We found 42 pain specialists who accept Blue Shield of California 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. She practices in Los Angeles, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. Her areas of expertise include the following: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. Dr. Dayal accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before completing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Dayal attended medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College. 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. 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 is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Nelson graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Her training includes a residency program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. She attended St. George's University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. Dr. Shah accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Shah include: 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. 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 in Irvine, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Karimi speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She is a graduate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a graduate of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York's residency program. Dr. Karimi is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Graduate Medical Education Service Award; Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; and Southern California Rising Stars.

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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 is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Irvine, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Santa Ana, CA. He is especially interested in pain management. Dr. Mahrou is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to English, Dr. Mahrou speaks Persian. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System.

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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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Vakharia (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Her education and training includes medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and residency 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. Dr. Vakharia has received the following distinction: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, 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. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). His areas of expertise include the following: pain management and anesthesia. On average, patients gave Dr. Toliver a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. Dr. Toliver (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Toliver is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

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

Dr. Matthew Harris works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Dr. Harris is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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

Dr. Navid Alem is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Alem is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. He is conversant in 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 a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ahn is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is 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 specialist in interventional pain medicine. He works in Downey, CA and Garden Grove, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ling include pain management. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. After completing medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Ling performed his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. He speaks Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with PIH Health and Lakewood Regional Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Chin Kim practices 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) is conversant in Korean, Spanish, and Japanese.

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

Dr. James Lee's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Lee's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Medicine 1, Yangon and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Burmese.

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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 specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine and practices in Long Beach, CA, Newport Beach, CA, and Huntington Beach, CA. He graduated from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mikhael is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Arabic. He is professionally 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's area of specialization is interventional pain medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. After attending the University of Minnesota Medical School, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Alsharif is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

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

Dr. Armen Chalian is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. In his practice, Dr. Chalian focuses on pain management. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Chalian is conversant in Armenian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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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