Meet our Thrive team and learn more about our story!

Award-Winning Team, Compassionate Care

The Thrive Story

   Thrive is an award-winning practice founded by Anesthesiologists with over 50 years of combined experience. Our doctors treat orthopaedic, personal injury and workers compensation patients. We leverage our large network of medical providers (i.e. imaging centers, physical therapy, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons) to provide a comprehensive treatment plan to help you recover as quickly as possible. We accept all major insurances and work on direct lien and letter of protection for personal injury cases.

Why choose Thrive?

  • Award-winning provider team

  • Wide range of services from minimally invasive treatments through to surgery

  • Same-day appointments available

  • 6 Convenient locations across Atlanta, Gainesville and Columbus

  • Accept most insurances and personal injury cases on lien.

  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff that will make you feel like you're part of the Thrive family.

Our Thrive Provider Team

Rajesh Patel, MD

Founder & Anesthesiologist

    Dr. Rajesh Patel is a board-certified Anesthesiologist. Dr. Patel has been practicing in the Atlanta area since 1999 and has extensive experience across a broad spectrum of patient conditions. Previous to Thrive, Dr. Patel co-founded CPM with 9 locations across the Greater Atlanta Area. His success as a Physician is rooted in a sincere approach to patient care, ensuring his patients fully understand their conditions, available treatment options and most importantly what is in the best interest of the patient and their family.

   Dr. Patel completed an Anesthesia Residency at the University of Medicine & Dentistry in New Jersey. Dr. Patel lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and two children and enjoys spirituality and travelling.

Daren Newfield, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Daren Newfield is a board certified Orthopedic surgeon who has dedicated his life to making his patients whole again. Dr. Newfield obtained his medical degree from Emory University and completed his internship in Orthopedics as well as his residency in orthopedic surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, who participated in a Fellowship in sports medicine at Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center.

Dr. Newfield completed an additional Fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Oakland Bone and Joint Specialists. Dr. Newfield has over 20 years of extensive experience in Atlanta, covering Level 1 Emergency trauma call. He was the former Chairman of Orthopedics at Northside Hospital.

Dr. Newfield has a passion to help people in any and all types of situations. An example of his dedication is a trip to El Salvador to perform a spine and extremity surgery on under privileged children with deformities. Dr. Newfield also volunteered his time to travel on a medical mission’s trip to Les Cayes, Haiti after the devastating Earthquake which destroyed homes and changed lives. During that trip he was able to save many lives and limbs of individuals affected but this tragedy. The devastation of living conditions after the earthquake left a lasting impression on him. In our media section, check out the video of Dr. Newfield saving Tripod’s life (a stray dog), whom he then adopted after performing a life saving surgery on him. Dr. Newfield will go to any length to save any living being.

In Dr. Newfield’s free time he enjoys spending time with his beloved family. Dr. Newfield has been married to his wonderful wife for 4 years. The couple has been happily blessed with two amazing, fun filled, active girls and one little Newfield on the way. Dr. Newfield’s family is his inspiration, motivation and drive. Together they share their love for the outdoors, animals, skateboarding and being a family. It’s fair to say his girls are the love of his life. As a family, their passion is to help others and serve Atlanta by fixing one patient at a time.

Dr. Newfield is currently credentialled to perform Orthopaedic surgery's at Northside Hospital, Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center and Perimeter Surgery Center.

Shiel Patel, MD


Dr. Shiel Patel is a certified anesthesiologist. He is originally from Calgary, Canada and completed his medical school training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He then went on to complete his Anesthesia Residency at the University of Toronto Anesthesia - widely considered as a top 5 program in the world. Dr. Patel is passionate about furthering his knowledge and skills in all aspects of pain medicine and thoroughly enjoys providing patients with the satisfaction of quality treatment. Earlier this year, Dr. Patel spent months in the intensive care unit in Toronto, taking care of some of the sickest COVID patients.

In his free time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the piano, and cooking new recipes. He is an avid sports fan, particularly basketball and football. Furthermore, he is a travel enthusiast, having travelled to over 20 countries which has allowed him to gain an appreciation for cultural awareness.

Taylor Lesniak, MSN, NP-C, RN, CCRN

Nurse Practitioner

Taylor is a Nurse Practitioner with Thrive Medical Partners. She is an Atlanta, GA born native. She attended Valdosta State University for her Bachelor’s in Nursing, where she received top honor of Valedictorian of The College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Fall, 2013. She has an exceptional 5 years of Intensive Care Unit experience, including recovering open-heart surgery patients and caring for many patients requiring life-supporting measures. She attended The University of Alabama at Birmingham for her Master’s Degree in Nursing, where she specialized as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She worked in Internal Medicine as the Primary Care Provider for almost 2 years and she is very excited to be a part of Thrive Medical Partners. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, friends, and 3 dogs. 

Malaka Mustafa, PA

Physician Assistant

Malaka is a Board Certified Orthopedic and Interventional Spine Physician Assistant. She studied biochemistry for her undergraduate, completed her Bachelors degree in three years and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dalton State College in 2014. She soon moved to Knoxville, TN to complete her education as a physician assistant, in December of 2017 she graduated in the top 10 of her class.


She worked in the emergency department and orthopedic surgery simultaneously when she first graduated, as she received more training in orthopedics, she focused her career solely on orthopedics and spine. Malaka is passionate about helping patients through all walks of life. She is bilingual in English and Arabic. In her free time, she volunteers her time to non-profit clinical organizations, plays tennis with her husband or takes her baby boy to the park. 

Personal Injury Support Team

          Shawna Cheves

Our Network of Providers & Community Partners

   These are just a few of the practices that are part of our Thrive network of providers that we trust to give our patients the absolute best care. If you're in need of any of the specialists below, we are happy to provide a referral upon examination!

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Phone: 678-257-2547

Fax: 866-317-9099

Office Hours
Monday - Friday:   8AM - 5PM

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