Michael G. Gibson, MDMichael G. Gibson, MD graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his internship in General Surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center here in Birmingham. A Clinical Fellowship in Neurosurgery also at Carraway followed his internship. He then took a full-time position with the Lifesaver Helicopter program through the Emergency Department at Carraway for the next two years. In 1995, he founded and opened the Birmingham Pain Center and since then has been practicing exclusively Interventional and Medical Pain Management. He is certified by and a member of The American Academy of Pain Management and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Dr Daniel Chang, MDDaniel Chang, MD is board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Dr. Chang completed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, and received advanced training by leaders and pioneers in the fi eld during his pain fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic.

Combining that training with his experience conducting research in Thoracic Surgery and Human Genetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Dr. Chang’s extensive background has prepared him to address a wide variety of patients and their pain conditions.

The Birmingham Pain Center is proud to help him meet his goals of working alongside his patients, providing a comprehensive approach to their pain, helping them to regain function and improving their quality of life.

Jay R. Heisler, PhDJay R. Heisler, PhD graduated from Walden University in Minneapolis, Mn. He completed his internship in clinical Psychology at Gadsden Psychological Services in Gadsden, Al. and currently is the Director of Pharmaceutical Research and Behavioral Health. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in both Alabama and Kentucky. He has over 30 years’ experience evaluating and treating patients suffering from chronic pain. He has been an integral part of the The Birmingham Pain Center since its beginning in 1995. He is also certified Diplomat by The American Academy of Pain Management, and The American Academy of Injury and Disability Evaluators.

Mid-Level Providers

Melissa Almond, PA-CMelissa Almond, PA-C, graduated from UAB's Surgical Physician's Assistant program in 1994. She moved to Tuscaloosa after graduation, where she has spent the last thirteen years practicing in plastic and general surgery. She now looks forward to a long, rewarding career in pain management at The Birmingham Pain Center.

Carly Garvey, PA-CCarly Garvey, PA-C, is an experienced, board-certified Physician Assistant (P.A.) who collaborates with our pain management physicians to deliver top-quality and compassionate care. Carly graduated magna cum laude from Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology. She earned her Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Upon graduation, Carly practiced in high-volume emergency medicine, inpatient medicine and, notably, has spent the last five years concentrating on pain management. As a distinguished practitioner in her field, Carly is a recognized member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Carly believes the most effective treatment plans begin with open dialogue that fosters a thorough understanding of the patient's medical needs and goals. To the end, each patient receives a customized treatment plan that runs parallel to progress monitoring. Carly joined The Birmingham Pain Center in 2021 and looks forward to contributing to an experienced and talented pain management team. Carly enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and being a mom to her two children outside of work in her free time.

Sarah Catherine Reid, CRNPSarah Catherine Reid, CRNP, graduated from Samford University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2021. Before attending the NP program, she graduated from Auburn University in 2015 with a degree in Animal Science and from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2018 with a degree in Nursing. Her passion for pain management began while working in critical care and she looks forward to continuing to help others throughout her career at The Birmingham Pain Center.

Amy McMurry, CRNPAmy McMurry, CRNP is a graduate from The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Prior to going to graduate school, Amy worked as a registered nurse at DCH hospital in Tuscaloosa in the trauma intensive care unit and UAB hospital within the peri-operative and inpatient pain service department. Amy strives to provide a trusting and open patient relationship so she can provide the best possible care for her patients and their quality of life.