• Exercise to Ease Pain
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  • CBS: Medtronic Implantable Device Provides Alternative To Opiates
    Click here to read the full story from CBS. …
  • Employee Spotlight: Kristen
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  • Employee Spotlight: Abbie
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  • Employee Spotlight: Weston
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  • Understanding Radiofrequency Ablation
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  • Employee Spotlight: Jessica
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  • Whiplash: What Other’s May Not Understand
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  • Employee Spotlight: Shannon
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  • TCPC Welcomes Two New Providers
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  • Twin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes Dr. Travis O’Brien
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  • Employee Spotlight: Laura
      Thank you for your hard work, Laura! …
  • Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves
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  • Counting Steps to Joint Health
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  • Employee Spotlight: Linnea
    Thank you for your hard work! …
  • TCPC named a Top Workplace
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  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Explained
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  • TCPC Welcomes Dr. Gordon Beardwood
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  • The Impact of Hot Weather & Persistent Pain
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  • Employee Spotlight: Latifah
    Thank you for all of your hard work, Latifah! …
  • Prevent Back Pain on the Golf Course
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  • Employee Spotlight: Hailey
    Thank you for all of your hard work, Hailey! …
  • How Does Physical Therapy Treat Pain?
    Physical therapists are experts in identifying the source and treating pain. These specialists look for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding unnecessary pain to the affected areas. Physical therapists are able to compile a unique regimen to ease your pain and help you move better.   …
  • Chronic Pain & Your Loved Ones
    Chronic pain affects a person emotionally, physically, financially and socially. This additional stress can affect our physical and emotional well-being. Chronic pain can leave you feeling isolated and hopeless. Learning how to educate your loved ones is a critical step in taking control of your …
  • Employee Spotlight: Aubrey
      Thank you for all of your hard work, Aubrey! …
  • Is Text Neck Real?
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  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
    Peripheral Nerve Stimulation StimRouter is a new type of stimulator that TCPC has adopted as a treatment option for patients suffering from chronic pain. For the first time our patients suffering from peripheral nerve pain can now be treated with a stimulator! Resulting in sufficient, long-term …
  • Employee Spotlight: Samantha
    Thank you for all of your hard work, Samantha! …
  • Benefits of Water Exercise
    Benefits of Water Exercise 1.Strengthens Muscles and Builds Stamina – Aerobics, in general, focuses on large muscles such as those in your limbs. Combine it with water resistance and you’re left with stronger muscles! The force of water from all directions on your body’s surface …
  • Moving From Patient to Person
    *This is a repost from the American Chronic Pain Association* Making the journey from patient to person takes time. The isolation and fear that can overwhelm a person with chronic pain grows over time. And the return to a fuller, more rewarding life also takes time. It’s a journey with many …
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Success Story!
  • Employee Spotlight: Pamela
      Thank you for all of your hard work, Pamela! …
  • NEW! Micro-Dosing Intrathecal Pain Pump Therapy
    Twin Cities Pain Clinic Offers New Pain Pump Micro-Dosing Treatment    Twin Cities Pain Clinics have been experts in Intrathecal Therapy for years, but Micro-Dosing is a new option for this pain treatment. Micro-Dosing follows FDA guidelines and requires specific preparation prior to the …
  • When To Seek Pain Management
    When should I seek help for pain management?  Patients suffering from chronic pain should not wait until their pain is so severe that it has begun to affect their lifestyle. Often patients who suffer from a post-surgical or traumatic injury are referred by their surgeon. When the pain persists for …
  • Improving Quality of Life with Fibromyalgia
    People with fibromyalgia can improve how they feel. “This may seem out of reach when you’re feeling hopeless and depressed, but it’s true,” said Twin Cities Pain Clinic Nurse Practitioner and fibromyalgia specialist, Nancy Cleveland. “The first step is to rule out …
  • Employee Spotlight: Kirsten
    Employee Spotlight: Kirsten  Meet Kirsten, a Patient Service Representative at the Twin Cities Surgery Center. Kirsten was nominated for the Employee Spotlight for working hard every day to make sure that every patient is taken care of regardless of how many hoops she needs to jump through to get …
  • Depression and Chronic Pain
    Unlearning Helplessness: Fighting Depression and Staying Optimistic When Dealing With Chronic Pain In the medical and psychological communities, the idea that a sick person’s mental status and stress-coping mechanisms affect their body is hardly new. Years of studies have demonstrated the …
  • Eating Your Way to Reduced Pain
    Food Tips for Chronic Pain Patients With treatment from a pain specialist, physical therapy, and some other lifestyle alterations, chronic pain patients can help keep their pain under control. Research is showing that what we eat can also have an effect on the body’s pain levels – …
  • Preventing Knee Pain
    Keeping your knees agile and pain-free! Minnesotans are known for pushing themselves to the limit in order to make the most of our long summer days – golfing, tennis, water skiing, biking, and running can all take a toll on the knees, especially if you’re middle-aged. Almost one in …
  • Employee Spotlight: Kaylee
    Employee Spotlight: Kaylee  Meet Kaylee, a triage nurse for Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Kaylee was nominated for the Employee Spotlight for always being willing to help staff and patients alike! Kaylee treats every patient with the respect and patience, and puts a tremendous amount of care into her …
  • Botox Injections for the Treatment of Migraine Headaches
    We’ve all heard of Botox, responsible for generations of smooth foreheads in Hollywood. But Botox has also brought relief to many people who suffer from chronic medical conditions. In 2018 Botox was approved for use with chronic migraine, and many patients are reporting success. What do you …
  • Measuring Your Pain: How Doctors Standardize the Subjective
    Measuring Your Pain: How Doctors Standardize the Subjective Pain is – in its nature – a personal experience. Though it has a definite physical cause, your pain is as subjective as your emotions and identifying its root cause can be difficult without a concrete method of defining it. For …
  • Patient Satisfaction
    Take a look at patient reviews of the doctors and staff at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. We welcome feedback about our team, pain care clinics & surgery center so we can continuously improve processes and the overall experience.    Location: Woodbury Clinic  “I am truly grateful for the …
  • Employee Spotlight: Sallie
    Employee Spotlight: Sallie  Meet Sallie, the Lead Patient Service Representative at Twin Cities Pain Clinic’s Woodbury location. Sallie was nominated for the Employee Spotlight for being a great leader in the Woodbury office. She is hard working, reliable, and very helpful! Sally greets …
  • Raymond’s Story
    Raymond Ramirez received a Spinal Cord Stimulator at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Before the procedure, Raymond was extremely limited by his chronic pain.   Raymond Ramierz has some salient advice for other pain patients: Don’t give up the first time you hear a doctor say …
  • Pain Diaries for Chronic Pain
    Why Pain Diaries Work Your doctor needs detailed data to plot out the causes and triggers of your chronic pain and build a treatment plan. When he/she asks how you have been in the past month or two, you need to be ready to provide specifics.  “My back is bothering me worse than ever” …
  • Dr. Will & Dr. Haas Implant New Spectra WaveWriter by Boston Scientific
    On February 6th at Twin Cities Surgery Center, Dr. Andrew Will and Dr. Sherri Haas implanted the first Spectra WaveWriter Neurostimulator system in Minnesota. Twin Cities Pain Clinic and Twin Cities Surgery Center is the first facility in Minnesota to offer the Spectra WaveWriter Spinal Cord …
  • Employee Spotlight: Megan
      Employee Spotlight: Megan  Meet Megan, the Neuromodulation Nurse for the Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Megan is a Registered Nurse who’s days are devoted to Spinal Cord Stimulation. Megan was nominated for the Employee Spotlight for always showing empathy to others. She is always kind to …
  • Road-Map to a Better Night’s Sleep
    Road-map to a Better Night’s Sleep More than 60 million Americans suffer from poor sleep quality. Good quality sleep is an important piece of managing your pain. If managing your pain is important to you, it’s time to start looking at your sleep hygiene and methods to improve it. …
  • Intrathecal Pump Refills Offered At All Clinic Locations
    First Pump Refill Performed in our Woodbury Clinic February 1st, 2018 – TCPC Woodbury One of the treatment options that Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers is an Intrathecal Drug Delivery system, or “pain pump.” It is a method of giving medication directly to your spinal cord. The …
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
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  • Employee Spotlight: Alison
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  • Spinal Cord Stimulation: Kevin’s Story
    “There’s nothing small about small moments.” Boston Scientific patient, Kevin, shares his story on how Spinal Cord Stimulation helped him regain his life. You don’t have to live in pain, Twin Cities Pain Clinic can help. Call 952-841-2345 to set up a consultation with our …
  • TCPC’s Providers Attend NAN’s Conference
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  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet
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  • Understanding Headaches & Migraines
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  • Employee Spotlight: Tanner
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  • TCPC Coming to Burnsville
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  • Understanding Fibromyalgia
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  • Employee Spotlight: Caitlin
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  • New Year’s Resolutions for a Pain-Free 2018!
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  • Coming Soon! Check-in Kiosks!
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  • Winter Blues and Chronic Pain
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  • Employee Spotlight: Nicole
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  • Spinal Cord Stimulation in the News
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  • Managing Flares in Your Chronic Pain
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  • What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
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  • Employee Spotlight: Heather and Tiffany
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  • Components of a Spinal Cord Stimulator
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Exercise to Ease Pain

Exercise to Ease Pain

Exercise may be the last thing you want to do if you experience persistent pain, but it can be one of the best things you can do to help manage your symptoms. Remember, exercise is medicine! Inactivity causes muscles and joints to weaken over time, but exercise can help those with persistent pain regain strength and increase energy.

Exercise and physical activity have great benefits that aide with relief. Increase your physical activity to prevent joint pain and injuries. Twin Cities Pain Clinic shares the top reasons why you need exercise, straight from the pain management specialists.

1. Regular Exercise keeps your joints moving. It is important to keep joints moving, especially damaged joints, as it helps maintain mobility and flexibility. Flexibility is important for completing everyday activities with ease. Getting out of bed, lifting groceries and vacuuming the floor require a certain level of flexibility, which, if not attended to regularly, will deteriorate with age.

2. Staying active is good for your mental health. Many patients with persistent pain struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues because it is difficult to live a life as you once did. Staying active can help boost self-esteem and help you take control of your physical health and pain levels. Exercising with friends is even better! Find a friend or family member to exercise with for added motivation.

3. Regular exercise helps keep muscles strong. Having strong muscles helps to support your spine. This extra support helps prevent stress and strain injuries. Not only does it keep muscles strong, exercise improves the strength of your tendons and ligaments. Stronger muscles and tendons help hold the body in proper alignment and protect the bones and joints when under impact. Having strong muscles around your spine helps cushion daily movements and to support your weight.

4. Regular physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight can add to back pain, joint pain and muscle strain. In addition to muscle strain, spinal structures such as discs can be negatively impacted by obesity. You may experience sciatica and low back pain from a herniated disc or a pinched nerve if the discs have been damaged from compensating for the extra weight. By making healthy nutrition choices and staying active you can help to maintain a healthy weight.

 

Low-impact exercises are great for those who experience joint or muscle pain as these workouts are typically easy on the body. Most trainers define low-impact exercises as motions where one foot stays on the ground at all times. Low-impact exercises are a great way to get in a heart-pumping workout while reducing the risk of injury.

Some great examples of low-impact exercises are stretching, walking, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, pilates, biking, and weight lifting.

Before starting any exercise routine, you should always consult your provider first.

Employee Spotlight: Kristen

Meet Kristen, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center. Kristen was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for always going above and beyond to help both her fellow staff members and her patients. Kristen always has a positive attitude and continues to improve her excellent nursing skills. Thank you for all you do!

What is your role at TCPC/TCSC?

I am a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Surgery Center and I work with a stellar team caring for patients with chronic pain. I have learned the roles of Pre-Operative, Circulating, Scrub, and Post-Operative nursing.

How long have you been with TCSC?

I have been with TCSC for four months!

What are some of your hobbies?

My husband Adam and I love to travel-- our bucket list of places to visit is pretty lengthy. My two little boys and I are often on the hunt for the best parks and playgrounds on the weekends.

What is your favorite thing about working at TCSC?

I really enjoy the staff! Each staff member has welcomed me with open arms and I sincerely look forward to working with them everyday!

 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Employee Spotlight: Abbie

Meet Abbie, a Registered Nurse at Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Abbie was nominated by her fellow nursing staff for always going above and beyond the task at hand. Abbie is a great patient advocate and dedicates her days to providing the highest level of care to her patients. Thank you for all you do!

What is your role at TCPC? 

I'm a Registered Nurse and I work in the Resource RN department. My daily responsibilities include managing our intrathecal pain pump patients. I process all pump orders and order medications to be used for pump fills. I assist with pump fills a few days a week, including assisting with satellite pump fills in Maple Grove. I also assist with pump fills a few days a week, including assisting with satellite pump fills in Maple Grove. I also assist with triaging phone calls, assisting with Toradol injections, and drawing up botox. I'm also available for any additional help other departments may need. 

How long have you been with TCPC?

I started worked with TCPC in November of 2017. 

What are some of your hobbies?

Earlier this summer I discovered the joy of Pilates and I've been hooked ever since. I also love going on walks with my little lady, Ava, and my husband, Steve. Netflix, of course, is always a favorite past time as is reading a good book.

What is your favorite thing about working at TCPC?

I enjoy many things about working in the TCPC environment. I've met some incredibly bright and talented people I'm very lucky to work side by side with. We have a very friendly atmosphere that makes it easy to work in. I enjoy coming to work and staying busy and then going home and having that separation and balance between work and personal life. 

 

 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Employee Spotlight: Weston

Meet Weston, an Authorization Specialist for Twin Cities Pain Clinic. Weston was nominated for the employee spotlight for his phenomenal customer service skills. Weston makes sure that every patient receives excellent and convenient service. Thank you for your hard work, Weston!

 

What is your role at TCPC? 

Authorization Specialist - I work on obtaining prior authorizations from Worker's Compensation and Insurance companies in order for our patients to be seen at our clinics and surgery center.

How long have you been with TCPC?

I have been with Twin Cities Pain Clinic for a little over a year now. 

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies involve hiking, traveling, fishing, camping, and I am kind of a movie fanatic. 

What is your favorite thing about working at TCPC?

My favorite thing about Twin Cities Pain Clinic is our positive impact we have on our patient's quality of life. Having the opportunity to be apart of a team that is able to help so many people is fantastic. 

 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Understanding Radiofrequency Ablation

What is Radiofrequency Ablation? 

Radiofrequency ablation (neurotomy) is a procedure to help relieve pain that originates from the facet joints or your  neck or back. Each bone in your spine is connected by two facet joints on each side. The facet joints allow your spine to bend and rotate. Sometimes these joints can deteriorate and become inflamed. This inflammation can irritate the facet nerves and surrounding tissues, causing pain. During the radiofrequency procedure, the facet nerves are destroyed using extreme heat. This breaks up the pain signal from these nerves.

Two diagnostic work-up injections are required prior to performing the radiofrequency to help determine if this procedure is appropriate for you. These injections will  need to be completed on separate days. 

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What can I expect during the procedure?

The procedure is done by a physician under fluroscopy (x-ray). You will be receiving sedation through an IV prior to the procedure. You will be brought into the procedure room and lay on your stomach on a special table. Your skin will be cleaned at the injection sites and a local anesthetic will be used to numb your skin. The fluoroscope (x-ray machine) will be used to help visualize the needle as it is guided to the appropriate site for the procedure. An anesthetic is injected by the nerve to numb it. At this time, heat will be applied to the nerve to break up the nerve signal.

 

What should I expect after the procedure?

We recommend that you take it easy for the remainder of the day. You may resume normal activities the next day. You may experience tenderness or aggravated symptoms for several days after the procedure. You may rest and use ice packs to help with this pain. Some patients may require pain medication for 2 to 3 days after the procedure to help with post-procedure pain. Your provider will discuss this with you. It may take up to 4-6 weeks to notice benefit from the procedure. The effects of this procedure are usually not permanent. You may get pain relief for 1 to 2 years, or less. If you have received at least 6 months of pain relief, the procedure can be repeated if appropriate.

Employee Spotlight: Jessica

Meet Jessica, the Spinal Cord Stimulator Coordinator for Twin Cities Pain Clinic & Surgery Center. Jessica was nominated for her close attention to detail. Jessica's work days are devoted to helping our patients through the process of Spinal Cord Stimulator trial and implant. Thank you for providing kind and compassionate care, Jessica!

What is your role at TCPC? 

I am the Spinal Cord Stimulator Coordinator for TCPC. Our patients who decide to pursue a SCS/Pump trial, have three requirements they must complete. My job is to help them with the process along the way. Currently after these are achieved and we have approval from insurance, I then schedule them to get started. 

How long have you been with TCPC?

As of August 1, 2018 I have been with this company for 1 year. 

What are some of your hobbies?

I am a mother to a 7 year old boy (Kaine) who keeps me very busy. You can usually find me on the sidelines of one of his 6 sporting events (Yes, I am his biggest fan) or his cub scouts outings. If we have some free time I am laying by the pool, at the cabin, spending time with my family and friends or CHEERING ON MY VIKINGS ... "SKOL"

What is your favorite thing about working at TCPC?

I came to TCPC after working in pediatrics for 10 years and I am really glad I did. This company acknowledges their employees and is always striving for them to succeed. I can honestly say I love being a part of this growing company. 

 

 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

Whiplash: What Other’s May Not Understand

 

“You felt fine after the accident. Why are you experiencing pain now?”

“My friend recovered from whiplash within a few days. I’m sure it’s all in your head.”

 

Despite what others may think, whiplash symptoms can indeed be mysterious and evolve over week or even months. Some symptoms may fade away as new ones develop. While most people fully recover from whiplash within 3 months, others may experience symptoms that last much longer and become chronic.

 

Whiplash occurs when the neck and head are suddenly forced backward and then forward, putting the cervical spine through extremely quick motions and extreme stresses. Most cases of whiplash are caused by car accidents where the person has been rear-ended. Other potential whiplash causes, while comparatively rare, can be from high-impact activities where extreme acceleration-deceleration forces might be applied to the cervical spine.

 

Anyone who experiences physical symptoms after a motor vehicle accident is advised to see a doctor for a checkup. However, any of the following signs require immediate medical attention:

  • Severe Pain
  • Neck Instability
  • Pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness that radiates into the shoulder, arm, and/or hand
  • Problems with balance or coordination
  • Mental health issues, such as increased irritability, depression, trouble sleeping, reduced concentration, or other drastic changes in behavior

 

Seeking treatment early for whiplash is recommended. Delaying treatment can reduce its effectiveness in some cases. If whiplash symptoms are mild to moderate, some self-care options typically include:

  • Rest: While it is good to stay active if possible, it also makes sense to take things easier for the first few days. If a certain motion or activity exacerbates the neck pain, then avoid or limit that movement until the neck has more time to heal.
  • Ice / Heat: In the first couple days following a whiplash injury, applying ice can reduce pain and swelling in the neck. During this time window, the ice or cold packs can temporarily close small blood vessels and prevent a worsening of the swelling. Then ice or heat can be applied alternately a few days after the injury has occurred.
  • Over-the-Counter Medications: Some OTC pain relievers include acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil, Aleve, and Motrin. Acetaminophen can block pain receptors, and NSAIDs reduce inflammation.

Employee Spotlight: Shannon

Meet Shannon, a certified medical biller and coder for Twin Cities Surgery Center and our Employee Spotlight this week! Shannon was nominated  by her supervisor for always going above and beyond to make sure claims are billed properly. Thank you for all of your hard work, Shannon!

What is your role at TCPC?  

I work in the Surgery Center billing office as a Medical Biller & Coder.

 

How long have you been with TCPC & TCSC? 

I have been with Twin Cities Surgery Center for 1 year now.

 

What are some of your hobbies? 

I love the lake!! We spend a lot of time up north with family and friends going boating, tubing, fishing or swimming. I love to fish a lot, especially ice fishing. I enjoy traveling and going on road trips. I love VIKINGS football!! We have season tickets and go to all the games. Otherwise, we have 5 children that keep us pretty busy with school and sports. 

 

What is your favorite thing about working at TCPC & TCSC?

I love the staff here and how positive everyone is!!

 

 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!

 

 

TCPC Welcomes Two New Providers

Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our newest providers!

 

 

Britta Carlson, PA-C 

Britta Carlson will be joining the Woodbury clinic as a Certified Physician Assistant. Britta offers her patients wellness and preventative medicine and management of chronic pain. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two little boys, hiking, running and reading. 

 

Daniel Nguyen, PA-C

Daniel Nguyen will be joining the Burnsville clinic as a Certified Physician Assistant. Daniel offers his patients a multidisciplinary approach and has a strong clinic interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors and traveling.