Since 1995, The Physicians Spine and Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia has provided innovative, effective and comprehensive treatment of pain with special emphasis on spinal pain and care of the injured worker.
We strive to improve our patients’ quality of life and restore function to individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions. We offer non-surgical treatment of spinal pain using the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to identify and eliminate or minimize pain at its source.
Our board certified physicians work with patients to help them better understand their condition and the treatment options available to them. We are committed to excellence and compassion in caring for our patients. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.
Our physicians have all earned the added qualification in pain management; the only pain management certification recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
MEET THE PHYSICIANS
Prentiss A Lawson, Jr., M.D. practices in our Rome office. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. During medical school, Dr. Lawson received the Robert Goodloe McGahey Award for the “Most Outstanding Student in Anesthesiology.” Following internship, he completed residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He was honored to serve as chief resident during his senior year of anesthesia training at UAB. He later completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain Medicine at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Lawson received his board certification in Anesthesiology and an additional subspecialty board certification in Pain Medicine from the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Victor A. Chin, M.D., a native of Auburn, Alabama, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2004 where he was awarded the Sylvan Shane Award for Anesthesia. Dr. Chin served as an intern at Mercy Medical Center at the University of Maryland and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, in 2008. As an anesthesiology resident, he was awarded
the MGH Donald P. Todd Award for Excellence in Pain Management. In 2009, he completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine also at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Chin received his board certification in Anesthesiology and an additional subspecialty board certification in Pain Medicine from the American Board of Anesthesiology in 2009. Dr. Chin is a partner with The Physicians and practices in our Rome and Calhoun locations.
Randy F. Rizor, M.D. is a founding partner and Medical Director of The Physicians and practices at our Sandy Springs location. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College and received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Toledo School of Medicine in 1976. He completed a residency in Anesthesiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Rizor was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1981. He received subspecialty certification in Pain Management from the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1993 and recertification in 2005.
Dr. Rizor has been named one of Atlanta's top doctors by Atlanta Magazine and one of the top doctors in the country by US News and World Report. He is a member of the Chairman’s Advisory Council of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Association of Atlanta.
In response to the events of September 11, 2001, Dr. Rizor volunteered to join the US Army Reserve. He currently holds the rank of Colonel in the Medical Corps. He has served on active duty in Kosovo in 2004, and in Iraq in 2007-08 and 2011.
Keith C. Raziano, M.D. is the C.E.O. and Managing Director of the Physicians. He practices in our Sandy Springs office. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Miami and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He later completed residency training at Emory University Hospital, where he served as the chief resident and clinical instructor.
Dr. Raziano is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and subspecialty board certified in Pain Medicine. He has an academic appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Emory University and was voted Attending of the Year in 2008.
Charles A. MacNeill, M.D., a founding partner of The Physicians, practices in our Sandy Springs office. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Eckerd College in 1968. He was named a Joseph Wharton Fellow for graduate study at the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, but these studies were interrupted by a four year enlistment in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and at the National Security Agency (NSA). Dr. MacNeill was awarded two Bronze Stars during his tour as a Vietnamese linguist and cryptographer.
After the military, he undertook pre-med courses at Georgia Tech and then earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from
Emory University School of Medicine in 1977. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Emory and Grady Hospitals in 1980.
Dr. MacNeill is board certified in Anesthesiology and subspecialty board certified in Pain Medicine. He served on the faculty of the Emory School of Medicine as Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He was President of the Greater Atlanta Pain Society from 1999 to 2007 and served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Pain Society from 2004 through 2006.
Darren N. Simone, M.D. practices in our Sandy Springs office. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology from Indiana University and went on to receive his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo. He completed his internship training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and continued with two years of residency training in Anesthesiology at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Simone completed his fellowship in Pain Management at West Virginia University Hospitals.
Dr. Simone is board certified in Anesthesiology with a subspecialty in Pain Medicine. He is a member of the American Pain Society, The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, North American Spine Society and numerous other national and regional associations.
Paul L. Mefferd, D.O. is a partner with The Physicians and practices in our Marietta location. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina and his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Mefferd completed his internship at Florida Hospital in Orlando and went on to complete his residency training at
Emory University Hospital. He completed his fellowship training at Emory through the Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Fellowship program.
Dr. Mefferd is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and subspecialty board certified in Pain Medicine.
John G. Porter, M.D. is one of the founding partners of The Physicians. He practices in our Marietta office. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in Biology from Colgate University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1978. He completed his internship and a two year residency in anesthesiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. He went on to complete a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia at Emory University Medical School.
Dr. Porter received a Hyndman Fellowship for study of Tropical Medicine in London and clinical work in Calcutta. He is past clinical faculty for The Emory Department of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Porter was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1984, received Subspecialty Certification in Pain Management from the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1994 and recertification in 2005.
Brittany joined our practice in 2012 and works in the Rome and Calhoun offices. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brewton Parker College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. She then earned a Master of Physician Assistant degree from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG).
During her time at MCG, she was the lead author on a journal article entitled "Transient Global Amnesia" and was published in the July 2011 issue of The Clinical Advisor. Prior to joining our practice, Brittany worked as a Physician Assistant with Tanner Primary Care. She is a member of the Georgia Association for Physician Assistants.
Susan, a native of Decatur, joined our practice in 2014 and works in the Sandy Springs office. She graduated from Kennesaw State University (KSU) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for eighteen years in the acute care/hospital setting; her most recent experience was at the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital.
In 2012, she returned to KSU and subsequently obtained her Master of Science degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
She is a member of The American Academy of Pain Management, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Shannyn serves as the Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia, P.C. She has worked with the practice since its inception in 1995.
Shannyn graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Personnel Management, with added concentration in Health Management, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Continuing her studies, she received both the Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration degrees from Georgia State University.
Emilie currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at the Physicians Spine and Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia, P.C. She is responsible for day-to-day operations throughout the four practice locations. She joined the practice in 2011 as an Administrative Resident.
Emilie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Agnes Scott College in Decatur. She went on to earn her Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
The Physicians offers comprehensive evaluation and non-surgical treatment of spinal pain. Our treatment goal is not only to reduce or eliminate pain, but to return our patients to function and improve their overall quality of life. In addition to working closely with each individual patient, we maintain close contact with referring doctors and case managers, keeping them informed about their patients’ progress and condition.
We offer effective, customized treatment plans for these and other pain-associated conditions:
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The Physicians’ is pleased to announce that we are now offering Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to our patients. PRP is a non-surgical treatment for soft tissue injuries and joint pain. PRP may serve as an effective alternative to medications or more invasive procedures, such as surgery.
PRP is a concentration of platelets found in a patient’s own blood. When PRP is injected into a damaged area, it stimulates a mild inflammatory response which triggers healing. This process leads to restored blood flow, new cell growth and tissue regeneration.
For additional information on PRP, or to schedule a consultation, please call your local Physicians’ office.
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to The Physicians’ Spine and Rehab / The Physicians’ Laboratory, Sandy Springs, Georgia based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
The facility’s director, Judy H. Sequeira, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The Physicians’ Spine & Rehab / The Physicians’ Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960’s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualification, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
About the College of American Pathologists
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at www.cap.org.
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