Dr. Carissa Stone, MD - Florida pain management physician
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Carissa Stone, MD

3450 E. Fletcher Ave Tampa, FL 33613

Carissa Stone, M.D. is an Interventional Pain Management physician with a subspecialty training in Anti-aging medicine and a functional approach to patient care. She has more than 20 years of experience and works out of our Fletcher Avenue location.

Dr. Stone views each patient’s situation as a unique puzzle that deserves solving as she seeks to identify the source of pain and then optimize it so patients can better enjoy life.

As a young student, Dr. Stone had a love for science and the arts. She relates that same love to her career today in her approach to solving the cause of painful conditions.

She earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and she got her start in the field of pain management during her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of South Florida. She chose the specialty of anesthesia because she liked the technical aspect of interventional procedures. Following her residency, she completed a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital – Tampa.

Dr. Stone cares about the totality of her patients’ health. She has a holistic approach that focuses on treating the whole person. This includes integrating interventional procedures with the wellness and nutritional aspects of treatment, including testing for urine biomarkers to help identify causes of inflammation, DNA testing for optimal medication use and safety, and implementing dietary changes that help with the inflammation linked to pain.

In her personal life, she places importance on giving back to the community. She supports Cornerstone Ministries for children and participates in numerous activities and fundraisers for charitable causes.

In her free time, she likes spending time with her family, researching family ancestry, creating photograph books and participating in art activities.

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3.8 /5
28 Reviews

Aug 10, 2018
Google Physician Partners of America
Been seeing Dr. Stone for over a year as the result of a car accident. She’s no nonsense, so if you want a doctor who coddles you, look elsewhere. She tells you like it is and in a world of doctors who try to play therapist, she’s a welcomed break. She’ll tell you what you need to do, but is also at the mercy of the rules/laws of the state... she’ll know if you need XYZ treatment, but will tell you that she’s required to give you treatments A, B, and C first... even though she may personally feel that they won’t help. Like I said, she’ll tell you like it is. You just have to be open to understanding her and what she goes through daily. I’m extremely happy with Dr. Stone and couldn’t imagine seeing anyone else. THANK YOU Dr Stone! You’ve helped me get a grip on this constant pain.
May 31, 2018
Google Physician Partners of America
I was her patient for over 10 years, and drove 40+ miles one way to I to her. I've been to at least 7 other pain doctors and she is miles above any other doctor I've been to. Oh, did I mention that I didn't have insurance while going to Dr Stone? She's that good, I could have used my insurance to see other doctors but I chose to see her and get treated correctly. SHE'S THAT GOOD! Blessings to you, Dr. Stone, Brian Gray
Physician Partners of America replied on Jun 5, 2018:
Thank you, Brian, for taking the time to write such a great review. We have passed it on to Dr. Stone, who was very moved by it. We value you as a patient and appreciate the fact that you have driven over 40 miles, even without insurance, to see her.
Feb 23, 2018
ZocDoc Physician Partners of America
Was great.
Feb 23, 2018
ZocDoc Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stone, Alina, Ashley, Amanda & the rest of the office staff in the back are all very professional, understanding & compassionate. The nursing staff are very helpful. Great bedside manner, Very thorough & Dr. Stone is by far the best doctor I have ever been to.
Feb 23, 2018
ZocDoc Physician Partners of America
Great visit.
Feb 23, 2018
ZocDoc Physician Partners of America
Staff is very personal and pleasant. Patient care is effective, and they really care. Both are necessary for me to become a satisfied patient and they provide it.
Feb 23, 2018
ZocDoc Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stone and her staff are excellent. She is very knowledgeable and takes the time to help me understand my issues and treatment options. She is also compassionate and kind. Everyone in the office treats me well. Definitely Recommend.
Feb 5, 2018
Google Physician Partners of America
Dr Stone transferred where I was getting my prescriptions filled, and decided to change my prescription of pain medication. My insurance did not cover what she changed my pain medication to, and when the pharmacy she transferred me to contacted her , she didn't reply, nor answer my emails, to correct the prescription, and left me without anything for a month. She did a culture on an infection I keep getting, and told me I had cancer in December, I was devastated, and hurt. only to find out at the ER room, it was not cancer. Dr Stone decided early in the Dr/patient relationship that she didn't like me, and she let me know. I felt so humiliated when I left there several times, I cried my eyes out, she asked me if I hung out with people that had aids, and hurt my feelings badly over things in my life I had no control over. I was so humiliated, but I was going through a terrible time in my life with being harassed, and at that time didn't have my options. Just be aware that if she don't like you, you will be treated accordingly. I was always kind, and very respectful, and will always be, I would never hurt anyone, like she hurt my feelings. I have seen many Dr's, but she treated me the worse, I have ever been treated. Left me in terrible pain. I do not enjoy writing negative reviews, but no one has ever humiliated me so badly in front of others and I was just hurt. Then left with no pain meds, and she never corrected it. I believe she didn't want me there. And did it on purpose. I beleive if she likes you , you'll be ok, but if not watch out. Amanda Poore
Physician Partners of America replied on Oct 10, 2017:
Amanda, we will reach out to you to discuss this matter. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Oct 14, 2017
Google Physician Partners of America
Still dealing with billing issues from a horrible office visit from June of 2016. My insurance company paid $3200 for a specimen test I never authorized considering I walked out of consultation. Still paid my $100 deductible on top of insurance and a year and a half later I'm still getting bills saying I owe them money. If you want to get charged for a bunch of BS and deal with it for extended amounts of time then this office is perfect!
Physician Partners of America replied on Oct 31, 2017:
Hi, Stewart. We value you as a patient and take your concern seriously. We can work with you on the billing issue. I have escalated your concern to management and it will be resolved. Thank you for taking the time to write.
May 18, 2017
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I didn't know there were still doctors like Dr. Stone. Every visit, she takes as much time as necessary to meet my needs and concerns. She even saw me within 24 hours when I called when I was sick, not even sure if it was related to my implanted pump or chronic pain. And the icing on the cake--her staff is as good as she is!
Apr 17, 2017
Google Physician Partners of America
Love her! Very no nonsense and very knowledgeable. Went into great depth as to what my options were. Made sure I understood everything. Can't say enough positive things!
Mar 21, 2017
Google Physician Partners of America
I arrived 30 minutes later than my scheduled 30 minutes prior to my appt for a new patient due to construction and traffic. I was really concerned that I wasn't going to be seen and have to reschedule. The girl at the front desk went back right away to check and yes Dr. Stone was fine with it. After receiving the new patient forms, I can definitely see why they request the extra 30 minutes. It actually took me 45 minutes to complete and I'm a fast writer! The forms are very thorough and I was impressed! I was really impressed that I was brought back within 15 minutes of completing the forms and when Dr. Stone came in she was actually apologizing to me for the wait - which was nothing and if it had been - it would have been by my own doing! The greatest thing was after some small talk she actually had my forms and was using them as we were discussing my chronic pain issues! I can't tell you how many times I have seen a new dr and wondered based on conversation if they have even looked at the forms I spent time completing but actually using them during the appt. never happens! Dr. Stone was amazing. I have searched for a dr for years (in Chicago) to tell me I have other options besides another surgery putting a pain pump in me! We discussed all my medications and procedures I had done. She also did a physical exam and noticed that I was moving in a way that she felt my fusion may not have healed properly and suggested I get a type of X-ray that I have never heard of but made sense since I had a regular x-ray that had already shown a problem in that area. Dr. Stone also discussed the option of getting the DNA screen and thoroughly explained to me the reason they use this and the benefits of having this completed. Due to the type of medication I have taken and will continue to take, I felt it was something that would be beneficial to my health. We also discussed the filing of my insurance and should my insurance decline coverage what the financial implications would be. Finally, when I left the patient room the staff was immediately available to finalize all the necessary information needed regarding my new scripts and the procedures I needed and where I needed to go for these. They also made my next appt at the same time. When I left this office, I was thrilled to finally have found a dr. that actually had a new idea and plan of how I can get off the fentanyl patches that I have been on for the last five years! Every time I asked my pain dr what I could do different the answer I got was to have a pain pump or the PA who new I had started wintering in Florida (because I felt less pain than I do in Chicago) told me I should just move to Florida! NICE!! This was really her medical solution! Dr. Stone is a very warm, friendly and thorough Dr. and I am more than thrilled that I have found her! I'm looking forward to my next appt. in a few weeks!
Dec 19, 2016
Google Physician Partners of America
FPRG Lab - Florida Pain Relief Group Also known as Carrollwood FPRG PLLC This Doctor conducted and billed my insurance company for $ 9,880.00 for MED TOX LABS & $ 5,950.00 for a DNA Test both test were absoulty unnecessary. Auto Accident
Physician Partners of America replied on Dec 21, 2016:
I want to sincerely apologize about the time that you had at the Carrollwood location, as well as the pain you went through in your car accident! At Florida Pain Relief Group and our Labs, we take each patient very seriously in offering the best care. If you would like, you could contact our billing department via email at customerservice@physicianpartnersoa.com or Call 813-549-2134. I would also like to take the time to explain exactly why we had gone through Med TOX Labs, and how necessary it was. This was because if after your accident we would have provided you with medication that you were either allergic or what could harm you. So, we run this test to inform you and your doctor about negative side effects, prevent serious drug reactions, as well as your unique drug-processing genetic characteristics. This helps you avoid buying drugs that wont work for you, and we send a report of the test results with a detailed list of changes to your doses and recommendations.

I hope this explains why we went through the labs that we went through, as your health and safety is of the utmost importance to us here at Florida Pain Relief Group. We hope you will see us again soon!
Jul 5, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I've only seen the actual dr once. They do not give an accurate reading of test results. Mine were minimized greatly. The nurse practitioner is very nice, but Dr. Stone only sees you on the first visit. However, if you agree to injections which is her main goal, you will be treated much nicer. I previously read my MRI reports and a few of the findings can only be corrected with surgery and all of which is accompanying with moderate to severe pain. She gave me the same medication for pain as the methadone clinics give. Her DNA proved I had no previous narcotic issues. I'm very dissatisfied with her.
Jun 29, 2016
UCompare Physician Partners of America
I've been was suffering constant severe chronic pain since a 1988 car accident. I've been to more so-called pain management doctors than I can count, none were willing or able to help. I felt hopeless, depressed and close to being suicidal. Then my nurse case manager brought me to Dr. Carrisa Stone. She gave me my life back.She genuinely cares about her patients, takes time to listens to us, extremely knowledgeable and well versed on newest treatment options. Dr. Stone works hard to help find the best treatment method(s) to help control each of her patients pain. She's so passionate about helping her patients, she'll go to bat for them, even when insurance companies try to fight her on these treatments that's best for us. Now that she has a nurse practitioner on staff, if you don't need to see Dr. Stone and just need meds refilled,wait time is a lot less. I could go on and on about Dr. Stone on how grateful I am to her for all she has done for me. If you suffer chronic pain, I have three words for you, Doctor Carissa Stone!!
Jun 29, 2016
Vitals Physician Partners of America
I've been was suffering constant severe chronic pain since a 1988 car accident. I've been to more so-called pain management doctors than I can count, none were willing or able to help. I felt hopeless, depressed and close to being suicidal. Then my nurse case manager brought me to Dr. Carrisa Stone. She gave me my life back. She genuinely cares about her patients, takes time to listens to us, extremely knowledgeable and well versed on newest treatment options. Dr. Stone works hard to help find the best treatment method(s) to help control each of her patients pain. She's so passionate about helping her patients, she'll go to bat for them, even when insurance companies try to fight her on these treatments that's best for us. Now that she has a nurse practitioner on staff, if you don't need to see Dr. Stone and just need meds refilled,wait time is a lot less. I could go on and on about Dr. Stone on how grateful I am to her for all she has done for me. If you suffer chronic pain, I have three words for you, Doctor Carissa Stone!!
Oct 28, 2015
UCompare Physician Partners of America
Dr. Stone is very patience w/her clients. She takes great pride w/the treatment & listens to what U have to say & doesn't rush U. I have been seeing her about 10 + years & have followed her to several different locations. Once U find a good doctor it's best to stay w/the one U have faith in because they are hard to come by.
Sep 5, 2015
UCompare Physician Partners of America
BADDDDD
Feb 19, 2015
Vitals Physician Partners of America
Excellent treatment.
Jul 9, 2014
UCompare Physician Partners of America
I became addicted to traditional pain medications because of my physical problems. Dr. Stone helped me through the detox program and I am now on a regular pain management regimen that is well managed and controlled.

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