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Carle Spine Institute Physicians

Zeeshan Ahmad, M.D. | Kevin R. Teal, M.D. | James J. Harms, M.D. | Victoria J. Johnson, M.D. | William Olivero, M.D. | Samatha Tipirneni, M.D. | Arundhati Biswas,MD | Amrendra Miranpuri, MD | Katherine C Smith, RN, MS, FNP-C | Noemi L Shilts, MSN, FNP | Lindy Drollinger, APN, NP-C | Dominique Ely, NP

 

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Zeeshan Ahmad, M.D.
Fellowship-Trained, Board-Certified Physiatrist

As a board-certified, fellowship-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) specialist at Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Ahmad specializes in the nonsurgical relief of back and neck pain.

Dr. Ahmad completed a three-year fellowship in orthopedic, musculoskeletal and sports medicine with specific experience and training in interventional pain management at Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Inc., in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also completed a four-year residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, where he trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation and internal medicine. Dr. Ahmad’s undergraduate degree was earned at Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, where he studied medicine and surgery. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Civil Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, and an additional internship in surgery at the Institute of Urology and Transplantation.

Dr. Ahmad has given multiple presentations at professional medical conferences and has served as the Regional Managing Editor of Rehab in Review, a monthly publication produced in collaboration with the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Ahmad is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR), the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP).

In his spare time, Dr. Ahmad enjoys singing, swimming, bicycling and traveling.

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Kevin R. Teal, MD board certified neurosurgeon, Urbana, illinois

Kevin R. Teal, MD
Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

As a board-certified neurosurgeon at Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Teal specializes in helping patients with complex back pain and neck pain return to an active lifestyle.

Dr. Teal was a Neurosurgery Residency Selection Committee Member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He completed a residency in Neurological Surgery and an internship in General Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. While completing his residency, Dr. Teal served as Neurosurgery Chief Resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Teal earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Teal's medical interests at Carle Spine Institute include treatment for cervical disc conditions causing arm pain or weakness and lumbar disc conditions causing leg pain or weakness. Carle Spine Institute takes a team approach to the management of back pain and neck pain emphasizing non-surgical treatment in advance of spine surgery.

Dr. Teal is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

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Dr. James J. Harms

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James J. Harms, M.D.
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Medical Orthopedics
Fellowship-Trained in Spine
Specializing in non-surgical spine care

Dr. Harms is a fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeon at Carle Spine Institute. Dr. Harms is also a professor in the department of surgery at the University of Illinois.

Currently at Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Harms no longer performs spine surgery. He currently uses his extensive background in orthopedics and spine surgery to assess new back and neck pain patients and manage non-surgical treatment options. When non-surgical treatment options fail to provide relief, or in the emergence of red flag symptoms, Dr. Harms refers the patient internally to the spine surgeons within Carle Spine Institute.

Dr. Harms completed a fellowship in spine surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital and the University of Illinois Hospital. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at the University of Illinois and his medical degree at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Harms is a member of the editorial board of Spine Journal. His other professional society memberships include the American Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Champaign County Medical Society, Illinois Orthopedic Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Mid-American Orthopaedic Association and the Scoliosis Research Society.

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Dr. Victoria J. Johnson

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Victoria J. Johnson, M.D.
Board-Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Johnson specializes in the non-surgical treatment of neck and back pain at Carle Spine Institute. She has practiced physical medicine and rehabilitation at Carle Clinic for more than 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two graduate degrees at Indiana University. Dr. Johnson received her medical degree at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She completed two years of training in internal medicine at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and three years of training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Her professional interests include treatment of musculoskeletal injuries of the spine, spinal cord injuries and electrodiagnostic medicine.

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Dr. William Olivero

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William Olivero, M.D.
Fellowship-Trained in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Dr. Olivero is a neurological surgeon at Carle Spine Institute.

He earned both his B.S. and M.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Dr. Olivero finished a neurosurgery residency at the University of Illinois in Peoria, Illinois.

Dr. Olivero is fellowship-trained in pediatric neurosurgery, which is the highest level of training available for a specialized physician. He completed his fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.

He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association and the Illinois Neurological Society.

Dr. Olivero is currently participating with the Research Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana. His current study is to help determine why some patients develop chronic low back pain and sciatica. The study utilizes a functional MRI.

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Dr. William Olivero

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Samatha Tipirneni, M.D.
Board-Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Fellowship-Trained in Pain

Dr. Tipirneni is a board-certified physical medicine physician at Carle Spine Institute. Dr. Tipirneni specializes in nonsurgical spine care.

She earned her M.D. from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Dr. Tipirneni completed an physical medicine and rehabilitation internship (2003-2004) and residency (2004-2007) at Washington University, Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Tipirneni is fellowship-trained in pain, which is the highest level of training available for a specialized physician. She completed her fellowship at Emory University Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology in Atlanta, Georgia.

She is a member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Association and the American Pain Society.

At Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Tipirneni specializes in thoracic and lumbar epidural injections, cervical and lumbar facet injections, cervical and lumbar radiofrequency nerve ablation injections, as well as trigger and sacroiliac joint injections.

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Jeffrey C. Margetts, MD

 

Jeffrey C. Margetts, MD
Board-Certified Neurological Surgeon

Dr. Margetts is a board-certified neurosurgeon at Carle Spine Institute.

He earned his M.D. from the University of Utah College of Medicine in Salt Lake City.

Following Medical School, Dr. Margetts completed an internship in Psychiatry at University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals, and an internship in General Surgery at St. France Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

Dr. Margetts completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Ill.

He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a member of many professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Utah Medical Association.

At Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Wang specializes in various Minimally Invasive Spine procedures.

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Arundhati Biswas,MD
Neurological Surgeon

Dr. Biswas is a neurosurgeon at Carle Spine Institute.

She earned her medical degree from the Seth G.S. Medical College in Bombay, India.

Following Medical School, Dr. Biswas completed internships in surgery at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India and Inlaks Hospital in Mumbai, India.

Dr. Biswas completed her residency in neurological surgery at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India and Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

She has completed fellowships at SMBD Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Cananda, Montefiore Medical in Bronx, New York and University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

At Carle Spine Institute, her interest include cranial tumors and trauma, degenerative disc, spine tumors, spinal cord stimulators and nerve disorders.

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Amrendra Miranpuri,MD
Fellowship-Trained Neurosurgeon

As a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Miranpuri specializes in helping patients with complex back pain and neck pain return to an active lifestyle. Carle Spine Institute takes a team approach to the management of back pain and neck pain emphasizing non-surgical treatment in advance of spine surgery.

Dr. Amrendra Miranpuri graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and later earned his medical degree from the same school in 2005.

He completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Amrendra Miranpuri completed a Neuro-Interventional fellowship in 2013 at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Miranpuri is a professional member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery.

Dr. Miranpuri is fluent in the Punjabi language.

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Katherine C Smith,RN, MS, FNP-C
Neurosurgery, Neurosciences

Mrs. Smith is a registered Nurse and has a Masters of Science. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurce Practitioner (FNP-BC). She also has certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). She belongs to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Noemi L Shilts,MSN, FNP
Neurosurgery, Neurosciences, Spine Surgery

Mrs. Shilts received her Masters of Science in Nursing at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing in Chicago, Ill.. She has certifications in NIH Stroke Scale, Basic Life Support (BLS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). She belongs to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and specializes in neurosurgery & spine, obstetrics & gynecology, and family medicine.

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Lindy Drollinger,APN, NP-C
Neurosurgery

Mrs. Drollinger received an Associate Applied Science degree from Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. on 2008. She has certifications in Emergency Communications Registered Nurse (ECRN), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Certification (NP-C), Controlled Substance Management, American Association of Allied Pain Management Professionals, Advanced Critical Life Support, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Intermediate Care Certification as a Nurse. She specializes in recovery from and prevention of neurosurgical-related injuries, managing neurosurgical-related acute and chronic conditions, and spine-related pain management.

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Dominique Ely, NP
Neurosurgery

Mrs. Drollinger received an Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing in Chicago, Ill. She also received a Masters of Science in Nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing in Chicago. She has certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), AACN Certification Corporation and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNPC-AG). She specializes surgical intensive care, general gastroenterology and adult-geriatric acute care.

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