TROY (FirstHealth)– FirstHealth has announced the opening of a new local medical resource for Montgomery County residents experiencing problems with chronic back or neck pain.
A FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain location will open Wed., May 4, in Suite 104 of the Medical Arts Building adjacent to FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Troy. Physician assistant Kondie Lykins, PA-C, will be the provider.
Beth Walker, R.N., president of FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital, welcomes the program’s addition to the Montgomery County medical community.
“Many residents struggle with back and neck pain issues, and transportation out of the county can be challenging,” Walker says. “Bringing this outpatient specialty service to Montgomery County makes perfect sense, and we look forward to making it conveniently available to residents of our community.”
According to Brian K. Thwaites, M.D., medical director of FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain, chronic back or neck pain can have many causes and can be difficult to diagnose and treat.
“Sometimes it takes a combination of therapies to stop or reduce severe, persistent pain and keep it under control,” he says. “Our program gives pain sufferers one place where they can go for a thorough evaluation of their problem and access to a variety of pain-relief options.”
Lykins, the physician assistant who will staff the Troy Back & Neck Pain office, was originally trained in manufacturing engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He returned to the university setting in 2011 and earned a degree from the Masters of Physician Assistant Program at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in 2015.
Fluent in Spanish, Lykins is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. He is married and the father of seven.
FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain-Troy can be reached by calling (910) 715-1794.