Our Experts

The Telespine program for low back pain was developed because traditional, clinic-based care for back pain is simply too expensive, too inconvenient, and not effective enough. Telespine was developed over the course of three years in accordance with a significant body of research that proves 96% of people can get lasting relief from their low back pain using Telespine’s telehealth solution. Our solution is clinical and scientific, yet simple and effective.

Dr. Mark Barnes

CEO/Founder

As a doctor of physical therapy practicing for 24 years, Dr. Barnes has provided orthopedic rehabilitative care to over 10,000 patients primarily consisting of complex spine conditions. Specifically, Dr. Barnes has developed wellness-based treatment and patient management strategies that focus on patient engagement and self-management of low back pain. He has owned and operated multiple businesses in physical and occupational therapy including facilities focused on evidence-based protocols, cost-containment, and employee health for large self-insured companies. Dr. Barnes has led business development using outcomes data for self-insured employer customers and developed multi-provider (medical/rehabilitation) collaborative clinical care teams to achieve superior outcomes for occupational employee health and wellness. In 2006, to solve a major problem in clinical care and patient outcomes, Dr. Barnes created patient-centric telehealth software called Tx Xchange, used by 300 provider users and over 80,000 patient users. As CEO of Telespine, Dr. Barnes developed the Telespine low back pain program of care and the new web app to deliver the program online. Dr. Barnes engineered the clinical and business operational methods for both the online and health coaching components of the Telespine program. Specifically, Dr. Barnes took his clinical trade secrets, combined with recent evidence-based clinical research, to create the Telespine posture, core exercise, yoga-based stretching, and spine mobility video tutorials for the program. Dr. Barnes is currently responsible for all corporate affairs, business development, operations, and clinical programs.

Dr. David Tinkleman, M.D.

Director of Business Development & Medical Consultant

David Tinkelman MD, created and ran the Health Initiatives department at National Jewish Health (NJH) starting in 1995 where he developed new business lines for National Jewish in health/wellness related fields. The first program developed by Dr. Tinkelman was their disease management program for asthma in 1996, followed by the launch of the COPD program in 1998. These two programs had over 40 clients, primarily health plans, Managed Medicaid plans, and large self-insured employers, with thousands of participants from across the United States. In 2005, Dr. Tinkelman on behalf of National Jewish engineered the sale of the entire disease management business line to Alere Medical. Dr. Tinkelman then developed for National Jewish within the portfolio of Health Initiatives, two telephonic and Internet based wellness programs, QuitLogix and FitLogix. These programs address the two most common causes of preventable morbidity and mortality in the U.S.: smoking and obesity. To date, almost 1,000,000 individuals have participated in these programs and they are still growing. Dr. Tinkelman continues to be active in medical research and is the author of over 140 journal publications, 5 medical textbooks, and numerous book chapters focusing on asthma, COPD, allergy, tobacco cessation, obesity and socioeconomic issues in healthcare. Dr. Tinkelman retired from his position as the leader of Health Initiatives in March 2012. Today, he serves as a clinical and business advisor and business and medical consultant for Telespine.

David Lindsey

Sales and Marketing

David is a visionary entrepreneur that has great passion for improving today’s healthcare. He founded AmeriDoc as a way to offer exceptional services with extreme value to an uncertain marketplace. AmeriDoc is currently one of the fastest growing healthcare companies in America with over 1.5 million covered members. David has been quoted in over 30 national publications as an industry expert and has had several articles written about his companies in Forbes, HIA and USA Today.

Serafim Suhenky

Software Development

Serafim is a highly skilled software engineer and computer science graduate with more than ten years of professional experience. His greatest skills include software development, attention to detail, and perseverance.

Courtney Petrovich

Director of Programs, Coaching & Research

Courtney Petrovich has studied and worked in the health and wellness field for the past decade.  Courtney is certified in Group Fitness,  Yoga, and Mat Pilates.  Courtney has spent the last five years health coaching clients from various backgrounds and stages of change, as well as developing and implementing health and wellness programming for a large health system.  She holds a Master of Public Health degree, and is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through WellCoaches.

Nikki Costello

Health Coach & Program Instructor

Nikki is a certified NESTA personal trainer and is trained in Advanced Mat Pilates as well as Injuries and Special Populations through STOTT Pilates. Nikki is a certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach with the CHEK Institute and has over 35,000 hours of one-on-one coaching experience. Nikki was a nationally ranked competitive athlete for over 16 years and has specialized in corrective exercise, breathwork and movement for the last 10 years. Nikki has developed a unique system of breathwork and movement that addresses both nervous system and biomechanical dysfunction to restore the body to its natural state of strength and function. Nikki is now a Telespine Health Coach and developer of therapeutic content for the Telespine program.

Donna Rosen CPI

Health Coach & Program Instructor

Donna Rosen is the founder of Bolder Pilates and considered a Master Trainer and expert in her field of Pilates. She has developed a holistic therapeutic approach using Pilates based corrective exercise for musculoskelatal dysfunctions including low back pain. Because of Donna’s personal experience with chronic low back pain she has a particular interest and skill set in addressing this condition from a preventative and wellness perspective. Donna is now a contributing Telespine health coach and assisting in program content instruction.

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Telespine is a proven, online 8-week program for lower back pain. It’s easy to do and based on over 20 clinical studies that show you can have near term and lasting relief from your pain by spending just 10 minutes a day with Telespine.

Telespine is a proven, online 8-week program for lower back pain. It’s easy to do and based on over 20 clinical studies that show you can have near term and lasting relief from your pain by spending just 10 minutes a day with Telespine.

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