Our Team

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Andrea Chesser attended Angelo State University where she received an Associate in applied Science-Nursing in 1994. She then went on to receive a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Texas Tech University in 2001. Andrea is certified by both the Texas Board of Medical Examiners and the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

For 15 years Andrea has been practicing throughout different parts of Texas and is excited about joining the Advanced Pain Care team in Waco.

Andrea grew up on a farm in West Texas and when she’s not working she enjoys agriculture, attending stock shows and being with her husband and two kids.



Anthony Perardi joined Advanced Pain Care in 2011. Since then he has become a beloved member of the APC team by both patients and staff alike. Prior to 2011, as a cardiothoracic P.A., Anthony helped start the Heart & Lung Transplant Program in Temple, Texas while working with Scott & White. He also has 5 years of hospital experience while living in Illinois.

Anthony earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Illinois State University in May of 2000. He went on to earn his Master of Physician Assistant degree from the University of Southern California in 2005. Anthony has a Certification in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Central Texas Physician Assistant Society and is a member of the NCCPA.

When home with his wife and 4 children in Round Rock, Anthony enjoys coaching in the Round Rock Baseball League, Round Rock Flag Football League and playing hockey and baseball.

When asked why he loves working with patients in the field of Pain Management, Anthony’s reply is that...

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Family Nurse Practicioner

Advanced Pain Care welcomed Barbara Weir to the Central Texas team in January 2016. As a former RN with experience in medical-surgical, emergency, intensive care, and hospice nursing, Barbara is committed to improving the quality of life for the patients under her care.

Barbara earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1999. She went on to earn her Masters of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2010. Barbara spent the first five and a half years of her nurse practitioner career in family practice, most recently serving as FNP and VP of Clinical Services at Treat n Go Clinic in Waco, Texas.

Barbara is a native Texan, originally from Ft Worth. She lives with her husband and daughter in Clifton, Texas. Outside of work, she enjoys music, movies, live theater, travel, and spending time with family.

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Colleen Gorman is a Texas State University graduate who received her Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. She is a proud member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society graduating with a GPA of 3.9, she is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Texas Nurse Practitioners. As a graduate student, Colleen participated in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua to provide much needed health care for the underserved in that region. She was the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Academic Student Award from St. David's School of Nursing, as well as the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. Additionally, she is recognized for her contribution to an Award Winning Capstone Research Study; Determining the efficacy of E-Cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool. This study is currently under review for publication.

Originally from Massachusetts, Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science in...



Dorothy is board certified as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Dorothy grew up in Austin and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin in 2005. She moved to the Northern California to work for Intel until 2009. It was then that Dorothy committed to a career change from engineering to nursing – one of her most rewarding decisions. In 2011, she moved to New York City to attend Columbia University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012 and Master of Science in Nursing in 2014.

After completing her studies, Dorothy moved back to Austin. She spent a year at home with her newborn son, but she happily joined Advanced Pain Care in 2015. Dorothy enjoys collaborating with providers, caregivers, and patients to find practical solutions to complex health issues. She finds it very rewarding to find ways to maximize a patient’s...


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Jarron Clark joined Advanced Pain Care’s Functional Restoration team in 2014. Prior to that time, Jarron worked with Austin Travis County Integral Care as a Rehabilitation Specialist.

Jarron received a B.B.A. Business Management degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 2011 and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Family Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University in 2013.

Jarron grew up in Pampa, Texas and now enjoys calling Round Rock, Texas home.



Marissa Cadena attended the University of Texas at Austin from 2006-2008, majoring in Nutrition where she earned a minor in Spanish. In May 2010 she graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences. Marissa holds a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

After graduating from Texas A&M University, Marissa moved to Bogota, Colombia where she helped start an English tutoring company. After a year of teaching and traveling abroad, she moved back home to Austin to begin applying to PA school. She worked as a Newborn Hearing Screener at Dell Children’s Hospital while applying and preparing for PA school.

In September 2014, Marissa passed the board certification exam to become a nationally board certified Physician Assistant, and was awarded her Texas Medical License in October 2014.

Marissa is a member of The American Academy of Physician Assistants, The Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, The American Academy of Pain Management,...



Advanced Pain Care welcomes Monica Davila Hart as the newest provider to our Central Texas team. Avid dog lover – more specifically, Boston Terrier lover – and former RN, Monica is excited to help patients at Advanced Pain Care regain their quality of life. Born in Ponce Puerto Rico, Monica is bilingual and speaks and writes in Spanish.

Most recently, Monica worked in urgent care and is from the Killeen/Temple area. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Texas Tech University-Health Science Center in Lubbock, TX in 2007. She went on to earn her Masters of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, TX in 2012. Monica also received her Post Masters Nurse Educator Certificate from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2015.

Monica is a member of the National League for Nursing, Texas Nurse Practitioners, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Monica received an award from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is also an Advanced Practice...


Family Nurse Practitioner

Randy graduated from TCC with a doctorate in alternative medicine in 1993 and an advanced masters in nursing from Samford University in 2012. He is licensed as a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and is Board eligible for certification in pain management through the American Academy of Procedural Medicine. He was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing Scholars, and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. He lives in the China Spring area with his wife Dory. He dabbles in architectural engineering, design and inventing. He has several ongoing patent applications, but regards working as a health care provider – with the focus of reducing pain and restoring quality of life for his community – as his most satisfying endeavor.



Dr. Van Eaton joined Advanced Pain Care’s Functional Restoration team in December of 2013. Prior to that time, Dr. Van Eaton was Head Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine at the Chicoine Chiropractic in Killeen, TX and with Rock Chiropractic in Round Rock, TX as an Associate D.C.

Dr. Van Eaton received Bachelors of Science in Human Biology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker University in 2009.

Dr. Van Eaton has grown up loving sports, whether playing or watching them. He also loves to travel and explore the outdoors. He says he loves running the functional restoration program as it gives him an opportunity to help people who have severe injuries and who have suffered from chronic, debilitating pain. Giving people the chance to regain their quality of life and helping them return to activities that they haven't been able to enjoy since their injury took place is most rewarding for Dr. Van Eaton. “Seeing people be able to do things they didn't think would be possible is...

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Shagufta started her career as a registered nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree in 2011 from Prairie View A&M University, located at the medical center in Houston, TX. Thereafter, she began working at St. David’s South Austin Hospital as a medical-surgical and telemetry nurse where she quickly took on additional responsibilities of charge nurse and nurse preceptor. Shagufta’s passion for nursing and teaching led her to also work as a Clinical & Medication Nursing Assistant with Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin between 2012-2014. Her passion and desire to be more intricately involved in making a difference in the lives of others led her to purse a Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Texas State University.

During her graduate studies, Shagufta was awarded 2nd place for her research study on The Use of Electronic Cigarettes as a Smoking Cessation Tool at Texas State University’s Health Professionals Symposium. Shagufta was also a recipient of the I-CARE award for demonstrating St....

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Sherrita is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing. She has 20 years of nursing experience.

Sherrita was raised in California, and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was a member of the Air Force ROTC program, and served 4 years as a military officer at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. In 2003, she earned a Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York while spending a year in the Washington, DC and New York areas. She worked in case management for several years before returning to her passion of direct patient care.

Sherrita relocated to Austin in 2003 when her husband enrolled in the University Of Texas School of Law. She earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas State University in 2016 while working as an emergency department nurse and caring for her 3 children. Sherrita received the 2nd place award for her...