Meet Our Professional Staff
James R. Morris, MD
A graduate of U.C. Davis School of Medicine, Dr. Morris completed his Family Medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University in 1982 and remains board certified. In 1990, he joined Oregon Pain Center as a fellow in Pain Management. Two years later, Dr. Morris resumed private practice focusing on medical pain management. He is the co-founder and past president of the Pain Society of Oregon. In 2005, he established a multidisciplinary pain management team, comprised of independent medical practitioners at the Willamette Medical Center.
Carolyn Buel, ANP
In 1975 Carolyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Walla Walla College. She worked for 15 years in Long Term Care as a registered nurse promoting standards of care for the elderly. She received her Masters of Nursing at Oregon Health Science University in 2003. Her first job as a Nurse Practitioner was with the Public Employees Benefit Board Health Center in Salem. She joined Pain Management Partners, LLC in 2005. She has specialized training from Stanford University’s Master Trainer Course for Chronic disease Self-Management.
Frank Hillman, PA
Frank Hillman joined PMP in February of 2018, after 11 years at Pain Consultants of Oregon. He takes great care in helping his patients safely and effectively manage their chronic pain, including tapering from opioid therapies. Frank graduated from the University of Oregon and worked in medical laboratories as a phlebotomist and technician before his desire to work with people led him to become a physician assistant. He received his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., in 2006, where he first became interested in pain management. He is an Oregon State Board Certified Physician Assistant. His affiliations include: American Association of Physician Assistants, Faculty, National commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Oregon Society of Physician Assistants, and a Faculty Appreciation Award recipient for outstanding assistance.
Vanessa Johnston, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Vanessa Johnston is a family nurse practitioner, board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and currently licensed to practice in the state of Oregon. She began her nursing career in 2009 and has been a family nurse practitioner since 2018. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Her previous work experience includes women’s, pediatric and geriatric health care, intensive care, and administrative management. Vanessa believes in forging relationships with people to understand their health needs and goals and working collaboratively with each individual to develop a holistic planned approach to achieve their best possible state of health.
Vanessa is a decorated military veteran having served 9 years active duty in the United States Air Force. She relocated to Eugene from Texas four years ago and is married, with two children. She is an avid hobbyist of all things to do with personal development.
Mordechai Bronner, MD
Dr Bronner joins us after practicing for 2 years at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Dr Bronner is a double boarded Anesthesia and Pain medicine doctor who specializes in interventional pain management. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Anesthesiology and a fellowship in Pain medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He is married with two young daughters and enjoys soccer and Lego building.
Erik Morris, PMHNP
Erik Morris, MS, PMHNP-BC completed his Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Nursing with a sub-specialty in Addictive Behaviors in 2012. He managed a diverse patient population with mental health needs in an outpatient setting at Gouverneur Health Center in New York City. Erik returned to his hometown of Eugene in January 2014 working at Lane County Behavioral Health for three years. In March, he joined the Center for Family Development full time. He was a licensed massage therapist for seven years prior to pursuing his interest in mental health. Erik is also a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor since 2006. He enjoys hiking, skiing, exploring, writing and cooking.