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.
Founder & Medical Director of NPM
Interventional Pain Management
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. Zolper was voted “Best Pain Doctor” in Maine by his peers in a 2013 survey of doctors by Down East Magazine.
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.
Minimally Invasive Spine Care
Interventional Pain Management
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. Borkum is a licensed psychologist with twenty years of experience in the treatment of pain and headaches. He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maine, where he continues as a faculty associate. He has also taught the unit on pain in a postdoctoral program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston. His peer-reviewed book on pain and headaches (Chronic Headaches: Biology, Psychology, and Behavioral Treatment) has been published by Taylor and Francis and has been added to academic libraries throughout the world.
He also reviews manuscripts submitted to the journals Headache and Cephalalgia, and the Clinical Journal of Pain, has contributed chapters to the textbooks Refractory Migraine: Mechanisms and Management, Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims, Head, Face, and Neck Pain: Science, Evaluation, and Management, and the Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists and has written journal articles on the biology and psychology of chronic pain.
Click here to read a Boston Globe article about Dr. Borkum’s research.
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 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.
Sandy Britton, NP joined NPM in 2014. She received a Master of Science in Nursing degree at Husson College, Bangor in 2007, and completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in Nursing at The University of Maine, Orono in 2012. She holds dual certifications from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Over a span of 23 years she worked in various Maine hospitals as a Nursing Supervisor, ED, ICU and Resource nurse. Witnessing pain in the acute care patient population motivated her interest in interventional pain management.