We found 26 pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross EPO near Garden Grove, CA.

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Dr. Shalini Suresh Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shalini Shah works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Shah's distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; FAER scholar; and grant - American Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Medication Management, Lower Back Pain, Intrathecal Pain Pump Implantation, Chronic Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakhi Kawatra, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Rakhi Dayal's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; she sees patients in Los Angeles, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. She studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Dayal trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for her residency. These areas are among her clinical interests: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dayal is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Spinal Pain, Cancer Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain ... (Read more)

Dr. Danielle Perret Karimi, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
333 City Boulevard W; Suite #2150
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Danielle Karimi is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Karimi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then she performed her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Karimi has received professional recognition including the following: Graduate Medical Education Service Award; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Cancer Pain, Pelvic Pain, Spine Problems, Chronic Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 305
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reza Mahrou's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Mahrou is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Mahrou is professionally affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Ariana Marie Marciniec, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ariana Nelson is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Tustin, CA, Irvine, CA, and Orange, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson takes. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's residency program. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hip Pain, Nerve Problems, Knee Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fractures

Dr. Medhat Fouad Mikhael, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
16787 Beach Boulevard; Suite 276
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Medhat Mikhael's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Mikhael honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Mikhael speaks Arabic.

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Dr. Navid Alem, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Navid Alem is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Alem's residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Alem is conversant in Persian. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Armen Garo Chalian, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1100 W Stewart Drive
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Armen Chalian is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Armenian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Chalian include pain management. Dr. Chalian's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Chalian is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Jane C Ahn, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jane Ahn's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ahn is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a graduate of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York's residency program. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Shermeen B Vakharia, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia's medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza and UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Vakharia is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Vakharia is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She has received the following distinction: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
9940 Talbert Avenue; Suite 101
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Neil Soni sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Soni is especially interested in pain management. Patient ratings for Dr. Soni average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Soni completed his residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Amir Abbas Pouradib, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Amir Pouradib sees patients in Long Beach, CA, Laguna Hills, CA, and Fountain Valley, CA. His medical specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Pouradib's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Pouradib is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Pain Management Associates, and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Dr. Chiwai Eddy Chan, DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Interventional Pain Medicine
11160 Warner Avenue; 417
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Chiwai Chan's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. He obtained his medical school training at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and performed his residency at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. In his practice, he is particularly interested in cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. On average, patients gave Dr. Chan a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chan is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Matthew Eugne Harris, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Harris' areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Laguna Hills, CA, Anaheim, CA, and Long Beach, CA. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Harris completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Pain Management Associates, and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Dr. Keyvan Zavarei, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Keyvan Zavarei is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Zavarei's professional affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Pain Management Associates, and AppleCare Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
13153 Brookhurst Street
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Phong Vu works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He attended Pierre and Marie Curie University Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He takes Anthem, Child Health Plus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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What is Pain Medicine?

Pain medicine is a specialty closely related to, but separate from, anesthesiology. Whereas anesthesiologists typically work to relieve a patient’s pain during surgery or another medical procedure, pain medicine specialists work to relieve their patients’ pain as they are out living their lives.

Pain medicine specialists treat patients who have acute or chronic pain. The pain may be a symptom of their problem (e.g. they are hurting because they were in a car accident), or the pain may be the problem itself (e.g. they are having migraine headaches). The pain specialist’s goal is to prevent pain from interfering with a patient’s quality of life.

Pain medicine specialists must have a thorough understanding of the physiology of pain, how it is caused, and what effects it has on the body. A good pain medicine specialist is able to evaluate patients who are hurting and who may not always be able to communicate their problems very well. To gain more information about their patients’ condition, pain medicine physicians can interpret specialized imaging tests. Using this information, pain medicine specialists must be able to prescribe a balanced treatment plan.

There are several treatments that pain medicine specialists may use to alleviate pain for their patients. They can prescribe medication, perform certain procedures, and refer patients to rehabilitation services. Often they will recommend multiple treatment methods to be used simultaneously. Some of these pain treatments include:
  • Implantable devices (intrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator)
  • Injections (corticosteroids)
  • Medications (Percocet, Vicodin)
  • Nerve blocks (anesthetic injected into a nerve)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Alternative medicine therapies, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and hypnosis

Being in pain takes away your enjoyment of life. It can lead to depression and stop you from engaging in even everyday activities. Because pain can’t be seen or tested for, it is sometimes overlooked by others. A pain medicine specialist works to safely restore your quality of life.
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