In pain medicine, accurate assessment is key to finding successful treatments, and so I strive to make sure each patient has had appropriate diagnositic workup. Once we establish a diagnosis, I do my best to approach each patient as an individual, applying the best evidence-based scientific knowledge to their particular condition. Shared decision making is a key part of my care philosophy as we discuss appropriate treatments.
Dr. Merritt is originally from Huntsville, Alabama. She attended Birmingham-Southern College on a full academic scholarship, majoring in Biology and graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Her medical school training took place at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. During medical school, Dr. Merritt was selected for the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars program, and worked for a year during medical school as a researcher at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Following medical school, Dr. Merritt performed her residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She elected to pursue extra fellowship training in pain management, which she did at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. Her training included the full spectrum of pain management techniques, including interventional pain management and pain medication management. Since fellowship, Dr. Merritt has practiced in a variety of settings. She has practiced at Johns Hopkins. She has volunteered her time to travel to India, providing anesthesia for cleft lip and palate surgeries. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, bicycling, and yoga.