Florida Spine Institute and Wellness
Dr. Torres was born in Spain and grew up in Puerto Rico. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. Dr. Torres performed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Juan before completing a Musculoskeletal Fellowship at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. He served three years as a Clinical Instructor of Medicine and Assistant Professor at LSU before joining Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida, where he is the medical director of the Wellness Program.
Dr. Torres is an Interventional Physiatrist specializing in diagnosing and treating patients with spine-related pain syndromes. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Torres has authored and co-authored six books and multiple articles published in various medical journals. He has presented at several medical meetings across the country.
Dr. Torres is primarily interested in preventative medicine, nevertheless it is never too late from his perspective to get well. He works with all of his patients to promote overall wellness.
You can expect Dr. Torres to practice what he preaches. You should not only see your doctor when you are in pain, but if you are, Dr. Torres is prepared to get you back on track. What gets him up in the morning is the thought that his work helps his patients live life to the fullest.
“As a doctor, I realize I cannot help my patients if I do not take care of myself first. Before taking care of my physical and emotional well-being, I could not be the doctor I am today. I now can better help my patients by being more alert, having more energy to attend to their needs, and showing them that change is possible.
As a pain management physician, I noticed similar and more severe problems with my patients. Many of them had worked their entire lives for a retirement they could no longer enjoy under the weight of crushing disease brought on by unhealthy lifestyles. They were not only sick, but they were unhappy.
My purpose is to instill hope in people that they can age with dignity and continue to live their lives on their terms. I want to inspire men and women of all ages to respect their bodies and treat them with care. I want to promote a culture of health so that I can see fewer patients suffering unnecessary pain so that fewer people might have to endure the crippling anxiety of poor health and low self-esteem.”
“You must find the place inside of you where nothing is impossible.”
– Francisco M. Torres, M.D.