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 Founder 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 he was a 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.


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A/Prof Bruce Mitchell


Sports & Interventional Pain Physician

A/Prof Bruce Mitchell is a Senior Partner of Metro Pain Group, where he works as a Sports and Interventional Pain Physician. He is also currently Chair of Monash Clinical Research and the Sports Medicine Australia Research Foundation, and is on the Board of the Pain Research Foundation. He is the past co-chair of Pelvic Pain Victoria.
He is a former National and State President of Sports Medicine Australia and former President of the ASMF Fellows.
He has Fellowships of the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians, The American College of Sports Medicine, The Australian Sports Medicine Federation and a Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice. He has completed a Masters in Pain Medicine.
In the last ten years he has been an Investigator in 23 closed studies and 13 current studies and Principal Investigator in 8 closed studies and is the Principal Investigator in 8 current studies. He has a long history of research in Hip, Pelvic Girdle Pain and Low back pain.
He has also been the initial proceduralist on several “First-in-man” Techniques and Technologies. His current interests are Cannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome III and the role of the Microbiome in pain.

Please note that A/Prof Bruce Mitchell does not see WorkCover/TAC patients.

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Dr Neels Du Toit


Sports & Exercise Physician and Interventional Pain Proceduralist

I completed my undergraduate degree in medicine at the University of the Free State, South Africa in 1997 before coming to Australia in 2003. I then commenced specialist training as a sports physician at the Brisbane Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre, and subsequently at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne. I completed my fellowship as a Sports and Exercise Physician in 2008. I went on to develop a special interest in chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions especially chronic spinal pain, chronic groin and shoulder pain.

I sub-specialised in interventional pain management completing all the modules of the Spine Intervention Society and was awarded a fellowship from the World Institute of Pain as a Fellow of Interventional Pain Proceduralists. Over the past 10 years I have spent most of my time treating chronic musculoskeletal conditions. I am passionate about making an accurate diagnosis and then providing a management plan allowing patients to return to a better life. Restoration of movement in my opinion is the key to treating chronic pain conditions. I perform all diagnostic and therapeutic pain interventions for chronic pain conditions including neuromodulation to manage chronic neuropathic pain. I also provide assessment of acute pain presentations, specifically providing early epidural interventions for acute radicular pain.

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Dr Dan Bates

BMed BSc (Hons) FACSEP

Sports & Exercise Physician

Dr Bates is a Sports and Exercise Physician working in the area of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. He is the current Managing Director of Metro Pain Group and Monash House private hospital. He has published in the areas of management of neuropathic pain, neuromodulation and randomised control trials osteoarthritis. He teaches neuromodulation and interventional pain techniques both nationally and internationally.

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Dr Guy Buchanan


Specialist Pain Medicine Physician & Anaesthetist

Dr Buchanan is a Partner of Metro Pain Group with 20 years of specialist experience. He has Fellowships in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He also has the Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice from the World Institute of Pain which is an international recognition of excellence in interventional pain practice. Dr Buchanan's opinion is that a whole person approach delivers the best outcomes in the framework of an interdisciplinary biopsychosocial approach. Dr Buchanan uses evidence-based interventional tools (when appropriate) to make the best diagnosis of the biomedical source of pain, which then informs decision-making for guiding treatment with the aim of minimising medication usage and supporting physical and psychological reconditioning so as to restore function as much as possible.

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Dr Slava Poel


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.

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Dr Stephen Nutter


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.

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Dr Vishal Bhasin


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.

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Dr Simon Cohen


Specialist Pain Medicine Physician & Paediatrician

Dr Simon Cohen is a staff specialist in pain medicine at Monash and Monash Children’s hospital in Clayton, Melbourne. He is dually qualified in pain as a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine and in paediatrics as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is an honorary lecturer at Monash University and past chair of the paediatric special interest group of the Australian Pain Society.

As a pain specialist he treats both adult and paediatric patients and can manage chronic pain secondary to injuries or medical conditions. There is also the challenging issue of the diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (previously known as causalgia or reflex sympathetic dystrophy). This persistent pain condition usually arises out of initial injury to a limb but becomes the major source of pain, suffering and loss of function despite expected healing of the original injury.

Specialist pain advice is of diagnostic value and also provides expert recommendations on treatment requirements. Pain management is holistic in nature and involves appropriate medications, allied health management in the form of physiotherapists and psychologists. It may also involve interventions such as nerve blocks or technologically advanced, treatments of peripheral or spinal cord stimulators.

One other area of expertise is the use of opioids for the management of chronic pain. The issue of long term opioids is topical and very much in the media currently regarding concerns of long term harms. Medical opinion is complex and requires knowledge of the evolving literature.

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Dr Ruben Branson


Sports & Exercise Physician

Dr Branson is a Sports and Exercise Physician with an interest in joint and tendon pain.

Dr Branson qualified in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1995. After experiencing the positive impact of exercise of his patients' health and wellbeing, Dr Branson moved to Melbourne in 2003 to pursue a career in Sports and Exercise Medicine. He successfully completed the Australasian College of Sports Physicians specialist training program in 2012.

Dr Branson has contributed to a number of successful sporting clubs, such as Collingwood Football Club, Melbourne Storm rugby team and a number of A-League, national junior and international soccer teams. He also contributed to a successful Australian Paralympics Team campaign in China and has worked in many multi-sport events including the Commonwealth Games, University Games and triathlon events.

With a wealth of experience in a variety of sports at the elite level, Dr Branson aims to bring this level of care and expertise to all his patients, regardless of their level of activity or age. His goal is to enable patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle by improving their mobility and ability to exercise.

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A/Prof Matthew Keys (QLD)


Specialist Pain Medicine Physician
Specialist Intensive Care Physician

Dr Keys is our Brisbane branch practitioner. Dr Keys graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours. 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).

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Dr Annie Chou (QLD)


Specialist Rehabilitation Medicine Physician Consulting in Pain Management

Dr Chou is our Brisbane branch practitioner. Dr Chou graduated from the University of Otago. Dr Chou has a special interest in Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Management, Peripheral Nerve Entrapment, Cervical Dystonia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. She provides holistic and multi-modal treatment solutions including Pharmacological, Physical Therapy, Patient Education, Psychology and judicious use of Procedures (diagnostic and therapeutic) that aim to restore function and improve quality of life for patients.

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David Field


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.

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Jo Rankin

B App Sc (Physiotherapy)

Rehabilitation Coordinator

Jo Rankin has been a physiotherapist for more than 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. Jo is currently completing her Masters in Pain Management at Sydney University.

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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.

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Jennifer Pixley-Dawson


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. Jennifer now as an exclusive part of the Dr Bruce Mitchell team bringing improved quality of care to our patients.

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