About Dr. Nomen Azeem
Dr. Azeem completed his undergraduate education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and graduated from medical school, earning his Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine. After that, he completed an internship at Medstar Harbor Hospital Center in Baltimore and a residency at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Washington, DC, where he was the chief resident.
After filling a faculty position at Medstar Georgetown University as a musculoskeletal medicine specialist, he went on to complete an ACGME interventional pain fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, under the guidance of internationally renowned pain physician Dr. Frank J.E. Falco.
Dr. Azeem served as a board member for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and held the position of director of neuromodulation in a multidisciplinary pain practice in New Orleans before moving to Florida. He recently developed the first successful non-opioid based interventional pain clinic in the Sarasota, Florida, area.
His background helped shape Dr. Azeem’s approach to treating pain, and he includes both patients and their families in developing treatment plans so that everyone involved understands the origin of the patient’s pain as well as their available treatment options.
Currently, Dr. Azeem is an associate assistant professor in the pain/neurology department of the University of South Florida, and actively continues to conduct research and author peer-reviewed publications in addition to treating patients, President, Florida Society of Pain & Neuroscience, Chair of Strategic Development for State Society Engagement and Advocacy, American Society of Pain & Neuroscience and Board of Directors, Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Foundation.
“Pain does not discriminate regardless of age, gender, race, or activity level. I understand that pain can affect a person physically, emotionally, and socially with at times debilitating effects that are often overlooked or misunderstood. My desire is to provide individualized care that incorporates patient education and provides cutting edge, long term pain solutions. I believe that by building a relationship with each patient and using a team oriented approach to provide relief for those that suffer, together, we can restore your quality of life.”
About Britney Villarreal
Britney Villarreal, PA-C is excited to join Florida Spine and Pain Specialists. Britney completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, followed by her Master of Medical Science degree at Salus University in Philadelphia in 2012. Although she has years of experience in pain management and gastroenterology, she looks forward to returning to treating patients with acute and chronic pain, with the kindness and compassion that each patient deserves. She is excited to work collaboratively with Dr. Azeem, his staff, and his patients.
Although Britney grew up in Pennsylvania, she loves living in Florida. In her free time, Britney enjoys traveling and creating memories with her family and their golden retriever, Saint!
Patients are the true experts when it comes to their own pain. Restoring functionality is possible when providers listen to the patient and then create an individualized but comprehensive treatment program. It is not only my job but also my passion to help each person on their journey back to wellness and this can be accomplished with patient centered care.
About Joel Verzosa
Joel Verzosa, PT, DPT received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences located in St. Augustine, Florida. After graduation, Joel began his career in outpatient orthopedics.
As a former Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, Joel has extensive experience in exercise dosing and prescription to fit all levels of training and has received training in manual therapy, joint mobilization, myofascial release, soft tissue manipulation as well as joint manipulation to restore normal joint ranges of motion and functional range of motion. These techniques include those specific to the spine in the improvement of function for the back.
An injury in Joel’s early career, where he was unable to walk for 6 weeks spending most of that time in a wheel chair, shaped his career significantly. It provided an ability to empathize with both the physical, emotional and social aspects of pain and loss of function and he incorporates this empathy into every facet of his care.
Joel has entrenched himself in training to become a Functional Movement Specialist as well as certified with the Titleist Performance Institute to evaluate movement with golfers. He has also received training in pain science and incorporating high-level exercise techniques into treatment to improve the function and well being of his patients.
An injury and/or pain does not change the beauty of our human body’s capacity to withstand load/stress. It is through stress that our bodies become resilient and able to manage the stresses of daily life. It is my belief that through a comprehensive and specific treatment regimen we can improve pain threshold and restore function and quality of life. Whether it begins with gentle range of motion, manual therapy, pain relieving modalities or complex movement patterns, it is my goal to restore the strong, resilient and confident person I believe to be in every person.
"I had 90% improvement immediately and within seven days I was pain free. I can't say enough good things about my experience."
"Dr. Azeem has been professional, caring, and thorough. I can't say enough positive things about him. He and his staff have been great."
"Very capable doctor. Spent time with me, examining my neck. Performed two cervical ablations which have relieved my pain."
"Dr. Azeem's expertise resolved months of pain for me. His time spent in an attempt to explain my condition and answer all my questions was well appreciated."