- Ira Kornbluth, MD, MA, FAAPMR
- Akil Benjamin, DO, FAAPMR
- Rajesh Jari, MD, MBA, FAAPMR
- Charles Simmons, MD, FAAPMR
- Robert Rankin, MD, FAAPMR
- Felix Gurman, MD
- Monica Nirschl, MD
- Sean Sanderson, MD, FAAPMR
- Caleb Kroll, MD
- Omar Gowayed, MD
- Inai Mkandawire, DO
- Mete Akin, DO, MPH
- Michelle Brown, PA-C
- Monica Thomas, PA-C
- Lance Burgess, PA-C
- Shoshana Sadigh, PA-C
- Craig Doxey, PA-C
- Donna Fuller, PA-C
- Marilyn Berchie, CRNP
- Jenny Fogel, PA-C
- Roberta Schneller, PA-C
- Dodzi Bell-Dzide, MPH, PA-C
- Kevin Reese, PA-C
- Farah Alvi, PA-C
- Trisha-Leigh Porter, CRNP
The founder of SMART Pain Management, LLC, Dr. Kornbluth has been providing specialized pain care to patients in Maryland since 2003. He is board certified in Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed a fellowship in Pain Management at the Washington Hospital Center after his chief residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
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 management care by serving as a reviewer for medical journals related to his specialty.
Dr. Benjamin is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in Pain Management. Dr. Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1998, and earned his doctorate degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005.
He is a graduate of the Temple University/Moss Rehab PM&R residency program where he was nominated Chief Resident and he is also 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.
Dr. Jari is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and in Pain Management. Dr. Jari earned his medical degree from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and earned his Masters degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Nottingham in England in 2000. He worked as a sports physician covering college level and elite athletes in London and Pittsburgh. After completing research fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh, he joined the Johns Hopkins PM&R residency program.
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. Simmons is board certified 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. 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.
Dr. Rankin is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is originally from Maryland and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland with a Biochemistry degree. He then attended Temple University’s School of Medicine where he served as Student Council President and subsequently completed an Internal Medicine internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he was voted “Intern of the Year.” Dr. Rankin then returned to Temple for his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he served as a Chief Resident. Afterwards, he completed a fellowship at Performance Spine and Sports Physicians where he gained additional training in Interventional Spinal procedures and advanced Pain Management techniques. Dr. Rankin also works in the field of Addiction Medicine, and has experience in treating patients with coexisting chronic pain and substance use disorders, a topic on which he frequently presents. Dr. Rankin has presented nationally on various topics within Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Management.
Dr. Gurman is a trained Pain Management specialist with a background in Anesthesiology. He grew up in the DC/Baltimore area, where he attended the University of Maryland at College Park obtaining a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. Subsequently he attended medical school at the University of Maryland. During that time Dr. Gurman worked for several biotechnology companies conducting scientific research. He spent time training in Internal Medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. He then trained in the field of Anesthesiology at the Allegheny/West Penn Health System in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Gurman returned to the area to specialize in Pain Management, completing the prestigious ACGME accredited fellowship at the University of Maryland. He believes the key to managing pain involves an individually structured multimodal approach which consists of medication management, procedural interventions, physical conditioning and alternative medicine. He closely follows new and developing techniques in the field of Pain Management and has presented on this topic at an international conference of Pain Physicians.
Dr. Monica Nirschl is a board certified Physiatrist, she is also one of the few physicians in the United States who is also board certified in the subspecialty of Neuromuscular Medicine. She has extensive training in Electrodiagnostic Medicine (nerve conduction/EMG studies).
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).
Dr. Sanderson is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Management. He is fellowship trained in Interventional Spine & Pain Management. He treats various musculoskeletal disorders and spine conditions. Dr. Sanderson approaches patient care from a multi-disciplinary approach with a focus on physical therapy, medications, interventional spine procedures and alternative therapies.
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 Performance Spine and Sports Physicians in Pottstown, Pa.
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 the Johns Hopkins University Hospital. While a resident he published a book chapter on addiction in the chronic pain patient and wrote a paper on clinical predictors of success in superior hypogastric plexus blocks published in a peer reviewed journal. His fellowship was at Johns Hopkins University in Pain Management.
Dr. Gowayed believes in customized patient treatment plans with a multimodal approach consisting of medication management, advanced interventional procedures, and physical/strength conditioning programs. His interests include Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.
During his free time, he enjoys keeping active playing basketball, being outdoors, and traveling.
Throughout his medical training over the last 10 years, Dr. Akin has been heavily involved in research. He has served as a guest editor for two medical journals, published several journal articles and presented his research at many national meetings. His current interests include complex regional pain syndrome and utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to pain relief.
Michelle Brown is a graduate of the Howard University Physician Assistant Program in Washington, DC. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She is a Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 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.
Lance Burgess is a graduate of the joint Towson University/CCBC 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 conducting Rheumatology and Biodefense research.
Shoshana Sadigh is a graduate of the joint Towson University/CCBC Physician Assistant Program in Baltimore, MD where she received a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She is board certified by the NCCPA and a member of the AAPA and has been practicing as a Physician Assistant for five years in primary care/internal medicine as well as pain medicine.
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.
Marilyn Berchie received her undergraduate degree from Towson University. Upon graduating she trained as a Registered Nurse at Howard County General Hospital in their maternal child unit and Patient First Urgent Care center. She is a Graduate of Drexel University in which she received her Master of Science in Nursing, concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her previous experience includes Interventional Pain Management.
Jenny Fogel earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brandeis University. She worked in cancer immunology research at the National Institutes of Health and Interventional Cardiology at Washington Hospital Center. She researched neuropathic pain at University of California San Francisco. Jenny earned her Physician Assistant Degree at CCBC Essex in 1999. She spent the last eight years working in Internal Medicine, five of which she ran a clinic for intellectually disabled individuals.
Roberta Schneller is a board certified Physician Assistant in the state of Maryland. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology/Business management. She graduated magna cum laude with her Physician Assistant degree from Kettering College of Medical Arts in Dayton, Ohio. She has seven 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.
Kevin Reese is a graduate of Arcadia University Physician Assistant Studies program. He has two years of experience in chronic pain management and twelve years of medical experience in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Urgent Care. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services and plans to practice body work as a Massage therapist in his leisure time. Kevin holds a professional commitment towards a multi-disciplinary approach in Pain Management while navigating patients towards their goals of improved health and wellness.