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Carle Spine Institute Physicians

Zeeshan Ahmad, M.D. | Arash Farahvar, M.D., Ph.D. | Kevin R. Teal, M.D. | James J. Harms, M.D. | Victoria J. Johnson, M.D. | William Olivero, M.D. | Samatha Tipirneni, M.D. | Huan (John) Wang, MD | Glenett Barrett, CNP | Richard J. Rieth, MSN, FNP-C, CNN-NP | Sandra M. Rieth, DNP, APN-BC, CCRN, CNRN

 

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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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Arash Farahvar, MD, PhD, fellowship trained, board certified neurosurgeon

Arash Farahvar, MD, PhD
Fellowship-Trained, Board-Eligible Neurosurgeon

As a board-eligible, fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Farahvar specializes in helping patients with complex back and neck conditions return to an active lifestyle.

Dr. Farahvar completed a Neuro Trauma fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He completed a residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. Dr. Farahvar’s medical degree was earned at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Farahvar is an Advanced Cardiac / Trauma Life Support instructor. He is has an ACLS/ACS-COT certification.

Dr. Farahvar is a member of the American Association of Neurosurgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Society for Neuroscience, the International Society for Neurorehabilitation, the American Physiological Society, the American Medical Association, the National Neurotrauma Society and the American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair.

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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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Huan (John) Wang, MD

 

Huan (John) Wang, MD
Board-Certified Neurological Surgeon
Fellowship-Trained

Dr. Wang is a board-certified and fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at Carle Spine Institute.

He earned his M.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.

Dr. Wang completed a residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery in Peoria, Illinois.

Dr. Wang is fellowship-trained, which is the highest level of training available for a specialized physician. He completed a fellowship in diagnostic cerebral angiography at St. Francis Medical Center, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Ill. Followed by an interventional neuroradiology and endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. Dr. Wang also completed fellowship-training in cerebrovascular and skull base microsurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

At Carle Spine Institute, Dr. Wang specializes in brain aneurysms, skull base tumors and microvascular decompression.

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Richard J. Rieth, MSN, FNP-C, CNN-NP

Richard J. Rieth, MSN, FNP-C, CNN-NP
Neurosurgery, Neurosciences, Spine Surgery

Richard received his Masters of Science in Nursing at Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo. He completed his Bachelors of Science from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo.  Richard has been certified by the American Board for Transplant and is a Certified Nephrology Nurse Practitioner. He is an active member in the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association, the St. Louis Nurses in Advanced Practice, the National Association of Transplant Coordinators, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Sandra M. Rieth, DNP, APN-BC, CCRN, CNRN

Sandra M. Rieth, DNP, APN-BC, CCRN, CNRN
Neurosurgery, Neurosciences, Spine Surgery

Sandra received her Doctors in Nursing Practice at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo. She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo. Sandra is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the AACN Certification Corporation as a Critical Care Registered Nurse, the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing as a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse and the Competency & Credentialing Institute as a Registered Nurse First Assistant. She also has the Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support certifications.

Sandra is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, an associate member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Spine Society, and a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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