Meet the Team at Utah Pain & Rehab
Dr. Alex Nelson, MD
Board certified in Neurology and Pain Management. He treats patients with any type of chronic pain, specializing in headaches and neuropathic pain conditions.
April Simkins F.N.P.
April Simkins, FNP is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has specialized in pain management and is board certified by the American Academy of Pain Management. She earned her nursing degree from the University of Utah and has been practicing pain management at Utah Pain and Rehab since 2004. She enjoys working in a multidisciplinary setting and our coordinated approach to pain management. April is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family, biking, and other outdoor activities.
Gigi Whaley-Pryor D.N.P., F.N.P.
Dr. Gigi Whaley-Pryor is a licensed family nurse practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Whaley-Pryor earned her clinical doctorate at the University of Utah. She includes lifestyle, diet and goal setting as she works with patients to improve their health and well being. She offers individualized treatment plans for hormone replacement therapy. She is interested in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. Dr. Whaley-Pryor is married with three daughters, and enjoys spending time with her family, being a Girl Scout leader, singing, running, kick-boxing, and reading.
Orean Turner, F.N.P.
Orean Turner is a board certified family nurse practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Orean was raised in Brox, New York. She earned her Bachelors Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then received a Master of Science Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. Orean has worked in a variety of settings to include the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Pain Management prior to joining the Pain Management team at Utah Pain and Rehab. She believes that pain management is for calling and wants to devote the remainder of her career to those with chronic pain and other concurrent issues. Orean is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking and reading.
Dr. Russell Wahlen, D.C.
Dr. Wahlen is a chiropractor who specializes in pain syndromes related to spine and musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Wahlen is certified in Motor Vehicle Collision Occupant Injuries and specializes in the treatment of injuries related to auto accidents. Dr. Wahlen studied at Weber State University and completed his Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Wahlen is an Ogden native and enjoys Utah’s many outdoor activities, such as skiing and mountain biking.
Douglas Shepherd, PT, CSCS D.C.
Physical Therapist, Doug treats ortho¬pedic, pain and neurological problems. He is also fluent in Spanish.