Dr. Shobhana Patodia opened Forum Pain Management Clinic in 1991 in order to provide state-of-the-art treatment to pain patients whose pain had not responded to conventional medical treatment. She is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine (certification by the American Board of Anesthesia Pain Management and the American Academy of Pain Management). In order to ensure that she provides the most current, effective treatments possible, Dr. Patodia has visited and trained at other pain clinics around world, including sites in Sweden, France (Paris), Boston and Texas.
Because she takes the time to get to know her patients well, Dr. Patodia can provide individualized treatment based on each patients' needs. Standardized treatment packages are not used at Forum Pain Management Clinic. Depending on patient's need, treatments typically address the reduction of pain, return to work and family activities, and the reduction of pain-related distress.
Treatments may include a single approach or a combination of medication, therapies, and procedures. Treatment plans are based on a thorough evaluation of the patient’s experience of pain, the potential pain “generators,” the onset and development of pain, previous pain-related treatments, and the impact of pain on a patient’s life.
Dr. Patodia is happy to work in collaboration with other treatment providers, including family physicians, and to integrate pain management treatments with treatment of other medical conditions. Patients do not have to abandon long-term relationships with primary care and other physicians. Information is exchanged on a regular basis with a patient’s other health care providers in order to provide coordinated, quality care.
Dr. Kvaal uses methods such as cognitive therapy, progressive muscle
relaxation training, biofeedback, and self-hypnosis to help patients achieve
their goals. Dr. Kvaal was trained in health psychology and behavioral medicine at Ohio University and the University of Florida. In Florida, he worked with Anesthesia Department's chronic pain program and with the Dental School's Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center.
At Ohio University, he was trained in self-management techniques for tension and migraine headaches.
Dr. Kvaal is also a faculty member of the School of Psychology at Roosevelt University.