Samir Sharma, MD
Born and raised in Joliet, Dr. Sharma graduated from Joliet West High School in 1993, and continued his college education at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Participating in an accelerated combined degree program integrating engineering and medicine, Dr. Sharma earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in three years and completed medical school at the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School in 2000.
Dr. Sharma completed a rotating internship in surgery and internal medicine in 2000- 2001 at Lutheran General Hospital, followed by residency in anesthesiology at RUSH Presbyterian St.-Luke’s Medical Center. In 2004, Dr. Sharma furthered his education in interventional pain management with fellowship training at the University of Michigan.
As a co-founding member of Pain & Spine Institute, Dr. Sharma brings significant experience in treating the most difficult pain syndromes to Joliet and the surrounding suburbs Chicago. Special interventional interests include facet neurotomy for spinal arthritis pain, minimally invasive herniated disc decompression, radio-frequency ablation for neuropathic pain, and spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery syndrome.
Udit V. Patel, DO, MS
Dr. Patel grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and attended Loyola University Chicago to obtain a degree in Chemistry. Furthering his education, Dr. Patel completed a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Finally, he received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2002. Dr. Patel completed a rotating internship in Florida then completed an Anesthesiology residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic located in Chicago. Dr. Patel excelled throughout his training, receiving the Intern of the Year and Resident of the Year awards. Displaying strong leadership skills, Dr. Patel was appointed Chief Resident of his intern and resident classes. Dr. Patel finished his postgraduate training with a fellowship in Interventional Pain Management from the University of Michigan in 2007.
As a co-founder of Pain & Spine Institute, Dr. Patel’s area of interest include interventional treatment for post-laminectomy syndrome, spinal arthritis, and neuromodulation.
Raj Patel, MD
Dr. Patel is a board certified fellowship trained interventional pain physician. He completed his bachelor of science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduating with honors. He then attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following medical school, Dr. Patel completed both his internship and residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan during which time he published in a peer reviewed journal. He continued his training completing his fellowship in interventional pain medicine at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Patel has presented numerous times at national meetings including the American Society of Anesthesiology annual meeting. Dr. Patel has wide ranging interests in interventional pain medicine including cervical spine disorders, Botox for headaches, post laminectomy syndrome, lumbar spine arthropathy, herniated disc disease, complex regional pain syndrome and spinal cord stimulation. He has significant experience treating a broad array of complex pain disorders.
Raj Desai, DC
Dr. Raj Desai grew up in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Chemistry. Dr. Desai furthered his education at National University of Health Sciences where he earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic Medicine in 2011.
Dr. Desai is a Certified Acupuncturist and Kinesio Taping Practitioner with extensive training in Functional Assessment & Rehabilitation, Active Release Technique, Clinical Nutrition, Applied Kinesiology, Flexion-Distraction and Motion Palpation.
Dr. Desai specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions of the spinal column and extremities. He has assisted and managed numerous pain management procedures and believes that medicine, whether it be alternative or modern medicine, are here to help the human body restore itself to its optimal form.
Pritesh Patel, DC
Dr. Pritesh Patel grew up in North Dakota and pursued his premedical coursework at Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Patel continued his education at National University of Health Sciences (formerly National College of Chiropractic) where he earned a Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic in 1999.
Dr. Patel is an Instructor for SASTM. This method detects and treats facial restrictions, encourages rapid localization and effectively treats areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis, chronic inflammation, or degeneration. He also holds several advanced certifications including acupuncture, hypnosis, manipulation under anesthesia, orthotics biomechanics. In addition, he has assisted and managed pain management procedures. Dr. Patel has been certified in Clinical Hypnosis from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Patel is also a certified Golf Fitness Instructor, where he addresses and corrects restrictions in biomechanics of the golf swing.
Dr. Patel has co-authored several research papers and contributed to medical texts. He brings years of experience in musculoskeletal disorders. He is also well versed in functional diagnostic testing such as computerized range of motion and muscle testing. He is fluent in Gujarati.