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Pain Center

We are dedicated to improving the quality of lives of children and teens who suffer acute and chronic pain. Pain interferes with recovery from surgery and illness, and affects mood, sleep, school performance and social interactions. We use a variety of approaches to relieve your child’s pain and help him get back to a healthy, active life.

Specialized care. 

We are one of only a few centers in a 5-state region that addresses a child or teen's physical, psychological and emotional well-being, not just the symptoms of pain. We offer traditional medical pain management, along with complementary therapies, in a supportive, compassionate environment. 

Our team is led by a pediatric anesthesiologist and includes pediatric nurses, nutritionists, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists and pediatric psychologists.

Together, we treat:

  • Patients recovering from surgery
  • Children undergoing painful procedures, such as bone marrow aspirations, chest tube insertions, lumbar puncture and other minor procedures
  • Patients with medical conditions that cause pain such as pancreatitis, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, fibromyalgia, cancer and chronic kidney disease
  • Patients experiencing pain as a result of trauma, a burn or a sports-related injury

Types of treatment.

We manage pain through a variety of medical and complementary treatments: 

  • Interventional pain management, in which peripheral and neuraxial nerve blocks are used to interrupt the chronic pain cycle.
  • Massotherapy, which can promote healing by stimulating the body’s natural recuperative powers. Massage can improve blood flow to affected areas and reduce muscular fatigue, helping the body to heal faster. Massage therapy also offers an alternative treatment to prescribing narcotics for pain management.
  • Psychology services that include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for pain management. This is a brief treatment, typically 7-8 sessions, that teaches children and adolescents coping strategies that help reduce pain, improve functioning and reduce stress without the use of prescription medicine.

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Akron Children's Hospital Pain Center
Main Hospital Building
214 West Bowery Street
4th floor - Orange Elevator
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Tarun Bhalla
Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chair, Anesthesia & Pain Medicine; Pediatric Anesthesiologist


Cassandra Hoffmann, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Sarah Love, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist


Bradley Riemenschneider, MD

Pediatric Anesthesiologist; Pain Management Specialist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Elizabeth Kendrick, APRN-CNP

Clinical Nurse Specialist


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