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“Dr. Varela called me after my surgery to see how I was doing. It made me feel good to know she took the time to do that.”



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“Dr. Vu is one of the only doctors and or clinics I’ve been to in the past 30 years that has actually helped me with my back problems. Thank you.”



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“Dr. Vu is an exceptional doctor who is dedicated to his patients health and wellness. I have had a very positive experience with Dr. Vu. I would highly recommend him.”



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“Dr. Vu’s assessments and assistance in helping me with 28 years of pain from various injuries, he has helped me to live better with my pain. Through various tests, shots, physical therapy, and some medications, his understanding & comprehensive knowledge, has REALLY helped me. He finds the start of the pain & works from there. I would recommend Dr. Vu to all of my family and friends, & to anyone! Dr. Vu has a great “bedside manner” & has a good sense of humor with helping people.” -Michelle P.



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“Dr. Merck took the time to listen to me. I am new to The Villages and am finding this rare in a doctor. The staff is great. They work together well and try very hard to help the patients.”



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“Dr. Merck is awesome. Really knows what to do for you to make you pain free. I feel very comfortable with Dr. Merck and his staff. A wonderful place to get well. So thankful for Dr. Merck.”



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“Doctor and staff were terrific. Very professional, pleasant, courteous, and friendly. Dr. Merck took time to explain every step so I was as relaxed as possible. I never felt rushed through the procedure. I would not hesitate to recommend this practice to anyone. It was top notch from beginning to end of each visit.”



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“Dr. Zhou, you are simply brilliant! I can’t truly express my deep heartfelt gratitude for your dedication to your practice, the kindness towards patients with professionalism unmatched. You stopped what felt like an ice pick which was going through my eye to the back of my head; basically you stopped me from going out of my mind insane. With my light sensitivity and sound issues, I had to walk around with an eye patch, double sunglasses, earplugs and a hat. Your recent treatment has let all except one pair of sunglasses go.”



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“Dr. Zhou, you are a proficient professional man who takes his pain management specialty to heart and from my heart to yours, thank you again. I would recommend you and your pain management office to any person in need of a specialist to get rid of pain in either the Gainesville or Lake City location. The medical solutions, surgical treatments and alternative therapies used have allowed me to leave my home to do normal activities. You have made my life livable, something not even imaginable a few months ago.”



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“Dr. Zhou, you are a beam of light we look forward to seeing every month, even with a 2 hour trip we make every month, you are worth every mile! You are the kind of physician who looks beyond traditional solutions; looking at problems from all sides, medical, environmental, social, and physical and you analyze and compile data to resolve what the best solution is for each individual patient. I am a just a lucky patient to have you on my side as my healthcare pain physician.”



Meet the FLPNR Team

  • YiLi Zhou, M.D., Ph.D
  • Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu, D.O.
  • Lourdes Varela–Batista, M.D.
  • Vinh-Loc Nguyen, P.A.
  • Kirstie Nicol, P.A.
  • Irene Aponte Moreno, N.P.
  • Sunny Park, N.P.
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Neurologist in Ocala, FL

YiLi Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.

Harvard-Trained, Board-Certified Pain Specialist and Neurologist.

Dr. Zhou graduated from Wenzhou Medical College, China in 1982 with training in both modern western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. He had neurology fellowship training at Shanghai Medical School, specializing in EMG/NCV and evoked potential studies. He served as an attending neurologist in China.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in Ocala, FL

Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu, D.O.

Dr. Zhou graduated from Wenzhou Medical College, China in 1982 with training in both modern western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. He had neurology fellowship training at Shanghai Medical School, specializing in EMG/NCV and evoked potential studies. He served as an attending neurologist in China.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Lourdes Varela–Batista, M.D.

Dr. Varela is a fellowship trained pain specialist and board certified PMR expert. Her specialities include physical medicine and rehabilitation and interventional pain medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Puerto Rico and completed her medical degree from New York Medica College. Dr. Varela completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Vinh-Loc Nguyen, P.A.

Vinh-Loc Nguyen is a NCCPA certified physician assistant and is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics from University of Florida in 1994. He had a successful career in the financial industry before returning to his true passion for medicine.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Kirstie Nicol, P.A.

Kirstie has been serving as a physician assistant at Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center, Lake City since September 2016. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She received her master of science in physician assistant studies, at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Irene Aponte Moreno, N.P.

Ms. Irene Aponte Moreno is an Adult-Gerontology certified Nurse Practitioner and licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. In 2014, she received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in December of 2006. In 2003, she received an Associates of Arts degree from Southwestern Michigan College. She also completed an Associate degree in Informatics from the University Institute Antonio Jose de Sucre located in Lara State, Venezuela.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Sunny Park, N.P.

Ms. Sunny Park is an AANP and ANCC certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in Drawing from Southern Illinois University in 1999. She pursued nursing career and graduated with Associate of Science in Nursing in 2007 and started working as a registered nurse in Cardiovascular ICU in St.Luke’s Medical Center. She continued with her education and graduated with Magna Cum Laude obtaining Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010 from Cardinal Stritch University. During her nursing education, she was awarded multiple scholarships including the Lamplight scholarship by Milwaukee Nurses Association.

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