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We found 43 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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. After attending the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nelson include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), chronic back pain, and hip pain. Dr. Nelson takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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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 sees patients in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. Her medical specialty is anesthesiology. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Shah's areas of expertise include the following: medication management, cancer, and pain management. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Before performing her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Shah attended St. George's University School of Medicine. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shah include: FAER scholar; grant - American Society of Anesthesiology; and Southern California Rising Stars.

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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 is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. Her areas of expertise include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. Dr. Dayal takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dayal studied medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Dayal trained at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

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

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

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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 specializes in pain medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and sports medicine and practices in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Kim takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks 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 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. 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. 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. Kevin Todd Toliver, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1809 East Dyer Road; Suite 311
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Kevin Toliver's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. In his practice, Dr. Toliver focuses on pain management and anesthesia. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. Dr. Toliver (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Toliver welcomes 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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. Dr. Alem takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Alem is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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

Dr. Carson Ling works as an interventional pain specialist. Before performing his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Ling attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ling include pain management. Dr. Ling is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Ling's professional affiliations include PIH Health and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Kais Alsharif's specialty is interventional pain medicine. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Alsharif completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. 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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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
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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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.