Pain and Spine Care Specialists

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

Experienced Team. Focused on Results.

Michigan Team

Louis Bojrab, MD, FIPP
Louis Bojrab, MD, FIPPMichigan Pain Specialists
Dr. Bojrab has been in practice more than 17 years after graduating from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at IU, followed by advanced education and a fellowship in Pain Management at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He is board certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology.

Dr. Bojrab has added expertise in disc fractures, spinal stimulation and the MILD procedure. In his free time, he is a national ASIPP professor teaching pain management treatments to other physicians.

John Chatas, MD, MPH, FIPP
John Chatas, MD, MPH, FIPPMichigan Pain Specialists
Dr. Chatas has been caring for pain patients for more than 30 years in southeast Michigan after graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1987 and completing his Anesthesiology residency at U of M in 1991.

Board certified in both Pain Management and Interventional Pain Management, Dr. Chatas specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of pain conditions of the spine, joints, and muscles as well as rheumatoid arthritis and CRPS.

Dr. Chatas believes careful listening to patients’ history helps him diagnose the root cause of their pain, for more effective treatment plans.

Edward Peter Washabaugh III, MD FIPP
Edward Peter Washabaugh III, MD FIPPMichigan Pain Specialists
Dr. Washabaugh began his career in Interventional Pain Management more than 25 years ago after medical school at the University of Michigan and residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Iowa. He has specialized training in hyperbaric medicine and wound care.

Along with board certification in Pain Management by both the American Board of Pain Medicine and American Board of Anesthesiology, he is a World Institute of Pain Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice.

Dr. Washabaugh lives in Ann Arbor, MI where he and his wife raised three children. They have now added a grandchild to their family.

Joan Westbrook, PA-C
Joan Westbrook, PA-CMichigan Pain Specialists
Joan has been a PA for 20 years after completing degrees at Michigan State University and Wayne State University. She enjoys getting to know her patients and developing relationships with them to find life-changing solutions to help them with chronic pain.

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 has dedicated her career to practicing medicine in the Philadelphia area after completing her medical education there in 2008. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Thomas Jefferson University hospital.

Dr. Chekemian specializes in chronic cancer pain, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), and post laminectomy syndrome from failed back surgery. She is dedicated to using an evidence-based approach for all types of pain treatment.