Dr. Michael Gauthier, MD

Pain Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 58
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Dr. Michael Gauthier, MD
I am a native of the area who took the long route to becoming a medical doctor. I did not go directly to college after graduating from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1977. Instead, I entered and completed a 4 year apprenticeship with the Department of the Navy graduating as a Sheet Metal Mechanic. I was in the Civil Service working on the F-14 Tomcat and A-6 Intruder at Norfolk Naval Air Station.I resigned from the position in August 1982 to begin at Old Dominion University and quickly acknowledged my desire to go into medicine. I graduated in 1986 with honors and started my medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia. It was while working in the blood gas lab in the operating rooms at nights that I developed my interest in anesthesia. I graduated in 1990 and headed off to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. After my 1 year internship in medicine, I completed another 3 years of anesthesia training. I became interested in pain management as a senior resident. I graduated from my anesthesia residency in 1994 and went west to the University of Utah for a 1 year pain management fellowship. I graduated in 1995. I enjoyed working in the academic environment and went on to obtain a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah. I left academics after 2 years and went to work with Millcreek Anesthesia at Saint Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City. The call of family had us return to Virginia in 2002. I opened Chesapeake Bay Pain Medicine, PC in 2007.

329 Edwin Dr # 100

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Contact Information

(757) 464-2006

Dr. Michael Gauthier, MD

Dr. Michael Gauthier, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • 16 More

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Top Care Areas


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Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
more than 97% of peers
Steroid Injection
very high
more than 96% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Gauthier "While I have been involved in pain management since 1995, I opened my practice here in Virginia Beach in 2007. My practice of medicine is simple in scope. I perform only injection therapy and strive to be the very best in the Chesapeake Bay area. By concentrating on injections in and around the spine, I have a very strong experience in this part of the body. I treat disorders of the neck and back that cause pain."


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  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Anesthesiology*
  • Pain Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Postoperative Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Cervical Medial Branch Block
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Discography
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Block
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Old Dominion University 1986
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Darthmouth Hitchcock Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • University Of Utah School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • University Of Utah Masters Of Business Admin.
    Other Education | Completed 1998

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Gauthier has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Gauthier's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gauthier to family and friends
based on 21 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Gauthier's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Moyock, NC |
I have seen Dr. Gauthier for the last 2 years for treatment of back pain; he is a thorough and compassionate provider - I can't think of anyone better suited for my care!
in Chesapeake, VA |
Dr. Gauthier and his staff are extremely professional. First, they value your time - you are in and out of the office in no time. Second, Dr. Gauthier talks you thru the procedure step by step making you feel extremely comfortable. I can't say enough about his care and interest in your health. I highly recommend Dr. Gauthier!
in Virginia Beach, VA |
I really like Dr. Gauthier because he is gentle and speake out the procedure as he performs it. That make me feel very comfortable. I would hihgly recommend him to any one with back pain. Thank you so much Dr. Gauthier.
in Hampton, VA |
Dr. Gauthier and his staff are amazing. I feel like they always put my needs first. He explains the procedure to ease any fears I might have. I spent years unable to raise my arm or turn my head. Thanks to his treatment, I am able to turn my head/lift for the first time in years. It's nice to be pain-free for once. I would definitely recommend him to anyone suffering from chronic pain.
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Dr. Gauthier accepts 30 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
    Carelink PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Optima Health
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Southern Health Services (Coventry Health Care)
    Southern Health Services (Coventry Health Care) HMO
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
  • Wellcare of Georgia
  • WellPoint

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