Meet the Doctors
J. Thomas Grissom, M.D. Board Certified Interventional Pain Physician & Anesthesiologist
Dr. Grissom has extensive knowledge on how to treat chronic pain patients, with over 16 years of interventional pain management experience. He is board certified in anesthesia and pain management. Dr. Grissom received his medical doctorate from the University of Washington School of Medicine, received his residency training in anesthesiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a pain management fellowship in Liverpool, NY. Dr. Grissom also has additional training which allows him to do various pain procedures that no other pain physician in Alaska can perform, thus providing increase level of service to his patients. In addition to serving as the medical director of The Algone Center he enjoys, golfing, skiing and spending time with his three sons.
Michael Higgins, M.D.
Dr. Higgins is fellowship trained in neurosurgery and minimal invasive spine procedures and specialized in Pain Management. Dr. Higgins obtained his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then completed a Residency in Neurosurgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and advance training in Pain Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado. He is fellowship trained in Complex Spine and Spinal Oncology, Minimally-invasive Neurosurgery, Image-Guided Neurosurgery, General Neurosurgery and Knife Radiosurgery. Dr. Higgins is committed to life-long learning, innovation and unsurpassed patient care which has been recognized by receiving several honors and recognition awards for his outstanding dedicated service and compassionate care.
Cheryl K. Fitzgerald, PA-C
Cheryl is a certified Physician Assistant. She has a BS degree in Health Studies form Western Michigan University and is a graduate of the Physician Assistant program at the University of Utah. She has over 16 years of clinical experience working in various clinical settings including Family Practice, Emergency/urgent care, preventative care, an orthopedic/fracture care. Prior to obtaining her Physician Assistant degree, she worked for many years in radiologic technology. Cheryl’s main focus is diagnosing and treating illness and injury in patients with chronic pain, she believes in a multi-disciplinarian approach to pain management with the patient as the driving force. She is skilled in treating with medication, injection therapy, and management of intrathecal pumps.