Why Pain Partners

You deserve an experienced pain physician, innovative treatments and patient-centered care.
And you'll find them all at our new pain treatment center.

Get to Know Dr. Chris Vije

Chris Vije, MD of Pain Partners of TX

Christopher Vije, M.D., had a vision for a team and
patient-centered pain practice.

Rather than being the biggest or the busiest practice in town, he was driven by goals that center on people: creating the best treatment outcomes and the highest patient satisfaction.

That desire led Dr. Vije to found Pain Partners of Texas, a full-time pain treatment center in the Lakeway area of Austin, Texas. Pain Partners helps patients relieve their pain so that they can get back to the activities they love.

At Pain Partners, Dr. Vije combines innovative, minimally invasive treatments with a focus on partnering with patients to improve their total wellness. It's cutting-edge care delivered in a warm and supportive environment.

An Expert in Pain Care

Dr. Vije brings an extensive background in pain management to Pain Partners of Texas. Board certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology, he was previously part of a multi-physician group here in the Austin area for five years.

The Houston native earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed his anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania.

He has given presentations and lectures on pain management, written book chapters and scientific articles, and is a speaker and educator for different methods of neurostimulation, providing treatments for minimally invasive pain relief.

Family and Football

Outside of his practice, you'll find Dr. Vije spending time with his wife, Avani, and their two energetic little boys, Rohan and Dilan. He also enjoys visiting extended family in Dallas and Houston, time with friends, travel, good food and outdoor activities. He's an avid college football fan — especially when it comes to his undergrad alma mater, Notre Dame. Since moving to Austin several years ago, though, he's learned to appreciate all things burnt orange as well.

Get to Know Our Team

Danita Thomas

Danita Thomas

Practice Administrator

Danita joined Pain Partners of Texas in 2016 as Practice Administrator. She has worked with Dr. Vije since 2012. She attended University of San Antonio and North Texas State University. She has over 25 years of experience in management and practice administration with specific expertise in accreditation, compliance and regulations. She has managed single-speciality and multi-speciality clinics as well as ambulatory surgical centers, including ground-up development of a surgical center in Killeen, Texas.

She is the mother of a beautiful daughter, Hannah. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. Her top-most priority at Pain Partners of Texas is to ensure patient satisfaction.

Grant Starey

Grant Starey

Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner

Grant Starey, a board-certified nurse practitioner, received his master’s degree in nursing from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2016. Prior to obtaining his master’s, Grant graduated with honors in 2009 at Abilene Christian University with a bachelor’s in biology. He then went on to receive his BSN in nursing at Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2011.

Grant has lived, gone to school, and worked in central Texas for many years. Grant comes to Pain Partners of Texas with extensive experience on telemetry, critical care, and medical/surgical units as both a floor nurse and charge nurse. Grant has been part of the Pain Partners of Texas team since 2016 and has a strong desire to work collaboratively with his patients to provide the clearest picture of their diagnosis, treatment plan, and wellness goals.

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Working Together for Pain Relief

Dr. Vije created Pain Partners of Texas based on the core belief that patients deserve respect, a caring atmosphere and to be involved in shaping their own pain treatment plans. We also believe in partnering with other experts we trust to get you the most complete, effective care and long-lasting pain relief.
Read more about our Total Treatment Plan ➝
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We Can Ease Your Pain

We see patients with a variety of acute and chronic pain conditions, including:
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Knee, hip and leg pain
  • Vertebral compression fractures from osteoporosis or trauma
  • Sacral compression fractures
  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Cervical herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis of the lumbar and cervical spine
  • Arthritis of the knees, hips or shoulders
  • Arthritis of the cervical or lumbar spine
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Myofascial pain
  • Headaches
  • Continued pain after surgery (including spine surgery, knee surgery, lung surgery, hernia surgery, amongst others)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome after shingles
  • Nerve pain in the feet, hands or other locations
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sports injuries
See more conditions we can help you with and learn about the kinds of treatments we offer on our Innovative Pain Relief page. ➝

Professional Memberships

Dr. Vije is a member of the following professional organizations: