About Us Events & News Careers Contact Us Patient Portal
APM Spine & Sports Physicians

Physicians and Staff

APM Spine and Sports Physicians is a multidisciplinary group of professionals who specialize in reducing or eliminating pain. We are specialists in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of conditions that interfere with an individual’s ability to function. Close teamwork means we have the advantage of having a second expert opinion right here on the premises. Known as physiatrists, our physicians have advanced medical training in treating pain due to illness or injury of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints and ligaments.

Physicians


Photo of  Lisa  Barr M.D.
Lisa Barr M.D.
Lisa B. Barr, M.D. is a native of Hampton Roads. She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and was Chief Resident at Eastern Virginia in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She has been an assistant professor in the Department of Pain Management & Rehabilitation since completing her residency in 1988. She is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Barr holds memberships in several professional organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiatric Spine Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, International Spinal Injection Society, AAOM, Tidewater Medical Women’s Society and the Medical Society of Virginia. She is active in local and state medical societies. She sits on several community boards and volunteers her time at The Beth Shalom Home. She frequently lectures on issues related to Pain Management and Sports Medicine. She has been listed repeatedly in Hampton Roads Top Docs, and nationally in Guide to Top Doctors, Consumers Checkbook’s Center for the Study of Services. With the help of her colleagues and staff, her professional focus is to continue to help “set the bar” in the ever changing world of treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions. Outside of work she enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Add to Address Book Updated 238 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Scott  Horn D.O.
Scott Horn D.O.

Dr. Horn received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta and earned his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, where he served as chief resident and was active in research. He then pursued fellowship training in Interventional Spine and Pain Medicine at the Orthopedic Specialists of the Carolinas in Winston-Salem, NC. He has recently been appointed as the International Spine Intervention Society representative to the American Medical Association’s committee on economic issues.

Dr. Horn is an interventional spine specialist. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His special interests include spinal procedures, osteopathic manipulation, electrodiagnostics (EMG), research and sports medicine. Dr. Horn is available in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach locations.

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  David  Levi M.D.
David Levi M.D.

Dr. David Levi received his undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina where he served as Chief Resident. After completing his residency, he pursued advanced training through a fellowship in spine injections and musculoskeletal medicine in New Orleans at LSU. In 2003, he joined Advanced Pain Management and currently practices in the Virginia Beach and Norfolk locations.

Dr. Levi is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is an active member of several organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, International Spine Intervention Society, North American Spine Society, Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation and the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has lectured extensively on back and neck pain as well as spine injections. Dr. Levi is an instructor for the North American Spine Society teaching other physicians spine injection techniques. He has served as an investigator for multiple clinical research trials including cutting edge intradiscal treatments for low back pain.

Other areas of clinical interest and expertise include the use of neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound. He is able to improve the diagnostic accuracy of upper and lower extremity disorders, including the shoulder, elbow, hand, hip and knee. He is also able to improve the success rate of an injection by ensuring proper placement through the use of ultrasound.

Dr. Levi lives in Virginia Beach with his family and is a saltwater fishing and kayaking enthusiast.

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Bonnie  Nock D.O.
Bonnie Nock D.O.

Dr. Bonnie Nock earned her doctorate of medicine from the Health Science Center of North Texas. She completed her internship at Fort Worth Osteopathic Medical Center and then completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. During her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation she served as chief resident at the MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. Prior to medical school she obtained a degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Physiology at North Texas University. She joined Advanced Pain Management in 1995 and currently practices in all of our offices. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1996. Dr Nock served as the medical director for DePaul Medical Centers Rehabilitation Unit for 9 years and is still affiliated with the hospital. Professional organizations include the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Virginia Society of PM&R and the American Medical Association. She has lectured on topics related to stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury and pain management. Clinical areas of interest include myofascial pain syndrome, sacroiliac pain, discogenic pain, musculoskeletal problems, Botulinum toxin injections, and Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG).

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Robert  Spear D.O.
Robert Spear D.O.

Dr. Robert Spear earned his doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England. He completed a three-year residency in Family Practice/Internal Medicine at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University Medical Centre in Connecticut. He then completed a three-year residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and was chief resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. He joined Advanced Pain Management in 1998. He currently practices in our Virginia Beach and Norfolk offices.

He is board certified in PM&R. He lectures nationally on headache and its treatment as well as locally on spine spasticity and myofascial pain management. He serves on National Advisory Panels for headache and spasticity.

Dr. Spear has been an active investigator on multiple medical trials with emphasis on headache related research.

Clinical areas of interest include head and neck pain, myofascial pain syndrome, spasticity, non-allopathic mechanical dysfunction, with conservative treatment emphasis of osteopathic manipulative therapy, peripheral musculoskeletal procedures, botulinum toxin, and fluoroscopically guided spinal injections.

Hospital associations include, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and DePaul Medical Center.

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Edward  Walko D.O.
Edward Walko D.O.

In 1996 Dr. Walko helped form the research department at Advanced Pain Management. He has been a principal investigator for pain trials and fibromyalgia studies. He has also served as sub-investigator for many pain and arthritis studies. He has also been co-investigator for Botox injection trials.

Clinical areas of interest include low back pain, neck pain, spinal disorders, amputations, myofascial and muscle pain, acute injuries, spinal injections, Botox injections, arthritis, and sports medicine.

Hospital affiliations include Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Dr. Walko lives in Virginia Beach and enjoys surfing, fishing, music, and spending time with his family.

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.


Physician Assistants


Photo of  Abby  Barney PA-C
Abby Barney PA-C
Abby Barney is a board certified Physician Assistant and a Virginia Beach native.  She graduated Eastern Virginia Medical School's Physician Assistant Program and attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.  Abby is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Pi Alpha National Honor Society.  She competed on the Virginia Tech Swim Team and completed her field study in Virginia Tech's athletic training room, which led to her interest in Sport's Medicine.  In her spare time, Abby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach or pool, reading, and exercising.
Add to Address Book Updated 244 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Jessica  Martyak PA-C
Jessica Martyak PA-C
Jessica Martyak, PA-C is a Board Certified Physician Assistant and native of Virginia Beach. She joined APM Spine and Sports Physicians in August 2011. She graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School with a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant and obtained her Bachelor’s in Biology from James Madison University. She has volunteered as an EMT with the Rescue Squad and worked at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters as a Clinician. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Add to Address Book Updated 561 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Eric  Rymal PA-C
Eric Rymal PA-C
Eric is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Physician Assistant program in 2012. He joined APM in September 2012. He is NCCPA board certified and an active member of the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA). He strives to provide quality and effective care in a timely manner. Prior to attending Physician Assistant school, he served as an enlisted active duty service member of the United States Navy (USN) for 8 years in various locations. During his time in the navy he served partly as a rescue swimmer and participated in several mission trips in foreign countries. When not working, he enjoys time with his wife, reading, golfing, and paddleboarding.
Add to Address Book Updated 449 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Sara  Tyszko MS, PA-C
Sara Tyszko MS, PA-C

Sara Tyszko, PA-C, is a graduate of the Towson University-CCBC Essex Physician Assistant Program in Baltimore, MD. She received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington College in Chestertown, MD.

Sara spent four years in the laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University Oncology Department researching adult stem cell potentials prior to her master’s studies. After completing Physician Assistant training, Sara specialized in pain treatment for four years at the UHA Pain Treatment Center in Morgantown, WV.

Sara participated in athletics at the college level and continues to be interested in sports medicine and injury, and in research. Her unique qualifications and experience complement and expand the treatment options in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Advanced Pain Management.

Outside of work, Sara enjoys the beach, music, reading and spending time with her family.

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.


Physical Therapists


Photo of  Kathryn  Bragg PT
Kathryn Bragg PT

Kathryn Bragg has been practicing physical therapy for over 25 years, and has been with APM Spine & Sports since 1997. She received her Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 1982. After graduation she was involved in Pediatrics with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools for two years, before moving to an acute care program with Sentara Leigh. While at Sentara Leigh she specialized in Work Hardening and Rehabilitation, as well as becoming more involved in manual therapy. She started specializing more in myofascial release/manual techniques in 1986. She was Director of Rehabilitation Services at DePaul Medical Center from 1990 through 1993 and Site coordinator with HealthSouth from 1993 - 1997 before coming to work at Advanced Pain Management.

Mrs. Bragg has been specializing in manual Therapy for 21 years, primarily focusing on Myofascial Pain and Soft Tissue Dysfunction. She has been trained in Myofascial Release, Strain/Counterstrain, TMJ Dysfunction and CranioSacral Therapy. She works with chronic pain issues, as well as any other problems associated with soft tissue restrictions that adversely affect posture. Emphasis of therapy is on decreasing the soft tissue restrictions, increasing postural awareness/retraining, and helping patients learn self management skills leading to independent management of symptoms.

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Scott  Burch MS, PT
Scott Burch MS, PT
Scott Burch received his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York in 1991. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Lock Haven University, Lock Haven Pennsylvania in 1985. His clinical experience includes Director of Spineworks from 1996 through 2010, Clinical Director at Peninsula Physical Therapy and Associates, Inc from 1993-1996 and physical therapist from 1991 – 1993. He served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Old Dominion University in the School of Athletic Training from 2002 – 2003. He has been a continuing education instructor for the American Physical Rehabilitation network since 2003. He is the co-developer and instructor for the instructional course, “The Pelvis, the First Link in the Chain”. He has attended over 30 continuing education seminars. The focus of his education has largely been on manually based approaches to treatment. This has included the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Other areas of focus have been in Craniosacral and Myofascial techniques, Adverse Neural-Dural Tension, as well as Neuromuscular Stabilization through the Praque School of Medicine He resides with his wife and child in Chesapeake, Virginia. When he is not spending time with his family, he continues his quest to perfect his golf game.
Add to Address Book Updated 640 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Carmen  Cellon PT
Carmen Cellon PT
Carmen Cellon has been an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for over 25 years. She received her BS in Health and Physical Education from the University of Alabama, her MS degree with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from the United States Sports Academy, and her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She began her career as an Athletic Trainer working at the Federal Law Enforcement Center, the University of Florida, and the United States Naval Academy. As a Physical Therapist and a military spouse, she worked in a variety of settings across the country. This included Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Acute Care, geriatrics, and Chronic pain. She joined the staff at APM SPINE & SPORTS in December 2010 after working at Spineworks Physical Therapy in Norfolk, VA. from 2004 -2010. She has attended multiple continuing education seminars always focusing on a manual approach to treatment, postural restoration and neuromuscular re-education. She is trained in Cranio-sacral Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Strain Counter Strain, Myofascial Release and Soft Tissue Mobilization, as well as Postural dysfunction and Restoration. Carmen resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and three children. She enjoys boating, skiing, reading and exercise.
Add to Address Book Updated 561 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Robin  Levine PT
Robin Levine PT
Prior to joining Advanced Pain Management, Robin worked as a staff physical therapist at Spineworks Physical Therapy from 1997 to 2010. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University, Sargent College in 1988. She has also worked at Peninsula Physical Therapy Associates, initially as a staff physical therapist and then as Director of Physical Therapy from 1992 – 1997, and as a Staff Physical Therapist at Ballston Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Associates in Arlington, Virginia. She has taken numerous continuing education courses ranging from Sports Medicine to myofascial/soft tissue techniques to pre and postnatal treatment programs. She is also McKenzie certified (Part A, B, C, D). Robin is married and has three daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and going to the beach.
Add to Address Book Updated 561 days agoReturn to top.


Research Staff


Photo of  Bonnie  Nock D.O.
Bonnie Nock D.O.

Dr. Bonnie Nock earned her doctorate of medicine from the Health Science Center of North Texas. She completed her internship at Fort Worth Osteopathic Medical Center and then completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. During her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation she served as chief resident at the MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. Prior to medical school she obtained a degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Physiology at North Texas University. She joined Advanced Pain Management in 1995 and currently practices in all of our offices. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1996. Dr Nock served as the medical director for DePaul Medical Centers Rehabilitation Unit for 9 years and is still affiliated with the hospital. Professional organizations include the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Virginia Society of PM&R and the American Medical Association. She has lectured on topics related to stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury and pain management. Clinical areas of interest include myofascial pain syndrome, sacroiliac pain, discogenic pain, musculoskeletal problems, Botulinum toxin injections, and Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG).

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Robert  Spear D.O.
Robert Spear D.O.

Dr. Robert Spear earned his doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England. He completed a three-year residency in Family Practice/Internal Medicine at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University Medical Centre in Connecticut. He then completed a three-year residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and was chief resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. He joined Advanced Pain Management in 1998. He currently practices in our Virginia Beach and Norfolk offices.

He is board certified in PM&R. He lectures nationally on headache and its treatment as well as locally on spine spasticity and myofascial pain management. He serves on National Advisory Panels for headache and spasticity.

Dr. Spear has been an active investigator on multiple medical trials with emphasis on headache related research.

Clinical areas of interest include head and neck pain, myofascial pain syndrome, spasticity, non-allopathic mechanical dysfunction, with conservative treatment emphasis of osteopathic manipulative therapy, peripheral musculoskeletal procedures, botulinum toxin, and fluoroscopically guided spinal injections.

Hospital associations include, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and DePaul Medical Center.

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.
Photo of  Edward  Walko D.O.
Edward Walko D.O.

In 1996 Dr. Walko helped form the research department at Advanced Pain Management. He has been a principal investigator for pain trials and fibromyalgia studies. He has also served as sub-investigator for many pain and arthritis studies. He has also been co-investigator for Botox injection trials.

Clinical areas of interest include low back pain, neck pain, spinal disorders, amputations, myofascial and muscle pain, acute injuries, spinal injections, Botox injections, arthritis, and sports medicine.

Hospital affiliations include Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Dr. Walko lives in Virginia Beach and enjoys surfing, fishing, music, and spending time with his family.

Add to Address Book Updated 792 days agoReturn to top.