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!

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.

Adrienne Simon-Bundy

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Adrienne Simon-Bundy

At Alliance, our employees provide incredible care for our patients and for each other. Adrienne Simon-Bundy is an example of one of our team members whose exceptional commitment and effort help our patients live fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives.

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know Adrienne Simon-Bundy, Surgery Scheduler at our Douglasville office. Read more below to learn about Adrienne!

What is your favorite part of working at Alliance?

I’m a people person so I enjoy interacting with people. As a surgery scheduler, my job requires a lot of multi-tasking so it never gets boring.

What is the best compliment you have received from an Alliance colleague?

I’ve been told I have a great personality, and I’m dependable and reliable. When I’m out on PTO my presence is missed because people ask “Where’s Adrienne?”

I’ve also been told that I have a good rapport with the patients. During the check-in & checkout process, I take the time to get to know them and their situations.

Which Alliance Value (Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Excellence, & Service) best reflects your quality of work and why?

After 9 years with Alliance, I would like to think that I encompass all of the core values but compassion stands out the most to me, particularly in our field.

To have compassion is to empathize with someone who is suffering and to feel compelled to reduce the suffering. I try to do that with our patients whether it’s a smile, laugh, or joke. I try to make them feel warm and welcome.

What was your first job?

My first job was at 15 years old at Dunkin Donuts in my hometown, Irvington, New Jersey. I was a cashier and I loved it.

I learned at a young age how to make the best coffee and just like here at Alliance, I enjoyed interacting with people.

What are your favorite things to do outside the office?

I love taking family trips to the beach in the spring and summer. My husband and I love long weekend trips to Harrah’s Cherokee or Windcreek Casinos.

What’s a fun fact about yourself that most of your co-workers probably don’t know?

I wanted to be an actress. If you have had any interaction with me on the phone or in person, it wouldn’t be hard to guess! I like to be a little dramatic (in a good way).

Join us in recognizing Adrienne for all she does for our practice and our patients! At Alliance Spine & Pain Centers, we’re leading the way to the future of pain relief with innovative, individualized, evidence-based treatments.

If you’d like to learn more about our pain management services, schedule a consultation or call us at 770-929-9033.

krystle Badie

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Employee Spotlight: Krystle Badie

Alliance takes great pride that its team strives to provide incredible care to its patients and each other. Employees like Krystle Badie demonstrate our exceptional commitment in helping our patients with chronic pain live fuller, more functional and fulfilling lives.

In this “Employee Spotlight,” get to know Krystle Badie, Patient Care Representative. Read more below to learn about Krystle!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT ALLIANCE?

I know that we are making a difference in our patients’ lives at Alliance. We are giving them hope to be able to live a relatively normal life without pain.

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

The best compliment I have received is praise for my patience with our patients and taking the time to listen to their problems.

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

There are two values that impact my work day: compassion and integrity. Having compassion for our patients is very important. Being in pain is not fun, and I can relate to that. Also, having integrity for my work is very important to me. I value being honest and keeping my word.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

I was the neighborhood babysitter, which was such a fun job for me. We had a makeshift fort for the kids and me to watch movies, play cards, and tell ghost stories.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THE OFFICE?

I love being outside and visiting my favorite park. It has big trees, waterfalls, and long hikes. Being one with nature is such a freeing feeling for me.

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

My uncle owned an auto shop that catered to large trucks (16 -18 wheelers). I used to help with changing the tires and oil on them. At first, it was a bit scary. However, after I learned the proper techniques, it became easy for me to do.