Ty Thomas, MD
Dr. Thomas grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and Philosophy. Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. After an internship year in internal medicine, he completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Dr. Thomas tries to make the complexity of pain simple by establishing a diagnosis and identifying the pain generator and amplifier. If those cannot be repaired, he then attempts to find the nerve transmitting the pain signal and stop it using chemo and radiofrequency denervation techniques. This concept can be applied to most painful conditions. For example, chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain secondary to arthritis can be successfully managed by denervating the sensory nerve supply from the joint.
Dr. Thomas believes pain should be treated and managed using many modalities. Medications, procedures, physical therapy, and psychiatric therapy are modalities he often employs together to return function and quality of life to those in pain. He also recognizes the resources and time required to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients in pain. Dr. Thomas believes painful conditions should be treated in a timely manner, and he sees all new patients as soon as possible for a new patient evaluation.
Chad E. Austin, MD
Dr. Austin graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science prior to attending medical school at LSU Health Sciences Center. Upon completing an internship at Baptist Health Systems, he began residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Following residency, Dr. Austin pursued additional training in an Interventional Pain Management Fellowship under the direction of Richard M. Rosenthal, who is a pioneer in the use of Pulsed Radiofrequency in pain management.
Dr. Austin's ultimate goal is to improve function and quality of life while reducing pain. He strives to establish an accurate diagnosis and incorporates cutting edge, minimally invasive procedures for targeted pain relief treatment. Dr. Austin performs pain relief management procedures primarily in the spine but also in peripheral nerves, joints, and soft tissues. By incorporating radiofrequency technology, he is able to provide a longer duration of pain relief than many of the other treatments currently available. He also understands the complex multifactorial components that are involved in chronic pain and uses a comprehensive approach to treat the whole patient. Outside of work, Dr. Austin enjoys spending time with his wife, Alicia and their children. He is an avid adventurer and outdoorsman. He spends much of his free time traveling, whitewater kayaking, fishing and snowboarding.
Alexander M. Pisaturo, MD
Dr. Pisaturo grew up in the Northeast in Rhode Island and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Miami, Florida. From there, Dr. Pisaturo received his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his internship at Greenwich Hospital, a Yale University affiliate. Following internship, Dr. Pisaturo proudly served four years on active duty in the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer and held the rank of Captain. While in the military, he functioned as an Aerospace medical physician for military aircrew and their families. He has been on multiple deployments in which he received training in Wilderness and Disaster medicine. After separating from the military, Dr. Pisaturo completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Dr. Pisaturo has an avid interest in musculoskeletal pain and kinesiology of the human body. He views musculoskeletal pain as a combination of physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms. During initial patient evaluations, Dr. Pisaturo strives to assess the body as a whole to identify pain generators and arrive at an accurate diagnosis. He also utilizes electromyography and nerve conduction studies to accurately localize and diagnose neuropathic pain. Dr. Pisaturo understands that patients' pain is multifactorial and thus utilizes a comprehensive treatment approach, which includes injection techniques under ultrasound imaging, physical therapy and wellness, nutrition, as well as medications. In all, Dr. Pisaturo's goal is to give his patients the opportunity to improve their function and quality of life as well as to maintain their health through overall wellness.
Dr. Pisaturo's interests include traveling and experiencing many of the cultures the world has to offer. He also enjoys participating in sports to include baseball, hockey, tennis, and golf. Dr. Pisaturo not only encourages exercise, nutrition and wellness from his patients, but also implements these concepts into his daily life. He maintains an active lifestyle while running with his dog, Luna and playing Frisbee with her as well.
Brian Thoma, MD
Dr. Thoma grew up in the Atlanta area before receiving his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and his medical degree from Emory University. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his Interventional Pain fellowship at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Thoma believes in using a multimodal approach to improve his patients' pain, functionality, and overall quality of life. His interest in pain management was born during his residency when he cared for patients suffering from chronic pain in multiple settings including the operating room, the intensive care unit, and the pain clinic. Dr. Thoma is trained to perform a variety of procedures including epidural steroid injections, peripheral nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.
Away from the office, Dr. Thoma can be found spending time with his wife Lauren or participating in one of his many hobbies including golf, soccer, and running.
Wade Martin, MD
Dr. Martin grew up in Birmingham and attended the University of Alabama. Following medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he completed an internship and residency in anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Martin began his interest in pain management during residency and completed his pain management training at the University of Texas Southwestern Hospital and Parkland Hospital in Dallas Texas where he completed an interventional Pain Management Fellowship. He then returned to Birmingham and has been practicing pain management in the Birmingham area since 2008.
Dr. Martin treats patients with all types of acute and chronic pain, including neck and low back pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, and cancer pain. He has a special interest in painful spine disorders. After an accurate diagnosis, he often utilizes minimally invasive non-surgical procedures to alleviate pain such as peripheral nerve blocks, lumbar epidural steroid injections, cervical epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root blocks, facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation procedures for the treatment of chronic pain, vertebral augmentation procedures such as kyphoplasty, and spinal cord stimulation, among other procedures.
Dr. Martin utilizes a comprehensive holistic approach in the treatment of painful conditions. With each new patient he starts with identification of the patient's pain generator. He then involves the patient in formulating a unique treatment plan tailored to their individual situation. Dr. Martin's treatment plans are multi-modal and may include physical therapy, medications, minimally invasive procedures, aquatic therapy, psychological and behavioral therapy. He recognizes that pain can negatively affect quality of life including functional activities of daily living, social life, and emotional well-being. He aims to restore overall function while minimizing dependence on opioids and improve quality of life.
Dr. Martin holds board certification by the American Board of Anesthesiology in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Away from the office, Dr. Martin enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelli, and their daughters Sadie and Sydney. Dr. Martin keeps active with cross training, jogging, weight lifting, and when time allows, basketball, skiing, and golf.
Audra Eason, MD
Dr. Eason is a native of Alabama and completed her internship in Birmingham. After her internship, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and received the Academic Excellence Award 3 years in a row. She then completed her fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at VCU.
Dr. Eason will be practicing comprehensive pain management at our Trinity Montclair and UAB West (Bessemer) locations.
Arrtie Pisaturo, MD
Dr. Pisaturo is a native of Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree. She continued her education by attending medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After completing an internship in Montgomery, Dr. Pisaturo completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Pisaturo believes in treating each patient with respect, and appreciating his or her individual physical, mental and emotional needs. She uses an integrated treatment approach to pain that includes ultrasound-guided injection techniques, medications, electromyography and nerve conduction studies physical therapy, psychological and behavioral therapy. Dr. Pisaturo similarly recognizes the role nutrition plays in a person’s long-term health. Her goal is to improve a patient’s overall well-being and functionality at home and in the community.
Away from the office, Dr. Pisaturo enjoys traveling, exercising, cooking, gardening, and going to the movies. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with family, especially her husband, Alex, and her dog, Luna.
Katie Guess, CRNP
Katie graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduating from Auburn, she worked at Children's Hospital in Birmingham as a Registered Nurse. In 2009, Katie received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining Alabama Pain Physicians, she worked in family practice. Outside of work Katie enjoys spending time with her husband Drew and their daughter McNeill.
Courtney DeHoff, CRNP
Courtney grew up in Nashville, TN and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Belmont University. Following undergraduate, Courtney worked as an RN in a Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, an outpatient surgery center specializing in pain management procedures, and a dermatology clinic. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011.
Courtney believes in practicing holistic medicine and feels that it is very important to treat each patient as an individual with unique needs. Pain can have a tremendous impact on every aspect of a person's life, and Courtney is invested in developing a plan of care that considers the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the patient. It is her goal to encourage and enable patients to take a dynamic role in their healthcare. By working with patients and other members of the healthcare team to establish goals and treatment plans, she hopes to increase patient satisfaction and well being.
In her free time, Courtney enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and gardening. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family and her husband George.
Avery Travis, PA-C
Avery grew up in Calhoun, Ga. After high school, she attended Auburn University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. After graduation, Avery began the Surgical Physician Assistant program at the University of Alabama Birmingham. In 2012 she completed the program, earning her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Avery hopes to use her education to help patients overcome their pain. She believes in teamwork and using a multi-treatment approach to pain management. In her free time Avery enjoys spending time with her husband, Dustin, and their two dogs.
Shannon Dunn, PA-C
Shannon Dunn attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor degree in nursing. Shannon’s healthcare career began as a registered nurse with an internal medicine practice in Georgia. She then moved to Tennessee and worked in a cardiovascular intensive care unit while working on her master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. Shannon has worked as a Physician Assistant (PA) in pain management since 2007. She currently works with Alabama Pain Physicians and part time in the emergency department at Shelby Baptist.
Shannon strives to offer comprehensive, compassionate and quality care. She also works to communicate effectively with patients, physicians, and other members of the healthcare team in order to provide patients with up to date, evidence based medicine. Shannon believes educating patients is extremely important. The proper education will hopefully allow for improved health, function and over all well-being.
Adrienne Armstong, CRNP
Adrienne Armstrong grew up in Birmingham and attended The University of Montevallo earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Upon completion, she attended The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked for several years for Baptist Health System in the intensive care unit and endoscopy lab. She then pursued a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated in 2013. Adrienne hopes to use her education and experience to positively influence the lives of her patients. She spends her free time with her husband Robert and their two children. She also enjoys indoor cycling, pilates, sewing, and embroidery.
Rebecca Morrison, CRNP
Rebecca is originally from Ontario, Canada and now considers herself a southerner. Her college pursuits started at Auburn University with a degree in Mass Communications. After a short stint in television, she became a stay at home mother to her two children, who are now teenagers. When Rebecca decided to reenter the workforce, she chose nursing. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UAB. She has 7 years of experience as an RN in open heart recovery and main OR recovery. Rebecca enjoys getting to know her patients and troubleshooting their pain management. She promotes patient education while providing compassionate care. Rebecca is a Humane Society supporter, music lover, and roller coaster enthusiast. She also enjoys sewing and staying active.
Natalie Chism, CRNP
Natalie Chism grew up in Birmingham and attended Samford University earning a bachelors of science in nursing in 2010. After graduating from Samford, she worked at UAB hospital on a neurological and surgical step down unit. In 2013, she received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Natalie believes in a holistic and collaborative approach to pain management. She strives to provide individualized, compassionate care to all patients. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends and traveling with her husband Zachary.
Trinity Medical Center Campus
860 Montclair Rd, Suite 955
Birmingham, AL 35213
727 Memorial Drive
Bessemer, AL 35022