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Susan T Bertrand, MD


Susan True Bertrand, M.D., sees patients at National Spine & Pain Centers Cary, Fayetteville, Henderson, and Spring Lake, North Carolina offices where she addresses both chronic and acute pain with a range of treatment options that include minimally-invasive procedures as well as carefully managed medication management plans.

During the course of her 40-year career, Dr. Bertrand has developed an impressive record of leadership in the field of pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation. She has served as the medical director at numerous hospitals, including the Alaska Spine Center in Anchorage, the Southern Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Princeton, W. Va., and Missoula Community Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Montana, where she also directed chronic pain management and traumatic brain injury programs.

“I decided to make pain management my sole focus because I found that persons with persistent pain were often relegated to the bottom of the priority list or treated with a one-size-fits-all approach to pain care,” Dr. Bertrand said. “But advances in pain management treatments mean we can now customize our care to each individual’s particular injury, illness, needs, DNA and personality.”

Dr. Bertrand earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN and performed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle. She then completed a fellowship in Pain Management at the Alaska Spine Center in Anchorage, AL.

“Pain management is entering a period of unprecedented growth and improvement. That means we can treat the cause of the pain and not just pain itself,” she said. “We can design treatments that make sense medically, physiologically and in the context of our patient’s lives.”

In her free time, Dr. Bertrand has traveled to Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Uganda and Nicaragua for medical missionary work. She has also worked with children with disabilities in El Salvador and China.  

Affiliations Spring Lake
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • Board Certification
  • Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Fellowship
  • Alaska Spine Center [ None or N/A ] 2004
  • Internship
  • University of Washington United States Seattle, WA 1977
  • Medical School
  • Indiana University Medical School [ None or N/A ] 1974
  • Residency
  • University of Washington Med Center United States Seattle, WA 1900


  • 12/01/2020
    Rating: 5

    Dr. Visit was quick and staff was friendly and professional.

  • 12/01/2020
    Rating: 4.5

    Great service and results

  • 12/01/2020
    Rating: 5

    [...] is the face of your practice and she is excellent at her job. I found [...] to be very helpful and knowledgeable about her job, as well as, kind and thoughtful. I cannot find enough words to let you know how helpful, thoughtful and knowledgeable dr Bertrand was. From my first visit to last, she listened to my symptoms and resolved my medical problem to the T. With dr Bertrand help, I am feeling much, much better and look forward to improving everyday. Thank you!

  • 11/25/2020
    Rating: 5

    They actually take the time to listen to my concerns about my pain, both old and new. Also, the minute i walk in the door I'm greeted with kindness. [...] is always cheerful and helpful with questions about my appointments, etc. The medical assistants and doctor Bertrand and [...] are also very helpful as they explain what is causing my pain and the treatments they can use. I'm in less pain now than i have been in a very long time. I'm thankful for all of them.