Our Team

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PA-C, MPAS, RN

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.

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MPAS, PA-C

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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Director of Behavioral Health Services

Bruno is a professional counselor with 17+ years of experience. He has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Mediator, and a Certified Critical Incident Debriefing facilitator. He is is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including EMDR, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance commitment therapy. These modalities are proven to help patients come with a variety of problems and crises. His approach to treatment is collaborative, solution-oriented, and interactive. He is dedicated to empowering you to make changes that will improve your life. His mission is to make the difference. He believes that therapy should use the whole mind, right and left. in his spare time, he teaches martial arts, practices yoga and enjoys connecting to the outdoors and his friends. His motivation for being a therapist today is based on enjoying helping people and seeing the difference he can make in someone's life

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PA-C

Cathy graduated in 1981 as a physical therapist from the University of Michigan and worked 32 years as a physical therapist. She attended the University of Toledo and received a Masters in Biomedical Sciences and Physician Assistant studies in 2013 and relocated to Austin, Texas. She has worked in pain management since moving to Austin as is a member of the Texas Pain Society, American Academy of Pain management, Central Texas Physicians Assistant Society and American Pain Society. She is also certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and license in the State of Texas.

She has three grown sons and enjoys traveling to meet them whenever possible. She was an active medical missionary in Haiti for 10 years and enjoys Community service work, travel and the outdoors.

She hopes to bring her background in physical therapy and pain management to APC to help patients live actively with pain and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

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FNP-C

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...

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RN, AGACNP-BC, APRN

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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MA, LPC, LCDC-Intern

Jarron is a professional counselor who joined the Advanced Pain Care team in 2014. Before coming to Advanced Pain Care, he worked as a Rehabilitation Specialist for Austin Travis County Integral Care. Jarron holds a Master’s degree in Family Psychology and is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor – Intern. He has experience and training in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, and a variety of other therapeutic modalities. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and playing or watching any sport, his favorite being the Houston Astros. His motivation for being a therapist today revolves around doing his best to have a positive impact on every person with whom he comes in contact with.

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MPAS, PA-C

Jennifer is a native of Columbus, Georgia where she attended Pacelli Catholic High School and Columbus College receiving a Bachelors degree in Biology in 1995. During her senior year of college, she also attended EMT school at nights while working for the American Red Cross on weekends. After graduation she began working as an Emergency Medical Technician-B for the City of Columbus (911) while attending Columbus State University ultimately receiving a Masters of Public Administration with emphasis in Health Services Administration in 1997. In 1997, Jennifer married Scot Nuessner and they moved to Tupelo, Mississippi then to Fort Worth, Texas with his career. In 1999 and 2000 she gave birth to two beautiful daughters, Madison and Lauren.

In 2004, Jennifer was accepted to the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth Physician Assistant Program to pursue her goal of becoming a healthcare provider. Jennifer graduated with her Masters of Physician Assistant studies degree in 2007 with honors. She expected to return to Emergency Medicine, but the...

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Physical Therapist

Matthew found is way into physical therapy through sports injuries of his own along with a little nudge from life itself. he has also devoted his time and skills in helping adults and children overcome the mental, emotional, and physical challenges of pain, genetic disorders, and all orthopedic impairments. Matthew holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He has experience with Tai Chi, yoga, dry needling, myofacial release, deep tissue massage, and a variety of other therapeutic interventions. He continues to expand his knowledge base through a continuing education in order to bring the most relevant treatment protocols to his patients.

Being an avid outdoorsman and, self admittedly his own worst patient, Matthew understands the struggle of living with pain, physical setbacks, and the wear and tear the human body experiences from day to day. He strives to make every effort in taking the time to develop a relationship with each patient and their needs individually to be sure he brings the best health and wellness care...

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FNP-C

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...

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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.

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FNP-C

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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FNP-C

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...

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ANP-C

Stephanie Borgstrand, an experienced Adult Nurse Practitioner, is excited to be joining the Advanced Pain Care Georgetown team. Stephanie has a strong passion for the field of pain management and is a member of the Texas Pain Society.

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cardinal Stritch University in 2005. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2008.

Stephanie brings with her many years of experience after working with another pain management group in Round Rock for the last 5 years. Prior to that, she worked for Scott & White for 3 years in Round Rock and Temple.

Continuing her career in pain management is important to Stephanie because she feels it is an underserved group of patients and she enjoys the new and exciting advances that are regularly occurring in pain medicine. Stephanie says that helping patients to improve their function is the biggest satisfaction she gets out of her job.

Stephanie is married with two kids. When she’s not working she...

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FNP-C

Stephanie Johnson earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Grand Canyon University in Phoenix University and received her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Angelo State University. Stephanie recently joined the Advanced Pain Care team, but has happily enjoyed living in Austin for 3 years. Stephanie finds treating chronic pain patients rewarding and takes pleasure in being a part of their overall care and getting to know her patients.

Stephanie is an active runner and enjoys running in marathons. She and her husband have 4 active children that are involved in baseball and gymnastics. Stephanie and her family spend their free time with their 2 dogs and cat.

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