"I'm always made comfortable and Dr. Ruan and his staff are just amazing and caring. They go out of their way to evaluate the effectiveness of my meds and procedures." Stephanie Massey

"My experience here at Physicians' Pain Specialists of Alabama has been wonderful. Dr. Couch seems generally concerned. He explains in detail what is going on with my body so that I can understand." E. Thompson
"I enjoy visiting Dr.Chen, he listens and tries to help. He treats me with respect and dignity. I am of low income and he works with me, to get me medications I can afford." Bob Vickery
"Absolutely wonderful staff up front.  And Doctor Couch, staff and all were awesome! Love them, cause they understand and have a plan!" Karen Williams
"Dr.Ruan is a very good doctor. He always takes his patients thoughts into consideration. Wouldn't trade him for any one else. He is great" Carrie Cain
"All visits, procedures, MRI's done in this facility have been great! From receptionist to Doctor. I have never had one complaint" Joy P Darrell
"My nerve block was done on 8-14-2013. Dr. Ruan and his nurses are always very caring and pleasant. I have been with Dr.Ruan for 10 years and wouldn't think about changing pain management ever. I'm so very blessed to have found PPSA. Thank you all very much!" Deborah Moody
"As always I have great experiences with Physicians' Pain and their staff. Dr.Chen is a very knowledgeable doctor. He has always done everything to accommodate my requests. I feel I have finally found the physician and office for my condition." Joshua Whigham
"The Doctor and nurse was very friendly and professional i was a little nervous to get my injection. They made me feel very comfortable and calm so my injection went by painless and fast. I will recommend for others to go there. Thanks to Dr. Ruan and nurses" Thang Lam
"I have been a patient of Dr. Ruan for at least 7 years. He is the most gentle of doctors and hits the target areas at extreme precision. I would recommend Dr. Ruan to anyone that suffers from severe back pain and muscle spasm. An excellent doctor in my opinion." Robert Baucom
"My procedure was painless and done without complications. Dr. Ruan spoke to me at each step and completed in a very short time." Barbara Foster
"You can stay at home and be in pain, or come to Dr. Ruan and get out of pain. My procedure went very well." David E. Lott
"This is my second block from Dr. Ruan. He is the best. Pain free" John C. Smith
"My visit today was very good. I have a great respect for Dr. Chen &  his nurses. Dr. Chen has a lots of patients in talking to me concerning my needs." Martha P. Muse
"Everyone as always are so sweet. They do everything they can to help you. I love them all!" Debbie Biggs
"My visit today was painful due to the type of procedure I have received. However, Dr. Chen is an amazing doctor and the end result of the procedure will give me improved pain relief. Dr. Chen is very caring and concerned physician."
"I am very happy with the service I have and/or receiving. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr. Chen explains what's going on with you and how to help control the pain. Thank you for all you do. I am very grateful." Teresa McNeal
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Dr. Couch

 


Clinical Assistant Professor

Dept. of Neurology, College of Medicine, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Board Certified, American Board of Anesthesiologists (ABA)

Board Certified, American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM)

ABA Certificate of Added Qualification in Pain Management

Fellowship-trained in Interventional Pain Medicine

Founder and Co-Director, Physicians' Pain Specialists of Alabama

Dr. Couch is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA. Dr. Couch completed a residency in anesthesiology at the University of South Florida (1992-1995) and a fellowship in pain management at the University of California at Los Angeles (1995-1996).

In 1997, Dr. Couch founded Physicians' Pain Specialists of AL, PC (PPSA) at the 2001 Springhill Ave. location, he was very pleased to see how PPSA's has grown into a cutting-edge comprehensive pain management center in the south, from the initial single modality interventional pain clinic, just as he envisaged back in 1997 when he started PPSA.

Dr. Couch is triple boarded in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine/management and currently serves as the President of Alabama Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ALSIPP) and Treasurer of Alabama Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Couch is actively involved in clinical research as well as teaching residents and fellows for medical institutions. Dr. Couch  has published numerous articles on peer-reviewed medical journals.

To view some of Dr. Couch's publications, please go to the following link:

Link to Dr. Couch's research articles

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