The Discseel® Procedure Blog
Back pain is increasingly common with age, and it can come in many forms. The spine is composed of 26 vertebrae, and each one, along with the surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles, can...
Prior to attending Penn State University, Dr. Pauza earned his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University, and furthered his training with a Surgical and Medical Internship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He continued his specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an Interventional Spine Fellowship. In addition to his research, philanthropic, and clinical endeavors, Dr. Pauza remains a motivated educator. He established a Spine Fellowship program and continues training physicians from around the world. He heads international committees responsible for establishing standards and educating surgical and non-surgical physicians.
After helping hundreds of patients who failed to experience relief after spine surgery, it became evident to Dr. Pauza that current methods needed to change. This motivated him to seek better ways to help patients, by thinking outside the box.
Dr. Pauza is the first physician in history to pursue FDA approval for using biologics to treat the spine. Millions of patients will benefit from his development of minimally invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease and other more common and serious disorders of the spine.
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Dr. Travis Foxx grew up in Emporia, KS. He completed his undergraduate education at Kansas University in Lawrence, with degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. He graduated from Kansas University School of Medicine in 2000. In 2004, he completed his residency in anesthesiology. Dr. Foxx has been in private practice since 2004. He is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is dedicated to staying on top of technological advances and cutting-edge techniques that help determine the origin of pain, to more effectively develop treatment strategy. These techniques may include minimally invasive procedures, rehabilitative therapy, pharmacological management and care coordination with other health care providers. In 2010, Dr. Foxx founded Premier Anesthesiology & Pain in Overland Park, KS. As a result of growth and opportunity, Dr. Foxx partnered to create Midwest Orthopedic Network – Kansas and surgery center in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Foxx continues to practice OR anesthesiology in addition to his active pain management practice.
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Dr. Brandon Tolman specializes in using a multidisciplinary approach to treat musculoskeletal pain and injuries. He utilizes the latest in regenerative medicine procedures including: The Discseel® Procedure, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Fractionated Fat Mesenchymal Stem Cells (Lipogems) and Pluripotent Amniotic Stem Cells in order to promote a healing process for their patients. Dr. Tolman has an extensive background in Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation (PM&R/Physiatry), Musculoskeletal/Regenerative Medicine and Interventional Spine. He is passionate about “functional medicine” which focuses on restoring patients lives through healing using regenerative medicine procedures. Dr. Tolman was also selected and trained as one of 15 physicians nationwide to offer the Discseel® Procedure. As a previous low back patient suffering from debilitating pain, he understands the importance of minimally invasive procedures that help restore the lumbar and thoracic spine.
Boris Terebuh, MD specializes in providing personalized nonsurgical solutions for spine problems that interfere with the function patients desire and the independence they deserve. Dr. Terebuh completed his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency training at The Ohio State University in 1997 and has been in solo practice in Ohio since 2001 because he is committed to providing accessible, individualized and attentive care to his patients. His regenerative approach to solving spine problems enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself. His guiding principle is integrity – doing what is right for patients in a conscientious manner with the motivation of helping them become fully functional, independent and satisfied. Dr. Terebuh is a very unique Medical Doctor because he has earned seven Board Certifications in the field of musculoskeletal medicine and nonsurgical spine care. Boris Terebuh, MD is delighted to be a Discseel® provider because this revolutionary new technology aligns perfectly with his preferred regenerative treatment approach and patient care philosophy. Dr. Terebuh is also grateful to Discseel® developer, Kevin Pauza, MD, for all the years of diligent and meticulous research to create this innovative, paradigm-shifting intervention, which will certainly spare countless individuals the prospect of avoidable spine surgical procedures.
Dr. Thierry Bonnabesse is a highly experienced physician practicing in Upstate New York. He is the founder and owner of Champlain Spine and Pain Management and of Surgical Pain Center of the Adirondacks. A native of France, he obtained his bachelor’s degree and his Doctor of Medicine Diploma from the University of Vermont. He then completed a four-year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University Medical Center of Loma Linda in California and went on to complete an advanced Interventional Pain and Spine fellowship. He maintains his dual board certifications in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as in Pain Medicine. Dr Bonnabesse has also trained multiple physicians since 2005 through his pain fellowship. He has been at the forefront of his field for years and offers the most advanced, cutting-edge interventional treatments in the field of pain management. He has performed and supervised over thirty thousand guided spinal procedures.
Dr. Gregory Lutz is the Founder and Medical Director of the Regenerative SportsCare Institute (RSI). In addition, he currently serves as Physiatrist-In-Chief Emeritus at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and a Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Lutz is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of regenerative interventional orthopedic medicine, appearing annually on Castle Connolly’s and New York Magazine’s “Top Doctors” lists.
Dr. Janet Pearl has been in practice since 1999 and is the Medical Director of The Boston Stem Cell Center. She is also the Medical Director of Complete Spine and Pain Care an interventional integrated Pain Management practice, both located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Pearl is Triple Board Certified in Regenerative Medicine, Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology and has over 20 years experience in doing these procedures.
Previously, Dr. Pearl was the Co-Director of the Pain Management Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where she was also the Director of the Pain Management Fellowship program.
After graduating from Harvard College with an A.B. in Applied Mathematics with Economics, Dr. Pearl received a M.Sc. in Health Planning and Financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She then received her M.D. from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she represented the Medical School as a senator in the Columbia University Senate.
Watch Dr Pearl give an introduction to The Boston Stem Cell Center
Dr. Pearl completed her internship in Internal Medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital, her residency in Anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and her fellowship in Pain Management at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Pearl was the first resident ever to serve on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)’s Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology. She is a Joseph Collins Scholar and a Rotary Scholar and was awarded the AMA/Glaxo Welcome and AMA/Burroughs Welcome Resident Leadership Awards.
From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Pearl served on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. While there she chaired the Committee on Science, Technology and Research, was a member of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs and the Governance Committee and also served as Vice Chair of the Advancement Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Athletics.
Dr. Pearl is Board Certified in Regenerative Medicine, Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology with the American Board of Regenerative Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiologists.
Dr. Mark Reecer is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management. He has over 20 years of work comp experience, and he routinely provides Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) for the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board. Dr. Reecer has lectured extensively and has authored multiple publications that promote his specialty and the use of treatment modalities to eliminate pain, improve function and avoid surgery.
Dr. Buyanov is originally from Kiev, Ukraine. He received his training in Anesthesiology and his Interventional Pain Management Post-Doctoral at Penn State Medical Center, PA. Dr. Buyanov moved to San Antonio in 2003 at which time he was part of a multi-specialty group before he founded Premier Pain Consultants in 2004. His practice has over 5000 active patients in his practice. Dr. Buyanov treats his patients in a cost-effective manner although giving them the best care with interventional pain treatments/procedure to help each patient improve their quality of life. Dr. Buyanov strongly believes in an individualized and multidisciplinary approach to pain management, he believes in the Buddhist saying: “pain is inevitable but suffering is optional”. He works closely with the area internists, physical therapists, chiropractors, psychiatrists, neurologists, and spine surgeons to insure that each patient has the most optimal individualized treatment plan. Dr. Buyanov enjoys spending his spare time with his children.
Dr. Hussey earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and proceeded to earn his Medical Degree from The University of Miami School of Medicine. He then attended Northwestern University Internal Medicine Program, followed by a Neurology Residency Program at Emory University. Dr. Hussey continued his specialty training at John Hopkins University pain clinic. A member of The Spinal Injection Society and The American Academy of Neurology and Psychiatry.
Dr. Moradian is triple-board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Sports Medicine and Pain Management. Dr. Moradian’s clinical practice is devoted to the comprehensive care of spine, joint, muscle, tendon, ligament, and peripheral nerve disorders. He is proficient in performing advanced, minimally-invasive procedures under fluoroscopic and/or ultrasound guidance in the entire spine. Dr. Moradian performs electrodiagnostic testing (EMG/NCS) for the accurate diagnosis of muscle and/or nerve disorders. He has a special interest in regenerative medicine, sports concussions, neuromuscular ultrasound, medical education, and clinical research. His true passion is to treat his patients like his family and friends.
Dr. Lundquist is the Medical Director and founder of Active Life Physical Medicine & Pain Center, Innovative Surgery Center, and Regena Spa. She is dual board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation along with Pain Management and a diplomat with the American Board of Pain Medicine. She completed her training at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois in July of 2005. During her time there, she served as Chief Resident and was involved in several research projects. Prior to, she completed medical school at Midwestern University at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine campus in Glendale, Arizona and internship at Doctors Hospital in Massillon, Ohio. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She has a special interest in sports medicine, pain and spine. With 17 years experience, she has great enthusiasm towards regenerative medicine.
As anesthesiologist constantly dealing with the relief of pain and total care of surgical patients, Dr. Yasuyuki Nonaka has always been aware of the fact that chronic pain can not only seriously affect the patient’s daily activities and quality of life, but often go beyond just the physical and impact patient’s mental health. Treating disc degeneration related diseases for years made him strongly believe that minimal invasive procedures benefit the patient as well as the hospital due to their greater efficiency and potential for optimal outcomes and need to be actively promoted. His passion for learning from the best, refusing to go with the flow and implementing new, less-invasive and progressive procedures naturally led him to the decision to sacrifice his well-established position and open his own clinic where he can truly make a difference by allowing those state-of-art methods become widely available to patients throughout Japan and Asia.
Founding Partner, Triple Board Certified – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Sports Medicine; Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine
Dr. Matthias H. Wiederholz is cofounder of Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, LLC. He is a fellowship-trained interventional pain physician whose clinical interests include: Interventional Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery, Non-Surgical Orthopedics, and Anti-Aging / Functional Medicine.
He received his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management in Marietta, Georgia. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He also received advanced fellowship training through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is board-certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine.
Dr. Wiederholz performs a myriad of interventional pain procedures including, but not limited to the following: epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation, sacroiliac joint injections, discography, percutaneous disc decompression, epidural lysis of adhesions spinal cord stimulator implants, and minimally-invasive discectomies. Endoscopic spine surgery is a very unique and valuable tool in his armamentarium and makes Dr. Wiederholz one of the most specialized physicians in the field of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Wiederholz uses musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries. He incorporates ultrasound for precise injection therapy including cortisone injections, prolotherapy, and PRP (platelet rich plasma). This technology is also utilized to perform the Tenex procedure, a percutaneous procedure for treating chronic tendon pain (tennis elbow, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, etc).
Dr. Wiederholz is the fellowship director for the sports and spine fellowship at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine. Dr. Wiederholz holds an affiliation with Capital Health System and JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.
Being advanced fellowship trained in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine means that Dr. Wiederholz has the most advanced training in Anti-Aging Medicine available. He is a leading expert in Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration and helps patients achieve wellness through nutrition, lifestyle, and hormone therapies.
Dr. Wolff has over 20 years experience in the evaluation and comprehensive treatment of spine, joint, and other musculoskeletal conditions. He completed a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency at The Ohio State University (‘96) after graduating from Georgetown Medical School (‘92). He completed an interventional spine and musculoskeletal fellowship (’97). He is the founder and medical director of Southwest Spine & Sports (‘99). He has a strong interest in education and research. In 2003, he established a fellowship and has been teaching other physicians for over fifteen years. He has been involved in clinical research, studying the benefits of biologics, and has spent the last ten years concentrating on regenerative medicine. He is dedicated to providing the best, personalized, non-surgical, comprehensive treatment for each patient. Dr. Wolff is highly motivated to help his patients for personal reasons as well. He has had his own experience with regenerative therapies and their benefits. He suffered a herniated lumbar disc, which inspired his professional direction towards the non-surgical treatment of discogenic low back pain with biologics. He has extensive experience with intradiscal therapies and is honored to be selected as one of the few physicians in the country trained in the Discseel® Procedure. He is excited to share the benefits of intradiscal fibrin with his patients. He is a true believer in biologics and their potential to help others feel and function better.