Meet the Team
Providing you with the best doctors and clinicians for the best care.
Jorge D. Minor, MD, FAAMP Medical Director
Dr. Minor is the Medical Director at L.A. Pain & Wellness Institute, where our focus is to diminish pain and increase function. We achieve this by providing effective, state-of-the-art pain management techniques from multiple disciplines. Dr. Minor works with a multidisciplinary team that provides periodic evaluations of significant patient progress toward return-to-work or functional living and lifestyle goals.
Dr. Minor is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management and interventional pain medicine. He currently has privileges at Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital in Los Angeles, and is the Medical Director for the Rehabilitation and Therapy Department at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.
Dr. Minor earned his graduate medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed his postgraduate residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, Dr. Minor specializes in EMG/NCV, is a qualified medical examiner (QME) for the State of California and is an independent medical examiner (IME) as well as a medical expert witness for various legal cases. Dr. Minor is also the past president of the California Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and is a member of the California Society of Industrial Medicine & Surgery.
Richard Boghossian, DC,
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Boghossian is the director of the LAPWI chiropractic program. He has vast experience in functional restorative medicine, having previously directed a functional restorative program (FRP) in the greater Los Angeles area prior to joining our multidisciplinary team in 2009. He performs functional capacity evaluations (FCE), chiropractic care and physical medicine. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and has over a decade of experience with a strong emphasis in orthopedics, FCEs, work hardening and conditioning and functional restoration programs. Dr. Boghossian focuses on treatments that help restore alignment, improve mobility, increase function and relieve pain and stiffness. He is a certified work conditioning and work hardening specialist and a Matheson-trained functional capacity evaluator (FCE). He is also certified by the State of California Division of Workers’ Compensation Medical Unit as a qualified medical evaluator (QME).
Melody Schaff Abbene, Psy.D, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Abbene is a licensed clinical health psychologist, specializing in the treatment of individuals living with chronic medical illness, disability, pain, or other physical concerns. She understands that issues within the body can greatly impact one’s sense of identity, and uses a collaborative approach to help patients restore a balance between body and mind. She believes that it is possible to live a meaningful life regardless of circumstances, and aims to support patients in achieving it. Additional clinical expertise includes treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, insomnia, substance use, and neurocognitive disorders. Dr. Abbene received her doctorate training in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, CA. She has trained in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health clinics, private practices, and home visits, conducting individual therapy, group therapy, evaluations, and consultations.
Steven Krentzman, BCB,
Board-Certified Biofeedback Clinician, Senior Fellow
Steven has been involved in the health and fitness/wellness industry for more than 25 years as a board-certified biofeedback/neurofeedback clinician and certified fitness trainer. Mr. Krentzman founded the Sound Mind/Body Institute (SMBI) in 1990 for the purpose of training people to integrate the mind and body to promote emotional and physical healing and well-being. Steven is celebrating his twelfth year with L.A. Pain & Wellness Institute.
Centered on eliminating pain to restore function and improve our patients’ quality of life, L.A. Pain & Wellness Institute provides comprehensive interventional pain management solutions that treat common musculoskeletal injuries and disorders like back pain, spine pain and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).
We also provide hyaluronic acid injections and knee injections as well as interventional spine injections and platelet-rich plasma or PRP injection therapy to treat chronic pain conditions. We have also incorporated acupuncture therapy. L.A. Pain & Wellness Institute serves the areas of Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, Santa Monica and the nearby communities.
To schedule an appointment, please call L.A. Pain & Wellness Institute at 213.482.1046 or fill out our online form.