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Alliance Spine and Pain Centers Welcomes Dr. Mark J. Stewart

Coming soon!  Dr. Stewart will be joining Alliance Spine and Pain Centers in the near future working alongside Dr. Bari and Dr. Shah at our Augusta location. He has practiced interventional pain management in the local community for over 20 years and specializes in minimally-invasive pain relief.

Mark J. Stewart, MD received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Dr. Stewart attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He continued at the Medical College of Georgia for both his residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management. Dr. Stewart is Board-Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Also, he has presented at many medical conferences.

Please contact a Referral Coordinator at 770.929.9033 to schedule an appointment with him today.

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.

Headshots of the Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ doctors that received 2020 Top Docs honors.

Four Alliance Spine and Pain Physicians Receive Top Doctors Honors

Four 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. More than half of the physicians in the publication’s pain medicine category come from this one practice. 

Those physicians are: Drs. David Gale, Allen Hord, and David Rosenfeld. Dr. Michael Schaufele appears in the physical medicine and rehabilitation category. All four of these physicians have been awarded the Top Doctors recognition in previous years.

Atlanta magazine uses a database of top doctors compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established healthcare research company based in New York, to assist in its annual effort. Doctors are nominated for consideration through both a nationwide survey and a peer nomination process. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers then select the Top Doctors through a rigorous screening process that includes an evaluation of educational and professional experience. This year the publication honors 1,002 of these physicians representing the following counties: Fulton, Cobb, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Hall, Forsyth, Cherokee, and Rockdale counties.

Stephen Rosenbaum, CEO of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, said the practice is proud to have these award-winning physicians on the Alliance team.

“To best handle chronic pain management, a reputable physician is key,” said Rosenbaum, CEO. “We consider our entire roster of best-in-class physicians leading the way for the future of pain relief. And they will continue providing real relief from chronic pain with groundbreaking quality standards that go beyond pain reduction to restoring functionality, independence, and quality of life.”

Dr. David Gale practices at the Marietta and Cartersville locations. Dr. Gale received his medical degree at Ohio State University. He completed his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center Residency and fellowship at University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Gale is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine, and he has an ABA subspecialty certificate in pain management. He belongs to the following professional organizations: American Society of Anesthesiologists; American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists; Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (executive director); International Spine Intervention Society; and North American Spine Society. Dr. Gale is a previous Top Doctor honoree.

Dr. Allen H. Hord practices at the Atlanta and Brookhaven locations. He has more than 30 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 a Top Doctor.

Dr. David J. Rosenfeld practices at the Atlanta and Covington 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 a 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 Top Doctor.

Appointments can be made by calling 770-929-9033.

Dr. Rosenfeld SpineJack Procedure

Dr. Rosenfeld Is First to Perform New Treatment in Metro Atlanta

Dr. David J. Rosenfeld performed the first SpineJack vertebral augmentation in metro Atlanta this past month! The stryker SpineJack is the first vertebral augmentation procedure to truly allow restoration of vertebral body height after a compression fracture. This new state-of-the-art procedure helps to relieve back pain and loss of mobility (due to pain). The patient for this procedure was treated with a 5mm implant.

Traditionally, osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (VCF) treatment focused mainly on pain management, and overlooked reduction, fixation, and restoration due to the limits of the instrumentation. The new SpineJack system gives the physician more control of the procedure, restores the anatomy, and protects patients from adjacent level fractures. 

This news is another example of how Alliance is bringing new hope and real relief to our patients to help them return to fuller, more functional, and fulfilling lives. With innovative interventional pain treatments, our best-in-class physicians are leading the way to the future of pain relief.

Congratulations to Dr. Rosenfeld!

Headshots of Dr. Preetesh Patel and Dr. Jordan Tate.

Dr. Patel and Dr. Tate Appear on “The Weekly Check-Up”

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ physicians, Dr. Preetesh Patel and Dr. Jordan Tate were featured on “The Weekly Check-Up” on News/Talk WSB Radio on Sunday, May 17th. 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 May 17th show, Dr. Patel and Dr. Tate discussed Alliance Spine and Pain Centers’ emerging technologies in minimally invasive spine and pain management: SCS, interspinous spacers, SI joint fusion, and regenerative medicine. The doctors took calls from listeners interested in learning more about their specific pain issues and treatment options. Existing patients also who called in to praise their experience working with their Alliance physicians.

Listen to the informative interview here about chronic pain management.

Headshots of Dr. Jordan Tate and Dr. Nok Keomahathai

Drs. Tate and Keomahathai Featured in An Article About Telemedicine During COVID-19 Times on ATLMD.COM

On April 7, 2020, ATLmd.com published an article regarding Atlanta area healthcare practices use of telemedicine in continuing to provide care for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Jordan Tate and Dr. Nok Keomahathai spoke on behalf of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers to address how our practice has quickly implemented telemedicine services and their experience with this tool to help continue care for their patients during this period of social distancing.

They addressed how restrictions that had previously limited Alliance to utilize telemedicine were waved during this current public health emergency. Also, they shared how the process included patient education and adoptions by the provider, but now there is a good process in place.

MDatl.com is a news and information resource for physicians and healthcare professionals in Atlanta. The site is a companion to ATLANTA Medicine and discusses medical treatments, overview of current healthcare issues faced by various medical specialties, medical technology, new doctor hires, practice acquisitions, healthcare events and practice management.

Read the MDatl.com’s article, “Atlanta Telemedicine in the COVID-19 Era” here.