To setup the ideal pain management and benzodiazepine 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).
We establish a collaborative and holistic approach for chronic pain patients through both pharmacological and non pharmacological treatment options. Treatment plans will include evidence-based medication management, psychological evaluations/therapy, physical therapy evaluation, nutritional education, close provider relationship with regularly scheduled follow up and if warranted, use of DME equipment and referral for invasive pain management services.
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 patients’ quality of life.
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, treatment plan may include a referral to a pain management specialist.
- Initial history and physical by one of our providers
- Previous medical records including past medications, surgeries, procedures
- 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.
- 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 recently physical examination within one year should be included in patients records prior to starting the pain management program.
- 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 patients plan of care. If the patient does not have their own therapist, they will be assigned to one of our therapists: Jenna Quinn, LCSW or Olivia Yang, LCSW
- 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 patients plan of care.
- Consultation to a nutritionist/weight loss program if applicable.
- Consultation to a medicinal marijuana specialist if applicable. This is optional and not required. We are cannabis friendly.
- Initial visit will be an in office visit, follow-up visits can be via telemedicine for medication refills. Patient must be re-evaluated every 3 months in the office to review goals of the plan of care, urine drug screening and pill counting. No exceptions to this rule.
- Consultation to a pain management specialist for invasive procedures (injections, nerve stimulators, etc) when applicable.
- Consultation to a sleep specialist if warranted.
- 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 4 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).