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John S. Michels, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Dallas, TX serving greater Dallas/Ft. Worth, Highland Park, University Park, Preston Hollow, and surrounding areas.

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Award Winning Physician

Dr. John Michels is honored to have been named one of the Best Doctors in Dallas by D Magazine and SuperDoctors; and to have received the Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition, Vitals Patient's Choice Award, Vitals On-Time Doctor Award, and the Healthgrades Honor Roll.

About Dr. John S. Michels, MD

John S. Michels, MD, of Interventional Spine & Pain in Dallas, serving greater Dallas/Ft. Worth, Highland Park, University Park, Preston Hollow, and surrounding areas, is a former first-round NFL draft choice and Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers. After an injury ended his football career, he decided to take his experience as a patient and use it to drive his passion as a doctor of interventional pain management.

As a result of his road to healing, Dr. Michels possesses a deeper level of empathy and compassion and a new understanding of the complex challenges of pain. This motivates him to help each patient return to optimal health.

He’s now an expert in interventional pain medicine. At his practice, his goal is to ensure that pain and injury don’t stop his patients from living out their passions in their own lives.

Dr. Michels received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, where he became a dean’s list scholar and member of the medical school admissions committee. He then went to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to complete a residency in diagnostic radiology.

Following his residency, Dr. Michels completed an ACGME-accredited, multidisciplinary fellowship in interventional pain management at the University of California, Irvine. He’s now double board-certified in diagnostic radiology and pain medicine.

Dr. Michels is recognized by his peers and patients for his compassionate and high-quality medical care. He has received numerous awards, including D Magazine Best Doctors, Texas Super Doctors, and the Healthgrades Honor Roll. He has also been honored with the Vitals Compassionate Doctor, On-Time Doctor, and Patients’ Choice Awards.


"Injury stole my ability to live my dream as an NFL athlete. The focus of my practice is to keep people living out their passions, pain free."




    Pain Mapping

    Revolutionary interventional treatments and procedures


    Dr. John Michels continues to provide the most advanced diagnostic techniques and treatments of back pain through comprehensive physical examination along with spinal pain mapping procedures. When physical examination or imaging studies fail to determine the etiology of pain, Dr. Michels will provide spinal pain mapping techniques.


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Leading Edge Techniques

Leading Edge Techniques


  • Conservative Management

    A multidisciplinary approach to patients’ chronic pain


    Through conservative and interventional procedures, my goal as a pain management doctor is to minimize dependence of opioids, improve quality of life, improve function, and improve pain coping skills so the patient may better adapt to their daily activities and get back to their normal daily function.


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Major Insurances Accepted

We accept all insurance except Medicaid, Workers Comp, or Personal Injury. If you have any questions regarding insurance, please give our office a call.

Aetna Medicare
Blue Advantage HMO Exchange
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Galaxy Health Network
HealthSmart PPO
Humana Choice Care
United Health Care

Are Your Shoes to Blame for Your Knee Pain?

You may not think much about your knees when picking a new pair of shoes, but you probably should. Our pain management specialist explains the role of shoes in knee pain and which types are best for your achy joints.

A Closer Look at Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome can cause pain, joint stiffness, and numerous other symptoms that are often hard to understand, let alone treat. Our pain management specialist explains this painful nerve disorder and the treatments that help.

Bad Habits That Are Making Your Neck Pain Worse

Many habits can cause, worsen, or prolong neck pain. Unfortunately, most of them are so ingrained you may not realize they’re part of your daily routine. Check these facts about activities that worsen neck pain and tips for changing your routine.


Words from our patients

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    " I can tell you I've seen Pain, I can also say Dr. Michels has been the ONLY Physician that has helped me get my pain Level below a "3" on a normal scale of Pain."

    Steve D.
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    "We absolutely trust Dr Michels! That same week he performed the procedure and it worked! Yay, Dr Michels!"

    Sharon P.
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    "He is vastly qualified, thoroughly professional and experienced. And he is also a great, friendly guy! "

    Paul D.
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    "Dr Michels and his staff took the time to listen and respond expertly. The injections were a success and the followup everything we could hope for. "

    Judy W.
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    "Dr Michels is a Godsend. I was at end of my rope with severe sciatic pain, left lower back all the way to toes. He has given me hope and abilities I thought were lost."

    Terrie T.
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    "Nicest doctor we have ever worked with. Genuinely cares about his patients."

    David P.
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    "Dr Michels is the most caring doctor I have been to. He is always optimistic about finding relief for you."

    Susan S.
Interventional Spine and Pain
8222 Douglas Ave, 890
Dallas, TX 75225
Phone: 214-347-8970
Fax: 972-677-7790
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