Navin Mallavaram, M.D.

Dr. Navin Mallavaram is an Interventional Pain Management specialist. He is double Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Northwestern University, in Evanston IL in Internal Medicine. His residency was completed at Columbia University in New York City. He was honored to be selected to serve as Chief Resident in his final year. He further studied Pain Medicine at the same institution’s Manhattan Center for Pain Management.

While Dr. Mallavaram specializes in treating spinal pain, his extensive training allows him to treat a wide spectrum of painful disorders. He believes in using a comprehensive approach to pain management in an effort to restore his patient’s health and improve their overall quality of life. He founded The Spine & Pain Center of California to offer state of the art, compassionate pain management care to the Bay Area community.

In addition to conducting research sponsored by the NIH, Dr. Mallavaram has presented his award winning-research at national medical conferences. He has also co-authored a chapter in a pain management textbook that is used in training programs around the world. He routinely attends lectures and workshops to keep abreast of the most state-of-art treatments in pain management.

Outside of work, Dr. Mallavaram enjoys spending time with his wife and children, playing golf, and traveling.

Susannah Feder, Psy.D.

Suzannah Federhas been a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Pleasanton, California for the past 18 years. Susannah earned a B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College and a Psy.D from Wright State University.

Her primary focus is pain and illness management. She uses cognitive behavioral psychotherapies, as well as supportive and relaxation therapies to assist patients with chronic pain and illness. Her goal is for the patient to have as active and satisfying a lifestyle as possible.

She is also a consultant to drug and alcohol treatment facilities. She has designed, directed, and implemented addiction treatment programs and supervised clinicians for twenty years. She is enjoying her transition into integrated behavioral medicine and private practice as primary work settings.

Sharmila Acharya, MSPT

Sharmila Acharya is a holistic physical therapist who specializes in alternative solutions to chronic pain. Her mind-body approach differentiates her from traditional physical therapists and makes her an ideal choice for pain relief, even when previous physical therapy may have been unsuccessful. She focuses on creating harmony and wellness of the whole person.

The foundation of Sharmila’s practice centers on the belief that “the body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.” In her experience, true healing can only occur when people are actively involved in the process, as opposed to just being a passive recipient. Therefore, during hour long sessions with Sharmila, she creates a customized home program that is just as important to follow as the treatments that she does. Each session utilizes a combination of John Barnes Myofascial Release, therapeutic yoga, breathing/meditation, as well as traditional physical therapy modalities. Sharmila has found that this has been an effective way for treating chronic pain.

Sharmila graduated with honors with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Prior to working in the Bay Area, she spent several years working in New York City’s leading hospitals, as well as private practice, treating a wide variety of problems. Sharmila is also a certified yoga teacher, graduating from a 200 hour teacher training program in 2004. She has completed numerous workshops and certifications in yoga since then, including Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, PT, PhD, and Core Vinyasa training with Srivatsa Ramaswami.

She is also a Myofascial Release therapist, training directly under the renowned John Barnes, PT. Myofascial Release is a gentle, but deep, hands on approach to release restrictions in the body’s fascia, a connective tissue that encompasses the whole body, like a three dimensional spider web. These fascial restrictions, which are a result of stress, surgery, poor posture, and physical trauma, then place enormous pressure on the muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and organs. Myofascial Release is the best tool for relieving these types of pain, restoring function and increasing energy.

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