Pain Specialists

Pain Specialists

  • Dr Robert Gassin

    MBBS, B(Med)Sc, FAFMM, GDMM, GDPM

    Musculoskeletal & Interventional Pain Management

    Dr Robert Gassin has been consulting in Musculoskeletal Pain Management for the past 16 years. He completed his medical Training at Monash University in 1986. He has since obtained a postgraduate diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine from Otago University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Medicine from the University of Sydney.

    Dr Gassin is a member of the Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine, the International Spine Intervention Society and of the World Institute of Pain and is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine. He has previously been a member of the Clinical Review Panel of the Victorian WorkCover Authority.

    He has had articles, on a variety of musculoskeletal pain topics, published in medical journals, is the author of 3 chapters in the Encyclopedic Reference of Pain and regularly lectures, to general practitioners, on a broad range of Musculoskeletal Pain topics.

    Dr Gassin has a special interest in the management of Musculoskeletal Pain of spinal origin and has expertise in the use of spinal injections and neuromodulation.

  • Dr Ali Mehr Kian

    MD, FAFRM

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist

    Dr Ali Kian Mehr is a fellow of Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) who has long-term experience in management of pain, particularly musculoskeletal pain. He finished his doctorate of medicine in 1996 and his speciality in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 2002.

    After 6 years’ experience in management of musculoskeletal pain, he has been qualified as a fellow of AFRM in 2014. Currently he is a pain fellow with the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

    Dr Ali Kian Mehr prides himself on an excellent bedside manner, thorough
    clinical approach, high level of technical expertise, and strong communication with referring practitioners.

    He provides the highest standard of assessment and treatment with an
    emphasis on accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment strategies using a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Dr Symon McCallum

    MBChB, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA

    Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist

    Dr McCallum studied medicine at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

    Dr McCallum completed his anaesthetic training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Following this he completed a Fellowship from the Faculty of Pain Medicine at The Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre where he gained more experience in interventional chronic pain procedures.

    Since then, Dr McCallum has worked in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Palliative Care Department and the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Department of Persistent Pain. He has travelled extensively nationally and internationally to learn new interventional pain relieving techniques.

    Dr McCallum has a keen interest in teaching medical students and junior doctors a safe and effective approach to acute and chronic pain management. 

    Dr McCallum’s main areas of expertise are helping patients with chronic pain optimise the benefit from their medications. He thoroughly assesses the patients to give a tailored effective plan to help the patient increase their level of function and be less disabled. He strongly believes in working closely with the patients and their General Practitioners to ensure the needs of people with complex pain problems are met.

    Dr McCallum is actively involved with spinal cord stimulator research so he can provide the most up to date care for his patients.

    Dr McCallum’s interests are: - Interventional Techniques for Spinal Pain and headaches
    - Pharmacological Management of Neuropathic Pain
    - Multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation programme management
    - Safe and effective analgesic prescribing, especially of opioids
    - Taking his daughters to and from ballet lessons.

    Dr McCallum consults widely across Victoria, including at: Kew, Box Hill, Mulgrave, Werribee, Sunshine and Caroline Springs.

  • Joshua McCarthy

    Exercise Physiologist BAppSc, MAppSc

    Exercise Physiologist

    Josh McCarthy completed his studies in 2012 at the University of Canberra. Since graduating he has gained valuable experience running cardiac rehabilitation programs, conducting early postoperative hydrotherapy following spinal, hip and knee surgery, and heading athletic performance at Eastlake Cricket Club.

    Enjoying all aspects of exercise physiology, Josh has a particular interest in pre and post surgical rehabilitation, chronic pain management, and assisting individuals to achieve their goals through lifestyle modification. In 2013 and 2015 he was the recipient of the ‘Exercise Physiologist of the Year’ award in recognition of his commitment to the profession, and his continual desire to provide best practice to his clients. 

    Josh takes a holistic approach to the treatment and management of injuries and chronic conditions utilising various exercise modalities in order to correct biomechanics, improve core stabilisation and develop functional strength for a return to daily activities. Taking a client-centred approach, exercise programs incorporate patient education and self-management skills necessary for optimising on going independence.

  • Dr Meena Mittal

    MBBS, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA

    Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist

    Dr Meena Mittal is a highly qualified and experienced Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist who uses a compassionate and multidisciplinary approach for the care of her patients.

    Dr Mittal completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne, followed by an Anaesthetics Fellowship at the Alfred Hospital. Recognising the importance of acute and chronic pain management and the impact it had on quality of life of patients, Dr Mittal went on to achieve an additional fellowship in Pain Medicine.

    Dr Mittal is passionate about pain medicine and patient care. Dr Mittal brings an innate ability to relate to patients and colleagues alike. She aims to provide comprehensive care, whilst placing paramount importance on improving the daily functioning of every patient.

    Dr Mittal's current consultation locations include Kew and Glen Iris. 

  • Dr Richard Sullivan

    MBChB, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA

    Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist

    Dr Richard Sullivan is a Pain Medicine Specialist and Specialist Anaesthetist at Precision Brain, Spine and Pain Centre.  He has an interest in post surgical pain and neuromodulation.  

    He was recently the head of the acute and interventional pain service at Peter MacCallum Hospital in East Melbourne where he maintains an ongoing clinical role.  His focus is now in clinical practice, research and advancing neuromodulation therapies in the private sector where he sees patients with a diverse range of conditions including post surgical pain syndromes in non cancer patients and cancer survivors.  

    His professional appointments include Victorian Director of the Australian Pain Society, Chair of the Scientific Committee, Australian and New Zealand Neuromodulation Society and a number of pharmaceutical and medical device advisory boards.  

    He is a national and international guest speaker for numerous specialist Colleges and Faculties.

  • Professor Peter Teddy

    DPhil, FRACS, FFPMANZCA

    Neurosurgeon and Pain Specialist

    Professor Teddy is a Senior Neurosurgeon at Precision Brain Spine and Pain Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He also consults and operates at several private hospitals including Melbourne Private Hospital Linacre Private Hospital, and Masada. He is Professorial Fellow in Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery at Melbourne University.

    A New Zealand national, Professor Teddy was educated in the UK, entering the University of Oxford Medical School as a Hobson Memorial Scholar and winning the Radcliffe Infirmary Prizes in both Medicine and Surgery before graduating in 1973.

    Prior to completing his clinical studies he undertook, as a Medical Research Council Scholar, a three-year period of research culminating in the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford. This work was conducted in the Department of The Regius Professor of Medicine working in the field of neurotransmitters in the brain.

    Professor Teddy gained FRCS (Eng) in 1977 and his post-Fellowship neurosurgical training was based predominantly in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary, but with time spent at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and a highly prized, lengthy secondment to the Universitaetsspital, Zurich, working closely with the world-renowned neurosurgeon Professor Gazi Yasargil.

    Appointed consultant neurosurgeon in Oxford in 1981, he gained vast experience in virtually all areas of neurosurgical practice and developed sub-specialist interests in the neurosurgical treatment of intractable pain, functional (mainly spinal) neurosurgery, intrinsic tumours of the spinal cord, and neurosurgical sequelae of spinal cord injury. He became Head of the Department of Neurological Surgery in the late 1990s.

    At various times he also was Director of Clinical Studies at the Oxford Medical School, Examiner in Neurosurgery for the Intercollegiate Board of the Colleges of Surgeons, Director of Neuroscience at The Radcliffe Infirmary, Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Neurosurgery, and was made Senior Research Fellow at his College, St Peter’s.

    Professor Teddy moved to Melbourne in 2004 and was almost simultaneously awarded FRACS and Fellowship of The Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZ College of Anaesthetists in 2005 as well as Emeritus Fellow at St Peter’s College.

    Aside from general neurosurgical practice, he fulfils an active role in teaching undergraduates and neurosurgical trainees and is Supervisor of Training for the Faculty of Pain Medicine in the College of Anaesthetists. He is also a member of the Editorial Committee for The Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.

    Professor Teddy is a world-authority on the neurosurgical treatment of pain, including: Facial pain and headaches, spinal problems and neuropathic pain

    He brings a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience which is delivered in a compassionate fashion.

  • Anca Vereen

    Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist APD, AN

    Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist

    Anca Vereen is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist with a background in psychology. Anca is passionate about creating lasting health that is personalised to your mental, emotional, behavioural and nutritional needs and goals.

    As a holistic practitioner she combines expert nutrition knowledge with practical counselling techniques to identify your unique needs and tailor specific recommendations that suit your circumstances. Her skills are also complemented by the use of the latest technological advances like body composition analysis and genetic testing.

    Take advantage of Anca’s strong evidence-based approach and benefit from modern assessment techniques that remove the guesswork and gives you a more complete and accurate understanding of your state of health.

  • Dr Gavin Weekes

    FCARCSI, FFPMCAI, FIPP, FFPMANZCA, MSc.

    Pain Specialist

    Dr Weekes is an extensively trained Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist. He holds special interest in the area of chronic spinal pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome and neuromodulation.

    His chronic pain training has involved residencies and fellowships in multiple specialist pain centres in Europe and Australia. He holds three pain fellowship exams obtained from Australia, Europe and USA. Dr Weekes has also published several scientific articles in his specialist area and has presented his research internationally.

    Dr Weekes has been awarded multiple clinical and research prizes in the field of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine. He has been actively involved in the training of post graduate doctors in preparation for fellowship examinations.

    He provides the highest standard of assessment and treatment with an emphasis on accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment strategies using a multidisciplinary approach.

    Dr Weekes currently consults in Epping, Kew, Knox, Berwick and North Melbourne.