Board-Certified: American Board of Anesthesiology (Anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine)
Fellowship: Interventional Pain Management, Western Pennsylvania Hospital/Temple University, Pittsburgh, PA
Residency: Anesthesiology, Western Pennsylvania Hospital/Temple University, Pittsburgh, PA
DO: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
Member: American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists
Award: Hour Detroit Magazine, Top Doctor
“I enjoy tackling the unique challenges of identifying and understanding patients’ pain and then fighting alongside them to improve quality of life.
“Our specialty, anesthesiology, is a beautiful system of gently controlling the body’s physiology for the patient’s benefit. The lessons of anesthesiology position us well to battle chronic pain.
“Chronic pain is a complex disease state involving physical, medical, social and psychological ailments. The inherent nature of chronic pain makes it so that isolated treatments will often not yield results. I enjoy improving patients’ function by enacting a comprehensive treatment plan. Slowing down or reversing the limitations that stem from age-related, lifestyle-induced or other chronic pain conditions is extremely satisfying.
“In chronic pain management as well as in much of life, my philosophy is to listen first. Only through gaining an understanding of where a patient has been and how they may be suffering can I formulate a patient-specific plan. I usually emphasize that the patient and physician must agree on a pain management plan. Having a mutual understanding early on in the patient-physician relationship is crucial to good treatment outcomes.
“Many of our patients come to us with little or no direction and minimal guidance in dealing with pain-related issues. By empowering my patients, I hope to help them take control over their condition and prevent mental and physical debilitation that can occur if left untreated.”