- Ira D. Kornbluth, MD
- Akil Benjamin, DO
- Raj Jari, MD
- Charles Simmons, MD
- Robert Rankin, MD
- Felix Gurman, MD
- Monica Nirschl, MD
- Behnam Jafarpour, MD
- Sean Sanderson, MD
- Caleb Kroll, MD
- Lailah Issac, DO
- Kyana Crawford, PA-C
- Michelle Brown, PA-C
- Karika Watkins, PA-C
- Chaya Levine, CRNP
- Monica Thomas, PA-C
- Lance Burgess, PA-C
- Shoshana Sadigh, PA-C
- Craig Doxey, PA-C
- Donna Fuller, PA-C
- Jennifer Cecil, MS, PA-C
- Marilyn Berchie, CRNP
- Jenny Fogel, PA-C
- Roberta Schneller, PA-C
- Dodzi Bell-Dzide, MPH, PA-C
Apart from caring for patients, Dr. Kornbluth often writes and speaks about pain management topics. He frequently gives presentations to physicians and business leaders and his writings have been published in medical journals, textbooks, and medical websites. He also keeps up-to-date on the latest developments in pain care by serving as a reviewer for medical journals related to his specialty.
He is a graduate of the Temple University/Moss Rehab PM&R residency program where he was nominated Chief Resident, and a graduate of the Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship at Temple University which is one of only three ACGME accredited physiatry based interventional pain medicine fellowship programs in the country.
He is a graduate of the Interventional spine and Pain Medicine fellowship at Temple University which is one of only three ACGME accredited physiatry based interventional pain medicine fellowship programs in the country. Dr. Jari enjoys taking care of patients. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family.
Dr. Simmons is board eligible in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and fellowship trained in interventional pain management. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Simmons then received training in General Surgery as a resident at The Washington Hospital Center. He also completed a clinical/ research hand surgery fellowship at The Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, MD where he was certified in advanced microsurgical techniques. Dr. Simmons completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the State University of New York-Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. During his residency he was chosen to serve as Chief resident. Dr. Simmons completed a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management with Performance Spine and Sports Physicians in Pottstown, PA.
During his free time, Dr. Simmons enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, running, and painting.
He is a sports enthusiast who enjoys traveling, and spending time with his family. Dr. Gurman is fluent in Russian.
Dr. Nirschl completed her Internship in Internal Medicine at Jersey Shore Medical Center in N.J. and her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
In addition to her residency training Dr. Nirschl completed an additional year of training focusing on Electrodiagnostic Medicine in the First Accredited EMG laboratory in the State of Maryland by the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).
During her residency at the University of Pennsylvania, she was honored as the First Place Winner in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Trainee Research Award for her scientific presentation on: “The Immediate and Short Term Side Effects of Lumbar Coblation Nucleoplasty.” In addition, her research with the University of Pennsylvania Spine Center directed by Dr. Curtis Slipman was published in the October 2002 journal, Pain Physician.
Dr. Nirschl has also worked as an attending physiatrist in both acute and subacute rehabilitation facilities. She is a member of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), as well as a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR).
He has research experiences and publications at the National Institute of Health and was involved in clinical research during his fellowship. Dr. Jafarpour is a member of American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologist, International Spine Intervention Society, American Pain Society, American Headache Society, and the International Headache Society. As a Neurologist and Pain management specialist, Dr. Jafarpour believes that understanding the nature and Neurobiological aspect of pain are fundamental in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of acute and chronic pain disorders.
He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Rutgers University. He then received his medical degree at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Sanderson subsequently went on to complete an internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then completed an Interventional Spine & Pain Management fellowship at Peformance Spine&Sports Physicians in Pottstown, Pa. During this time he was trained in a various interventional spine procedures including transforaminal and interlaminar epidural injections, facet joint injections, medial branch blocks, radiofrequency ablation, minimally invasive lumbar decompression, spinal cord stimulator trials and implantation.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He keeps active and fit by playing tennis, basketball, and running.
Dr. Kroll attended medical school at the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the William Herndon scholarship for leadership in medicine. Afterwards he completed an internal medicine internship at the Medical College of Virginia and then entered the Air Force as a flight surgeon. He was stationed at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, NC for four years. While there he deployed to Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait in 2007 for 6 months, where he served as commander of the flight medicine clinic. While in the Air Force he received a Commendation Medal for meritorious service and an Iraq Campaign Medal for his service triaging causalities in Iraq. He also flew on 7 combat missions into Iraq to help evacuate wounded soldiers.
He left the Air Force in 2010 and started an anesthesiology residency at Johns Hopkins. While a resident he published a book chapter on addiction in the chronic pain patient and had a paper on clinical predictors of success in superior hypogastric plexus blocks published in a peer reviewed journal. His fellowship was at Johns Hopkins in Pain Management.
Dr. Issac is board eligible in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemistry. She completed medical school at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by an internship at UPMC McKeesport in the Pittsburgh area. She then completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Dr. Issac enjoys sports and exercising and likes to spend time with family and friends during her free time.
Kyana Crawford is a graduate of the Howard University Physician Assistant Program in Washington, DC where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physician Assistant as well as a Certificate of Primary Care. She also received her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies with a focus on Pain Management from the University of Nebraska Distance Learning Program
She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and has served as the Assembly of Representatives (AOR) Student Member for the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
She is committed to serving the health care community and providing the best overall care with a pleasant attitude.
She is dedicated to providing optimal medical care and hope to patients with integrity, compassion, and respect. She works to offer clients comprehensive healthcare through collaboration and research.
In addition to healthcare, she has 6 years of experience as a Science Educator and has participated in a multitude of community service projects in the local public school systems. She is an energetic clinician looking forward in providing outstanding healthcare with confidence, loyalty and respect for each patient.
She enjoys spending time with family and volunteering for medical mission trips. She is looking forward to providing compassion and state-of-the-art care to all patients.
Lance Burgess is a graduate of the joint Towson University/CCBC’s Physician Assistant Program. Lance completed his undergraduate education at University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Biological Sciences. He has previously held positions at Johns Hopkins University and DHS performing Rheumatology and Biodefense research. Lance was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
Craig Doxey graduated from the AACC Physician Assistant program located in Arnold, Maryland in August of 2013. He has also received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University and Masters of Medical Science from St. Francis University. He currently resides in Elkridge with his wife and 3 young boys. He looks forward to providing quality and compassionate patient care in the specialty of pain management.
Roberta Schneller is a board Certified Physician Assistant in the state of Maryland. She has a bachelor’s in Psychology/Business management. She graduated magnum cum laud with her Physician Assistant degree from Kettering College of Medical Arts in Dayton, Ohio. She has 7 years of Emergency Medicine experience in addition to her experience in Family practice and occupational medicine. She takes pride in providing compassionate non-judgmental quality care for her patients.
Dodzi Bell-Dzide is licensed in the state of Maryland and a graduate of the Physician Assistant program at the University of Toledo in Ohio, where she earned her Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to that, she earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology at the same institution. She proceeded to work as a PA hospitalist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she gained experience treating adults with several chronic illnesses including patients with substance (alcohol, opioid and benzodiazepine) abuse and dependence. Dodzi is excited to join Smart Pain Management and believes in a comprehensive approach to pain management. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.