Pain Program

Women’s College Hospital 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.

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.

Young Adult Pain Clinic

Occupational Therapist

  • Sarah Sheffe


  • Karen Ng


  • Aresenio Avila
  • Tania Di Renna
  • Gil Faclier
  • David Flamer
  • Praveen Ganty
  • Akash Goel
  • Yasmine Hoydonckx
  • Keyvan Karkouti
  • James Khan
  • Judith Kwok
  • Ayesha Malik
  • Mary McLoone
  • Howard Meng
  • Sheila Riazi
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Lavarnan Sivanathan
  • Neilesh Soneji
  • David Sussman


  • Olivia Drodge
  • Paula Jaloul
  • Samantha Joubert


  • Wendy Carter
  • Brittany Rosenbloom

Registered Practical Nurses

  • Christian Aquino
  • Kimberly Coombs

Social Worker

  • Sylvia Gomes
  • Sara Rahmani-Azad

Pain Program

Women’s College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
Floor 3
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6269

Fax: 416-323-2666

 For referrals please visit:

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