The Pain and Headache Center in Eagle River, Wasilla, Anchorage
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Our Team

Dr. Joshua Balch
Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Joshua Balch attended Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica and completed the majority of his clinical clerkships in New York City. He then completed his internship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA in general surgery. After his surgical internship, Dr. Balch completed his residency training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital located in Wheaton, IL. He then completed his pain fellowship at the Pain and Headache Center in Wasilla, Alaska. While in Alaska, he trained underneath an internationally recognized expert in interventional pain medicine, Dr. Andrea Trescot who continues to be a valuable mentor post fellowship. His main area of focus during his fellowship includes spinal and musculoskeletal pain, abdominal pain, peripheral nerve entrapments and regenerative therapy.

Robert Balch III, D.O.
Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management, ABPMR

Dr. Balch attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. He completed residency training in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He then completed an ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he served as Chief Fellow and was awarded the esteemed “Pain Fellow of the Year” by the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. During his fellowship, he worked closely with internationally recognized experts in headache pain, spine and pelvic pain. Dr. Balch is an accomplished author and has published several papers in Scientific Journals including “Ultrasound Guided Intrathecal Baclofen Trials: A Case series”, and Extended Release Morphine Sulfate in Treatment of Severe Acute and Chronic Pain. Dr. Balch’s experience as a pain management specialist has fostered an understanding that one must treat the whole person by incorporating the mind, body and spirit. The patient must feel good about themselves as a whole person in order to achieve the best level of health. Thus, Dr. Balch is proud to offer a full scale of aesthetic therapies to his pain management practice which includes cosmetic laser therapy, pharmaceutical grade skin care products, facials, microdermabrasion, Botox and dermal filler injections.


James H. Price, DO.

Dr. Jim Price, Pain and Headache Center’s Board Certified Anesthesiologist is also a Peri-Operative Pain Specialist and is well versed to look after any ongoing pain concerns before or after your surgery. With 20 years of experience, Dr. Price is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr Price first received his Bachelors in Science degree in biology and psychology and followed with his medical degree at the Western University in California where he performed several rotations in Alaska and immediately felt at home with the state. After completing his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Florida, Dr Price returned to Alaska where he worked at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. Dr Price has also worked with Alaska Native Health and small rural hospitals and enjoyed serving these communities. With his previous experience serving other outpatient, ambulatory surgical centers and private practices in the Lower 48, he is well equipped to optimizing the outcomes for patients at Pain and Headache Center and is able to provide patients “full service” anesthesia and pain management. His skills range from a strong background in orthopedic and neurosurgical spine anesthesia, his expertise in regional anesthetics, interventional pain procedures and multi-modal therapies. Dr Price’s primary goal is to enable patients a quick recovery and optimize their post-operative pain and healing to achieve maximum benefits with minimal pain recurrence. Dr Price’s medical philosophy of “patients first” is part of his overall mission and values, where patients can enjoy the benefits of direct communication with their doctor and are treated with respect and kindness like family members.


Joanna Walls, MSN,APRN, FNP-C

Joanna Walls is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has resided and practiced on the peninsula for the past 5 years. With origins in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi, she is still southern at heart, but has now fallen in love with Alaska. Joanna has planted roots and intends to maintain residency on the peninsula with her growing family.

Joanna attended undergraduate college at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in the focus of nursing. Once a registered nurse, she immediately went to work as a pediatric nurse in the city of Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, MS. There she spent 6 years devoted to her patients care while also starting a family and advancing in her education. Once acquiring a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham, she became a Nurse Practitioner focusing in Family Practice. With her parents and sister residing in Alaska, Joanna and her husband Craig took a little adventure to the great state during its beautiful summer months. One visit and they were hooked! Not only on the great fishing, but with the abundance of beauty everywhere. They knew this was an ideal region to raise their family.

Joanna is excited to announce she is now assisting Dr. Balch in compassionate care provided in the specialty of chronic pain management. She welcomes new patients and provides care to our community in clinic Monday through Friday. She is devoted to helping patients find improvements in their pain through interventional procedures, and other modalities of treatment in hopes of assisting patients in the direction of becoming functionally healthy.


Our Staff

Our team consists of passionate individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring. Our staff is here to ensure a smooth process throughout your visits.