Learn more about each member of our expert staff below.
- Vincent Galan MD, MBA, DABPM Medical Director
- Paul Chang, MD
- Carl Pulido, MD
- Mitchell Donner, MD
- Akshay Garg, MD
- Niki Patel, NP
- Tonya Ogletree, PA
- Lela Isett, PA
Vincent Galan, MD, MBA, DABPM
CEO & Medical Director
Dr. Vincent Galan has practiced in the Atlanta area since 1988. In addition to being Director of its Anesthesia Department, he held the distinguished position of Director of Pain Center at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia from 1990 until 2008. In 2008 he founded his own practice, Pain Care, with the mission of providing every patient with exceptional service that includes a cost-effective, comprehensive, and ethical pain management program. Dr. Galan has the goal of exceeding the expectations of not only the injured patient, but also that of their referring physician.
Raised in southern California, Dr. Chang attended medical school at Loma Linda University and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of California, Irvine. He also completed a Pain Management fellowship at Loma Linda and he is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine. He has been with Pain Care, LLC for four years and his specialty is very personal for him.
A double Board Certified Physician Dr. Carl Pulido joined Pain Care in 2017 with more than fifteen years of combined experience in the practice of Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management. Due to strong family ties, Dr. Pulido moved to Atlanta in 2012 after completing a Fellowship in Pain Medicine at the prestigious University of Miami School of Medicine Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, 2014 recipient of the “Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award” by the American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Pulido completed his Anesthesiology Residency training at The University of Connecticut Health Center in 2004 after receiving his medical degree with honors from Central University of Venezuela. Dr. Pulido then gained extensive experience as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he developed advanced skills in the areas of orthopedics and regional anesthesia, anesthesia for the high risk obstetrical patient, acute post-operative pain management as well as neurosurgical anesthesia.
Dr. Pulido is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Georgia Society of Anesthesiologist, Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the North American Neuromodulation Society.
Dr. Pulido enjoys the opportunity of helping patients facing challenging conditions such as chronic low back and neck pain, joint dysfunction, severe headaches and multiple chronic pain syndromes using a comprehensive and compassionate approach using a combination of advanced minimally invasive interventional techniques and safe, responsible evidence based medication management. He is also skilled in the use of cutting edge neuromodulation techniques for the treatment of neuropathies and complex regional pain syndrome.
As an avid mountain biker, Dr. Pulido has participated recreationally and competitively in the sport for more than 20 years. He also enjoys hiking, trail running and open water swimming and has participated in numerous endurance sport events such as the X-terra series and several triathlons including the Ironman 70.3. He has also devoted his time organizing and volunteering as a mountain biker for “search and rescue” organizations in Connecticut and Georgia and has obtained the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his service to the community. Dr. Pulido loves spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Mitchell Donner, MD
He is a Georgia native that grew up in Conyers, GA and attended Georgia Tech majoring in biomedical engineering. He then attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and completed an internship at Emory University before venturing out to undergo his formal medical training at two of the nation’s top hospitals.
He completed a residency in anesthesiology in Boston through the prestigious Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital. His desire to help patients suffering from chronic pain then led him to complete a pain management fellowship in Los Angeles at UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Donner has been passionately pursuing a career in pain management since medical school and has completed research engagements at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Stanford University investigating ways to improve the treatment of chronic pain. He strives to provide his patients with the most recent, cutting-edge treatments available focusing on multimodal, interventional, and multidisciplinary therapies. Dr. Donner and his wife are eager to return home to Georgia to be closer to family and friends.
Akshay Garg, MD
Dr. Akshay Garg is a board certified, fellowship trained, Interventional Pain Medicine physician skilled in the management of a wide range of conditions including musculoskeletal pain of the back, neck, and joints, neuropathic disorders, and cancer-related pain. He is adept in utilizing both fluoroscopy and ultrasound image guidance to safely and effectively perform a variety of advanced interventions, including spine and joint injections, radiofrequency ablations, and neuromodulation. His goals are to provide compassionate care to optimize pain control, enhance physical function and psychological well-being, and improve his patient’s overall quality of life.
Originally from Washington D.C., Dr. Garg completed his undergraduate and medical school training as a part of the highly selective seven-year dual B.A./M.D. program at The George Washington University and The George Washington University School of Medicine. He went on to the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center for internship, and stayed in New York City to complete his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He served as Chief Resident during his final year and was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the American Pain Society.
Dr. Garg subsequently completed a highly competitive ACGME-accredited Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at the Weill Cornell Tri-Institutional Pain Medicine Program. His rigorous training was centered at three prestigious New York institutions: The New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The Hospital for Special Surgery, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Garg has published extensively in various Pain Medicine journals and textbooks and continues to remain involved in cutting edge research for the advancement of the field through national and international pain societies. He is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR).
Tonya Ogletree, PA-C
Tonya Ogletree, PA-C joined Pain Care in 2016. She is a board-certified Physician Assistant with over 10 of experience. Tonya attended Georgia State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then earned her Physician Assistant degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Tonya is passionate about helping people affected by chronic pain. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and spending time in the outdoors.
Niki Patel, NP
Niki Patel, NP joined Pain Care in 2015. She is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who earned both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Auburn University. Niki is very passionate about helping those who suffer from chronic pain. When she’s away from work, Niki enjoys spending time with her family and the outdoors.
Lela Isett, MPAS, PA-C
Lela Isett, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant who joined Pain Care in 2016. She has over 10 years of experience treating chronic pain patients in Delaware and Georgia. Lela earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University and completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Towson University. Her experience lends her a unique understanding of what chronic pain patients deal daily and is passionate about helping them return to a life they can enjoy.