Alan Gonzalez-Cota, MD, FIPP

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Specialty: Interventional Pain Medicine
Residency: University of Michigan
Fellowships: Clinical Pain Medicine, University of Michigan; Spinal Cord Research, University of California, San Diego

Board Certifications: Dual board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine (American Board of Anesthesiology)
Medical Licensure: Maryland, Delaware, Michigan, California
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Interests: Narcotic-Free Pain Management, Interventional Pain Management, Rehabilitation of Spine Injuries, Neurological Interventions

Honors:
Peter J. Cohen Research Award: University of Michigan
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Scholar: American Society of Anesthesiologists
Best of Scientific Meeting Award: American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (RAPM)

Professional Affiliations/Volunteering:
Immediate Previous CEO & President, Delaware Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (DSIPP): 2010-2015
Past Council Member, Medical Society of Delaware (MSD): 2014-2015
International Spine Intervention Society: Evidence-Based Medicine Committee, Patient Safety Committee

Experience:
Staff Interventional Pain Physician: Beebe Healthcare (Lewes Beach, DE)
Staff Interventional Pain Physician: Sussex Pain Relief Center (Georgetown, DE)

From Dr. Gonzalez-Cota:

What is your care philosophy?
I believe the human body has a blueprint for self-healing from injury or disease; my job as a physician is to enhance that process with an individualized interventional approach to increase physical function, promote the return to a productive lifestyle at home or at work, and limit the need for future spine, joint, or nerve treatments.

How has your background enriched your patient care philosophy?
Growing up in Latin-America, I have a strong holistic approach to health and traditional medicine as well as a great appreciation for mind-body interventions.  When paired together, they regularly manifest themselves into narcotic-free care, which I’m passionate about. 

What is the biggest misconception about pain management?
Many people have a fear of visiting a pain specialist because they are concerned that opioid prescriptions or physical therapy are the only options for treating pain.  This isn’t the case in contemporary care, and at Advantia Health, we are focused on narcotic-free treatment priority, which is the best path to true, long-term pain relief.

Do you have advice for aging well?
Find time to focus on your mind-body connection by eating nutrient-dense unprocessed foods, participate in a regular exercise program, meditate twice a day to manage stress, and practice good sleep hygiene.  People are living longer – in medical science, we’ve become really good at prolonging life – and we now need to live better, longer lives.

If I wasn't a doctor I’d be…
I’d likely be a neuroanatomist.  I enjoy analyzing the peripheral and central neural pathways as they explain a lot in mysterious medical syndromes such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy or dysfunction in parts of the spinal cord that can be otherwise anatomically explained.