Specialists

Dr. Tomer Anbar, Ph.D., CTC, CGP

Dr. Anbar has specialized in development and operation of chronic pain rehabilitation and behavioral medicine clinics in the public and private sectors in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for over 25 years. His work has focused on introducing evidence-based clinical programs into these sectors to systematically improve the lives of chronic pain sufferers. His work has been featured in numerous publications and television venues.

Dr. Anbar founded and formerly directed the Multidisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program at Scripps Health, and founded and directed the Unit of Clinical & Research Psychobiology at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, a research component of the World Health Organization in Mexico City.

As former Chairman of the Pain Rehabilitation SIG of the American Pain Society and former Treasurer of the Musculoskeletal Pain SIG of the International Association for the Study of Pain comprised of 133 countries, Dr. Anbar continues promoting the advances of interdisciplinary biopsychosocial evidence-based care. Among his accomplishments have been the establishment and management of the Global Pain Institute Consortium, with projects that have included the American Academy Pain Management, the City of San Diego, Intel-GE, and physicians and health & fitness clubs across California, all chosen as part of a community-based and on-line chronic pain and functional restoration initiative.

 

Dr. Anita Hunt Hickey M.D. – Clinical Advisor

Dr. Hickey is Board Certified in Holistic and Integrative Medicine, Board certified in Anesthesia, and trained in Medical Acupuncture. She is former Director of Pain Research and Integrative Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology, Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2008 to 2012, and former Department Head, Pain Management Clinic, Navy Consultant for Pain Management, Area Pacific, Department of Anesthesiology, Okinawa, Japan, Assistant Director for Surgical Services from 2012 to 2015.

In her position as Senior Navy Medical Acupuncturist, she mentored and proctored over 136 Navy Physicians coming out of training in Medical Acupuncture. She has also served as Army and VA Pain Task Force consultant for Medical Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.

Other accomplishments and positions held by Dr. Hickey include:

Presenter and panelist DOD/NIH Task Force Washington, DC : Gaps, Opportunities, Barriers to Acupuncture Research in the Military, February 3, 2011.

Panelist and participant in VA Office of Research and Development Conference, Washington, DC: PTSD and Complementary and Alternative Medicine-Research Opportunities, May 17, 2011.

Mind-Body and Integrative Medicine Lecturer, NMCSD PTSD Wounded Warrior Intensive Outpatient program.

Establishment of the NMCSD protocol and initiation of in-patient and out-patient Ketamine infusions for intractable neuropathic pain.

Pain Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.

Dr. Joshua Pal, M.D.

Dr. Pal attended Eastern Virginia Medical School, with training at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Himself a recipient of spinal surgery, after his recovery, he went on to complete his internship at Riverside Regional Medical Center in 2005.

Dr. Pal completed the requirements for licensure in medical acupuncture at Harvard Medical School in 2007. He subsequently completed his residency in anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School and attended fellowship training at Stanford University.

He was on the Medical Staff of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) from 2012-2017 as an Affiliate and Attending Physician. He is a Diplomate with double board-certification in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, with a focus on image-guided, minimally invasive procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of pain.

Dr. Pal has received awards for his research in neurology and pain medicine, published in scientific journals on non-opiate treatments of pain, and authored a textbook chapter on the advanced treatment of headaches. He has extensive personal and professional interests in minimally invasive treatment of sports injuries, as he pursues a variety of recreational athletics in his free time. He also volunteers as a ringside doctor for youth boxing in the South Bay, as well as providing pediatric anesthesia for surgical missions in developing countries, most recently with Smiles of Tecate.