We found 29 pain specialists who accept Anthem PPO near Garden Grove, CA.

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. 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, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Dayal graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College and then she performed her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. 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. 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 in Tustin, CA, Irvine, CA, and Orange, CA. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. 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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. 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. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah's 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, Intrathecal Pain Pump Implantation, Chronic Pain, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Danielle Karimi practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Karimi takes. She studied medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Karimi include: 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, who practices in Fountain Valley, CA, Irvine, CA, and Santa Ana, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He speaks Persian. He has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. Dr. Mahrou is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. He attended medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Mahrou is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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 sees patients in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Her medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She is a graduate of Aga Khan University Medical College. For her professional training, Dr. Vakharia completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received the distinction of Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Vakharia (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alem accepts. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Alem speaks Persian. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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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 specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Ahn completed her residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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

Dr. Matthew Harris' medical specialty is anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Harris is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harris honors. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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

Dr. Chiwai Chan is a physiatrist, anesthesiologist, and interventional pain specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. The average patient rating for Dr. Chan is 1.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school, he completed his residency training at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Lower Back Problems, Spine Problems, Cancer, Pain ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Medhat Mikhael is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mikhael is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mikhael graduated from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. He speaks Arabic.

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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 an interventional pain medicine specialist in Long Beach, CA, Anaheim, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Alsharif accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Alsharif attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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

Dr. Armen Chalian specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Chalian attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Chalian include pain management. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. 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. Michael Scott Schneider, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
6771 Warner Avenue; Suite 1788
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Michael Schneider practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. His education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Schneider takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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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. Dr. Vu honors Anthem, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Pierre and Marie Curie University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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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's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Zavarei studied medicine at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Zavarei trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, 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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