Welcome to Pain Specialists of Columbia. Our mission is to alleviate or adequately manage pain through the most up-to-date interventional pain management treatment options available. The Pain Specialists of Columbia staff, led by Edward M. Tavel, Jr., MD, is highly experienced and committed to providing excellent and compassionate care to our patients.
Edward M. Tavel, Jr., MD
Founder and Medical Director
Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Dr. Tavel has practiced pain management since 1993. Passionate about providing his patients with the latest advances in pain treatment techniques, he leads his experienced medical staff in providing compassionate and customized care. Dr. Tavel uses a full range of interventional, non-surgical techniques and provides a comprehensive approach to treating pain. His special areas of interest include arthritis of the spine and chronic nerve related pain. He is specifically skilled in radiofrequency ablation for arthritic-related pain of the spine, and is one of the few physicians in the Charleston area performing neuromodulation therapy using spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Tavel earned his undergraduate degree from Davidson College and his MD at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed four additional years of anesthesia and pain medicine training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was chief resident in his final year. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesia and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He maintains active membership in the Interventional Spinal Intervention Society (ISIS), as well as, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). Dr. Tavel has been named as one of ASC’s “Industry Leaders to Know” as well as one of the top “150 Pain Management Physicians” nationwide. When he is not practicing pain medicine, Dr. Tavel can be found spending time with his wife and two sons.
Ryan Galica, MD
Board Certified Physician
Ryan Galica, MD received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then completed a Categorical Anesthesia Residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Galica continued at University Hospitals Case Medical Center where he completed his year-long Fellowship in Pain Medicine.
David Stickler, MD
Leading Neurology Specialists of Columbia is David Stickler, MD.
A Pennsylvania native, Dr. Stickler joins our clinical team after nine years at the Medical University of South Carolina where he was a principal contributor to the development of MUSC’s now nationally recognized Neurology Department. Dr. Stickler received his medical degree from West Virginia University and completed both his Internal Medicine and Neurology residencies at the University of Florida. Upon leaving Gainesville, Dr. Stickler completed a Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship and Advanced Fellowship in Neuromuscular Diseases at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Patricia Myers, MD – C
An Alabama native, Patricia Myers MD is a general neurologist with sub-specialty interest in epilepsy. Dr. Myers received her medical degree from The University of South Alabama and completed both her Internal Medicine and Neurology Residencies at the Medical University of South Carolina. During her fellowship year at MUSC, Dr. Myers completed a Neurophysiology Fellowship.