Dr. Royster is the Founder of Integrated Pain and Neuroscience, LLC. His vision was to create an organization that offered the most options for patients suffering from pain under one roof.
Dr. Royster received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, from the University of North Carolina. He then went on to study at the University of Arkansas, where he obtained his degree of Doctor of Medicine in 2003.
Following graduation, Dr. Royster moved to New Orleans, LA where he completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Ochsner Clinic and Hospital. Dr. Royster’s interest in pain medicine developed during his time at Ochsner and he continued there with his Residency in Anesthesiology. He further refined his expertise with a Fellowship in Pain Medicine at the University of New Mexico from July 2007 – June 2008.
In August 2008, Dr. Royster returned to New Orleans, where he served as Medical Director of Ochsner Baptist Pain Center and Supervisor of the Residency Chronic Pain Education Program until opening his own practice, Integrated Pain and Neuroscience, in April 2013.
Dr. Royster is unique in his published expertise of both spinal cord stimulation and Intrathecal drug delivery. He is the pioneer in peripheral stimulation for headache and facial pain and also has expertise in non-surgical pain therapies. Dr. Royster is the first physician in the area to offer medical acupuncture and minimally invasive lumbar decompression. Dr. Royster is board-certified in acupuncture.
Aaron Jacob “A.J.” Friedman, MD grew up in New Orleans. He earned a B.S. from Tulane University in 1968, and continued on at Tulane’s School of Public and Tropical Medicine where he received a Master of Public Health degree. Dr. Friedman graduated with an MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1976.
Dr. Friedman completed a Neurology Internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He was a Neurology Resident at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland from 1977 – 1980. Dr. Friedman served in the United States Military at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida from 1980 – 1983.
A.J. returned to New Orleans in 1983, where he worked at a private practice in Neurology through February 2006. After Hurricane Katrina, he moved to Waycross, GA and worked with Satilla Neurological Associates through February 2007. From March 2007 – September 2008, Dr. Friedman worked in Houma, LA at Southeast Neuroscience Center. He then moved to Southwest Neuroscience Center in Lafayette.
Dr. Friedman began practicing acupuncture in December 2012, after many years of interest in the ancient healing method. He has trained at the Helms Medical Institute based out of California, and is looking forward to providing New Orleans area pain patients with the unique benefits of acupuncture. Dr. Friedman is board-certified in acupuncture.
Dr. Friedman started working at Integrated Pain and Neuroscience in April 2013. He brings a distinctive aspect to IPN’s all-encompassing pain management facility with his knowledge of Neurology and Acupuncture.
Dr. Francis is an honored diplomat of both the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He also holds memberships in many honorary and professional societies such as The American Academy of Pain Medicine, The American Pain Society, The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, The American Academy of Physicians Executives, and the International Spine Intervention Society.
Dr. O’Leary then went to the Tulane University School of Medicine from 2004 – 2010 where she completed their Triple Board Program in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry. At Tulane, Andrea was the Triple Board Program’s Chief Resident from 2007 – 2008, and the Co-Chief Resident from 2009 – 2010. She is a member of the following Professional Affiliations: the American Psychiatric Association, the Louisiana Psychiatry Medical Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. O’Leary worked at Tulane University in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from March 2010 – March 2011. She was a child psychiatrist at the Midtown Clinic, where she provided outpatient Child Psychiatry and Telemedicine services. Andrea also supervised the medical students, residents, and fellows in the department. From July 2012 – April 2013, Dr. O’Leary worked for the State of Louisiana in Telemedicine Psychiatry.
Andrea began working at Integrated Pain and Neuroscience in April 2013 and is excited for the opportunity to use her expertise to help patients in new ways in pain management.
Shandra Thomas, NP
Shandra was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She began her professional education at Southern University in Baton Rouge where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and later returned to earn a Master of Science degree in nursing. She is an active member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners. She enjoys spending time with her family and being active in the local community. Shandra is committed to improving the health and quality of life of her patients.