Southeast Pain Management Center

Southeast Pain Management Center is on the SAMC campus and is staffed by the region’s largest and most experienced board certified Anesthesia and Pain Management physicians. We are the only pain management center in the area to offer fluoroscopy. This procedure provides a real-time, moving X-ray that aids in precisely targeting the treatment area. Our physicians and staff work alongside primary care and referring physicians, along with you and your family to assess, treat and manage all aspects of your care.

Our physicians are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and are board certified in pain management. They are highly trained to address the patient’s needs and are committed to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain and provide a treatment plan that improves your quality of life. Our goal is to organize an effective treatment plan and help you return to a level of living that is enjoyable and productive.

David H. Evans, MD

Dr. Evans has been practicing anesthesiology since 1989, and his specialties include acute and chronic pain management.

Originally from Bountiful, Utah, Dr. Evans is a graduate of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City with a degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Social Work. He received his doctorate of medicine from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Evans’ internship and residency training were performed at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. Serving for 10 years in the United States Navy in both active and reserve status, he participated in Desert Shield and Storm. In 1992, he began practicing in the Wiregrass and was a staff anesthesiologist for Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, P.C. until May of 2003, when he began to practice pain management on a full-time basis.

Certified as a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and by the American Board of Anesthesiology with specialty boards in pain management, Dr. Evans is a member of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, Houston County Medical Society, Alabama Society of Anesthesiologists, California Medical Society, Utah Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is licensed by the states of Alabama, California, Florida and Utah.

Dr. Evans and his wife, Nancy, live in Dothan. They are proud parents of three daughters and one son, and very proud grandparents. His wife is a clinical nursing instructor at Wallace Community College. His personal interests, besides his grandchildren, include golf, church service, water-skiing and snow-skiing.

Jerry Marsella, Jr., MD

Dr. Marsella has been practicing since 1991. Formerly of Danville, Virginia, Dr. Marsella received his bachelor of science degree in biology at Union College, Schenectady, New York, and his masters of science degree in biology at Radford University, Radford, Virginia. After completing his MMSC degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Marsella served as a physician assistant in anesthesiology in Macon, Georgia. After graduating with his doctorate of medicine from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, and completing his anesthesiology internship, Dr. Marsella became fellowship trained in pain management.

Before becoming a doctor, Dr. Marsella taught junior high school science and math. In 1991, he joined Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, P.C. and later Southeast Pain Management Center.

Dr. Marsella is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine, a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Alabama Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Pain Medicine, International Association for the Study of Pain, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia. Dr. Marsella is licensed by the states of Alabama and Florida, served as Anesthesiology Representative to the House Staff Council and Chief Resident of Anesthesiology, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Marsella is on staff with Southeast Alabama Medical Center, the Southeast Pain Management Center and Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, P.C.

Dr. Marsella has two sons, Ben and John, and resides in Dothan. His personal interests include skeet shooting, sailing and woodworking. Dr. Marsella and his family are members of the First United Methodist Church, where he is a member of the choir.

Michael T. Flanagan, MD

Dr. Flanagan is an anesthesiologist and pain management physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of acute, chronic pain syndromes.

Formerly of Greensboro, North Carolina, Dr. Flanagan is an honor graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He received his doctorate of medicine from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and completed a transitional internship and at North Carolina Baptist Hospital of Wake Forest University. His post-doctoral training in clinical anesthesiology was also undertaken at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. During this time he was named a Glaxo-Wellcome Resident Scholar. Following completion of his anesthesiology residency, Dr. Flanagan pursued a fellowship in pain management at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. During his subspecialty training in acute and chronic pain management, he served as chief pain fellow and was selected as a Wyeth-Ayerst Pain Fellow Scholar.

Certified as a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and by the American Board of Anesthesiology with sub-specialty certification in pain management, Dr. Flanagan is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, the Alabama State Society of Anesthesia, the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the Houston County Medical Society. Licensed by the states of Alabama and North Carolina, he is a published author and the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Dr. Flanagan served as the 2013-2014 President elect for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. He was MASA’s first president from Dothan.

Dr. Flanagan has been a long-standing voice in Alabama’s medical leadership by serving on the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, an administrative and regulatory agency of the State of Alabama, and the Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama, a state agency which has the exclusive power and authority to issue, revoke and reinstate all licenses to practice medicine or osteopathy in the State of Alabama.

Dr. Flanagan and his wife, Melissa, live in Dothan. His personal interests include swimming, sailing and skiing. He and his family are members of the St. Columba Catholic Church.

Mark Willis, MD

Dr. Willis is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician who joined Southeast Pain Management Center after completing a fellowship at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.

Originally from Oakdale, Louisiana, Dr. Willis served five years in the United States Navy Submarine Force before attending college. He participated in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Before his discharge in 1991, Dr. Willis was stationed in San Diego, California; Groton, Connecticut; Dam Neck, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Kings Bay, Georgia. During his military service Dr. Willis was honored with the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Letter of Meritorious Achievement issued by Rear Admiral T.A. Meinicke, Commander of COMSUBGRP 6.

Dr. Willis is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He received his doctorate of medicine, transitional internship, anesthesiology residency training and pain management fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is a member of the American Pain Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He is licensed in the states of Georgia and Alabama.

Dr. Willis and his wife, Kimberly, live in Dothan. They are the proud parents of three beautiful children; Alyssa, Avery and Mark Jr. His personal interests, besides spending time with his family, include weight-lifting, golf, running and water skiing.

William McRae, MD

Dr. McRae is a pain medicine physician and anesthesiologist  who joined Southeast Pain Management Center after completing a fellowship in pain management at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

A Dothan native, Dr. McRae graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a degree in Chemistry. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Dr. McRae completed his internship in Internal Medicine at UAB before returning to Vanderbilt University to obtain his anesthesiology residency.

Dr. McRae is certified as a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Alabama State Society of Anesthesia and the Houston County Medical Society.

Dr. McRae is glad to be in Dothan and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is also an avid Vanderbilt football and basketball fan.

We partner with other physicians and medical specialties with an emphasis on wellness. Whenever possible, this approach utilizes minimally invasive procedures to assist patients back to good health and function. Our process uses methods which demonstrate successful outcomes and best practices in pain management.

Our primary goals are to reduce or eliminate pain, improve quality of life, facilitate a return to work and restore function. Treatment programs include lifestyle modification, medication management, various forms of interventional therapy and in some cases, surgery. Spinal procedures are performed under fluoroscopic guidance, or live X-ray, to ensure accurate needle placement and appropriate spread of medication.

In addition to procedures such as epidural steroid injections, we also offer advanced interventional techniques which include, but are not limited to, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulators and spinal pumps. Potential candidates for pain management include anyone who suffers from acute or chronic pain.

Robert Spaulding

Thorough, compassionate and pain free. That’s how Robert Spaulding of Daleville describes the treatment he received from Mark Willis, MD, at SAMC’s Southeast Pain Management Center.

The 57-year-old retired Army veteran was partially disabled with a degenerative spine that he called an “occupational injury” from 25 years of climbing in and out of military vehicles.

Spaulding had unsuccessfully sought treatment elsewhere before he found relief with Dr. Willis. Spaulding immediately benefitted from the epidurals.

“Dr. Willis knew exactly where to administer the shots,” Spaulding said. “He asked a lot of questions to figure out what the pain was. He looked at contributing factors. He was very thorough.”

Spaulding is now able to lead a full and productive life, doing things he never dreamed he would be doing. He has returned to the workforce as an occupational health and safety instructor, standing for hours each week. He has also returned to college, earning a bachelor’s degree, and he is currently studying for his Master of Business Administration.

“I would not have even considered going back to school until I met Dr. Willis,” he said. “I couldn’t think about sitting at a desk. I couldn’t even have fun with my family on the weekends. It was Dr. Willis’ care and treatment that brought me back.”

Spaulding recently shared his thoughts with Dr. Willis, saying he wanted to be that patient who said “thank you.”

Dr. Willis, board certified in pain management and anesthesiology, said he appreciates Spaulding’s kind words.

“Adequately treating your pain frees you to focus on other aspects of your life” Dr. Willis said.

Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson has suffered with Lou Gehrig’s disease since 1997. As the disease has progressed, Mr. Johnson’s pain and stiffness have increased, as his mobility has declined. To improve his quality of life, his doctor recommended he get an implantable device to help manage his symptoms.

He received a Baclofen pump, in 2005, from Dr. J. Jerry Marsella at Southeast Pain Management Center. “I started talking to people and everybody recommended I come here to the Pain Management Center,” he said.

Baclofen is a muscle relaxer that relieves Mr. Johnson’s stiffness and helps ease spasms and muscle cramps.

“It’s enabled me to keep active,” said Mr. Johnson, who can regularly be found at the gym. “Otherwise, my legs would be so stiff that I could not walk.” Mr. Johnson, who walks with a cane, returns to the Pain Management Center every six months for treatment. “I am treated very well by everyone. Everyone is extremely helpful and by God’s grace, I am sitting here.”

Below are the discharge instructions for an epidural steroid injection. These directions apply to cervical, thoracic, lumbar, caudal transforaminal, and selective nerve root block.

  • You may experience increased discomfort for 24 hours after the injection.
  • Limited activity and rest is recommended for this time period.
  • You may gradually resume regular activities as your discomfort subsides.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery for 12 hours.
  • You will need a responsible adult with you for the next 4-6 hours.
  • You may remove the Band-Aid tonight unless you have had a cervical injection in which case you may remove it in the morning. Lidoderm patch may stay on 12-24 hours as long as kept dry.
  • Steroid medications take 2-5 days to become effective; therefore, you may not experience immediate pain relief.
  • If you are a diabetic, the steroid may increase your blood sugar for 7-14 days. Should your blood sugar increase, please call the physician that manages your diabetes.
  • If you are taking blood thinners, you may resume it 12 hours after your procedure.

Notify the Southeast Pain Management Center if any of the following occurs:

  • Discomfort that becomes severe and/or interferes with normal movement or feeling.
  • Signs of infection at injection site, which may include warmth, redness, swelling, foul odor and drainage.
  • Increase in temperature above 100.5 degrees orally.
  • Excessive bleeding from injection site.
  • New changes in sensation or motor function such as new areas of numbness, weakness, or changes in bowel or bladder function.
For more information on Southeast Pain Management Center, please call 334-793-8196 or 1-800-248-7051. Our hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Southeast Pain Management Center
208 Haven Drive
Dothan, AL 36301