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Newbridge adds Nurse Practitioner to Southern Maryland

Newbridge adds Nurse Practitioner to Southern Maryland

Southern Maryland’s premier medical facility exclusively dedicated to pain management, has added a new Nurse Practitioner to their team, Ms. Felicia DePina.
Ms. DePina is a native of Chicago’s south side. She is a military vet who served her country in both peace time and war as a combat medic; achieving the prestigious Army Accommodation Medal for military service.

During her military tenure she saw first-hand the benefit of and need for responsible short and long-term pain treatment.

Following an honorable discharge from the US Army Ms. DePina attended the University of Alaska Anchorage where she received a baccalaureate of science in nursing.
Ms. DePina enjoyed a full and satisfying nursing career of more than 15 years, before deciding to take her nursing experience and education to the next level. She pursued an advanced master of science in nursing degree, ultimately becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

Ms. DePina is board certified nationally as a Family Nurse Practitioner, through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in the state of Maryland, currently holding states licenses as a registered nurse in Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas.

As the newest member of the Newbridge Spine & Pain Center team in Southern Maryland she will see patients suffering from chronic pain primarily at the practice’s Waldorf location. There she will join a well-established team including; Physician Assistant, Singh Bhurji and CRNP, Celia Gramsky all assisting board-certified interventional pain management physicians, Dr. Madhavi Chada and Dr. Majid H. Ghauri.


Top Docs 2015 Washingtonian

Top Docs 2015 Washingtonian

Newbridge Physicians awarded Washingtonian “Top Docs 2015”

Congrats to our founder Dr. Jay Gonchigar and senior physician Dr. Majid H. Ghauri for being selected among the Washingtonian magazine’s Top Doctors of 2015.

Dr. Gonchigar has been practicing pain management since 1996 and is one of the DMV areas longest standing specialist pain providers.

Dr Majid H. Ghauri has over 13 years of experience practicing pain medicine. We sat down with Dr. Ghauri between procedures to ask a few questions about his passion for pain management.

Since 2002 Dr. Ghauri has  developed his specialist interventional pain management techniques therefore you’d expect him to have a favorite procedure, “I enjoy performing all interventional procedures. Whenever a procedure helps a patient feel better I’m happy. Whatever procedure will most effectively achieve pain relief for that patient is my favorite at that time.”

When asked what he loves most about pain management he states, “with the advances in pain management procedures and techniques we have been able to establish and maintain an extremely high success rate with injection treatments.” This high success rate means that more patients are able to pursue their daily activities with far less reliance on long-term medications.

The moments he is most proud of in his lengthy career are not achieving his triple board certification, awards or prestige he states, “every time a patient gets better and says ‘thank-you’ I feel proud of what I do and the career path I have chosen.”

His advice for anyone entering the field; “work hard and don’t take any thing lightly.”

These two Newbridge Spine & Pain Center physicians have a long history of treating chronic pain in Maryland and the surrounding area going back to 1997.

With a team of fellowship trained & board-certified pain management specialists, Newbridge Spine & Pain is one of the few pain practices equipped with the expertise and resources to provide patients with monitored anesthesia care (sedation) during pain management procedures.


Genicular Nerve Block for the Knee

Genicular Nerve Block for the Knee

Genicular Nerve Block & RF Ablation

The genicular nerve block and RFA are a proven and popular procedure to combat knee pain. The specialist interventional pain management physicians at Newbridge Spine & Pain Center perform this innovative new procedure for treating patients with knee pain without surgery. Genicular Nerve Block or Genicular Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation can be done before if the hopes of preventing surgery or after knee surgery to offer pain relief.

This state-of-the-art procedure relieves pain in patients experiencing knee pain due to any of the  following conditions:

  • Chronic Knee Pain
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (of the knee)
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee
  • Prior to or following a total knee replacement
  • Prior to or following a partial knee replacement
  • Patients unfit for knee replacement
  • Patients who wish to avoid a knee replacement

The procedure is performed in 2 stages:

  1. Diagnostic Genicular Nerve Block – this procedure consists of placing a small amount of a local anesthetic, on the genicular nerves. This tests the patient’s response and determines if there is sufficient pain relief in the knee to justify performing a therapeutic neurotomy
  2. Genicular Nerve Ablation – during this therapeutic portion of treatment, your pain management physician will perform a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the genicular nerves, restoring function of the knee and alleviating pain.

If you or someone you know is experiencing knee pain or suffers from any of the above conditions give us a call at any one of our four convenient locations in Maryland and Virigina to discuss what our interventional pain management procedures can do to relieve your pain.treating knee pain


Dr. Sana Shaikh shares her philosophy on Pain Management

Dr. Sana Shaikh shares her philosophy on Pain Management
Pain Management Frederick Sana Shaikh MD

Dr. Sana Shaikh is a Pain Management Specialist in Frederick MD

Sana Shaikh, MD is one of the newest additions to the Newbridge pain management and anesthesia teams. Dr. Sana Shaikh is an experienced pain management provider and ABA board-certified Anesthesiologist, read Dr. Sana Shaikh’s bio.  We asked Dr. Sana Shaikh about the practice of pain management, her philosophy and the treatment of chronic pain. Here is her response:

What can a pain management specialist do for pain?

A common misconception about pain management is that it is primarily pain medication management. As pain specialists we are actually are able to treat many kinds of chronic pain by doing x-ray, fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided procedures in hopes of minimizing the need for pain medications and injections. These minimally-invasive procedures allow people to return to their daily activities without being tied to a medication schedule.

Why is it important for patients to see a pain specialist at the earliest opportunity?Musculoskeletal Pain

As a pain management physician, I find patients come to me after years of dealing with their pain and having seen many physicians but having minimal improvement in their symptom. As the source of pain becomes a chronic problem, it starts to affects other aspects of a your health. The social, emotional and psychological impacts of chronic pain start to play a role in the perception of your pain and thus start adding to the impact of pain in a persons daily life.

Limiting activity, restricting social engagements and the stress and barriers that severe pain imposes starts to change a patients outlook on improvement and hope for a pain free future. There are actually documented physical and chemical changes that occur in a patient with chronic pain. Changes are seen in circulating cortisol levels, along with other normal transmitters involved with sleep cycles and mood.

I am a great believer in treating pain as early as it starts as I find we can prevent pain from progressing into a debilitating hindrance for many patients. Once a patient’s pain has already become chronic, I always make sure the treatment is a multimodal plan, involving interventional techniques that treat the initial source of the pain along with the incorporation of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial therapies to help get the patient back to the quality of life they strive for.

Healthy sleep behaviors are also significantly impacted by chronic pain. Typically patients experience frequent awakening at night and unrestful sleep. Patients with fibromyalgia, a pain reliefdisorder which causes chronic pain have documented changes seen in their sleep EMG studies. The lack of deep sleep in these patients has been linked to decreased levels of healthy neurotransmitters which affect the way a patient’s body copes with and perceives pain.

The chronic pain patient starts to experience a hindrance to their daily life, work, financial ability as well as their interpersonal relationships due to the many ways chronic pain affects the human body. As healthcare develops and our patient population ages, it is important to effectively treat acute pain as soon as possible before it takes such a great toll on people’s lives.

What happens when pain becomes chronic?

Treating chronic back painOnce pain becomes chronic, the treatment changes as well. Although we start by focusing on the main source of the pain, it becomes important to also address the other aspects of a patient’s health that have been affected. Chronic pain patients typically avoid behaviors and movements that trigger their pain, however, these adjustments in a patient’s behavior & movement often leads to further muscle wasting and usually leads to additional myofascial pain.

Because of this,  a multimodal / multidisciplinary care plan for treating pain, such as we provide at Newbridge Spine & Pain, is often crucial in long term pain management. Developing a care plan that includes physical therapy and rehabilitation are crucial to changing learned behaviors that may have contributed to a patient’s pain.

As part of my pain management care plans I also assess how pain has affected my patient’s coping skills and objectivity. Typically there is also a level of depression that accompanies the changes seen with chronic pain. Many times, incorporating behavioral and psychological therapy can help patients change their perspective and outlook on their pain allowing them to be more positive and proactive towards improvement.

Chronic pain is defined as a pain lasting more than 3-6 months. It happens to be a great source of healthcare cost per year and affects 100 million adult Americans as reported in 2011 by the Institute of Medicine. On February 2014, it even got the attention of USA Today News which highlighted the prevalence, impact and missed treatment options throughout the nation.





Newbridge Spine & Pain Center is Shaikh-ing things up

Pain Specialist Harris Shaikh, M.D.

Now seeing patients in Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland – September 29, 2014 – Newbridge Spine & Pain Center, a leading Maryland medical pain management practice dedicated to the treatment of chronic pain, has recently added two new physicians to its team of pain management providers in Frederick MD.

Harris Shaikh, MD joins the pain management team at Newbridge Spine & Pain Center in Frederick after completing his fellowship in Pain Management from The Manhattan Center for Pain Management at Mount Sinai St Luke’s-Roosevelt in New York. Dr. Shaikh, like most of the physicians at Newbridge Spine & Pain Center, has multiple board certifications including Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine.

Pain Management Frederick Sana Shaikh MD

Sana Shaikh, M.D.

Joining him in the move to Frederick is his spouse Dr. Sana Shaikh, also a board certified Anesthesiologist fellowship trained in pain management. Sana Shaikh, M.D. practiced pain management in New York prior to moving to Frederick to join the team at Newbridge Spine & Pain Center.

Pain Doctor Frederick Harris Shaikh

Harris Shaikh, M.D.

When asked what prompted them to make the move from New York to Frederick the Shaikh’s stated that the move to Frederick was a clear choice, “it was important for us to find a community that is family oriented and has values similar to ours we’re confident we’ve found that here in Frederick” said Dr. Harris Shaikh.

Regarding the choice to join the Newbridge practice he sates,

“I chose Newbridge Spine & Pain because they have a pain management philosophy which is consistent with mine; namely, using a multimodal, multidisciplinary approach that helps chronic pain patients return to the activities they love most.”

While Newbridge Spine & Pain Center brand has been in business for over five years and is conveniently located on Thomas Johnson Drive the physicians of Newbridge Spine & Pain Center, in particular founder and medical director Dr. Jay Gonchigar, have a long history of treating chronic pain in Frederick County and the surrounding area going back to 1997. With a team of fellowship trained pain management specialists Newbridge Spine & Pain is one of the few pain practices equipped with the expertise and resources to provide patients with sedation during pain management procedures, an offer that is especially welcomed by patients experiencing severe pain and anxiety.

Majid Ghauri, M.D., one of Newbridge Spine & Pain’s lead physicians, is enthusiastic about the additional pain providers, “Dr. Shaikh is a wonderful addition to our team his emphasis on and experience in multidisciplinary care is consistent with the Newbridge philosophy and his passion for chronic pain patients is a true asset to us. Additionally, we have the benefit of Dr. Sana Shaikh’s experience as a pain provider and anesthesiologist. Frederick is lucky to have them both.”pain free, reduce pain

Chronic pain is one of America’s largest health challenges and can have a devastating impact on a person’s ability to do every-day-things. This fact makes Dr. Shaikh’s goal all the more promising as he hits-the-ground-running taking the Frederick practice under his wing,

“my goal is not only to help reduce pain but to help optimize our patient’s ability to perform their daily activities, pursue their hobbies and basically live a happy, active lifestyle.”

Newbridge Spine & Pain offices are located in Waldorf, Prince Frederick and Frederick, MD and now in Leesburg VA.


About Newbridge Spine & Pain Center
Newbridge Spine & Pain Center has helped thousands of patients experience effective, long-lasting relief from acute and chronic pain. By incorporating powerful, sophisticated pain-relieving treatments into customized plans of care, our pain management experts provide patients with the ability to return to living an active and healthy lifestyle. Some of the many conditions we successfully treat include back and neck pain, spinal cord disorders, cancer pain, auto & work injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritic pain and many other painful conditions.





Newbridge Celebrates 5 years

Newbridge Celebrates 5 years

Happy Birthday to Us

To mark the occasion of 5 years as Newbridge Spine & Pain Center we thought it appropriate to reflect on the past 5 years by interviewing owner and Medical Director Jay Gonchigar, M.D.



Q: It’s been 5 years since you opened Newbridge how do you feel about the direction of the company?
A: ” I could not have imagined that we would have progressed this far in 5 years. It is a great feeling. We have made great strides in our geographic spread and managed to develop robust clinical and support teams.”

Q: What has been the biggest challenge to the business?

A: “It has been a challenge ensuring both potential patients and the medical community understand what we do. We treat the symptoms of pain, at the source. We do not promise a cure but rather our aim is to help our patients  fulfill productive lives free from the burden of constant pain. Ultimately, we aim to improve our patient’s quality of life.”

Q:What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?

A: “Professionally the two main challenges I’ve faced are firstly making patients and providers understand the disconnect between the morphology (structural features) and symptoms of pain & secondly managing expectations. In many cases there is an expectation that a successful outcome results in the pain being cured; sometimes that is possible; however, in reality our role is to minimize and manage pain.”

Q:Hind sight is 20/20 – Knowing what you know now is there anything you would have done differently when you started Newbridge?

A:”I don’t think there is anything I would have done differently. As a business owner you learn as the business grows and tweak your processes along the way. Our main priority has always been the highest quality care and personalized treatment for our patients. While we stay true to prioritizing patient care I am happy.”

Q: What are you looking forward to in the next 5 years?

A:”Continued expansion to include additional services and ensuring we continue to offer the most comprehensive range of treatments. We understand that when treating pain we treat the whole the person not just the pain itself thus we would like to outgrow the existing models of interventions and medications as the sole means to alleviating pain.”

Q:What do you anticipate to be a challenge in the future?

A: “Continuing algorithm based medicine when regulatory or other impositions force physician decisions rather than enabling patients and physicians to make decisions based on facts & outcome measures.”

Q: In your view, what are the highlights of the past 5 years?

A:”The creation and growth of our core team who made possible the growth we’ve experienced to date”

Q:What makes Newbridge the company it is today?

A:”Simply put, our patients. Health is a very personal thing and we take it personally. Maintaining our patients trust in us and what we do ultimately defines us as a company.”


New Leesburg Location

New Leesburg Location

New Pain Center Opens in Leesburg, Virginia 

#Press Release

Newbridge Spine & Pain Center, one of Metro Washington D.C leading pain management medical practices, is opening a brand new state-of-the-art medical center in Leesburg, Virginia.

This New location will begin scheduling appointments and accepting patients from February 2014. The new Leesburg office will be staffed by Jay Gonchigar M.D. and Majid Ghauri M.D both board certified in Anesthesiology and sub-specialty certified in Pain Management. Both physicians are highly respected in their field and known throughout the Pain Management community for their commitment to patient care and expertise as pain management specialists.



“As we expand into Leesburg, Virginia Newbridge Spine & Pain Center remains dedicated to serving those suffering from chronic pain by providing effective results through proven treatments. This new location promises to achieve our ongoing mission of providing sophisticated treatments in the most advanced clinical setting available” states Dr. Jay Gonchigar, Medical Director at Newbridge Spine & Pain Center.

This state-of-the-art, fully-equipped  medical facility is designed to conveniently enable patients to both consult with their pain management specialist and undergo any required procedures at the same location.

Newbridge Spine & Pain center offers the full spectrum of interventional pain management procedures as well as medication management providing same and next day appointments when needed. The Leesburg practice of Newbridge Spine & Pain Center is located at 161 Fort Evans Road, NE, Suite 340, Leesburg VA 20176 – official ribbon cutting ceremony to be announced.

Newbridge Spine & Pain Center welcomes patients daily. New patient appointments are available and most major insurances are accepted. Additional offices are located in Waldorf, Prince Frederick and Frederick, MD.  To learn more, visit Newbridge Spine & Pain Center online at

About Newbridge Spine & Pain Center

Newbridge Spine & Pain Center has helped thousands of patients experience effective, long-lasting relief from acute and chronic pain.  By incorporating powerful, sophisticated pain-relieving treatments into customized plans of care, our pain management experts provide patients with the ability to return to living an active and healthy lifestyle.  Some of the many conditions we successfully treat include back and neck pain, spinal cord disorders, cancer pain, auto & work injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritic pain and many other painful conditions.  


Mild Procedure – Dr Ghauri performs Mild Procedure

Mild Procedure – Dr Ghauri performs Mild Procedure

Treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS)

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS?)

Spinal stenosis is caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal causing compression of the spinal cord and nerves. LSS occurs in the lower back / lumbar region of the spine. This condition can cause pain, numbness or tingling in the lower back, legs and buttocks limiting a persons ability to walk or stand.

What are the signs of LSS?

If pain, numbness or tingling occurs when you stand or walk but you experience relief when sitting or by bending forward you may have a certain type of LSS that can be treated by removing the excess tissue causing the narrowing of the spine. This treatment is known as the mild® Procedure.

What is the mild Procedure?

The mild procedure was developed to help patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) stand long and walk farther with less pain.

Treating Lumbar Spinal Stenosis with Mild Procedure

Dr Majid Ghuari

The procedure is being offered by Dr. Majid Ghauri of Newbridge Spine and Pain Center and is currently performed at Laurel Hospital.

This short, outpatient procedure is performed through a very small incision and is thus minimally invasive. The mild procedure requires no general anesthesia, no implants and no stitches.

According to, “study data show that 79% of patients experience a significant reduction in pain and significant increase in mobility.” Following the mild® Procedure, “most patients are able to return home the same day and are generally able to resume light tasks and everyday activities within just a few days.”

Am I a candidate?

To determine whether you may be a candidate for this procedure contact Newbridge Spine and Pain centers. For more information about the procedure call us.

The Mild Procedure is now performed at Laurel Hospital by Newbridge Spine & Pain Center’s Dr Majid Ghauri, MD.


Kyphoplasty: Now offered at Newbridge


Newbridge Spine & Pain Centers are now performing Kyphoplasty procedures.

While nonsurgical pain management can help relieve the pain caused by spinal fracture, it doesn’t repair the fractured vertebra or address spinal deformity.

Kyphoplasty is not a new procedure, however, Dr Gonchigar and our board certified team of physicians at Newbridge Spine & Pain Center have determined that the benefits of this procedure are immense thus we are now performing kyphoplasty for qualifying patients in our ASC (ambulatory surgical centers).

Our patients have been very pleased with the sometimes immediate pain relief experienced following the kyphoplasty procedure. In fact, treatment with balloon kyphoplasty can reduce, and may eliminate your back pain. It may also restore vertebral body height and correct angular deformity.

 How does it work?

The balloon kyphoplasty procedure is minimally invasive and has a low complication rate. During the procedure, orthopedic balloons are used to gently elevate the fractured vertebra in an attempt to return it to the correct position. The procedure takes up to one hour per fracture level treated. It can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on your overall state of health as determined by the physician based on the medical necessity.

Benefits of Kyphoplasty:

  • Relieves Back Pain
  • Stabilizes the Fracture
  • Corrects Angular Deformity
  • Restores Vertebral Body Height
  • Creates Cavity for Cement

Newbridge Spine & Pain launch new website

newbridge new website welcomeWelcome to our new website!

We have redesigned our website to create a user friendly & convenient space to communicate with us, find educational resources, and enable easier access to necessary documentation such as our New Patient Packet & New Patient Handbook.

We’re always adding new articles and will constantly be updating content on our site in the aim of helping our patients manage their chronic pain and understand the procedures and treatments we provide.

As always we welcome feedback and love to get your testimonials. Please use the contact us form or email us with your feedback/ comments or testimonials.

We look forward to helping you live pain free!