Nurse Practitioners

Integrated Pain Consultants | Scottsdale, Mesa, Phoenix, Arizona

Our Nurse Practitioners are the heart of our team. And with several highly qualified, highly experienced Nurse Practitioner on staff, you’ll be in the absolute best of hands. Learn how the skills, achievements, and experience of Dr. Nikesh Seth and our Nurse Practitioner team have culminated in our ability to provide you with the best quality care available in pain management.

Emily Tyler | Integrated Pain Consultants Scottsdale, Arizona

Emily Tyler, Nurse Practitioner

Emily, an Arizona native, started her healthcare career over 15 years ago. She began her career at John C. Lincoln where she worked while she obtained her RN degree. After working on many mass casualty incident preparation drills and research projects in the emergency room, she became interested in furthering her education and went on to earn her Master’s Degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner through Grand Canyon University. While in school, she was injured in an ATV accident which sparked her interest in interventional pain management. Upon graduation, she began as a provider of Pain Management in order to offer patients the same care and treatment that helped her during her recovering.


While not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Emily is currently attending Grand Canyon University in pursuit of her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree.

Melissa Kuntz | Integrated Pain Consultants Scottsdale, Arizona

Melissa Kuntz, Family Nurse Practitioner

Melissa has been in the nursing field for over 15 years, and her training includes inpatient cardiac care, ER nurse, and Master’s prepared Clinical Educator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Nursing at Arizona State University in 2010, while going on to complete her Family Nurse Practitioner education at Grand Canyon University in 2013. Melissa is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Melissa grew up in Mesa. She enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband Tim & son James.

Mary Ruddell, FNP | Integrated Pain Consultants Scottsdale, Arizona

Mary Ruddell, Family Nurse Practitioner

Mary has had a lengthy and accomplished career as a Registered Nurse Practitioner. Having graduated as an RN in 1993, she spent time as an Acute Care Registered Nurse for Maricopa Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospitals. In fact, a substantial amount of her career was concentrated in Neuro-Surgery as a Neuro-Surgery ICU Registered Nurse and in Neuro-Surgery Endovascular Special Procedures. She also managed a research department for Maricopa Surgeons LTD which was dedicated to Burn/Trauma and General Surgery. Even after this experience, Mary’s drive for education led her to receive an Advanced Nursing Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and she graduated from University of Phoenix year 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Science. And we sure are lucky to have her bring her education and training to Integrated Pain Consultants today.


One particular area of interest to Mary is the ability to improve or restore a quality of life again for her patients. The ultimate accomplishment is when she learns, through the adoption of minimally invasive pain management strategies, the patients can again live full professional and personal lives thanks to the assistance she provided and the work the patient devoted to getting better. Helping others reclaim their lives is what brings Mary her own sense of purpose and accomplishment.


“There is a true sense of humility when a patient can view their future positively. Working in pain management has been a humbling experience that I embrace.”


When not working, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, road cycling, physical fitness, spin classes, hiking and scuba diving. She also enjoys speaking Spanish and finds this is greatly appreciated by her Latin patients.

Jacqueline Walker, NP | Integrated Pain Consultants Scottsdale, Arizona

Jacqueline Walker, Nurse Practitioner

Jacqueline’s career began when she graduated with a BS in Nursing from Purdue University and received her Master’s degree from Ball State University. Jacqueline is driven by health and the pursuit of wellness and strives to create a partnership with her patients as they go through their journey and understand they do not have to live in pain and compromise their own wellness.


As an advocate for her patients, Jacqueline employs minimally invasive techniques to identify and correct the source of the pain, educates patients on treatments, and builds a plan that restores a high quality, high functioning life. And as a certified personal trainer, Jacqueline very much understands one must treat the pain and discomfort first so that they don’t have to limit their activities due to that very pain. “This is why I truly enjoy doing what I do.”

Julie Taylor-Zafuto, NP | Integrated Pain Consultants, Scottsdale

Julie Taylor-Zafuto, Nurse Practitioner

Julie Taylor-Zafuto (Snyder) stands in the forefront of medical care, with over 25 years of experience in a fast-changing climate she continues to epitomize patient care. As a highly sought-after Nurse Practitioner currently in the field of Pain Management and Addiction, Julie holds high accolades for many additional areas of specialty. Julie is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners with multiple areas of specialty. Additionally, Julie has additional training as a First Assistant in the Operating Room.


Julie completed her Bachelors at the University of Washington in Seattle, with a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Nursing Science achieving Magna Cum Laude. Julie then enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Officer and was promptly deployed to the Middle East for Operation Desert Storm where she earned over 25 awards or commendations during her time in service. Julie has a strong academic background with three Masters Degrees and is completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice which makes her expert in medical practice and contributes to the growing body of research and leadership. Julie is a thoughtful, open and straight-forward Practitioner who has a passion for providing long-lasting and trusting relationships with her patients and customers. She continues to provide comprehensive evaluations by listening and understanding the patient’s needs. It continues to be her mission to enhance the Patient / Provider experience and outcomes.


Julie is an active member in several professional organizations which includes American Academy of Nurse Practitioner; Sigma Theta, Tau, The International Honor Society of Nursing, American Society of Pain Management, American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Nurses and Emergency Nurses Association.


Away from the practice, you will find Julie and her family enjoying the Arizona outdoors or find her enjoying the surf, sand and ocean breeze somewhere around the world.

Schedule an Evaluation With One Of Our Pain Management Specialists

Suffering from acute or chronic pain is challenging – we understand. That’s why we’d invite you to talk with our very skilled team of professionals led by Dr. Nikesh Seth. With three offices open in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona, please schedule your appointment by calling (480) 626-2552 or book your appointment online today.