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Volume 5 - September 2015

The Pulse

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Being First-String

by Allyson Campbell, Business Development Manager

Excellence is doing ordinary things, extraordinarily well. It’s that simple! How do we accomplish this? Practice, give 100%, never quit, make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes. You then become better for yourself, your team and, ultimately, your customers. During every experience that you face, you’re preparing to be the best you can be.


As summer comes to a close and football season is beginning, I can’t help but think about excellence as it applies to sports. As Vince Lombardi said, “Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority. This is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price. A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

Alliance News .............................2

We are a team, which involves all players working together towards a shared objective: to be the best, most knowledgeable and most compassionate providers for our customers. Let’s all shoot for excellence.

Being First-String.........................1

Birthdays & Anniversaries ............3 From Our Patients .......................4 Health & Wellness .......................5 Kudos & Congratulations ..........6-7 A Better You ...............................8

“Alone we can do little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

From the Desk of Stephen Rosenbaum, CEO

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Thank you all for coming to the social event celebrating the first anniversary of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. We have accomplished a lot over the last year and you should all be proud of the successes we have achieved. I am also very encouraged by what we will accomplish in the coming year. All of you have demonstrated that you will continue to push forward to accomplish even more. As we move toward continued success, each of us must commit to doing the best we possibly can. Be Excellent in everything that you do. Be Excellent at work; as a

parent; as a friend; a mentor. Philip Stanhope said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well,” and I agree. Over this past year, you have all done your very best and I appreciate your efforts. Our patients have benefitted from the very best care, and others in the community have taken notice. There are others that now want to be part of this company because of the Excellence that you have exhibited. To each other and in everything you do; BE EXCELLENT!

Alliance News New Mexico Centers Are in Full Swing! Our New Mexico centers enjoyed a summer company picnic in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Good food and square dancing – with an authentic caller – were features of the day. Here, Dr. Brett Butz swings into action and learns a few steps!

and Sporting Club in Douglasville teamed up old and new faces, and gave everyone a chance to spend a fun and relaxing afternoon together.

Happy Anniversary, Alliance! Alliance recently celebrated the one-year Anniversary of the CPM/ISPM merger with a party at the Lenox office. In true Alliance fashion, employees, guests and Board members marked the milestone with good food, music and great giveaways. Congratulations to all the winners, who claimed fantastic prices including bikes, Braves tickets, personalized guitars, and an Apple TV, along with a variety of gift cards for restaurants and merchandise. Thanks to those who came out to recognize the union of CPM and ISPM – a great match with a great future!

Summer Picnic Means Happy Campers! Many Alliance employees and their families had a wonderful time in June at “Camp Alliance” - our first summer company picnic. All ages enjoyed a picnic lunch and activities including boating, golf, fishing, horseshoes and archery. The impromptu all-company wiffle ball game got everyone involved and up for a challenge! Our day at Foxhall Resort

Save The Dates: Holiday Party – Saturday, December 12th All-Employee Alliance Meeting – Saturday, January 23, 2016 Stay Tuned for Details!

Birthdays & Anniversaries BIRTHDAYS AUGUST Millikan, Krystle Simmons, Phaedra Cater, Angela Jones, Arlene Lee, Autumn Mizerany, John Brown, Marlene Canterbury, Paula McPherson, Arlene Sanchez, Arianna Stephens, Corette Cable, Chris Campbell, Allyson Hebert, Melody Flores, Ivan Brown, Stephanie Ledet, Kim Byrd, Kim Gutierrez, Mercedes Thomas, Kanetha Tynes, Tiona Brown, Jaime Buchanan, Brenda Burnette, Hana Cherry, Felicia Harrison, Jane Collett, Ginger Williams, Laura Harrison, Dana Ehret, Mara Lusk, Troy Brooks, Whitney Swim, Devon

2-Aug 2-Aug 3-Aug 4-Aug 4-Aug 7-Aug 8-Aug 8-Aug 8-Aug 8-Aug 10-Aug 14-Aug 14-Aug 16-Aug 17-Aug 18-Aug 18-Aug 19-Aug 19-Aug 19-Aug 19-Aug 20-Aug 20-Aug 21-Aug 21-Aug 23-Aug 25-Aug 28-Aug 29-Aug 30-Aug 30-Aug 31-Aug 31-Aug

SEPTEMBER Sundarmoorthi, Sabitha 1-Sep Williams, Pamela 2-Sep Billingslea, Pamela 3-Sep Hord, Allen Henry 4-Sep Porter, Shannon 5-Sep Gohoure, Tiffany 6-Sep Anderson, Trina 7-Sep Pearce, Stacia 7-Sep Spencer, Kia 11-Sep Story, Alisha 11-Sep Simon, Adrienne 12-Sep Anderson, Candi 14-Sep Kendrick, Latonya 14-Sep Sheth, Ashika 14-Sep Hayes, Allastir Kelly 15-Sep Bertolli, Nhu 16-Sep

Abernathy, Moyia Blackstock, Valecia Collins, Kathleen Demiraca, Selmenata Flowers, Stevie Nash, Jeanette Mitchell, Devinn Neace, Marcia Nelson, Willie Owens, Joe Tulloch, Marisa Fults, Samantha Reeves, Mary Thang, Ngun Ting Bendt, Nicole Stinchcomb, Laura

17-Sep 17-Sep 17-Sep 17-Sep 17-Sep 17-Sep 18-Sep 18-Sep 18-Sep 20-Sep 23-Sep 26-Sep 26-Sep 26-Sep 29-Sep 29-Sep

OCTOBER Peterson, Kristin Thacker, Jennifer Kelley, Victoria Perry, Tytisha Patel, Karishma Hoff, Teresa Mims, Janet Hawthorne, Tayler Pollard, Valtina Steele, Shalesia Zhao, Janet Standberry, Myron Steinberg, Marcia Peters, Adell James , Ronnica Swanson, Jeffery

1-Oct 7-Oct 8-Oct 9-Oct 11-Oct 13-Oct 15-Oct 18-Oct 19-Oct 19-Oct 20-Oct 21-Oct 23-Oct 24-Oct 29-Oct 30-Oct

NOVEMBER Dobler, Theresia Jackson, Vanessa Goff, Kelly Lynn Pandya, Janakkumar Coleman, Allyson Landt, Kristyna Hoffman, Andrew Pitts, Bonita Prince, Tia Uribe, Suzanne Adam, Naureen Grier, Glenda O’Connor, Amy Richardson, Ariel Holmes, Latesha Miller, Bobby Rosenfeld, David

2-Nov 2-Nov 4-Nov 5-Nov 7-Nov 7-Nov 9-Nov 9-Nov 11-Nov 12-Nov 13-Nov 13-Nov 13-Nov 14-Nov 19-Nov 21-Nov 21-Nov

Loew, Lindsay Bolden, Irisha Konigsmark, Anna Williams, Michele Pulido, Carlos

25-Nov 26-Nov 29-Nov 29-Nov 30-Nov

ANNIVERSARIES 1 YEAR Anderson, Trina Collett, Ginger Harrison, Jane Richardson, Ariel Zhao, Janet Ramcharan, Ashley Vail, Sara Shelley, Michele Kelly, Elisha Dellabarca, Casey Goff, Kelly Burnette, Hana Adjepong, Nana Hawthorne, Tayler Walker, Sherri Dubose, Jocelyn Gibson, Monica Simmons, Phaedra Anderson, Candi Barnes, Melissa Bennett, Lindsey Mizerany, John Brown, Marlene Fearney, Rhonda Knox, Kia Deanne Williams, Jascinth Jones, Arlene Williams, Tiawanna

8/14 8/14 8/14 8/14 9/2/14 9/3/14 9/3/14 9/15/14 9/23/14 10/6/14 10/6/14 10/16/14 10/20/14 10/20/14 10/20/14 10/22/14 10/22/14 11/3/14 11/4/14 11/5/14 11/5/14 11/10/14 11/12/14 11/12/14 11/12/14 11/12/14 11/18/14 11/24/14

2 YEARS Chukwueke, Kingsley Dobler, Tia Teti, Bradley Young, Leslie Lancaster, Amy McDowell, Ayana Nelson, Willie Pandya, Janakkumar Tynes, Tiona Strach, Alison Sheth, Ashika Singleton, Barbara Perry, Tytisha Smith, Brianna

9/13 9/13 9/13 9/13 9/3/13 9/3/13 9/3/13 9/3/13 9/3/13 9/9/13 9/23/13 9/23/13 9/30/13 9/30/13

McPherson, Arlene 10/1/13 Sharma, Amit 10/2/13 Sundarmoorthi, Sabitha 10/7/13 Brooks, Annie 10/10/13 Beck, Victoria 10/28/13 Canterbury, Paula 11/11/13 Lloyd, Ashleigh 11/11/13 McCamey, Mia 11/20/13 Brown, Brandy 11/22/13 3 YEARS Adam, Naureen Jones, Michelle Pulido, Carlos Williams, Pamela Bertrand, Linda Storey, Megan Burrell, Cassie Barton, Dana Lofton, Yushonda Wood, Lorin Montgomery, Hansel Trammell, Corey Nelms, Stephanie Owens, Joe Singleton, Erica

8/12 8/12 8/12 8/12 9/4/12 10/8/12 10/10/12 10/14/12 10/29/12 11/13/12 11/26/12 6/11/12 7/5/12 7/5/12 7/24/12

4 YEARS Fults, Samantha Brown, Courtney Millikan, Krystle Arrington, Miranda Miller, Bobby

9/26/11 9/30/11 11/10/11 11/16/11 11/30/11

5 YEARS Sharp, Carlita


6 YEARS Sparks, Wanda Byrd, Kimberly Corn, Rachel

10/19/09 10/26/09 11/3/09

7 YEARS Rosenbaum, Stephen Desai, Dasharath Hord, Allen Swim, Devon Jenkins, Tonya Packey, Kaley

8/08 9/8/08 9/21/08 11/3/08 11/10/08 11/10/08

9 YEARS Marcum, Crystal


From Our Patients

Dear Alliance, I would like to compliment you and your staff. You have established an efficient and excellent routine for prep through discharge in the procedure room. All of your staff makes me feel that I am the only person they are taking care of. They are efficient, very pleasant, always smiling, and they know their job. I feel that I can relax because I am in good hands. Thank you and your staff.

Debbie Montes

Dear Sam, Thank you so much for helping us when no one would. You have always shown us such kindness and we want you to know how much that means to us. Please accept this small gift as a gesture for all you do. You’re the best! Love, Beth & Both Butler

Dear Alliance Spine and Pain, My 93 year old Mother saw Dr. Hord 11 years ago - gripped with pain to the point that walking was difficult.

Dr. Hord & P.A. Allison

Smith have been essential in her pain management, which continues to provide quality of life to this day. We appreciate your EXCEPTIONAL staff which is caring and professional. We are forever grateful & recommend Dr. Hord to everyone we can. Sincerely, A Grateful Family

Health & Wellness A Healthier You: 10 Steps to Eliminating Stubborn Belly Fat Gaylon Willis, VP of Marketing and Business Development As a former Occupational Therapist and self-proclaimed “Sweat Junkie,” I have taken on promoting Alliance’s health and wellness program. Earlier this year, we introduced Alliance’s partnership with LA Fitness as a means to promote healthier living. Now I’ve been asked to recommend exercise programs for people whose goals are almost exclusively weight loss, especially from stubborn belly fat. My response is always the same: It is almost impossible to exercise your way to weight loss. I joke that there aren’t enough core exercises or crunches “in the world” to make you lose belly fat. If the goal is to lose weight, the factors effecting that change are 80 – 90% food intake vs. 10 – 20% energy expenditure/exercise. Exercise is still important however. Weight lifting is especially important, because the more lean muscle you build the more energy it takes the body to maintain that muscle mass, and the more fat you will burn while you are not even working out! Furthermore, once you lose weight, the toned muscles built through this type of exercise will begin to reveal the healthy body your commitment produced. So, in order to successfully reduce belly fat, check out the following 10 recommendations: 1. Start lifting weights to change your body’s hormone profile from one that stores fat to one that burns fat. No other form of exercise positively affects your hormone profile like weight training. Newbies: start your workout routine slow the first couple weeks until your body gets accustomed to the routine and the initial soreness period passes. Then you can add significantly more volume to your workout. Lifting heavy weights is necessary to build muscle, and women should not be afraid to do so. Women WILL NOT bulk up by lifting heavy. 2. Instead of doing slow cardio workouts, perform sprint intervals utilizing high intensity interval training (HIIT) two days per week. HIIT promotes the release of fat-burning hormones similar to weight training. An example might be running outdoors performing eight 200yard sprints with a few minute rests between sprints. This can be done on a treadmill too, although not as effective. 3. Commit to a program and then stop reading magazines and listening to health & fitness-related media hype to prevent getting confused and overwhelmed. 4. Be a jerk about your health! Make your goal a top priority in your life and don’t negotiate with anyone or anything about achieving your goal and commitment. 5. Understand the majority of belly fat you lose is primarily related to what you don’t eat, not what you eat. Get a food log sheet and record everything you eat each day for 30 days. This will be the most eye-opening experience of everything you do related to your goal. Set up an account on MyFitnessPal ( and install the app in your cell phone to track your food intake. It’s easy to use and you’ll have it wherever you go. 6. Develop a core list of healthy foods you’ll use to prepare all meals that comprise your diet. Understand that if there’s such a thing as a “magic pill”, the foods you consume are the magic. 7. Prepare your food in advance. This is the most important practice and your chances of consistently eating healthy to lose belly fat will depend solely on this habit. 8. Eliminate processed foods from your diet. Anything packaged, boxed or having an extensive label should be avoided. Fat accumulation around the belly and chest for men is due in part to excess estrogen the body produces from consuming processed foods. You will not succeed at losing fat if you consume processed foods, period! 9. Get proper sleep for recovery and to reduce the body’s production of the hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels are responsible for belly fat storage so reducing stress and fatigue must be accomplished through proper sleep habits. 10. Avoid drinks that contain calories whether alcohol, fruit juices, soda or sports and energy drinks. Water, coffee and tea are preferred. If you do drink alcohol, keep it to a minimum.

Take the Challenge! Alliance Spine and Pain challenges you to join the Sweat Junkies movement. Make a regular workout a part of your week and go one step further by taking the Whole30 Challenge! Starting October 1, 2015, as a company we are challenging each other to follow the Whole30 Program, which will change the way we eat and the way we feel. Go to for more details or ask our resident Whole30 Expert, Gaylon Willis. Email us at if you accept the challenge!


Kudos Congratulations

Heroes Among Us From Spencer Scarbrough A special recognition goes to Rachel Tallbacka, New Mexico P.A., and Allison Smith, Atlanta N.P., for their exemplary care, courage and determination. Rachel and Allison sprang into action when they came upon a car accident recently, on their way home from a training session in Carrollton. Their instinctive and unselfish efforts to try to save the life of a stranger were amazing to witness. We can be proud that Rachel and Allison work for Alliance.

SHE WILL BE MISSED! After eight years of dedicated service, Austell nurse Wanda Sparks has retired. She will be missed dearly by her co-workers and patients. Alliance Spine and Pain wishes Wanda the best in this new chapter of her life.


Congratulations to proud grandmother, Samantha Story! Her first grandchild, Kade Kylier Adams, was born on 8/14/2015. Kade and his mom, Keyona Story, are both doing well!

A NEW ARRIVAL! Congratulations to Leslie Mayfield, Lenox Accounting Manager! She’s the proud grandmother of Kyrie DiJon Anthony Stevens, born on August 24th, 2015. Kyrie arrived a healthy 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Baby and mom Meima, Leslie’s daughter, are doing well.

Kudos go to Austell MA Shae Smith! She was accepted into the RN program of the Chamberlain College of Nursing, and started school in August. We’re proud of Shae’s accomplishment, and will be supporting her along her new journey!



Glenda recently earned her BSN from Kaplan University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, in February. Glenda is an infection control nurse in Conyers, and has been with Alliance for eight years. Way to go, Glenda!

A Better You

The Value of Integrity by Spencer Scarbrough Webster’s dictionary defines integrity as: “firm adherence to a code of especially moral values”. I like how author C.S. Lewis defines it: “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” Integrity, which is one of Alliance’s core values, is critical to our success as a company and as individuals. Having integrity means that each of our actions are guided by honesty, decency, and self-respect. Whether in the workplace or in our personal lives, we should remember these guidelines and keep in mind how the value of integrity has value for each of us. What does it look like when you have integrity? People of integrity are trustworthy. When other people trust you, there is no limit to how far you can go in your relationships and in your career. The word of your character will spread. For employees, it means a manager may give you additional responsibilities or growth opportunities. For managers, it means having an army of people who will go the extra mile for you. For Alliance, being trusted means that patients will flock to our door and referring doctors will send patients to us with assurance as they have confidence in our care. The benefits of having others trust you can’t be measured. People of integrity have courage. Courage to look long-term and not give in to instant gratification, dishonestly, or the easier path. Always stand up for what is right, even if it’s the unpopular view. Be strong and others will learn from your example. People of integrity are consistent. It may take years to build a reputation of integrity, but it only takes a second to lose it. Being consistent means acting on your values every time, everywhere. Any workplace function is better when people know what to expect. Short-term wins may come and go, but the benefits of integrity are forever. Do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Be a person of integrity and you – and Alliance – will reap the benefits.

What Does Integrity Look Like?

Let everyone at Alliance know about a co-worker who shows exceptional integrity. Tell us in 100 words or less about someone with whom you work whose integrity you admire. You’ll be entered in a drawing for a $50 restaurant gift card!

The Pulse September 2015 Issue  

The Pulse is a newsletter created for and about the employees of Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. It is used to inspire and promote all thi...