For over fifteen years, Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska has been in the business of relieving pain and restoring function to Alaska’s people. A multidisciplinary approach to treatment is our gold standard when it comes to helping our patients with acute or chronic pain. Through advanced interventional procedures and partnerships with other healthcare providers, we have helped countless Alaskans achieve the quality of life they deserve. As established leaders in the field, Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska has introduced quality interventional pain services to many areas of the state. Our experience coupled with advanced training and knowledge of the latest research in treating pain, has kept us on the forefront of pain medicine. Our providers have actively shared their expertise and contributed to a healthier Alaska by teaching medical students, lecturing to groups of healthcare providers and serving on state regulatory bodies.

About Us

APCA physicians are board certified and subspecialty trained. Specializing in acute and chronic pain of the neck, back, spine, and other areas, our physicians use state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to provide the highest quality of care. Our physicians are trained to see each patient as multifaceted systems, using a variety of successful methods to diagnose and treat pain. APCA physicians and healthcare providers are trained to see their patients as multifaceted, whole systems requiring a multidisciplinary viewpoint to diagnose and manage pain. Our team works together to coordinate a treatment plan individually tailored for you.


Since 2000, Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska has been providing previously unavailable medical care to Alaskans with acute or chronic pain. Wanting to use their medical expertise to serve the community, Dr. Lawrence Stinson and Dr. Grant Roderer opened their first clinic at Alaska Regional Hospital.  People who had been suffering from chronic pain and other medical conditions began experiencing relief and improvement in their daily functioning.  This small office rapidly expanded and eventually relocated to its own building and current home at 1917 Abbott Road in Anchorage, Alaska.


Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska (APCA) exists to provide the best medical care possible to the people of Alaska.  Using the latest knowledge and technology for the treatment of pain, APCA is committed to remaining on the forefront of interventional pain medicine. We continue to be leaders in our field by constantly seeking education and research related to pain treatment, sharing our knowledge through teaching activities, and applying our knowledge in service to our community and state. We will keep growing in our specialty to encompass every possible aspect of pain medicine and make a lasting impact on the health of Alaska’s people.


Lawrence W. Stinson, MD

Dr. Lawrence Stinson, President and co-founder of Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska, is a lifelong Alaskan.  Dr. Stinson and his partner established Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska in 2000 with the goal of bringing the best medical care possible and, more specifically interventional pain medicine, to the people of Alaska.  Dr. Stinson is double board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and is a member of several medical organizations including the International Spinal Injection Society, the American Medical Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
 He has authored numerous manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters in the fields of pain management and anesthesiology.

Dr. Stinson graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with honors before earning a medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Stinson returned to Fairbanks to practice for six years where he developed a specialized interest in pain management. He moved his family to Tucson, Arizona where he participated in the University of Arizona’s Subspecialty Fellowship Training in Pain Management. Dr. Stinson has served on both the Alaska State Medical Board and the Alaska Healthcare Commission.  He has also been a WWAMI Clinical Instructor for the University of Washington.

Dr. Stinson and his family enjoy traveling both within and outside of Alaska, fishing, hiking, sports and various other outdoor activities. They are strong supporters of their local church and youth ministries as well as numerous community events.


Eric Severson, PA-C

Eric Severson began working for Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska as of August, 2018. Eric has been a certified Physician Assistant for close to twenty years and comes to APCA with recent experience in pain medicine.

Eric obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Physician Assistant degrees from the University of Nebraska. He began his career as a Physician Assistant in the US Air Force where he received numerous awards for outstanding performance. After retiring from the military in 2009 and working several years on the East Coast, Eric decided to head north and moved to Alaska in 2016.

In his free time, Eric enjoys golfing, fishing, cooking and playing in a local dart league. He is also an active member of the VFW.

Carl Brown

Carl L. Brown, PA-C

Carl Brown, Jr. joined the APCA provider team in July of 2017. Carl is an experienced practitioner and certified Physician’s Assistant who has lived and worked in Alaska for over 39 years in the capacities of surgical technician, surgical assistant and primary care/urgent care practitioner. Carl has worked in clinic and hospital settings, both in rural and urban Alaska.

Carl received his physician assistant training at the University of Washington’s MEDEX Northwest PA Training Program and obtained a Bachelor’s in Health Science from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Carl has also served in the U.S. Army and is currently a member of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol).

Carl believes there is always something new that can be learned and applied to his profession. He considers it a privilege to care for fellow Alaskans and an expression of his faith to provide the highest quality of care possible. When he is not working, Carl can be found engaging in outdoor activities such as fishing, riflery, and gardening.

South Anchorage Surgery Center, LLC

South Anchorage Surgery Center (SASC), located in the same medical building as Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska, is a state-of-the-art pain surgical facility where APCA’s physicians perform minimally-invasive pain management procedures.   SASC is both AAAHC and Medicare certified.  Here your procedural needs can be met conveniently and economically in a more personal setting without compromising the highest quality of care.  Our staff pride themselves in providing patients with the best possible care as evidenced by consistently high levels of patient satisfaction.

Below are a few of the procedures we routinely perform at SASC:

  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Selective Nerve Root Injections
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Fluoroscopic-guided Joint Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials

To learn more about the services at SASC please refer to our”Solutions to Pain” section.

South Anchorage Surgery Center partners with Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska to provide the best medical care possible.


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