I found my way to medicine through studying and practicing acupuncture. During my time as an acupuncturist, I became increasingly fascinated with pain – particularly persistent pain. Naturally, this led me straight to medical school, then onto further studies within the field of anaesthetics.
For several years, I travelled between my home in Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom, learning all I could about pain medicine, multidisciplinary care and holistic treatment. I then made my way here, to Australia, to complete further training in pain medicine. After a year of training at Royal Hobart Hospital, I accepted a position at Painless to complete a fellowship in pain medicine and pursue an interest in minimally invasive pain procedures.
My current area of focus in pain medicine is understanding the role of the nervous system in chronic pain development. I'm particularly interested in tools, like neuromodulation and neuroplasticity therapies, designed to ease pain arising from the nervous system. I have found great success with these techniques with my patients.
Discovering the biopsychosocial model has forever changed the way I think about pain and treatment for my patients. I am very interested in the many aspects of bioplasticity and how it influences every patient in unique ways.
My approach to treatment often involves a combination of multidisciplinary therapies, low-risk medications and, when appropriate, minimally invasive procedures. I enjoy working in an integrative team environment, where we can combine our skills and knowledge to deliver tailor-made treatments for each individual.