Dr. Frank Hackl
Meet our Medical Director:
Dr. Frank Hackl was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. His father’s career an engineer at IBM heavily influenced his interests growing up. As a child, he enjoyed technology and working with computers. When he was twenty two, Dr. Hackl enlisted in the United States Air Force as a computer programmer. His Air Force career relocated him to Texas. He went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts Computer Science from Texas Lutheran University in 1989. One of his job duties as a programmer was being apart of the software development team for training new recruits. The most rewarding part of being a software programmer was helping design applications that streamlined and increased the productivity of others.
After being in the Air Force for twelve years, Dr. Hackl felt like he could do more to help others. A friend that was currently in medical school planted a seed. With his family’s support, Dr. Hackl pursued his undergraduate studies for medical school prerequisites. He went to school on nights and weekends while maintaining a full time job to support his family. He successfully completed his pre-med courses at University of Texas San Antonio in 1998. Dr. Hackl’s non traditional route to obtain dual Board Certifications in Anesthesiology and Pain Management is inspiring.
Dr. Hackl went on to graduate from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2002.
San Antonio, Texas. During his second year of medical school is when he decided that he wanted to do pain management. He went on to complete his Anesthesia Residency in Lubbock, Texas, and an additional year in pain fellowship under Gábor Rácz, M.D. at Texas Tech University. Dr. Hackl says Dr. Rácz mentorship was instrumental in developing his skills as a pain management physician. Dr. Rácz is world known for his cutting edge work with chronic back pain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
After his fellowship, Dr. Hackl wasn’t sure where he wanted to practice. He has always been drawn to this area of the country because “people in the Midwest are the nicest”. One of his fellow colleagues went to school at Oral Roberts University and introduced Dr. Hackl to Tulsa. In 2007, he relocated from Texas to Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has enjoyed living in Tulsa. His favorite thing about Tulsa is that it is a good balance of small town charm with the amenities of a larger city. Dr. Hackl has been practicing in the Tulsa community since
In 2015, Dr. Hackl and his business partner, Cannen Ferrell, started their own pain management clinic, Access Pain Solutions. The two started their partnership because they shared a goal and vision. At Access Pain Solutions the goal is to provide quality care without month long wait times for patients to get in.
As an interventional pain management specialist, Dr. Hackl provides a wide variety of modern pain management modalities and is trained in all aspects of pain medicine including medical and interventional therapies. Dr. Hackl’s goal in treating patients is to relieve pain through interventional therapy and to minimize the use of medications as much as possible. Access Pain Solutions also offers cutting edge treatment programs for neuropathic pain and knee replacement candidates. His passion is giving his patients a quality of life back by helping them move and be more functional despite of their chronic pain. He prides himself on the fact that he takes prescribing pain medications very seriously. Dr. Hackl knows there is a delicate balance between medication helping or harming a patient. For this reason Dr. Hackl also offers Buprenorphine treatment, also known as Suboxone therapy, to his patients here in the Tulsa area.
The clinic strives to put patient care first and provide quality interventional pain management while protecting our community from abuse and diversion from dangerous medications. Buprenorphine treatment helps patients who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Dr. Hackl takes addiction very seriously at Access Pain Solutions in Tulsa. We understand that oral medications are at the heart of the opioid epidemic happening in our communities. For this reason, he obtained certification for addiction medicine. His extensive training as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Suboxone provider allows him to provide medication assisted therapy to those seeking addiction treatment.
Dr. Hackl treats every patient with compassion and care. He prides himself on going the extra step to create a custom treatment plan for every patient that seeks him out for help. He would love the opportunity to help you or your loved ones dealing with chronic pain.