When Michelle Karimzada’s grandmother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, she realized what a large impact proper pain management had on a person’s abilities to function. “With proper pain management, my grandmother was able to function as she always did and I will always cherish my memories with her,” she said.
The experience made her want to help others with similar conditions and those living in chronic pain. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a physician assistant bachelor of science degree in 2015 and summa cum laude from Long Island University with a bachelor of science degree in biology in 2009.
Michelle joined the National Spine and Pain Centers in March 2016.
Her approach to treatment involves using medication management in conjunction with other modalities such as bracing, therapy and interventional treatment recommendations in order to address the full picture of pain management. “I enjoy spending time with my patient educating them about their condition so he/she can make informed choices on multi-modality treatment,” she said.
Some patients have had conditions for years but did not fully understand them until coming to NSPC. “The best interaction is when a patient thanks me for being an interpreter from ‘medical language’ to words they can understand,” she said.
Michelle is fluent in Farsi and Dari. She has traveled to more than two dozen countries and enjoys exploring with her husband and two children. “I have been exposed to a variety of cultures and am able to appreciate the vast differences in the patient population,” she said.
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