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Our Team

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.

Our Doctors

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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.

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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.

  • Psychiatry

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.

Our Staff

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Technician

Robert Bowman

After attending Delgado College studying, (Associate’s Degree in) Radiology. Worked in the industry for 18 years. New Orleans native. Past work involving MRI, CT, x-ray, surgical assistant at Tulane Hospital (2 years).
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Technician

Tonya Noell

A Louisiana local, Tonya is an Accredited Medical Assistant with a Certificate from the Louisiana Central Technical College. Tonya is also a Certified Pulmonary Technician and Hearing Technician. Tonya worked in Occupational Medicine for 10 year before starting to work in pain management 9 years, where she has worked for the past nine years. 

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