The expert team at Ascent Pain Solutions is here to help.

We stand for:

  • Compassionate Care
  • High Quality Treatment
  • State of the Art Technology
  • Patient Centered Focus
  • Mindful and Empathetic Providers
  • Innovative Assessment Approaches

Vivek Mahendru, MD

CEO & Medical Director

Dr. Mahendru started the first national Residents Section at the American Society for Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) and become a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology Committee on Pain Medicine while he was the Chief Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Harvard teaching institution. After this, he was appointed to lead and chair the CPT advisory committee of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Committee on Pain Medicine and represent the pain management physician community at the American Medical Association Board of Directors meetings. Dr. Mahendru recently completed training on the mild® Procedure.

Dr. Mahendru is an accomplished author and lecturer and speaks, teaches, and volunteers his time in underdeveloped nations in his specialty. He is also a former consultant to the Texas Medical Board.

Given his 25-year history of being a successful Pain Medicine physician, Dr. Mahendru has notable accolades that he is proud of:

  1. He audits, supervises, and manages his providers to provide best-in-class, high-quality care in a cost-effective setting.
  2. He meets with his staff and providers once a month to review quality improvement strategies.
  3. His patients do NOT utilize the ER for after-hours care or for pain management services.
  4. He minimizes and creates an opioid-free environment for his patients.
  5. He does NOT utilize spine fusions as a cure for his patients, therefore, minimizing post-fusion failures in treatments which can be costly to the carriers and patients.

Dr. Mahendru believes advanced technology in a compassionate setting with patient outreach provides good outcomes and results. This is a highly cost-effective approach to achieving best-in-class care with outstanding results. Outcomes are tracked on a quarterly basis to demonstrate this.

Raymond Yu, MD


Dr. Raymond Yu is a board-certified anesthesiologist and fellowship-trained interventional pain medicine physician who completed his residency training at Allegheny Health Network Medical Education Consortium in Pittsburgh, PA, where he also served as chief resident. Following his residency, he completed his fellowship at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

His special interests within his field include interventional pain modalities for chronic and cancer pain as well as acute postoperative pain management, where he has a particular passion for creating care plans tailored to each patient’s individualized goals for improvement.

In his free time, Dr. Yu enjoys high intensity and weight training but also loves exploring Austin and the city’s many cuisines – especially in the company of his wife and the best pup ever, Luffy.

Imran Farooqi, MD


Dr. Farooqi was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA for undergraduate college earning a degree in Financial Economics and Pre-Medicine making the Deans List multiple times.

He went on to Morgantown, WV where he earned his Doctorate of Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He remained at WVU to complete his Transitional Year Internship. In addition, He did a year in Diagnostic Radiology gaining imaging expertise and realizing his passion for Interventional procedures and pain medicine.

He then attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA where he completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where he also served as a Chief Resident. He stayed at EVMS to complete the ACGME accredited Interventional Pain Management fellowship.

He has a passion for learning and participating in medical research in search of the latest advancements in the field of Medicine in hopes to gain more knowledge for the betterment of patient care. He has multiple publications, abstracts, and posters including: the Journal of Microbiology, Journal of Neuroinfectious Diseases, Neuroscience, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference and Symposium, International Neurological disorders and Stroke, Nature Communications, and most recently Pain Week.

Dr. Asim Aijaz


Dr. Asim Aijaz grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock with Summa Cum Laude honors. He went on to complete his medical degree and anesthesiology residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. During his residency he developed an interest in pain management and pursued a pain management fellowship at New York Medical College in Manhattan, NY. After completing his advanced training in pain management, he moved to Austin, TX, where he has been practicing pain management for over 15 years.

In his free time, Dr. Aijaz enjoys spending time with his wonderful family, reading, motorcycles, exercising, hiking, and traveling. He has participated in medical outreach trips to Guatemala and Ghana. He is fluent in Hindi / Urdu.

Dr. Aijaz enjoys any opportunity to expand his education. He believes learning is not restricted to childhood or the classroom but occurs through life. “Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you will ever have is your mind and what you put into it.” -Albert Einstein.

Laura Argumedo


Bronta Wegesa


Bronta Wegesa is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2011 at Wayland Baptist University. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2019. Bronta grew up in Austin and has several years of experience as a nurse practitioner. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, watching them grow and experiencing their milestones. Bronta also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, loves music, dancing, exercising, watching movies, and traveling. Bronta strives to provide quality care for each patient by studying and growing in evidence-based practices. She believes every individual is unique and by taking a holistic approach she can see the patient as a whole. With each patient encounter Bronta’s goal is to improve the patients’ quality of life.

Our Team