Crystal Coast Pain Management Center

Crystal Coast Pain Management Center offers a comprehensive range of services for patients with acute or chronic pain.

Our Team

CCPM is a team of highly qualified professional physicians dedicated to helping ease your chronic pain problems.

Reclaim Your Life

Persistent discomfort or pain may stem from an injury, illness or other cause and may trigger other problems, including mood changes, fatigue and loss of appetite.

Providing the Help You Need

Without an accurate diagnosis, it’s difficult to find an effective specific treatment for the pain. We use diagnostic studies, physical examination, a detailed history of the pain, along with careful evaluation of past medical records, evaluation of past treatments.

Medical Procedures

We use a variety of state-of-the-art procedures and pain treatment options to help you.



Without an accurate diagnosis, it’s difficult to find an effective specific treatment for the pain. We use diagnostic studies, physical examination, a detailed history of the pain, along with careful evaluation of past medical records, evaluation of past treatments.


Action Plan

After diagnosing your condition, CCPM physicians will come up with the best method of treament. We will stay in contact with your referring physician while you are being treated at CCPM.



CCPM will provide the best treament for your condition. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate your pain.

Treatment Options

We will develop and coordinate an individual treatment program for your pain with the goal of improving your function and helping alleviate your pain.

Procedure Based Treatments

Some of the treatments performed include epidural steroid injections. These injections help reduce the inflammation  and pain associated with nerve root compression. To learn more about other procedures we perform please visit out "procedure" tab.


There are a host of medications that are often prescribed for patients with cancer and chronic pain. Let us help determine the best course of treatment.

Leading Edge Technologies

Our mission is to improve the lives of the patients we serve by reducing and treating pain using leading edge technology and treatments. Our purpose is to promote healthier and more productive lives in our community while offering outstanding customer service and individualized patient care. 

Please visit our partner site for cosmetic and orthopedic procedures!

Patient Testimonials

It is our goal to provide exceptional care and service to our patients.


One happy patient

“  Wonderful staff, excellent service. Thanks so very much! Thanks greatly to my primary care provider for referring me to CCPM and for Dr. Harum's amazing care. Keep up the great work.”


One happy patient

“  I have been suffering with low back pain for years and I was very nervous about having injections done to my spine. I had an excellent experience with CCPM. After I had my first injection (Lumbar Facet joint block) I felt amazing and spent the following weekend camping and hiking with my family. Thank you! ”


One happy patient

“  Dr. Auman is the best doctor I have ever been to. I would highly recommend her to people. I would also like to thank the office staff who scheduled my injection. My occipital headaches are completely gone. ”


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Please contact us abour your needs and questions.

Monday - Thursday 8AM - 5PM  *  Friday 8Am - 12PM

2111 Neuse Blvd
Suite J, New Bern, NC 28560, United States

5053 Executive Dr.
Unit B, Morehead, NC 28557, United States

57 Office Park Dr.
Suite 101, Jacksonville, NC 28546, United States


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Our CCPMC team offers the latest cutting-edge technology and treatment options available to better care for our patients.

Dr. Kirk Harum is the founding member of Crystal Coast Pain Management. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1987, he completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He then spent four years as an attending anesthesiologist for the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. While at Camp Lejeune, Dr. Harum served as the ship’s anesthesiologist for the USS John F. Kennedy. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal in 1991 and the Navy Commendation Medal in 1995. Dr. Harum then went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he completed his fellowship training in Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Harum served as the Director of the Pain Clinic at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. He is a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Spinal Intervention Society, and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia. He opened Crystal Coast Pain Management in 2004 where he has been serving Eastern North Carolina for nearly fifteen years.

Dr. Angelo A. Tellis obtained his Doctor of Medicine (M.D) degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency training at the Medical College of Virginia. He has board certification both in Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He attended Marshall University for his undergraduate degree on a full academic scholarship as a member of The Society of Yeager Scholars and gained experience from studies abroad at Oxford University (Christ Church Campus) and at an international college in Cannes, France. He graduated summa cum laude with a major in psychology and pre-medical curriculum. He has furthermore received national and international post-graduate training in the emerging field of Regenerative Medicine, with an emphasis on orthopedic and cosmetic procedures.  He has worked with leading experts in the field and his specialized skill set includes PRP and stem cell treatments with fluoroscopic guidance. He has been practicing medicine in North Carolina since 1999, and is privileged to be the first physician to introduce these powerful new techniques to Eastern, NC. Dr. Tellis is a native of Charleston, SC and is married to his wife Sarah, who is the CEO of a Christian nonprofit organization to stop human trafficking called True Justice International.  They have three wonderful children, the youngest of whom they adopted from China. He has participated in medical mission trips to Greece, India, and Africa. Dr. Tellis has both Greek and Italian heritage with his family in Greece coming from the island of Chios in the Aegean Sea. 

Dr. Zachary Kitchen has had a diverse life to say the least. The third son of ten children in a poor farming family, he found that there was no money for college so at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. A year later he earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he graduated with a B.S. in English Literature. He attended flight school after graduation and flew for the Navy for five years as an NFO or "goose" (as the position has been known since the film "Top Gun”). After fulfilling his active duty obligation, Dr. Kitchen received a Navy scholarship to attend medical school and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 2000. He trained at the Walter Reed Medical Center and the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center for internship, residency, and fellowship. His training completed, Dr. Kitchen deployed to Iraq with a Forward Resuscitative Surgical System team. Often under fire, he gave surgical and resuscitative treatment to American military, allied military, civilians, and enemy combatants alike. He holds the Combat Medic Badge from the Army and the Combat Action Ribbon from the Marines. During his time in the service, Dr. Kitchen also served as the director of the pain management clinic and then director of pain medicine for the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Returning home, Dr. Kitchen then joined a small private practice in the sleepy coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina and has been a member of the Crystal Coast Pain Management family since 2009. In his spare time he writes and has three novels published. They are available on Amazon.

Dr. Debra McCutcheon is board certified in anesthesiologist and interventional pain medicine.  She joined the team at Crystal Coast Pain Medicine in 2013. She obtained her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2007. Dr. McCutcheon then went on to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where she completed her residency in anesthesiology. She then continued at Wake Forest to earn fellowships in regional anesthesia, acute pain management, and in chronic pain management.  Additionally she has a bachelor of science in business administration from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She is a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology, North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, North American Neuromodulation Society, and the Pain Society of the Carolinas.  She has served as a speaker with the Lazarus Project to help promote responsible prescribing habits and educate other providers on prevention of opioid misuse, abuse, and diversion. She has a special interest in ultrasound guided techniques, stem cell therapy and spinal cord stimulation.  She is a North Carolina native and enjoys living on the Bogue Sound in Carteret County with her husband and three children.

Dr. Courtney Auman is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.  She graduated with Highest Honors from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Health and went on to complete her medical doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Auman completed a four-year Anesthesiology residency at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC and was appointed Chief Resident during her final year.  Following residency, she completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Wake Forest and Carolina's Pain Institute.  Dr. Auman is a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology, North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists, North Carolina Medical Society, and the Pain Society of the Carolinas. A North Carolina native and enthusiastic Tar Heel fan, Dr. Auman lives in Carteret County with her husband and three children. 

Kerstin Mosso has been practicing as a pain management physician assistant since graduating from Lock Haven University with her Master’s degree in health sciences in 2015.  Prior to becoming a physician assistant, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Modern Foreign Language with a minor in Biology at James Madison University in 2012.  Kerstin is currently board certified, state licensed, and holds current membership with The Pain Society of the Carolinas.  Mrs. Mosso is also trained to perform Botox injections to treat chronic migraines.  She grew up in Pennsylvania and now resides in New Bern with her husband. 

Jessica Lanier was born and raised in Northern Indiana. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She then pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Upon completion of her nursing degree, she obtained a position at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, North Carolina prior to pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has completed a course in Complete Botox Training through Empire Medical Training. She lives in Eastern North Carolina with her husband and two children, and enjoys spending time with them at the beach. Jessica looks forward to the opportunity to help patients with all of their pain management needs.

Jennifer Ard is a graduate of the Georgetown University Family Nurse Practitioner program where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Florida. She also received a BA in Psychology from the University of Miami. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer worked as a nurse in the intensive care unit, cardiology, post-anesthesia care, and outpatient surgery. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. 

April Thomas started her career as an Athletic Trainer after graduating from Merrimack College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. She also earned a Master’s Degree from Springfield College in Exercise Science and sports studies in 2005. She has worked with athletes from the high school level to Division I collegiate athletics attending to acute athletic injures while guiding their recovery. She moved on to work in a non-surgical orthopedics office where she was exposed to variety of patients. April worked at this time with patients who suffered acute injures and with chronic pain patients. She has 6 years of experience working closely with regenerative medicine physicians assisting with platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapies. Following her experiences with regenerative medicine she went on to obtain her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Springfield College becoming a Certified Physician Assistant in 2018. She uses all aspects of her 19-year career in sports medicine to treat chronic pain and guide treatment plans. 

Colleen Kelly is a graduate of the East Carolina University Physician Assistant program where she earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  She also attended ECU as an undergraduate obtaining her Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2003. While at ECU, Colleen also competed as an NCAA athlete on the Track and Field team where she won several conference championships in the high jump.  After teaching for 2 years, she joined the North Carolina Army National Guard as a Combat Medic where she continues to serve. With one deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Colleen continues to serve in the National Guard and will have 14 years of service in February 2020.  Colleen is board certified; state licensed, and holds current membership with The Pain Society of the Carolinas.  Her background includes 12 years of Emergency Medical Services as an EMT-Basic, then EMT-Intermediate, and finally as an EMT-Paramedic.  Colleen is local to Eastern North Carolina, growing up in Jacksonville, NC.  She currently resides in Holly Ridge with her husband of 11 years and two children and enjoys spending time with them with their local church, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and swim team.  Colleen is excited to have joined the team at Crystal Coast Pain Management and assisting her patients with their pain management needs.  

Rachel Bennett joined Crystal Coast Pain Management in 2020 and is a nationally certified physician assistant by the NCCPA. She has more than 7 years of experience in pain management. She received her Bachelors of Science in Applied Health Science from Wheaton College (IL) and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Kentucky. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants,  the North Carolina Medical Society, and the Pain Society of the Carolinas. She is also trained to perform Botox injections for chronic migraines as well as trigger point injections. .  

Please review our providers

Dr. Harum

Dr. Tellis

Dr. Kitchen

Dr. McCutcheon

Dr. Auman

Kerstin Mosso

Jen Ard

Jessica Lanier

How To Book An Appointment

To book an appointment with CCPM, please review the following steps:

1 Referral

You must have a referral from your primary care provider or another specialist.

2 Review

CCPM will review the referral information and then collect all neccessary documents. In some cases, CCPM will need to contact you to get more information.

3 Schedule

Once the review proccess is approved, CCPM agents will contact you to book an appointment.

Referring Providers

Referring providers, please fax referral forms to 252-772-9994 or contact our office to set up referral.


Your Relief Starts Here

List of Treatments

Epidural Spinal Injection/Joint Injection

An Epidural Spinal Injection (ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve neck, arm, back, and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves.

Sacroiliac Joint
Greater Trochanter Bursa

Spinal Cord Stimulator

Spinal cord stimulation is a therapy that masks pain signals before they reach the brain. A small device, similar to a pacemaker, is implanted in the body to deliver electrical pulses to the spinal cord. It helps patients better manage their chronic pain symptoms and decrease the use of opioid medications. It may be an option if you suffer chronic back, leg or arm pain and have not found relief with other therapies.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area.


mild® is a safe procedure that can help patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) stand longer and walk farther with less pain.



COOLIEF is a non-invasive, out-patient treatment that uses cooled radiofrequency technology to safely treat chronic pain. This is also known as “cooled radiofrequency therapy.”



Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are similar medical spinal procedures in which bone cement is injected through a small hole in the skin into a fractured vertebra with the goal of relieving back pain caused by vertebral compression fractures.


Please visit frequently to see our latest news!

CCPM Receives New C-Arm

CCPM is excited to aquire another C-Arm in its New Bern office. This will allow more procedures to be performed and reduce the patient wait time.

Important Changes in Prescribing 


This section of our website is to inform you of some changes that our practice will be initiating due to the Opioid Crisis in North Carolina. We have attached the bill summary from the North Carolina Medical Board as a reference for you. If you are receiving opioids from our practice, the providers may soon be discussing with you a weaning schedule if you are taking over a certain dose, to make sure we remain compliant with the law changes. As a safety guard, many patients will be receiving an emergency, lifesaving drug. We have initiated a standing order for all our patients to receive one of these in the form of an auto injector- Evzio/Naloxone HCl, or a nasal spray-Naloxone/Narcan® . These are emergency drugs that can be used in the case of an unexpected overdose. Please make sure to store your medications in a cool, dry location and out of reach of young children. Keeping our patient’s safe as well as their families is our main priority. We hope you understand that these changes are not personal, but to remain compliant with regulations so we can continue to treat your pain to the best of our ability. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our office.


Thank you,

  Drs. Kitchen, Auman, Tellis, McCutcheon & Harum

     L.Reed, NP, J.Lanier, NP & K Mosso, PA

 Crystal Coast Pain Management Center

NCMB’s Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative 


North Carolina Medical Board is launching a new effort to address potentially unsafe opioid prescribing in an attempt to reduce patient harm from misuse and abuse of these medications. The Board emailed licensed physicians and physician assistants (PAs) about the new Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative in April 2017.


Using data provided in accordance with state law by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the Board will investigate prescribers who meet one or more of the following criteria established by NCMB:


1)  The prescriber falls within the top one percent of those prescribing 100 milligrams of morphine equivalents (MME) per patient per day.

2)  The prescriber falls within the top one percent of those prescribing 100 MMEs per patient per day in combination with any benzodiazepine and is within the top one percent of all controlled substance prescribers by volume.

What the data shows so far in 2016 

NCMB launched a first-of-its-kind initiative to increase its oversight of opioid prescribing known as the Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative (SOPI). This program uses data provided by the NC Department of Health and Human Services* to identify prescribers for investigation by the Board. The primary goal is to reduce patient harm and deaths related to prescription opioids by proactively identifying and addressing potentially unsafe prescribing. NCMB recognizes that chronic pain is a legitimate medical issue and wants patients to receive safe and appropriate care. The Board encourages care that conforms to current accepted standards regardless of the quantity or dose of medication prescribed. *Data is provided by the state Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, Drug Control Unit, and the NC Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Higher Dosage, Higher Risk. Higher dosages of opioids are associated with higher risk of overdose and death—even relatively low dosages (20-50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per day) increase risk. Higher dosages haven’t been shown to reduce pain over the long term. One randomized trial found no difference in pain or function between a more liberal opioid dose escalation strategy (with average final dosage 52 MME) and maintenance of current dosage (average final dosage 40 MME).

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is CCPM?

Crystal Coast Pain Management (CCPM) is a team of highly qualified professional physicians dedicated to helping ease patient chronic pain problems. We are composed of four anesthesiologists, one physiatrist, and three middle-level providers who have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of neck and back pain and other pain conditions. All of our physicians have fellowship training or have their board certifications in their primary specialty and in Pain Management.

What types of pain does CCPM treat?

We specialize in the treatment of spine disorders such as spinal stenosis, herniated disc, sciatica, complex regional pain syndrome, cervical and lumbar facet joint pain, lumbar disc pain (discogenic pain), sacroiliac pain, degenerative joint disease and joint pain, musculoskeletal pain, vertebral compression fracture, spinal fracture, pain caused by neuropathy and other chronic pain conditions.

What are my treatment options?

At Crystal Coast Pain Management many treatment options include: X-ray guided spinal injections Epidural steroid injections, Radio-frequency ablations for back, neck and shoulder pain, Sympathetic blocks for nerve pain, SInergy® for sacroiliac pain, Mild® for lumbar spinal stenosis, Trigger point injections for muscle pain, Spinal cord stimulators for severe and chronic neuropathic pain, Discography for diagnosis of disc pain, as well as medication management, PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy, and Adult stem cell therapy

What should I expect on my first visit?

Your first visit to CCPM will be a detailed consultation with one of our physicians. The physician will review your medical records, xrays, take a detailed history of your pain condition and examine you. He will then discuss treatment options and determine the best care for you. We will stay in contact with your referring physician while you are being treated at CCPM.

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