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Executive Q&A: Pain management doctor adds medical spa to his Oklahoma City practice

Darryl Robinson has opened a medical spa adjacent to his pain management clinic in southwest Oklahoma City.
by Paula Burkes Published: February 3, 2013
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For the past decade, southwest Oklahoma City physician Darryl Robinson has specialized in the non-operative treatment of neck and spine pain, caused mostly by accidents or normal disk degeneration.

His staff — which today numbers 17 — has been able to stabilize the pain of many Oklahomans so they could function, Robinson said.

Still, he said, about one-third of his patients don't improve as expected, even using every conventional tool available.

The statistic spurred Robinson on a quest that ultimately led to his opening in October a medical spa adjacent to his pain management practice at 3110 SW 89. Along with hormone replacement therapy and natural anti-inflammatory agents, which are used to ease pain patients' depression, fatigue and pain, Longevity offers weight-loss programs, aesthetic treatments and more.

“The business of beauty and wellness is expected to grow exponentially, largely because of aging baby boomers,” said Robinson, 44, who recently became certified with the Florida-based American Academy of Anti-Aging.

He sat down with The Oklahoman recently to talk about his professional and personal life. This is an edited transcript:

Q: Tell us about your roots.

A: I was born and raised in Richmond, Va., and have a sister three years younger. My mother was a nurse, and my father worked in management for Philip Morris Cigarettes. In high school, I ran track, and played basketball and football (quarterback and free safety).

I always did well in school and decided as a sophomore to become a physician. As a kid, I was intrigued by how packed our doctor's waiting room was and figured he must have an important job. I earned my undergraduate, in zoology and chemistry, from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and studied medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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PERSONALLY SPEAKING

Position: OSSO Spine & Pain Management Center/Longevity health, beauty & wellness spa

Website: darryldrobinsonmd.com , longevityok.com

Birth date: Dec. 2, 1968

Residence: west Edmond

Family: wife, Rebecca (they met the summer after his high school graduation, working in the games department of a Virginia amusement park and married a week after he graduated from medical school); children Camille, 14; Kyle,10, and Kendall, 7

Education: Howard University; Medical College of Virginia; Walter Reed Army Medical Center, internship; Carolinas Medical Center, residency. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty in pain medicine

Favorite cause: the fight against breast cancer. The disease claimed his mother seven years ago, and last year, Robinson was selected for the inaugural class of “Pink Tie Guys” by central Oklahoma's Susan G. Komen affiliate

Pastimes: golfing and watching his children play sports

Recent movies: In the theater, “The Hobbit,” and at home, “Brave,” which his 7-year-old watches repeatedly

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