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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
  • 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 1975
  • Undergraduate
  • Indiana University South East [ None or N/A ] New Albany, IN 1970


  • 09/09/2021
    Rating: 5

    Wow very kind, courteous, very concerned, VERY professional, their treatment is important to progress. Finally found a place that understands the pain and explains what to do. Great people!

  • 09/08/2021
    Rating: 5

    I am very grateful for the relief I have received for my chronic back pain. Dr. Bertrand is an outstanding physician. She is kind, caring and very informative about your condition and treatment procedures. The office staff are wonderful. [...], the receptionist is so helpful and always has a smile on her face. She goes above and beyond to provide quality medical care for the patients.

  • 09/07/2021
    Rating: 5

    Well the Doctor that I saw this past visit was very kind with a up lifting personality keep her she is a nice person

  • 09/04/2021
    Rating: 5

    Good service not a long wait