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Kacey Montgomery, MD
Kacey Montgomery, MD is a Gulf Coast pain specialist with the Gulf Coast Pain Institute.
Dr. Montgomery was raised in the Orlando, Florida area. A NCAA Division I Athletic Scholarship in Rowing took her to the University of Tennessee where she majored in biology with a concentration in microbiology. While spending a significant amount of time working and volunteering in the hospital, Dr. Montgomery realized her love for medicine and helping others. Dr. Montgomery then decided to attend the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida for her medical degree and chose to stay for another four years completing a residency in Anesthesiology. Dr. Montgomery found a calling in helping patients alleviate pain and decided to pursue an ACGME accredited Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Since completing a fellowship, Dr. Montgomery has pursued a career in Interventional Pain Medicine with the goal of providing a customized approach for each individual patient.
Dr. Montgomery is excited to be a part of the beautiful Pensacola and Gulf Coast Community. In her spare time, Dr. Montgomery enjoys spending time with her husband, two young children and Goldendoodle doing anything that involves being outdoors and near the water.
- Medical Degree: University of Florida College of Medicine, 2007
- Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine, Anesthesiology, 2007-2011
- Fellowship: University of Washington, Pain Medicine, 2011-2012
- Board-Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology, 2011 | American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, 2012
Meet your Doctor
Where did you grow up?
What made you want to be a provider?
Medicine is a calling. I became an anesthesiologist and although I love anesthesia, I found a true passion in trying to reduce pain and ultimately improve quality of life.
What about your line of work do you find most rewarding and why?
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a patient after an intervention and they tell you it is the first time in a long time that they have been pain-free or comfortable. I think I get just as excited and emotional as they do.
How would a patient describe you?
Southern charm with a firm hand goals. I am as sweet as can be, but also direct and to the point, I try to have an open and flexible relationship with all of my patients, but there will be times when it is pertinent that we stick to medical guidelines for the patient’s health and safety.
In your opinion, what’s the most important factor in a provider-patient relationship?
Honesty! The relationship that I pain provider and patient form is a very intimate relationship, in the fact that the patient may reveal things they haven't shared with anyone else so that the provider can better understand all of the components that go into that particular patient's pain experience. By being honest, a mere comprehensive, multidisciplinary, customized and personal plan can be formulated.
What are your top priorities with every patient?
To establish a good patient-physician rapport. Mutually agree on the best course of treatment for each individual patient and carry out that treatment plan and in doing so, Restore function, reduce pain and improve quality of life.
Describe one of the top ways you ensure each patient receives the quality, personal health care he/she deserves.
Every time a patient comes in, I review their records prior to being seen so that when I am in the room I can focus on the patient, look at them while they are sharing their story and listen to the limitations and barriers they feel they have with treatment and try to find a way to overcome.
What do you find most encouraging about the work you do?
There is nothing better than having a patient come in and say “thank you”. “Thank you for helping me play golf again.” “for helping me be able to play with my grand kids.”, etc. It makes me want to keep going and keep helping others. Half of the time, I want to thank them right back for trusting me with their care.
What's your proudest moment as a provider?
Having a patient come to me and say “I have seen a lot of other pain doctors and you are the first one who has really listen to me and heard me.”
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My family is my whole world. I love spending time with my son, daughter, husband, and our Goldendoodle Finlay. We enjoy all water activities, swimming, jet skiing, paddle boarding, or going to the park.
What can a patient expect when they have you as a provider?
A multidisciplinary approach to pain medicine. My goal with each patient is to help guide them and educate them. Ultimately they will choose, based on information, the best course of treatment.
What aspect of your specialty is your favorite and why?
Seeing patients return after an intervention and having relief for the first time in a long time. Restoring hope in peoples’ lives
Do you have any specific medical interest? If yes, what?
Neuromodulation and the continued advancement of the technology and expansion of recognized indications.
What are the topics or areas of your specialty that you most enjoy educating patients about?
I enjoy teaching people about the spine itself, what generates pain and what can be done to reduce that pain utilizing a spine model and/or their Imaging if available.
Do you have children? If yes, how many?
Yes; 2 children- 1 son and 1 daughter.