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PLDD (Percutaneous Laser Disc Decompression) 
is a non-surgical laser treatment 
performed on an out-patient basis using local anesthesia. 

Nearly 90% of patients commonly experience immediate 
pain relief and go home with just a small adhesive bandage!

Mountain States Health Alliance


Back Pain 

Daniel Choy, M.D.

Kenneth Burres MD

Nelson Hendler, MD

John C. Chiu, MD

Spine One

Michael D. Lusk, MD

Daniel S. J. Choy, M.D.
The Laser Spine Center was founded by Dr. Daniel S. J. Choy, who is on the staffs of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He is widely recognized as one of the leaders in contemporary laser medicine and surgery. Dr. Choy has taught PLDD to over 300 neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons world-wide. 

As of September, 2002, Dr. Choy has performed more than 2000 PLDD procedures, with an 89% success rate and a 0.4% complication rate on cervical, thoracic and lumbar discs.

Manorama Sharma, MD:
American board certified OBGYN and a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery for men and women. She is fellow of The American College of OBGYN and a fellow of The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. She received her training in New York, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. While in Michigan she served on the advisory board of The Medical World News and served as a second opinion physician for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, and Intracorp Health International. Currently, she is on the advisory boards of The Radiation Centers of America and The Fountain Valley Outpatient Surgery Center. Her practices are in Fountain Valley and West Covina, and both equipped with certified outpatient surgery centers. The staff at Dr. Sharma's Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Centers is dedicated to providing the consumer with a safe and comfortable experience. 

Bernard R. Bendok, MD:
Neurological Surgery, Radiology, General Neurosurgery, Endovascular and microsurgical techniques to treat aneurysm, AVM, carotid disease, brain tumor, stroke, and cavernoma, Carotid stenting, Intracranial and vertebral artery angioplasty and stenting, Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, Cervical and lumbar discectomy and fusion, Acute stroke treatment, Minimally invasive techniques to treat brain and spine disease, Gamma Knife for AVM (arteriovenous malformation).
Also, Dr. Bendok was one of the key contributors in the development of a new and much needed procedure for opening blocked carotid arteries which significantly lowers complication risk. In fact, The FDA is expected to approve the new procedure for both primary and secondary carotid stenosis by 2005. More information.

John C. Chiu, MD:
Dr. Chiu received the “Diplomate” certification from several specialty boards including American Board of Neurological Surgery, American Board of Forensic Medicine , American Board of Medical Forensic Examiner, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (USA) and American Board of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Furthermore, he conducted over 55 national and international workshops about Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Moreover, he has medical licenses from 5 states (CA, NY, TX, NM, AZ). Also, during the past 6 years, he received 15 honor awards (4 from the City of Los Angeles and 2 from the California Legislature Assembly). Additionally, Dr. Chiu published and presented 169 publications plus 26 medical and public speaking lectures and over 50 public media interviews (print and broadcast). Finally, he offered his expertise and consultation services per special invitation from many countries including People's Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan), Kenya, Equador, Greece, Mexico, Nepal and Saudi Arabia.

Mark S. Schnitzer, M.D.
Dr. Schnitzer is Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery and Chief of Surgery, St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, California, USA. Also, Dr. Schnitzer is the Founder and Medical Director of Center For Neurological Surgery which is the expert in Surgical Treatment for the following Diseases of the Nervous System and Spine:

  • Tumor:
      • Conventional Surgery of the Brain and Spine
      • Gamma Knife, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

      • .
  • Disk and Degenerative Spine Disease:
      • Microsurgery
      • Reconstructive Surgery

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  • Implants:
      • Vagus Nerve Stimulator for Epilepsy
      • Morphine Pump and Spinal Cord Stimulator for Pain
      • Baclofen Pump for Spasticity
  • Blood-less Surgery for Jehovah's Witness Patients.

Mid-Atlantic Fertility Centers
Chang and Abbasi, M.D., P.A.
Mid-Atlantic Fertility Centers offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatmentof infertility and reproductive endocrinology disorders in the Washington Metro area. We have 3 offices located 
in Bethesda, MD, Arlington, VA and Alexandria,VA for your convenience. Our certified Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)center is located within Suburban Hospital in Bethesda and 
offers a full range of services: IVF, GIFT, ICSI, Cryopreservation.

T.S. Park, MD:
As the Neurosurgeon-In-Chief at the St. Louis Children's Hospital and Shi H. Huang professor of neurosurgery at the Washington University, Dr. Park cares for a large number of children with neurosurgical disorders. He is renowned for his work on selective dorsal rhizotomy for treatment of spastic cerebral palsy. Also, he is an expert in pediatric epilepsy surgery and surgical treatment of birth brachial plexus injury. He authored 133 scientific articles, 33 book chapters, 3 books, 76 abstracts, and 236 scientific presentations including invited lectures and visiting professorships. His research has been funded by National Institutes of Health for 22 years, and he is a recipient of a prestigious Javits Neuroscience Investigator award in recognition of his outstanding research.

Constantino G. Mendieta, MD:
Dr. Mendieta was one of a select few chosen to complete an aesthetic surgery fellowship at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. He then traveled to Paris to complete advanced training under world famous breast surgeon Dr. Louis Benneli to minimize scarring from surgery to reduce or lift the breast. Dr. Mendieta went to Brazil to train under Dr. Sampio Goes for the same surgical techniques. Dr. Mendieta has attained world-class skill in facial surgery, breast surgery and body sculpting, and is extremely well-versed in all aspects of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. His emphases on patient care, and attention to detail have earned him the trust and respect of his patients and colleagues. Dr. Mendieta has developed a national and evolving international following.

Laurence Kirwan, MD, FRCS:
Fairfield County Surgical Center
Dr. Kirwan is a consultant plastic surgeon, with an international reputation and offices in the USA and England. Also, he is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery). Most of the surgery performed by Dr. Kirwan in the U.S.A. takes place at the Fairfield County Surgical Center. Certified anesthetists are on staff and provide anesthesia for all cosmetic surgery procedures. Patients from overseas who wish to have their surgery in the U.S.A. will be provided with various options for accommodations in the area during their post-operative recovery. Moreover, Dr. Kirwan performs aesthetic as well as reconstructive plastic surgery and he has been giving instructional courses for the past three years at the Annual Scientific Meetings of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additionally, he is the founding Director"Doctors For All People", AmeriCares Foundation, 1989 and he is well known for his charitable missions worldwide.

Sepehr Egrari, MD:
Dr. Egrari is a Specialist In Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. He is a graduate of the Chicago Medical School. His vast surgical training and experience includes a General Surgery Residency at The Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is certified by The American Board of Surgery. He completed his Plastic Surgery training at The University of California at Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

He is an Associate Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, and a Candidate Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is an active member of the American Medical Association. He is a member of The Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons and The King County Medical Society. Dr. Egrari is on the Medical Staff of Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center. Moreover, Dr. Egrari's plastic surgery center holds monthly seminars, produces a specialized newsletter... etc. For more information please click on Events.

Nelson Hendler, MD., MS: Summary Page Included
Dr. Hendler is the Clinical Director at Mensana Clinic (Stevenson, MD). He authored 3 books, 29 medical textbook chapters, and 50 articles in medical journals, in addition to giving over 208 lectures about chronic pain, nationally and internationally. His record in returning auto accident victims back to work is unmatched. In a group of patients, for whom the insurance companies report a return to work rate of less than 1%, Mensana Clinic has a return to work rate of 62.5% for auto accident patients. Moreover, Mensana Clinic was listed in Business Week as one of the 8 best pain treatment centers in the United States, along with Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. Also, Mensana Clinic was described in a cover page article by US News & World Report regarding Dr. Hendler's success in treating auto accident victims.

Kenneth P Burres MD:
MicroLaser Discectomy™ Specialist
Dr. Burres practices general neurological surgery and specializes in Microsurgery, Spine Surgery, and Sportsmedicine. With over 25 years of experience including thousands of cases, Dr Burres uniquely offers his patients a wealth of treatment options and diagnostic expertise. He is also co-developer of UltraCOACH, a unique Windows-based software program for multisport athletic fitness and training. MicroLaser Discectomy™ was pioneered by Dr. Burres, a Stanford-trained Board Certified neurological surgeon and was first performed in May, 1993. His publications include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cervical Pseudomengocoele, Skull Bone Transplantation, Balloon Occlusion Catheterization for CCF, High Tech Fitness, and UltraCOACH Athletic Training Software.

Steven L. Katz, MD, FACOG Summary Page Included
Dr. Katz is both Board Certified in OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency and specialty fellowship training at the University of California at San Francisco. He has done extensive research in many aspects of reproductive medicine and has special interests in embryo development and implantation. His practice is fully devoted to reproductive medicine and has a particular interest and extensive experience with IVF, Egg donation and Surrogacy. He is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Fertility Society and RESOLVE.

Thomas J. Zaydon, M.D. F.A.C.S.
Rhinoplasty Center and Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery Institute founder, Dr. Thomas J. Zaydon, M.D. F.A.C.S, has been rendering professional cosmetic surgery services in the Miami, Florida area for over sixteen years.

Dr. Zaydon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a noted author of numerous articles and chapters on various aspects of plastic surgery. Currently, Dr. Zaydon is associate chief of plastic surgery at the Miami Heart Institute, Miami Beach, Florida.

Michelle Hardaway, M.D., P.C.
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Laser Center
Dr. Hardaway has a broad and extensive background in plastic surgery and in general surgery as well. She has served in the plastic surgery and burn departments of several hospitals and has written and lectured widely on complicated surgical issues. She is presently involved in training plastic surgery residents at Wayne State University and Providence Hospital. She is an assistant clinical professor of surgery in Wayne State’s department of plastic and reconstructive surgery. She also was chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Detroit’s Receiving Hospital and director of its burn center. She is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, as well as a certified general surgeon, holding medical licenses in Michigan and New York. She has won several honors in the medical profession.

North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine (NCCRM)
NCCRM was established in December 1992 to provide advanced reproductive services to couples. The physicians of NCCRM are board certified specialists. We offer medical center level care in a private office setting that is relaxed and easily accessible. Our state-of-the-art operating room and laboratory offers patients the convenience of staying in one facility. This team of specialists offer a wide range of gynecologic and fertility services.

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center of Walnut Creek
William Jervis, M.D. Director

State-of-the-art Cosmetic Surgery dedicated to your safe care, personal attention to your individual needs.
William Jervis, M.D., FACS Certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery, Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member American society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons , California Society of Plastic Surgeons Over 20 years in practice.

Diana V. Farnsworth, M.D.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Farnsworth is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Medical School with extensive training in general surgery and plastic surgery, she has been in private practice since 1972. Dr. Farnsworth is active in several professional associations. She has lectured on plastic surgery for both lay and professional audiences and has appeared on television.

Obagi Dermatology, Plastic Surgery And Laser Center
Dermatology And Plastic Surgery
The Obagi system combines specially developed products with medical supervision and counseling to treat your skin from the inside out. This program works on the surface to smooth roughness and correct damage like uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. It also penetrates below the surface to stimulate cell renewal, improve circulation and help
restore your skin’s natural moisture. The results? Beautiful, healthy skin.

David B. Reath, MD:

Dr Reath's motto is "The personal approach to personal change." This is not just a catch phrase. His passion is using his skills and abilities to help his patients improve the quality of their lives. Routinely, patients comment on how pleasantly surprised they are by the amount of time Dr. Reath spends with them personally. Dr. Reath is board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Not only is Dr. David Reath board certified, he is the President of the Tennessee Society of Plastic Surgeons. Also, he is a member of the prestigious Committee on Trauma, a national and international renowned speaker and lecturer and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee. He has been in practice at UT for over sixteen years.

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Mountain States Health Alliance
A non-profit healthcare system located in Johnson City, at the foot of the smokey mountains in Tennessee. We offer numerous specialized services, some include:
THE CENTER FOR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH, dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people with heart disease.
THE REGIONAL CANCER CENTER, linked with some of the most prestigious cancer programs in the United States.
THE TRANSPLANT CENTER, for kidney & pancreas.
THE QUILLEN REHAB, for physical injuries like car accidents.It offers one of the best physical therapy programs in the United States, and the favorite for patients from Europe, the Middle East and the Arab Gulf Region.
THE PAVILION HOSPITAL, for Psychiatric and Mental related illness. Mountain States Health Alliance striving to become the best healthcare system in the United States.


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