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Program Objective

To setup the ideal pain management system, where patients are treated respectfully, where there is a holistic approach, and where medications can be refilled in a convenient manner (such as telemedicine).

Innovative pain management provides a collaborative, compassionate, holistic approach, with a goal of improving the quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain. We understand that every patient is different, and we will formulate a plan of care catered to your specific needs. Innovative Pain Management recognizes that chronic pain is not only a physical condition, but also can burden your mental health as well as your relationships you have with your friends and family. With this in mind, our unique program was designed to address all of the complex issues that are associated with chronic pain by treating the patient as a person and not just as a patient.

Program Goal

To create an open, non-judgmental, collaborative and accessible environment for chronic pain patients with an overall goal to decrease the use of opioid pain medication and thereby, reduce the risks for addiction, and to improve the patient’s quality of life.

Who Qualifies?

All patients with a history of chronic pain will be evaluated by one of our clinicians and a treatment plan will be established. If the patient’s conditions are too complex and require services that we are unable to provide, the treatment plan may include a referral to a pain management specialist.

Program Requirements
  1. Initial history and physical by one of our providers
  2. Previous medical records including past medications, surgeries, procedures
  3. Review and sign the patient contract. If patient breaks the conditions of the contract, we will need to transfer care to a pain management specialist for further evaluation/treatment options.
  4. Patient must have a primary care provider (PCP) with annual physicals and management of any comorbidities. If the patient does not have a PCP, the patient will be assigned to one of our providers: Dr. Elaine Cabugason or Jenna Benoit, PA-C. A recent physical examination within one year should be included in patient’s records prior to starting the pain management program.
  5. Consultation with a mental health therapist for evaluation of an associated mental health condition (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.) and also for an addiction screening/assessment. Depending on the recommendations of the therapist, ongoing therapy may be included in the patient’s plan of care. If patients do not have their own therapist, they will be assigned to one of our therapists: Jenna Quinn, LCSW or Olivia Yang, LCSW.
  6. Consultation with a physical therapist, if needed. Depending on the recommendations of the therapist, ongoing PT/home exercises/use of DME equipment may be included in the patient’s plan of care.
  7. Consultation to a nutritionist/weight-loss program if applicable.
  8. Consultation to a medicinal marijuana specialist if applicable. This is optional and not required. We are cannabis-friendly.
  9. Initial visit will be an in-office visit, follow-up visits can be via telemedicine for medication refills. Patient must be re-evaluated every three months in the office to review goals of the plan of care, urine drug screening and pill counting. No exceptions to this rule.
  10. Consultation to a pain management specialist for invasive procedures (injections, nerve stimulators, etc.) when applicable
  11. Consultation to a sleep specialist if warranted
Why Come to Innovative Pain Care?
  • We are kind, and we will treat you respectfully.
  • We are convenient (due to the monthly telemedicine visits done from your home, most patients come see us four times per year).
  • We will help maintain or decrease your opiate and benzodiazepines medications.
  • We use evidence-based medicine and we will not make you get any injections (we don’t even do them).
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Dr. Manan Trivedi

Dr. Manan Trivedi, is a pain management specialist. He earned his degree in medicine from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He advanced his medical training by completing a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in pain management at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Dr. Trivedi has extensive experience with pain management, and together with Innovative Express Care has excelled in improving patient’s quality of life with procedures and pain medication management.

Dr. Shanele McGowan

Shanele N. McGowan, M.D. is a double board-certified physician specializing in pain management, neurophysiology, and neurology. She received her doctorate of medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She went on to complete residency training in neurology at the University of Chicago, followed by fellowship training in neurophysiology (concentrating in nerve conduction studies/electromyography) at the University of Chicago. She then completed a second fellowship in interventional pain management at New York University, Dept. of Anesthesiology. Dr. McGowan is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with board certifications in neurology and pain medicine. Additionally, she is board-eligible in clinical neurophysiology.
Dr. McGowan uses

her unique and diverse training background to integrate electrodiagnostics with interventional and non-interventional pain management techniques, to diagnose and treat a wide variety of painful conditions. These include but are not limited to: peripheral neuropathy, including diabetic neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome; central pain syndromes, including post-stroke pain, pain related to multiple sclerosis, and pain after spinal cord injury; headache syndromes, including migraine headache, tension headache, and cluster headache; as well as atypical facial pain/cranial neuralgias, chronic pelvic pain, neck pain, back pain, complex regional pain syndrome, and a multitude of peripheral joint pains – hips, knees, etc. Additionally, she can assist you with accident and work-related injuries.

Dr. McGowan is a meticulous diagnostician and understands that relief of painful conditions cannot begin without a thorough consultation, examination, and medical workup. Following an accurate diagnosis, Dr. McGowan utilizes a variety of interventional techniques to treat pain, including epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, nerve blocks, BOTOX, joint injections, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, etc. Dr. McGowan believes in a multimodal approach to the treatment of pain, and therefore supplements these techniques with medication management, behavioral/lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, etc.
As a native Chicagoan and firm believer in a physician/patient team approach to wellness, Dr. McGowan looks forward to working with you!