Pain Program

Service updates for appointments at WCH

  • If you have an upcoming in person appointment at Women’s College Hospital and you have a fever, cough, or new onset of shortness of breath, tested positive for COVID-19, or been instructed to self-isolate by Public Health please do not come to the hospital, call the clinic directly for more information. If you have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days and are fully vaccinated and have not been advised to isolate, you are welcome to come to the hospital for your scheduled appointment.
  • The hospital is open only to patients with appointments, please see our care partner & visitor restrictions information.
  • Your appointment may be changed to a virtual visit using the telephone or over video. Learn how to set-up a video visit.
  • You will receive a call from us with any changes to your appointment.
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times on WCH property. This includes, but is not limited to, parking areas, elevators and while waiting to be screened.

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.

Visit our website to learn more about TAPMI

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
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group (ACT)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Group (MBSR)
  • Pharmacy Consultation

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.

Interdisciplinary Pelvic Pain Clinic

Young Adult Pain Clinic


To refer your patient to TAPMI please visit and print off the referral form. Please note that referrals must come from a physician or nurse practitioner. 

Please fax the completed referral form to: 416-323-2666

TAPMI Clinical Staff

Occupational Therapist Sarah Sheffe
Pharmacist Karen Ng
Physician Arsenio Avila
Physician Ethesham Baig
Physician Anuj Bhatia
Physician Tania Di Renna
Physician Gil Faclier
Physician David Flamer
Physician John Hanlon
Physician Yasmine Hoydonckx
Physician  Keyvan Karkouti
Physician  James Khan
Physician  Bok Man Chan
Physician  Mary Mcloone
Physician  Gerald O’Leary
Physician  Atul Prabhu
Physician  Mandeep Singh
Physician  Neilesh Soneji
Physician  David Sussman
Physician  Paul Tumber
Physician Neilesh Soneji
Physiotherapist Celeste Corkery
Physiotherapist Harikrishnan (Hari) Gopalakrishanan Nair
Physiotherapist Gillian Grant
Psychiatrist Orit Zamir
Psychologist Wendy Carter
Registered Practical Nurse Julie Confiant
Registered Practical Nurse  Cara Peters
Social Worker Sara Rahmani-Azad

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 (.pdf)
  2. Essential Clinical Skills for Opioid Prescribers (.pdf)
  3. Naloxone Infographic (.pdf)
  4. Opioid Manager (.pdf)
  5. Opioid Switching (.pdf)
  6. Primary Care Opioid Toolkit for Chronic Pain (.pdf)
  7. Opioid Patient Information Handout (.pdf)
  8. TAPMI Cannabis Fact Sheet (.pdf)


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A member of

Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)