Meet our Team
“We’re here to assist your recovery”
Our staff is comprised of compassionate professionals who are focused on getting your life back on track.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you help with your painful condition.
Walter Ellis, M.D.
- American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- American Board of Pain Medicine
Dr. Walter Ellis received his Bachelors Degree in Biology from Florida State University in 1994, and attended Howard University School of Medicine, where he received his Degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1999.
Dr. Ellis then trained in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Ellis completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine as well as Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Charity Hospital in 2005.
Dr. Ellis has worked for ten years as a Board certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician, as well as a Board certified Pain Doctor. Dr. Ellis treats pain from a multilateral approach that encompasses medical alleviation as well as interventional procedures including fluoroscopically guided injections, musculoskeletal guided injections to muscular nerves, long-term nerve block RadioFrequency procedures, and injections using regenerative therapy. Dr. Ellis believes that thorough pain management should be geared to comprehensive treatment the underlying causes of pain.
Robert Lesser, M.D.
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- American Academy of Pain Management
Dr. Robert Lesser has over 25 years of experience as a doctor and officer manager in New Orleans. Dr. Lesser received his Bachelors Degree in Cellular Biology from Tulane, graduating Cum Laude in 1974
Dr. Lesser then began his residency in internal medicine at Charity Hospital in internal medicine, which he completed in 1983. Dr. Lesser then worked in the Touro Hospital ER for four years, before opening his own practice 1987. By 2005, the Dr. Lesser and Associates Medical Group had grown into of the largest medical practices in the state of Louisiana.
Dr. Lesser learned musculoskeletal pain main treatment in Austin, TX in 2007. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Lesser specialized in neuromusculoskeletal pain management at a private practice in Austin. Dr. Lesser then moved back to NOLA in 2011 and opened CIM.
Arwen Podesta, M.D.
Dr. Podesta has advanced training in addiction medicine, post traumatic stress as well as depression.
Nicholas Hingel, LPC
Mr. Hingel is a licensed counsellor and sees our patients to help us develop a psychological and practical treatment plan to best serve the patients emotionally and psychologically. He is working on his doctorate in Counseling at UNO.
Frances Marley, M.Ed., PLPC, NCC
- Masters of Education and Counseling
Frances received her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with a specialty in Clinical Mental Health from the University of New Orleans. She is a counselor and educator and helps our patients who are facing chronic pain develop lifestyle changes for optimal physical and emotional comfort. She is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and is currently working towards full licensure in Louisiana. She is also a National Certified Counselor.