Physicians

Thomas Lazoff, MD

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“It’s a privilege when people entrust me to take care of their employees — or their children — from a musculoskeletal standpoint. I like to see people get back to their hobbies or weekend warrior activities without having to go through surgery. And I enjoy the long-term relationships with the cerebral palsy children I treat, some of them for almost 10 years.”

Dr. Lazoff’s first exposure to physiatry was his experience with a cousin who suffered a spinal cord injury during their college years. Today, Tom has developed a reputation as an expert in treating sports and work-related injuries as well as spasticity. His familiarity with workers’ compensation issues helps guide patients and employers through the process and gets patients back to work as quickly and safely as possible. Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters. He plays tennis and rarely misses a Notre Dame football game. He can also be found on the sidelines of the South Side High School football games as the team doctor.

Education:
Undergraduate: Ball State University
Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Louisville, Frazier Rehabilitation Center

Board certifications:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with a sub-specialty in Pain Medicine.

David Stensland, MD

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“Physiatry is rewarding because we actually work on restoring function. It’s more than shooting for good test results — we get to help people play with their grandkids or go for a walk. These are the things that are really meaningful to someone’s everyday life, which makes it really rewarding for us.”

Dr. Stensland’s hands-on nature drew him to the practice of physiatry. He has always enjoyed studying how things work — whether it’s a car, an electrical system, or the human body. He enjoys the mechanical nature of the body’s musculoskeletal and neurological systems and the intricacies of how they interact. Dave, a Fort Wayne native, returned to his hometown to practice medicine in 2002 after completing an Interventional Spine Fellowship in North Carolina. He is one of only a handful of physicians across the nation who teaches other doctors about very specialized spinal injection techniques. At PMC, he is the resident specialist in cervical and thoracic spinal injections. When he’s not treating patients or spending time with family, Dave keeps busy helping maintain and manage a non-wing sprint car team for SST Motorsports.

Education:
Undergraduate: Wabash College
Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
Internship: Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, IN
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Post doctorate: Interventional Spine Fellowship Orthopaedic Specialists of Carolinas, Winston-Salem, NC

Board certifications:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with a sub-specialty in Pain Medicine

Mark Zolman, MD

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“I like solving the puzzle and watching patients’ functional improvement. Whether they have a catastrophic injury or constant low back pain, being a physiatrist lets me help them improve. Watching that progress is what I enjoy most.”

A Fort Wayne native, Dr. Zolman primarily works with patients suffering from back and neck pain. As a teenager, Mark’s spinal cord was injured by a falling tree. The injury exposed Mark to medicine and sparked his interest in becoming a doctor. It has also given him a wealth of compassion and empathy for patients who appreciate his understanding approach. Mark specializes in EMG testing — a diagnostic technique he mastered during his residency at the Mayo Clinic. Outside the office, Mark enjoys spending time with his family which includes his wife, Gretchen, their three young daughters, and a new little son. He’s also an involved member at Blackhawk Ministries and an avid IU basketball fan.

Education:
Undergraduate: Purdue University
Medical school: Indiana University School of Medicine
Internship: Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
Residency: Mayo Medical Center, Rochester, MN, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Board certifications:
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with a sub-specialty in Pain Medicine

Academic appointments:
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine

Chasity Sliger, FNP-C

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“Being a nurse, I have a strong desire to help people! After graduating as a Nurse Practitioner, it was very important to me to work in an area that allows me to make a difference in a person’s life. Working here at PMC allows me not only to make a difference but can potentially change their life significantly. It gives me great pleasure to know that what we do here at PMC helps people become more functional and independent, and being part of that process is very exciting for me.”

Chasity’s first experience with physiatry was when a family member fell from a tree and injured their spinal cord, leaving them paralyzed from the neck down. She also worked at an inpatient rehabilitation facility with patients suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Because of these experiences, she wanted to pursue an education in nursing.

Education:
Undergraduate: University of Saint Francis
Masters: University of Saint Francis

Board certifications:
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Professional Organizations
Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana

Tina Hermes, NP

“In the health care arena, I have had the opportunity to serve people of all ages in a variety of settings. In doing so, I am able to continually fulfill my desire to help people achieve a better quality of life. Physical Medicine is a specialty that can offer solutions for achieving this goal of improved health, wellness, and quality of life.”

Outside the office, Tina enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and sewing.

Education:
Undergraduate: Purdue University (ASN), Indiana Wesleyan (BSN)
Graduate: Ball State University

Board certifications:
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Professional Organizations
Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana