Our Team


Family Nurse Practitioner

Brittany Sessions is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Amarillo, Tx. She obtained a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University in 2015, and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to 2015, Brittany obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Arlington and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing from Amarillo College.

Brittany has 12 years of experience in the emergency department. As an RN, she worked in roles at the bedside and as a charge nurse. Her most recent role in the emergency department has been as a Nurse Practitioner. In this role, she cares for patients with many different conditions and cares for patients of all ages. Brittany is a current member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Brittany enjoys constantly learning and continues to take classes when she can. She is looking forward to caring for her patients in a different setting. She believes every patient deserves great care.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 21...


Family Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Simon earned her undergraduate from the University of Texas Arlington. Before entering her current career, she worked as a RN for 11 years in both Medical/Surgical and Nephrology. As an RN, she has held several leadership positions as a charge nurse and Nurse Educator. She has gone on to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Arlington. She achieved national board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner with The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, she is also a professional member of the American Nurses Association.

Jessica finds pleasure in seeing patients persevere when faced with challenging health illness and knowing that each day provides another opportunity for healing. She consistently seeks learning opportunities and educating herself about ways to enhance her level of understanding that will ultimately impact the level of care she provides.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and four boys. She enjoys reading, cooking, and being outdoors during family activities. Although she is...



Sara Strother came to Austin in 2000 as an undergraduate student and never left. She obtained her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science at the University of Texas at Austin. Hook ‘em Horns!

Sara enjoys the diversity that nursing encourages. She started her career at Seton Medical Center. She has practiced pain management with several local teams since 2010.

Sara loves all the adventures Austin offers! When not working, you can find her chasing her two toddlers at a local park, Barton Springs, or anywhere outdoors.


Nurse Practitioner - MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Tamesha Keelen earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX in 2019. She has worked as a supervisor in Bone Marrow Transplant, Medical Oncology, and the Medical Surgical area for the past 10 years. She is experienced with chronic cancer pain management and worked with a multi-disciplinary team to help manage patients pain for the past years.

Tamesha moved to Texas in 2003 and was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. As a veteran of the United States Army, she finds great honor in providing care to active duty soldiers, veterans, and dependents of armed service members.

Tamesha is a missionary and finds joy is helping those who have no access to healthcare. She enjoys traveling to underdeveloped countries with medical mission teams to provide free healthcare.

Tamesha has resided in the Killeen/Temple area since 2003 and is very invested in the community. She enjoys hiking, skydiving, traveling, doing community service, and spending quality time with her family.

Tamesha's goal is to help patients with...


Nurse Practitioner

Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX in 2006. She has worked as a critical care RN for 7 years in both Medical/Surgical ICUs and Coronary Care Units. As an RN, she held positions as a charge nurse and nurse preceptor. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL in 2013. Laura is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has 3 years of experience in pain management and has also worked as a nurse practitioner in Hospital Medicine and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Laura finds it a privilege to get to know her patients and walk them through chronic illnesses by providing education and a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Laura’s goal is to help patients improve their quality of life and functionality.

Laura moved to the Austin area in 2015 and resides in Georgetown with her husband and two boys, ages 6 and 2. She enjoys her family time as well as traveling, live music, and interior decorating.



Kristy Markell, P.A.-C. completed her undergraduate degree at Auburn University and graduated with honors with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Ms. Markell has been working in the field of Pain Management since 2010 working in Huntsville, Alabama prior to moving to Austin, TX in July 2013. She joined Advanced Pain Care in July 2019. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the Central Texas Physician Assistant Society.

In her spare time, Ms. Markell enjoys singing, theater, reading, and yoga. She also likes to travel and spend quality time with her friends and family.

She enjoys getting to know her patients and finding the best treatment plan for them to improve their function and quality of life.

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After previously practicing with another pain group in the Cedar Park and Georgetown area, Allison Turner, DNP, FNP-C joined Advanced Pain Care and began working at our Georgetown clinic in the summer of 2018. Allison currently resides in Taylor, TX and was a former resident of Louisiana.

Allison earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Louisiana in 2005. She went on to earn a Masters of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Louisiana in 2013 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Northwestern State University in Louisiana in 2016. Allison holds an RN license, APRN license, and a DEA license and is certified by the American Association of nurse practitioners

Allison states, “I love my profession. I am a good listener and enjoy helping patients find additional ways to cope and work through their pain to try and live a normal life. I feel it is important to establish a professional, trusting relationship with each patient in order to provide the best care to promote outcomes.”

Allison also enjoys...



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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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.



Cindy earned her RN at San Antonio College, graduating in 2007. She worked in medical-surgical/orthopedics before moving to southern California. Continued learning telemetry, home health, oncology while earning a MSN from Walden University. In addition, she obtained a post master degree in Leadership and Management. Cindy pursued experience in clinical and quality management along with education. She returned to Texas and completed the FNP program through Maryville University while gaining valuable clinical experience from her local providers in and around her residence of Marble Falls. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

As a FNP-C she has gained experience in pain management and found she has a passion for making a difference and improving the patient’s quality of life. She believes pain is suffering and a daunting burden.

During her free time Cindy enjoys her family, horses, dogs, and parrots.



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...



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.

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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...

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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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Stephanie moved to the Austin area from El Paso Texas and joined Advanced Pain Care in 2015. She graduated from University of Texas at El Paso in 2008 with her bachelor's degree in Nursing. She worked as an Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at University Medical Center of El Paso, a level 1 trauma center affiliated with Texas Tech Medical School from 2008-2015. As an RN, she cared for critically ill medical, surgical, neuro, and trauma patients. She was active in the education of graduate nurses and nursing students as both an instructor and mentor. In 2015 she graduated from University of Texas at El Paso with her Master's Degree in Nursing and is a Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Her practicum experience included rotations with Neurology at Texas Tech Medical School-El Paso, Neurosurgery at UMC El Paso, and Medical ICU at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso.

Stephanie has empathy for her patients, her husband suffers from chronic back pain as a result of an injury, "I know how devastating having a family member...

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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.