Dr. Klee Bethel


Klee Bethel, MD has been an Anesthesiologist Pain Interventionist since 1986. In 1998, Dr. Bethel, then Chief Medical Officer at what would become Banner Hospitals, chaired a 30-member CAM panel that included Dr. Paul Mittman. Two years later he joined SCNM’s Board of Trustees and served as its Chair for a decade.

In 2016, Dr. Bethel moved his private practice to the Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine where he mentors physicians and students, giving generously of his time and knowledge. Dr. Bethel also serves as Chief of Staff at the Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital since 2003, where he was also the Medical Director.

During the past 37 years, Dr. Bethel has practiced in the Mesa area, previously filling roles as medical director for Banner Surgicenters and chief of staff at the Valley and Mesa Lutheran Hospitals, as well as Banner Baywood and Banner Mesa. He was also a hospital board member during Lutheran Hospitals merger with Samaritan Hospitals, forming the Banner Hospital organization. He served as an Anesthesiologist and Surgeon in the Army Reserve for 8.5 years.

Area of Focus

Interventional Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine

In his spare time, Dr Bethel enjoys motorcycle riding, bicycling, ballroom dancing, surfing, standup paddle boarding and spending time with his many friends all over the world.

Recent Recipient: Kayla Schafhirt

My name is Kayla Schafhirt, and I am from Gulfport, MS. I went to the University of South Alabama where I earned my Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences. I then moved to Arizona to attend Sonoran University of Health Sciences where I am pursuing my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I am currently in my 4th year of medical school, specifically my 13th quarter. During my academic journey, I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in research and tutoring fellow peers. I have a passion for learning and have embraced the diverse modalities of naturopathic medicine, with a particular affinity for botanical medicine, nutrition, and acupuncture. As I gain more clinical experience, I have developed a specific interest in gastroenterology, dermatology, and regenerative medicine.

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