Patient education and engagement are cornerstone philosophies at Arizona Pain because they work. Patients who are educated and engaged tend to experience more pain relief.
We’re incredibly lucky to surround ourselves with an inspiring, motivated team of doctors who spend their days trying to get to the bottom of what’s causing someone pain. The human body is a miraculous system that’s analogous to a symphony—optimal performance requires all the notes to play at the right time, in the right key. Otherwise, the performance sounds—and feels—discordant.
Arizona Pain doctors thrive on finding those notes that are a little out of tune and working with patients to discover the right treatments to get things into synch again, or as much as possible.
Today, we’re proud to introduce you to our team. We hope you’ll take the time to get to know us. We believe that a strong doctor/patient connection is critical to providing a high level of care. Back to the symphony analogy, this connection is like a conductor: essential for optimal flow.
Here, we present to you our team.
Dr. Tory McJunkin
Dr. McJunkin is a co-founder of Arizona Pain. He’s an interventional pain medicine physician who believes so strongly in the ability of education to make a difference in pain patients’ lives that he spends a great deal of time teaching at conferences, publishing in medical journals, and working to produce the Arizona Pain monthly magazine.
“One of the best things about pain management is when we have people come in who are at the end of their rope (because we get to help them get better).”
His grandmother, for instance, came into the office with a vertebral compression fracture that was causing her a lot of pain. Arizona Pain co-founder Dr. Paul Lynch gave her a minimally invasive procedure that involved filling the fracture with cement. Almost immediately, she expressed relief.
“That’s what I look for in each patient,” Dr. McJunkin says. “That moment where you can diagnose what’s causing their problem and figure out what is the exact treatment that will get them back to their life.”
When he’s not in the office, Dr. McJunkin loves to spend time with his family, including five children. “It’s a house of chaos, but it’s a house of joy,” he says.
Dr. Paul Lynch
When Dr. Lynch was in medical school, his mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. The experience of watching her suffer changed his life and gave him a newfound purpose. He says:
“I knew that I wanted to spend my life helping patients who suffer from pain.”
The experience not only led him to helping pain patients, but supporting them through Arizona Pain’s specific model of collaborative care that emphasizes a pain pill-free approach to helping people regain their lives. He values this approach immensely, summing it up with “comprehensive care, getting people off pills, and getting people back to daily living.”
Dr. Lynch’s family includes a wife and four boys. They love spending their free time playing sports, such as golf, biking, or hiking. “We just have a great time,” he says.
Dr. Jonathon Carlson
Dr. Carlson, an anesthesiologist and pain management physician, came to Arizona after growing up in Hawaii and California. His passion for travel and adventurous living—he enjoys surfing and once trekked 17,000-plus feet in the Himalayas while visiting monasteries along the way—inspires his love for helping patients regain their lives, so they too can do the things they’ve always wanted to do.
There’s nothing better, Dr. Carlson says, than helping someone who is disabled, on many medications, and unable to work. He’s experienced many times where these previously homebound patients will over time come to the point where they’re home and feeling great. Suddenly they say, “I want to go back to work.”
In addition to traveling and working with medically underserved communities, Dr. Carlson loves spending time with his family and at church.
For more information about these doctors and others, please visit our About page.
Arizona Pain supports The National Association of Hispanic Nurses
At Arizona Pain, community is No. 1. The state’s rapidly growing Hispanic community faces unique problems when it comes to getting the pain management they need.
Arizona Pain was recently recognized at the National Association of Hispanic Nurses for supporting the organization and the membership of more than ten nurses. The association not only supports the efforts of Latino nurses, but also works to improve the quality of health care for all Hispanics.
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