Precision Ascend Specialists

Precision Ascend Pain Management Specialists

  • Dr Robert Gassin

    MBBS, B(Med)Sc, FAFMM, GDMM, GDPM

    Musculoskeletal & Interventional Pain Management

    Dr Robert Gassin has been consulting in Musculoskeletal Pain Management for the past 16 years. He completed his medical Training at Monash University in 1986. He has since obtained a postgraduate diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine from Otago University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Medicine from the University of Sydney.

    Dr Gassin is a member of the Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine, the International Spine Intervention Society and of the World Institute of Pain and is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine. He has previously been a member of the Clinical Review Panel of the Victorian WorkCover Authority.

    He has had articles, on a variety of musculoskeletal pain topics, published in medical journals, is the author of 3 chapters in the Encyclopedic Reference of Pain and regularly lectures, to general practitioners, on a broad range of Musculoskeletal Pain topics.

    Dr Gassin has a special interest in the management of Musculoskeletal Pain of spinal origin and has expertise in the use of spinal injections and neuromodulation.

  • Dr Symon McCallum

    MBChB, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA

    Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist

    Dr McCallum studied medicine at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

    Dr McCallum completed his anaesthetic training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Following this he completed a Fellowship from the Faculty of Pain Medicine at The Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre where he gained more experience in interventional chronic pain procedures.

    Since then, Dr McCallum has worked in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Palliative Care Department and the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Department of Persistent Pain. He has travelled extensively nationally and internationally to learn new interventional pain relieving techniques.

    Dr McCallum has a keen interest in teaching medical students and junior doctors a safe and effective approach to acute and chronic pain management. 

    Dr McCallum’s main areas of expertise are helping patients with chronic pain optimise the benefit from their medications. He thoroughly assesses the patients to give a tailored effective plan to help the patient increase their level of function and be less disabled. He strongly believes in working closely with the patients and their General Practitioners to ensure the needs of people with complex pain problems are met.

    Dr McCallum is actively involved with spinal cord stimulator research so he can provide the most up to date care for his patients.

    Dr McCallum’s interests are: - Interventional Techniques for Spinal Pain and headaches
    - Pharmacological Management of Neuropathic Pain
    - Multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation programme management
    - Safe and effective analgesic prescribing, especially of opioids
    - Taking his daughters to and from ballet lessons.

    Dr McCallum consults widely across Victoria, including at: Kew, Box Hill, Mulgrave, Werribee, Sunshine and Caroline Springs.

  • Dr Katherine McQuillan

    MBBS PHD FRANZCP (CL CERT)

    Psychiatrist

    Dr Katherine McQuillan is a psychiatrist at Precision Brain Spine and Pain Centre, with a particular interest in psychiatric symptoms and disorders arising in the context of other medical conditions.

    Dr McQuillan completed her medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2003, following a Bachelor of Medical Science, with Honours Class I. During her medical degree, she undertook further research in neuroimaging, under the supervision of Professor John Watson (neurologist, Neuropsychology Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) and Professor Gary Egan (physicist, University of Melbourne and the Howard Florey Institute), leading to a Doctor of Philosophy.

    Dr McQuillan was a junior medical officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, before commencing psychiatric training in 2006, within the Central Sydney Area Health Service. Her Advanced Training in psychiatry focussed on Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, an aspect of psychiatry addressing conditions and their management that arise in the context of medical and surgical illnesses. As part of her Advanced Training, she gained experience in the specialities of chronic pain, perinatal psychiatry, eating disorders and addiction disorders.

    In 2011, she was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

    On completion of her psychiatric training, Dr McQuillan worked as a Consultation-Liaison psychiatrist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Manly Hospital. Whilst at Manly Hospital, she established a dedicated Consultation-Liaison Service and a Perinatal Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic.

    In 2012, Dr McQuillan moved to Melbourne and commenced working in the Pain and Palliative Care Department, at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.

  • Dr Meena Mittal

    MBBS, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA

    Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist

    Dr Meena Mittal is a highly qualified and experienced Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist who uses a compassionate and multidisciplinary approach for the care of her patients.

    Dr Mittal completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne, followed by an Anaesthetics Fellowship at the Alfred Hospital. Recognising the importance of acute and chronic pain management and the impact it had on quality of life of patients, Dr Mittal went on to achieve an additional fellowship in Pain Medicine.

    Dr Mittal is passionate about pain medicine and patient care. Dr Mittal brings an innate ability to relate to patients and colleagues alike. She aims to provide comprehensive care, whilst placing paramount importance on improving the daily functioning of every patient.

    Dr Mittal's current consultation locations include Kew and Glen Iris. 

  • Justin Moar

    BPhysiotherapy

    Physiotherapist

    Justin is an experienced physiotherapist, graduating from La Trobe University in 1995.  Since then, he has developed a special interest in helping people with back, neck and shoulder pain. Since 2000 he has worked closely with spinal surgeons, pain physicians and psychologists, contributing to his broad understanding and expertise the in management of back and neck pain and other complex pain problems.   

    Justin’s areas of professional interest include back pain, sciatica, neck and neck related headaches and shoulder pain and upper limb pain. He is also experienced in post-op rehabilitation following discectomy and spinal fusion surgery.

    Justin utilises a number of treatment modalities including soft tissue therapy, spinal mobilisation, and dry needling as well as prescribing tailored exercise programs ranging from home or workplace stretching programs, posture and core control exercises, to clinic or gym-based functional conditioning programs. 

    Justin strives to provide thoughtful and honest advice based on carefully listening and thorough assessment of your individual problems.

  • Dr Richard Sullivan

    MBChB, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA

    Pain Specialist and Anaesthetist

    Dr Richard Sullivan is a Pain Medicine Specialist and Specialist Anaesthetist at Precision Brain, Spine and Pain Centre.  He has an interest in post surgical pain and neuromodulation.  

    He was recently the head of the acute and interventional pain service at Peter MacCallum Hospital in East Melbourne where he maintains an ongoing clinical role.  His focus is now in clinical practice, research and advancing neuromodulation therapies in the private sector where he sees patients with a diverse range of conditions including post surgical pain syndromes in non cancer patients and cancer survivors.  

    His professional appointments include Victorian Director of the Australian Pain Society, Chair of the Scientific Committee, Australian and New Zealand Neuromodulation Society and a number of pharmaceutical and medical device advisory boards.  

    He is a national and international guest speaker for numerous specialist Colleges and Faculties.

  • Professor Peter Teddy

    DPhil, FRACS, FFPMANZCA

    Neurosurgeon and Pain Specialist

    Professor Teddy is a Senior Neurosurgeon at Precision Brain Spine and Pain Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He also consults and operates at several private hospitals including Melbourne Private Hospital Linacre Private Hospital, and Masada. He is Professorial Fellow in Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery at Melbourne University.

    A New Zealand national, Professor Teddy was educated in the UK, entering the University of Oxford Medical School as a Hobson Memorial Scholar and winning the Radcliffe Infirmary Prizes in both Medicine and Surgery before graduating in 1973.

    Prior to completing his clinical studies he undertook, as a Medical Research Council Scholar, a three-year period of research culminating in the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford. This work was conducted in the Department of The Regius Professor of Medicine working in the field of neurotransmitters in the brain.

    Professor Teddy gained FRCS (Eng) in 1977 and his post-Fellowship neurosurgical training was based predominantly in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary, but with time spent at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and a highly prized, lengthy secondment to the Universitaetsspital, Zurich, working closely with the world-renowned neurosurgeon Professor Gazi Yasargil.

    Appointed consultant neurosurgeon in Oxford in 1981, he gained vast experience in virtually all areas of neurosurgical practice and developed sub-specialist interests in the neurosurgical treatment of intractable pain, functional (mainly spinal) neurosurgery, intrinsic tumours of the spinal cord, and neurosurgical sequelae of spinal cord injury. He became Head of the Department of Neurological Surgery in the late 1990s.

    At various times he also was Director of Clinical Studies at the Oxford Medical School, Examiner in Neurosurgery for the Intercollegiate Board of the Colleges of Surgeons, Director of Neuroscience at The Radcliffe Infirmary, Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Neurosurgery, and was made Senior Research Fellow at his College, St Peter’s.

    Professor Teddy moved to Melbourne in 2004 and was almost simultaneously awarded FRACS and Fellowship of The Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZ College of Anaesthetists in 2005 as well as Emeritus Fellow at St Peter’s College.

    Aside from general neurosurgical practice, he fulfils an active role in teaching undergraduates and neurosurgical trainees and is Supervisor of Training for the Faculty of Pain Medicine in the College of Anaesthetists. He is also a member of the Editorial Committee for The Journal of Clinical Neuroscience.

    Professor Teddy is a world-authority on the neurosurgical treatment of pain, including: Facial pain and headaches, spinal problems and neuropathic pain

    He brings a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience which is delivered in a compassionate fashion.