Physicians & Staff
PAUL W. DAVIES, M.D.
Paul W. Davies, M.D., the founder and CEO of Kure Pain Management and 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.
DAMEAN FREAS, D.O. – Executive Vice President
Damean Freas, D.O., is board certified and fellowship trained in pain medicine. He 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 was voted What’s Up Annapolis and What’s Up Eastern Shore magazine TOP DOC by his peers in 2011.
Dr. Freas specializes in intervention therapies such as epidural injections, joint injections, nerve blocks and EMG/NCV tests. Dr. Freas was recently selected as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumer Research Council of America. He is currently the elected President in Maryland’s Chapter of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
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, MD
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.
Christina Abraham M.D.
Christina Abraham M.D. is double-board certified and fellowship trained in Pain Medicine and PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). Dr. Abraham completed Medical School at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed her residency in PM&R and went on to pursue a fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York in 2011. Dr. Abraham is the recipient of the “Spirit of Carol” Award for humanistic qualities toward patients and the “Excellence in Resident Seminars” Award. She enjoys volunteer work and will work in Annapolis.
Mathew Abraham M.D.
Mathew Abraham M.D. is board certified in PM&R (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). Dr. Abraham completed Medical School at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in PM&R at the University of Rochester Medical School- Strong Memorial Hospital in New York. In 2011, he went on to pursue a fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Musculoskeletal Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania Penn Spine Center. He enjoys outdoor activities and will work on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Dr. Abraham is the recipient of the following awards:
- Best Musculoskeletal Medicine Research PosterPresentation for the 2012 Annual Assembly of the AmericanAcademy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Scott F. Nadler PASSOR Musculoskeletal Research and Education Award
- Wayne State University School of Medicine – Graduation with Distinction in Biomedical Science Research
- Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society – In Recognition of Clinical Excellence, Integrity, Exemplary Service/Compassion.
Asit Patel M.D.
Asit Patel M.D. is double-board certified and fellowship trained in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology. Dr. Patel completed Medical School at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Patel is a member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, as well as, the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has travelled extensively in his career and brings a broad perspective to KURE. He holds medical licenses in three States and will be practicing in KURE’s Southern MD locations (Waldorf and Leonardtown).
EARLE GREY, PA-C
Earle Grey, PA-C obtained his degree in Sports Medicine from St. Andrews College in North Carolina in 1997. Upon graduation, Earle worked as an Exercise Physiologist at the Bennett Institute for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Baltimore, running the Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs. From there he became the Clinical Coordinator of the Cardiac Rehab Program at the Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, Maryland, before entering Physician Assistant school in 2001.
Earle completed his Physician Assistant training at Anne Arundel Community College in 2003. He went on to work at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore for 4 years as a surgical PA. He then joined Maryland Brain & Spine in early 2007, spending the last three years in Neurosurgery. Earle has extensive experience in the operating room assisting a multitude of subspecialties to include: neurosurgery, orthopedic, vascular, urology, gynecology, plastics, thoracic, general, and podiatry.
Earle specializes in identifying disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. His treatments use the latest diagnostic technologies, minimally invasive procedures that include trigger point, intra-articular, and ultrasound guided injections. He treats pain utilizing multiple modalities, initiates appropriate surgical referrals, and understands a patient’s needs in the pre, peri, and postoperative courses of treatment.
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.
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 received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2002. She has treated a variety of orthopedic and sports related injuries in all age groups. She is knowledgeable and experienced in a variety of manual skills and therapeutic exercises. Mary enjoys working with all types of orthopedic injuries, yet has a strong interest in shoulder, knee and spinal pathology.
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.
Mary’s interests include spending time with her family, exercising, traveling, and spending time with friends. She enjoys running, water skiing, and boating. She loves a warm weather vacation destination or a weekend getaway. Her family has recently added an 8-week Boykin Spaniel named Cooper to the household! She has lived in the Greater Annapolis area for over 20 years and considers Annapolis home.
Kimba Y. Rivera, MT
Kimba joins KURE as a medical massage therapist. She received her Certificate in Massage Therapy from the TESST College of Technology in 2006. Prior to that she graduated with a B.S. in Health Science from Lincoln University in 2002. Her specialties include Therapeutic Services, Customer Service and Health Research.
She has already received rave reviews from patients and we are very excited to have her.
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.
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