Dr David Vivian is a director of Metro Pain Group, and has over 35 years of experience in pain assessment and the management of complex musculoskeletal problems.He is a past President and a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AFMM) and has specialised not only in the diagnosis and management of complex pain problems, but also in specific pain interventions. His experience spans spinal and peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal radiofrequency neurotomy and epidural injection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joanne Wraight is a postgraduate qualified musculoskeletal physiotherapist with an extensive education portfolio. She has over 25 years of experience working as a physiotherapist in a broad range of settings.
Currently working in private practice and alongside orthopaedic and neurosurgeons, Joanne has gained knowledge in surgical and conservative pain management as indicated by best practice. Joanne’s previous roles included teaching pilates, hydrotherapy and fitball classes, as well as facilitating inpatient and outpatient care and rehab for various hospitals. Joanne has also worked for an amateur football club, held sessional lectures at Monash University and published a number of articles in a health magazine. Joanne’s experiences have allowed her to help people of all ages using manual therapy, dry needling and exercise to manage sports and work injuries plus postural and lifestyle ailments, involving both peripheral and spinal areas.
As a Physician Associate, Joanne conducts clinical assessments and provides recommendations to achieve effective and appropriate solutions for patients in collaboration with the team. Joanne prides herself on delivering optimal patient care to produce effective clinical outcomes for patients.