SSM Health Spine & Pain Management Center

SSM Spine & Pain Management Center Provider​s

​ ​Our Physicians
Jeff Lehmen, MD | SSM Health Medical Group
Jeff Lehmen, MD​  
Jeff Lehmen, MD, is a board-certified spine surgeon for SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital. ​A Jefferson City native, Dr. Lehmen graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a bachelor of science in Medicinal Chemistry and received the Top Undergraduate Bachelor of Science Award. Dr. Lehmen received his medical degree from the University of Missouri and achieved his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. He completed a neurosurgical and orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He represented Harvard as a traveling surgeon at Peking University Hospital in Beijing, China. He did an additional minimally invasive spine surgery fellowship with the internationally renowned Neurosurgeon, Luiz Pimenta, MD, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is dedicated to re​search and has presented at academic meetings in North America and Europe. Learn more about Dr. Lehmen's research and publications​, conferences and speaking engagements.

John C. Lucio, DO ​  
Medical Director, SSM Health Spine & Pain Management Center
John Lucio, DO, is a board certified in pain management and anesthesiology. He w​​ent to medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. His fellowship was at Massachusetts General Hospital at ​Harvard University.​ Further, he was appointed by Missouri Governor Holden to the Missouri State Board of Healing Arts / Department of Economic Development, where he served as a member and secretary from April 2003 - August 2004. Gov. Holden also appointed Dr. Lucio to the Missouri State Advisory Council on Pain and Symptom Management from April 2004 - June 2007. Dr. Lucio also served on SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City's Board of Directors and as Vice-President of Medical Affairs from 2005 to February 2014. ​


robin-michitsch-md.gifRobin U. Michitsch, DO
Robin U. Michitsch, DO, practices pain medicine and is board certified in anesthesiology. He went to medical school at A.T. Still University and completed his residency at National Naval Medical Center. His fellowship training in obstetrical anesthesia was at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is a decorated veteran of the United States Naval Reserve where he served in the Medical Corps. He is a member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society and Navy Anesthesia Society. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Missouri - Columbia.


​​Other Specialty Providers

Ed Gerber is a Certified Physician Assistant. He earned his Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1998 and worked as a physical therapist in a sports medicine clinic in St. Louis for several years. He then returned to graduate school at St. Louis University, where he earned a Master of Medical Science degree in 2004. Ed is a member of several national organizations: Physician Assistants of Orthopedic Surgery, American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has been published in several medical journals.



Kevin Huffman is a Certified Physician Assistant. He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences with his certification in Physician Assistant studies in 2002. Before Becoming a Physician Assistant, Kevin was a registered nurse for six years. Kevin is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after serving four years in the Army Corps of Engineers. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.



Joanna Smith grew up in Jefferson City and graduated Cum Laude from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She completed her Master of Science degree and Physician Assistant training at Baylor College of Medicine - Houston in 1997 and moved to Austin, Texas where she worked in family practice and internal medicine until moving back to Jefferson City. She and her husband, Andrew, have two children and enjoy being active in the community, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with family.


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