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Chronic Pain - Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI)

Women’s College Hospital pain program is proud to be the host of the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI). TAPMI is created by the five major pain centres in downtown Toronto coming together to share care, so that across the five sites, patients have access to an interdisciplinary team of chiropractors, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and social workers.

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Women’s College Hospital offers the following as part of TAPMI:

Self management is one of the most important treatments in your chronic pain journey. Studies have shown that when people actively manage their pain on a daily basis, they get the best results.

Self management options include:

  • Pain Education Classes
  • Pain U Self Management Group Program
  • Physiotherapy and Exercise Group Program
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Group (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Group (MBSR)
  • Pharmacy Consultation
  • Fibromyalgia Self Management Group Program

Interventional therapy: Certain types of pain may be relieved with interventional therapies. These therapies use techniques such as injections, nerve blocks, and nerve freezing to treat the source of the pain. This treatment does not work for everyone and they work best when they are used along with other types of treatment, including counselling and physical therapy. A 30% reduction in pain from interventional therapy is considered successful. 

Interventional Pain Management options at Women’s College Hospital include ultrasound or fluoroscopic guided nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation.

Referrals

  1. To refer your patient to TAPMI please visit tapmipain.ca and print off the referral form. Please note that referrals must come from a physician or nurse practitioner.
  2. Please fax the completed referral form 416-323-2666

TAPMI Clinical Staff

  • Advanced Practice Nurse 
Jacqueline Follis
  • Nurse Practitioner
Mary Mowbray
  • Occupational Therapist
Sarah Sheffe
  • Pharmacist
Karen Ng 
  • Physician
Arsenio Avila
  • Physician 
Anuj Bhatia
  • Physician 
Gil Faclier
  • Physician 
David Flamer
  • Physician 
Michael Gofeld
  • Physician 

Anwar Morgan 

  • Physician 
Neilesh Soneji
  • Physiotherapist
Celeste Corkery
  • Physiotherapist
Gillian Grant
  • Psychologist 
Adele Efendov
  • Social Worker
Lalia Palacio


TAPMI works closely with patients and their health care providers to help
them taper off of opioids.

Resources for Primary Care – Opioid Prescribing and Tapering

  1. Current Opioid Misuse Measures
  2. Essential Clinical Skills for Opioid Prescribers
  3. Naloxone Infographic
  4. Opioid Manager
  5. Opioid Switching
  6. Primary Care Opioid Toolkit for Chronic Pain

 

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Location and Contact Info

Location & Contact Information

Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI)
76 Grenville St. Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

fax: 416-323-2666

phone: 416-323-2629


Leadership
Dr. Tania Di Renna
Medical Director

Laura Pus, MBA
Administrative Director


Referrals – please visit www.tapmipain.ca

Accessibility
The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

Patient Handbook

The Patient Handbook 2014/2015 is designed to make your visit to Women's College Hospital an easy and pleasant experience. Download PDF

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  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)