The Rizor Institute specializes in the treatment of chronic and acute pain on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Learn More

  • About
    The Rizor Institute


The Rizor Institute is a team of skilled professionals dedicated to restoring function. We are the first residential rehabilitation program in Georgia dedicated to addressing the complex aspects of high impact chronic pain arising out of work related injuries, and other injuries or conditions.

Our individualized, highly coordinated course of action brings permanent improvements within a few weeks: 

  • Opioid medications are reduced using CDC recommended tapering protocols. Following opioid weaning, other medications that patients are often taking to treat problems or side caused by opioids are also reduced or discontinued.
  • Daily goal directed physical and occupational therapy sessions improve strength, function, and endurance, restoring the ability to perform activities of daily living and work duties.
  • Rehabilitation focused behavioral therapy and education change the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors associated with pain through mindful and intentional self-pursuit of wellness and balance.

The state of the art residential setting provides the opportunity to control the therapeutic environment allowing intensive treatment to be provided in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

Meet Our Team

Randy F. Rizor, M.D.

Founder/Medical Director, The Rizor Institute

Dr. Rizor is the founder of The Rizor Institute and currently serves as Medical Director. As a charter member and senior partner of The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists, Dr. Rizor has established his practice based on strong procedural skills, patient rapport, and high quality.

Dr. Rizor has been named one of Atlanta’s top doctors by Atlanta Magazine and one of the top doctors in the country by US News and World Report. He is a member of the Chairman’s Advisory Council of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, and currently serves as President Elect of the Medical Association of Atlanta and member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Association of Atlanta.

Michael Kriegel, PH.D.

Program Ambassador, The Rizor Institute

Michael Kriegel, Ph.D., is one of the pioneers in the development of the field of Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation. He has been a leader in the field since the 1980s and is working to bring it back as the gold standard of care for patients who suffer from chronic pain.

During his career, Dr. Kriegel developed the largest network of Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Centers in the nation and subsequently built and managed 22 facilities. In addition, he has co-authored a book on Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation of Low Back Pain, written three book chapters and has written 15 articles in various medical journals.

Dr. Kriegel has recently led a group of national experts in the field of Pain Management in the revision of the pain standards for The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). He is currently leading a similar group of experts in the development of Consensus Practice Guidelines for the treatment of pain in collaboration with The American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Alan L. Wang

MD, SFHM, FACP / Chief Executive Officer, Salude

Dr. Alan L. Wang graduated with his M.D. in 1996 from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1999. He is also board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

After completing his residency, Dr. Wang returned to Atlanta to help start the Emory Hospital Medicine Program, serving as Site Medical Director at various locations from 1999-2008.

From October 2008 to July 2013, Dr. Wang served as the Director of the Emory Section of Hospital Medicine. Under his leadership, the Division of Hospital of Medicine grew to be the largest academic hospital medicine program in the country and the largest hospitalist system in the state of Georgia.

From April 2007 to 2012, Dr. Wang served as the first Chief Medical Officer of Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

During his career, Dr. Wang has been recognized by a number of awards, including the 2004 Outstanding Teaching Award from the Emory Family Medicine Residency Program, the 2006 Emory Hospital Medicine Community Service Award, the 2008 Emory Hospital Medicine Mark V. Williams Award for Overall Excellence in Hospital Medicine and the 2015 Gwinnett Healthcare Excellence Award for Physician of the Year (specialist). He is also a Melvin Jones Fellow from Lions International, largely due to his volunteer work in helping establish an indigent clinic for immigrants in Chamblee, GA. Dr. Wang is also a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine and Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Wang has a passion for leadership and team development, improving transitions of care between the acute hospital setting and post-acute care settings as well as a commitment to providing clinical excellence to every patient in our care.

“Our goal for our treatment is to improve a patient’s quality of life so that they can continue to do the everyday activities that they love.”

– Abbie Weaver

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