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Pain Services

Whitman Interventional Pain Service

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of John Fontana, CRNA—and a brand-new pain management service here at WHMC! Double board-certified in Pain Management and Anesthesia, John is originally from South Carolina, where he earned his BS in Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. He then completed the US News and World Report #1 Ranked Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesiology training at Virginia Common-wealth University and earned his doctorate from Missouri State University. He practiced anesthesia in the Spokane/North Idaho area before completing a pain management fellowship at the University of South Florida in 2020. He is the owner of Inland Pain Specialists in Spokane and will be at WHMC weekly as of May 24th. As an NBCRNA-accredited pain fellowship graduate, John brings a thoughtful, patient-centered perspective on the latest advances in comprehensive pain management. He believes chronic pain is a disease that can be successfully treated with a balanced multidisciplinary approach. John is excited to join the team at WHMC in caring for the community of Colfax and the surrounding area. He brings a breadth of experience in pain management and is looking forward to consulting with the physicians and advanced practice providers of WHMC.

Examples of Chronic Pain

  • Headaches
  • Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar Pain
  • CRPS 1/CRPS 2 (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Neuropathy and Nerve Injuries
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Recalcitrant Postsurgical Pain (Persistent pain after surgery)
  • Facial Pain/Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Shingles Pain
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Knee/Shoulder/Hip Pain
  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy
  • Migraines
  • Herniated Discs
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Whiplash

Examples of Interventional Techniques

  • Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • PRP/PRF Regenerative Therapy
  • Selective Nerve Root Blocks
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Vertebral Augmentation and Kyphoplasty
  • Occipital Nerve Blocks and RFA (Radiofrequency Ablation)
  • Shoulder/Hip/Knee Joint Injections & RFA
  • Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks and Neuromodulation
  • Trigeminal Nerve Blocks
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections and RFA
  • Piriformis Injections
  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Facet Joint and Medial Branch Block Injections and Radiofrequency Ablation/Rhizotomy
  • Interlaminar and Transforaminal Lumbar, Thoracic, and Cervical (Interlaminar) Epidural Steroid Injections

The Whitman Interventional Pain Service is located in the Whitman Specialty Clinic Building. John will begin seeing patients on May 24th and will begin performing procedures on June 6th. If you have questions, need more information, or would like to refer a patient to John at the Interventional Pain Service, please fax a referral to 397-2128 or call our staff at 397-9005.

Contact your primary care provider for a referral.