ShimVIP

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COMPLETE
CONFIDENTIALITY

Many people in the business world or in professional sports do not go for treatment of back problems due to contract negotiations, future promotions or stock market fluctuations. This is understandable, but unnecessary. Confidentiality and convenience are key with these patients.

We at ShimSpine can look after this by supplying after hour appointments and MRI’s with only minimal staff present (according to your specifications). There will be no disclosure of your office notes, tests or medical records to any outside entities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone who is in the public eye or who would have their professional lives curtailed by neck, back, knee or shoulder injuries including those in professional sports, business or entertainment.

In a perfect world, all your medical information would be completely confidential. Unfortunately there are office staff, technicians, coders etc. that all see your chart. There are also requests from insurance companies for copies of the chart in order to pay the bill.

Insurance companies create risk profiles based on medical conditions, test results, and personal lifestyles. Future insurance offerings and premiums utilize these risk based assessments. At ShimSpine, your care remains private and confidential, thereby eliminating these future concerns.

All documentation done on our ShimVIP patients is done on paper and there will be no digital copies. These are kept in locked storage and will not be released to anyone without your written request or approval.

You can call the office at [phone], and ask for Cathie or Jason. We will be happy to set things up for you.

We will arrange an immediate appointment with Dr. Shim (after hours if you prefer) and will set up any testing that may be needed at the same time. All employees will sign a non-disclosure agreement if requested.


Contact

If you are a candidate for our program please call Jason Mazza or Catherine Nicholson at ShimSpine 813-814-9251 or send an email. If you have been given a “black card” please mention it to the front desk when you call.

CATHERINE NICHOLSON RN

Catherine is the Spine Care Coordinator for ShimSpine, and a registered nurse who has specialized in spine surgery for the last fifteen years. She can answer all your questions about the program and the surgical options available. Catherine was born on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and received her nursing education in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

JASON S. MAZZA, M.Sc., OA-C, CSA, SA-C, CCRC

Jason is an Orthopedic Clinical/Surgical Assistant with over 20 years of experience working with Dr. Shim.  He is also an assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine and contributor to orthopedic clinical publications. Jason was born in New York and received his education at Emory University and the University of Alabama.

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The information provided on this website does not provide or should be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. The information provided is for informational purposes only. You should not rely solely on the information provided on this website in making a decision to pursue a specific treatment or advice. You should consult directly with a professional healthcare provider.

As a condition of using the information on this website, ShimSpine and its physicians are not responsible for any advice, diagnosis, treatment or outcome you may obtain.

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Author and Contributor to www.Spine-Health.com – July, 2015

www.Spine-Health.com/author/john-h-shim-md-facs

Chief of Surgery, Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin Hospitals, Safety Harbor and Dunedin, Florida. 2014-2016.

Orthopaedic Section Chief Mease Countryside Hospital; Safety Harbor, Florida Mease Dunedin Hospital; Dunedin, Florida.2008-2013

Board Member Morton Plant Mease Research Council

Co-Director of Mease Neuro-Ortho Spine Center Mease Dunedin Hospital; Dunedin, Florida.

One of “6 Spine Physicians Ranked #1 on Google” – December 2016

Top Ten Most Liked Spine Surgeons on the Internet – July 2016

2016 Spine Surgeons to Know list – January 2016

2014 Spine Specialists to know list – September 2014

One of Ten Leaders of Certified Spine Programs – December 2011

 

The Best Orthopedics in Tampa

The information provided on this website does not provide or should be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. The information provided is for informational purposes only. You should not rely solely on the information provided on this website in making a decision to pursue a specific treatment or advice. You should consult directly with a professional healthcare provider.

As a condition of using the information on this website, ShimSpine and its physicians are not responsible for any advice, diagnosis, treatment or outcome you may obtain.

ShimSpine.com is completely self-funded. No outside funds are accepted or used. This website does not utilize paid advertising as a source of revenue.
Outpatient Spine Surgery Considerations. www.Spine-Health.com. January 2016.

What is Spinal Stenosis? www.Spine-Health.com. October 2015.

Surgeon insights on the Changing Landscape of Orthopedic Care. OrthopedicToday. June 2014

Chapter 33: Interspinous Spacers. Shim JH, Mazza JS, Kim DH Published in Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Spinal Techniques. Elsevier Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Published 2011)

Chapter 35: Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Lumbar Fusion Technique.Shim JH, Mazza JS, Kim DH Published in Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Spinal Techniques. Elsevier Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Published 2011)

March 2010 Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting New Orleans, Louisiana February 2010

February 2010 A Review of Dynamic Stabilization in the Lumbar Spine Selby Spine Symposium; Park City, Utah

November 2009 Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Community Based Lecture; Tampa, Florida

September 2009 Instructor/Proctor Minimally Invasive Lumbar Cadaver Lab; Tampa, Florida

February 2009 New Spinal Technology: Cervical Disc Replacement and Interspinous Spacers. Selby Spine Symposium; Park City, Utah

February 2008 The Degenerative Spine: The Role of Dynamic Lumbar Stablization and Interspinous Spacers Selby Spine Symposium; Park City, Utah

October 2008 Emerging Technology and Techniques in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

September 2007 Emerging Technology in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

October 2006 Emerging Technology and Techniques in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

May 2005 The Role of Kyphoplasty in the Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fractures Mease Neurosciences Symposium; Clearwater, Florida
Please note all articles, blogs and Q&A’s on this site are general information and are not to be used as medical advice for individuals. No specific diagnosis or treatment should be made based on this information. Only a physician can provide you with advice specific to your situation. Please followup with your physician if you would like to discuss your individual condition.

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