MLG (healthgrades) I would recommend Dr. Bender to anyone needing pain management of the cervical spine which is what my problem was. He was confident in his approach and treatment. He explained procedures and answered all my questions. He took whatever time was needed to make sure I understood everything. He exemplified how a physician-patient relationship works best. His staff seemed very caring and efficient.
Anonymous (healthgrades) As a retired physician myself, I assure you that Medicine is both an Art and a Science. All doctors have mastered the science, but only a few master the "art" - the delicate artistic manipulation of needles inserted deeply under X-Ray guidance and hitting the exact target each time, as Dr Bender regularly does. He truly is a "Doctor's Doctor" and I recommend him to anyone and everyone in need of pain relief. He is the "Exemplar" - the "Highest Standard" to which all others are compared to.
Anonymous (healthgrades) Dr. Bender had wonderful bedside manner, took our concerns seriously and worked so hard to communicate with the insurance company to make sure everything was covered.

Sally Vespa, PA

Primary Specialty

Spine Treatment and Back Pain


Phone (217)-547-9100


“As a Physician Assistant in spine surgery my emphasis is to assist Dr Van Fleet in all aspects of patient care. I will assist Dr VanFleet in the operating room and rounding in the hospital as well as seeing outpatients in the clinic.”

Additional Info
  • Graduated from Baylor College of Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies