Our Providers


K. Dean Willis M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Alabama Pain Center

Dean Willis graduated in 1982 from the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical School. He completed an internship in General Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in June 1983. He went on to enter residency in Anesthesiology at Texas Tech, completing this in June 1985. In 1987, he completed a fellowship in Pain Management at Texas Tech. In 1987, Dr. Willis founded the Alabama Pain Center (APC) where he also serves as Medical Director.

Dr. Willis is an international pain medicine lecturer and published investigator and author in multiple pain journals and textbooks. His most recent article “Sufenta versus Fentanyl: Efficacy and Patient Satisfaction with Intrathecal Pain Managment” was published in the journal Neuromodulation. Dr. Willis has served as Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).

Dr. Willis enjoys spending time with his family – wife Lori, children Adam, Ashley, Conner, Dalton, and Saylor. He enjoys golf, boating, scuba diving and hiking (he is also a former sky diver). He enjoys all sports, especially watching Chicago Cubs baseball.


J. Michael George, PsyD

Director of Behavioral Sciences

Alabama Pain Center

Mike George is a native of Fayetteville, Tennessee. He completed his Doctorate of Psychology in 1993 at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. George is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in both Tennessee and Alabama.

He is Director of Behavioral Sciences at the Alabama Pain Center located in Huntsville and Cullman, Alabama. He has worked in the field of Pain Management alongside Dr. K. Dean Willis since 1993, when he completed an internship in that field. He is also the Director of the Alabama Recovery Center located in both Huntsville and Cullman.

Over the span of his career, Dr. George has served in the ministry for many years. He has taught college courses at two separate campuses and has served as a motivational and educational speaker and group leader for religious, educational, and industrial endeavors. Dr. George has coauthored articles in the pain management area which have been published in many psychological journals. He is currently involved in further research.

Dr. George enjoys spending time with his family – his wife of forty years Sandy and the families of their three grown children (especially his grandchild!). He enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, shelling, and all types of outdoor activities.


Darren Gannuch, M.D., DABSM


Alabama Sleep Disorders Center

Dr. Gannuch completed his residency training at Alton Oschner Hospital in 1996. He became board certified through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In 2003, he completed his sleep medicine training and became a board certified Sleep Specialist through the American Board of Sleep Medicine. In 2010 he earned his second certification through ABPN-Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Gannuch has been living in Huntsville and practicing medicine here since 1996. His practice is entirely concentrated upon sleep medicine, and his goal is to help his patients sleep well.