We found 38 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 is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. These areas are among Dr. Dayal's clinical interests: complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She obtained her medical school training at Maulana Azad Medical College and 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. 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. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Shah graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Shah completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors. Her distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; FAER scholar; and grant - American Society of Anesthesiology.

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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, who practices in Irvine, CA, Orange, CA, and Tustin, CA, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Karimi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, she completed her residency training at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She has received the following distinctions: 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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has a special interest in pain management. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mahrou honors. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Mahrou attended St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Mahrou is conversant in Persian. He is affiliated with VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.

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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 an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in San Diego, CA and Santa Ana, CA. Dr. Toliver's areas of clinical interest consist of pain management and anesthesia. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of 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's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Toliver (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Toliver is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

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. She attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nelson honors. She 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. Navid Alem, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Navid Alem is an anesthesiologist and pain doctor in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Alem speaks Persian. He is professionally 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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Ahn graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Dr. Shermeen B Vakharia, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shermeen Vakharia is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. Dr. Vakharia is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Aga Khan University Medical College and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has received the distinction of Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association. In addition to English, Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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Clinical interests: Anesthesia, Pain Management

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

Dr. Chiwai Chan specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and interventional pain medicine. His average rating from his patients is 1.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chan include cancer, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and pain management. Dr. Chan honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford Hospital & Clinics for residency. He is 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 a physician who specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mikhael attended medical school at Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mikhael speaks Arabic. 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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; he sees patients in Orange, CA and Santa Ana, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Armenian. He is especially interested in pain management. Dr. Chalian's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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

Dr. Carson Ling works as an interventional pain specialist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ling include pain management. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Ling trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. He speaks Mandarin. He is affiliated with PIH Health.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3033 W Orange Avenue
Anaheim, CA
 

Dr. Bich Dang is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Anaheim, CA. She attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Dang is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. In addition to English, she speaks Vietnamese.

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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 is a rehabilitation physician and pain doctor. The average patient rating for Dr. Zavarei is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Zavarei's education and training includes medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. Dr. Zavarei speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and AppleCare Medical Group.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
9940 Talbert Avenue; Suite 101
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Neil Soni specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. Dr. Soni's clinical interests encompass pain management. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Soni is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Soni is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain Management

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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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