Our Medical Staff
Jimmy N. Ponder, Jr., MD ~ Medical Director
Jimmy Ponder, Jr., MD was raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana and received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and medical degree from LSU School of Medicine. In New Orleans, he completed his residency in anesthesiology at Tulane Medical Center, which included six months of training at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in England and afterwards completed a one-year fellowship in pain management in Kansas City before starting the Headache and Pain Center. Dr. Ponder is specialty trained in interventional pain treatment and specializes in diagnosis and relief of pain. Dr. Ponder is an associate clinical professor at LSU Health Science Center and is the past president of the Louisiana Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is presently Director-at-Large of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Dr. Ponder is a diplomate of:
Adolfo J. Cuadra, MD
Adolfo Cuadra, MD is a resident of Houma, LA. Born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, he completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. He then completed a one-year fellowship in Pain Medicine also at the University of New Mexico with training in the latest pain relieving techniques.
He is a member of:
Mimi P. Wilson, OT, PA-C
Mimi Wilson, OT, PA-C is a Licensed Occupational Therapist and Physician's Assistant. She received her Biological Sciences degree from Nicholls State University, her OT degree from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans in 1991 and her PA degree from LSU Health and Sciences Center in Shreveport in 2002. She was specialty trained in neurological and movement disorders at the Rehab Institute of Chicago.
Susan Gremillion, RN, BSN, MS, CRNA
Susan Gremillion, RN, BSN, MS, CRNA is a certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Susan graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She continued her education at Xavier University/ Charity Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesiology. She received the certificate of Merit Award for Academic Achievement in 1999 while graduating with a Masters of Science degree specializing in anesthesia. Susan was the recipient of the Great 100 Nurses Award in 1996.
Jennifer F. Schopp, RN, BSN, MS, CRNA
Jennifer F. Schopp, RN, BSN, MS, CRNA is a certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Jennifer graduated from Louisiana State University at New Orleans in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She continued her education there where she obtained her master's of nursing in nurse anesthesia. She received a certificate for Outstanding Nurse Anesthesia student in 2007. She was also the recipient if Who's Who Among America's Colleges and Universities in 1998 and 2007. Jennifer is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Epsilon Nu Chapter.
M'Lea Talbot, MSN, FNP-C
M'Lea Talbot, MSN, FNP-C is a licensed and certified Family Nurse Practitioner. M'Lea graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She continued her education at Nicholls State University and graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. M'Lea is an active member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Elizabeth Newton Smith, PA-C
Elizabeth Newton Smith, PA-C is a licensed and certified Physician's Assistant. Elizabeth graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Biology. She then received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from LSU Health in Shreveport. Elizabeth is an active member of the Acadiana Physician Assistant Society, Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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