Our Physicians and Clinical Staff

The Center for Pain Relief offers a team of highly experienced professionals. Team members include Nurses, Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants, and skilled administrators.

We adhere to the highest quality standard of patient care. Our physicians are board certified, teach at a national level, have been mentored by world-class pain physicians, are trained in the country’s leading interventional pain fellowships and are consistently published. Each physician is board certified through the American Board of Anesthesiology in addition to being board certified Pain Management Specialists.

Timothy R. Deer, MD Timothy Ray Deer, MD, DABPM

Dr. Deer is the president and chief executive officer of The Center for Pain Relief, Inc. in Charleston, West Virginia. The Center for Pain Relief, Inc. treats more than 3400 chronic pain patients per month, many with unique conditions that require an algorithmic approach to their management. He is a native West Virginian who received his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine and where he currently holds the position of clinical professor of anesthesiology.

Dr. Deer is the president of the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP) and has recently been elected to the position of President Elect of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS). Dr. Deer is a former member of the board of directors of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and has served as faculty, moderator and presenter on many important subjects at many national and international meetings.

In his role as WVSIPP president, Dr. Deer has organized and chaired an extremely successful annual meeting specifically targeted at the interventional practitioner. These meetings have not only served to provide education regarding the specialty, but also to bring attention to the goals of WVSIPP in promoting safe, effective and cutting edge treatment options to patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Dr. Deer has published extensively on a wide range of topics including injection techniques, minimally-invasive disc procedures, intrathecal drug delivery, and spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation, as well as served tirelessly on many editorial boards. Dr. Deer has recently served as author and series editor on a number of textbooks relating to interventional techniques.

Dr. Deer is well known for his passion in lobbying for the safe utilization of pain therapies and improving access to care for patients as well as instructing physicians and clinicians on effective pain control, palliative care and end of life care for patients suffering from chronic, unrelenting pain pathologies.

Christopher K. Kim, MDChristopher K. Kim, MD

Dr. Kim earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He then completed both an internship and a residency in anesthesiology and earned his board certification in this specialty. Dr. Kim has also served as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the pain management department at the Medical College of Virginia.




Richard Bowman, MDRichard G. Bowman II, MD

A West Virginia native, Dr. Bowman received a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and English from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, before enrolling in the West Virginia University School of Medicine. After earning his medical degree, he went on to complete a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation.



Brian Yee, MD Brian Yee, DO

Dr. Yee is a native of Beckley, WV and is currently in private practice at the Center for Pain Relief in Charleston, WV and Beckley, WV where he is the Medical Director at the Beckley Clinic.

Dr. Yee completed a degree in Biology at West Virginia University. He then completed his medical training at the West Virginia School of osteopathic Medicine where he served as Class President and Student Government President. He was accepted into Sigma-Sigma Phi, the National Osteopathic Service Fraternity. Dr. Yee completed is anesthesiology training at West Virginia University and subsequently completed a pain management fellow ship at Baystate Medical Center.

Dr. Yee is skilled in a number of diagnostic and therapeutic interventional and surgical pain procedures. He has lectured at the state and local level for several specialty groups and hospital organizations. He is interested in expanding the body of evidence to support modalities to help alleviate patient suffering.

Jason Pope, MD Jason Pope, MD

Dr. Pope grew up in the Midwest and attended Purdue University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and then continued on to medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine, becoming the first physician in his family. He then ventured south and completed his Anesthesiology residency at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduation, he served as faculty with a dual appointment at the Veteran Affairs Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. Dr. Pope then returned to the Midwest and completed his fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the prestigious and world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. There, the world’s leaders in minimally invasive and multimodal augmentative and ablative strategies to treat pain mentored him. Dr. Pope was then invited to join the faculty as Associate Staff, continuing his clinical, educational, and research efforts.

Keenly aware of importance of patient advocacy, Dr. Pope has served as a health fellow to a member of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce sub-committee on Health and was the recipient of the first annual American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Fellow’s Advocacy Grant, permitting him the opportunity to help protect the accessibility of appropriate pain therapies. Dr. Pope has practiced medicine internationally in Kenya, Liberia, and Peru, and began the first pain clinic in Kijabe, Kenya. Dr. Pope is well published, spoken at numerous national meetings, continues to be active in research and education, and has a blossoming national reputation of sincerity and excellence. He tirelessly explores new patient centered avenues and strategies to treat complex pain patients and improve their quality of life.

Physician Assistants

C. Douglas Stewart, PA, MBA C. Douglas Stewart, PA, MBA

After receiving a bachelor's degree in medical science from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV, Douglas Stewart earned his physician assistant certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He went on to complete a master's program in business administration at the University of Charleston in Charleston, WV.

Wilfrido T. Tolentino, Jr., PA-C Wilfrido T. Tolentino, Jr., PA-C

The holder of a bachelor's degree from the physician assistant program at the College of West Virginia, Wilfrido Tolentino went on to earn his physician assistant certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in 1997.



Nurse Practitioner

Timothy R. Deer, MD Rebecca Butcher

Rebecca Butcher is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Rebecca grew up in Logan, West Virginia and attended Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College where she received her Associates of Science in Nursing and then continued on to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. After working in the nursing profession for 12 years, Rebecca attended Marshall University's Graduate College and graduated at the top of her class with a Master's of Science in Nursing.

Rebecca began her career as a nurse extern at Logan Regional Medical Center. Since that time she has accumulated 15 years of experience in various patient care settings including cardiac, pulmonary, intensive care, and pain management. Before starting at the Center for Pain Relief, Rebecca worked in Charleston, West Virginia at Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Division in the Medical Intensive Care. She has received awards for excellence in professional nursing. Rebecca was also a heart soul award winner at Charleston Area Medical Center. This award is given to those nurses who achieve excellence in patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction, physician satisfaction, and patient safety.

Rebecca believes in building trusting relationships with her patients. She chose the pain management specialty because she has a true desire to help patients improve their qualities of life.

Physical Therapists

Mindy Stars, PA-CMindy Starks, PT

Mindy is a physical therapist with a current focus in the outpatient setting. She graduated from Capital High School, Charleston, West Virginia. Mindy then continued her academic journey graduating with honors, from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, where she earned a bachelor’s of Science and Master of Science Physical Therapy degree. Mindy currently is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and West Virginia Physical Therapy Association.

Carolyn Poston, PTCarolyn S. Poston, PT

Carolyn Poston began her professional career by graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.