meet our Physicians
Joseph Savino, M.D.
Dr. Savino graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2000. He then completed an Anesthesiology residency and a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and received board certification in Anesthesiology through the American Board of Anesthesiologists with subspecialty Certification in Pain Management. Dr. Savino is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Management and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice through the World Institute of Pain. He arrived in the Rogue Valley with his family in 2005 and has since become a vibrant part of the community, serving as a board member of two local non-profit organizations.
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George Johnston, D.O.
Dr. Johnston, an Oregon native, graduated from the University of New England Medical School in 1999. From there, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine, residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a fellowship in Pain Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. A diplomat of the American Academy of Physical Medicine, he is also board certified in the sub- specialty of Pain Medicine. Dr. Johnston moved to the Rogue Valley in 2004. And two years later, he brought his unique and diverse skill-set to Pain Specialists. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Johnston is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys running, softball and golf.
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Meet Our Staff - Midlevel Providers
Nancy Clark PA-C
Physician Assistant, Nancy Clark graduated from the University of Washington Physician Assistant program in August, 2000. Prior to her career with Pain Specialists, she worked the previous ten years in Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine. She was also a Registered Nurse in a Seattle hospital for ten years before attending Physician Assistant school. Most of her Nursing career was post surgical renal transplantation and Critical Intensive Care. Before becoming a nurse, Nancy worked as an Emergency Medical Technician on an ambulance in Boise Idaho, and also assisted teaching a Back Country Medical Rescue Course for Idaho Emergency Medical Services. In 2001 Nancy volunteered with Northwest Medical Teams and delivered care to refugees in Albania during the Kosovo crisis. She currently enjoys rural living, biking, gardening and tending to her farm animals.Video: Meet Nancy Clark, PA-C
Emily Rogers PA-C
Ms. Rogers graduated from Wells College Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, with special distinction in biology. She then served as a physics and chemistry teacher in Togo, West Africa, with the Peace Corps. After returning stateside, she worked in cancer research for a Nobel Laureate at Rockefeller Institute in Manhattan. Later she attended naturopathic school and then worked for several years as a paramedic. She attended the Military Physician Assistant School, graduating as class leader at the top of her class and earning the General’s Medal of Recognition. She then worked for many years in obstetrics and gynecology, while serving as medical field officer and trainer for the Oregon Army National Guard. After that she practiced family medicine in a small rural clinic in the foothills of the Sierras. She has specialized in pain management since 2009.Video: Meet Emily Rogers PA-C
Paul Leppert, ANP
Paul was born and raised on the East Coast. He volunteered for the Marines and served in Vietnam. He was the first combat veteran appointed, from the ranks, to Midshipman at the US Navel Academy but was medically disqualified. He lived in Europe several years and attended medical school in Spain for a year before financial constraints forced him to postpone his dream.
He returned to the United States, earned an engineering degree at night school. He worked for several major firms in their technology divisions and was recruited by Boos, Allen and Hamilton to join their consulting practice. He went on to form his own technology consulting company specializing in technology management for financial trading firms. His firm designed and implemented high tech trading floors for several leading financial Wall St. firms.
Kristen Lorange, MS NCC
Kristen is a Nationally Certified Counselor with experience in treating a variety of mental health disorders. Kristen knows the primary agent for positive change is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Her ability to quickly establish a genuine connection with her clients allows them to feel at ease while engaging in the counseling process. Her empathy, creativity, and compassion provide a foundation for effective treatment. She began working with Pain Specialists in 2006. Her involvement in this specialty has provided insight into the challenges facing those who suffer from chronic pain. This experience motivated Kristen to earn an MS degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University. Utilizing evidence based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Kristen also incorporates the Dialectical techniques of mindfulness, self-soothing/relaxation, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Kristen enjoys her current role of helping her clients improve their overall ability to cope, adjust, and enjoy a more balanced and fulfilling way of life. When Kristen is out of the office she enjoys traveling, art, taking in the local theatre offerings, and hiking with her family.