Physicians & Staff
DAMEAN FREAS, D.O. – Chief Executive Officer
Damean Freas, D.O., is the Chief Executive Officer for Kure Pain LLC. He is board certified and fellowship trained in pain medicine. Dr. Freas attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his medical residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. His fellowship training was completed at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.
Dr. Freas is listed as one of the “150 Pain Management Physicians to Know” by Becker’s ASC Review. He was also rated one of the “Rising Stars of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation” for Washington DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia by Washington Post Magazine. In 2011, Dr. Freas was voted What’s Up Annapolis and What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine TOP DOC by his peers.
Dr. Freas specializes in intervention therapies such as epidural injections, joint injections, nerve blocks and EMG/NCV tests. Dr. Freas was selected as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumer Research Council of America. He served as President of Maryland’s Chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and is on the Board of Directors for Maryland Hall.
Paul W. Davies, M.D. – Chairman, Board of Directors for Kure Pain LLC
Paul W. Davies, M.D. is board certified in pain management. He is one of the few fellowship trained pain specialists in the country. Dr. Davies was a post-doctoral fellow in pain management at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Manchester, England and has done residencies at the University of Pittsburgh, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Dr. Davies has been appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley as the chair of the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. This twelve member commission will seek and review proposals from academic research centers who will participate in the medical marijuana program. The commission will also examine issues related to the program and oversee its implementation.
In addition, Dr. Davies was recently published in both Maryland Family Doctor Magazine and Maryland Physicians Magazine. Dr. Davies was selected as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumer Research Council of America and voted What’s Up Annapolis magazine TOP DOC by his peers in 2009.
Dr. Davies serves as the Honorary Chair for Hospice of the Chesapeake. He serves on the advisory board of Maryland Physicians Magazine and an active supporter of the Arthritis Foundation.
The City of Annapolis awarded Dr. Davies with a Citation of Merit for providing free health care to the medically underserved in Anne Arundel County.
STEVE SHANNON, M.D.
Steve Shannon, M.D., is board certified in pain management, in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as in electro diagnostic medicine (EMG studies) – he is also certified in medical acupuncture for pain management. Steve Shannon, M.D., was a Colonel in the Army Medical Corps when he retired in 2003 after 20 years of service. He earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and did his PM&R residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He received numerous awards in the Army, including a research award for his work in studying Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
Steve Shannon, M.D., is skilled in many techniques designed to treat all types of chronic and cancer pain including complementary treatments such as acupuncture, prolotherapy, botulinum toxin injections, and ETOIMS (electrical twitch-obtaining intra-muscular stimulation). These modalities help many patients with chronic pain without the adverse side effects of medication.
KAMRAN A. SARAF, M.D.
Dr. Saraf is board certified and fellowship trained in Pain Management. Originally from Maryland, Dr. Saraf completed Medical School and his Anesthesiology residency at the University of Miami, Miami FL. He obtained a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He went on to pursue a fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA in 2010. Dr. Saraf is a recipient of the Maryland Senatorial Scholarship and the University of Miami Academic Achievement Scholarship. He was inducted into multiple national honor societies and served on various boards and committees throughout his medical education. He speaks three (3) languages and is medically fluent in Spanish. Dr. Saraf will work in Glen Burnie and Annapolis.
DORIS K. COPE, M.D.
Dr. Cope is double-board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, a life member of the Academy of Anesthesiology and has been listed among the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 1998.
She is one of the top pain doctors in the United States and has been featured on national television, radio and featured in numerous magazines and newspapers.
Dr. Cope led one of the top pain medicine programs in the country at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), serving as a professor in the department of anesthesiology. She has written dozens of articles and abstracts on anesthesiology, chronic pain and pain medicine in top medical journals.
EHSAN ABDESHAHIAN, M.D.
Ehsan Abdeshahian, M.D. is fellowship trained and specializes in pain management and sports medicine. Dr. Abdeshahian completed Medical School before doing his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at State University of New York Downstate in New York City. He then pursued a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Abdeshahian has an interest in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. When he’s not helping patients, Dr. Abdeshahian enjoys outdoor activities, playing basketball and traveling.
HAROON HAMEED, M.D.
Haroon Hameed, M.D is fellowship trained and board certified in pain medicine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as his fellowship in Pain Medicine at Hopkins. Dr. Hameed is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He is also an Alternate Delegate for the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Director of the ASIPP Legislative Awareness Health Policy and Advocacy Fellowship.
BEN FOO, D.O.
Ben Foo, D.O. is board certified with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and completed his fellowship training in pain medicine. He attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania before completing his residency at New York University. Dr. Foo is also a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is skilled in many techniques including Fluoroscopic-guided Spine & Joint Procedures and Ultrasound-guided Injections.
AMIT PATEL, PA-C
Amit Patel, PA-C obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey. He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Amit was a member of Pi Alpha National Honor Society at Lock Haven, which is comprised of the top 15% of Physician Assistant students. Amit was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key National Honor societies.
Amit has completed over 2,500 hours in clinical rotations including Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Pediatrics, Cardiology, General Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. In 2009, he joined the Chesapeake Pain Center in Bel Air, MD where he examined, diagnosed, and treated patients with varying pain and orthopedic complaints.
HEATHER DAY – PA-C
Heather Day, PA-C obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development. She went on to obtain her Physician’s Assistant degree from The Pennsylvania College of Technology, School of Health Sciences.
Heather is dedicated to the community and the people she serves. She has Volunteered at local daycare centers for special events and administered flu vaccinations at community centers. She has Volunteered in the infirmary at the Little League World Series, and at various community health events. She strives to make important health information available to the community.
NATHAN MYCHAK, PA-C
Nathan Mychak, PA-C, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physician Assistant Studies from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, a Pennsylvania State University affiliate. In addition to his degree, he has earned over 100 medical education credit hours in the specialty of pain management. He chose the career of a Physician Assistant out of an inherent desire to benefit society by having a positive impact on other people’s lives. Nathan’s past volunteer work exemplifies his dedication to the improvement of the surrounding community. He has participated in blood pressure screening for impoverished adults, sports physicals for underprivileged children, and spent multiple years coaching youth sports. In his spare time, Nathan is an avid weight lifter. He also enjoys reading, playing sports, and watching sporting events.
Steven Sullivan PA-C
Steve Sullivan, PA-C was born in Baltimore and grew up in Glen Burnie. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Baltimore in 1985. Steve completed the Physician Assistant program at Anne Arundel Community College in 2004. His work experience includes Neurosugery, Orthopedic Spine, and Pain Management. Steve specializes in disorders of the spine and the musculoskeletal system. His treatments include trigger point, intra-articular, and ultrasound guided injections
SARA HOWENSTINE, PA-C
Sara joined Kure Pain Management after obtaining her Masters in Health Science Degree from Salus University, where she graduated with highest honors. Before graduate school, Sara obtained her Bachelors in Science from The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development. She is also member for the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Sara has had experience working in Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine, and Gastroenterology. Sara enjoys the challenging role of providing comprehensive care to pain management patients, and believes in building strong relationships between provider and patient. When not taking care of patients, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.
CHRIS HOFFMANN, MPT
Chris Hoffmann, MPT graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in 1995. He went on to obtain his Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1998. Since then Chris has worked for Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center starting as a staff therapist and eventually becoming the Executive Director.
Chris is a golf certified therapist, has completed many manual therapy courses through the University of St. Augustine in Florida, works with general orthopedic and sports medicine conditions, and has additional training in foot and ankle with expertise in custom foot orthoses.
Chris is recognized through the American Backpain Center for completing his training in Strategic Orthopedics that involves focus and detail in successfully managing cervicothoracic and lumbo-pelvic pain, and migraine headaches. Chris brings a new set of treatments to KURE Pain Management using brand new, advanced, state of the art Physical Therapy equipment including the Triton DTS Traction System (one of the most sophisticated traction devises on the market today), Nu-Step and Recumbent Bike. He specializes in headaches, cervical, lumbar and sacroiliac spine pain, postoperative orthopedic conditions and tennis and golf elbow.
JOSH BIGELOW, DPT
Josh Bigelow, DPT graduated from High Point University in North Carolina in 2004. He went on to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore in 2008 where he presented his doctoral thesis on Balance Confidence in Elderly Adult Males at the National Physical Therapy Convention in Nashville, TN. He went on from there to work as a staff physical therapist for Shore Health Systems and eventually becoming the lead physical therapist at an outpatient clinic specializing in pain management.
With his extensive knowledge base in balance related disorders, vestibular pathologies, pain related syndromes, and sport/orthopaedic injuries, Josh brings a personable and thorough approach to every patient he treats. His advanced training includes:
- Certified Neurocom Balance Clinician
- Sports Medicine/Sport specific rehabilitation
- Advanced Manual Techniques and Joint Mobilizations for spine and extremities
- Advanced Treatment of Various Vestibular and Balance Pathologies
MARY NAYLOR, MPT
Mary Naylor, MPT graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2002 with a Masters degree in physical therapy. She began her career working in an outpatient clinic setting treating general orthopedic and sports medicine conditions. Before coming to KURE, she was a director for a well established out-patient clinic.
Mary is trained and knowledgeable in Strategic Orthopedics through the American Back Pain Center, in treating cervical, thoracic and lumbo-pelvic conditions. She has specific training on Chronic Pain and its effect on the various systems within the Chronic Pain patient. Mary brings to KURE her specialized training from the Herman & Wallace Institute in Women’s Health. She treats the following conditions:
• Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
• Pelvic Pain
• Prolapse (Uterine, Vaginal, Bladder and Rectal)
• Pre & Post-Natal Care
Mary enjoys the challenge of motivating her patients in becoming a proactive participant in the healing process. She views patient education and a partnership with her patients as an important element, recognizing that everyone is unique and enjoys tailoring treatments to each individual patient. She believes in delivering exceptional care in a fun and relaxed environment. In her spare time, she enjoys running, staying active and keeping up with her two young sons. She resides in the Annapolis Area.
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