MEET DR. MARK SMITH OF
ISLAND COAST PAIN AND REHABILITATION ASSOCIATES
Mark Smith was born in
Lakeland, Florida and lived two years in Wauchula, Florida before
moving to North Fort Myers, where he attended J Colin English
Elementary, Dunbar Middle School and North Fort Myers High
School, where he graduated 1976.
He attended The University of Florida from September 1976 until
August of 1980, and was the last class to graduate in Alligator
After graduation from The University of Florida, Mark attended
National College of Chiropractic
in Lombard, Illinois and
graduated in April 1985.
Mark's interest in chiropractic began after hurting his back while working on
his parent's farm. He was lifting fertilizer bags onto a spreader and strained
his back. He was treated by Dr. Sam Watkins, and after several treatments the
pain and stiffness were resolved. This was his family's first experience with
Several years later, while at a religious
retreat, the minister asked him what he wanted to do with his life. They began
trading stories and the incident with his back injury and his chiropractic
experience with Dr. Watkins came up. The minister explained that she had been
in a major car accident destroying both knees, and that chiropractic care kept
her walking and getting around.
Things coming full circle, after graduating from chiropractic school,
Dr. Smith began practicing as an associate of Dr Sam Watkins, the very person
that introduced him to chiropractic! A short time later, Dr. Smith and
Dr. Shelly Dranko opened Associates in Chiropractic and practiced together
until 1991. Dr. Smith then went into private practice and worked with
other area doctors practicing chiropractic, performing Manipulation Under
Anesthesia and providing follow up therapy to their patients.
Being an innovator and seeing a need for
patients to receive to receive a full range of services from a primary care
provider, Dr. Smith started Island Coast Pain and Rehabilitation Associates in
1999. Together with Dr. Walter Flesner III, DO., Island Coast Pain and
Rehabilitation Associates provides the best of all worlds, with both
allopathic medicine and chiropractic medicine under one roof. As Dr. Smith
puts it, "We are a one stop Doc shop, treating both medical and physical
medicine conditions as a full family practice and spinal practice with the
ability to utilize muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory medications as well
as adjustment to the spine."
||Dr. Flesner specializes in Family Practice.
He was in private practice for 16 years before joining the Staff of Nova
Southeastern University as an adjunct professor of Family practice running the
student clinic and mentoring the student interns.
joined Island Coast Pain & Rehabilitation in December 2005 assuming the
role of Medical Director. In addition to family
practice, Dr. Flesner completed a mini fellowship in pain management and currently treats chronic
and acute pain patients as well.
Both are also very interested and active in
weight loss and diet. They are seeing tremendous results from the Take
Shape For Life program, not only in weight loss, but through proper diet their
patients are literally getting off their blood pressure medications, sugar
medication and insulin, and providing immediate,
positive impact on the quality of their patients’ lives.
Dr. Smith is affiliated with South Florida Masons For Children’s Charities. He
is also an avid fisherman and hunter.
Island Coast Pain & Rehabilitation Associates
A multidisciplinary medical practice
Dr. Mark A. Smith, D.C.
Dr. Walter Flesner, D.O.
1536 SE 14th Street
Cape Coral, Fl 33990
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