Multidisciplinary Spine & Pain Committee
Experts from Saint Luke's Spine Surgery Program and Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute meet on a regular basis to review spine and spinal pain cases. Our Multidisciplinary Spine & Pain Committee members consider surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. The committee’s combined recommendations are then forwarded to the patient and the referring physician.
The Committee includes
Pain Management physicians
Advanced practice providers
- Emily Beerman, NP
- Vinesha Byers, PA
- Sarah Orscheln, PA
- Bernadette Schwan, NP
- Jamie Sloan, PA
- Kelly Wemhoff, PA
Spine Center patient care navigators
- Ashley Henderson, RN, BSN
- Jaclyn Sloan, RN, BSN
The Multidisciplinary Spine & Pain Committee members collaborate throughout the patient’s treatment to ensure seamless coordination of care. Because each specialist plays a different role, ours is a true multidisciplinary model of diagnosis, treatment, and support.
- Neurosurgeons provide a range of surgical techniques for the treatment of spinal disorders, such as minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spine surgery, and artificial cervical disc replacements.
- Neuroradiologists utilize the latest imaging methods, including MRI and CT, to evaluate spinal pathology and deformity.
- Physiatrists coordinate the non-invasive, non-operative management of patients with neck and back pain, with the help of a team of physical and occupational therapists.
- Pain Management physicians offer the latest in spinal and soft tissue injections to help diagnose and treat spine-related pain. They also help coordinate alternative treatment options such as acupuncture.
- Advanced practice providers work closely with neurosurgeons to support and coordinate patient care before and after surgery.
- Patient care navigators support and coordinate patient care before and after surgery
- Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IOM)—Under the guidance of a neurologist, a team monitors signals in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, decreasing the risk of injury to these structures during surgery