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Alliance expands services in Tampa Bay region –

To enhance its services and expand care for more patients in the Tampa Bay area, Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is proud to announce a professional partnership with Pain Relief Centers. Based in Pinellas Park, Fla., PRC opened offices in St. Petersburg and Sun City Center on Dec. 3.

“This partnership effectively creates the largest single interventional pain management group in the Bay area,” said Josh Helms, CEO of Physician Partners of America.

Tampa-based PPOA opened its doors in 2013 and has nearly 30 locations throughout Florida and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. It offers a wide variety of healthcare services under its umbrella, including pain management, laser spine procedures, orthopedic treatment, mental health and counseling, and primary care.

Together, the two companies offer Bay area residents interventional pain clinics, AAAHC-accredited ambulatory (outpatient) surgery centers and level 2 procedure suites.

The PRC St. Petersburg clinic, 5767 49th Street, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33709, moved from its longtime location at West Park Surgery Center, 6640 78th Avenue N. in Pinellas Park.

That surgery center will be expanded and utilized by the St. Petersburg clinic, which is three miles away. Its resident pain management physician, Thanh T. Le, M.D., has moved to the St. Petersburg location. He is joined by new physicians John Keyvn Otero, M.D, Robert Guirguis, D.O., and nurse practitioners Linda Ngwa and Georgette Bouwhuis.

The Sun City Center clinic, located at 725 Cortaro Drive, Sun City Center, Fla., 33573, primarily serves southwestern Hillsborough County. Its primary specialist is Hector Cases, MD.  A nearby outpatient surgery center serving the clinic is expected to break ground soon.

The Lakewood Ranch clinic is at 6310 Health Parkway, Suite No. 320, Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 34202. Expected to open in January 2019, it will be staffed by pain management specialist John Scott Adams, M.D.

“The areas into which we are expanding through this partnership are underserved in various pain management subspecialties. Through our alliance with Pain Relief Centers, we are proud to be able to offer more people the chance to live a pain-free life,” said Helms.

All of the clinics accept most insurance, as well as Medicare. Pain Relief Centers can be reached at (866) 572-4655. PPOA can be reached at (844) 542-5724. Same-day appointments are available.


Healthy holiday meals start with planning and smart choices –

Getting ready for the holidays but dread blowing your diet? Whether you want to keep your weight down or avoid aggravating inflammation, here’s good news: you certainly can enjoy the bounty of the season in a healthy way. Here are four tips for striking the right balance.

1. Limit portions

First of all, good nutrition is always about two things: what we eat and how much.  Let’s start with Thanksgiving.  There’s overwhelming evidence that a Mediterranean-style diet is the healthiest, which means eating mostly vegetables and fruits and whole grains; but there’s nothing wrong with eating some turkey, or mashed potatoes, or even pecan pie.

2. Choose wisely

The key is to not make traditional holiday foods the base of the eating pyramid.  In other words, the majority of your food choices and calories should come from green salads and low-fat vegetable dishes, with small servings of meat, refined carbohydrates, and sweet desserts. Think of meats and starches as the side dishes or garnish to a plant-based meal.

3. Make smart substitutions

If you’re hosting dinner, get creative without sacrificing traditional favorites. It’s easy to switch out whole-grain breads for the white dinner rolls, healthy vegetable dishes instead of the high fat, creamy bean casseroles, and make a healthy sweet potato casserole instead of the heavily sugared, high-calorie version. Do a search for some healthier versions of your family’s favorites; they’re easy to find.

4. Get some exercise

Almost as traditional as turkey and pumpkin pie is fighting for couch space after dinner. It’s a myth that turkey makes you sleepy. While the meat is rich in the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan, research shows it’s the combination of carbs, overeating and alcohol that makes us feel tired. Instead, gather the family and take a walk after the meal.

Food will always be the centerpiece of the winter holidays, but it only takes a few changes to start a new tradition and create healthy holiday meals that are just as memorable and satisfying.

Ronald Stern, M.D., is an interventional pain management specialist at Physician Partners of America’s Melbourne, Florida. location. He is also the author of fact-based health and wellness books, including his most recent, Meals, Movement and Meditation: Using Science, Not Myth, for Healthfulness. It’s available on Amazon