Coronavirus Impacting Blood Supply, Urgent Shortage: Donors Needed

America’s blood supply, already limited, has been dramatically affected by the novel coronavirus epidemic. As part of recommended social distancing, many frequent or casual blood donors have curtailed their normal activities, including blood donation. Yet the need for blood products remains constant. As a result, blood supplies are rapidly running out.

“The American Red Cross is urging hospitals to reduce blood use in an effort to maintain suitable reserves for those patients who could need a blood transfusion, such as those with cancer, sickle cell disease, undergoing emergent surgery, trauma victims or post-partum women,” said Marisa Marques, M.D., director of Transfusion Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “We are urging citizens to donate at this time of tremendous need.”

In the wake of COVID-19 responses, Vitalant is urging groups to continue organizing blood drives and individuals to continue donating blood, unless local public health officials specifically direct otherwise. Blood drives at schools, churches, community groups and religious institutions—which represent more than 60% of the nation’s blood supply—are events critical to health care in our country, and if canceled, could jeopardize patient care.

Vitalant—the second largest blood provider in the country—is working with other blood banks to avoid a critical failure of the blood supply. In parts of China and in the United States, the blood supply is at the “lowest levels” and is in “danger of collapse” as groups have canceled blood drives and individuals have stopped donating blood.

Organizations—schools, businesses, religious institutions—should follow the guidance of public health officials, rather than determining policies on their own. And if they are open (if classes are in session, if employees are working on site, if religious services are being conducted), they should continue to host blood drives. As part of the COVID-19 response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed guidance for “mass gatherings”—but those “mass gatherings” do not include blood drives.

If you are in the Albuquerque or Rio Rancho area and you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 please consider donating blood at the following locations:

Vitalant Albuquerque Location

Vitalant Rio Rancho Location


Master Dry Needling: Level 1 For PT’s & AT’s

Master Dry Needling: Level 1 For PT’s & AT’s

October 4th–6th, 2019: Albuquerque, NM | Limited Spots | Enroll Now!

  • 27 Contact Hours (CEU’s)
  • Registration Fee: $995

Price includes 27 hour live course with free retake of live. To register by credit card please visit To register by check please email us at and we will send you the form.

  • Small Class Size
  • Limited Spots
  • Safety Emphasized Throughout
  • Evidence Based
  • OSHA Standards Discussed

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Course Objectives:

1. Have a thorough understanding of DN history and clinical applications.
2. Understand normal and abnormal muscle contraction physiology.
3. Identify precipitating and perpetuating factors in trigger point (TP) syndromes.
4. Identify muscle attachments and trigger points by surface anatomy and muscle testing.
5. Identify ligamentous and tenoperiostealtissues by surface anatomy.
6. Properly insert needles into each tissue identified including depth and angle of penetration.
7. Understand and apply Neural Therapy concepts into treatment.
8. Understand and apply Total Motion Release concepts into treatment.
9. Understand absolute and relative contraindications to DN therapy.
10. Identify type of tissue encountered at the end of a using “needle palpation.”
11. Utilize the different needling techniques and stimulation performed across the field.
12 .Discuss and apply electrical stimulation to inserted needles.

Continuing Education Credits Approved By:

FSBPT – PROCERT | BOC Course # CE14940 | OPTA Approval # 18S0821

Master Needling Class


State practice act that includes dry needling as being within scope of practice. Active malpractice insurance. PA/AT Students are not allowed as per Board Rules.

  • Meets NM State PT Board Requirements
  • OSHA Standards Discussed (equal to 1.0 hour ceu)
  • Approved By TX PT Association (TPTA Approval #
  • Approved Provider, State Chapters Of APTA
  • Class Materials like needles etc. will be provided by us free of cost.
  • PT/ AT Students are not allowed as per Board Rules.

Target Audience

This training is specially designed for PT’s, AT’s, DC’s professionals. Approved for PT’s and AT’s for 27 CE hours. Other licensed healthcare practitioners, who are allowed to use dry needling in their practice and jurisdiction, including physicians, chiropractors, nurses, and nurse practitioners are welcome to attend.

Date & Location

Date: October 4th–6th 2019 | Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Seminar Location: New Mexico Orthopaedics – Uptown, 1700 Louisiana Blvd NE, Suite 120, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Type: Live Seminar

Seminar Timings:

Day 1: 8am – 7pm
Day 2: 8am – 7pm
Day 3: 8am – 3pm

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

TMR Seminars reserves the right to cancel the course. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, TMR Seminars will issue a full refund of the registration fee, if student purchased an individual seminar. If a package is purchased no refund will be provided. The student can re-register for a future course without additional costs. TMR seminars will not be responsible for any other charges incurred by the registrant due to the cancellation of a seminar.

Individual seminar registrations cancelled outside of two weeks (14 calendar days) of the course may receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, transfer to another course without penalty or keep a credit with us for a future course without penalty. Students canceling within two weeks (14 calendar days) of the course are not eligible to receive any refunds. Registrants have the option to transfer to another course or keep a credit with us for a future seminar.

Students who do not show up for a course have 1 week (7 calendar days) after the course to notify us their absence. At that time, registrants have the option to transfer to another course or keep a credit with us for a future seminars.

Students who do not notify us of their absence within the allotted 7 days will forfeit all funds.

About the Instructor

Dr. Scott Dixon, DPT, Cert. DN, CSCS, FMT
Dr. Scott L. Dixon, DPT, Cert. DN, CSCS, FMT

Dr. Scott Dixon began is career in Physical Therapy after graduating from Chatham University. After several years working for reputable clinics, Scott founded Integrative Physical Therapy out of a passion to focus on individual patient care and treating each person, not just their diagnosis. Though he has experience with a variety of diagnoses, he specializes in working with neck and back related issues. He has also treated celebrities, professional athletes, (including several Atlanta Falcons), as well as many weekend warriors. He specializes in helping improve function and movement of the body through individualized focus on the entire body, not just the site of pain or injury. His goal is to restore every patient to their fullest potential, to function better, and to prevent future injury. Utilizing dry needling, manual therapy, and movement screening, there is a gradual progression towards whole body healing and functioning.

New Mexico Orthopaedics Announces Relocation of Main Campus

New Mexico Orthopaedics Announces Relocation of Main Campus

Albuquerque, NM (June 26th, 2019) – New Mexico Orthopaedics Associates (NMOA), Albuquerque’s leading experts in orthopaedics, sports medicine, and spinal care is excited to announce the relocation of their main campus and two physical therapy locations to a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility in Albuquerque. The new facility will be centrally located at the Winrock Town Center at I-40 and Louisiana.

NMOA is excited to be a major catalyst towards revitalizing an iconic city landmark, and to take their clinic to a more patient centric location positioned within a collection of shops, restaurants, and community amenities. The new 68,000 sq. ft. facility will allow New Mexico Orthopaedics to offer patients comprehensive and convenient orthopaedic care with same day appointments, relaxing, non-healthcare patient rooms, and cutting-edge technology including the best MRI and X-Ray machines on the market in addition to providing the world-class care patients have come to expect from NMOA.

Designed by local architectural firm Scout Design, the stunning 68,000 sq.ft. facility will bring more than 100 construction jobs to Albuquerque.

NMOA is committed to keeping it local for this project. Scout Design, a grass roots New Mexican Architectural firm, was contracted to design the new space. Insight Construction, the General Contractor for the project, has created more than 100 construction jobs to build this new facility.

NMOA, together with Goodman Realty Group is committed to green technology. The facility will feature solar energy with daylight harvesting and reclaimed water. Winrock will be a true village with community gathering spaces, retail shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, hotels, residential, office and medical uses.

The move by New Mexico Orthopaedics Associates is part of a growing trend in healthcare as doctors look to relocate their services out of the traditional healthcare setting by locating in amenity rich mixed-use environments. New Mexico Orthopedics seeks to rethink the patient experience by providing customer convenience with extended hours, easy access, the latest technology and ample parking.

The NMOA Campus will also feature a completely renovated Motion Shop, which provides patients and retail customers convenient, on-site access to necessary non-covered rehabilitative equipment and supplies.

NMOA is also working with Goodman Realty to open a wellness center that will work with community members to create and maintain healthy lifestyles.

“Beyond the beautiful, modern design and features of the multi-disciplinary orthopaedic clinic, the way in which it will enhance patient care is perhaps the most meaningful part of this project,” says Jeffery Racca M.D. President of New Mexico Orthopaedics Associates.

“By taking a unique approach to comprehensive orthopaedic care, we are reinforcing our commitment to the community and emphasizing what we have been saying for years: that the patient is truly at the center of everything we do.”

The new campus opens in December 2019.

About New Mexico Orthopaedics

NMOA, an independently owned physician group, has been serving patients for over 30 years with highly trained orthopaedic, sports medicine and spine care physicians, working together in New Mexico’s only medical practice that offers diagnosis, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation within one group.

“Every person we care for is different – their choice of exercise, sports and lifestyle are unique, so we design individual treatment plans that help each patient reach maximum performance and health.”

About Goodman Realty Group

Over the last six decades, Goodman Realty Group has built a nationwide reputation as one of the most innovative and versatile owners and developers of commercial real estate.  With a long track record of increasing value by creating sustainably profitable properties throughout the United States, Goodman has owned, developed, leased and managed over 7,000,000 square feet of retail, office, residential, industrial and hospitality properties.

About Scout Design

Located in Albuquerque, NM, SCOUT Design brings small firm attention with large firm expertise to a broad range of projects. SCOUT is a woman-owned business with over 35 years of experience. The firm has a unique structure that emphasizes personalized service and engagement specializing in healthcare, hospitality, retail, office, and community projects. SCOUT Owner Shannon Parks received her BA in Architecture with a Minor in Engineering in 2006 from Lehigh University, and her Masters in Architecture in 2008 from UNM.  She has over ten years of experience working on a diverse range of projects of all scales.

About Insight Construction

Insight Construction is proud to celebrate 11 years in business in New Mexico this July. Our birth as a company during the great recession of 2008 has forged a strong competitive drive and customer appreciation at our core. The company has grown to 50 full time employees, and revenue has grown each year though tireless dedication to the delivery of our construction services.  We specialize in mid-sized commercial construction projects throughout New Mexico, and our partnership with New Mexico Orthopedics (our second client in company history), is a testament to the strong relationships we develop. This current build out for NMO is an incredible honor for our company, and we are so excited for our role in this new facility for NMO.

Dr. Tripuraneni Featured in ABQ Magazine 2019 Top Docs!

Congratulations to Dr. Tripuraneni from ABQ The Magazine!

Dr. Tripuraneni Featured in ABQ Magazine 2019 Top Docs!Dr. Krishna Tripuraneni is not just one of the most respected orthopaedic surgeons in New Mexico, his reputation spans the entire country. Perhaps that’s why he was one of the physicians chosen by the Albuquerque Isotopes to be a team doctor.

Krishna Tripuraneni, MD, FAAOS is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery. After completing his undergraduate and medical degrees at George Washington University, Dr. Tripuraneni completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of New Mexico followed by a fellowship in total joint replacement at Stanford University.

Dr. Tripuraneni views his professional career as an opportunity to assist others and finds a deep satisfaction in facilitating people to lead healthier and happier lives.

His comprehensive, personalized approach and open communication with patients, as well as his desire for patients to return to an improved quality of life are integral in his daily interactions. He makes himself readily available to his patients and his empathetic understanding is vital to their satisfaction. His excellent technical skills, along with his compassionate care are the reasons patients travel from all over the state of New Mexico, as well as neighboring states, to seek his professional opinion.

His clinical care extends beyond joint replacement, as he continues to perform general orthopaedic procedures. Dr. Tripuraneni is involved in clinical research, has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on joint replacement, presented at national meetings, and volunteers his time as a member of national orthopaedic societies.

He is passionate about innovative medical care. He stays up to date with the latest orthopaedic research and integrates this into his practice in order to deliver top-notch clinical and surgical care for his patients. He has spearheaded same-day, outpatient discharges for hip and knee replacements in Albuquerque and is involved in a national, clinical study integrating everyday technology into post-surgical care. His excellent clinical and research care teams manage the numerous intricacies from beginning to end in order to ensure a positive experience for the patient.

Dr. Tripuraneni’s commitment to education extends to the numerous medical students and residents he has mentored over the years. He enjoys being one of the several team physicians for the Albuquerque Isotopes, with the added benefit of enjoying the games with family and friends!

During his free time, Dr. Tripuraneni enjoys sporting activities, staying healthy, traveling and spending time with family.

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UNM Ortho Alumni Golf Tournament 2018

UNM Ortho Alumni Golf Tournament 2018

New Mexico Orthopaedics was proud to participate in the UNM 2018 Ortho Alumni Golf Tournament. It was a great turnout with both past and present physicians representing NMOA. The UNM Ortho Residents were pleased that NMOA supports them in their endeavors!

UNM Ortho Alumni Golf Tournament

UNM Ortho Alumni Golf Tournament

Dr. Douglas Allen – Albuquerque’s Top Orthopedic Doctor

Dr. Douglas Allen - New Mexico OrthopaedicsWhat drew you to your speciality?

When entering medical school, Orthopedics initially appealed to me because it is an interesting combination of medicine, sports, and engineering.

Do you have a favorite on-the-job story you can share with us?

I had the opportunity to perform shoulder replacements on my fourth-grade teacher. It was great to reconnect with her and she was a pleasure to work with. She is functioning beyond her expectations and is pain free.

What is the best part of practicing in Albuquerque?

It’s great to practice in my hometown. Both my wife and I are physicians and multi-generational natives of Albuquerque. When we were finishing our medical training, it was obvious that we both wanted to come home and practice in an area that has so much going for it, but is generally underserved medically.

Off the clock, do you have any hobbies or causes you support?

Currently, I help coach my son’s high school wrestling team in my free time. I also enjoy skiing and all aspects of outdoor sports.

What’s the most exciting new development in your field?

Over the last several years there has been an emphasis on minimally invasive / arthroscopic procedures. I’m often amazed at our ability to perform surgeries through very small incisions.

What has been the proudest moment of your career?

Going back to Duke, (where I attended undergraduate school( after completion of my residency, to sub-specialize in the orthopedic care of athletes. Part of the requirement of the fellowship was serving as one of the lead physicians for the Duke basketball team.

In one sentence, what would be your advice for living a happy, healthy life ?

Exercise and have fun!

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Heavy Bones, Low Body Weight: New Link Between Bone Cells and Blood Sugar Level Found

Article Found on ScienceDaily

Bone cells do not just form new bone, they also influence the blood sugar level. Leuven scientists have now discovered a new mechanism that controls this link. The metabolism of bone cells determines how much sugar they use; if the bone cells consume more sugar than normal, this can lower the glucose level in the blood. This research may contribute to future therapies for conditions such as osteoporosis and diabetes. Read more

2018 Economic Impact Study

2018 Economic Impact Study – New Mexico Physicians Boost State’s Economy

New study demonstrates that physicians support 47,688, generate $8.0 billion in economic activity

Physicians add opportunity, growth and prosperity to the New Mexico’s economy by creating 47,688 jobs and generating $8.0 billion in economic activity, according to a new report, “The Economic Impact of Physicians in New Mexico” released today by the New Mexico Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

The study quantifies the economic boost that 4,184 New Mexico active patient care physicians provide to the state’s economy, producing a ripple effect that is felt statewide. The study measures physicians’ impact using four key economic indicators:

1. Jobs

Physicians support 47,688 jobs in New Mexico — 11.4 for each physician on average.

2. Economic Activity

Economic Activity

Physicians generate $8.0 billion in economic output, comprising 8.6 percent of the New Mexico economy. Each physician generates $1.9 million for the state economy on average.

Wages and benefits

Physicians contribute $3.9 billion in total wages and benefits paid to workers across New Mexico, empowering a high-quality, sustainable workforce. Each physician contributes $929,205 to workers’ wages and benefits on average.

State and local tax revenue

Physicians’ contribution to the New Mexico economy generates $316.4 million in state and local tax revenue for their communities—translating to $75,625 for each physician on average—enabling community investments to be made.

“The positive impact of physicians extends beyond safeguarding the health and welfare of their patients,” said AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D., M.H.A. “The Economic Impact Study illustrates that physicians are woven into their local communities and have a vital role in fueling state economies by creating jobs, purchasing goods and services, and supporting public services through the tax revenue they generate.”

Economic Impact of Physicians in New Mexico

The report found that every dollar applied to physician services in New Mexico supports an additional $1.80 in other business activity. An additional 6.143 jobs, above and beyond the clinical and administrative personnel that work inside the physician practices, are supported for each one million dollars of revenue generated by a physician’s practice. In addition, New Mexico physicians generate more economic output, produce more jobs and pay more in wages and benefits than higher education, nursing and community care facilities, legal services, and home health.

Across the country physicians add $2.3 trillion to the U.S. economy, support more than 12.6 million jobs nationwide, contribute $1 trillion in total wages and benefits paid to U.S. workers, and generate $92.9 billion in state and local tax revenue.

To view the full report and an interactive map, please visit

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NMOA Surgeon Leads Team Providing Joint Replacements for Adults Living with Arthritis

Joshua Carothers, MD

Dr. Joshua Carothers, a surgeon with New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates (NMOA), recently returned from a mission trip to Honduras with a team of Albuquerque healthcare providers. The team arrived in Honduras on September 28 and in three days they performed fifteen (15) joint replacement surgeries for sixteen (16) adults living with debilitating arthritis.

Working with Dr. Carothers was NMOA physician assistant Tyler Jefferson, Lovelace Hospital nurse Amber Dobbins, and a representative of the orthopaedic device company Depuy, who donated the joint replacement hardware. The local caregivers donated their time and surgical expertise.

The Albuquerque team joined up with other medical professionals who were also volunteering their time and skills as part of a mission trip with Operation Walk based in Denver, Colorado.  About fifty-five surgeons, physicians’ assistants, nurses, physical therapists, anesthesiologists, representatives from orthopaedic implant companies and medical doctors participated in the 2017 mission trip from September 29 – October 1. Altogether, the mission team provided 60 new joints to people that would otherwise never have the means to have their severe arthritis treated.

Altogether, the mission team provided 60 new joints to people that would otherwise never have the means to have their severe arthritis treated.

“We bring everything from the IV that the patients get when they enter the hospital to the bandage and home aids that they go home with including all the implants and instruments” said NMOA surgeon Joshua Carothers, M. D. “In addition to providing surgeries”, said Dr Carothers, “we spend time training the local doctors, nurses, and therapists.”

Operation Walk is a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatments for patients in developing countries and in the United States who suffer from debilitating bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, and do not have access to medical care. Founded in 1994, Operation Walk teams have operated on hundreds of patients in Russia, Cuba, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States. Over 6,000 patients have received new knees and hips through the International Operation Walk organization since 1994.

Dr. Carothers, P.A. Tyler Jefferson, and nurse gave this patient a new knee on September 30, 2017.
Her daughter was glad to see new hope for her mother after watching her live for years with debilitating arthritis

“The intense, never-ending pain endured by the patients we treat makes conducting normal, productive lives difficult to impossible. Because of their inability to walk and provide for themselves, many lose their jobs, their families, and the ability to experience the basic joys of life. It’s a great feeling to be there and give a new beginning to people who do not have access to this kind of healthcare where they live.”

The week-long mission trips are designed to restore the gift of walking to as many people as possible, typically more than fifty patients while educating local healthcare workers in advanced surgical and rehabilitation procedures. “I have been working and traveling with the group to Panama and Honduras over the last 6 years,” said Dr. Carothers “and have been really proud to bring a team from Albuquerque that represents our city so well”.

About Dr. Carothers

NMOA surgeon Joshua Carothers focuses on total knee and hip replacements at the New Mexico Center for Joint Replacement Surgery, one of the Centers of Excellence at New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates. His Medical Degree is from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine in 2002, where he graduated first in his class. He completed a five-year residency in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in 2007 and an adult reconstruction fellowship with Colorado Joint Replacement in Denver in 2008.

New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates                                                  

The independent physician group concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative conditions. NMOA includes more than 30 physicians who provide both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for patients. The group’s comprehensive care model integrates the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of orthopaedic, sports medicine and spine care within one practice. NMOA offers patients a choice of two clinic locations in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. NMOA provides surgery in a physician-owned surgery center, physical and occupational therapy, X-ray and MRI, Quick Care Clinics and workplace injury care. NMOA has been serving patients for over thirty years.