The Staff of Northeast Pain Management
Northeast Pain Management is a team approach. We have four doctors, four Nurse Practitioners, two physical therapists and a PhD neuropsychologist.
Dr. Ben Zolper
Dr. Ben Zolper is the founder and medical director of Northeast Pain Management (NPM). He has lived in Bangor, Maine practicing Interventional Pain Management and minimally invasive spine care since 1993. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine, a Diplomat of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice as certified by the World Institute of Pain.
Dr. Zolper's clinical interests include the whole spectrum of interventional pain treatments, as well as endoscopic discectomy, kyphoplasty, and ultrasound guided injection therapies such as platelet rich plasma (PRP). Dr. Zolper has passed the registration examination for musculoskeletal ultrasound with ARDMS.
Dr. Zolper's wife, Sharon, is a teacher at Hampden Academy. Dr. Zolper has participated in many community activities including coaching AAU Basketball, serving as president of the Bangor Y Board of Directors and attending All Souls Church in Bangor.
Dr. Peter Thompson
Dr. Thompson joined NPM in 2006, after having practiced for several years in New Hampshire. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Burlington.
Dr. Thompson is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is also certified in pain management by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and is a fellow of the World Institute of Pain.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia, The International Spine Injection Society and The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians as well as numerous other organizations. He is married with two children.
Dr. Frederick Littlejohn
Dr. Littlejohn joined NPM in 2011 and is board certified in Pain Medicine through the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is an expert in minimally invasive spine care and interventional pain management.
Dr. Littlejohn completed his residency training at Columbia and pain fellowship at the University of California-Davis Medical Center. He is a member of the International Spine Intervention Society. He worked in Maryland before moving to Bangor, Maine.
Dr. Littlejohn's clinical interests include management of muscle, joint, and spine pain using injection therapies guided by fluoroscopy and ultrasound. For patients suffering from compression fractures of the spine, Dr. Littlejohn offers the cutting-edge kyphoplasty procedure. Dr. Littlejohn seeks to provide his patients the personal attention and individualized care they deserve.
Dr. Jonathan Borkum
Dr. Borkum is a licensed psychologist with fifteen years of experience in the treatment of pain and headaches. His peer-reviewed book on the subject has been published by Erlbaum/Taylor and Francis. Dr. Borkum is a faculty associate at the University of Maine, and teaches the unit on pain in a postdoctoral program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston. He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with distinction, from the University of Maine.
Sally Schwarze, NP
Sally Schwarze, NP joined NPM in 2004 after earning her NP degree at Husson College in Bangor. She has 16 years of experience working in Intensive Care & Pediatric Intensive Care at Eastern Maine Medical Center. This experience in the intensive care setting peaked Sally's interest in Pain Management, leading her to pursue a career in this field. She is an associate member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Eva Quirion, NP
Eva Quirion, NP joined NPM in 2009 after spending time working as an inpatient oncology nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center and earning her Master of Science degree in Nursing at The University of Maine in Orono. She holds certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Her work advocating for patients with various pain control issues led her to seek a career in the field of pain management.
Eva is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing, and a member of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association. She has published two peer-reviewed journal articles:
Quirion, E. (2009). Filgrastim and pegfilgrastim use in patients with neutropenia. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13(3), 324-8.
Quirion, E. (2010). Recognizing and treating upper extremity lymphedema in postmastectomy/lumpectomy patents: A guide for primary care providers. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22(9), 450-9.
She is currently a doctoral learner at the University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies. Her study interests include advancing nursing education in order to meet the changing healthcare environment.
Joyce Niles, NP
Joyce Niles, NP joined NPM in 2008 after earning her NP Degree at Husson College in Bangor, Maine. She has 17 years of experience working as a Surgical/Orthopedic Nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital. This experience of working with post operative patients with multiple pain issues lead her to seek a career in the field of pain management. She is an associate member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Sue Riva, NP
Sue joined NPM in 2013. Sue has a Master of Science degree from the University of Maine and is a member of the Maine Nurse Practitioner’s Association. Certified as a nurse practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sue has over 20 years of experience as an RN with a focus on geriatrics. Sue actively values the NPM mission of providing expert care, timely appointments, and cost effective treatments.
Robin Carle, CPC
Robin Carle, CPC has been the office manager since our inception in 2003. Robin is a certified coder in our billing department as a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders.
Michelle Dorr is a procedure assistant and member of the front office support staff. She joined NPM in 2009.
Amy Littlefield works in our billing department, specializing in accounts receivable and collections. She joined NPM in 2003, and has a BS degree in Business Administration from Husson College. She is also the COO of Help at Home, a non-medical at-home assistance company.
Sarah Cote, MA
Sarah Cote joined NPM in 2004. Sarah assists in the procedure rooms and is a member of the front office support staff. She is a certified nerve conduction velocity technician.
Jennifer Kigas assists in the procedure room and is also a member of the front office support staff having joined in 2011.
Cheryl Palmer coordinates our front office staff, and assists in the procedure rooms. She joined NPM in 2004.
Georgia Palmer is our Human Resource Director and our Insurance Referrals Specialist. She joined NPM in 2005.
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