Marisa Terry, M.D.

Dr. Marisa Terry specializes in interventional pain management and spine medicine, non-operative orthopaedic care, back and neck pain, hip and knee pain and electrodiagnostics just to name a few. She treats patients by appointment at Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile in Pensacola, Fla., and Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla. She is now accepting new patients.

Medical Degree
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
East Lansing, MI

Residency
Mayo Clinic, School of Graduate Medicine Education
Rochester, MN

Fellowship
University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA

Certifications
Basic and Advanced Life Support

Medical Interest
Musculoskeletal medicine, spine and joint care, non-operative orthopedic and neurological care, functional restoration for active lifestyle and exercise.

Affiliations and Memberships
American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)
American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
Association of Academic Physiatrist (AAP)
Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP)
Minnesota Medical Association (MMA)
Mayo Fellows Association (MFA)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)
American Medical Association (AMA)
  

Meet the Doc

What led you to become a doctor or choose your focus of medicine?
In school, I quickly discovered a passion for human anatomy, physiology and movement. I was drawn to medicine for the intellectual challenge and especially to focus on improving people’s health and quality of life. The opportunity to help ease pain and improve physical functioning is meaningful to me. Understanding the complex factors that influence pain will always fascinates me.

What about your line of work do you find most rewarding and why?
Providing care to those with various painful conditions is gratifying to me. People often persevere despite adversity and their lives improve in so many ways with successful therapies and/or medications. It is fulfilling to develop relationships with patients and be a part of their recuperation. I am also motivated to explore ways to prevent pain through health-promoting strategies or intervene at key points to alleviate disability and chronic pain.

What is something about you that only your patients would know?
It is important to me to work as a team with the patient as the center focus. Our mutual interest is to help the patient feel better.

How would a patient describe you?
Compassionate, smart, thoughtful, optimistic.

What’s your proudest moment as a doctor?
Receiving positive feedback from a colleague who had spoken with a patient.

In your opinion, what’s the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship?
Teamwork.

What can a patient expect when they have you as a doctor?
Patients can expect me to listen to their story and conduct a thorough evaluation. I will offer recommendations and we will develop a treatment plan together with clear follow-up.

What do you find most encouraging about the work you do?
The effect of pain on day-to-day life is remarkable, and I see this as an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Through research and clinical application, the practice of medicine is constantly fine-tuning to include better diagnostic and treatment methods. I am excited about the currently available and future treatments as a way to improve functional outcomes for people.

What are your top priorities with every patient you see?
Listen to them and understand what they are experiencing and how it is affecting their life. Respect people’s preferences for treatment/management. Make sure they walk away with their questions answered and feel more relieved than when they came in.

Describe one of the top ways you ensure each patient receives the quality, personal health care he/she deserves.
Creative new approaches to diagnose and treat pain. I have a strong work ethic and enthusiasm and will continually pursue opportunities to improve people’s quality of life. I seek to build upon the strengths of my training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the foundation of which emphasizes optimal function.

Is there anything more or extra you would like prospective patients to know about you?
I am eager to integrate my passion for pain medicine, background in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and the desire to facilitate excellent patient care. I acquire joy from the small steps towards improvement. Through compassion, team-work and perseverance, progress can be made and life’s quality can be regained.