Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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                                            Dr. Kraus is honored to be listed in
                                            "Best Doctors in America" (2001-2008) and
                                             "Top Doctors of Houston, Texas" (2007, 2008, 2009)     

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gary kraus, m.d., neurosurgeon, houston, texas

Gary Kraus, M.D., director
Medical Director, Neuroscience Center, West Houston Medical Center
Medical Director, Gamma Knife Center, West Houston
            Medical Center
Houston, Texas

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Houston, Texas, USA

                                      Co-founder, Cyberacuity, LLC  (
Formerly:  Co-founder and Associate Medical Director: Wallace Kettering Neuroscience Institute
Formerly:  Director, Gamma Knife Department, Kettering Medical Center

Areas of Interest: complex spine surgery, minimally invasive surgery, lumbar disc disease, cervical disc disease, brain tumors, Gamma Knife , normal pressure hydrocephalus, non-surgical treatment of neck and low back pain, brain surgery with navigation

Stuyvesant High School, New York City, N.Y.
B.S.  : Physics / Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.D. : State University of New York/Stony Brook School of Medicine
Neurosurgery Residency: St. Louis University School of Medicine
Fellowship Neurovascular and Skull Base Surgery: Barrow Neurological
       Institute, Phoenix, Arizona

medical staff appointments:

West Houston Medical Center
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
Spring Branch Medical Center

Publications:  stereo textbook/atlas of neurosurgical approaches (published by Williams and Wilkens);  numerous chapters and peer reviewed papers

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Dr. Kraus is seen with a patient of his.  She had a blood vessel malformation within her brain, which was successfully removed.  Here she is seen as Alice, performing  in in her high school play Alice in Wonderland.

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jonathan murray strength trainer

Jonathan H. Murray
Certified Fitness Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association)
BS Exercise Physiology/ Wellness: Ohio Northern University

"Working with the team on is important to me because I have suffered two serious back injuries in my life and am currently 100% pain free.  I fractured three vertebrae in my back when I was young and I injured my lower back again in a strength trainingpower lifting accident.  Since these injuries I have built myself back up to the position of one of the top ranked power lifters in the nation (in my age and weight class, respectively) and I am currently pursuing strongest man competitions.  I have rehabilitated my back so well that the team wanted me to enclose a photo of myself doing a partial dead lift of one thousand pounds.  This was done pain free.


joyce vedral fitness expertJOYCE VEDRAL, PH.D.

Joyce Vedral is a #1 New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly Best-selling Fitness author whose books and video's have sold over three million copies. She is a certified personal trainer, accredited by the ISSA (The International Sports Sciences Association.) Joyce is also a Ph.D. in English Literature (New York University) and has applied her research abilities to the fitness world, where she met and trained with the Father of Fitness, Joe Weider–publisher of Muscle and Fitness, Shape and Sports Fitness  magazines. Joe gives Joyce's workouts his unqualified seal of approval!  Her constant appearances on the talk show circuit has made her name as a fitness expert a household word.  Joyce is a sought after lecturer and fitness instructor.  Joyce taught teenagers at the high school level for twenty five years!
    Joyce says: "After getting fatter every year despite dieting and working out hours a day, I was ashamed to stand in front of my class (I was an English teacher). I did the research, and soon realized that champion bodybuilders had the secrets to body shaping. Why re-invent the wheel? I applied the principles to myself modifying them to get feminine muscularity, and In a matter of 12 weeks my body was transformed." Warner books became very excited and began publishing Joyce's workouts,  which ended up in video!  The rest is history.
    Joyce says: "If I can do it you can do it too.  I didn't even pick up a weight until I was 39– and looked better than ever in my life in a matter of months. (Go to Joyce's site and see her before and after photo's ( Now, at 58 Joyce has the bones and body of twenty-five year old! Joyce says, "The key is to do it–like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. You don't have to get a thrill out of it, just do it.  Joyce answers e mail personally.


mike pedersen golf trainer

Mike Pedersen, BS, CPT

President and Founder of and the Golf Trainer Power Performance Program™

Mike Pedersen founded the Golf Trainer Power Performance Program™ to help educate golfers of all ages and abilities the importance of fitness for golf. President of (GT), he is the author of the four GolfTrainer on-line books and has designed all the customized golf-specific strength training, flexibility training, and cardiovascular exercise programs. He has trained and educated people in exercise and nutrition for more than 17 years.

After graduating from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, he moved on to decathlon competition and was a nationally-ranked decathlete for Canada from 1987 to 1989. Mike has been certified by the American Council on Exercise since 1986. He worked as fitness director of a major health club chain and has had his own private fitness business for 13 years.

He began applying his knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics of the swing to the individual golfers he works with. He has run the Golf Fitness program at Desert Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the premier private golf clubs in the United States with five golf courses and a sixth in the works as well as a state-of-the-art fitness facility.

Mike has given many seminars on Fitness for Golf to golfers at all levels and of all ages as well as to teaching golf pros. He has written extensively on this subject, and published articles include "Get Fit To Play Better Golf" (Sun Golf Magazine) "Golf Fitness: The Missing Link" (Arizona Golf Association Magazine) "Play Consistently for 18 Holes" (Sun Golf Magazine), and "Hit It Longer And Straighter" (Arizona Golfer).

Mike is in the developmental stages of writing a golf-fitness manual and exploring the possibility of a companion golf-fitness video. In addition, he has consulted with many of the top fitness experts in the country to enhance his fitness services.


lisa mosing nutrition expert

Lisa Mosing, MS, RD, FADA

Lisa Mosing, MS, RD, FADA is the owner of Nutrition Works, an eighteen-year-old nutrition consulting firm. She is the nutritional spokesperson for a select group of food and nutrition companies. In her practice, she also counsels patients, develops nutrition programs, serves as a technical nutrition expert, creates recipes and conducts nutrition seminars.

 Mosing is the author of books, pamphlets and journal articles and is a sought after speaker. She frequently appears as a food and nutrition expert on national, international and local television. Mosing has been published or quoted in Consumer’s Digest, GreatLife, Healing MD, Fit, Epotec, New Body, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, USA Diets, Your Life, Well and Healthy Woman, Woman’s Day, Sacramento Bee, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register and The Chicago Tribune.

 Mosing has also conducted health seminars for such notable companies as Mattel, Motorola, Beckman, Unocal, Tosco, Magnvox, Honey Hill Yogurt, Lucky Stores, Inc. and Vogue. She has served as the nutrition director for Lucky Stores, Multi-Media Ventures, Chicago Health Clubs and Exercise Centers of Georgia and Illinois and as a nutrition instructor at local colleges.

 In addition, Mosing is a nutrition consultant to food companies, advertising agencies, publishing firms and medical groups. She has a BA in biology and foods and nutrition from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a MS in nutritional science from California State University, Long Beach. Mosing is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).


chad tackett fitness expert

Chad Tackett, CPT

President and Creator of Global Health Fitness



Chad Tackett has BS degrees in Exercise and Health Science and Nutrition from Oregon State University, and is certified as a professional Personal Trainer and Weight Management Specialist by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  Additional professional education has included several dozen personal trainer/health-and-fitness seminar taught by professionals from around the world.  Chad has trained and educated people in exercise and nutrition for more than eight years.

Chad is a regular guest lecturer to professional and lay audiences on the principles of effective exercise and habits and has personally worked with more than three thousand individuals both on and off line.  Chad also writes fitness articles, fit tips, exercise instructions, Q and A columns, and healthy recipes for more than 300 health related magazines, newsletters and websites.  He is president of Global Health and Fitness.

william witt md pain specialist anesthesiologist

William O. Witt, M.D.
Chairman Emeritus, Anesthesiology
University of Kentucky
Chandler Medical Center
Professor, Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery
Director, Pain Management Center
Consulting Physician to the President, U.A.E.


Dr. Witt has a vast experience in treating pain through invasive and non-invasive methods.  His academic accomplishments include Chairing the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky.  He has had numerous publications and been the recipient of several research grants (curriculum vitae).  Dr. Witt is a widely known and respected lecturer in the sub-specialty of Pain Management. As Director of the University of Kentucky Center for Pain Management he personally consults on as many as 600 patients weekly. His practice is devoted to treating a wide variety of acute and chronic pain problems. He has lectured on this subject at numerous National and International Conferences.

Dr. Bryan Brodeur
St. Albert, Alberta


Undergraduate studies: University of Alberta
Chiropractic degree: Parker College of Chiropractic
     Dallas, Texas

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The lowback pain team would like to express special thanks to Mr. Larry Pacifico.  Mr. Pacifico is the owner of Champion's Gym, holds numerous world records in powerlifting, and has been very gracious in allowing his excellent gym to be used for many of the exercise and strength training demonstrations.




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