Punch Pain in the Face

Recover like a boss at Red Butte

Scott Samuels
Scott Samuels
Excellent staff with a high level of patient care
Mary Patrick
Mary Patrick
Love the Doctor and all of his staff
Mary Thompson
Mary Thompson
This is my personal opinion, and I am not saying they will be everyone's cup of tea. And I say this after one of the most painful procedures I've ever had. But for me, they listen, and they respect me as a person, not just another job. (I cannot stress how required this is to me; I have and will search out different offices and doctors if I am not heard and respected which is how I ended up here.) Any issues I've encountered have been minor and have resolved by communicating the problem (they aren't psychic, so speak up). I have been through some rough procedures and recovery, and I wouldn't want it done by anyone else. I need Dr. Hurst-Wicker and his team to stop aging now, so I never need to find another pain specialist office, because I'm not sure how anyone else will be able to live up to my raised expectations because of them if any of them retire. :) The doctor himself is knowledgeable, compassionate, friendly, and helps keep me from panicking, just by being himself. He is chatty, which I personally appreciate about him becasue it helps me keep from dwelling on the pain so we can find solutions and because it makes me realize that he is treating me like an equally respected partner in my own health, which is hard to find from many doctors. (He strikes me as all of his patients' greatest fans as they compete with themselves to feel better.) On procedure days especially, the tone in the office is upbeat and it is so easy to see that he loves what he does, which is help remove, minimize, or otherwise help address the pain his patients deal with. Honestly, I'm extremely torn writing glowing reviews for them, since the theory is that it will encourage more patients for the practice and then it might be harder to schedule, but they really do deserve the praise. I've kept my earlier review intact from 8 months ago below; this update is as of Feb 2024. Original: 100% recommend. I feel valued, heard, and respected. I got to participate in the plan we came up with, and it was not all injections and surgeries at surgery centers. They included at home exercises and are responsive to questions when calling in or using the portal. Everyone I met was great. (This is a huge stress relief, especially compared to the last practice I was seen at).
Juanita Wheelbarger
Juanita Wheelbarger
Found a problem all other doctors have missed.

About Us

Why Choose Us
Red Butte Healthcare was founded on the principle of helping you bring quality back to your life by providing safe, effective, evidence-based pain control. Our specialists have years of experience treating cancer pain, head and neck pain, back pain, joint pain, & nerve pain
How We Can Help You
At Red Butte Healthcare we use the latest technology, techniques, & knowledge to identify the cause of your pain and treat it. By partnering with you & teaming up with some of the best specialists in the Phoenix metro area, we will develop an evidence-based, individualized plan to help you get good pain control & return quality to your life. Whether you are suffering from cancer pain, head and neck pain, back pain, or any other ailment, we have the expertise and experience to help.
See the Difference
The specialists of Red Butte Healthcare have over a decade of experience treating all types of pain. Our dedication to pain control begins with our dual board certifications in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Over the years we have honed and broadened our training and experience to offer you the very latest in treatments to manage your pain. Whether you are troubled by painful spinal stenosis limiting your ability to walk, or severe cancer pain robbing you of the strength you need to win your cancer battle, know that the team at Red Butte Healthcare has the tools to help give you your life, strength, and function back.

Our Services

Cancer Pain Treatment
Over 50% of all patients fighting cancer are also trying to live with pain caused by the disease. The experts at Red Butte Healthcare recognize that the daily struggle to deal with pain is often the hardest part of fighting cancer. That is why the experts at Red Butte Healthcare are happy to partner with you and your cancer-care team to help get you get good pain control with the best resources at our disposal. Our goal is to help you achieve effective pain relief with minimal side effects and impact on your quality of life. Many types of cancer pain can be managed effectively with minimally-invasive procedures that can kill the nerves from the cancer that are causing pain. This can improve the effect of the medicines you may already be taking for pain, so that the medicine better controls your pain at doses that are less likely to cause significant nausea, fatigue, or constipation. Years of experience working with cancer patients and cancer physicians have helped to make the experts at Red Butte Healthcare among the best at partnering with cancer patients and helping them achieve relief from their cancer pain.
Vertebral Compression Fractures
Every year, over 800,000 Americans are stricken with a painful fracture of the vertebra. Most often these are caused by Osteoporosis, but can also be caused by cancer. If left untreated these spinal fractures will cause misalignment of your spine, a decline in your health, and a reduction in your quality of life. Fortunately, these spinal fractures are easily treated with Balloon Kyphoplasty, a minimally-invasive, same-day surgical procedure that can stabilize the fracture, reduce your pain, and halt the negative progression of spinal fractures. At Red Butte Health we have years of experience successfully performing Balloon Kyphoplasty and giving our patients their quality of life back.
Vertiflex Procedure
Do you suffer from debilitating back and leg pain that prevents you from doing the things you love? You may be suffering from Spinal Stenosis, a progressive condition that over 2.5 million Americans are suffering from. Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive, same-day surgical procedure called the Vertiflex Procedure that provides excellent pain control and can help improve your quality of life

Our Team

portrait of Dr Karl Hurst-Wicker

Karl Hurst-Wicker, MD

Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder

Karl Hurst-Wicker is Red Butte Pain Solution’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, leading the company as it builds a state-of-the-art, patient-centered organization dedicated to safely and effectively improving the quality of life for those living with pain. 


Karl’s 14+ years of experience in Interventional Pain Medicine include growing pre-existing pain practices and helping to build cancer pain programs for the benefit of patients and their oncology providers.  He brings over 20 years of leadership experience, having previously served on the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University, on the Executive Board of the University of Utah House staff Association, as President of the Resident Section of the Utah Medical Association, as a Trustee of the Utah Medical Association, as Chief Resident of the University of Utah Department of Anesthesiology, as Chairman of the University of Utah Department of Anesthesiology Retention and Promotion Student Advisory Committee, as Chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine at the Marshfield Clinic, and as a partner at Desert Pain Institute.  During his college years at Boston University, Karl founded a computer training and webpage development company and served in student government, representing the College of Arts and Sciences.


Karl has a dedication to helping those with cancer and helping children overcome adversity to achieve their dreams.  He has previously served as a volunteer for both Gilda’s Club NYC and The Cancer Wellness House and currently enjoys volunteer coaching youth basketball and soccer teams.

Rachael Henninger, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Rachael is a dedicated and skilled Physician Assistant working in close collaboration with Dr Hurst-Wicker at Red Butte Pain Solutions.

Rachael is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) who brings more than 2 years of diverse experiences, especially in the field of pain management. She graduated with honors from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2022.

Rachael is known for her patient-centered approach to care. She believes in listening to each patient’s concerns and working together to develop an individualized treatment plan. Her goal is to help patients manage their pain and improve their quality of life.

She is currently accepting new patients and looks forward to serving the communities of Chandler, Arizona, and surrounding areas.

For more information or to book an appointment with Rachael, please call Red Butte Pain Solutions at (602) 633-4334.

Contact Us

Red Butte Pain Solutions

5590 West Chandler Boulevard #3, Chandler, Arizona 85226, United States

Phone:  602-633-4334

Fax:  888-815-1389

M – Th  7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fri.  7:30am – 3pm