Meet The PRIDE Team!
Every member of the PRIDE team is committed to providing the best quality of care to help ensure positive outcomes for all patients. The PRIDE team produces success stories every day. Click here to view some recent success stories.
Tom Mayer, M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of PRIDE. He is Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Mayer is known in the medical community for his extensive research on chronic musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation. He is the former President of the North American Spine Society (1999) and the founding editor of The Spine Journal. He has co-authored many books and scientific articles and is on the Editorial Review Board of multiple journals. His innovations include the concept of Functional Restoration, new techniques in measurement of physical and psychological function (especially for spinal disorders), and the development of techniques for evaluation of permanent impairment. He continues to develop and serve on Review Boards for evidence based treatment guidelines, particularly on coordination of services for sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders.
Larry Johnson, M.D. graduated with his medical degree from Meharry Medical College. He is fully trained in general surgery and was certified by the American Board of Surgery for 10 years. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He previously has served as both Assistant and Acting Chief, Division of Orthopedic Surgery at King/Drew Medical Center. He has been on the Consumer’s Research Council for America’s Top Surgeons and has published papers in his field of Orthopedics. Currently, Dr. Johnson owns and operates a private practice clinic in conjunction with being a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Johnson will be utilizing his many years of knowledge and expertise in the fields of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to evaluate and manage patients though Functional Restoration here at PRIDE.
Peter Polatin, MD, MPH, graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Most recently, he was a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Global Mental Health at the George Washington University School of Medicine, clinical faculty for the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Medical Director of Pain Management for Paradigm Health Services and the senior health advisor for the DIGNITY Institute Against Torture, located in Copenhagen, Denmark. From 2007 to 2010, he functioned as a Health Program Manager for DIGNITY. He has prior specialization in community and disaster mental health, pain management, clinical outcomes research, and addictionology. Previously, Dr. Polatin was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has worked with the community in Dallas as the Chief Medical Advisor for Dallas Disaster Preparedness Plan, Chairman for the Mental Health Task Force on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita evacuees, and as a Public Health Consultant to Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services for Mental Health Preparedness for Terrorism or Disaster. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 60 chapters and peer review articles and one book. Dr. Polatin is now seeing patients at PRIDE for medication and pain management as well as evaluation and treatment for Functional Restoration.
As licensed independent practitioners, nurse practitioners practice autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals to assess, diagnose, treat and manage the patient’s health problems/needs. As partners in health with patients, Nurse Practitioners take on roles of health provider, mentor, educator, clinical researcher, and administrator.
Margareta Shea, RN, FNP
Maile Shea received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is Board certified as a family nurse practitioner with prescription authority in Texas. Before coming to PRIDE in 2003, Maile worked in multiple areas of expertise including orthopedics, oncology, pediatric hematology, bone marrow transplant, family practice and urgent care. She is pleased to work in a multi-disciplinary setting at PRIDE and have the opportunity to partner in care with patients in all phases of rehabilitation and pain management. Away from the office, she enjoys yoga, reading and outdoor fitness.