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ABOUT BAYOU PAIN & SPINE

At Bayou Pain & Spine, we treat mild and chronic pain in the most minimally invasive way possible. Pain management is a comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treating and controlling pain. It uses a multi-modal and individualized treatment plan to coordinate safe and effective options that can address the physical, emotional, social, and psychological aspects of pain.

Components of a multimodal pain management plan may include:

  • minimally-invasive injection-based therapy
  • physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • medications
  • psychological counseling
  • social support
  • other complementary approaches

YOUR MEDICAL TEAM

ARTEMUS FLAGG, MD, MPH

ARTEMUS FLAGG, MD, MPH

PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Southern Raised. Military Strengthened. Johns Hopkins Trained.

Dr. Flagg grew up in Nashville Tennessee. He served as a Battalion Flight Surgeon and Brigade Flight Surgeon during his combat tour in Iraq with the United States Army, 1st Cavalry Division. Following his combat tour, he was promoted to the rank of Major and appointed as the Chief Flight Surgeon and Chief of the Physical Exam Section at the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic at the Pentagon.

He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and further enhance his medical training with a Fellowship in Pain Medicine, both at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During his training, he received the Clinical Anesthesia (One) resident of the year award for outstanding achievement in patient care and citizenship. He subsequently was selected as Chief Resident for the 2011-2012 Academic Year.

“For me, one of my greatest aspects of practicing medicine, especially pain medicine, is being able to interact with people in this community.”

This type of interaction establishes teamwork which ultimately helps the patient and myself complete our mission of reducing their pain and increasing their functional activity level. This level of care helped tremendously while I was a Brigade flight surgeon in Iraq and during my training at Johns Hopkins University.

At the very least, the people of Louisiana and surrounding areas deserve this level of care on a daily basis, and I intend to work with all the other physicians in the area to continue the tradition of providing this high level of care.

STEPHANIE GUIDRY, NP-C

STEPHANIE GUIDRY, NP-C

NURSE PRACTITIONER | PRACTICE ADMINISTRATOR

As a native of Tangipahoa Parish, I grew up enjoying the charm and unique culture of the South. 

I have 22 years of experience with patients who suffer from chronic and acute pain. As a nurse practitioner, I have extensive knowledge in the evaluation of patients with various pain diagnoses and am capable of discussing the appropriate treatment options currently available. Working together, our medical team will be able to provide you the best care to reduce your pain and increase your functional activity level.

“Decreasing pain and its impact on personal and professional life is my first priority. I truly believe that having a good quality of life is the most important factor for the general wellbeing of our patients. I look forward to the opportunity to help make a difference in your life.”

I earned both my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Master’s of Science degree in Nursing in Adult Health at Southeastern Louisiana University.

I am board-certified from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

I am an active member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

I currently reside in Hammond with my husband, son, and a large loving extended family, for which I am grateful.

APRIL CHRISTIAN

APRIL CHRISTIAN

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

BRANDI ESTRADA

BRANDI ESTRADA

INSURANCE COORDINATOR