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Dr. Frank has been elected as the 2016 Vice President for the Austin Chapter of the Texas Pain Society

Austin Pain Associates would like to congratulate Dr. Frank on being elected as the 2016-2018 Vice President for the Austin Chapter of the Texas Pain Society! The Texas Pain Society is a non-profit organization of over 350 pain practitioners that are involved in acute and chronic pain management of patients in Texas. The Texas Pain Society represents the practice of pain medicine in Texas with a seat on the Texas Medical Association’s House of Delegates.

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AUSTIN PAIN ASSOCIATES OFFERS RESTORING BALANCE PROGRAM

A mindfulness-based program designed to assist people with pain, medical conditions, and life issues

AUSTIN, Texas – February 1, 2016 – Austin Pain Associates (APA), a leader in pain management in central Texas, is pleased to announce that it will be offering a new eight-week Restoring Balance program that is designed to assist people with pain, medical conditions and life issues. The program uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness/yoga, coping skills and group dialogue to help people learn to live with chronic medical conditions. Those interested in the program are encouraged to speak to their medical or behavioral health provider at Austin Pain Associates for a referral. The program costs $250 if paid up-front, or it is $37.50 per week.

“Those attending the eight-week Restoring Balance program will learn how to cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life,” said Bruno G. Lepore, M.A., LPC-S, Director of Behavioral Health Services for APA. “Participants will also learn how to deal with disturbing events, and to be present and in the moment.”

Each weekly session will last three hours and include 15 minutes of mindfulness; 30 minutes of coping skills training; one hour of yoga; a one hour process group/experiential exercise; and 15 minutes for completing a mindfulness journal. Topics include Learning to Accept in week one; Being Present in week two; Finding Your Purpose in week three; Dealing with Distress in week four; Creating a New You in week five; Making Stress Your Friend in week six; Self-Care in week seven; and Happiness in week eight. The program is being led by Shannon Rae Prescher, LMSW.

Lepore added, “Research has shown that mindfulness meditation reduces both the experience of pain and its inhibition of patients’ everyday activities. Additionally, mood disturbance and psychological symptomatology (including anxiety and depression) are also reduced with mindfulness meditation. Pain-related drug utilization was decreased and activity levels and self-esteem increased. This was in marked contrast to a traditional pain clinic comparison group, which showed no change on these dimensions. These gains were nearly all maintained at a four-year follow-up.”

The Restoring Balance program will be offered at Austin Pain Associates’ Round Rock office, located at 7200 Wyoming Springs Drive, Suite 400, Round Rock, Texas. Classes will be held weekly from 9 a.m. to noon starting on Friday, February 5. Participants must commit to attend each session.

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AUSTIN PAIN ASSOCIATES OPENS ITS SECOND STATE-OF-THE-ART INFUSION CENTER IN CEDAR PARK

Treatments Provide Pain Relief for Patients Not Responding to Other Modalities

AUSTIN, Texas – January 25, 2016 – Austin Pain Associates (APA), a leader in pain management in central Texas, is pleased to announce the opening of its second state-of-the-art Infusion Center of Texas in Cedar Park. Infusion therapy refers to delivering medication directly into the veins. Also known as intravenous or IV administration, it is a viable option for patients who suffer from chronic pain that has not responded to oral medication or other traditional modalities.

Infusion therapy has shown to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of pain syndromes, including: diabetic peripheral neuropathy, centralized pain (post-stroke pain), headaches, myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, cancer pain, depression associated with pain and peripheral nerve injury.

“There is a strong demand for this type of pain treatment and we’re excited to provide it to patients in our Westlake and Cedar Park locations,” said Dr. Robert Wills, president and founder of APA. “We have performed more than 4,000 infusions at the Westlake office since opening in mid-2014 and opening a second location will allow us to treat a larger volume of patients, not only in Austin but in central Texas and beyond.”

Treatment times range from one to four hours and some conditions require multiple infusion sessions spread out over a few weeks. Most patients listen to music, watch movies, relax or surf the Web on iPads provided by Austin Pain Associates while undergoing their infusion. Relief from pain lasts anywhere from six months to one year.

The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony at the Infusion Center, which is located at 351 Cypress Creek, Suite 200, at 11:00 am on January 26 and the public is encouraged to attend.

 

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AUSTIN PAIN ASSOCIATES LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

AUSTIN, Texas – November 18, 2015 – Austin Pain Associates (APA), the leader in pain management in central Texas, is pleased to announce that it has launched a new website, www.AustinPain.com, which provides more resources and information to current and prospective patients.

 

“Our new website is an enhanced resource for our patients and prospective patients to learn more about pain conditions and treatments as well as our physicians and supporting providers,” said Thomas Johnston, CEO of APA. “We’ve also enhanced our patient portal to help expedite administrative processes for patients who want electronic access to messaging staff, scheduling appointments, checking on the status of prescriptions, billing information, and important forms.”

 

The website also includes information on APA’s 10 office locations and hours, answers to frequently asked questions, a comprehensive list of accepted insurance plans, information about clinical trials, and recent media coverage featuring APA.

 

About Austin Pain Associates

Austin Pain Associates (APA), the leader in pain management in central Texas, uses a multidisciplinary approach to reduce pain and restore function by creating an individualized treatment plan that addresses the physical, functional, psychological and emotional aspects of pain. Treatment options include behavioral health, medication management, interventional procedures, alternative therapies, physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as infusion therapy. At APA, we combine our passion for medicine with great compassion for how we treat our patients.  APA was founded in 2002 and has grown to 10 physicians across 10 locations making APA the largest pain group in central Texas. For more information about APA, please visit www.AustinPain.com or call (512)416-PAIN (7246). You can also follow APA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AustinPainManagement, or Twitter at twitter.com/AustinPainDocs.

 

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For Media Inquiries:

David Gutierrez, Dresner Corporate Services, (312)780-7204, [email protected]

Christian Scarborough, Dresner Corporate Services, (325)388-6263, [email protected]

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Dr. Frank on Fibromyalgia

The mystery of chronic pain finding some answers

You may not have heard of it, and you sure don’t want to have it. Fibromyalgia: chronic severe pain all over your body, fatigue and often times depression to go along with it. Six and a half million Americans suffer from it, 80% of them women.

For years many doctors thought it was psychosomatic, but now they are realizing it is a very real physical disorder. According to Dr. Frank, “For awhile they thought it was in the patient’s head, it was all psychological, but we’re realizing it’s a true problem patients can have and they do experience pain over their whole body.”

http://kxan.com/2015/10/25/the-mystery-of-chronic-pain-finding-some-answers/

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Austin Pain Associates Seeks Patients With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for Clinical Trial of Infusion Therapy Using Neridronic Acid

Treatment to take place over 10 days, with periodic follow-ups afterward

 

AUSTIN, Texas – August 3, 2015 – Austin Pain Associates (APA), the leader in pain management in central Texas, is pleased to announce that it is participating in a clinical trial to study the efficacy of infusion therapy using neridronic acid to treat Type I complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). APA is currently seeking 10 CRPS patients to receive infusions by IV over a 10-day period, with periodic follow-up appointments afterward. The treatments will take from 30 minutes to up to four hours to complete. For more information or to apply, call (512)416-PAIN (7246) or visit www.AustinPain.com.

CRPS, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is a progressive disease of the sympathetic nervous system often seen after a traumatic injury or even surgery. Symptoms include progressive and increased pain out of proportion to the nature of the injury, edema and color changes to the site of the injury, and extreme sensitivity to touch and to temperature changes. CRPS may also result in bone loss or degeneration. Neridronic acid was developed from a class of drugs historically used to treat osteoporosis and is already being used to treat CRPS in Europe. The sponsor of the APA study is the Grünenthal Group, a research-oriented pharmaceutical company headquartered in Aachen, Germany.

“Administering neridronic acid through infusion therapy is a new and potentially exciting treatment for CRPS at a time when there have not been any significant new developments in the last several years,” said John W. Wages, M.D. “Any patient diagnosed with CRPS is welcome to contact us to see if they might be a candidate for the study.”

“We’re honored that the Grünenthal Group selected us to study this treatment for CRPS,” said Adnan A. Khan, M.D. “APA is committed to using the most effective treatments for our patients and assisting in the clinical trials of promising new alternatives.”

About APA

Austin Pain Associates (APA), the leader in pain management in central Texas, uses a multidisciplinary approach to reduce pain and restore function by creating an individualized treatment plan that addresses the physical, functional, psychological and emotional aspects of pain. Treatment options include behavioral health, medication management, interventional procedures, alternative therapies, physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as infusion therapy. At APA, we combine our passion for medicine with great compassion for how we treat our patients.  APA was founded in 2002 and has grown to 10 physicians across 10 locations making APA the largest pain group in central Texas. For more information about APA, please visit www.AustinPain.com or call (512)416-PAIN (7246). You can also follow APA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AustinPainManagement, or Twitter at twitter.com/AustinPainDocs.

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For Media Inquiries:

Doug Dusik, Dresner Corporate Services, (312)780-7218, [email protected]

Christian Scarborough, Dresner Corporate Services, (325)388-6263, [email protected]

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Austin Pain Associates Appoints New Executive Leadership

Austin Pain Associates Appoints New  Executive Leadership

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 Thomas D. Johnston will serve as CEO and Twyla Fuertes as Chief Business Officer

 

AUSTIN, Texas – June 22, 2015 – Austin Pain Associates (APA), the leader in pain management in central Texas, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Thomas D. Johnston, J.D., as chief executive officer and Twyla Fuertes as chief business officer. Mr. Johnston and Ms. Fuertes have joined APA’s Executive Leadership Team, which includes Robert P. Wills, M.D., founder and president, and Brannon R. Frank, M.D., medical director. Mr. Johnston brings more than 28 years of healthcare executive experience in operations, strategy, leadership, business development and marketing to APA. Ms. Fuertes has over 23 years of experience in medical practice development, consulting and business management.

“Tom’s background as a physician group and hospital group practice leader, business developer and national healthcare management consultant makes him an ideal addition as CEO,” said Robert P. Wills, M.D., founder and president of APA. “Twyla also has extensive experience in business operations and growing healthcare practices. Both will be valuable assets for us during this exciting time of growth in our practice.”

Prior to joining the executive leadership team at APA, Mr. Johnston was CEO of EmployerDirect Healthcare, a leader in value-based healthcare for large employers with self-funded medical plans. He was also vice president at Paragon Health, a director at Navigant Consulting’s Healthcare Division, and CEO of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons, PA of Austin for more than 14 years. The group eventually gained national prominence as a partner in the development of the “Heart Hospital of Austin.” Mr. Johnston also served as vice president of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where he managed the integration of several large specialty physician practices working in 10 medical clinics throughout the California desert region. He also served as president for both the Texas Medical Group Management Association and Surgical Leadership Alliance, and co-founded the Capital City Medical Group Administrators in Austin.

“APA is the fastest growing pain management organization with the largest number of patient visits in Austin and the surrounding areas,” said Mr. Johnston. “Our physicians have more collective experience than any other group, which definitely sets us apart, and I look forward to helping the organization expand its role as the leading provider of multi-disciplinary pain management services in central Texas and beyond.”

Prior to joining APA, Ms. Fuertes served as the chief business officer for Texas Orthopedics, Sports and Rehabilitation Associates in Austin for 18 years. During that time, the practice grew more than 300 percent and added an ambulatory surgery center, physical therapy and MRI services. Ms. Fuertes managed successful business and reception departments throughout that growth, bringing innovative solutions to the business operations that led to recognition as an industry leader among orthopedic peers. In addition, she spent several years consulting for orthopedic and neurology private practices, and served as a speaker for Experian Healthcare, formerly Medical Present Value, and the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s annual conferences. Ms. Fuertes has also published articles in Advance for Health Information Executives and Private Payer News, and is a member of the Texas Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

“I’m excited to join APA’s executive leadership team,” said Ms. Fuertes. “The organization has built an excellent reputation and with 10 convenient locations, we are extremely well positioned to expand our market leadership.”

 

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APA Monthly Workshops

APA has 4 workshops taught throughout the year at various locations. They are focused on Migraine, Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, & Habit Change Information and Practice to Help Heal Your life. The programs will be taught by Shanna Willner, a BH provider whose work integrates neuropsychology, psychotherapy, holistic practice, and up-to-date research.

To learn more, please visit our website at www.AustinPain.com, call our office at (512) 416- PAIN (7246), or click the link below.

May – Aug 2015 – APA Monthly Workshops

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Dr. Paul Le Featured on Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose

Dr. Paul Le was featured on Nurse Barb’s Daily Dose segment about Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia.

Postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN, is prolonged pain that some people face after having shingles. If you experience postherpetic neuralgia, it means that after (post) you have had shingles (herpetic), you may still have pain (neuralgia), even after the rash has cleared up.
Have you or someone you know experienced shingles and are still dealing with the after-shingles pain? If so, please call Austin Pain Associates and schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options at 512.416.PAIN (7246).

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Dr. Brannon R. Frank Earns Best of Kyle Recognition

Austin Pain Associates is proud to announce that Dr. Brannon Frank was chosen as a recipient of the Best of Kyle Award for 2015.

CrystalBlue.png.md.cc.DEN5-RBDQ-TD22This distinction recognizes Dr. Frank’s contributions to the local business community and the men and women who live in and around Kyle.

Dr. Frank serves patients from South Austin and the Austin Pain Associates location at 135 Bunton Creek Rd, Suite 302, in Kyle. The office is located in the Hays Surgery Center building.

The Kyle Award is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Kyle area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Contact Dr. Frank and Austin Pain Associates for a consultation. We treat the physical, functional, psychological and emotional aspects of chronic pain.

Read the official release here>>

 

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Inclement Weather Notice 2015

Please visit our website at austinpainassociates.com for Inclement Weather updates. Patients who are scheduled for appointments the day of Inclement Weather activity may also receive information via APA’s Patient Portal.

In the event of delayed openings, appointments scheduled before weather delays are lifted, will be cancelled; please contact APA to reschedule your appointment. In the event of full day closures, patients should contact APA the following business day to discuss rescheduling options.

Austin Pain Associates’ follows the inclement weather guidelines of the school district in which our Austin Pain Associates’ office is located. Therefore, you may also check the website of the school district where your appointment is scheduled to confirm Austin Pain Associates’ office closures.

School websites are: Austinisd.org, Eanesisd.net, Georgetownisd.org, Hayscisd.net, Leanderisd.org, Manorisd.net, and Roundrockisd.org. Again, you may also visit APA’s website and APA’s Patient Portal for Inclement Weather updates.

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