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Benjamin Dirkx, DO

Benjamin Dirkx, DO

Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certified in Pain Medicine
Board Certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Specializing in Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Injuries, EMGs, and Interventional Spine Procedures

Ben Dirkx, D.O. specializes in treating all musculoskeletal conditions ranging from common knee issues to chronic back pain. He completed his undergrad degree from Michigan State University with honors where he spent most of his free time organizing and supervising intramural sports programs. From there he went on to attend the prestigious College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University with a focus on muscle and joint pathology. Dr. Dirkx completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital under the tutelage of national recognized physicians of Dr. Myron Laban, Dr. Ronald Taylor, and Dr. Justin Riutta. He obtained intensive specialized training in interventional procedures while completing his residency and has attended numerous training courses utilizing ultrasound, EMGs, and interventional procedures.

Dr. Dirkx joined The Spine and Orthopedic Center in 2014 and as a physiatrist has focused training on the realm of physical illnesses of joint, muscle, and nerve pain. He utilizes nerve conduction studies, ultrasound, interventional procedures, and a multitude of physical therapy modalities to treat his patients.

Dr. Dirkx is a member of several professional societies including: California Medical Association, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Pain Physicians, Wilderness Medical Society, and International Spine Intervention Society.

In his free time he enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities and competes in numerous competitive sports and races. Dr. Dirkx is an avid traveler including wilderness expeditions.


2013-2014 Interventional Pain Medicine Training Traverse City, MI
2010-2014 William Beaumont Hospital, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Chief Resident
Royal Oak, MI
2006-2010 Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine East Lansing, MI
2001-2006 Michigan State University
Graduated with Honors Bachelor of Science in Zoology
East Lansing, MI

Board Certification and Licensure

July 2019 Board Eligible in Regenerative Medicine
May 2019 Board Certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine
May 2016 Board Certified in Pain Medicine
July 2015 Board Certified and Fellowship-Trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
2015-Present Qualified Medical Examiner for State of California
Osteopathic Medical Board of California: License #20A13373

Professional Training

2013-Present Interventional Experience: Over 15,000 documented procedures and 1,000 Spinal Cord Stimulators/DRG stimulators implanted Traverse City,MI/ Santa Barbara, CA
2023 Pacific Spine and Pain Society Annual Conference O’Ahu,HI
2022 North America Neuromodulation Society Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV
2021 Pacific Spine and Pain Society Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV
2020 Pacific Spine and Pain Society Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV
2019 California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Conference Lake Tahoe, NV
2019 The Orthobiological Institutes Annual Conference Chicago, IL
2019 Advanced Regenerative Training in Preparation & Injection
Techniques of Lipoaspirate, PRP, Stem Cells Workshop
Chicago, IL
2019 Interventional Orthopedics Foundation Annual Conference Broomfield, CO
2019 Advanced Techniques for Stem Cell implantation, Carpal Tunnel Release, Tenex procedures Workshop Broomfield, CO
2018 Justin Sportsmedicine Team Rodeo Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV
2018 California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Conference Santa Barbara, CA
2018 Advanced Interventional Pain Procedures Workshop Santa Barbara, CA
2018 Interventional Orthopedics Foundation Annual Conference Broomfield, CO
2017 North American Neuromodulation Society Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV
2017 Interventional Stimulators Intensive Workshop San Jose, CA
2017 Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulator Workshop training Dallas, TX
2016 Pain Week Annual Conference Las Vegas, NV
2015 Stryker Course for Venom Rhizotomy and Advanced Interventional Procedures Los Angeles, CA
2015 International Spine Intervention Society Advanced Lumbar
Interventional techniques
Phoenix, AZ
2015 Spine Intervention Society Cervical Interventional techniques and protocols workshop New Orleans, LA
2014 Mayo Clinic Advanced Ultrasound guided procedures for the Spine and Extremities Tampa, FL
2014 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation National Conference
With focus on Ultrasound and MSK treatment tract
Washington D.C
2014 St. Jude’s and Dr. Michael Lynch Advanced Techniques for Spinal Procedures and Spinal Cord Stimulators Ontario, CA
2013 University of Utah Ultrasound Guidance for Interventional
Procedures Training Course
Park City, UT
2013 Michigan State University Botox Utilization and Chronic Migraine Course Novi, MI
2012 Northwestern University Prosthetics- Orthotics Conference Chicago, IL
2011 Mayo Clinic Advanced EMG techniques Conference Ameilia Island, FL

Professional Experience

2014-Present The Spine and Orthopedic Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician
Santa Barbara,CA
2021-Present Central California Pain Management Bakersfield, CA
2016- Present Official Physician for Annual Santa Maria Rodeo Santa Maria, CA
2020-Present Spanish Hills Interventional Pain Specialists Camarillo, CA
2018-Present Saint Charles Spine Institute Thousand Oaks, CA
2014-2018 Santa Barbara Annual Marathon Head Physician Santa Barbara, CA
2014-Present Santa Barbara City College Physicals for Athletes Santa Barbara, CA
2014-2019 Physician for Santa Barbara City College Rugby Team Santa Barbara, CA

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Regenerative Medicine
  • Interventional Orthopedics Foundation
  • Wilderness Medical Society
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • California Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • Spine Intervention Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Board of Pain Medicine

Attending Staff

2014-Present Carrillo Surgery Center Santa Barbara, CA
2014-Present Central Valley Surgical Center Bakersfield, CA
2021-Present Synergy Surgical Center Pain Management Director Westlake,CA


  • Case Report: Anterior Cord Syndrome After Femoral Cardiac Catheterization.
    AAPMR National Conference. 2014. Ben Dirkx, D.O. Nancy DeSantis, D.O.
  • Chronic Problems With Sedentary Work. Bakersfield Magazine. Vol. 33 No.2

Lectures, Presentations and Exhibits

6/2019 Role of Opioids in Chronic Pain
12/2018 Platelet Rich Plasma Current Literature and Future Direction
6/2018 Sacroiliac Joint Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
5/2017 Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulators Use and Limitations
6/2016 The Role of Neuromodulation in Today’s Treatment of the Modern Patient
12/2015 Literature Review of Lumbar Interventional Procedures: Best Evidence guidelines
4/2014 Pain medications: The How, When, What, and Why of Use
2/2014 Common and Uncommon Shoulder Problems
2/2014 Pearls and Pitfalls of Diagnosing and Treating Lower Extremity Pain
6/2013 The Many Problems with Backs
2/2013 Burn Rehabilitation and Management
1/2013 Hand Anatomy and Common Problems
12/2012 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Modern Treatments
10/2012 Shoulder Anatomy and Common Problems
8/2012 Pain Pathophysiology