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We found 30 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 is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson honors. Before performing her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Nelson attended the University of Michigan Medical School.

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; she sees patients in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. Before completing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Shah attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; FAER scholar; and grant - American Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Shah 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 areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine; she sees patients in Irvine, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. Dr. Karimi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Karimi attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has received the following distinctions: Graduate Medical Education Service Award; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Southern California Rising Stars. She is conversant in Spanish. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Los Angeles, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. Her areas of expertise include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dayal takes. She attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for residency. Dr. Dayal 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. Shermeen Bejan Vakharia, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Vakharia graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. In addition to English, Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

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

Dr. Reza Mahrou's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Mahrou's clinical interests include pain management. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He speaks Persian. Dr. Mahrou is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Navid Alem's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He practices in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alem accepts. Dr. Alem graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Alem trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. He speaks Persian.

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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; she sees patients in Tustin, CA, Stanford, CA, and Irvine, CA. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Before completing her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Ahn attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Ahn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Matthew Eugene Harris, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 6200
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Harris is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harris honors. Dr. Harris studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial 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. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alsharif takes. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Alsharif speaks Persian. He is 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 and practices in Garden Grove, CA. Dr. Lee accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Medicine 1, Yangon. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Burmese.

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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. Dr. Chalian's areas of expertise include pain management. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Chalian is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is conversant in Armenian.

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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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is a graduate of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mikhael honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Mikhael is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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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 works as an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. Dr. Schneider is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Schneider attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Phong Vu specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He graduated from Pierre and Marie Curie University Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine and practices in Long Beach, CA, Laguna Hills, CA, and Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Pouradib has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Pouradib is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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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.