Our Pain Care Physicians
Mark T. Malone, M.D., is a Board Certified pain specialist and a native Texan. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Malone attended Baylor College of Medicine for residency and training in anesthesiology, and then completed a pain management fellowship at Texas Orthopedic Hospital in 1998.
Prior to founding Advanced Pain Care in 2002, Dr. Malone was a member of an Austin-based group practice for twelve years, and a clinical instructor at Baylor College of Medicine for six years. He is double board-certified in anesthesiology and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology, with a sub-specialty in pain management; this is the only board certification for pain management endorsed by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In 2017 Dr. Malone was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care at UT Dell Medical School.
Dr. Malone is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Spinal Intervention Society, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the Travis County Medical Society. He has successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from acute and chronic pain. He and his wife, Tracy, live in Austin with their three children. In his spare time, he enjoys water-skiing, cycling, and travel.
Glenn Harper, MD joins Advanced Pain Care as a neurosurgeon whose greatest focus is on helping people who are experiencing pain and suffering. This desire led him to an interest in spinal problems and spine surgery. Dr. Harper's approach is one of "minimum necessary" intervention with both surgical and non-surgical option for spine-related pain. He is an expert in spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Harper is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine and is Board Certified in Neurological Surgery. He is also a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society, and the Society of Lateral Access Surgery.
Dr. Harper brings a wealth of experience and expertise, but also a heart for his patients that combine to make him a perfect addition to the Advanced Pain Care team!
Dr. William Banister joins Advanced Pain Care as a board-certified neurosurgeon with more than 15 years of experience and more than 5,000 surgical procedures performed. He focuses on disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves, and approaches patients with sincerity and warmth. Dr. Banister’s colleagues describe him as being a thoughtful surgeon who considers each patient and all possibilities before developing a plan of action—and this diligent approach has helped him earn the trust and satisfaction of the thousands of patients he has treated.
Dr. Banister tailors treatment to fit the individual needs of every patient. He is an expert at managing pain and is a specialist in minimally invasive surgery to decrease postoperative pain and scarring, shorten patients’ length of hospitalization, while cutting down recovery times. Dr. Banister’s warm, compassionate demeanor alleviates patients’ concerns and instills confidence in them that when they’re treated by Dr. Banister, they are truly in good hands. He is a very welcome addition to our Advanced Pain Care team!
Dr. Adams is a Texas Tech University graduate, where he also earned his medical degree. Dr. Adams was chief resident during his Anesthesiology Residency and finished his Pain Management Fellowship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He is certified in Anesthesiology through the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Adams enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his spouse and three young children.
We are pleased that he is on our team of pain management experts at Advanced Pain Care!
NOTE: Dr. Aijaz begins seeing patients Wednesday, May 8th, and you can book now at our Round Rock location!
Please welcome Asim Aijaz, M.D. to the Advanced Pain Care practice.
Dr. Aijaz is a Board Certified Pain Management physician who resides in the beautiful city of Austin, and previously lived in both New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dr. Aijaz completed his Pain management fellowship from St. Vincent University Medical Center in New York, NY. From 2007-2008, and completed his MD and anesthesiology residency while at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR from 1998-2007. Dr. Aijaz obtained a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, and achieved Summa Cum Laude honors as a graduate from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock 1998.
After exploring other pain practices in the area, Dr. Aijaz has returned “home” to Advanced Pain Care where he began his career as a pain specialist from 2008 – 2010. Over the past eight years, Dr. Aijaz also worked at Texas Pain Management Institute (2018 – 2019), Austin Pain Associates (2011 – 2017), and Pain Center Austin (2010 – 2011).
Dr. Aijaz is married with one child, and enjoys spending time with his wonderful family, working out, playing basketball and disc golf, hiking, reading, eating, riding motorcycles (when he’s allowed to!), and watching live music. During his training, he participated in two medical mission trips; one to Guatemala and another to Ghana where he worked with a team to provide medical care to under-served populations. He aspires to be able to do more activities like this in the future.
When asked what he likes about his job, city, people, etc., Dr. Aijaz stated: “I love Austin for its outdoor activities, weather (in the fall and winter), friendly people, great food, wonderful scenery, and outrageous pollen levels. I love pain management because I can see and appreciate the changes I can make in my patients’ lives. My first exposure to the specialty was in residency. Seeing how I could ease a patient’s symptoms and watch them make a recovery back to their previous functional levels and improve their social interactions with their family and friends really made me feel like this was the career for me. I find it to be a very rewarding and fulfilling career. I really cannot imagine doing anything else. Additionally, with it being a newer field of medicine, seeing the advances in medications and technology to better help our patients has been fascinating.”
We are excited to have him join our team of pain management experts at Advanced Pain Care!
Dr. Andre Chen is a Board Certified Addiction Medicine specialist in Austin, TX. Originally from Maryland, he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Doctor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, and Masters of Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. His completed his residency training at the Central Texas Medical Foundation (Brackenridge Hospital) in Austin.
Prior to becoming an Addiction Medicine specialist, he practiced Family Medicine at the Austin Diagnostic Clinic for over 20 years and was listed in Austin Monthly magazine as a Top Doctor in 2015 and 2017. He is board certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). As an avid software developer, he has developed several clinical apps in the iPhone/iPad App Store.
Dr. Chen focuses on substance use disorders as medically treatable conditions in the same way that diabetes or hypertension are. His primary goal at Advanced Pain Care is to ensure that patients with chronic pain conditions can safely and effectively receive the best treatment possible. If you feel that medication or substance use has taken over your life or that you have lost control then it may be time to consider effective medication-assisted outpatient treatment with an Addiction Medicine physician.
Dr Chen is here to help patients who suffer from loss of control of opioid pain medication, compulsive use of pain medication, craving pain medication, overdose, problem drinking, nicotine use.
Brad Culling, D.O., is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management physician. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Culling graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. While at Southwestern University, he was an integral member of the men’s baseball team. He completed Osteopathic medical school at Nova Southeastern in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida graduating at the top of his class. He went on to complete his residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico where he served as the chief resident of his program. Dr. Culling spent an additional year of training at the University of Texas in San Antonio in a multidisciplinary pain fellowship program.
Dr. Culling has been trained in all facets of chronic pain medicine. He understands that chronic pain is a complex disease process that can affect many aspects of a person’s life. He is trained in multiple interventional pain techniques including spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal pumps, sympathetic blocks, joint injections, head and neck blocks, epidural injections, and ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks.
In his spare time Dr. Culling enjoys exercising, golfing, spending time with his friends and family, and playing with his dogs.
Allen L. Dennis is a Board Certified Pain Management and Anesthesiology physician residing in Austin, Texas. Dr. Dennis graduated from The School of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX in June 2005. He received his graduate degree in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, TX in 1999.
Dr. Dennis completed his Residency and Fellowship at Texas Tech University. He is Board Certified in Anesthesia and Pain Management through the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Dennis is also Board Certified in Interventional Pain Management by the American Board of International Pain Physicians.
Before joining Advanced Pain Care, Dr. Dennis most recently worked in pain management at the Center for Spine Care in Dallas, TX. While working in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Dr. Dennis received the Patient’s Choice Award as well as the Five Star Service Award from Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine. Dr. Dennis is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, among other medical professional associations. He specializes in comprehensive pain management including chronic headaches, spinal pain, neuropathy, and cancer pain. Dr. Dennis is trained in spinal cord stimulation. His goal is to provide his patients with the maximum quality of life possible.
Dr. Allen Dennis is a proud Texan who loves being in Central Texas. He is married with three children, and his daughter and two sons are actively involved in band. In his free time, Allen enjoys kayaking, boating, and enjoying wildlife.
Dr. Higginbotham is a University of North Texas graduate and earned his medical degree in 2004 from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. After completing an Anesthesiology residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Dr. Higginbotham finished his Pain Management Fellowship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has a certification in Pain Management through the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Higginbotham is married and the father of two young children. He is an outdoor recreation enthusiast, including golfing, fishing, running marathons, and more.
We are excited to have him on our team of pain management experts at Advanced Pain Care!
Paul H. Le, MD has been practicing pain medicine in Austin since 2010 and is excited to be part of Advanced Pain Care. He is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management physician. Dr. Le graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology, and continued on to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree. He then completed his residency training in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago Illinois before returning to Texas.
Dr. Le is trained in spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Le is a warm and compassionate physician. He finds joy in getting to know his patients; their history, previous treatments, and long-term goals. He utilizes the team approach to reach the best outcomes. There is nothing more fulfilling to him than improving a person's quality of life.
Outside of the clinic, you can find him at a yoga studio, running around Town Lake, or at a concert downtown. But the majority of his home life is spent with his dogs, Oliver and Louie, and his fiancee.
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Ryan Michaud is a Board Certified physician in Anesthesia and Pain Management and did his Interventional fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He received his medical diploma from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2006. He completed his Anesthesia Residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from 2006 to 2010. Before joining Advanced Pain Care, Dr. Ryan Michaud worked in a private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, American Pain Society, International Society of Interventional Pain, American Society of Anesthesiologist and Texas Medical Association. In 2017, Dr. Michaud was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care at UT Dell Medical School. Dr. Michaud is trained in spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Michaud was a registered nurse for several years before starting medical school. In his own words, “I took somewhat of a scenic route to becoming a physician, but also an important one. It’s one that I know was instrumental in helping me become a more compassionate and caring physician towards my patients. I really wish there was a magical pill or surgery that would take away all chronic pain. Sadly it’s not here yet. My guarantee to you, as our patient, however, is to use my training, skills and knowledge to help decrease your pain, improve your function and your quality of life.”
Dr. Paterno is double board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. He received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, With Honors, and With Distinction. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree also from Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Paterno completed his residency training in Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital. He continued further specialization training with an Interventional Pain Management fellowship at Harvard's Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, recently recognized by the American Academy of Pain Medicine as one of the top pain management fellowships in the country.
Dr. Paterno has authored publications in clinical research and the basic sciences related to spinal fixation biomechanics as well as prolonged inflammatory responses in tissue injury. He has also authored textbook chapters on radiofrequency nerve ablation, facial pain, imaging of spinal pain generators, and neuromodulation implantable pain therapies.
Dr. Paterno has extensive experience treating all forms of chronic pain using the latest advances in comprehensive pain management. He has a special interest in Implantable Neuromodulation Pain Therapies, Spinal Pain, Cancer Related Pain, and Sports Injury/Musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Paterno is trained in spinal cord stimulation.
Prior to joining Advanced Pain Care, Dr Paterno practiced in Seattle Washington where he was named a Top Doctor by Seattle Met Magazine from 2015-2017.
Dr. Samuel Pegram has practiced Rheumatology in Texas for over two decades. Since 1986, Dr. Pegram has built a reputation for quality patient care and top-notch clinical research, having conducted various clinical trials for numerous pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations.
Dr. Pegram attended medical school at the Ohio State University, then continued his Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Pegram is a member of the American College of Rheumatology.
Dr. Pegram brings his distinguished career in Rheumatology to match the Advanced Pain Care commitment to quality patient care by Board Certified expert clinicians. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Pegram to Advanced Pain Care!
Dr. Daniel Peterson finished his residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1994 and has been in private practice in Austin since that time. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Peterson has served as chief of staff at University Medical Center Brackenridge and is deeply involved in the quality improvement process. He has broad interests in neurosurgery including brain tumors, aneurysms, pituitary surgery, and degenerative disorders of the spine. He has recently completed an IDE Study with an artificial cervical disc. Dr. Peterson is trained in spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Peterson has played an active role in neurological clinical research and has served as a clinical assistant professor at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. He currently holds the title of Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin. His professional affiliations include the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Daniel Peterson completed medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his internship and residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Adam W. Spjute, MD is a board certified Anesthesiologist and Fellowship Trained in Pain Management. He received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from Brigham Young University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He then trained extensively in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at both the University of Texas and the University of Utah.
Graduating with the highest of honors and receiving various recognitions throughout his collegiate career, Dr. Spjute brings Advanced Pain Care an abundance of experience and expertise in spinal cord stimulation and the treatment of chronic pain in cancer patients. His published studies in Anesthesia and Pain Management have been widely circulated and studied, granting him membership into the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management.
Dr. Spjute adds, “My goal is to treat the whole person, not just the pain or symptom. Even though we have made amazing discoveries in medicine, there is still much that we are learning about chronic pain. The great news is that we have made incredible advances in helping people control their chronic pain. My philosophy is to empower my patients through education so that we can work together as a team to help them regain control of their life despite the pain.”
When not working on the forefront of treating chronic pain, Dr. Spjute enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and recreational activities in the great outdoors.
Victor M. Taylor, M.D. DABA, is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He graduated from Amarillo High School and received a bachelor of science degree from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. Dr. Taylor started medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine at the age of 38. He received his M.D. from Tech in 2005 and stayed in Lubbock for residency in Anesthesiology at University Medical Center. During residency Dr. Taylor served as co-chief resident.
Dr. Taylor was fortunate to train at Texas Tech International Pain Institute home to some of the leading pain physicians in the United States. During his residency and fellowship Dr. Taylor contributed to the peer reviewed literature and authored a textbook chapter in Clinical Pain Management 2nd edition. His original research in collaboration with Ralph Justiz, M.D. won first place at the Gulf Area Anesthesiology Residents Research Conference. During his fellowship Dr. Taylor received the Medtronic Pain Fellowship Educational Grant. Dr. Taylor is also trained in spinal cord stimulation.
From 2010 through 2018 Dr. Taylor was the founder and Medical Director of Amarillo Interventional Pain Management. He is excited to now be a part of Advanced Pain Care. Joining this growing interdisciplinary group will open new avenues of treatment as well as improve efficiency. The main reason he joined the group is that they are really a nice group of people on the right path to excellence.
Dr. Taylor is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He has served as mentor for ACAL students interested in careers in healthcare. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Potter-Randal County Medical Society and served on the admissions committee of Texas Tech School of Medicine.
Dr. Taylor has been married to Laura Taylor since 1988. They are big fans of the Poodle dog and currently serve as domestic caregivers for a lake poodle. Dr. Taylor enjoys reading and writing fiction. He was born in Amarillo and never wanted to live anywhere else.
Dr. Amanda Trout is an Anesthesiologist and fellowship-trained Pain Management physician. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Trout graduated from the University of Alaska with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Dr. Trout received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. She studied Anesthesia at Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and went on to complete her Interventional Pain Management fellowship at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Dr. Trout is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. and is trained in spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal pump management, and various pain management techniques. She is a member of the North American Neuromodulation Society, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiology, American Academy of Osteopathy, and the American Diabetes Association.
In her spare time, Dr. Trout enjoys spending time with my family, organic gardening, Tai Chi, fishing, camping, hiking, and crocheting and she is so excited to join the Amarillo community.
Raphael Ye, DO, is a Board Certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician. Dr. Ye joined Advanced Pain Care after finishing his Pain Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York and attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ye is a member of the following associations: American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Dr. Ye opted to specialize in Pain Management because he is drawn to the patient-physician relationship, the specialized knowledge and skills to treat the complexities of pain, and his personal gratification of helping patients with their debilitating pain. Dr. Ye is trained in spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Ye is married and has one daughter. He enjoys snowboarding, cycling, science fiction, and college sports.