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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

Q: Did you set out to practice pain management?

A: No. Originally it was radiology. I was commissioned as a captain into the U.S. Army and was awarded a scholarship for an internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. But I decided as an intern I wanted more patient contact.

Before pursuing a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, I paid back my obligation and worked as a general medical officer in active duty from 1996 through 1998 at Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Ga.

Q: What brought you to Oklahoma?

A: I came in 2001, after my residency, to complete a subspecialty fellowship in pain management at St. Anthony Hospital via Baylor University.

It was only for one year, and I almost didn't move my family. But my wife really bonded with Edmond. And I had a good practice opportunity to stay and join a group — Oklahoma Sports Science and Orthopedics.

Q: What are your most popular services on the medical spa side of your practice?

A: Medical weight loss programs and laser skin treatments. We're among only a few places in town that have invested in a particular $130,000 laser. We've always known that broadband light can even out skin tones and treat wrinkles and broken blood vessels. But recent studies at Stanford show the laser we purchased also can change the gene sequences of your skin so that it's more similar to younger skin.

Q: What's your best advice for living a healthy lifestyle?

A: Use sunscreen; exercise; avoid sugary drinks; and eat fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Any food that comes in a box, bag or bottle is likely processed and bad for you.

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

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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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