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Welcome to Glenn Lipton, MD, conveniently located in Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. The specialty of Pain Medicine is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of painful disorders. Dr. Lipton applies advanced medical skills to draw from a wide range of therapeutic modalities to design a treatment program tailored to each patient's specific needs.
We aim to treat our patients in a safe environment while offering them total comprehensive care. We understand that many people have anxiety about pain treatment, so we have created a soothing environment and a scheduling system that avoids unnecessary delays. By combining the latest technology with traditional techniques, we provide our patients the ultimate quality of care.
Glenn Lipton, MD
Dr. Glenn Lipton received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. He went on to an Internship at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, and a Residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida. Dr. Lipton then completed a prestigious, ACGME-accredited Fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at the University of Kentucky in Lexington in the Division of Pain Medicine.
Dr. Lipton is Board-Certified in Pain Medicine under the American Board of Anesthesiology, the gold-standard credential for pain medicine because it is the only pain certification under the auspices of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). In addition, Dr. Lipton holds further certifications from the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP) and the American Board for Pain Medicine (ABPM). Dr. Lipton served as an ABIPP board examiner, lectures and instructs other physicians around the country on new surgical techniques, and keeps his knowledge and skill set current by holding active memberships in over eight of the national pain societies.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Lipton has focused his practice on the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain disorders. This involves the use of thorough medical history evaluations, physical examinations, and utilization of sophisticated diagnostic testing. Treatment plans are then developed, emphasizing the least invasive modalities. These include the use of non-narcotic medications, and referrals for physical therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments. As a specialist in interventional techniques, Dr. Lipton can provide a variety of injections, procedures, and surgical options if needed. These include everything from trigger point and epidural injections to the most advanced treatments such as spinal cord stimulators, and mild (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression). Dr. Lipton embraces cutting-edge treatments that are medically sound and scientifically proven. As part of his commitment to education, Dr. Lipton travels the country to instruct elite pain management physicians. This includes teaching the latest theories in the use of medications (such as Lyrica) and advanced interventional techniques (including mild). Performing thousands of successful interventional procedures each year, Dr. Lipton brings a unique combination of formal training and practice experience to help patients work towards a pain-free life.
Jacqueline Chu, Medical Assistant
Jacqueline graduated from UCLA in June of 2016 with a degree in Biology. During her studies, Jacqueline has engaged in multiple community service projects and radiation oncology research. Her passion in the medical field was further fueled by firsthand comparisons of the US healthcare system with other healthcare systems such as Taiwan’s. Jacqueline joined the Pain Clinic as a front and back office assistant in May of 2016. She will be starting at the USC Physician Assistant program in August 2018.
Wendy became a Medical Assistant in 2005 after graduating from high school. She has worked in the medical field for over 12 years and came to our office in July 2016 bringing a wealth of experience from working in a OB/GYN office. Currently she oversees new patient referrals, scheduling, insurance verification, authorizations, and back office duties. Wendy is a native Californian and a mother of a beautiful daughter.
Crystal Cheung, Medical Assistant
Crystal graduated from UCLA in June of 2016 with a degree in Neuroscience. She discovered her passion for medicine and helping others through her volunteer work at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her interests in medicine were further honed through her experiences tutoring children and working in a research lab. Crystal joined the pain clinic as an office assistant in the summer of 2016. She will be attending medical school starting July 2018.
Monica Gutierrez, Medical Assistant
Monica graduated from UCLA in December of 2017 with a degree in Psychobiology and a minor in Global Health. Her passion for medicine started with her involvement in many community outreach projects to provide health and medical services for underserved communities. Monica joined the pain clinic as a front and back office assistant in February of 2018. She hopes to continue her graduate studies to become a medical doctor in the future.
Sarah Miller, MD
Dr. Sarah Miller is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and the wife of Dr. Glenn Lipton. Dr. Miller is a native of Los Angeles, who attended high school at the Brentwood School, medical school at USC, and was chief resident in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at the UCLA/VA Multicampus program. Like many of her patients, Dr. Miller enjoys athletics and adventure, and has scaled Africa’s Mt. Kilamanjaro. Dr. Miller works very closely with Dr. Lipton in performing electromyogram and nerve conduction studies.