Dr. Spencer Wells (center) Celebrates 10 Years at Desert Pain Specialists, Mesquite, Nevada, July 14, 2021 | Photo courtesy Desert Pain Specialists, St. George News

CONTRIBUTED CONTENT – Living with chronic pain is a daily struggle, and Dr. Spencer Wells is always ready to join the fight. The St. George-born specialist in interventional pain management celebrates its 10th anniversary and helps patients at Desert Pain Specialists live their best possible lives.

Dr. Spencer Wells Celebrates 10 Years at Desert Pain Specialists with staff at Mesquite Clinic, Mesquite, Nevada, July 14, 2021 | Photo courtesy Desert Pain Specialists, St. George News

With caring and highly qualified doctors trained in the latest procedures, Desert pain is at the forefront of treating pain conditions in southern Utah. Wells has played a critical role in the growth of the practice over the past decade as it helps more and more patients navigate the complexities of managing chronic and acute pain.

“It is not always easy to take care of patients in pain, so we try to approach this area with a sense of compassion,” he said. “We listen to them and give them the best that modern medicine has to offer.”

Desert Pain’s doctors strive to use all means available to help patients find relief from myriad pain conditions, including injections, nerve blocks, regenerative medicine, physical therapy, medication, and surgery. Wells focuses on minimally invasive procedures to restore or maintain the quality of life of its patients. And while it is not possible to completely relieve the pain of every patient, most will see significant improvement.

Wells developed an interest in medicine while helping out at his father’s veterinary clinic. He completed a medical degree and fellowship in pain medicine and anesthesiology from the University of Louisville. After completing his training, he returned to his hometown and teamed up with Dr. Court Empey, the founder of Desert Pain and a former classmate of Dixie High School.

“To this day, I’m very grateful that he would consider partnering with me,” said Wells. “I’m just as grateful as the day he said he would hire me.”

Specialist for interventional pain therapy Dr. Spencer Wells, place and date not given | Photo courtesy Desert Pain Specialists, St. George News

Shortly thereafter, he took over responsibility for opening their satellite clinic in Mesquite. Wells and his wife, who was also born and raised in St. George, have four children. He enjoys spending time with his family in the Pine Valley wilderness, swimming and running the Ironman triathlon.

Wells said the most important aspect of successful pain management is listening to patients, learning about the challenges pain brings in their daily lives, and how they have tried in the past to manage their condition. He introduces each patient to all viable treatment options and works with them to create the care plan that best suits their individual needs.

After training in anesthesia, an often ungrateful job, Wells enjoys connecting with his patients and watching their progress as they overcome challenges and begin lives with less pain. It is your gratitude that inspires him to continue learning, renewing, and healing for the next 10 years and beyond.

“It’s been a wonderful trip,” he said. “I am grateful to be home again. It is a great place and I look forward to many more years serving the St. George and Mesquite wards. ”

As the region’s leading interventional pain management team, Desert Pain practices evidence-based, pioneering medicine that integrates the latest treatments available. They treat all types of pain conditions including back pain, neck pain, sciatica, neuropathy, migraines, and sports injuries.

At Desert Pain, patients are seen, heard, understood and supported throughout their journey to pain management. Call 435-216-7000 or visit Desert Pain website Make an appointment with a specialist today.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.



  • Desert Pain Specialists | Phone: 435-216-7000 | E-mail: [email protected] | Website.
  • Locations:
    • St. George: 617 E. Riverside Drive, Suite 301.
    • Hurricane: 48 p. 2500 West, Suite 110.
    • Cedar City: 1760 N. Main St.
    • Beaver: 68 N. Main St.
    • Panguitch: 200 N. 400 East.
    • Kanab: 460 E. 300 South, Suite 4.
    • Mesquite, Nevada: Falcon Ridge Parkway 340, Suite 600.

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