Revolutionizing Spine Care…Changing Lives


S.P.I.N.E. stands for Superior Service, Positive Attitude, Innovative Care, Nurturing Spirit, and Ethical Behaviors. Texas Back Institute professionals are experts at what they do and are dedicated to giving you the best care possible. So you and your family can get back to life. We recognize our S.P.I.N.E. Heroes for going above and beyond their normal activities and are proud to have them on our team.

Sybil Sanchez

Sybil Sanchez

This employee represents our SPINE standards in every way. She is capable and always willing to help out in any department or location without complaint.

She helps her team members by jumping into their positions when they are out or when they just need help. Her first concern is our patients’ welfare and will go out of her way to make sure they are and feel cared for.

One of the main reasons for this nomination is because this employee not only goes out of her way to ensure surgeries are approved, but she has even helped get the cost of the surgery lowered on behalf of a patient, by negotiating a discounted cost.

This employee is an extremely hard worker, with an exceptional work ethic and a very strong caring attitude.

She has earned Spine Hero for the way she takes care of both patients and her teammates in her actions, communications and follow through every day

Tami Brannan

Tami Brannan

This employee exceeds service expectations by assisting patients with insurance, billing, scheduling and documentation.

She has improved the patient experience by helping reduce the amount of paperwork they need to complete, streamlining their experience.

She seeks opportunities to improve efficiencies or question discrepancies and was the first to find an issue with Navicure that would have delayed billing and payments.

She takes pride in her work and is careful to avoid any mistakes that would delay payments or result in scheduling errors.

She has been praised by the Director of billing for her prompt and clean batches and charge entry that helps with reducing claim denials. Most importantly – she has the interest of our patients as well as her co-workers at heart.

She spent 2.5 hours on the phone with an insurance company in order to help a patient with an insurance problem, even though it went past her scheduled time to leave.

She did not want to leave that patient hanging. She is also the first to write spine cards, give birthday gifts, and organize department activities to keep up team spirit.

Finally – She is being nominated for Spine Hero because she even took the time to organize a collection for a patient’s family who lost their home, land and livestock to wild fires in Oklahoma and Kansas.

She is an exceptional employee and team player and a great asset to TBI.

Jennifer Shivers

Jennifer Shivers

As a PA in addition to Director of Medical Administration, Jennifer has a challenging and demanding role.

In 2012 however, she went above and beyond and was specifically recognized for her commitment to patients and TBI in how she handled two very big projects.

The first involved training many of her peers to enable them to take proper care of our patients while rounding at hospitals and serving as an on-call provider.

Most of this training occurred after hours and on weekends, and she worked endlessly to ensure proper resources were available to handle patient questions and concerns.

The second was an unusual project where Jennifer had to call more than 50 patients to discuss their concerns and risks from injections, caused by recent media attention. She had to gather data, effectively evaluate it, consult with physicians and government authorities, and gain consensus on the actions to take and address concerns and health risks.

She appealed to TBI’s physician leadership to formulate an action plan that was responsive to the severity of the situation.

Jennifer handled all of these stressful situations with calm and confidence. She did these things in addition to performing all of her normal responsibilities and day-to-day activities without skipping a beat. Jennifer is absolutely one of our key “go-to” people in our organization and embodies the spirit behind “Service Hero.”

Jason Curtis

Jason Curtis

Jason, an x-ray tech at the Rockwall Clinic, is proud to work at the Texas Back Institute, because he is inspired to help others everyday.

Every one at Texas Back Institute that knows Jason, knows that he has a big heart, and cares for his patients as he would a friend.

With a big smile on his face and a caring spirit, Jason exemplifies SPINE standards we set for ourselves everyday. SPINE stands for: Superior Service, Positive Attitude, Innovative Care, Nurturing Spirit, and Ethical Behaviors.

Leaders in Advanced Spine Procedures

To find out whether you would benefit from artificial disc surgery, make an appointment to visit Texas Back Institute in the Dallas, TX, area for an evaluation. We always reserve surgery as a last resort, so we’ll seek to relieve pain first through conservative treatments such as physical therapy and pain management. If severe pain persists and it is determined that you would benefit from surgery, we can help you determine whether artificial disc replacement is right for you.

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