Hampton Roads' leading pain specialists
Focused on treating patients burdened with pain, our experienced physicians and their expert team are specialty trained in pain medicine and rely on the most innovative methods to help patients manage and relieve their pain.
Donald Jonathan Bernardini, MD, received his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. He holds a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Camden, N.J. He completed an internship in general surgery at the David Grant United States Air Force Medical Center and University of California, Davis School of Medicine, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Dr. Bernardini completed a residency in anesthesiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Mass. He completed a fellowship in pain management from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center International Pain Institute in Lubbock, Texas.
Dr. Bernardini is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Prior to joining Bon Secours, Dr. Bernardini was in a large multidisciplinary pain management practice in Austin, Texas. He then served as a pain management physician at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Pain Management Clinic at Fort Hood, Texas.
Prior to his association with Bon Secours Center for Pain Management, Dr. Holzer was in private practice at The Center for Pain Management in Portsmouth, Va. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the SUNY Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. He holds a medical degree from Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania in Hershey, Pa. Dr. Holzer completed an internship in internal medicine at Cornell Cooperating Hospitals in New York, where he also served residencies in internal medicine and neurology.
Dr. Holzer is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and the American Academy of Pain Management. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Physicians, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Study of Headache and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management and a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Back Society, the American Pain Society and the American Medical Association. In addition, he sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Pain Management.
Prior to joining the Bon Secours Neuroscience Center for Pain Management, Gerry N. Smith, MD, served as a member of the consulting staffs of Mary Immaculate Hospital, Riverside Regional Medical Center, and Hampton Roads Specialty Hospital in Newport News, Va., as well as the medical staff of Riverside Rehabilitation Institute.
Gerry N. Smith, MD, received his bachelor of science degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Smith completed a residency in internal medicine at Jewish Hospital, also in Cincinnati, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Dr. Smith is board certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also a member of the American Medical Association and the Virginia Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Scott Clingan graduated with academic distinction from the Physician Assistant Program at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2002. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Scott earned a Master of Science in Health Sciences degree in the field of Clinical Management and Leadership from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He received his B.S. degree in biology from Mount Olive College, Mount Olive, NC.
Scott is a charter member of the Pain Society of the Carolinas, and actively involved as faculty for the annual meeting, as well as a member of the Advocacy Committee. He is a fellow member of the American Association of Physician Assistants and North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.
Scott joined Bon Secours Neuroscience Center for Pain Management in 2012. Previously, he worked in pain management and clinical research for 2 1/2 years, and orthopaedic spine surgery and physical medicine & rehabilitation for 7 years, all in Winston-Salem, NC.
Melissa A. McCrary, MPA, PA-C., a certified physician’s assistant, earned a Master of Physician Assistant degree (MPA) from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Ms. McCrary is a member of the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Prior to joining Bon Secours, she was employed by Peninsula Emergency Physicians in Newport News, Va.
Katie Gerarge, MPA, PA-C, is a certified physician’s assistant. Ms. Gerarge holds a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and earned her master of physician assistant degree (MPA) from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.
Ms. Gerarge is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is a member of the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She has a special interest in adolescent medicine and evaluating and treating conditions common to this unique age group.
Ian Gunyea, PA-C, earned his Master of Health Science from University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He has extensive training in trauma medicine from working with the military for 25 years before retiring from service. He has also worked in orthopedic, pain management and trauma services in Tulsa, Oklahoma for over 12 years. He strives to improve his patients’ quality of life in the face of chronic pain. Mr. Gunyea is a member of the Academy of Physician Assistants and has contributed to multiple research publications. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, hiking and scuba diving.
Katia Hall, FNP-BC, is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor of arts from Virginia Wesleyan College and her Master of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University. Katia strives to help patients understand their overall wellness and how to improve their health through diet and exercise. Before joining Bon Secours, she worked as a registered nurse in the Mother/Baby unit at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. She is a member of the Virginia Counsel of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and serving as a dance team leader at her church.