body MRI system with Bluetooth connectivity supporting up to 32 contacts. It also has FAST™ programming technology, which is Boston Scientific’s new and proprietary therapy providing profound paresthesia-free pain relief in minutes. Since this first procedure, Dr. Nok has implanted 4 other systems in the hope of relieving pain to these patients and is optimistic it will help many more.

Dr. Rosenfeld performed the first Sacrix SI Fusion in the state of Georgia. Sacrix is a revolutionary percutaneous posterior sacroiliac fixation technology for the treatment of sacroiliac dysfunction and sacroiliitis. This procedure allows for faster recovery and same-day treatment. Learn more about the Sacrix treatment here.

Also, Dr. Nok and Dr. Rosenfeld are a few selected pain physicians across the United States trained in The Minuteman®  fusion surgery.  It is a minimally invasive, interspinous-interlaminar fusion device intended for the fixation and stabilization of the spine for patients with mild spondylolisthesis (“slippage”) and degenerative disc disease.  This procedure is an outpatient surgery to help reduce pain from these conditions.  Both physicians are excited to offer this option to their patients.

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is honored to offer our patients the most groundbreaking treatments available and proud of our best-in-class interventional pain management physicians for advancing our state-of-the-art care. If you have any questions about these new procedures, Alliance Spine and Pain is here to help. Reach out to any of our pain care specialists or give us a call at 770-929-9033.

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How Do Allergies Affect Chronic Pain?

You may already be aware of some of the common factors that contribute to chronic pain, including lack of sleep and inflammatory foods. Yet there’s an often-overlooked factor that can also worsen discomfort in some people: allergies.

Here’s how your allergies could extend beyond sneezes and watery eyes to exacerbate your chronic pain. 

How Are Allergies & Chronic Pain Linked?

Allergies impact your respiratory system, immune system, and epidermal (skin) tissue, so it should come as no surprise that they can also affect underlying pain conditions.

Allergies are caused by an overactive immune response. While the immune system should only kick in to attack viruses, bacteria, and other harmful agents, it also reacts to certain triggers which are harmless, such as specific foods and environmental factors. During this immune response, the body releases histamine, leading to inflammation, a runny nose, and itchy eyes. 

As allergy symptoms reach their peak, they add physical stress that can compound existing pain.

The immune system and inflammation are intertwined, so the inflammatory response caused by allergies can also worsen the widespread inflammation underlying chronic pain. Symptoms like achiness may therefore feel more intense, especially if you have an inflammatory pain condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. You may also feel more worn out due to the physical strain of both the allergy symptoms and the persistent pain.

What Can You Do to Alleviate the Issue? 

It’s likely impossible to avoid your allergy triggers altogether, especially if your triggers are seasonal allergens such as ragweed and pollen. But don’t despair: there are several things you can do to alleviate your symptoms.

Control Exposure

For seasonal allergies, try to limit your exposure by keeping the windows closed and staying indoors when the pollen count is highest. Consider having outdoor time when your allergies are least likely to be affected (just after it rains, for example). Shower after being outside to prevent getting allergens in your bedding. 

Equip Your Home

Ceiling fans can kick up dust and pollen, so cool your home with an air conditioner instead. You can also purchase special HVAC filters designed for allergy sufferers. These models filter out air particles more efficiently to promote better indoor air quality. Additionally, run a humidifier to keep the air moist, as dry nasal passageways can worsen sinus irritation. Air purifying systems are also available if your allergy symptoms are particularly intense.

Consider Treatment

There are several treatment options available for seasonal allergies. Some patients have success with over-the-counter allergy medications, while others pursue in-office allergy shots to help control their immune response. If you’re unsure which triggers affect you most acutely, you might also consider allergy testing. Doctors use a scratch test method to apply potential allergens to the surface of your skin, then determine which are most aggravating to you. Once your allergies are diagnosed, your doctor can recommend treatment options such as immunotherapy, which allows you to gradually develop a tolerance to the allergen. 

While symptoms such as sinus congestion, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and watery eyes are irritating enough on their own, they can become near-unbearable when coupled with chronic pain. If your chronic pain is wearing you down, contact Alliance Spine and Pain Centers to explore options for relief, or call (770) 929-9033. 

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Future of Pain Relief Comes to Peachtree City

Patients can experience the latest technology and innovation in pain management by visiting the new Peachtree City location of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, the largest interventional pain management company in the Southeast. Conveniently located near several local medical practices, Alliance Spine and Pain Centers will perform minimally invasive procedures in a state-of-the-art facility.

As with all Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, the new location (1975 Highway 54 West, Suite 100, Peachtree City) will specialize in interventional treatments. The practice leads the way with a balanced approach to real relief through innovative, integrated, evidence-based treatments. This gives patients the opportunity to live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives. The goal is to greatly reduce opioids in patient solutions, which in turn can help shrink the opioid epidemic.  

“Furthering our practice’s mission in Peachtree City is certainly a privilege,” says Dr. David Rosenfeld. “Our breadth of services allows us to have an impact on patients with a variety of needs.”

The new Peachtree City location will offer an array of interventional pain management procedures with Drs. Rhee W. Miller and David Rosenfeld, and nurse practitioner Kelly McDowell. Their individualized treatments feature a variety of options tailored specifically for the patient. The staff sets groundbreaking quality standards in the field, carefully tracks clinical outcomes, and develops evidence-based best practices. Alliance Spine and Pain Centers is in-network with virtually all insurance payors. 

Appointments can be made by calling 770-929-9033 or scheduling online.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RECIPIENTS OF OUR 5TH ANNUAL ALLIANCE CORE VALUE AWARDS

For the last five years, Alliance has recognized the top performers in the company. These team members embody our core values of above and beyond compassion, respect, integrity, excellence, and service in care. Each year, we receive strong nominations with encouraging stories about incredible people who do so much for this company. Five individual recipients are awarded based on their performance’s alignment to one of our five core values. In addition, we honor a recipient of our Provider Award and a recipient of our Chairman’s Award for their embodiment of many or all of our Alliance Core Values.

We’re proud to announce this year’s recipients below for the 5th Annual Alliance Core Value Awards. Learn more about each recipient and why they were chosen for the award below! 

COMPASSION AWARD

Photo of Alliance Staff Robin Cade with the Compassion Award

The recipient of the Compassion award is someone who consistently demonstrates sympathy and concern for the misfortunes of others, along with a strong desire to help. This person can be described as kind, warm, sensitive, and determined to alleviate or reduce suffering. The Compassion Award winner shows these traits around both patients and co-workers.

This year, Alliance’s RN- Charge Nurse in Dallas, Robin Cade, received this award. 

Here’s why:

“While COVID-19 changed most of our day-to-days, Robin got right to work preparing our team, her staff, and making us stronger than ever. She puts faith into others and believes that building a team just makes us all better. 

She’s someone who always leads with compassion. Whether that be for the patient, her team, and even her family. She puts everything she has into her job and always strives to do more instead of the bare minimum.”

RESPECT AWARD

Photo of Alliance Staff Otis with Respect Award

The recipient of the Respect award shows daily that they value their co-workers and patients by honoring their personal rights, opinions, and dignity. This respectful employee is willing to listen and learn from others. They are able to both lead and follow. The Respect Award winner is accessible to many because of their fair and open manner. The winner of the Respect Award treats others as they would like to be treated, regardless of whether or not the same views are shared.

This year, Alliance’s Senior Business Development Manager in our South/ Southwest territory, Otis Van Petties, Jr, won this award.

Here’s why:

“He treats everyone with respect, from the front desk to the physicians to our CEO. He is a constant presence in his offices and doesn’t hesitate to help out with any aspect of the practice.  He’s an extremely hard worker and goes out of his way for almost anybody.”

INTEGRITY AWARD

Photo of Alliance Staff Christina Cross with the Integrity Award

The recipient of the Integrity award is one who always does the right thing, even when no one else is looking. This person is honest, ethical, and has strong moral principles. The Integrity winner is an employee who is reliable and whose actions consistently reflect their words. They are trusted and relied upon by co-workers and patients because they are trustworthy. 

This year, Christina Cross, Alliance’s Patient Advocate for the Revenue Cycle Team in Lenox, received this award.

Here’s why:

“Christina has an impressive work ethic, moral grounding, and immense knowledge base. Not once has she shown hesitation or reluctance to help others 100%, but she always does so with kindness and patience – even in the instance she has to deliver less than favorable news. She is honest, compassionate and takes pride in doing her job efficiently and accurately.”

EXCELLENCE AWARD

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The recipient of the Excellence Award continually strives to surpass ordinary standards. This person performs all tasks at 100% and can frequently be found going above and beyond their necessary duties. The Excellence Award winner seeks to improve, whether it’s an office process or a solution for a patient. They set specific goals and take steps to achieve them. This person collaborates and innovates in the office and with patients. 

This year, Alliance’s Front Office Manager in Cartersville and Dallas, Chrissy Harris, won this award.

Here’s why:

“She’s someone everyone loves, trusts and respects. She takes her job seriously, works hard, but also has fun doing it. She strives to be involved with her staff and develop relationships with each one. When people interact with her and value her opinions, it validates why she is in her role. 

She takes on every task with a smile on her face and you never have to worry about it not getting done; even better, you know it will be done with perfection.”

SERVICE AWARD

Photo of Alliance staff Terasa with the Service Award.

The recipient of the Service award understands that we are in business ultimately for one reason – to help patients overcome pain. The outstanding Service award winner is someone who directly touches patients along with someone who serves in a capacity that supports the centers and ultimately, the patient. The Service winner continually seeks to understand the needs of those around them. This person is accountable, friendly, empathetic, customer-focused, consistent, and resourceful.

This year, Alliance’s RN – Charge Nurse in Covington, Teresa Hoff, received the Service Award.

Here’s why:

“Teresa sacrifices her own personal time to come into the office early, on weekends, days the offices are closed, and always stays late to ensure tasks are completed to make processes run efficiently and take the workload off staff, especially when we may be working with less than a full crew. She has been a nurse, an MA, front desk staff, copy and Keurig repair woman, housekeeper, and a friend.”

PROVIDER AWARD

Photo of Alliance Staff Marcy with the Provider Award

The recipient of this award is the CRNA, mid-level, or physician at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers who most embodies all of our core values as described above. This person lives by these values, thus setting an example for others to do the same. Their behavior is consistent, inspirational, and observed by both patients and employees.

This year, Alliance’s CRNA Manager, Marcy Steinberg, won this award.

Here’s why:

“With over a decade at Alliance, Marcy is the longest tenured anesthetist. She has helped shape the anesthesia practice and is the leader of infection control for Alliance. She manages our anesthesiology team and shows a great amount of care for the employees. The care is also reflected in her outstanding patient care.”

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Photo of Alliance staff Tangelia with the Chairman's Award

The Chairman’s Award is given to the employee who embodies all of the qualities of our Alliance Core Values, who achieves our goal of providing exceptional patient care, and is a consistently outstanding employee and colleague.

This year, Alliance’s Lead CMA/Corporate Trainer, Tangelia Washington, was honored with this award.

Here’s why:

“She has been there every step of the way with helping other employees strive for excellence. She is there any time you need her to be available when it comes to overcoming challenges. She gives love and understanding to those hurting and in need. 

Her skills do not end with her office work, she also projects a warm and kind attitude. She resolves conflicts and handles difficult tasks with patience and admirable tact. She goes out of her way to make sure her team is sharp and continues to grow in a very positive way.”

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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. Scott Masson, now practicing at the Brookhaven, Douglasville, Piedmont/Atlanta, and Roswell locations.

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.

“Pain management entails everything I love about medicine,” says Dr. Masson. “It’s rewarding, challenging, and presents an opportunity to contribute to improving some of our nation’s biggest healthcare needs.”

Dr. Masson specializes in spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, minimally invasive spine procedures, intrathecal pumps, the Intracept Procedure, and more. He’s board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine.

He received his medical degree from Midwestern University and completed his residency at Oakland University William Beaumont Hospital. For his fellowship, Dr. Masson served as the chief interventional pain management fellow at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Masson 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. Learn more at SpinePains.com.  

Dr. Masson’s locations:

  • Brookhaven, 3925 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 200, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Douglasville, 3400 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 101, Douglasville, Ga.
  • Piedmont/Atlanta, 2061 Peachtree Road, Suite 225, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Roswell, 1295 Hembree Road, Suite 101, Roswell, Ga.