Dr. Herrick founded the Center for Pain in 1997. He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Management. He is active in organized medicine serving fourteen years on the Alabama Boards of Medical Examiners, State Medical Association and Public Health. From 2016 to 2017 he served as the 150th president of the Alabama Medical Association. Dr. Herrick’s undergraduate degree is from Auburn University and his Medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham which he attended on a United States Air Force scholarship. He proudly served three years of active duty and attained the rank of Major. He is an Eagle Scout as well.
Dr. Katz is a Board certified anesthesiologist with specialty training in Pain Management. Before joining The Center for Pain of Montgomery in 1999, he served in the military, reaching the rank of Major and directing a multi-disciplinary pain practice as Chief Anesthesiologist for Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. His experience with Anesthesia, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Physical Therapy was applied at area hospitals, and now The Center for Pain. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1984. He earned his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School on the campus of the University of Texas in 1988. He completed a Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1991 and an Anesthesia Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1995. He is a member of MASA and is the state representative for ASSIP.
Dr. Shinkle grew up in the small town of Springville, Utah. After high school, he spent two years working on an elite wildland fire crew. In 2004, he graduated summa cum laude from Utah Valley University. Before attending medical school, he was an accomplished researcher. He attended medical school at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, with a full academic scholarship. Following medical school graduation, he completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in interventional pain management at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. Shinkle has made it his life's work managing states of pain. He understands how debilitating painful conditions can be and how they can negatively impact a person and their loved ones. He strives to improve the quality of life and emotional well-being of his patients. Dr. Shinkle firmly believes in a comprehensive approach to pain management. He uses all the latest techniques to reduce the burden of pain. He specializes in minimally invasive treatment options, as well as the latest medications for treating painful conditions.
In his free time, Dr. Shinkle enjoys working on his small equestrian farm with his wife and four children. He is an avid outdoorsman, and even though he isn't a native of Alabama, he has taken up the southern sport of hog hunting.
Dr. Jacob A Vella is an Interventional pain management physician who is uniquely double board certified in Pain Management by both the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Vella specializes in minimally invasive non-surgical options for painful and complex disorders of the Spine. He was chosen early in his career as one of 20 physicians who were emerging leaders in the medical specialty of pain medicine and he continues today. His active engagement in medical research and development has been published in peer related journals and his contributions have worked to advance the specialty of Pain Medicine. Most specifically in the division of Neuromodulation.
Originally from California, Dr. Vella did the majority of his medical training at the State University of New York at the Upstate Campus. He worked for many years as a managing partner of the largest pain practice in New York State before moving with his wife and 2 sons to Auburn Alabama. And, despite our many attempts to convert him Dr. Vella maintains his loyalty to the tigers. War Eagle!