MEET OUR PHYSICIANS

Meet our team of Specialists.

Your Specialists

Together, we are proud to be examples of strong work ethic and emphasis on patient care. We utilize a range of modern Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery techniques, as well as non-surgical pain treatment and procedures that are all offered in our out-patient surgery center.

Free Pain Screening Quiz

Pain presents itself in many different ways, at different times and in many cases is triggered by specific activities.

Modern Spine Medicine will be happy to answer your questions in conjunction with a personal phone call follow up with one of our doctors.

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Why Choose Us?

Dr. Nasser and our team understand the value of superb patient care. We believe that behind each patient suffering with neck or back pain, whatever the name of the specific diagnosis, there is a story of a patient whose life has been tremendously limited by pain. We aim to resolve painful conditions of the spine and restore patients’ lives.

We realize that no patient enjoys the process of visiting a doctor’s office and that you want relief fast. As a team, we will take every reasonable measure to make this happen.

Dr. Nasser and our team consider every reasonable measure to ensure that your spine procedures are as safe and as successful as possible. Our goal is to improve each and every patients’ quality of life and get them back to living a life they love.

Timothy Adler Luke, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Luke completed his Laser Spine Fellowship Training in Tampa, Florida in 2009. He finished his Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine in Bronx, New York in 2004. In 2003, he completed his Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Research Fellowship in Greenwich, Connecticut. He completed his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery in Bronx, New York in 2001. He has been honored as one of the Top Orthopedists multiple years and was honored to receive the Top Doctors in Phoenix in 2018. He graduated from University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1996.

Azmi N. Nasser, D.O.

Board-Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Nasser is Board-Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, where he was co-chief resident.

Dr. Arash Ghaffari, M. D.

Board-Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Ghaffari is Board-Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He completed his Spine Medicine Fellowship in 2019 from USC Spine Center at Keck Medicine of USC. He has over 12 years of experience in teaching, service and research with many medical presentations and publications.

Craig Peterson, D.C.

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Peterson completed his doctorate in chiropractic at the University of Western States in Portland, OR. Dr. Peterson received his bachelors of science degree from Weber State University in Ogden, UT in 2004.

Carolyn Wagner von Hoff, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Carolyn Wagner von Hoff is a Physican Assistant. She has a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science.

Catherine Lambert, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Catherine Lambert is a Physican Assistant. She has a Master’s Candidacy in Theology, a Bachelor of Physician Assistant Sciences in Medical Science, a Bachelor’s in Health Education and Corporate Wellness and she is also has a Certofaction of Cardiovascular Technology.

Vanessa Dispensa , PA-C

Physician Assistant

Dr. Dispensa completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Touro College, New York, NY. She is currently completing her Doctor of Health Sciences with a Fundamentals of Education concentration from A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ.

PHONE CONSULT WITH OUR DOCTORS

Don't let pain get you down. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Pain presents itself in many different ways, at different times and in many cases is triggered by specific activities. Modern Spine Medicine will be happy to answer your questions in conjunction with a personal phone call follow up with one of our doctors.

Please answer the questions as accurately as possible.

About Modern Spine Medicine

As a multi-disciplinary team, we understand that pain can change and destroy a person’s life. It is discouraging to watch our patients, friends and family suffer in pain. We know we can make a difference and help provide the best education and options available. We offer Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, namely Endoscopic Microdiscectomy and Endoscopic Rhizotomy procedures. Our non-surgical treatments offered are therapeutic and diagnostic injection medicine therapy. These include epidural steroid injections, non-steroidal injections, nerve blocks and ablations, joint injections, and trigger point injections. We also offer many other procedures for pain relief.

We are passionate about giving life back to our community every day. We specialize in most types of pain, including neck and back pain, arm and shoulder pain, leg, hip and knee pain, as well as headaches and migraines. We treat pain from Car Accident or Wreck Injuries, Sport Injuries, Workman’s Comp and daily wear and tear.

We are excited to be known by our patients and referring Primary Care Physicians as Top Doctors and Top Pain Specialists in Phoenix. We are also proud to have great relationships with other pain centers like Arizona Pain Specialists, The Pain Centers of Arizona, Arizona Pain Centers, Advanced Pain Management, Sonoran Spine, Barrow Neurosurgical Institute and many neurospine surgeons and orthospine surgeons.

Modern Spine Medicine at Arizona Pain Treatment Centers has been serving the greater Phoenix area since 1997. We have patients under our care that live in Phoenix, North Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, Maryvale, Tolleson, South Phoenix, Mesa, East Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction, Tuscon, and even Globe.

We are commitment to making a difference and being the difference in all of our patient’s lives and their family and friends lives. Thank you!

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