Employee Spotlight: Shannon

Meet Shannon, a certified medical biller and coder for Twin Cities Surgery Center and our Employee Spotlight this week! Shannon was nominated  by her supervisor for always going above and beyond to make sure claims are billed properly. Thank you for all of your hard work, Shannon!

What is your role at TCPC?  

I work in the Surgery Center billing office as a Medical Biller & Coder.


How long have you been with TCPC & TCSC? 

I have been with Twin Cities Surgery Center for 1 year now.


What are some of your hobbies? 

I love the lake!! We spend a lot of time up north with family and friends going boating, tubing, fishing or swimming. I love to fish a lot, especially ice fishing. I enjoy traveling and going on road trips. I love VIKINGS football!! We have season tickets and go to all the games. Otherwise, we have 5 children that keep us pretty busy with school and sports. 


What is your favorite thing about working at TCPC & TCSC?

I love the staff here and how positive everyone is!!



Twin Cities Pain Clinic has been named a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune. This great award wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!



TCPC Welcomes Two New Providers

Please join Twin Cities Pain Clinic in welcoming our newest providers!



Britta Carlson, PA-C 

Britta Carlson will be joining the Woodbury clinic as a Certified Physician Assistant. Britta offers her patients wellness and preventative medicine and management of chronic pain. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two little boys, hiking, running and reading. 


Daniel Nguyen, PA-C

Daniel Nguyen will be joining the Burnsville clinic as a Certified Physician Assistant. Daniel offers his patients a multidisciplinary approach and has a strong clinic interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors and traveling. 

Twin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes Dr. Travis O’Brien

Please join us in welcoming our newest physician!

Travis O'Brien, MD

"Individuals with chronic pain require a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to achieve the best outcomes. This may include therapies, injections, medications, psychologic interventions, and implantable devices. As a specialist in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, I am trained to provide all of these treatments in an individualized fashion for each patient."

Dr. O'Brien will staff our new Burnsville clinic. Dr. O'Brien is board-certified in Physical Mediine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine with a strong clinical interest in spine pain and neuromodulation.

Welcome to the team!

Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves

Disorders That Affect the Spinal Cord & Nerves

The spinal cord is the main pathway of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It is a long, fragile, tube-like structure that extends downward from the base of the brain. The cord is protected by the back bones of the spine. Any condition that narrows the spinal canal can put your spinal cord and spinal nerves at risk. The lack of space creates pressure, causing irritation and inflammation. Conditions that can narrow your spinal canal include infection, tumors, trauma, herniated discs, arthritis and thickening of ligaments. Here are a few conditions that can affect the spinal cord and nerves. 

Disc Herniation:

A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones that stack up to make your spine. A herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Disc herniation is most often the result of a gradual, age-related wear and tear call disc degeneration. As you age, your spinal discs lose some of their water content. That makes them less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist. You can prevent a herniated disc by exercising regularly, maintaining good posture, and maintaining a healthy weight. 


A common symptom of sciatica is pain that starts in the lower back and radiates or travels to the buttock and down the back of the leg - possibly to the foot and toes. Pain levels vary from mild to severe and are described as shooting, burning in sensation, or electric shock - like. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and then combine to form the sciatic nerve. Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed at or near its point of origin. 

Spinal Stenosis:

A condition involving any narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve-root canals, spinal stenosis can result in compression of, or pressure on the spinal nerves and nerve roots. Most people with spinal stenosis experience more pain when walking or standing, and less pain when walking with a shopping cart or sitting down.