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We have a comprehensive pain program that will improve the quality of life for you, your families and friends whose lives are diminished by the devastating effects of chronic and acute pain

Dr. Samer Narouze, Chairman, Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital

 

Samer Narouze, MD, PHD

Samer Narouze, MD, PhD, is the chairman of the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital. He has been named one of America's ’Top Pain Medicine Physicians by Consumers' Research Council of America and has been featured in international and national pain journals, The Akron Beacon Journal, as well as Oprah Radio. He has served as expert consultant and medical reviewer for top pain medicine journals. He has served as fellowship director at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation and was named "master educator". He holds board certifications in pain medicine, interventional pain management, neurology headache medicine and anesthesiology. He was also awarded the "innovator award" from Cleveland Clinic for his innovations in the use of minimally-invasive approaches for the treatment of chronic pain.

He specializes in treating various types of pain and chronic headaches that don't respond to pain medicines - a practice that has drawn patients from across the country. He has also pioneered the use of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in pain management, which allow for a safer injection without radiation. Dr. Narouze's research is widely published, and he serves as a visiting professor both nationally and abroad.

To view Dr. Narouze's recent publications as featured in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, please visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=narouze.

Timothy Sable, MD

Tim Sable, MD, is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He has served as chief pain medicine fellow (2009-2010) at Cleveland Clinic, where he also held his anesthesiology residency (2006-2009) after completing a medicine internship at Akron City Hospital (2005-2006). He earned his doctorate of medicine from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEUCOM) in 2005 and is a graduate of The University of Akron's BSMD program. 


Dr. Sable focuses on interventional and multi-disciplinary pain management, including spinal cord stimulation, for a variety of conditions including chronic back and neck pain secondary to spinal stenosis, herniated discs, facet syndrome, radiculopathies, sciatica and failed back surgery syndrome. He is also trained in the management of various other painful conditions including abdominal pain, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic post-surgical pain and complex regional pain syndrome or RSD.

Syed Ali, MD

Syed Ali, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician. He has served as chief fellow in pain medicine at Cleveland Clinic (2009-2010) and did his residency in anesthesiology there as well (2006-2009). Dr. Ali completed his internship in medicine at Cleveland Clinic (2005-2006) and is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health (2005). 


Dr. Ali's medical interests and practice include geriatric pain, low back and neck pain, spinal stenosis, herniated disc treatment, facet joint syndrome, cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, sciatica, musculoskeletal pain, diabetic neuropathy, neuropathic pain, joint pain, complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy, shingles, failed back/post-laminectomy syndrome and interventional pain management including spinal cord stimulation and kyphoplasty.

Dmitri SouzdalnitSKi, MD, Phd

Dr. Dmitri Souzdalnitski earned his medical degree in 1987 and doctor of science degree in 2000. He is board-certified in pain medicine, anesthesiology and internal medicine. He graduated from the anesthesiology residency program at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut; from the internal medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University; and from the pain medicine program at Cleveland Clinic, where he was awarded the "Best Pain Medicine Fellow of the Year." He served as a medical director of the Pain Medicine Center at South Pointe Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic. 


He has authored numerous publications, including a book, "Management of Chronic Pain Patient in the Hospital Setting," which is currently being published by Oxford University Press, and he teaches pain medicine at national physician symposia. His clinical expertise that includes, but is not limited to, the advanced management of widespread pain, headaches, back pain, joint pain, abdominal pain and persistent pain in the elderly.

Jeremy Coffey, DC, MS

Jeremy Coffey, D.C. M.S. earned his doctor of chiropractic and master's degree in chiropractic sports science at Life University in Marietta, Ga., after earning his bachelor's degree in biology at Baldwin Wallace College. He has received advanced training and certification in Active Release Technique, a soft-tissue motion treatment that addresses problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Before joining Western Reserve Hospital, Dr. Coffey provided care for athletes in an NCAA Division I training facility and a professional arena football team.

Glenn Rech, RPh

Glenn Rech, RPh., has been clinically associated with patients who have chronic pain for five years. He trained at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy and is the lead pharmacist at the Center for Pain Medicine at Western Reserve Hospital. He serves as the clinical instructor for pharmacy and medical students from The University of Toledo, Ohio Northern University, NEOUCOM and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.


Glenn is experienced with all aspects of pain medicine including medication biotransformation, medication management in the elderly, drug interactions and genetic medication management in ethnically diverse populations. His training includes 30 years of experience in areas such as intensive care patient management, anticoagulation patient management and acute and chronic pain management.

Gary J. Sipps, PhD

Gary J. Sipps, Ph.D., earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 1976 and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at The University of Maryland in 1981. He completed a traineeship at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, psychology service with rotations in general medical/surgery and Inpatient psychiatry in 1979. He completed the pre-doctoral internship on the staff of student counseling services at Iowa State University in 1981. He attained a faculty position in the psychology department at The University of Akron in 1981. He began a private psychotherapy practice in 1983 and left the UA to engage in private practice full-time in 1994. In October 2006, he joined the staff of the Falls Pain Management Center and continues now with the Center for Pain Medicine. He particularly values the multi-disciplinary team approach that the center embraces. He provides psychological consultation and evaluation, as well as pain management psychotherapy. Services include psychological counseling, hypnosis/ imagery, health and behavior assessments/interventions and psychological assessment.

Leon Howard II, PHD, PCC-S

Leon Howard II, PhD, PCC-S, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Youngstown State University in 1994, a master’s degree in counseling from Youngstown State University in 1997 and a Ph.D. in counseling education and supervision from The University of Akron in 2003. He completed a traineeship at The University of Akron Clinic for Individual and Family Counseling. He is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Currently, and for the past 10 years, he has worked as an adjunct professor in the counseling department at The University of Akron teaching a variety of courses, particularly the practicum course. In September 2007, he joined the staff of the Falls Pain Management Center and continues now with the Center for Pain Medicine. He particularly values the comprehensive approach to pain medicine the Center embraces. At the Center, he provides and specializes in psychological consultation, crisis intervention, health and behavior assessments, as well as pain management psychotherapy. Services include psychological counseling, behavioral/cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and person-centered therapy. His areas of interest include the assessment and treatment of chronic pain, depression, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders.

Linda Armstrong, BSRT-R, CV, MPAS, PA-C

Linda Armstrong, PA-C, completed her physician's assistant program at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned her master's degree in physician assistant studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Prior to becoming a physician's assistant, Linda spent many years in the medical field as a radiologic technologist. Since becoming a physician's assistant, she has served in a number of capacities at both the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Western Reserve Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Vicki Jessop, CNP

Vicki Jessop, CNP, is a certified nurse practitioner who earned her master's degree in the science of nursing at the University of Cincinnati, after earning her bachelor's degree at Ashland University and nursing diploma at Aultman Hospital School of Nursing. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses and American Academy of Wound Care Association.

AMY CROSON, CNP

Amy Croson, CNP, is an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Nurse Practitioner studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She also has 27 combined years of service in the armed forces, serving as a medic in the U.S. Army for 14 years and a commissioned officer in the Army Nurse Corps for 13 years, retiring with the rank of Major. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau.

GREGORY CARPENTER, PA-C

Gregory Carpenter, PA-C, is a board-certified Physician Assistant. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Professions with an emphasis in Physician Assistant at Kettering College of Medical Arts in Kettering, Ohio. He is a member of the National Association of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.