Clinical Team

At Pain Specialists, our mission is to alleviate or adequately manage pain through the most up-to-date interventional pain management treatment options available.  Led by Edward Tavel, MD, the Pain Specialists clinical team is specialty trained and committed to providing high quality, compassionate care to our patients.

Dr. Edward M. Tavel

Edward M. Tavel, Jr., MD

Founder, Medical Director, Board Certified Physician

Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Dr. Edward Tavel has practiced pain management since 1993.  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 neurostimulation and medical research.  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 dorsal root ganglion stimulation, also known as DRG.
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.

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Ryan Galica, MD

Board Certified Physician

Ryan Galica, MD received his Medical Degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and then completed a Categorical Anesthesia Residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Galica continued at University Hospitals Case Medical Center where he completed his year-long Fellowship in Pain Medicine.

Dr. Galica also acts as an Investigator for Clinical Trials of South Carolina, an affiliate of Pain Specialists of Charleston.

Matthew Drakeley, MD

Board Certified Physician

Matthew Drakeley, MD received his Medical Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He subsequently completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at the University of Pittsburgh and was named Administrative Chief Resident for 2017-2018. Dr. Drakeley recently completed a one-year fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Drakeley also acts as an Investigator for Clinical Trials of South Carolina, an affiliate of Pain Specialists of Charleston.

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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.

Kate Bowis, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Kate Bowis is a certified physician assistant with Pain Specialists of Charleston.  Kate received her Bachelors Degree at The Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University.  Kate attended Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and received her Masters of Physician Assistant degree in 2016.

Betsy Martin, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Betsy Martin is a certified physician assistant with Pain Specialists as well as Neurology Specialists.  Betsy received her Bachelors Degree at The College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.  Upon graduation, Betsy attended The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she received her Masters of Physician Assistant degree.