Pain Program

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

Referrals

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. 

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

TAPMI Clinical Staff

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 Harikrishnan (Hari) Gopalakrishanan Nair
Physiotherapist Gillian Grant
Psychologist Wendy Carter
Registered Practical Nurse Julie Confiant
Registered Practical Nurse  Cara Peters
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 (.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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