Our Staff

Welcome to Pain Specialists of Charleston, PA. Our mission is to alleviate or adequately manage pain through the most up-to-date interventional pain management treatment options available. The Pain Specialists of Charleston staff, led by Edward M. Tavel, Jr., MD, is highly experienced and committed to providing excellent and compassionate care to our patients.

Medical Providers:

Dr. Edward M. Tavel

Edward M. Tavel, Jr., MD

Founder and Medical Director

Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Dr. Tavel has practiced pain management since 1993. Passionate about providing his patients with the latest advances in pain treatment techniques, he leads his experienced medical staff in providing compassionate and customized care. Dr. Tavel uses a full range of interventional, non-surgical techniques and provides a comprehensive approach to treating pain. His special areas of interest include arthritis of the spine and chronic nerve related pain. He is specifically skilled in radiofrequency ablation for arthritic-related pain of the spine, and is one of the few physicians in the Charleston area performing neuromodulation therapy using spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Tavel earned his undergraduate degree from Davidson College and his MD at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed four additional years of anesthesia and pain medicine training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was chief resident in his final year. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesia and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He maintains active membership in the Interventional Spinal Intervention Society (ISIS), as well as, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). Dr. Tavel has been named as one of ASC’s “Industry Leaders to Know” as well as one of the top “150 Pain Management Physicians” nationwide. When he is not practicing pain medicine, Dr. Tavel can be found spending time with his wife and two sons.

Click here to view Dr. Tavel’s CV

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Walter Schuyler, MD

Board Certified Physician

Walter Schuyler, MD has been with the Pain Specialists of Charleston provider team since 2013. He is board certified in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and is one of the few doctors in the Lowcountry who offer Genicular RFA treatment for knee pain. Dr. Schuyler received his medical degree from the University of Vermont and then completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Anesthesia Residency at Maine Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Schuyler was accepted into the prestigious Fellowship programs at Northwestern University where he completed a year-long Fellowship in Multidisciplinary Interventional Pain Medicine. He also acts as a sub-investigator for Clinical Trials of Carolina, a partner of Pain Specialists of Charleston.

Get to know Dr. Schuyler with this short video interview!


Lauren Powell, PA – C

Certified Physician Assistant

Lauren Powell is a certified physician assistant with Pain Specialists of Charleston. Lauren graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and Anthropology. After completing her undergraduate degree, Lauren attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she received her Masters of Physician Assistant degree.  Prior to joining the Pain Specialists of Charleston team, Lauren worked for Tenet Healthcare and Primary Care.

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Kinsey Knight, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Kinsey Knight is a certified physician assistant with Pain Specialists of Charleston. Kinsey graduated Magna cum Laude from Clemson University with a Bachelors Degree in Science. After completing her undergraduate degree, Kinsey attended Eastern Virginia Medical School where she received her Masters of Physician Assistant degree. Prior to joining the Pain Specialists of Charleston team, Kinsey worked at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in their Pediatric Emergency Department.

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Carly Runey, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Carly Runey is a certified physician assistant with Pain Specialists of Charleston.  Carly received her Bachelors Degree at The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.  Carly attended South University in Savannah, GA where she received her Masters of Physician Assistant degree.


Chris Thornton

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Thornton is our Company’s Chief Financial Officer.   A Georgia native, Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of North Georgia College and a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from Webster University. Prior to joining our team, Chris has worked over seven years in public accounting.


Erica DeGroff

Chief Operating and Business Officer

Erica DeGroff is our Company’s Chief Operating and Business Officer.  A graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Erica has over ten years experience in client services and management.

Amy Hack

Amy Hack

Billing/Insurance & Legal Manager 

Amy Hack is the Billing/Insurance & Legal Manager at Pain Specialists of Charleston. A Charleston native, Amy brings over 20 years of clinical and administrative experience to the practice. Amy is a graduate of The Medical University of South Carolina and has a Bachelor’s of Health Science with a focus in Healthcare Administration.


Jessica Cruell

Operations & Administrative Officer

Jessica Cruell is the Operations & Administrative Officer for Pain Specialists of Charleston and Neurology Specialists of Charleston.  A Charleston Southern University graduate with extensive healthcare experience,  Jessica joins our management team with 12 years of industry experience.  Prior to joining our management team, Jessica was  Operating Officer at a major Urgent Care Organization.

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Amy Smith

Clinical Manager 

Amy Smith has been with Pain Specialists of Charleston for over 6 years.  As the clinical manager, Amy acts as a liaison and lead trainer for our clinical staff.   Amy has worked in both hospitals and private practice and brings over 20 years clinical experience to our team.