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Mercy Pain Specialists Bryan Hunter, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C, and Matt Stokes, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C, can now add the title “author” to their list of impressive credentials.

Recently graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of South Florida, they have co-authored a pain management guidebook (along with John Maye, PhD, University of South Florida) with an emphasis on starting pain management clinics in rural communities.

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are the only CRNAs in Minnesota who have earned the prestigious NSPM-C provider credential after completing the rigorous fellowship in Advanced Pain Management at the University of South Florida in 2017. Fewer than 50 CRNAs throughout the country hold this credential.

With their expertise and experience in pain management, it was only natural for them to channel their knowledge into a book for other clinicians. The Pain Management Clinic: The Nurse Anesthetist’s Guidebook for Success outlines the path to establishing pain clinics based on partnerships, because collaborative care is the most effective way to manage chronic pain, they said.

“To really focus on how to treat pain overall, CRNAs and providers have to think about more than just an injection or medication,” Stokes explained. “We also need to think about lifestyle changes–sending people to nutrition counseling, or physical therapy or alternative therapies as well. This collaboration, this interprofessional crossover, is a key component of successful pain management.”

“In speaking to other nurse anesthetists, we really began to see the significant need for a book like this,” added Hunter. “We hope it will benefit other clinicians and the communities they serve.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have not only one but two pain specialists of this caliber serving our community,” said Mike Delfs, Mercy CEO. “For patients coming to Mercy for pain management, this means they can be assured they are receiving the highest standard of care.”

Mercy uses a holistic and patient-tailored approach to pain management offering a comprehensive range of treatment options. These include physical therapy, nonsurgical pain management interventions through the Pain Management Clinic, and in some cases, spinal surgery.

Mercy’s Pain Management Clinic treats multiple sources of acute and chronic pain. The majority of the pain treated and procedures performed at the pain clinic are related to neck and back pain. However, Mercy also provides services for headache/migraine pain and many other chronic pain conditions.

Treatment interventions include:

  • Steroid injections
  • Spine injections
  • Headache injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Sacroiliac injections
  • Ultrasound guided injections
  • Fluroscopic x-ray guided injections
  • Radiofrequency neuroablation

Mercy Pain Specialists see patients for initial appointments at Gateway Family Health Clinic in Moose Lake and Sandstone. Contact your primary care provider for referral information or call 218.485.5800 with questions. Mercy’s Pain Management Clinic is a non-narcotic pain clinic.