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Comprehensive Pain Specialists

We offer state of the art treatments to decrease pain and improve your quality of life. Our goal is to deliver consistent, high-quality care. We offer a wide variety of advanced techniques as part of our comprehensive pain management program.

Comprehensive Pain Specialists

Dr. Michael Papenfuse, DO

Dr. Michael Papenfuse, DO

Dr. Papenfuse began practicing pain medicine in 1993. He views the discipline as “...an incredibly fulfilling career” providing him “the opportunity to develop long term relationships” with his patients.

Dr. Papenfuse began practicing pain medicine in 1993. He views the discipline as “...an incredibly fulfilling career” providing him “the opportunity to develop long term relationships” with his patients.

Dr. Papenfuse finished his medical education at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology in 1993 at The Ohio State University Hospitals. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. One of the joys of his career has been teaching young physicians cutting-edge medical advancements in pain control. He has been affiliated with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Central Michigan University College of Medicine as an Associate Professor and Clinical Instructor. He also teaches Nurse Practitioners through Saginaw Valley State University’s Nurse Practitioner program.

Dr. Papenfuse devotes his free time to his wife, family, friends and grandchildren at his lake house enjoying cookouts, boating and fishing.

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Dr. Ryan Bearer, DO

Dr. Ryan Bearer, DO

Dr. Bearer chose a career in pain management to help his patients make good choices regarding ways to improve their quality of life.

Dr. Bearer chose a career in pain management to help his patients make good choices regarding ways to improve their quality of life.

Dr. Bearer has been with Comprehensive Pain Specialists since 2010. His focus is wide ranging; treating conditions from arthritis to complex cancer pain. He completed his undergraduate and Master of Science degrees at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Bearer then went on to get a Master in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Boston University School of Public Health. He completed medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He came back home to complete his residency in anesthesiology and his fellowship in Pain Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, where he served as the chief resident. He has served as a consultant for Stryker and Nevro medical device companies.

In his free time, Dr. Bearer enjoys time with his family, cooking and living an active lifestyle.

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Dr. Matt Eagleson, DO

Dr. Matt Eagleson, DO

Dr. Eagleson pursued a career in pain management after completing a rotation in his third year of residency. His aim is to help patients avoid adverse physical and psychological outcomes related to pain and to assist them in the healing process.

Dr. Eagleson pursued a career in pain management after completing a rotation in his third year of residency. His aim is to help patients avoid adverse physical and psychological outcomes related to pain and to assist them in the healing process.

Dr. Eagleson is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He earned his medical degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His internship and residency were served at McLaren Hospital-Greater Lansing in Anesthesia and his fellowship in Pain Management was completed at Comprehensive Pain Specialists and Michigan State University. Dr. Eagleson is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and in Pain Medicine. He also serves as clinical adjunct faculty at Michigan State University.

Dr. Eagleson enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, reading, and traveling.

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Dr. Paul LaClair, MD

Dr. Paul LaClair, MD

Dr. LaClair chose a career in pain management in order to improve the quality of life of his patients with safe and effective treatments designed to reduce pain and improve function.

Dr. LaClair chose a career in pain management in order to improve the quality of life of his patients with safe and effective treatments designed to reduce pain and improve function.

Dr. LaClair obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology as well as his medical degree from University of Michigan. He completed his residency training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. LaClair is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician specializing in the outpatient management of painful musculoskeletal conditions. He currently serves as Medical Director of St. Mary’s of Michigan Spine and Rehabilitation Center In Saginaw.

In his free time Dr. LaClair spending time with his children, playing golf and bicycling.

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Dr. Caleb Ortega, MD

Dr. Caleb Ortega, MD

As a chronic pain management physician, Dr. Ortega values maintaining long term relationships with his patients while improving their quality of life.

As a chronic pain management physician, Dr. Ortega values maintaining long term relationships with his patients while improving their quality of life.

Dr. Ortega completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Grand Valley State University. He earned his medical degree at The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his interventional pain medicine fellowship at Wayne State University. Dr. Ortega is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He has a faculty appointment at the CMU College of Medicine.

Born and raised in Saginaw, Dr. Ortega enjoys spending time with his wife, children and dog. He also enjoys swimming, biking and watching college sports.

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Dr. James Stathakios Jr., MD

Dr. James Stathakios Jr., MD

Helping patients improve their physical, social and mental well being, as well as improving their general quality of life, is a motivating factor for Dr. Stathakios in providing pain management services.

Helping patients improve their physical, social and mental well being, as well as improving their general quality of life, is a motivating factor for Dr. Stathakios in providing pain management services.

Dr. Stathakios is a Board Certified Physiatrist who has been practicing medicine in Flint since 1998. He attended Medical School at Wayne State University, then completed his residency at The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit. He is currently the Director of The Michigan State University Interventional Spine and Pain Fellowship, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor at MSU.

When not working, Dr. Stathakios enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, boating, running, hiking, and sports.

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Dr. Ed Atty, MD

Dr. Ed Atty, MD

Dr. Atty’s passion in pain management came as a consequence of personal experience: his mother and he, himself, suffered debilitating conditions. He empathizes with patients who have chronic pain, striving to minimize their pain and maximize function.

Dr. Atty’s passion in pain management came as a consequence of personal experience: his mother and he, himself, suffered debilitating conditions. He empathizes with patients who have chronic pain, striving to minimize their pain and maximize function.

He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine, then finished his residency at Henry Ford Hospital and Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Atty holds titles of Clinical Professor and Director of Spine and Pain Fellowship at Michigan State University. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

When he isn’t working, he enjoys working out, biking, coaching soccer and reading.

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Marcie S. Welker, DNP

Marcie S. Welker, DNP

Marcie has experience as an RN in emergency medicine and critical care areas at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI. She earned her BSN from the University of Michigan, Flint, and her MSN from Saginaw Valley State University. In 2016 she also earned her (DNP) Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Saginaw Valley State University. She is board certified as a nurse practitioner with an additional board certification in pain management, which qualifies her to be an expert in this field.

Marcie has experience as an RN in emergency medicine and critical care areas at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI. She earned her BSN from the University of Michigan, Flint, and her MSN from Saginaw Valley State University. In 2016 she also earned her (DNP) Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Saginaw Valley State University. She is board certified as a nurse practitioner with an additional board certification in pain management, which qualifies her to be an expert in this field.

She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Society of Pain Management Nurses, Acupuncture Canada and is adjunct faculty at both Saginaw Valley State University and University of Michigan-Flint in the Nurse Practitioner Programs.

Marcie finds that the most rewarding portion of her career, however, has been in direct patient care. It is in this area that she has been in practice for over 20 years as a nurse practitioner with Comprehensive Pain Specialists. It is extremely fulfilling to her to see those with chronic pain improve their quality of life due to the efforts of herself and Comprehensive Pain Specialists.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, working in her yard and spending time with family.

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Carolyn Leadholm-Wittke, C-NP

Carolyn Leadholm-Wittke, C-NP

In 2002, after working many years in Oncology as a Registered Nurse Carolyn was introduced to the specialty of Pain Management. While working with this unique population, she was enlightened by the magnitude of benefit that Pain Management offered this patient population.

In 2002, after working many years in Oncology as a Registered Nurse Carolyn was introduced to the specialty of Pain Management. While working with this unique population, she was enlightened by the magnitude of benefit that Pain Management offered this patient population. Pain management became an integral part in the plan of care as patients bravely fought their cancer diagnosis. Pain management gave patients the ability to maintain their quality of life and complete treatment programs all while assisting them in reaching their life goals. Becoming passionate in this field of practice, Carolyn furthered her education and became a Nurse Practitioner in Pain Management. She is able to assist patients in identifying the cause of their pain diagnosis, educate them on treatment options and guide them in setting their own goals to reduce pain and maintain their quality of life.

Carolyn’s education started locally at Delta College State University where she obtained her Associate’s degree in Nursing. Shortly after, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. She earned her Master’s Degree at University of Michigan and became Board certified in Family Practice.

Over the last 20 years she has also held multiple certifications that include Family Practice, Pain Management, Women’s Health, Breast Health, Oncology Navigatio, and recently certified as a Fracture Risk Liaison. It is with this new certification that she works on identifying, educating and treating osteoporosis with the goal of preventing fragility fractures within our community.

Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family and tending to the many animals that her family has collected at their small hobby farm.

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Nicole Guest, FNP-C

Nicole Guest, FNP-C

Nicole Guest received both her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from Saginaw Valley State University. She is a Nurse Practitioner at CPS who–prior to working in pain management–worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department of a local hospital.

Nicole Guest received both her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from Saginaw Valley State University. She is a Nurse Practitioner at CPS who–prior to working in pain management–worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department of a local hospital. She is a member of the American Society of Pain Management Nursing and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support. She chose a career in pain management to assist patients with complex medical conditions to increase function and quality of life. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her canine, Finn.

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Jessica Samuelson, BSN, RN, DNP, FNP-BC

Jessica Samuelson, BSN, RN, DNP, FNP-BC

Jessica’s goal in pain management is to help patients reclaim the best quality of life possible. She enjoys helping patients improve their overall well being through management of their chronic pain. There are a wide array of options for conservative, minimally invasive procedures and medications to aid patients and she enjoys educating them on all of the available options.

Jessica’s goal in pain management is to help patients reclaim the best quality of life possible. She enjoys helping patients improve their overall well being through management of their chronic pain. There are a wide array of options for conservative, minimally invasive procedures and medications to aid patients and she enjoys educating them on all of the available options.

Jessica received her BSN from Western Michigan University and her Doctorate as a Nurse Practitioner from the University of Michigan. Jessica started in healthcare as a volunteer when she was 15 years old, working her way up as a Phlebotomy Technician and then Nurse Aid as she earned her degrees. Jessica was a Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Leader at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland for five years in the ortho trauma, joint care and spine care unit prior to joining CPS as Nurse Practitioner.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and staying active. She is married to a Strength and Conditioning coach and together, they enjoy working out, walking, hiking and adventuring. When they aren’t out and about Jessica enjoys watching sports and working on home projects.

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Dayna Timmreck, NP

Dayna Timmreck, NP

Danya was drawn to pain management during graduate school clinical rotations, which she completed here at CPS. At the time, pain management was new to her, she felt drawn to the ability to help patients regain functioning in their life and enjoyed learning about functional medicine. Danya has found pain management to be a rewarding area of medicine and enjoys helping patients regain/maintain functioning.

Danya was drawn to pain management during graduate school clinical rotations, which she completed here at CPS. At the time, pain management was new to her, she felt drawn to the ability to help patients regain functioning in their life and enjoyed learning about functional medicine. Danya has found pain management to be a rewarding area of medicine and enjoys helping patients regain/maintain functioning.

Danya’s undergraduate (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and graduate degree (Master of Science in Nursing) were earned from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

When not working, Danya likes to spend time with her husband and three children, her siblings and her parents. She enjoys reading, watching movies and cooking & baking with the family.

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Brianne Frankini, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Brianne Frankini, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Brianne earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Brianne worked as a float nurse at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and at McLaren Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care in Grand Blanc as a Nurse Practitioner.

Brianne earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Brianne worked as a float nurse at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and at McLaren Occupational Medicine and Urgent Care in Grand Blanc as a Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and is a Certified CME Medical Examiner and AANP certified. Brianne enjoys pain management because she loves to help others reach their fullest potential. In her free time she enjoys volunteer work doing community outreach with her church, fishing, gardening and spending time with her husband and three children.

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Kelly Potochny, PA-C

Kelly Potochny, PA-C

Kelly became certified by the NCCPA (National commission of certified physician assistants) after graduating from Gannon University’s physician assistant program in 2000. At that time she worked as a hospital-based PA on the Neurosurgery team where she evaluated and treated patients and assisted in surgery.

Kelly became certified by the NCCPA (National commission of certified physician assistants) after graduating from Gannon University’s physician assistant program in 2000. At that time she worked as a hospital-based PA on the Neurosurgery team where she evaluated and treated patients and assisted in surgery. Kelly also functioned as a Neurointerventional PA responding to inpatient rapid response stroke alerts and evaluated and treated stroke patients. She assisted in general surgery, orthopedic, gynecologic and plastic surgery cases, until 2015. Kelly then worked in a neurosurgery clinic, treating patients pre/post-operatively. She became certified by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, then started with CPS in 2018. She has since found joy getting to know her patients and helping them through trying their struggle with pain. She enjoys the satisfaction of seeing patients improve and return to doing the things that make them happy.

Kelly enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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