Welcome to Florida's
time of year!

St. Patty's Day, NCAA March Madness, Spring-in-the-Air: what more could we want?  
The party may be over...but did you know these facts?
  St. Patty's Day 2017 just happened. But many of our readers may not know these interesting facts about this most-important Irish celebration:
  • There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry, more than seven times the population of Ireland itself!
  • Irish ranks among the top five ancestries in every state except Hawaii and New Mexico; and is the leading ancestry group in Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • In the nation's most Irish state, South Boston is "St. Patrick's Day Central". Since 1901, "Southie" has hosted the city's colossal parade as thousands of marchers and revelers celebrate all things Emerald. The wail of bagpipes calls the marchers to the Broadway Train station starting point.
  • The granddaddy of all St. Patrick's Day parades is in New York City. The first parade was in 1762 and is also the world's largest, attracting more than two million spectators annually. Led by a military unit, the foot-powered procession (no cars or floats allowed) begins at 44th Street and marches on up Fifth Avenue for nearly six hours.
Did you catch this year's St. Patrick's Day Special by Riverdance? ENJOY! Why not practice
with them for NEXT year and wow your friends?!
Global Neuro & Spine WELCOMES our newest Physician -
Dr. Amer Ansari!!

Dr. Amer Ansari, D.O., DABPMR
Fellowship Trained in Interventional Pain Management  
Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Amer Ansari is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilita tion and fellowship trained in interventional pain management. He has been practicing interventional pain management since 2013 and is licensed in the state of Florida.

After completing his Bachelor's at Cornell University, Dr.
Ansari went on to graduate from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)  Dr. Ansari completed his internship in Traditional Osteopathic Medicine at Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY. His Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was at New York University's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY, where he was voted the most valuable resident in his graduating class of 2012. He subsequently completed a fellowship in interventional physiatry/pain management in Florida and has been living here since. Dr. Ansari's clinical interests are in musculoskeletal physiatry with a focus on painful spinal conditions.
In his spare time he enjoys traveling with his wife, working out, basketball, and finding new and interesting places to eat.
Dr. Ansari is a member of multiple professional medical organizations including: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
The Case Managers Corner
Good News for Florida Nurses!
by Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN
This week, I started the process of renewing my Florida Nursing License. Every two years, nurses across the state dig out their CEU credits earned since their last renewal to be sure they have the required 20+ hours required by the Florida Board of Nursing (FBON)to renew their nursing license.
After logging on to the FBON website, I noticed I had to update my User ID and Password. Once in, I clicked on the CEU tab to understand the CEU requirements for this renewal period. The first paragraph read: "A nurse who is certified by a health care specialty program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification is exempt from continuing education requirements." I had to read this a few times as I had never seen this statement before. After it sunk in, I realized that because I was a Certified Case Manager and a Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse, I was exempt from the continuing education requirements. Could this be true? I wanted to be sure I was reading the statement correctly so I called the FBON to talk to someone to make sure.
I asked the gentleman who took my call why the change? He said the rationale for the change was that the FBON realized that many nurses are Board Certified in various areas. As a result, they are required to obtain a number of CEU credits to renew their certification. In order to avoid duplication, the FBON said that nurses who held certifications that were accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, are exempt from reporting CEU requirements to the Florida Board of Nursing.
As a nurse leader in case management and rehabilitation, I hold several national certifications. To ensure I met the exception requirements, I checked with the three certification bodies that administer the certifications I hold to verify that they met the requirements. I found that:
  • The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agency.
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is accredited by the ANCC ISO 9001:2008 certification. As a result, I could not use this certification.
To take advantage of this rule, you need to keep your certification active. If you are audited, you will have to produce your Certificate to show that you have maintained your certification as specified by the certification body who oversees it.
This news was a nice surprise as it saved me time. Many of my nursing colleagues were not aware of the new rule, so in sharing this information, I hope others who didn't already know the good news, now do! If you are a Florida Nurse and hold a National Certification, make sure you check out the updated CE requirements announced by the Florida Board of Nursing. It will save you a lot of time and money!
If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me at . Have a good week.
"An easy, yummy salad, perfect for any season, with berries, nuts, and greens. For an entree add chicken, diced apples, and diced green onions!"  

  • 1 (10 ounce) package mixed salad greens
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta or bleu cheese
Directions: In a large bowl, toss the salad greens with the blueberries, walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette. Top with feta or bleu cheese to serve. 
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Your Friends and Partners at Global Neuro & Spine Institute...
Wish you all the luck o' the Irish. Hope you found a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow ~
Interventional Pain Group with Double & Triple Board Certified Physicians

Interventional Pain, Neurology Spine Procedures and Electrodiagnostic Services (NCV/EMG) 


Michael Slobasky, DO, DABPMR             Allan Vrable, DO, PT, DABPMR
Vijay Katukuri, MD, DABPMR                  Shatabdi Patel, MD, ABPM
Amer Ansari, DO, DABPMR 
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