Erik Shaw, D.O.
Shepherd Pain Institute
Erik Shaw, D.O., is an Interventional Pain Management Specialist at the Shepherd Pain Institute. Dr. Shaw is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine.
A Texas native, Dr. Shaw graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and obtained his medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
Dr. Shaw completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and his Anesthesiology fellowship in Pain Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Shaw's primary focus is improving quality of life through a multidisciplinary holistic approach to the practice of medicine and the application of interventional treatment for the management of pain and related disorders, including degenerative disease of the spine, post-operative spine pain, cancer pain, arthritis, spinal cord injury, and various neurological disorders. He applies several modalities including interventional procedures, such as epidural steroid and spine and extremity injections, osteopathic manual therapy, physical therapy, biofeedback, and counseling.
Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Shaw worked in Moscow and Houston as a Mission Support Scientist for the Shuttle-Mir Space Program. Dr. Shaw is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the International Spine Injection Society and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is active in research and has written and illustrated several book chapters and articles on pain management.
J. Tobias Musser, M.D.
Dr. Musser is a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor at the Shepherd Pain Institute.
He completed his residency at Emory University Hospital, including eight months of training at Shepherd Center. Dr. Musser spent an additional year of training as Shepherd Centerâ€™s first Fellow in the Shepherd Pain Institute in order to build and further refine his skills of interventional and chronic pain management.
With an interest in holistic, mind-body medicine, Dr. Musser said he chose physiatry because it interlaces all of those specialties into one.
A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Musser completed his internship in internal medicine at Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He also completed a research mentorship at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Dr. Musser was born and raised in Pennsylvania. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading and relaxing.
Urszula Klich, Ph.D.
Urszula Klich, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. She has trained at Henry Ford Hospital and the Cleveland VA Hospital, and served on various medical teams, including the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Shepherd Pain Institute
Prior to joining the Shepherd Pain Institute, she developed specialized techniques for managing pain such as active biofeedback, meditation, and group- based educational programs. During her extensive work with pain patients she has cultivated a treatment philosophy of integrative medicine focused on fostering each individual's healing power to improve their well-being.
Her services focus on an integrative medicine approach to pain management involving:
Psychological assessment and diagnosis, psychophysiological treatment to address pain, secondary deconditioning and psychosocial barriers to the reduction of pain via:
- Short-term, goal oriented psychotherapy
- Biofeedback- Active BF for pain management geared to increase level of
functioning through relaxation and muscle retraining
- Mindfulness based meditation and Yoga program for pain management
- Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management Seminar - 8 wk structured group format
- Education Classes such as pain medication use
Chris Nesbitt, PT
Chris Nesbitt, MPT, is the physical therapist for the Shepherd Pain Institute. Prior to joining the Pain Institute, he worked as a staff physical therapist at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. He has also worked with the Rehabilitation Research and Development Center at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta, and has served as a resident chaplain at Emory University Hospital.
Shepherd Pain Institute
Chris received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has served on the Board of Directors for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. He is currently working toward his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and specialty certification in Manual Therapy with the University of St. Augustine.
Physical therapy services provided at the Shepherd Pain Institute include:
- Manual therapy-oriented orthopedic physical therapy for chronic pain patients
- Active participation by the patient required
- 1:1 care between patient and therapist
- Close coordination of care with the SPI physicians and SPI pain psychologist
- Physical therapy immediately after interventional pain procedures
- Physical therapy for chronic pain patients with spinal cord injuries
Katherine Spencer, Psy.D.
Shepherd Pain Institute
Dr. Spencer is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in helping teens, adults, and their families cope with acute and chronic pain and related medical conditions. She is an Atlanta-area native who completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Vanderbilt University and her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She completed her internship and fellowship in behavioral medicine at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Prior to joining the Shepherd Pain Institute, she worked in several hospital settings and in private practice with individuals coping with medical conditions and chronic pain. In addition to her specialty in pain management, Dr. Spencer also has expertise in treating problems that often co-exist with pain such as sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Spencer helps individuals and families better understand the interactions between pain and emotional, behavioral, social, occupational, and family functioning. Her treatment focuses on pain education and training in cognitive-behavioral pain management strategies including relaxation, biofeedback, and problem-solving techniques. The goal of Dr. Spencer’s treatment is to help individuals improve their quality of life and daily functioning despite their pain. Treatment options include the following:
- Short-term, goal focused cognitive-behavioral therapy
- To help individuals learn to control bodily responses to pain and stress
- To help individuals learn how to improve relaxation
- Specialized education classes and groups focused on problems commonly occurring with chronic pain and illness (i.e., sleep, parenting stress, balancing activity and relaxation)