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Celebrating our Nurses

Celebrating our Nurses

In honor of National Nurses Week 6-12 May 2016 we wanted to highlight our Nurses with some profiles of their own.

A big THANK YOU for all the work you do in compassionately caring for our patients.

Kristina Bell, RN – Sr. Clinical Manager

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If you could have any superpower what would it be
? Invisibility

What is your favorite quote? “Try not to be a man of success, but a man of value” A. Einstein

Where (or when) would you go in a time machine? 1950s-1960s

How long have you been with Newbridge ? 5 1/2 years

What do you enjoy most about nursing? Giving comfort and understanding to those who truly need it

Why do you choose to work in pain management? Patients in chronic pain need special care and understanding, I see that care and compassion in the staff at Newbridge. I am proud to be a part of this team!

Sarah Koenig, RN – Waldorf

Sarah Koenigh RNHow long have you worked at Newbridge? 3 years

What is your favorite quote? “Whoever said diamonds are a girls best friend, never owned a dog.”–unknown

If you could go back in time where would you go? I would go be a nurse during civil war, boy did they need more!

What do you enjoy most about nursing? I enjoy getting to know our patients and watch their improvement.

What superpower would you most want? The super power I would like to have is animal control where I could communicate with animals.

Why do you choose to work in pain management? Pain can really change a person. I truly believe helping one decrease their pain can improve their entire quality of life.

Jean Heveron, RN – Prince Frederick

Jean Heveron, RNWhere would you go in a time machine? This is a hard one to answer. I believe in fate, but there are things I wish I could change and people I wish I could save. There are historic figures I would love to meet. If I had one trip, one time to visit I would go to Ancient Egypt so I could know first hand how the pyramids were built.

What’s your favorite quote? “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

What superpower would you love to have? I would love to be able to fly. I am scared of heights, but when I see a bird soaring high above the trees I cannot help but think how free they must feel.

How long have you been with Newbridge? 10 months

What do you love about nursing? Patient education – knowledge is power

Why do you choose to work in pain management? This position gives me an opportunity to do all of the things I love: educate patients, provide care pre and post injections and managing patient care.

Michele Farris, RN – Frederick, MD

Michele Farris RNWhat do you enjoy most about nursing? The diversity of our field and the opportunities it allows. Each position I took had its own challenges and rewards. Those experiences gave me the chance to grow and evolve as a nurse.

What superpower would you most want? Invisibility to go with the super human hearing my children believe I have.

What’s your favorite quote? “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”. To me, it means you should never give up fighting for what you want. If you do, you miss out on the reward.

Why do you choose to work in pain management? In 1994, I was in an auto accident. For the next 2 1/2 years, I lived with chronic pain. Went from doctor to doctor, trying to find anyone who would listen to me and help me. So many of those doctors just wanted to write me a prescription, telling me this was all they could do for me. I was finally referred to a clinic specializing in pain management and alternative therapies in 1996. This was a relatively new field with many skeptics but I went with an open mind. I was treated with compassion and for the first time, felt that a doctor was actually listening to me. He found out that I had my initial injury had progressed but no one had ordered any follow up testing. He did some injections which provided a little relief while waiting for my test results. Long story short, I had 4 surgeries in 14 months. Cervical fusion, lumbar fusion, and bilateral thoracic outlet release followed by some intensive physical therapy. In 20 years, I have not had to have any further surgeries. I try to stay active and I listen to my body when it tells me to stop. Based on my personal experience, it gives me a unique perspective and insight to our patients. It allows me to pay it forward.

Kelly Peele, RN – Leesburg

Kelly Peele RNKelly is the newest member of our Nursing team, she’s been with us for 2 months. Kelly has extensive experience in oncology and cardiac nursing.

What’s your favorite quote? “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

Why did you become a nurse? From the time I was a little girl, I had always wanted to be a nurse. I have an Aunt who is a retired nurse and growing up I was fascinated with the stories she told of being an ER nurse.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? Being a mom to my two children.


Valentine’s gift ideas for people with Chronic Pain

Valentine’s gift ideas for people with Chronic Pain

Do you or a loved one suffer from chronic pain? What can you do to celebrate your love without triggering a painful episode?

For people who suffer from chronic illnesses going out to dinner to celebrate the holiday of love is rarely an option especially when getting in the shower can be a major feat some days.

The common gift of chocolate is also not always an option as the processing of such foods can include inflammatory triggers and cause bouts of additional pain.

So, how do you express your love to the chronic pain sufferer in your life? Here are few ideas:

Massage or Spa day: Give your spouse a gift certificate for a massage. You could even opt to do the spa day or massage at home. Some masseurs do home calls and you can run a bubble bath with candles, a soothing soap and serve their favorite drink all yourself. There is nothing like a good relaxing session to show your special someone how much you care.

Pay for cleaners: For some people with chronic back or neck pain and especially those with fibromyalgia daily chores can become an impossibility. Everyone loves a clean home and a gift certificate for a cleaning service could help relieve a mind-load of stress for your chronic pain warrior.

Tickets to a comedy show: Endorphines do wonderous things and laughter really is the best medicine some times. So buying tickets to a comedy show or planning a trip to your local comedy club could be just the ticket to express your valentines day wishes. Word of warning you may want to plan ahead and be flexible on your dates as pain flare ups can happen at anytime. To avoid disappointment select a few dates you and your loved one can chose from.

Hand make a gift: Nothing says “I love you” like a hand made gift. Some knitted socks or a hat a bath towel with their initials and message embroidered on it.

Lastly, you may wish to get them something that will make their day-to-day life easier. There are a number of clever knick-knacks out there our favorite is the Sock Aide. For people who have trouble bending particularly those with back or knee pain the sock aide is simple genius.

Wishing all those who suffer from chronic pain a wonderful pain free Valentine’s day.


Newbridge Spine & Pain Center





Beat the Monday Blues

Beat the Monday Blues

It’s true, for most of us Monday is a downer. You’ve just finished a weekend where you slept in , had friends over, watched a mountain of movies, went out, had fun, relaxed and BAM! now it’s Monday.

For many this may be reason enough to get down about Monday. You may like your job, even love your job but somehow Monday throws a curve ball. According to studies there is evidence to suggest that a typical “case of the Mondays” is actually related to mood shift patterns across each week.

Understanding that there is a biological reason behind this phenomenon may explain the sudden urge to call in sick; however, overcoming this urge is another thing entirely.

Here are 5 ideas to help you over the real hump day.

1. Plan something to look forward to every Monday night

Monday might be when you watch a TV show you’re addicted to (personally I love Shark Tank!), plan a special dinner with your spouse, book training sessions with a personal trainer or draw a relaxing bubble bath. The trick is to find something you love that relaxes you and make it a “Monday thing”.

2. Mentally prepare yourself on Sunday.

To prepare yourself for Monday and clear you mind for a good nights rest Sunday evening try making a list. Start with a list of three things you are looking forward to in the next week such as seeing . These can be things for Monday or later in the week. Then make a “get done” list, a list of three top goals you aim to achieve in the week (personal or professional). Make these realistic goals such as finish knitting that hat for Daisy or finally master that excel formula.

3. Switch up your routine

If you are like me, routine can sometimes make you feel trapped and Mondays are often the beginning of a routined week. Break the routine at the beginning of the week. Make a point of changing your routine on Monday mornings. Go to the gym in the morning instead of the evening, or grab a coffee from your favorite cafe or make an extra special breakfast on Monday mornings.

4. Prepare Mondays work on Friday

So often we are excited for the end of the work week we spend portions of Friday thinking about our weekend plans. Rather than wasting this time use this to prepare tasks for Monday. If you feel prepared on Monday morning and you don’t have a pile of Fridays undone work Monday am may not seen so daunting.

5. Make someone else happy

Make Monday your day to pay it forward. It’s amazing how good it feels to do something for someone else. Making Monday’s mission to help someone else should be simple. Just keep an eye out during the day for opportunities to lend a hand or cheer someone else up and remember no act of kindness is too small. #MondayMission

Send us your suggestions. If you have a great way to break the Monday blues leave a comment or contact us and we’ll add it to the list!