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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.


Outpatient treatment makes vacations more enjoyable for long-term pain patients –

Just because someone is living with long-term pain, it doesn’t mean they have to forego their winter vacation. Insured seasonal visitors to Florida and Texas can get continued pain management care without worry at Physician Partners of America. PPOA accepts out-of-state identification for patients suffering from chronic pain and helps them with tailored treatment plans.

PPOA specialists can make arrangements with the patient’s home-state pain physician to receive the patient’s medical records in advance of a visit. Its partner doctors can perform a variety of cutting-edge interventional treatments.

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All treatments are minimally invasive and performed outpatient, so most patients can walk out the same day and enjoy their vacation time. They include nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and trigger point injections. The company also offers neuromodulation and laser spine procedures.

Offering cutting-edge pain care for snowbirds

Based in Florida, a top tourism state, Physician Partners of America has a unique understanding of the so-called snowbird population — another name for long-term winter visitors. The Sunshine State welcomed 118.5 million visitors in 2017 and expects a 6 percent increase this year. Dallas-Fort Worth sees an annual 44 million visitors each year, including nearly 3 million from foreign countries.

PPOA clinics accept any commercially insured patient with a legitimate, commonly recognized form of identification. This includes a driver’s license or identification card issued in any state, in addition to military IDs and U.S. passports.

The company’s 14 pain relief clinics in Florida and nine in Dallas-Fort Worth also accept Medicare and Tricare.

“We don’t like the idea of pain patients miss out on the fun of snowbird life,” says Josh Helms, Chief Operating Officer of Physician Partners of America. “If we can improve their quality of life while they are away from home, we are happy to help.”

About PPOA:

Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is a national healthcare organization focused on strengthening the doctor-patient relationship, improving patient outcomes and leading the fight against the opioid crisis. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Tampa, Fla., PPOA and its affiliates share a common vision of ensuring the wellbeing of patients through interventional and minimally invasive treatments, primary care, orthopedics and laser spine procedures. Its model allows its physician partners to focus on patient care in the face of increasingly complex administrative requirements. For more information about Physician Partners of America, visit