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Grant Karno, M.D.

Grant Karno, MD

Grant Karno, M.D.

Board Certified in Pain Management – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Addiction Medicine

Dr. Grant Karno was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, (UC Davis), followed by completion of preliminary training in General and Trauma Surgery at a UCLA affiliated hospital. He continued his medical training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at SUNY Upstate Medical University, as well as an associated Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in New York, where he served as Chief Resident. He then went on to complete his advanced training in an accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine.

Dr Karno’s resume includes serving as an attending physician at SUNY Upstate University Hospital, and Syracuse VA Medical Hospital in New York. He also has authored numerous abstracts and academic studies, which have been presented and published at multiple national conferences.

Dr Karno’s approach to pain management starts with a highly focused investigation of the cause of the patient’s pain, as opposed to treating the symptoms first. His overall treatment philosophy encompasses both the function and quality of life, as well as creating a highly individualized plan for pain management.

He is double-Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) in both PM&R, and Pain Medicine.

Colin Rock, M.D.

Colin Rock MD - Pain Management Henderson - NVCPC

Colin Rock, M.D.

Board Certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology

Colin Rock, MD spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Minnesota. It was at the University of Minnesota that he graduated with distinction with a B.S. in Biochemistry. During his undergraduate years he spent multiple summers performing research at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.  He has been published in multiple medical journals in the fields of orthopedic and general surgery. Upon completion of undergraduate studies, he went to medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He stayed at Northwestern for his intern year of residency where he focused in general surgery. He then went on to his anesthesiology residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he was awarded the Resident Award for Academic Excellence in his graduating class. He subsequently ended his training by completing a Pain Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Rock emphasizes clinical based medicine by staying up-to-date on the current research and clinical studies. He also incorporates a multidisciplinary approach by consulting with colleagues in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, psychology and more. He emphasizes traditional, interventional, pharmacological and complementary therapies in order to treat the entire body, not just the main pain complaint.

Leon Perel, M.D.

Leon Perel, M.D.

Leon Perel, M.D.

Anesthesiology – Board Certified in Pain Management – Addiction Medicine

Leon Perel, MD has resided in Las Vegas since 2013. He was born in Brazil and moved to New York City with his family during High School. Dr. Perel graduated with highest honors from Cornell University with a  bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with concentration in Neurobiology, Behavior and Economics. He then attended medical school at State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine where he graduated with recommendation in research. He completed his Residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, DC and obtained his Fellowship training in Interventional Pain Medicine from John Hopkins University.

Throughout his medical career, he was awarded for excellence, research and teaching. Upon completion of his training, he moved to Las Vegas with his family and has enjoyed being part of the Nevada Comprehensive Pain Center family since. Dr. Perel specializes in spine pain in the setting of arthritis with special interest in the aging population. His personal goal is to continue to address chronic pain needs in the local population.

Kunal R. Parikh, M.D.

Kunal R. Parikh, MD

Kunal R. Parikh, M.D.

Board Certified in Pain Management – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Addiction Medicine

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Parikh is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the spine, musculoskeletal system and other pain conditions. His clinical focus combines evidence-based treatments, rehabilitative approaches to pain, and interventional procedures to manage complex pain cases.

After graduating from medical school with honors, Dr. Parikh began his training by completing a surgical internship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, New York and stayed on to complete a postdoctoral research fellowship where he became published in a number of medical journals.

Dr. Parikh then completed his residency in PM&R at the SUNY Upstate Medical University, and was given the distinguished honor of serving his last year as Chief Resident. He is Board certified by the American Board of PM&R.

Later, he continued at the SUNY Upstate Medical University to complete his sub-specialty fellowship training in interventional spine and pain management.

Dr. Parikh is a compassionate physician and is seeing patients at our Flamingo Campus.

He is a member/supports the following organizations:

  • International Spine Intervention Society
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • North American Neuromodulation Society
  • American Academy of Pain Management

Alain Coppel, M.D.

Alain Coppel MD

Alain Coppel, M.D.

Founder – Board Certified in Pain Management – Anesthesiology – Addiction Medicine

Dr. Coppel has resided in Las Vegas since 2006. He was born in Mexico and later moved to Tuscon, Arizona with his family.  Dr. Coppel graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.  He earned his medical degree in 1996 from the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He then moved on to complete a one year medical internship at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. His residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care was done at the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2005. Lastly, he sub-specialized in the field of pain medicine by completing an interventional spine and pain management fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2006.

Dr. Coppel is Board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialist in the fields of Anesthesiology with Critical Care and Pain Medicine. Since establishing his practice in Las Vegas in 2006, Dr. Coppel has been proud to be one of the first physicians that utilized a multidisciplinary approach to the management of painful medical conditions. This multidisciplinary approach has allowed him to achieve success in patients where others have failed.

While doing his medical training at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Coppel had instilled in himself the love of learning. Since arriving in Las Vegas he has sought out and received additional training in Addiction Medicine and as an Independent Medical Examiner. Dr. Coppel  is the only physician in the state of Nevada that is trained in the specialties of Pain Management, Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Addiction Medicine, and as an Independent Medical Examiner.

Through his collaborations with Johns Hopkins University he has helped publish numerous journal articles on topics regarding pain medicine and interventional procedures. His outgoing personality and wealth of knowledge has also made him a sought out lecturer at local, national, and international scientific meetings. His continued dedication to the advancement of the field of pain management has made him a leader among his peers locally, nationally and internationally.

On a personal note, Dr. Coppel has been very active in a variety of community outreach programs that have helped provide medical care to underserved areas in Nevada. Given his Hispanic heritage and the fact that he is fluent in Spanish, he has been particularly interested in serving the Hispanic community. He is the founder and current president of the Nevada Latin American Medical Association. As the founder and current president, he has helped coordinate community health fairs, school outreach programs, and scholarship programs for the Hispanic community.

Ethel “Liz” Smith, FNP-C

Ethel Smith, FNP-C is a Certified Nurse Practitioner who graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s in Science in Nursing. Since graduating a FNP-C she has worked at several medical facilities in both Cincinnati, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Ethel was on facility at the University of Cincinnati where she taught pediatric nursing. Ethel is married and has two daughters. On her free time off from practicing at NVCPC, she enjoys reading and is an avid traveler.

Ethel is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association.

Shawna Tibbetts, PA-C

Shawna Tibbetts, PA-C

Board Certified Physician Assistant

Shawna Tibbetts graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in pre-med and Health Education. She received her post graduate physician assistant training at Western University of Health Sciences graduating at the top of her class.

Since graduating from PA School, she has worked many years in Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Orthopedics before joining Dr. Coppel in 2011. She has a particular interest in addiction medicine.

Shawna is married with twins. On her off time she enjoys riding and showing horses as well as reading and spending time with her kids and helping at their school.

Shawna is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.