Meet Our Providers
Tom M. Porter, M.D.
Tom Porter, M.D. is a highly trained and highly experienced interventional physician who treats all painful conditions of the spine and limbs. After attending medical school at The Ohio State University he continued his medical education, completing his medical and anesthesiology residency and fellowship training at the University of South Florida specializing in Internal and Pain Medicine. He Is a member of Florida Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists and American Medical Association.
Dr. Porter has been in practice in Ohio or in Florida for the past 15 years. During that time, he has established two interventional pain practices, has maintained the highest standard and has observed extraordinary high patient satisfaction. During his experience, Dr. Porter’s practice has evolved into a service oriented practice where a comprehensive patient evaluation will lead to a complete comprehensive treatment plan which may include non invasive or the most state of the art minimally invasive interventions.
Through his experience and training Dr. Porter has developed treatment protocols to help relieve painful condition and treat those individuals who have failed other treatments and those who do not desire major surgical intervention. Dr. Porter will present treatment options that may not have ever been considered at other treatment practices and may offer treatments ranging from conservative management to injections to minimally invasive spine surgery. With each patient encounter Dr. Porter strives for the best outcome and welcomes your interest.
Melina Norberto, PA-C
Melina’s “Right Path” began with a passion to help people and a fascination with human physiology. Her previous career as an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer though rewarding, only sparked her desire to delve deeper into healthcare and medicine. Melina then began her comprehensive search. Many “Paths” were appealing but only one offered to fulfill her passion and reward her increasing fascination. Melina found her “Right Path”. With a clear focus she began her pursuit of the challenges and rewards involved in her chosen career as a Physician Assistant.
Melina not only accomplished her goal of becoming an NCCPA Board-Certified Physician Assistant, but she is also a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA). Her training involved a variety of clinical settings including emergency medicine, thoracic cardiovascular surgery, dermatology, urgent care, internal medicine, and psychiatry. Giving her a very well rounded insight into her future patients.
She graduated with Highest Honors from Nova Southeastern University with a Master Degree in Physician Assistant, & was also elected for induction into Alpha Eta Honor Society for her outstanding academic achievements. Looking to the future her thesis project involved intensive research of stem cell therapy for treating degenerative disc disease, which triggered her deep intrigue and zeal for the immense potential in utilizing regenerative medicine for treating a vast array of medical issues.
Right Path Pain & Spine Center would like to welcome Melina Norberto PA-C to our team. We are proud to say we share the same vision, values and beliefs and are confident that the fascination and passion that brought her to “Right Path” will continue to fuel her outstanding work ethic and her future success.