Ben Dirkx, DO

Interventional Pain Management
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Board Certified

Dr. Ben Dirkx is a triple boarded physician in Interventional Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is also board eligible for certification in Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Dirkx graduated with honors from Michigan State University where he helped organize and supervise the intramural sports department.

He went on to complete his residency at William Beaumont Hospital under nationally recognized physicians Dr. Ronald Taylor and former national Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation president Myron Laban.

Dr. Dirkx volunteers for several athletic teams including the Santa Barbara City College football team and is the official doctor for the annual Santa Maria Rodeo.

Dr. Dirkx regularly attends new and innovative workshops around the country on the latest interventional pain procedures and regenerative medical techniques to be able to provide his patients with the latest and most up to date options for their care.

He enjoys spending his free time competing in competitive endurance cycling events around the state and playing in competitive ice hockey leagues.

Dr. Dirkx is part of several medical societies including California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Interventional Orthopedics Foundation, Wilderness Medicine Society, AAPM&R, and North American Neuromodulation Society among several others.

Dr. Dirkx believes in developing a comprehensive and unique plan of care for each of his patients to best suit their improvement in quality of life and functional goals.

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Morgen Phillips MS, MMS, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Morgen is an NCCPA certified physician assistant. Born and raised in Oregon, she attended Linfield College and Oregon State University. While at Linfield College, Morgen was a cheerleader for both the football and basketball teams. In her junior year, she transferred to Oregon State University where she completed her Bachelor’s in biology. After completing her undergraduate education, she worked as a math and science tutor at her local community college. She later received her Master’s in biotechnology and health sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Morgen’s interest in orthopedics began while working alongside physical therapists in her home town of Bend. Her passion for the field led her to attend PA school at Chapman University in Irvine, CA. She is very excited to be part of St. Charles Spine Institute and is proud to work with such an incredible team of providers.

Morgen lives in Camarillo. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and running. She has completed the San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, as well as multiple half marathons. When back home in Oregon, she can be found spending time outdoors both alpine and cross-country skiing with her family.

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