Benjamin Seeman, DO
"It was between college and medical school, when Benjamin was involved in a car accident himself, that he was inspired to pursue a doctoral degree in Osteopathic Medicine."
Some might say Ben Seeman was destined to become a doctor. Early in life he witnesses a terrible motorcycle accident in which his father, also a physician, and his mother ran to the rescue and calmly attended the teenage patient, who quickly healed from his wounds.
But it was between college and medical school, when Ben was involved in a car accident himself, that he was inspired to pursue a doctoral degree in Osteopathic Medicine.
Thankfully, he walked away from the wreck, but he continued to experience unrelenting lower back and shoulder pain. His father recommended an osteopathic physical therapist that performed manual therapy and gave Ben a stretching and exercise program to follow at home.
Ben was able to personally experience what’s possible when conventional medicine is integrated with, and enhanced by, techniques such as Osteo Manipulation. Two weeks later his pain was gone and he was so impressed by the remarkable results that he was convinced there’s a better way to treat patients.
This discovery put him on a new career path. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1997, he attended and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from the acclaimed Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
In 2002, Ben came to Richmond, Virginia to further his training. His first year was with Chesterfield Family Practice participating in a rotating internship in Family Medicine. Then he completed a three-year residency in the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University/ Medical College of Virginia’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2006, Dr. Seeman was awarded a select fellowship at VCU/MCV in interventional pain management. Following completion of the fellowship, he worked with Tuckahoe Orthopedic Group, in Richmond, VA.
Ben opened his own practice in 2008 to pursue his vision of integrative pain care to treat patients through a combination of traditional and alternative therapies.
Ben is board-certified through the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation with a certification in the sub-specialty of Pain Medicine. He is an active member of many professional societies, including the International Spine Intervention Society, the North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Amy Frey Miller, MD
Amy joined Integrative Pain Specialists in April 2019
Bachelors of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Georgetown University
Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Ohio
Dr. Amy Frey Miller joined Integrative Pain Specialists in April 2019. Dr. Miller graduated from Georgetown University, where she studied neuroscience and the mind/brain connection as a research fellow at NIMH. She continued her medical education at the Medical College of Ohio and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She has long been a supporter of utilizing integrative medicine and believes that the whole person should be treated, not only their symptoms.
Dr. Miller brings with her more than 10 years of experience as a family physician and knows pain disorders from a systemic perspective. She has additional training in integrative medicine as well as a fellowship in women’s health. Her interests include fibromyalgia, joint hypermobility syndrome, migraine syndromes, autonomic disorders, and other chronic pain. While she is no longer taking patients as a primary care provider, she is now able to offer more focused time to help patients manage and prevent pain symptoms.
Like her colleagues at Integrative Pain Specialists, Dr. Miller understands there is no one-size fits all remedy for pain. She believes in a functional approach to treating systemic pain and is glad to now have the office’s resources – including physical therapy, functional bracing, nutrition, and interventional procedures if needed – at her disposal to develop a comprehensive patient care plan.
Emily V. (Leisy) Frank, PA-C
Emily joined Integrative Pain Specialists in 2017
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Biology Minor, James Madison University
University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Surgical Physician Assistant Program
Margaret K. Kirkland Award for Academic Excellence, 2009
Emily Frank, PA-C, is a recipient of the 2009 Margaret K. Kirkland Award for Academic Excellence. She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Health Sciences with a minor in Biology. She then went on to graduate at the top of her class from the Surgical Physician Assistant Program at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Emily joins IPS with seven years of hands-on PA experience, four of which she focused on Pain Management & Rehabilitation. Emily enjoys treating all types of pain and injury, and specializes in migraine and cervicogenic headaches, utilizing effective medications and injections such as Botulinum therapy. Inspired by her patients, Emily’s fulfillment comes from knowing these treatments greatly reduce the frequency and severity of their headache symptoms and suffering.
Stephanie Musselman, PT, DPT
Stephanie joined Integrative Pain Specialists in January 2010
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Shenandoah University, 2000
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University - Medical College of VA, 2003
A licensed physical therapist in the state of Virginia, Stephanie has a special interest in manual physical therapy. Continuing education in this area enables her to properly evaluate and treat the shoulder and knee, and the cervical spine and ribs.
Stephanie has been making patients feel better as a member of the Integrative Pain Specialists team since 2010. As the manager of our Physical Therapy department, Stephanie combines her strong leadership skills and commitment to patient care.
Stephanie earned her BS degree in Kinesiology from Shenandoah University in 2000. She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of VA, and in 2003, received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Stephanie Sfara, PT, DPT
Stephanie joined Integrative Pain Specialists in June 2019
Bachelor of Science in Rehab Sciences, Armstrong State University, 2015
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Youngstown State University, 2018
While earning her undergraduate degree at Armstrong State, Stephanie was a scholarship athlete culminating her competitive volleyball career by earning All-American recognitions her senior year in 2014. She also worked with the volleyball team while in Physical Therapy school at Youngstown State University. She has continued to develop a passion in working with other athletes and active individuals to improve their movement, performance, and health both in and out of the gym.
Stephanie has a special interest in treating hip and shoulder injuries. She has also been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2017 and actively uses her training, knowledge and athletic experiences to improve patient outcomes with optimal loading in the clinic.
Natalie Kryza, PT, DPT
Natalie joined Integrative Pain Specialists in June 2019
Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise , Virginia Tech, 2016
Doctorate of Physical Therapy , Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019
Natalie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Health Professions in May 2019, receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. As a new graduate, Natalie is eager to begin treating a variety of patients and further her manual therapy skills.
Natalie is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and has worked for a few years in the Richmond area as a personal trainer. Her personal training background has provided her with the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients & skill sets.
Samantha L. Wood, MSN, ACNP-BC
Samantha joined Integrative Pain Specialists in 2020
Master of Science - Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Bachelor of Science - Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Samantha Wood, MSN, ACNP-BC, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She worked for several years as a critical care nurse at an academic, level 1 trauma hospital prior to returning to the University of Pennsylvania to complete her graduate degree in the Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.
Since 2012, Samantha has gained both inpatient and outpatient experience as a nurse practitioner in multiple surgical specialties and Acute Pain Management. Most recently, she worked with preoperative, postoperative, and cancer pain patients with an emphasis in neuraxial, regional and alternative pain relieving modalities to promote earlier recovery. She understands that pain is life changing and strives to improve her patients’ quality of life so they can enjoy every moment of it!