Dr. Trey Rigert
Founder of Columbia Pain Management, Physiatrist
Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist or Physiatrist, a pain management physician.
Dr Trey Rigert is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Addiction Medicine. He came of age professionally before interventional pain management and chronic opiate therapies (COT) were popularized, graduating from medical school in 1989 and completing his residency in PMR at the University of Irvine in 1993. His experience includes the medical directorship of two inpatient physical rehabilitation programs as well as an in and outpatient multidisciplinary chronic pain program, he is proficient in interventional pain care, and is the founder of Columbia Pain Management in Hood River Oregon. He is the current Quality Medical Director for Providence Hood River Medical Center, Vice President of medical staff and currently serves as a voting member of the Oregon Region Providence Board. He has a loving wife and 4 children as well as a beagle. He enjoys the typical Hood River sports- kiting, skiing and MT biking; is a member of Toastmasters, Hood River Rotary and attends Hood River CMA church. He coaches the Horizon Christian School FTC robotics team and has a weakness for chocolate. Ask him – why he still loves his work ….
Dr. David Russo
Physiatrist and Pain Medicine Specialist
Dr. Russo is a dual board-certified physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain management specialist. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley followed by medical school and graduate degrees in Public Health and Clinical Research and Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He continued his graduate medical education and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota followed by a fellowship in pain management at the Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Russo is an expert in pain treatment and regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal conditions. He is a medico-legal adviser and technical consultant in areas of risk management, peer review, clinical toxicology, and organizational development.
Dr. Shelley Smith
Occupational Medicine & Pain Management
Shelley (Michelle) R. C. Smith, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Throughout her career, Dr. Smith has cared for patients who have chronic pain. She helped develop and launch the Occupational Medicine Department at Providence Hood River where she cared for injured workers for fifteen years.
As the field of neuroscience advanced and our understanding of what creates Persistent Pain evolved, Dr. Smith researched additional treatment options to bring to her patients. This led her to seek certification through the Academy for Guided Imagery, and to help bring Pain Education and Habit Formation classes to Providence Hood River.
In 2014, she joined Columbia Pain Management where she developed their one-on-one pain education program. Dr. Smith continues to coach patients on how pain works in the body so that they can develop effective strategies to decrease pain and return to their active lives.
Dr. Jonathan Blatt
Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine Specialist
Dr. Blatt has been practicing anesthesiology and pain management for over 20 years. His goal is to help those with acute injury quickly return to full function and resolution of their pain, while assisting those with chronic pain in obtaining relief and regaining a fulfilling lifestyle not dictated by their affliction. “It can be immensely rewarding to be able to help someone in their journey to a more pain-free existence.”
A graduate of Chicago Medical School in 1983, Dr. Blatt went on to complete his anesthesiology residency and intensive care fellowship at the USC-LA County Medical Center. In 1991 he moved to Portland to join the Department of Anesthesiology of Providence Milwaukie Hospital. He was board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1990, obtained board certification from the American Board of Pain Management in 2000, and was recertified in 2010.
Dr. Blatt has devoted much time to his profession. He served as Medical Staff President of Providence Milwaukie Hospital in 1997 and 1998, and acted as chairman of it’s Department of Anesthesiology from 1991 to 2000. He was also a member of the citywide Providence Regional Medical Executive Committee from 1995 to 2000. He was a volunteer Anesthesiology faculty member at USC Medical Center for three years and has worked with NW Medical Teams on medical missions in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Special areas of interest include assisting patients with all aspects of pain management that enhance their quality of life and pain control. This may involve X-ray-guided spinal injections, improving physical capabilities, optimizing pain medication management, and learning new ways to take control of depression and anxiety.
In his spare time Dr. Blatt can be found skiing the slopes of Mt. Hood, hiking, gardening, playing guitar, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two sons. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Dr. Vishal Khemlani
Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine Specialist
Vishal Khemlani, MD, is a compassionate and skilled anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist. We’re excited that he has decided to join our practice!
Dr. Khemlani provides extensive conservative and minimally invasive solutions to spinal pain, back pain, nerve pain, and limb pain, so patients can feel better and experience an improved quality of life.
Dr. Khemlani was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon, and earned his medical doctorate from Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine in Portland. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Irvine and then pursued a pain management fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles.
Dr. Khemlani understands the complexity of acute and chronic pain conditions and uses a multidisciplinary approach to pain management to address the patient as a whole person rather than a collection of symptoms. He strives to educate patients about their conditions and treatment options and offers a range of conservative and minimally invasive treatments for a comprehensive solution to pain. Dr. Khemlani aims to resolve patients’ pain while improving their overall functionality for a better quality of life.
When he’s not with patients, Dr. Khemlani enjoys spending time with his wife and son and experiencing all that Oregon has to offer.
LAURA SCOBIE, PA-C
Laura Scobie graduated from Emory University school of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in physiology and neuroscience at University of California at San Diego. Laura has been a commissioner on the Oregon Pain Management commission for the past 6 years. She is also on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program advisory commission as well as the Oregon Medical Associations Opioids Task Force.
Laura has lived in Hood River since 2003 and enjoys the gorge lifestyle. She and her family like to watch their kids play lacrosse and basketball, ride bikes and go out for dinner.
MACHELLE DOTSON, PA-C
Machelle Dotson PA-C, graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine, MEDEX Northwest, in 2008 with Honors. Her passion for all that the Columbia River Gorge has to offer brought her to the area in 2008. She has a strong family practice and radiology back ground that makes her an assets to our team. She was selected to represent Physician Assistants for a Ministry of Health trial in New Zealand and was a founding member of the team that brought the profession to New Zealand. She has past experience in Pain Management and has collaborated in practice policy guidelines.
HOLLY TUMELSON , PA-C
Holly has been with Columbia Pain Management since 2012 she earned her master’s in Physician Assistant studies from Idaho State University.
JESSICA RUSSO, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I seek to promote client’s emotional health and well-being working from a proactive, strength-based, client centered, collaborative orientation. I incorporate ideas and methods from interpersonal neurobiology, object relations theory, and cognitive behavioral frameworks to build a safe base first by “starting where the client is” and then work to build successful interpersonal relationships and promote healthy human development.
Jessica is trained and certified in using The Daring Way™ methods and works with individuals, couples, and groups.
CHERIE FLORY, RN-BC
Board Certified in Pain Management Nursing and Regenerative Medicine Patient Navigator
Cherie has been working as an RN with Columbia Pain Management since 2009. She has earned an associate degree in both science and applied science. Is Board Certified in Pain Management Nursing. She shares duties with our other Nurse working in sedation/recovery. Also heads the new Regenexx stem cell department.
ANGELA L. AURIT, MSW, CSWA, MAC CADC III
Substance Use Disorder Counselor and Social Worker
Angela has thoroughly loved being in the field of substance use disorder and problem gambling disorder counseling for the past 18 years. In 2001 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in General Psychology and Youth and Family Studies from Corban University. Her career commenced as a residential treatment skills specialist at Rosemont School and Treatment Center for adolescent females. After much learning, from her clients and colleagues, she moved onto work as a treatment provider in an outpatient methadone clinic for adults. In 2005, she returned to where she grew up, the Columbia River Gorge, to be a treatment provider for the first drug court program in Hood River Oregon through Mid-Columbia Center for Living. As a result of her vast work experience, in a variety of treatment mileus, she was led to Columbia Pain Management and accepted an integrated position as a substance use disorder counselor and medication coach. When working with people, she uses a strengths based and trauma informed care approaches, along with motivational interviewing, stages of change, and person in environment perspective, to provide person-centered care. In order to improve her abilities as a provider, promote policy change for persons with reward center disorders, and expand the practice of integrated treatment in pain management, she obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) through Portland State University in 2019.