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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 areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine; she sees patients in Tustin, CA, Irvine, CA, and Orange, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Nelson graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and then she performed her 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. Shalini Suresh Shah, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Shalini Shah, who practices in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Shah is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include FAER scholar; grant - American Society of Anesthesiology; and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Shah (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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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 works as a rehabilitation physician and pain specialist. Dr. Karimi is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for residency. Dr. Karimi has received the following distinctions: Graduate Medical Education Service Award and Southern California Rising Stars. She is conversant in Spanish.

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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's areas of specialization are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Dayal's areas of expertise include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal pain, and neuropathic pain. She is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Dayal attended Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school.

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

Dr. Matthew Eugene Harris, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 6200
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Matthew Harris is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Harris attended medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Reza Mahrou, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 305
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Reza Mahrou works as an anesthesiologist and pain specialist. In addition to English, Dr. Mahrou speaks Persian. In his practice, he is particularly interested in pain management. He is affiliated with MemorialCare Health System. After attending St. George's University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, 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's specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Vakharia is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vakharia accepts. Her education and training includes medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Vakharia (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Gujarati.

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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 sees patients in San Diego, CA and Santa Ana, CA. His medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Toliver include pain management and anesthesia. Dr. Toliver is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Toliver takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. He is open to new patients. He 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. For his residency, Dr. Toliver trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Toliver (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian.

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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 is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He works in Orange, CA and Laguna Niguel, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Alem is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Alem attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Alem accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a physician who specializes in pain medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and sports medicine. Dr. Kim honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Kim (or staff) speaks Korean, Spanish, and Japanese.

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Dr. Jane C Ahn, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jane Ahn sees patients in Tustin, CA, Stanford, CA, and Irvine, CA. Her medical specialties are anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Ahn is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Her education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.

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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 in Downey, CA and Garden Grove, CA. He is especially interested in pain management. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Dr. Ling studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ling completed a residency program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. He speaks Mandarin. Dr. Ling's hospital/clinic 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 is an interventional pain medicine specialist in Long Beach, CA, Anaheim, CA, and Laguna Hills, CA. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Alsharif graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He speaks Persian. He is professionally 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 is a medical specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He accepts Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Medicine 1, Yangon. Dr. Lee's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is conversant in Burmese.

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

Dr. Armen Chalian is a specialist in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has a special interest in pain management. Dr. Chalian is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chalian honors. Dr. Chalian's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is conversant in Armenian.

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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 practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Long Beach, CA, Newport Beach, CA, and Huntington Beach, CA. 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, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. Dr. Mikhael is professionally 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.