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We found 8 pain specialists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare near Gainesville, FL.

Dr. Gary Mitchel Reisfield, MD
Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
1600 Sw 16th Avenue
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Gary Reisfield is an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Gainesville, FL. He is especially interested in alcohol abuse. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, Dr. Reisfield attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. Dr. Reisfield's distinctions include: 1997- Mass. General Hospital, Alyssa LeBel Fellowship Teaching Award; 1985- Kane-King Obstetrical Honor Society; and 1985- Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Clinical interests: Alcohol Abuse, Pain, Substance Abuse, Cancer, Medication

Dr. William Wayne Hollifield, MD
Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. William Hollifield is a specialist in addiction psychiatry, pain medicine, and addiction medicine. He works in Gainesville, FL. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cleveland Clinic and Orlando Regional Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Hollifield include addictions. Dr. Hollifield honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Clinical interests: Medication, Pain, Addictions

Dr. Melissa Marie Alvarez Perez, MD
Specializes in Physiatry, Pain Medicine
1600 Sw Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Melissa Alvarez-Perez, who practices in Gainesville, FL, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine. She attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and subsequently trained at VA Caribbean Healthcare System for residency. Dr. Alvarez-Perez takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Pain Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry
3951 Nw 48th Terrace; Suite 121
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Ramon Pino's specialties are addiction psychiatry, pain medicine, and geriatric psychiatry. His average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pino honors.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
4881 Nw 8th Avenue; Suite 2
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Jesse Lipnick specializes in interventional pain medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Lipnick graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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Specializes in General Practice, Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
3703 Sw 13th Street
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Thomas Whalen sees patients in Gainesville, FL. His medical specialties are general practice, anesthesiology, and pain medicine. He attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Whalen's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
4343 W Newberry Road; Suite 6
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Rigoberto Puente-Guzman's specialty is interventional pain medicine. Dr. Puente-Guzman graduated from Ponce School of Medicine. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine
4343 W Newberry Road; Suite 6
Gainesville, FL
 

Dr. Robert Guskiewicz's specialty is interventional pain medicine. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to 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.