The Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care is staffed with only the most experienced interventional pain specialists. They provide proven, insurance covered treatments and follow protocols developed over years of experience. Many of them are active teachers and researchers studying chronic pain and the best way to provide their patients relief.

Experienced Team. Focused on Results.

Michigan Team

Louis Bojrab, MD, FIPP
Louis Bojrab, MD, FIPPMichigan Pain Specialists
Dr. Bojrab has a clinical interest and expertise in disc fractures, the MILD procedure and spinal stimulation. He is also a national ASIPP professor teaching other physicians new pain management treatments. Dr. Bojrab graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine, completed his internship at Ball Memorial Hospital and residency at the Indiana University Department of Anesthesiology. He completed fellowship training at Wake Forest University Pain Management. Dr. Bojrab holds the following board certifications: Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, Diplomate-American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Management, and the Board of Anesthesiology.
John Chatas, MD, MPH, FIPP
John Chatas, MD, MPH, FIPPMichigan Pain Specialists
Dr. Chatas has clinical interests and expertise in spine pain, disc disease, and nerve pain. He makes a special effort to listen to what his patients tell him so that he is able to make a correct diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and has board certifications in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. He is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Physicians and maintains membership with the American Medical Association and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Edward Peter Washabaugh III, MD FIPP
Edward Peter Washabaugh III, MD FIPPMichigan Pain Specialists
Dr. Washabaugh has specialized training in hyperbaric medicine and wound care. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed his internship at Michigan State University, Blodgett Hospital and residency at the University of Iowa. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology with Subspecialty Certification in Pain Management, the American Board of Pain Medicine, and the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. He is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Physicians. In addition, Dr. Washabaugh has the rewarding volunteer experience of starting, implementing and growing the Washtenaw County Medical Society externship program.
Joan Westbrook, PA-C
Joan Westbrook, PA-CMichigan Pain Specialists
Joan has been working as a PA since 1998. She decided to pursue a career in medicine because she likes to work with patients and is motivated to finding life-changing solutions to those with chronic pain. Joan enjoys getting to know her patients and developing relationships with them. She attended Michigan State University and Wayne State University. Joan maintains memberships with the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Nicole Wood, PA-CMichigan Pain Specialists
Nicole has a special interest in pain treatments that offer an alternative to medication, including interventional procedures like spinal cord stimulation.Nicole is driven to provide outstanding patient satisfaction and positive clinical outcomes. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Michigan State University and a Master of Physician Assistant from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Pennsylvania Team

Beth Chekemian, DO
Beth Chekemian, DOThe Heilman Center for Pain and Spine Care - Pennsylvania
Dr. Chekemian uses an evidence-based approach for all types of pain treatment. Her specialties include chronic cancer pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and failed back surgery/post-laminectomy syndrome. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Rutgers University, followed by both her master’s degree and doctorate of osteopathic medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in anesthesiology and pain management fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.