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We found 32 pain specialists who accept Anthem Blue Cross EPO near Garden Grove, CA.

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

Dr. Ariana Nelson's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; she sees patients in Tustin, CA, Irvine, CA, and Orange, CA. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson accepts. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nelson is affiliated with 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. Shalini Suresh Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shalini Shah works as an anesthesiologist in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Shah 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. She has received the following distinctions: FAER scholar; grant - American Society of Anesthesiology; and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Medication Management, Lower Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Management, Head and ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Danielle Karimi's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Karimi is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For her professional training, Dr. Karimi completed a residency program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the following distinctions: Graduate Medical Education Service Award and Southern California Rising Stars.

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

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

Dr. Rakhi Dayal's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Dayal graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College. Her residency was performed at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Her clinical interests include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally 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. Matthew Eugene Harris, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Harris is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Dr. Harris graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harris (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian. Dr. Harris is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Dr. Reza Mahrou, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 305
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reza Mahrou specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Irvine, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Santa Ana, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Mahrou's clinical interests encompass pain management. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Mahrou's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia's area of specialization is anesthesiology. Dr. Vakharia is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She attended Aga Khan University Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University for residency. In addition to English, Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

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

Dr. Navid Alem is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Alem speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alem accepts.

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

Dr. Jane Ahn practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ahn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Kais I Alsharif, MD
Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
1110 W La Palma Avenue; Suite 2
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Kais Alsharif is a specialist in interventional pain medicine. He works in Long Beach, CA, Anaheim, CA, and Downey, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Alsharif studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for his residency. Dr. Alsharif (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
12601 Garden Grove Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. James Lee specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He speaks Burmese. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Lee attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Medicine 1, Yangon. He honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Armen Chalian's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Chalian include pain management. He accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Chalian attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Chalian speaks Armenian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Medhat Mikhael is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Mikhael is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic.

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Dr. Michael Scott Schneider, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
6771 Warner Avenue; Suite 1788
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Schneider is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Schneider attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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

Dr. Amir Pouradib's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. He practices in Long Beach, CA, Laguna Hills, CA, and Irvine, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Pouradib takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. Dr. Pouradib (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Pouradib is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Phong Vu is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. 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. Dr. Vu accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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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.