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ABOUT OKANAGAN INTERVENTIONAL PAIN CLINIC


Dr. Paul Etheridge (MB.ChB, DA, CCFP)
Doctor Etheridge has training in family medicine, anesthesia and chronic pain management. He completed the Pain Medicine fellowship program at McGill University in 2011/2012.

Dr Etheridge is the Medical Director at the Okanagan Interventional Pain Clinic in Kelowna, British Columbia. He specializes in ultrasound guided pain procedures and continues to do research in this field with McGill University.

Dr. Pam Squire
Doctor Squire currently practices in Vancouver B.C. where she has a consultative practice in complex pain. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia and is involved in medical education and curriculum development for both undergraduate and post-graduate physicians. She was a member of the guidelines committee (2010-2012) for Pain Medicine, the national group mandated to write the curriculum for the new Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons specialty of Pain Medicine.

In 2008 she was given the inaugural Helen Hays award for excellence in pain management and in 2010 she was given the Academic Pain Educator of the Year award by the American Society of Pain Educators.


Dr. Bill Nelems (MD, FRCSC, MEd, CCC)
Doctor Nelems has recently closed his practice in Thoracic Surgery, having developed life-long interests in non-cardiac chest pain, thoracic outlet syndrome and those aspects of cervical spine disease that manifest as chest pain.

He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and has career experience in teaching and research, aspects that he will continue to develop with the Okanagan Interventional Pain Clinic. He also holds a Masterís degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. He and his wife Mary Ellen, also a CCC, are interested in the psychological support of chronic pain patients. He founded the Okanagan Zambia Health Initiative, an organization committed to education and capacity building of health professionals in Zambia www.okazhi.org


Dr. Owen D Williamson (MBBS, FRCSC, FFPMANZCA)
Dr Owen Williamson is an orthopedic surgeon who specialised in spine and trauma surgery. In 2007 he became the first orthopedic surgeon in Australia to be accredited as a specialist pain medicine physician.
Since migrating to Canada in 2011, Dr Williamson has practiced as a pain physician at the interdisciplinary Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre Pain Clinic in Surrey, BC.
Dr Williamson specialises in the management of spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal pain.

Dr. W Francois Louw, FCFP(EM), CCFP, MBChB, DA(SA), ECFMG

Dr. Louw finished medical school at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1997, and completed a Diploma in Anaesthesia in 2000, and after working both in South Africa and the United Kingdom was drawn to the mountain lifestyle in the beautiful Canadian Rockies where he practised for 14 years, before moving to Kelowna in 2015 with his family. Dr. Louw has a passion for medical teaching and serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. He has taught many residents and medical students over the years. He is the director of the UBC Shock Course and is also teaching courses such as the ED Ultrasound Course, and the CARE course, which have consistently been very highly rated by participants.

Dr. Louw currently provides multiple interventional pain treatments such as epidural injections, facet joint injections, medial branch blocks, nerve blocks and joint and myofascial injections. After training at the University of Wisconsin 6 years ago with the HHP Foundation, he furthermore successfully introduced dextrose and PRP prolotherapy into his practice. He recently completed a randomised controlled trial on the effects of dextrose prolotherapy in the common setting of temporomandibular (TM) joint dysfunction with excellent results.

In addition to his orthopaedic medicine practice, he also works as an ER physician in the Kelowna Hospital ER.

Dr. Louw has a keen interest in Sports Medicine, and has volunteered for events such as Alpine Skiing World Cup events, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He has also volunteered as a physician in Honduras.

Dr. Louw is currently the President of the Canadian Association of Orthopedic Medicine, and organizes their yearly meeting. He is interested in supporting fresh thinking in medicine, and specifically studying regenerative non-surgical alternatives for common MSK conditions.


Dr. Rick De Villiers (MB.ChB)

Dr. De Villiers completed a Bachelor's degree in Science with a subsequent Honour's degree in Medical Science (Pharmacology). In 1997 he completed a Master's degree in Medical Science (Pharmacology) with destinction.

He has worked in Family Medicine for more than 10 years and started working at the Okanagan Interventional Pain Clinic in June of 2013. He obtained further training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound through the Burwin Institute and Completed an Advanced Course in Ultrasound-guided Pain procedures.

He is a Diplomate of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management.


Dr. Eduard Barnard MB.ChB. DA. MMed( Anesth), FCA(SA), BSc Honours (Pharm), LMCC, FRCP(C)
Dr. Barnard is a dual qualified anesthesiologist, who holds fellowships from both South Africa and Canada. He emigrated in 2004 from South Africa to Canada to continue his anesthesia career in Canada.

He has always had a keen interest in the treatment of pain. He utilizes ultrasound imaging on a regular basis in his anesthesia practice, for regional anesthesia.

He also utilizes his knowledge of clinical pharmacology, in which he holds a honours degree.

In 2015 he started working at the Okanagan Interventional pain clinic, under the leadership of Dr. Etheridge.

Besides his work in interventional pain treatment, Dr. Barnard is still a busy anesthesiologist. He is interested in chronic back and neck pain. He is also interested in neuropathic pain and advises physicians regarding optimizing medical treatment


Dr. Shawn McCann

Dr. Johan Du Plessis

Neil Pearson (PT, MSc)
Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC. He works in Penticton exclusively with people with complex pain conditions, and provide therapeutic yoga classes. Neil's key areas of special interest are pain education and integrating therapeutic yoga with western pain care. www.lifeisnow.ca


Hospital
Ambulatory Care
2268 Pandosy St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2
Clinic
Suite 303, 570 Raymer Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4Z5
Call
Tel: 250-860-9754
Fax: 250-860-9760
Calls answered 10AM-12PM, 1PM-3PM
Clinic Hours
Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM
Dr. Paul Etheridge

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