General practitioner with a special interest in chronic pain.
A highly skilled general practitioner, Anya has a special focus on neuropathic pain, peripheral nerve damage and the many ways to minimise pain and manage its impact on daily life.
Anya takes a very considered, methodical approach to pain care. However, it's her reputation for compassion and empathy with her patients that makes her one of our most commended doctors.
"The role of a doctor isn't to take over your care, but rather to provide the support you need to make informed, empowered health choices: both now and into the future. To help guide you through very complex and delicate situations. To present options to you with enough quality information for you to make informed choices.
I graduated medicine from the University of Goa, on the west coast of India, before diving deep into the world of Anaesthetics. Early in my anaesthetics career, I noticed that for many people, the pain drugs we used didn’t seem to work particularly well. I was left wondering what else I should be suggesting, and what other options could help people with persistent pain.
It was this gap in my knowledge, and my desire to improve people’s pain, that led me to study pain medicine. I was particularly drawn to learning about nerves and their interaction with pain. For me, being able to block nerves from transmitting pain was a magical experience.
I remember one particular day when, after a particularly bad earthquake, I was called into the hospital. Patients were overflowing into the corridors. It was mayhem. We had to move fast. Working beside a senior colleague, we used nerve blocks on patients with severe fractures. We were able to reset their fractures, whilst they were awake, without the patients' experiencing any pain. That day was a profound experience for me and it motivates me, still today, to learn more about the nervous system and pain management.
I like to bring a holistic approach to the care I provide. I believe persistent pain is almost always multifactorial, and therefore, requires a multifaceted treatment plan. Working in partnership with other health professionals, such as physiotherapists or psychologists, allows us to deliver far more personal, well-rounded care.
I’m also very passionate about equipping patients with the knowledge they need to make informed medical decisions. Considering medications or procedures can be daunting, especially when you’re unfamiliar with them. I find that helping people to better understand their pain, to ensure they are feeling heard, helps them gain a sense of control and confidence on their road to recovery.