Getting to know Dr. Jonathan D. Carlson
By Kevin Whipps
It was 1946, when Dr. Jonathan D. Carlson’s grandparents were living in the Philippines. The Japanese were still occupying the area, and his family was deep in poverty, hiding from soldiers and living a horrific lifestyle that seemed to have no hope of survival. But one day, Dr. Carlson’s grandfather saw an advertisement for jobs in the sugar and pineapple fields on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, they knew that this was their opportunity to give themselves and their family a better life. They got on a boat, travelled to the island and spent the next nine years living in camps provided to the workers by the farms. It was a better life, but not by much.
“My grandfather learned how to read,” he says. “My grandmother got herself educated with a nursing degree.” The family would save their money so that eventually they could buy their first home on the island, which would eventually turn into multiple properties. Because of that hard work and dedication, they were able to provide for their children, and eventually their grandchildren, giving them the best opportunities possible. “My cousin and myself are third-generation Filipinos, and we’re both physicians. She was so proud of that.” Dr. Carlson’s grandmother passed away recently, but when she passed at 98 years old, she knew that all of her sacrifices were worth it.
Dr. Carlson has always known what his grandparents did for them, and has treated that with the utmost respect. It’s why he knew that he should pursue a career that not only would help others, but would be worthy of the sacrifices made prior. He had an interest in medicine, and, with the encouragement of his family, he pursued it wholeheartedly.
In the past few years, Dr. Carlson has done some amazing things. He was trained by Dr. Gabor Racz, who is one of the fathers of Interventional Pain Management. He taught Dr. Carlson to think outside of the box when it comes to treating pain patients, which made a lasting impact on him. He’s also travelled across the world to help people in need, most recently visiting Nagamangala, India. And he’s also the Vice President of the ASIPP-AZ Chapter (American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians), you know, in case he didn’t have enough going on.
What’s next on his plate? “I just want to be the best doctor possible. Now I know that sounds very cliche, and everyone says that, but in reality, I don’t want to stop growing and learning,” he says. “I want to learn how to do anything I can possibly do for my patients, whether that is becoming better at prescribing medicines to learning new procedures that maybe only a few doctors do in the country.” Case in point: Dr. Carlson is one of the few doctors in the world who does the Omega Procedure, where a small wire is inserted under the skin to provide electrical stimulation to nerve endings, which can help with migraine headaches. Dr. Carlson wants to continue to push the boundaries, ensuring that the type of care that he offers his patients is above and beyond.
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