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Carle Spine Institute Physicians
Zeeshan Ahmad, M.D. | James
J. Harms, M.D. | Victoria J. Johnson, M.D. | William
Olivero , M.D. | Samatha Tipirneni, M.D. | Glenett
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
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
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
J. Harms, M.D.
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained in Spine
Dr. Harms is a fellowship-trained, board-certified
spine surgeon. Before joining Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Harms practiced
orthopedic surgery at the Carle Clinic Association. Dr. Harms is
also a professor in the department of surgery at the University
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
Dr. Harms’ specific medical interests include spinal
deformities, scoliosis, kyphosis spinal fractures, infections and tumors
of the spine, and cervical, thoracic and lumbar problems of the spine.
J. Johnson, M.D.
Board-Certified in Physical Medicine &
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
Fellowship-Trained in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Dr. Olivero is a neurological surgeon at Carle Spine
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.
Samatha Tipirneni, M.D.
Board-Eligible in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Fellowship-Trained in Pain
Dr. Tipirneni is a spine specialized physical medicine physician at Carle Spine
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.
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Glenett received her Bachelors in Nursing and
Science from Lakeview College of Nursing in 1997. She worked
in the Intensive Care Unit until she received her Master’s
Degree in Science and Nurse Practitioner certification in 2004.
She is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. In 2004,
she joined Dr. Harms’ orthopedic spine practice at Carle Spine
Institute. Dr. Harms further trained Glenett in the specialty
of spine. Glenett collaborates with Dr. Harms in the evaluation,
diagnosis, and management of patients seen in their practice. Glenett
is an active member of the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice
Nursing, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the National
Association of Orthopedic Nurses.
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