A spinal surgery practice is opening a new nonoperative service in the building owned by the late Chattanooga plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Pancake.
Spine Surgery Associates LLC bought The Phoenix Center Spa Medicus at 1736 Gunbarrel Road for $2.5 million, said David DeVaney, president of NAI Charter Real Estate, who brokered the deal. The seller was Dr. Pancake’s estate.
“We’ll be focusing on all aspects of spine care, especially nonoperative intervention,” said Gary Pulsfus, administrator of Spine Surgery Associates. “Our surgeons are excellent if you need surgery, but if people can avoid surgery it can lead to a very active lifestyle.”
The 12,700-square-foot medical center is near Chick-fil-A restaurant.
“The Gunbarrel Road market is maturing,” Mr. DeVaney said. “We are seeing the positive side of zoning regulations which are controlling development there, and you are seeing buildings which are being retrofitted and reused.”
The Spine Center, the new business’ name, is expected to open in June or July after cosmetic renovations are completed at the Gunbarrel site, Mr. Pulsfus said. The Spine Center is advertising to hire two physicians, he said, and will add six to seven support staff.
The business will focus on all aspects of spine care, including therapy, rehabilitation and pain injections, Mr. Pulsfus said. The Spine Center also will start a worker’s compensation program to speed the treatment process for injured workers, he said.
Spine Surgery Associates’ original office inside Erlanger Medical Mall will remain open, Mr. Pulsfus said. That office has five physicians.
Dr. Pancake was found dead inside his Gunbarrel office in September 2007. Authorities later ruled his death a suicide, according to newspaper archives.