After spending eight years with Samaritan Medical Center’s Interventional Pain Management Center, Dr. Bhupinder S. Bolla has branched out and opened his own pain-management clinic.
Dr. Bolla left Samaritan in December, and Pain Solutions of Northern New York opened Jan. 2 at Top of the Square, 107 Court St.
“It was long nights, but worth it,” he said about preparing the clinic for opening day. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Since Dr. Bolla came from a private-clinic setting prior to joining Samaritan, he said, he was looking forward to resuming an increased personal connection with patients. Some of his patients at Samaritan have followed him to his new practice, and he said he gets daily calls about new-patient appointments.
Dr. Bolla said his staff, which is starting out slowly to get used to the work flow and the clinic’s electronic medical record system, soon will be ready to handle a jam-packed full day. In the beginning, there were a few appointments each day, but Dr. Bolla said that will increase as the remaining furniture and equipment is delivered.
The 3,100-square-foot clinic is where Philly’s Finest and the UPS Store used to be at Top of the Square. There is a reception/waiting area, three exam rooms, a recovery room, a procedure room, a nurses’ station, bathrooms and extra space, should Dr. Bolla need to expand the practice.
While Dr. Bolla is the only physician, the clinic has a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse, two administrative/reception workers and a radiologic technologist. The technologist takes X-rays of a patient’s spine, which helps determine the cause of pain.
Dr. Bolla said the Top of the Square location was ideal because the one-story building has no stairs for his patients to climb.
He has treated chronic pain, or pain that has lasted more than 90 days, for just over a decade.
“Here, we treat mostly spinal pain and peripheral nerve blockage,” Dr. Bolla said. “We do joint injections and spinal injections.”
Dr. Bolla, who has privileges at Carthage Area Hospital and River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, said he hopes eventually to expand his practice to serve St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.
Dr. Bolla said he and his wife had been uncertain whether they were going to move closer to Toronto or remain in the north country, but the couple has decided they most likely will retire in Watertown.
Pain Solutions of Northern New York is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
New patients will be accepted by calling the clinic at 782-7246.