Physicians and Providers

Charles K. Friedman, DO, ABAM
Medical Director

Diplomate – American Board of Anesthesiology
Diplomate – American Board of Pain Medicine
Diplomate – American Board of Addiction Medicine

Dr. Friedman received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Florida International University, and attended Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

In 1992, Dr. Friedman relocated to the Tampa Bay area where he founded Pain Relief Centers with a goal to help others enjoy life again. He has spent close to a decade as a medical educator in pain management.

Dr. Friedman proudly serves his community in improving the quality of life for his patients. Due to the epidemic of addiction to pain medications in Florida, Dr. Friedman spent 2012 completing a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is now the only full-time practicing, pain management physician in the Tampa Bay area who has been formally fellowship trained and board certified in the area of Addiction Medicine.

Currently, he remains in clinical practice and continues to provide lectures to a multitude of health care disciplines. Dr. Friedman serves as the Medical Director for Pain Relief Centers and West Park Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center (ASC) facility dedicated to the treatment of spinal disorders.

Dr. Friedman’s affiliations include, but are not limited to: International Association for the Study of Pain, International Spinal Injection Society, North American Spine Society, North American Neuromodulation Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Pain Management, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Florida Physicians Association, Pinellas County Medical Society, Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association and the American Medical Association’s Political Action Committee.

Thanh T. Le, MD 
Diplomate – American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate – American Board of Pain Medicine

Dr. Le earned his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, and received his MD at Louisiana State University Medical Center.  He then chose to pursue a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and pain fellowship focusing on spine medicine.

After completing his fellowship in 2000, Dr. Le has been enjoying the comforts of Florida while practicing pain management full time. His main focus is to provide specialized treatment for patients whose lives are limited by pain each and every day.

His professional affiliations include: the American Academy of Pain Management, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and Pinellas County Medical Society.

DrShields-webSondra E. Shields, MD

Dr. Sondra Shields graduated with a B.A. from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. She then went on to Brooke Army Medical Center in Sam Houston, TX where she completed a transitional internship and then to Mayo Graduate School of Medicine where she completed a residency in anesthesiology. In 1993, Dr. Shields completed a fellowship in pain management at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, which eventually brought her to work in Florida.

Since 1994, Dr. Shields has worked as both a pain management physician and anesthesiologist at various clinics and hospitals across the Tampa Bay area, Washington and Texas. Her resume includes positions at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Fort Sam, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Shields has held various positions in the U.S. Military including Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Captain and Major. She has been a presenter at medical conventions, is an author of multiple published articles and has conducted medical research projects on topics such as sacroiliac field pain and sacroiliac join injections, preemptive analgesia and post-thoracotomy pain, and medical staff pain knowledge assessment and growth.

She is a strong believer in comprehensive pain management and regularly emphasizes the importance of healthy living tactics at home to all of her patients.

Georgette F. Bouwhuis, ARNP, FNP-BC

Georgette graduated from the University of the State of New York, Regents College with an Associate of Science in Nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the University of New York at Fredonia. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Tampa. Georgette is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, earned at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She spent nearly a decade and a half at St. Anthony’s Hospital in various units.

Continuing her education even further, Georgette has recently completed additional training for treating patients with multiple diagnoses at the University of South Florida.


AnneCalitri-webAnn Marie Calitri, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC

Ann Marie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tampa, where she graduated as a member of the honors college, magna cum laude. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of South Florida’s College of Nursing.
Her experience includes serving as a clinical and charge RN at a large teaching hospital and working in a surgical unit responsible for nursing care of complex medical conditions. She spent many years at All Children’s Hospital and is a Family Nurse Practitioner with specialty experience in general and bariatric surgery. Ann’s professional affiliations include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Florida Nurses Association.



Rene Exposito
Physician Patient Liaison
Interpreter Services

Rene translates for our Spanish speaking patients during their consultations and treatments, including surgeries. He is with the patient throughout their therapy.

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