Dr. Carl Fieser is a specialist in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with IPM Medical Group. Dr. Fieser holds board certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Fieser received his medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He then completed a one year fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Interventional and Chronic Pain Management. As a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, he focuses on using the latest non-surgical interventional techniques as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. He strives to provide high quality compassionate patient care with an emphasis on improving function and quality of life. Dr Fieser has a special interest in Sports Medicine and is preparing for a board certification in that field. He is able to perform Electrodiagnostic Studies and is a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) for the California Workers’ Compensation System. He is also a healthcare entrepreneur with an interest in health related tech start-ups. Dr. Fieser was raised in Kansas and is an obsessive Kansas Jayhawk Basketball fan, as well as an Oakland A's fan. He also enjoys traveling and shooting medium format photography. Dr. Fieser is available to see patients in our Walnut Creek, Brentwood, and Oakland offices and is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Douglas Grant is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with IPM Medical Group, Inc., a multi-specialty medical group. IPM Medical Group, Inc. is dedicated to helping injured workers and individuals suffering from chronic pain attain the highest level of functioning possible through an integrated medical, vocational and behavioral management approach. Dr. Grant is a 1998 graduate of University of Texas – Southwestern Medical School and completed residency 2002 at the University of Washington in the Department of Rehabilitation. He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with sub-specialty Board Certification in Pain Management. He has specialized in Physiatry and Pain Medicine. Dr. Grant completed a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Pain Management with Integrated Physical Medicine. His greatest interest lies in musculoskeletal and pain issues, as he is most concerned with regaining function and reducing pain. Dr Grant has devoted over 10 years to developing expertise in Physiatry and Pain Management. He has thorough training in spine and peripheral joint musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostic studies, and spinal and peripheral joint injection procedures. He is highly skilled at a variety of advanced non-surgical procedures. He has a unique practice style, blending his high-tech expertise in sports, spine, occupational & pain medicine with a special compassion for the human condition. His father was in the US military, and, together, lived at many military bases around the world. He migrated from his adopted home state of Texas to Washington for residency training at the University of Washington, and eventually migrated to northern California. He loves living here with his wife and two children. Dr. Grant feels privileged for the opportunity to participate in the health care of the East Bay community.
Dr. Jacob Rosenberg has been treating pain for over 35 years and graduated from Vanderbilt University, the University of Maryland Medical School and then completed an anesthesia residency at the University of Texas Houston. He first began treating chronic pain when he was an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1984. After five years in private practice in Davis, California, he completed a pain management fellowship at the University of Utah School of Medicine, staying on as an assistant professor of anesthesia in pain management. In 1995 he founded IPM, initiated a pain management fellowship program, and in 2002 started a multi-disciplinary functional restoration program along with Dr. Howard Rome. Under Dr. Rosenberg’s direction, IPM now has nearly three dozen staff physicians in 16 offices in northern and southern California as well as 8 functional restoration programs in markets from Sacramento to Santa Ana. Dr Rosenberg’s philosophy for the treatment of chronic pain involves a partnership between the patient and physician. He understands that patients need information in order to make decisions and to take an active role in their care. His approach is to first identify any correctable pathology, then recommend options for managing pain and beginning rehabilitation. Dr. Rosenberg’s approach does not focus solely on interventions that provide temporary pain relief. His goal is to educate patients so that they can actively participate in treatment more effectively improving their function and quality of life. Dr Rosenberg is available for consultations and treatment of injured workers.
Dr. Jeff Chen is a specialist in interventional pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is double boarded with certification from the American Board of Pain Medicine as well as the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1999 and went on to complete medical school training at UTMB in Galveston, Texas in 2003. He completed residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation with Southwestern University in Dallas, Texas in 2007. He then relocated to California to complete his fellowship in interventional pain management with IPM Medical Group. Dr. Chen has an interest in interventional spine care and performs spinal interventional procedures such as interlaminar epidural injections, transforaminal epidural injections, medial branch blocks, and radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Chen also performs electrodiagnostic studies to evaluate and diagnose nerve injuries. He is available to see patients in our Walnut Creek and Antioch offices. Dr. Chen now lives in the East Bay area with his wife. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Dr. Kas Amirdelfan is one of the founding partners at IPM Medical Group, Inc. He earned his medical degree from Texas A&M University, College of Medicine in 1994. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, an affiliated facility with U.T. Southwestern School of Medicine. Dr. Amirdelfan completed his fellowship in interventional pain management in San Francisco at Pacific Pain Treatment Center with Dr. Elliot Krames. He is board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Amirdelfan has served as the Department Chair of Pain Medicine at John Muir Medical Center and Doctors Hospitals in the Bay Area in the past. Regarded as one of the foremost experts in his field, Dr. Amirdelfan lectures extensively on spinal cord stimulation and pain management at the local, regional, as well as national levels. He serves as a consultant and faculty for various leading medical companies, putting him in the forefront of latest technologies in interventional pain management. He is also actively involved in conducting research for the development of new horizons in pain control to help improve pain management worldwide. Dr. Amirdelfan has a special interest in Spinal diseases, spinal cord stimulation and stem cell technologies. He is currently involved in ground breaking research in these fields.
Dr. Kenneth Kim completed his undergraduate education at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He completed his medical school training at Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kim later completed a residency training program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Fellowship training in Pain Management then followed at Integrated Pain Management in Concord, CA. Dr. Kim is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management. Dr. Kenneth Kim, was raised in southern California and now lives in the East Bay area with his wife and two young children.
Dr. Lawrence Weil is a specialist in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Weil is double-boarded, with certification by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with special qualifications in pain as well as the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Weil specializes in interventional pain procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, discography, spinal cord stimulation, epidural injections at all spinal levels as well as other injections and procedures including electrodiagnostic studies. Dr. Weil instructs in the performance of interventional spinal procedures on a national level through organizations including ISIS (International Spinal Intervention Society) as well as PASSOR and other organizations. Dr. Weil also is an expert consultant for the California Medical Board. Dr. Weil is a qualified medical evaluator for the California Workers’ Compensation System and CEDIR certified as well. Dr. Weil is a 1992 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Virginia as well as a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Weil completed his pain medicine fellowship training at UC Davis Medical Center in February 1999. Dr. Weil's greatest interests include Musculoskeletal Medicine, Interventional Pain, and Electrodiagnostic Studies. He is most concerned with providing treatment resulting in successful sustainable, long-term medical and functional recovery for his patients. Dr. Weil has authored numerous articles including recent articles on fluoroscopic analysis of lumbar epidural contrast spread after lumbar interlaminar injections in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2007, and recent publications include fluoroscopic analysis of lumbar epidural contrast spread after lumbar epidural injection in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2008, and case report of transforaminal epidural blood patch in Pain Physician 2008. Dr. Weil is affiliated with ISIS, PASSOR, AAPM&R, AAPM, and AANEM among other specialty societies. Dr. Weil was raised in Long Island, New York. He lives and works in the East Bay.
Dr. Matthew Johnson is a ABPMR Board Certified Physiatrist and Interventional Pain Management Specialist. He is originally from Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia with honors in Biology. Dr. Johnson completed his medical training at Western University in Southern California followed by a one year internship at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California-Irvine where he served as the Chief Resident during his final year. Following residency he completed a one year fellowship in interventional pain management. Dr. Johnson’s interests include neuropathic pain, back and neck pain, joint pain, headaches, fibromyalgia pain, abdominal pain, non-surgical management and rehabilitation of orthopedic issues and industrial injuries, and general debility. He also performs Electrodiagnostic Studies (nerve conduction studies and electromyography) to diagnose nerve problems. He is an expert in interventional pain techniques such as radiofrequency ablation, epidural steroid injections, selective nerve blocks, Botox administration, neuromodulation, and joint injections. Dr. Johnson is a Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California Worker's Compensation system and is an expert in matters of disability and function. Dr. Johnson is available to see new patients immediately.
I completed my medical school in 2011 at Oregon Health and Science University and moved to Detroit, Michigan, pursuing my training in Neurological Surgery. Life events changed my path and I completed my residency training in Neurology. During my residency, participating in an elective rotation in interventional pain management was detrimental in helping me find the path I chose to become a pain specialist physician. Ideally, I like to pursue treatment of pain from in a multidisciplinary fashion and I believe my training in Neurology and deep understanding of the nervous system will be an asset to me in this path. I am excited to join IPM to pursue my career as a pain medicine neurologist, and I will continue to participate in research to find even better ways to help our patients to have a better quality of life, despite the injuries and ailments causing them pain.
Dr. Navjeet Boparai is a specialist in Interventional Pain and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Boparai holds board certification by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her practice is focused in the area of Pain Medicine. Dr. Boparai specializes in multiple aspects of pain management, including spinal injections, chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, and electro diagnostic studies. Dr. Boparai strives to provide comprehensive medical treatment enabling her patients to lead a more functional and fulfilling life. Dr. Boparai graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. She then completed a post-graduate program at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences in North Chicago, Illinois, where she obtained a Master of Science in Applied Physiology. She went on to receive her medical degree in 2005 from Chicago Medical School. She then completed a one year transitional internship at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Boparai completed a one year fellowship in Interventional and Chronic Pain Management with IPM Medical Group, Inc. Dr. Boparai was born and raised in California and currently lives in the East Bay with her husband and three children. She is available to see patients in our Walnut Creek and Brentwood offices. She is fluent in Spanish, Hindi, and Punjabi.
I have wanted to be in the medical field since I was a young child. Although I did not know it at the time, I was attracted to the intricacies of medicine and helping patients directly. I grew up in California and love every aspect of it. However, after obtaining my nursing degree I moved to Chicago to practice. I worked at Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the main trauma hospitals in the area. My experiences there helped me develop a strong work ethic, attention to detail and being adept at crisis management. After several years in Chicago, I decided to move back to the Bay Area and advance my career to become a Nurse Practitioner. I received my degree from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. After completing my training, I decided to be a part of IPM Medical Group. I feel that I have excellent resources and support here to provide high quality care for my patients. My colleagues describe me as someone both my patients and coworkers can trust and rely on. I especially pride myself in always taking the extra effort to learn about each patient as if they were my own family members. My job as your NP is to provide safe, individualized care to all my patients to help alleviate your pain issues and get you back to better health.
Welcome to my Bio! Thank you for allowing me to share a bit about myself and my role as a PA (Physician Assistant) in Pain Management/PM&R. What is “Pain Management"? This specialty is a branch of medicine that employs a multidisciplinary approach with the goal to reduce pain to a manageable level and improve quality of life. The nature of pain is complex and includes a wide spectrum of conditions including neuropathic pain, musculoskeletal pain, and spinal pain. I appreciate the complexity of this specialty and the various conditions. I take honor in being able to treat and educate patients on their condition. I am one of several PAs and NPs in the Walnut Creek location. I feel privileged to work with a wonderful group of clinicians and physicians. My role as a PA in this department is clinic-based and performing minor procedures (local injections). I consult with providers within the practice if needed, and refer based on individual patient needs. I love what I do and I take great responsibility in the role of my patient’s provider. My goal is to provide you with the attention and care that you deserve as a patient. What is a PA? We are certified healthcare providers with a medical education that permit us to make diagnostic (labs, imaging) and therapeutic decisions while working autonomously, but we do work closely with supervising Physician(s). We also collaborate with other members of the healthcare team. PAs can work in many specialties as a clinician or assist in surgery. Like physicians and NPs, PAs must complete extensive continuing medical education throughout their careers. I was born in France and grew up between the US and overseas. I moved to the Bay Area about 8 years ago. I love this area; we are surrounded by culture, diversity, wonderful food, and a staggering array of ecosystems. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, cooking, and being with my family. I am blessed to have two sons who keep me on my toes. I would like to thank you sincerely for allowing me to take part in your care and I look forward to meeting you. Undergraduate: Arizona State University (Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts). Samuel Merritt University (MPA - Master Physician Assistant Program.)
Angela Danko is a Nurse Practitioner at the Walnut Creek office. She has been at IPM since 2012 and primarily works with Dr. Kenneth Kim. Angela also continues to work as a Registered Nurse at John Muir Medical Center in Concord in the post-surgical orthopedic unit. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge surrounding the orthopedic post-operative process. Angela obtained her Master's Degree in Nursing and FNP Licensure from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and her Bachelor's Degree in Communication from UC Santa Barbara. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and two little boys.
Angela Malatesta completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed her Masters at Samuel Merritt University. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing and has national certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has several years of experience in pain management, with expertise in managing patients with industrial injuries, various orthopedic conditions, and has experience in managing patients with spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps. Angela Malatesta was raised in southern California and now lives in the East Bay area with her husband and two young children.
Dr. Barry Meskin has a well-established reputation as an excellent and responsible clinician, with a very strong commitment to rendering care in a pragmatic, efficient and cost-effective manner. His 20 years of experience in trauma, sports injuries, medicine and industrial work injuries has earned him the respect of both colleagues and patients. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Meskin immigrated to the United States at the age of 25. In 1992 he completed his medical and surgical training in San Francisco where he became a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Dr. Meskin’s internship and residency training was completed at the city and county Hospitals of San Francisco General and Oakland Highland Hospital. His inspiration and interest in working with injured individuals comes from both his father, Denis Meskin, MD, and in serving as an Orthopedic Trauma Corpsman at the largest South African Military Hospital during the South African Border Wars. Dr. Meskin is a credentialed provider in excellent standing with most Medical Provider Networks. In addition, he has been selected as a Preferred Panel Provider with many employers and carriers. In addition to his medical practice, his experience as a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) enables him to evaluate disability and write medical-legal reports based on objective evidence and places scientific methods relative to causation. Dr. Meskin treats IPM patients at the San Francisco and Walnut Creek locations.
Eric Beane is a California licensed Physician Assistant (PA) at the Brentwood, Walnut Creek and Oakland locations. He graduated from Samuel Merritt University with his Master of Physician Assistant and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of PAs. Eric has also completed extensive graduate work in Kinesiology with an emphasis in rehabilitation at California State University, East Bay while concurrently working as a Physical Therapist Aide. Previously, he conducted various philanthropic and volunteer work, including traveling to Ecuador, to provide compassionate care to the underserved population. Eric was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in the East Bay.
In his free time, Eric is pursuing his private pilot’s license, is an avid free diver and swimmer, including participating in annual swims from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco Marina District’s Aquatic Park.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Hasina Mojadidi PA-C has a passion for treating patients in her community. She graduated college from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Science. She then received her Master in Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. While being a PA student, Hasina was involved in treating the underserved in Los Angeles County, several being chronic pain patients. Additionally, Hasina has a degree in communications, which sets her over the bar in understanding her patient needs and delivering complete care. In her spare time, Hasina enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and photography.
Born and raised in Buffalo New York, Jeila completed her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Daemen College in 2013 and is a nationally board-certified Physician Assistant by the NCCPA. She began her career in Internal Medicine, employed as a full-time provider in a fast-paced primary care office in Williamsville, New York. After about two years of practicing, she decided to move across the coast to seek more opportunities. She began working as a full-time Pain Management Physician Assistant in January 2015. She is proficient in managing a wide range of patients suffering from both acute and chronic pain, encompassing industrial and non-industrial injuries. Outside of IPM, Jeila is also currently an instructor for the statewide Controlled Substance Course for Physician Assistants in Northern California. This course involves training for Physician Assistants regarding the regulation of opiates, the pathophysiology of pain, and appropriate dosing/guidelines of pain medications. In her free time, Jeila enjoys running, singing, and spending time with her Corgi named Roya. She also has a strong passion for traveling and learning from other cultures around the world.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica spent part of her childhood in Hong Kong -- allowing her to become fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology at the University of California, San Diego. During her time there, she was awarded Provost Honors for her academic achievement.
After college, she worked as a lead pediatric medical assistant prior to pursuing her physician assistant studies at Duke University on the Hamilton-Carter scholarship.
Jessica is an NP that works at the Walnut Creek location.
Julie Ginsburg is a California Licensed Acupuncturist specializing in pain management and wellness. She graduated from San Francisco State University receiving her Bachelors of Science in Biology Concentration in Microbiology, Minor in Chemistry, graduating with honors having completed the pre-Health Professional curriculum. While at SFSU, Julie conducted independent research in molecular biology and was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant. Julie’s interest in health led her to work in both Pharmaceutical Research and Development and in Clinical Research coordinating trials for Parkinson disease, stroke/CVA, Alzheimer disease, multiple sclerosis and migraine headache therapeutics. Taking a break to raise her own children, Julie re-connected with her love of science and passion for promoting wellness by studying Eastern Medicine and Qigong. She earned her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014. Julie also teaches Qigong exercises having completed ACTCM’s Qigong Teacher Training Program in San Francisco with the late Dr. Suzanne Friedman. One of Julie’s strengths as an Acupuncturist is being able to bring her strong foundation in science to inform her ability as an integrative holistic healer. She is particularly interested in supporting her patients’ wellness and promotes balance in addressing pain, trauma, stress, headaches, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, PMS, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Julie brings a very compassionate presence to her treatments and strives for a painless approach in practicing acupuncture.
Dr. Lorelei Smith is a warm and passionate health clinician who has been with IPM Functional Restoration-Walnut Creek for more than 15 years. With her B.S. degree from U.C. Davis in Human Development, Physical therapy assistant training from Mount St. Mary’s University, and M.A. in sport psychology and Doctorate in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University she has become a vital member of IPM by helping individuals succeed in pain management and rehabilitation.
Her philosophy in clinical psychology is taking a collaborative approach with clients to explore body and mind painful patterns and provide space where they feel heard and understood. She coaches and educates patients in practicing mindfulness and implementing coping tools to improve function and help navigate through life with pain. She delivers her clinical practice using solution-focused, interpersonal therapy, and CBT approach and encourages self-compassion and self-motivation techniques in therapy.
Marcie Fitzsimmons is a California licensed, board certified Physical Therapist specializing in pain management and functional restoration. Born in Walnut Creek, and raised in the East Bay Area, Marcie completed her undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s College, and graduated with honors from Samuel Merritt College receiving a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. She has 28 years of experience specializing in the rehabilitation of chronic pain syndromes resulting from orthopedic, and industrial related injuries. Marcie currently supervises the PT team in the Walnut Creek Functional Restoration program and with the Work Conditioning Program. She collaborates with the pain psychologists to restore and optimize each participant’s function. Marcie is also a NASM certified personal trainer and is passionate about restoring maximal function through progressive reconditioning utilizing a biomechanical approach. She believes patient education of proper movement mechanics and individualized treatment plans are the key components to empowering patients to take control and regain their confidence in their ability to move. Outside of work, Marcie enjoys mountain biking, traveling or exploring the outdoors.
Melissa Strickland is a Nurse Practitioner at the Brentwood and Walnut Creek locations. She graduated from Mendocino College Nursing Program in 2009 with her Associate of Science in Nursing, and later earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Phoenix in 2012. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Phoenix in 2015 and is Nationally Board Certified with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Melissa has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of areas including critical care transport, hospice/palliative care, emergency room, orthopedic post-operative, cardiothoracic, and neurologic care. Previously, she worked at the John Muir Medical Center in Concord as a Registered Nurse and has transitioned into the specialty of pain management providing direct individualized care as a Nurse Practitioner. Melissa was born and raised in Mendocino County and currently lives in the East Bay with her husband and two children.
Dr. Ng has a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University. She completed her residency training at Kaiser Pleasanton and remained for the next six years, providing individual and group therapy. Dr. Ng’s areas of interest include anxiety, depression, and trauma. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and is solution focused. Dr. Ng provides patients with the tools to create change and reach goals, while recognizing their strengths. In her free time, Dr. Ng enjoys baking and spending time with her puppy Winnie.
Reva is a board-certified Physician Assistant who received her dual master degree in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health from Touro University, California. A Bay Area native, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at San Francisco State University. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a clinical assistant in an orthopedics and sports medicine clinic and also worked in emergency departments in both clinical and administrative roles.
In her spare time, Reva likes to spend time with her family and friends, travel, and trying different cuisines.
Scott graduated from Samuel Merritt University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015 and later returned to Samuel Merritt to earn a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2019. He is Nationally Board Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As an RN for six years, Scott has worked in both Skilled Nursing and Acute Care working in areas specializing in trauma, neurology, orthopedic and post-surgery. Before joining IPM he was working as a Nurse Practitioner at vaccine sites across the Bay Area and Central Valley helping people become vaccinated against Covid 19. Growing up, Scott had a love for athletics and through personal experience dealing with injury, combined with his training, he has developed a passion for pain management, orthopedics and helping people recover as much as possible from injury. Scott was born and raised in the East Bay, where he lives with his wife and children.
Shirley Carrillo is a Nurse Practitioner at both the Brentwood and Walnut Creek IPM locations. Shirley Graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from UOP with a Post Masters’ Degree with Honors and is still a current member of Sigma theta Tau.
Her extensive experience as a Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner has led her on a pathway to med surgery, OBGYN and Peds, Cardiology with Telemetry, Chemotherapy Nurse, Post Anesthesia Recovery room, Emergency room Nurse, Case Management, Allergy Nurse, CPR/ACLS instructor, Telephone Advice nurse and Pain Management Specialist. Outside of Work Shirley Walks her dog Zorro daily, she exercises and participates in fitness events.
Svetlana is a national board-certified nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Born and raised in Kazakhstan, she graduated from Kazakh National Medical University in 2004, earning her first degree as a physician. After moving to the United States, Svetlana had to start her career over, and she pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University in 2018. She returned to Samuel Merritt University, earning her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Before joining IPM, Svetlana worked as a registered nurse at Nurse Registry providing compassionate care for a diverse population of patients at their homes and addressing their unique needs. She is fluent in Russian. In her spare time, Svetlana enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and crocheting.
Talia graduated from Samuel Merritt University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008 and then went on to complete her Master of Science in Nursing in 2015 at Holy Names University in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Talia worked as an acute care RN for 7 years. It was during this time that she realized that she had a passion for providing comprehensive individualized care and helping to improve the quality of life for her patients. Talia joined IPM in 2016 and is happy to be working in collaboration with this team in treating pain and restoring life. Talia is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the California Association of Nurse Practitioners
Tim was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University in 2015 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University in 2022. He is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He started his nursing career in Baltimore where he worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital and then moved to the bay area with a specialty in perianesthesia nursing. His interest in pain management began when caring for patients who had recently completed surgery and he saw firsthand the effect uncontrolled pain can have on one’s overall function and quality of life.
His experience as a nurse taught him the importance of individualizing treatment plans which align with the patients’ goals, establishing trusting relationships with his patients, and ensuring effective communication between the provider and patient to help achieve positive patient outcomes.
In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, camping, and gardening.
Vina Nguyen is an NCCPA-certified Physician Assistant with a Master of Health Services from the University of California at Davis. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Georgia State University. Her focus has been primarily in Pain Management and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She practiced at Pain & Spine Consultants in Tennessee for 3 years before moving back to California. She is skilled in joint injections and trigger point injections. She believes in a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to pain and also utilizes physical therapy, acupuncture, and meditation practices to help restore function and quality of life for her patients. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, trying new food, traveling, and listening to podcasts and music.