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I was born and raised in South Georgia where I graduated from Coffee High School and South Georgia College. I attended UGA College of Pharmacy with a Pre-Med intention. While in Athens I met my future wife, Melinda. Melinda and I owned and operated Oconee Family Pharmacy in the Lake Oconee area for 8 years. As a pharmacist, I obtained additional training in diabetes education, asthma education, delivery of immunizations and compounding pharmaceuticals.  During this time, I was a volunteer firefighter with Sugar Creek Fire Department (Lieutenant Chief) where I trained as a first responder. I also became ordained as a deacon in the church, went on multiple mission trips and earned a pilot's license.

I applied to medical school and was accepted to Mercer University School of Medicine with the idea that I would train to be an endocrinologist. During my intern year, a friend asked me to work with him in Anesthesia for a day. I went through some hardships, but changed my residency to Anesthesia. Part of my Anesthesia residency in Augusta included working in the Pain Clinic. I worked very well with and enjoyed helping this population of patients. I remained there for an additional year for training in pain management.

After some time I have finally joined a company which has the same goals as me. I want to treat the reason for the pain, not mask the pain, so the patient has an improvement in his or her quality of life. I utilize a multitude of modalities to bring the patient's pain under control; including procedures, ancillary service referrals such as physical and massage therapy, topical agents and a host of other modalities. It is my goal to make every effort to minimize the use of narcotics when possible.

My background as a pharmacist has been extremely beneficial in the formulation of patient care plans. I take the time to explain the disease process and what is causing the pain so the patients can learn to resolve the pain issue and become less dependent on medications.

Board Certification

American Board of Anesthesiology; sub-specialty Pain Medicine

Board Eligible

American Board of Addiction Medicine

Fellowship

Pain Management; Georgia Health Sciences University, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Augusta, GA

Residency

Georgia Health Sciences University, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Augusta, GA

Internship

Internal Medicine; University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

MD

Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA

RPh

University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy, Athens GA

Professional Memberships

Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists
American Medical Association