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Dr Paul Verrills

MBBS FAFMM GDMM (Hons) MM (Pain Medicine) FIPP AMA(M) Interventional & Musculoskeletal Physician

Dr Paul Verrills practices full time interventional pain management and is a Director of Metro Pain Group in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine and completed Masters in Pain Medicine under Professor Bogduk, at the University of Newcastle. He was awarded his International Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice and was an immediate past President of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the International Neuromodulation Society, Australian Pain Society, Spine Intervention Society, World Institute of Pain, The International Association for the Study of Pain, and the Spine Society of Australia.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (2008)
  • Masters Degree in Pain Medicine - MPainMed – University of Newcastle, 2002. (Mentor: Professor Nikolai Bogduk)
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine (FAFMM), 2000
  • Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine GDMM (Distinctions) - University of Otago, New Zealand (1996)
  • RACGP (Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners) Certificate in Manual Medicine (1996)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Part One exams (1988)
  • MBBS - University of Queensland (1985)

Special Interests

  • Interventional pain techniques
  • Neuromodulation procedures

Professional Associations

  • Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
  • Spine Society of Australia (SSA)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • Australian Pain Society (APS)
  • American Society Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)
  • Australasian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AAMM)
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • International Neuromodulation Society (INS)
  • Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSANZ)
  • World Institute of Pain (WIP)

Research

  • Neuromodulation for persisting pain after surgery
  • Spine pain and headache
  • Pain management

Dr Bruce Mitchell

MBBS FACSM FACSP FASMF MPainMed FIPP Sports & Interventional Pain Physician

Dr Bruce Mitchell is a Sports and Interventional Pain Physician and a Director of Metro Pain Group.
He has an extensive sports medicine background, previously working as an AFL club doctor and was the former National President of Sports Medicine Australia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and has completed a Masters of Pain Medicine and the International Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice. He has a special interest in the management of hip, back, pelvic and pelvic girdle pain.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP)
  • Master of Pain Medicine (MPainMed)
  • Fellow American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM)
  • Fellow Australian Sports Medicine Federation (FASMF)
  • Fellow Australasian College of Sports Physicians (FACSP)
  • Diploma Sports Medicine, RACGP/ASMF
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)

Special Interests

  • Management of pelvic and groin pain
  • Neuromodulation procedures
  • Pelvic pain and pelvic instability
  • Chronic back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Spinal procedures
  • Disc and joint injury
  • Physiotherapy/rehabilitation
  • Regenerative medicine

Professional Associations

  • FIPP, World Institute of Pain (WIP)
  • Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
  • Australian and International Neuromodulation Societies (INS)
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)
  • Fellow American College of Sports Medicine
  • Fellow Australian College of Sports Physicians
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Secretary Australian Chapter of WIP (World Institute of Pain)
  • Spine Society of Australia
  • Chair of Sports medicine Australia Research Foundation

Research

  • Neuromodulation
  • Intractable chronic pain
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Upper limb pain
  • Pelvic instability
  • Stem cells
  • Sacroiliac joint
  • Hip

Dr Neels Du Toit

MBChB (UFS, RSA), DipSEM FACSP FIPP Sport & Interventional Pain Physician

Dr Neels Du Toit is a Sports and Interventional Pain Physician and a Director of Metro Pain Group.
He has a special interest in chronic back, groin and neck pain. As well as providing pain management consultations, he performs regular diagnostic and therapeutic spinal interventions under fluoroscopy guidance. Having a keen interest in tendon pathology, he performs ultrasound guided therapeutic procedures for acute and chronic tendon conditions.

Qualifications

  • Spine Intervention Society radio-frequency denervation
  • Spine Intervention Society cervical skills
  • Spine Intervention Society lumbar skills
  • Fellow Australasian College of Sports Physicians (FACSP)
  • Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (Bath, UK)
  • MBChB (UFS, RSA)

Special Interests

  • Chronic back, groin and neck pain

Professional Associations

  • Australasian College of Sports Physicians
  • Spine Interventional Society (SIS)

Dr Dan Bates

BMed BSc (Hons) FACSEP Sports & Exercise Physician

Dr Dan Bates is a Sports and Exercise Physician and Director of Metro Pain Group working in the area of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. He has active research in non medication based treatments of chronic pain including neuromodulation, stem cells and radiofrequency ablation. He is also interested in exercise as medicine and the future potential role of artificial intelligence and virtual reality retraining in chronic pain. He has published randomised control trials in the use of PRP in osteoarthritis, and co-authored papers on stem cells, and novel diagnostic tests in hip pain.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Special Interests

  • Non-surgical management of osteoarthritis

Professional Associations

  • Australasian College of Sports Physicians
  • Spine Interventional Society (SIS)

Research

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stem Cells

Dr Guy Buchanan

MBBS, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA Specialist Pain Medicine Physician & Anaesthetist

Dr Guy Buchanan is a Director of Metro Pain Group and has over 18 years of specialist practice experience with Fellowships in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine. He believes that addressing the whole person is vital for optimising outcomes. In caring for his patients, he aims to ensure that all aspects including the biological, the psychosocial and the sociocultural are properly assessed and managed. Dr Buchanan’s interests include neuropathic pain, spinal pain, complex pain, evidence-based practice, pain interventions and self management.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA)
  • Fellowship Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA)

Special Interests

  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Spinal Pain
  • Complex pain
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Pain Interventions
  • Self-management

Professional Associations

  • Australian Society of Anaesthetists
  • Australian Medical Association
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Australian Pain Society
  • Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • World Institue of Pain

Dr Slava Poel

MBBS FANZCA MMed(PainMgt) Specialist Anaesthetist Consulting in Pain Medicine

Dr Slava Poel is a Partner at Metro Pain Group. He is an ANZCA qualified anaesthetist and holds a Masters Degree in Pain Management from the University of Sydney. Dr Poel practices pain medicine in both public and private sectors.

Qualifications

  • Master of Medicine (Pain Management)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
  • Fellowship Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA)

Special Interests

  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Spinal Pain
  • Complex pain
  • Pain Interventions

Professional Associations

  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Australian Medical Association

Dr Noam Winter

MBBS(Hons) FANZCA FFPMANZCA DipPallMed Specialist Pain Medicine Physician & Anaesthetist

Dr Noam Winter holds Fellowships in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Dr Winter also holds a qualification in Palliative Medicine, having acquired a Clinical Diploma from the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine from The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. His interests include the management of neuropathic pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), cancer pain and post-surgical pain syndromes.

Qualifications

  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA)
  • Fellowship Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA)
  • Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine (RACP)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)

Special Interests

  • Neuropathic Pain
  • CRPS
  • Cancer Pain
  • Post surgical Pain
  • Spinal Pain

Professional Associations

  • International Neuromodulation Society
  • European Society of Regional Anaesthesia
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • The Spine Intervention Society
  • Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • American Academy of Pain Management

Dr Stephen Nutter

MBBS, FANZCA, FACEM, MRCS Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Stephen Nutter is a specialist anaesthetist with an interest in interventional pain. He holds Fellowships from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, as well as a Membership with the Royal College of Surgeons in England.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
  • Fellowship Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA)
  • Fellowship Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM)
  • Membership with the Royal College of Surgeons in England (MRCS)

Special Interests

  • Pain Interventions
  • Neuromodulation
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutic Advances in Pain Medicine

Professional Associations

  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Spine Intervention Society
  • World institute of pain
  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of Surgeons (England)
  • Difficult Airway Society UK

Dr Peter Freeman

MBBS, FFARACS, FANZCA Specialist Anaesthetist Consulting in Pain Medicine

Dr Peter Freeman is a qualified anaesthetist consulting in Pain Medicine at Metro Pain Group. He received a Fellowship of the Faculty of Anaesthetists Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FFARACS), which later became Fellow of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA). Over time, he developed a passion for orthopaedic surgery and anaesthesia for chronic pain procedures. In December 2018, Dr Freeman retired as an anaesthetist and subsequently joined Metro Pain Group to consult in pain medicine. His other interests include golf, watching sport, travel, keeping fit, music, reading and gardening.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FFARACS)
  • Fellowship Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA)

Special Interests

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Anaesthesia for chronic pain procedures

Dr Navid Hamedani

MD FRACGP FAMAC Fellow of Pain Medicine

Dr Navid Hamedani is a Fellow of Pain Medicine. He graduated from his doctorate degree in medicine from Tehran University of Medical Science (TUMS) and continued his vocational training with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

Navid commenced his pain medicine fellowship after seeing the profound impact of pain on the patient's quality of life, and on their family and community. He believes that chronic pain affects the whole biology, psychology and social function of the patient.

Navid currently practises medical acupuncture and mentors doctors attending acupuncture courses as a fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College.

He is passionate about pain medicine and considers it the most rewarding field in medicine. By fostering strong relationships, Navid allows his patients to acknowledge and share even the most hidden impacts of their condition.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate Degree in Medicine (MD)
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Fellowship of Australian Medical Acupuncture (FAMAC)
  • Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZCA

Dr Vishal Bhasin

MBChB BHB MBiomedE FRNZCGP FRACGP FFPMANZCA Specialist Pain Medicine Physician

Vishal's career in medicine started in surgery where he completed Basic Surgical Training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, including registrar positions in Neurosurgery and ENT/ Head and Neck Surgery.

He has additional experience in a variety of other surgical specialties including, plastic surgery, general surgery, urology and orthopaedics. After a hiatus from medicine, he returned to a more balanced life and decided to do vocational training in General Practice in New Zealand. In 2017, he commenced training in Pain Medicine and gained hands-on experience in both non-interventional and interventional pain management at Sir Charles Gairdner, Royal Perth and Fiona Stanley Hospitals. He completed advanced interventional training as his area of interest. Vishal is particularly interested in the integration of interventional pain management and neuromodulation into holistic patient care. He believes patients should be assessed and treated from a biopsychosocial perspective and is available for consults in English or Hindi.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Human Biology (BHB)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)
  • Masters in Biomedical Engineering (MBiomedE)
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA)
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australalasian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP)
  • Fellowship the Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners (FRNZCGP)

Special Interests

  • Head and Neck Pain
  • Spine Pain
  • Neuromodulation
  • Shoulder / Hip / Knee / Foot pain
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Multi-disciplinary care and care co-ordination with Chronic disease GP Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements

Dr Harrison Mihailidis

BappSc MclinChiro MBBS Medical Practitioner working in Pain Medicine

Dr Harrison Mihailidis completed his medical degree at Melbourne University in 2015. Prior to studying medicine, he worked as a chiropractor in South Australia where he gained extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. Through his practice, he saw that many patients required help beyond the scope of his chiropractic training, which motivated him to study medicine.

Since completing his medical degree he has completed surgical residency and Orthopaedic registrar work at Austin and Monash Health. Harrison is currently working towards specialising in Interventional Pain Medicine. Harrison notes that many people see Pain Specialists as a last resort, and his passion for this field arises from the belief that everyone deserves access to good pain management.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Master of Clinical Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Applied Science

Special Interests

  • Spinal surgery
  • Spinal manipulation

Dr Simon Cohen

FRACS BSc MBChB FRACP FFPMANZCA Specialist Pain Medicine Physician & Paediatrician

Dr Simon Cohen is an Adult and Paediatric Pain Specialist with an interest in paediatric pain.

Qualifying in the UK in 1995 as a paediatrician, Dr Cohen was a children's doctor for over 14 years dealing with newborn babies to young adults. With this experience, Dr Cohen has an understanding of the difficulties and challenges of looking after a child with chronic pain and how this can impact on the child and the family. By combining the latest in pain medicine knowledge and careful use of medications with a broader, holistic approach, his goal is to improve the function and quality of life of a child with chronic pain.

Dr Cohen is delighted to be associated with the Metro Pain Group who he believes will provide complementary expertise to be able to offer adults and children with pain a truly multidisciplinary approach.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists(FFPMANZCA)
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)
  • Bachelor of Science: Pharmacology (BSc)

Special Interests

  • Paediatric Pain

Professional Associations

  • International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS)

A/Prof Matthew Keys

FFPMANZCA, FCICM, MBBS(Hons 1) Specialist Pain Medicine Physician
Specialist Intensive Care Physician

Dr Keys graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours. He has worked and trained in a variety of medical specialties including General Practice, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, and Pain Medicine. He holds adjunct teaching positions at The University of Queensland (Senior Lecturer), and Bond University (Asst. Professor). Dr Keys has a special interest in what the future could bring in the field of pain medicine, in particular in the area of neuromodulation. However, he incorporates all aspects of pain medicine in his multidisciplinary practice: Pharmacological, Physical Therapy, Patient Education, Psychology and the judicious use of Procedures (diagnostic and therapeutic).

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
  • Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM)
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA)

Special Interests

  • Acute and chronic pain management
  • Interventional pain management

David Field

MAPS MCHP Clinical and Health Psychologist

David Field is a Clinical and Health Psychologist and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Health Psychologists and a member of the Australian Pain Society. David has worked as a psychologist for the past 25 years. He has specialist training in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress management, grief and relationship difficulties. David works together with the doctors at Metro Pain to help patients develop skills in pain management and reduce the impact of psychological factors that contribute to pain. By utilising cognitive behavioural and acceptance commitment therapy David enables patients to increase their awareness of the factors that intensify the pain experience and improve the quality of their life and relationships. David provides mindfulness meditation training in groups and individually to enable patients to reduce unhelpful thoughts, feelings and emotions and increase the understanding of pain and how mindfulness reduces pain and suffering.
David holds a Masters of Clinical Psychology. He has conducted qualitative research with people who have chronic pain and experience of spinal cord stimulation and has published research into help seeking behaviour.

Qualifications

  • Cairnmillar Institute
    Master of Psychology (Clinical)
    2015
  • Australian Catholic University
    Bachelor of Social Science (Family Studies)
    1993

Special Interests

  • Persistent Pain and Pain Management
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Sleep Management
  • Family Relationships
  • Stress Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Grief & Loss

Professional Associations

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • College of Health Psychologists
  • Australian Pain Society
  • Australian Society For Traumatic Stress Studies
  • No To Violence

Dr David Young

MPsych(Couns) DPsych(Clinical) Clinical Psychologist

David Young is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience. He is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, a board approved psychological supervisor, a full member of the Australian Pain Society and was on the Executive Committee for the Agency for Clinical Intervention (ACI) for the treatment of pain.
David has completed a Doctorate in Psychology (Clinical), a Masters in Psychology (Counselling) and a Bachelor of Teaching. His Doctorate thesis explored the complex relationships between psychosocial stressors and pain in individuals with chronic pain conditions. David has a strong interest and expertise in helping people cope psychologically with chronic pain conditions. He also has expertise in helping individuals manage conditions such as depression, anxiety and trauma related issues.
He has been trained in a number of counselling and clinical modalities but his preferred treatment approaches include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema-based therapy. He prides himself on taking a client centred approach in an effort to ensure that the person he is working with is always respected and feels as comfortable as possible in each session.

Qualifications

  • Australian Catholic University
    Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical)
    2015
  • Monash University
    Master of Psychology (Counselling)
    2007
  • Monash University
    Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology
    2005
  • Monash University
    Master of Counselling
    2007
  • Deakin University
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
    2002
  • Deakin University
    Bachelor of Teaching
    2002

Special Interests

  • Persistent Pain and Pain Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD and Trauma Related Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Sleep Management
  • Anger Management
  • Family Relationships
  • Grief & Loss
  • Emotion Regulation

Professional Associations

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Australian Pain Society

Jo Rankin

B App Sc (Physiotherapy) Rehabilitation Coordinator

Jo Rankin has been a physiotherapist for 25 years, and has gained a broad experience in both acute care and rehabilitation. Having worked in hospital and community settings, across public and private sectors, she has a good understanding of the necessary processes and services available to optimise recovery. In her role as Rehabilitation Coordinator, Jo aims to ensure that patients are linked in with health professionals in the community who will build on the care they receive here at Metro Pain Group.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Physiotherapy

Special Interests

  • Rehabilitation post injury or surgery.
  • Holistic care, including lifestyle modification.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association Member

Mark Teiermanis

B App Sc (Physiotherapy) Dip Teach (Physical Education) Physician Associate

Mr Mark Teiermanis has worked over 28 years in spinal and sports medicine assessment, rehabilitation and in the management of complex musculoskeletal problems including motor accident rehabilitation and work with paraplegic and quadriplegic patients.
He divides his time between two clinics: Metro Pain Group and as a director of Brighton Spinal and Sports Group where he treats musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on spinal assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for acute and chronic pain.
His work as Physician Associate involves the triage assessment & management of acute/urgent patients ensuring they receive prompt and appropriate care including same day treatment at Monash House Private Hospital where appropriate.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science, - Physiotherapy (1990)
  • A.P.A.M.
  • Diploma of Teaching Physical Education.
  • Double Major- Biomechanics & Kinesiology.(1984)

Special Interests

  • Clinical assessment of acute & chronic spinal and joint pain.
  • Functional Restoration and Rehabilitaion of spinal and sports injuries.

Professional Associations

  • A.P.A.M.
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association Member.

Jennifer Pixley-Dawson

MS PA-C AAPA ASPA Physician Associate

Jennifer Pixley-Dawson has worked in Orthopaedics since 1999. She began in the field of Athletic Training and Rehabilitation earning a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine and later a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies. Her career has focused on Upper Limb and General Orthopaedic Trauma.
As a Physician Associate for Metro Pain Group, Jennifer’s work involves supporting the physician in theatre, evaluating new clinic patients, triaging assessment & management of acute/urgent patients, and facilitating prompt and appropriate patient care.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Sports Medicine
  • Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies

Special Interests

  • Upper Limb
  • General Orthopaedic Trauma

Professional Associations

  • AAPA
  • ASPA

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