Benjamin Dirkx, D.O.

Benjamin Dirkx, DO

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ben Dirkx, D.O.
Board Certified and Fellow in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certified in Pain Medicine
Board Eligible in Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Specializing in Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Injuries, EMGs, and Interventional Spine Procedures

Ben Dirkx, D.O. specializes in treating all musculoskeletal conditions ranging from common knee issues to chronic back pain. He completed his undergrad degree from Michigan State University with honors where he spent most of his free time organizing and supervising intramural sports programs. From there he went on to attend the prestigious College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University with a focus on muscle and joint pathology. Dr. Dirkx completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital under the tutelage of national recognized physicians of Dr. Myron Laban, Dr. Ronald Taylor, and Dr. Justin Riutta. He obtained intensive specialized training in interventional procedures while completing his residency and has attended numerous training courses utilizing ultrasound, EMGs, and interventional procedures.

Dr. Dirkx joined The Spine and Orthopedic Center in 2014 and as a physiatrist has focused training on the realm of physical illnesses of joint, muscle, and nerve pain. He utilizes nerve conduction studies, ultrasound, interventional procedures, and a multitude of physical therapy modalities to treat his patients.

Dr. Dirkx is a member of several professional societies including: California Medical Association, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, California Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Pain Physicians, Wilderness Medical Society, and International Spine Intervention Society.

In his free time he enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities and competes in numerous competitive sports and races.  Dr. Dirkx is an avid traveler including wilderness expeditions.


2006-2010 Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine East Lansing, MI
2001-2006 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI


  • Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Osteopathic Medical Board of California: License #20A13373
  • Board Certified, American Board, Pain Medicine


2010-2014 William Beaumont Hospital, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Troy, MI
2011 Mayo Clinic Advanced EMG Techniques Course Amelia Island, FL
2012 Northwestern University Prosthetics- Orthotics Conference Chicago, IL
2013 University of Utah Ultrasound Guidance for Interventional Park City, UT
2013 Michigan State University Botox Utilization and Chronic Migraine Novi, MI
2013 Mayo Clinic Intensive Interventional Ultrasound Extremities Course Tampa, FL
2014 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation National Conference Washington D.C.


2014-Present The Spine and Orthopedic Center
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician
Santa Barbara,CA


  • Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Procedures Training Course
  • Course
  • Spinal Intervention Tract


  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Carrillo Surgery Center
  • Central Valley Surgery Center


Case Report: Anterior Cord Syndrome After Femoral Cardiac Catheterization.
AAPMR National Conference. 2014. Ben Dirkx, D.O. Nancy DeSantis, D.O.


8/2012 Pain Pathophysiology
10/2012 Functional Pathology of the Shoulder and How to Fix It
12/2012 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Modern Treatments
1/2013 Hand Anatomy and Common Problems
2/2013 Burn Rehabilitation and Management
6/2013 The Many Problems with Backs
2/2014 Pearls and Pitfalls of Diagnosing/Treating Lower Extremity Pain
2/2014 Common and Uncommon Shoulder Problems