KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Business owners and neighbors in North Knoxville are concerned about a pain management clinic that’s moving to their area soon.
Broadway Neck and Spine is set to open sometime in the next month at 1124 N. Broadway.
People like Cynthia Tipton and Anne Freels aren’t sure if a pain clinic across the street from their workplace, Broadway Studios & Gallery, is a good idea.
“We just don’t know what to expect,” said Freels. “It could be a helpful thing for the community. We just don’t know what to expect,” said Freels.
The business will be owned by Dr. Michael Chavin who currently owns another pain clinic in Morristown.
“Yes, I think they should be concerned, I think that pain management centers have had a very bad reputation in general,” said Dr. Chavin.
Dr. Chavin promises this will be an ethical practice that will be stable in the Knoxville community.
“We are a very well respected clinic in Morristown. We’ve never had any problems or difficulties with either law enforcement or other regulatory agencies,” said Dr. Chavin.
Dr. Chavin also says stability makes him different from most pain clinics. He says he’s been at the same location in Morristown for 16 years and he plans to be in Knoxville for a long time as well.
“My goal is to be a good neighbor,” said Dr. Chavin.
The clinic will be right behind Bill Murrah’s home. He says his concerns have taken him to Morristown to do research and ask questions to police and the chamber of commerce.
“If you can keep a pain clinic out of your neighborhood, it really doesn’t belong in a neighborhood,” said Murrah.
He also heard good things.
“If you’re going to have a pain clinic and you have to have one in your community. Dr. Chavin does run a good business. Two people told me that,” said Murrah.
Dr. Chavin also added he recently moved to Knoxville and he just wants to work where he lives. Dr. Chavin will have a question and answer session Thursday night at Central United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. to help provide the North Knoxville community a better understanding of his clinic.
The meeting is being hosted by the Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Association and will be held in the church’s yellow hall. Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch is expected to be there along with the Knox County Health Department.