our provider team
Dr. Christopher Ray, M.D
Dr. Christopher Rays inspiration going into medicine was his mother, Linda Ray. Her commitment and dedication to patients and medicine provided Dr. Ray with a clear pay for his future. Dr. Ray graduated with Honors in 1996 from Texas Southern University. After completing his residency at the University of Texas in Houston, Dr. Ray moved to Phoenix, AZ to join a private practice and within two years became the President of Desert Canyon Medical Associates and led a 10-physician group that worked at two hospitals and one surgery center. Dr. Ray is proud to be with pain stop clinics treating and helping all patients seek a pain free life.
Dr. Paul Gaitan, M.D
Dr. Paul Gaitan, MD is an Anesthesiology Specialist in Phoenix, Arizona and has over 21 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Rochester medical school in 2000. Before joining the medical team, he served in the United States Air Force and in health care facilities throughout the greater Phoenix area. Dr. Gaitan is proud to be a part of Pain Stop Clinics supporting all patients with the proper surgical care they need.
Dr. Jason Conway: Chiropractor & Gilbert Clinic Director
Dr. Conway is the clinic director of Pain Stop – Gilbert. Dr. Conway graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 2000. He has been practicing in Arizona for over 20 years. He is experienced in the integrated medical model, incorporating chiropractic care with medical procedures. Dr. Conway is proud to be part of the Pain Stop model. A model that manages patient’s pain without the use of narcotics (opioids). His hobbies include working out and playing racquetball competitively. He has won numerous national and state titles at the highest level. Dr. Conway’s goal is to go above and beyond and provide the best possible care to each and every patient.
Dr. Jesse Fox: Chiropractor & Maryvale Clinic Director
Dr. Fox was the part owner of a family chiropractic clinic in Cardston, Alberta, he also is the part owner of a Personal Injury clinic in Tempe and loves helping patients who have been involved in traumatic events such as car accidents or workplace injuries. In 2018 he accepted a position as Clinic Director for Pain Stop Maryvale as he loved the philosophy of working in a fully medically integrated practice. Outside of working in the clinic, Dr Fox loves hockey, football, weight lifting, playing guitar and spending time in the outdoors with his wife and 3 children.
Dr. Robert Lanier: Chiropractor & Metro Clinic Director
Dr. Robert Lanier is the Clinic Director of Pain Stop – Metro. Dr Lanier graduated from the Life Chiropractic College in 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia and has been practicing in Arizona since 1999. He has worked in a multi-specialty office with medical, therapy, and interventional procedures since 2006. Dr. Lanier is proud to be a part of Pain Stop Clinics because we manage chronic pain conditions with the mixture of Chiropractic and medical procedures.
Dr. Pierce Waychoff: Chiropractor & North Phoenix Clinic Director
Pierce Waychoff, DC is the Clinic Director and Owner of Pain Stop-North Phoenix. He graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in Iowa, where he also met his wife Dr. Erin Waychoff, DC. He loves being a part of Pain Stop Clinics because early on he learned that sometimes people require many “tools” to aid them with their healing process. Once he started treating patients as a whole with the Pain Stop Clinics integrated approach to pain management, Pierce quickly noticed the dramatic difference in positive healing with regards to his patient’s pain concerns. He truly finds it amazing to watch his patients as they progress through their healing journey, coming to the Clinic in agony and within a few short weeks, being able to do things that they never thought they would be able to do again.
Dr. Thomas Hulm: Chiropractor & South Scottsdale Clinic Director
Dr. Hulm was born and raised in Bismarck, ND. He received his Bachelor in Human Biology and completed his Doctorate in Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. He is excited to join the Pain Stop team where he can practice in a fully medically integrative clinic to help patients get back to enjoying life pain free.
Dr. Benny Cocio: Chiropractor & Surprise Clinic Director
Dr. Cocio was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Arizona. He completed his Doctorate in Chiropractic at Life Chiropractic College West in California. After returning to Arizona, he discovered a passion for helping people who have been injured in Motor Vehicle Collisions, it was a great education in treating trauma and its ever-lasting effects.
Dr. Cocio pursued Post-Doctoral training at the American Academy of Motor Vehicle Injuries to further his ability to help his patients. The most exciting part of his career has been seeing his patients improve their quality of life through both Chiropractic care and the fully integrated medical approach that Pain Stop provides. Seeing people begin to heal and express their true vitality after the weight of pain is lifted.
Dr. Jason Buchkowski: Chiropractor & Uptown Clinic Director
Dr. Jason Buchkowski is the clinic director of Pain Stop – Uptown. Dr. Jason graduated with honors from Life Chiropractic College in 1994. He has been treating and managing pain for more than 26 years. Dr. Jason has been with Pain Stop Clinics for more than 4 years now and loves Pain Stop because it focuses on a multi-medical disciplinary approach without prescribing opioids. His hobbies include camping, riding his motorcycle, and hanging around the family on a beautiful day.
Angus Smalls-Walker, FNP: Gilbert & Maryvale
Angus has spent the last 4 years working solely in pain management in the great state of Arizona as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). He has an extensive history in participating in physical sports and continues to have an active lifestyle in which pain is no stranger to him. He has a passion for treating patients in pain management so they can continue their best quality of life. Pain can negatively impact an individual’s life, alter family dynamics, impact careers, and decrease quality of life. It has been Angus’ goal to help diminish suffering for his patients from pain and improve their quality of life. Angus started his medical career in 2012 after acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from one of the top nursing schools in the nation from Tarleton State University. Shortly after, he was offered an opportunity to work in a carefully selected Emergency Department (ED) internship at the level 1 trauma center Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. It was at this moment that he desired to educate his patients by providing more personalized care and pursued a Master’s Degree in Family Nurse Partitioning. He finished his Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in 2017 with focus on all lifespan patients. When Angus is not educating, performing best practice procedures, and talking about wrist watches with his patients, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, attending church, and training for combat sports.
Monica Smith, FNP: Metro & North Phoenix
Mannal Abdalla, FNP: Surprise
Mannal Abdalla was born in Michigan, and lived in Texas and in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Chamberlain University with a Master of Science in Nursing, has practiced Family Practice, Urgent Care, Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management. She believes that treating each individual patient with respect and personalized care is the utmost priority. She has in the past, and is currently, manages Outpatient Surgery Center as the Chief Nursing Officer. Mannal has lectured and conducted continuing education on pharmaceuticals, pain procedures and surgical procedures for primary care providers. She also is a Surgical First Assist for Orthopedic, Spine, General, both minimally invasive and Pain Management procedures.
In her spare time, Mannal enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys good food, traveling, and DIY projects. She has also been involved with multiple charities and is a Board member at her church.
Daniel Miller, PA: Uptown & South Scottsdale
Responsible Pain Management Without Opioids