Desert Pain Specialists expands to Cedar City with new physician

Dr. Ryan Workman, his wife and eight children introduce themselves to Southern Utah in this screenshot from a video filmed at the St. George News studio, St. George, Utah, Feb. 20, 2017 | Screenshot from video by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

FEATURE – In response to the growing population of Southern Utah, Desert Pain Specialists is expanding to Cedar City and adding a new physician to its staff of highly-qualified interventional pain care specialists. The Cedar City office, located at 1760 N. Main St. is set to open May 1.

Dr. Ryan Workman and family, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Dr. Ryan Workman, St. George News

Dr. Ryan Workman was raised in Salt Lake City and it was there that the Utah native met and started dating the woman who would become his wife. Together the couple now have eight children ranging in ages from 1-14.

Workman received his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University in Provo. After BYU, the couple moved to Arizona where Workman went to medical school. Workman and his family moved again after medical school to do a fellowship training at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. After completing his fellowship training, Workman and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they have lived and worked for the past few years.

But the family has always had their eyes looking northward toward Utah, Workman said, adding that they had a particular desire to settle in Southern Utah.

Workman will be mostly working from the new Cedar City office but will also spend time in St. George. He is excited, he said, to finally reach his goal of returning to Utah to live and work and to bring his wide variety of interventional pain treatment training to Desert Pain’s growing practice.

Workman has been trained in many different facets of interventional medicine including medication management, physical therapy, psychological treatment and stem cell research. He treats the spine, neck, middle- and lower-back, joints, extremity pain and pain syndromes that are difficult to treat.

He likes to use a broad approach to treating patients’ pain, Workman said, and believes what sets him apart is his dedication to spending quality time with the patient to really open communication and understand their needs.

“Pain is an emotional experience,” Workman said, “so having people talk with someone about that emotional component is very important.”

Workman will join Desert Pain Specialists’ staff, which currently consists of two physicians Dr. Court Empey and Dr. Spencer Wells and seven nurse practitioners.

Empey said he is thrilled to be able to add Workman to their team and looks forward to the opening of the new office in Cedar City. The new office will help Desert Pain Specialists better care for their patients who come not only from Cedar City but from areas such as Beaver and Richfield.

“We are excited to have a new location for them to be seen,” Empey said, “as well to bring in Dr. Workman and his expertise. He is an awesome guy, super sharp, very professional and has great training. (He is) a very kind, genuine physician who is going to take great care of patients.”

Wells said of Workman:

He’s very qualified, well-trained and overall he’s just a nice guy. He is somebody who will sit and listen to the patients and do his best to understand their needs and I think he will fit very well in our practice model.

Workman and his family enjoy an active lifestyle, he said, and they look forward to exploring the many options for camping, hiking and outdoor play that Southern Utah has to offer.

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  • voice of reason April 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Once again, the St George News is being deceptive and dishonest by presenting paid advertising as legitimate news.
    The “Sponsored Content” banner should appear at the top of the article and perhaps, as a watermark across the picture on the homepage.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic April 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      My mistake in not replying to your objection the first time, Voice. Let me illuminate.

      Sponsored stories aim to offer worthwhile content either on a topic the advertiser has particular knowledge of, about business – often its own – or its owners or an organization or event promotion, to name a few possibilities.

      We identify reports that are sponsored – paid for – in four and sometimes five ways:

      1. At the top of the story, as you suggest, see the byline;
      2. At the bottom of the text of the story in bold burnt red;
      3. In the “About the author” profile at the end of the report;
      4. In category; and
      5. An opinion dateline, where appropriate.

      Depending on how you launch into a story, some of these indicators are more visible than others.

      Content submitted by or prepared for a sponsor, not unlike many press releases we receive, aims to promote something. When paid for, the submitting party has the ability to present and direct their own message – they are called sponsors.

      We hope you can welcome these for two important reasons: They offer you a chance to learn from community members themselves what they have to offer from their own point of view. And they are among our advertisers that pay us so that you don’t have to – because of them, we are able to provide news to you 100% free, no subscription required, seven days a week.

      I do hope that helps and sincerely appreciate your long engagement with us,

      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • voice of reason April 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

        Thank you for the response. I see the byline at the top of the article. I simply believe that it should be much more prominent than it currently is. Placing that bold red “Sponsored Content” banner at the top of the article would be much better than the current methods. I fear that many read these things and think they are getting real news. Anything you can do to clear that up is worthwhile.

    • comments April 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      I was never confused at all as to it being advertising content. It would be even more excellent if it was an ad for a fertility clinic. lol

  • comments April 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Couple points here:

    ” In response to the growing population of Southern Utah”

    anyone else see the irony here?

    “and seven nurse practitioners”

    nurse practitioners are taking the place of real doctors in too many instances since they give them the ability to prescribe and basically work as doctors. I think in most cases they are unqualified, and really think it’s out of control. I realize there’s a shortage of real doctors everywhere, but I think we can do better than nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The medical industry is a lot like fast food any more. Would be curious to know how many pounds worth of opioids a pain clinic like this doles out weekly, also.

  • Real Life April 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    For the love of God, buy some condoms! It’s 2017, wake up!! 8 kids, do you need help on the farm???

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