Hyun Hong, M.D.
Hyun Hong, M.D., is double board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. He completed an internal medicine internship at Legacy Hospitals in Portland, Oregon. He then went on to complete anesthesiology training at the University of Washington in Seattle, which was founded by John Bonica, the originator of the multidisciplinary pain concept. After practicing anesthesiology in the private sector, he returned for further training in interventional pain management at the world renowned Texas Tech Pain Institute under Gabor Racz, who created the Racz procedure.
Hyun believes in the treatment of the whole person. Besides interventional procedures and medical management, nutrition and exercise, psychological counseling, and prayer can play vital roles.
Praveen K. Mambalam, M.D.
Praveen K Mambalam, MD is double board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Dr. Mambalam originally hails from the East Coast where he completed his B.S. at the University of Maryland, College Park and Doctor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine. He went on to complete his residency training in anesthesiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Now a local product of the pain management fellowship at the University of Washington. As a recent product of American Board of Anesthesiology accredited pain fellowship, he brings a fresh perspective on the latest advances in comprehensive pain management. He believes that Chronic Pain is a disease that can be conquered with a balanced multidisciplinary approach. His interests lie in advanced interventional pain procedures and medication management.
Yongyi Zhu, M.D.
, Yongyi Zhu, M.D. received his medical degree from Shanghai Medical University in China. He completed a surgery internship at Nassau County Medical Center in Long Island, New York. He then went on to complete anesthesiology residency and pain management fellowship training at University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Before joining the WA Center for Pain Management, he was an attending physician at multidisciplinary Pain Clinic at University of Washington Medical Center for years. At UW Medicine Pain Clinic, he not only provided comprehensive pain evaluation and treatment for different pain patients, but also was involved in teaching the pain management fellows who wish to specialize in the management of pain at the postgraduate level. Dr. Zhu’s primary goal of pain management is to relieve patient's pain, restore function and improve the quality of life for people suffering with chronic pain. He believes that effective pain management should be a multidisciplinary approach.
Jeffery Fitzthum, M.D.
Dr. Fitzthum initially trained as a chiropractor at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, then went on to earn his MD degree at Oregon Health Sciences University, completing a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. Following residency he remained in Madison as a faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine serving in the Pain Clinic and the Spine Clinic. Upon finishing a Masters in Public Health program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor he returned to the Pacific Northwest and entered private practice emphasizing pain management. Dr. Fitzthum believes in a multimodal approach to managing pain with the goal of improving mental and physical functioning as well as improving quality of life.
Satvinder Dhesi, M.D.
Satvinder Dhesi, MD, is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NMBE), the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Dr. Dhesi completed his residency training at Harvard Medical School, after which, he completed an interventional pain management fellowship at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees (B.S. and M.S. respectively) in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. Since 1999, Dr. Dhesi has treated thousands of patients with chronic pain. He has been an invited speaker and presenter at universities, as well as at local and national conferences. He frequently provides expert opinion involving personal injury, medical malpractice, and workman’s compensation cases.
Kyong (Dan) Kim, D.O.
Dr. Kyong Kim - Dr. Kyong (Dan) Kim graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. He then completed an Anesthesiology residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, affiliated with Rush University in Chicago. After a year of private practice in anesthesiology in Chicago, he went back to do his Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at New England Medical Center of Tufts University Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. When finished with this Fellowship, he moved to WA where he has been practicing Interventional Pain Medicine. Dr. Kim is board certified in Anesthesiology through the American Board of Anesthesiologists with Added Subspecialty Certification in Pain Medicine as well as through the American Board of Pain Medicine.
Philip Knowles, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Philip Knowles, PhD is board certified in clinical health psychology. He graduated from Western Washington State College, completed graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and a residency at Schick Shadel Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Knowles brings an approach to pain management that considers the whole patient and works collaboratively with the patient and their providers so that a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed.
Anna Charbonneau, PhD
Dr. Charbonneau is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, specializing in Clinical Health Psychology. She completed her residency internship at Columbia Valley Community Health in Wenatchee, Washington. Dr. Charbonneau is a strong believer in the multidisciplinary approach to managing pain. In her work, she strives to help patients identify and eliminate potential barriers to good pain management. She is committed to helping people with chronic pain live to their best potential.
Paula Sigafus, PhD
Dr. Sigafus began her education in Chicago, where she completed her undergraduate and master’s degree focusing on neuroscience and clinical psychology. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, specializing in Health Psychology. She is board certified in Biofeedback and is a certified yoga instructor. Dr. Sigafus completed residency internship at Columbia Valley Community Health in Wenatchee, Washington. She emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to managing pain and believes that mind-body medicine maximizes health and success for individuals seeking to manage their pain.
Dustin Reed, Pharm.D., PA-C
Dustin Reed, Pharm.D., PA-C initially received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at McWhorter School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama. He then went on to complete his Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he specialized in surgery and trauma. Dustin believes that collaboration between the patients and a multidisciplinary care team is vital to optimal pain management. Treating chronic pain involves integration of the patient’s overall health and wellness with psychological counseling, interventional procedures, and medical management.
Grace Chen, PA-C
Grace Chen, PA-C completed her Physician Assistant degree at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and received her B.A. in Biology and Economics at Wellesley College. She has nearly 10 years of experience as a PA including 4 years in hematology/oncology. Prior to joining WCPM, Grace trained at University of Washington Medical Center's Center for Pain Relief. Her approach to pain management is integrative and believes successful treatment includes proper diagnosis, collaboration between patient and providers, and empowering the patient. She believes in addressing the whole person including physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Robert Kubiniec, PA-C
Robert Kubiniec, PA-C attended the State University of New York at Buffalo before moving to the Pacific Northwest. He completed his Physician Assistant studies at the University of Washington, Medical School where he became interested in orthopedics, sports medicine and pain management. Robert believes in a multimodal approach to managing pain with the goal of improving mental and physical functioning. Improving a person’s quality of life is vital to optimal pain management. Ultimately treating chronic pain involves addressing psycho-social concerns in parallel with the physical root of a pain condition. Of course integrating healthful, rewarding physical activities is essential to recovery and longevity as well as overall health and wellness. In his own life, he tries to find a balance between the invigorating challenges of clinical medicine and bicycling, cross-country running and the various sports of his kids as well as the occasional household building project.
Peter Peng, PA-C
Peter Peng, PA-C completed his Masters in Health Science at the Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program at Drexel University and received his bachelors from the University of Michigan. As a proponent for patient-centered care, he believes that collaboration between the patient and a multi-disciplinary healthcare team is key to maximize patient outcomes. His philosophy towards pain management focuses on a balanced approach that treats all influencers of pain, leading to proper pain management and restoring maximum function for patients.