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We found 42 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield of California 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 specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. She practices in Tustin, CA, Irvine, CA, and Orange, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nelson's education and training includes medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is professionally 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. Rakhi Kawatra, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Rakhi Dayal is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her areas of expertise include the following: 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 graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College. Dr. Dayal trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County for her residency. She 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. Shalini Suresh Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shalini Shah is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She works in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. She is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Shah's medical residency was performed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah has received the following distinctions: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; FAER scholar; and grant - American Society of Anesthesiology. 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, 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 is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine specialist. Dr. Karimi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then she performed her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Awards and/or distinctions she has received 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. Dr. Karimi is professionally 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. Shermeen Bejan Vakharia, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. After completing medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vakharia has received the following distinction: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

Dr. Reza Mahrou, MD
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 has indicated that his clinical interests include pain management. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is a graduate of 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). In addition to English, Dr. Mahrou speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Dr. Kevin Todd Toliver, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1809 East Dyer Road; Suite 311
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Toliver is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in San Diego, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Toliver average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Toliver is especially interested in pain management and anesthesia. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Toliver attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Toliver (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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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. He practices in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Alem attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Alem 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 is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ahn takes. After completing medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she performed her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
9896 Garden Grove Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA
 

Dr. Carson Ling is a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Ling include pain management. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. He speaks Mandarin. His professional affiliations include PIH Health and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Internal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sports Medicine
1736 W Medical Center Drive; Suite B
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Chin Kim, who practices in Anaheim, CA, is a medical specialist in pain medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and sports medicine. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kim accepts. Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Korean, Spanish, and Japanese.

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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 sees patients in Laguna Hills, CA, Anaheim, CA, and Long Beach, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Harris honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 specialist. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Alsharif attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Alsharif's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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

Dr. James Lee is a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. He speaks Armenian. Dr. Chalian's clinical interests encompass pain management. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He 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. Medhat Fouad Mikhael, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
16787 Beach Boulevard; Suite 276
Huntington Beach, CA
 

Dr. Medhat Mikhael is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mikhael studied medicine at Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Mikhael is 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.