The Bill Nelems Pain & Research Centre was named after Dr Bill Nelems. Bill was a remarkable man - ground-breaking thoracic surgeon and pain specialist in our clinic. Unfortunately, Bill passed away in 2017

The BNPRC now represents a network of affiliated clinics across the southern interior of British Columbia. The clinics share philosophy, resources and a common waitlist, ensuring a high level of care to people with chronic pain across the area served by Interior Health.

Dr. Paul Etheridge (MB.ChB, DA, CCFP)
Doctor Etheridge has training in family medicine, anesthesia and chronic pain management. He completed the Pain Medicine fellowship program at McGill University in 2011/2012.
Dr Etheridge is the Medical Director at the Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre in Kelowna, British Columbia. He specializes in ultrasound guided pain procedures and continues to do research in this field with McGill University.

Dr. W Francois Louw CCFP(EM), FCFP, MBChB (Pret), DA(SA), ECFMG, Adv. Dipl Pain Mgt CAPM (Interventional Pain Management)
Dr. Louw is a Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Dept. of Family Practice and has a special interest in Comprehensive Pain Medicine.
Apart from being a GP Anesthetist and ER physician, he also holds Advanced Credentialing in Interventional Pain Management (CAPM).
Dr. Louw is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine, organizes CME/CPD events, and has been passionate about teaching regenerative injection therapy modalities to students, residents and fellow MD colleagues over many years. He is a co-founder of the Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre, the busiest interventional pain clinic in Canada.
His current research interests include regenerative treatments for osteoarthritis, diabetic neuropathy, TMJ prolotherapy, PRP injections for facet arthropathy, Psilocybin use for improvement of chronic pain and various mental health conditions, and opioid reduction strategies.

Dr. Rick De Villiers (MB.ChB)
Dr. De Villiers completed a Bachelor's degree in Science with a subsequent Honour's degree in Medical Science (Pharmacology). In 1997 he completed a Master's degree in Medical Science (Pharmacology) with destinction.
He has worked in Family Medicine for more than 10 years and started working at the Okanagan Interventional Pain Clinic in June of 2013. He obtained further training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound through the Burwin Institute and Completed an Advanced Course in Ultrasound-guided Pain procedures.
He is a Diplomate of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Marc Lourens (MBChB, Diploma of Anethesthesia, CCFP (FPA), PgCPain, U of Alberta)
BNPRC Kelowna and Salmon Arm General Hospital Clinic
Dr. Lourens worked in South Africa as an Anesthetist before coming to Canada where he has been a family physician for the past 20 years and running a pain management clinic for the last 10 years.
He also co-facilitates PainSense, a chronic pain education group. He has done further training in Ultrasound-guided pain procedures. His interests are regenerative medicine, focussing on thoraco-lumbar spine and peripheral joints.

Dr. Juan Venter (MB.ChB, DA, CCFP, McGill Pain Fellowship)
Dr. Venter trained in South Africa as a Family Practitioner at the University of Stellenbosch. After completing his Family Medicine degree, he trained in Anesthesia and obtained his Diploma in Anaesthesia in 2011.
Dr. Venter moved to Canada in 2012, where he practiced as a Family Physician in Oliver, BC for six years. Since then he has completed a Certificate in Pain Medicine through the University of Alberta and completed a Fellowship in Pain Medicine at McGill University in 2018/2019.
Dr. Venter’s interests are spine and musculoskeletal pain.

Dr. Mike Butterfield
Michael Butterfield completed his Medical Degree at UBC. He then moved to Halifax to complete his specialty training in psychiatry.
He returned to Vancouver to be the inaugural resident of the Pain Medicine subspecialty training program at the UBC in July 2016. His areas of interest which include neuropathic pain, addiction medicine, interventional pain medicine and headache medicine.
He currently works at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, the UBC Headache Clinic, the NINET lab at UBC and at the Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre primarily providing care to individuals living with chronic pain.
He is also the Director of the Pain Medicine Residency Program and Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC with appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Dr. Pam Squire
Doctor Squire currently practices in Vancouver B.C. where she has a consultative practice in complex pain. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia and is involved in medical education and curriculum development for both undergraduate and post-graduate physicians. She was a member of the guidelines committee (2010-2012) for Pain Medicine, the national group mandated to write the curriculum for the new Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons specialty of Pain Medicine.

In 2008 she was given the inaugural Helen Hays award for excellence in pain management and in 2010 she was given the Academic Pain Educator of the Year award by the American Society of Pain Educators.

Dr. Owen D Williamson (FRCSC Orthopedic Surgery & Pain Medicine)
Dr Owen Williamson is an orthopedic surgeon and pain medicine physician, who no longer operates as a surgeon, but specialises in the non-operative management of spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal pain.
As well as consulting at the Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre, Dr Williamson also works at the interdisciplinary Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre Pain Clinic in Surrey, BC.
Dr Williamson is a passionate advocate for timely access to safe, effective and affordable pain care through the development and implementation of a Canadian Pain Strategy.

Dr. Al Hooper
Dr. Hooper has pursued an interest in MSK injuries for the past 25 years. Initial work in sport and occupational medicine led to training in interventional procedures for chronic pain.
In 2004, he co-founded the Advanced Spinal Care Centre (ASCC), a multi-disciplinary pain clinic in Calgary. Research at ASCC produced several publications on Prolotherapy and RF Neurotomy.
Dr Hooper continues to hold teaching positions at the Universities of British Columbia and Calgary. His current practice is limited to treatment of post-partum sacroiliac pain, and injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

Madeleine Eames, PT, Pain Education
Madeleine Eames is a psychotherapist, mindfulness and yoga teacher. She works exclusively with clients who suffer with trauma, anxiety and pain.
She has a Masters of Social Work from University of Toronto ('92) and specialized training in trauma therapy, yoga for chronic pain and trauma-sensitive yoga.
Currently, she teaches mindfulness for anxiety, breathe to heal and pain education classes.

Dr. Arun Ganesan
Dr Ganesan trained in South Africa as a primary care family physician. He then did GP anesthesia training with a special focus on regional anesthesia and image-guided interventional procedures.
He also did GP oncology training–medical oncology at the BC cancer agency. He completed the graduate level certification in pain management–faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta.
Dr Ganesan’s area of interest is spine and musculoskeletal pain.

Dr. Johan du Plessis
Dr. Johan du Plessis has bachelor's degrees in medicine and surgery and a master's degree in family medicine from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
He gained a fellowship from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pain Management and Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Alberta and a Diploma in Advanced Interventional Pain Management from the Canadian Academy of Pain Management.
He practiced medicine in Canada since 1994. In 2014 he joined the Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre.
His scope of practice includes family practice, emergency medicine and chronic pain management.

Dr. Kollipara
Dr. Kollipara is delighted to set up an advanced 1 and 2 chronic pain management clinic in KBRH, Trail with RF neurotomy capabilities. He likes to expand the program in the future to be able to help patients with procedures like central neuromodulation and vertebroplasty. He is one of the thirty and odd Pain medicine Royal college fellows in Canada.
He has been practicing interventional pain management for the last two decades across the Atlantic including parts of Europe, the USA and Canada. He is proud to have been a UBC Pain medicine alumnus. He was involved in teaching residents in a lead role in both regional anesthesia and interventional pain management. The time he has spent in basic research involving cytokines and platelet-activating factor helped him to understand the molecular mechanisms of chronic pain. He believes in aggressive interdisciplinary management of chronic pain patients. His favorite advice to his patients is "your mainstay of the pain treatment is the self-management program, everything else is like using a band-aid to treat a fracture".

Mary-Ellen McNaughton, Pain Education
Mary Ellen is a Psychotherapist, Bereavement Counsellor and Communication Trainer, specializing in inner dialogue or self-talk.
She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from UBC and a Masters in Biology from the University of Windsor. She works in private practice, as well as on contract to Central Okanagan Hospice Association.
She is certified by Beth Darnall from Stanford University to teach a Pain Education Course called Empowered Relief. She does virtually, with Madeleine Eames for patients from the Bill Nelems Pain and Research Centre.

Dr. Pieter De Bruyn

Dr. Audrey Chen

Dr. Rob Eger

Dr. Brenda Farnquist

Dr. Caitlin Holtby

Dr. Shawn McCann

Dr. Sydney van Wyk

Dr Denise Eckenswiller

Dr Cobus Bester, Vernon Jubilee Clinic

Dr Randy Cleveland, Penticton Regional Hospital clinic

Dr Guy de Wet, Salmon Arm General Hospital Clinic

Dani Cowie, Medical Office Assistant

Susan De Villiers, Medical Office Assistant

Natalie Greive, Medical Office Assistant

Pamela Hanson, Medical Office Assistant

Tia Isaak, Medical Office Assistant

Patricia Vasquez, Medical Office Assistant

Ambulatory Care
2268 Pandosy St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2
309-2755 Tutt St
Kelowna, BC V1Y 0G1
Tel: 250-860-9754
Fax: 250-860-9760
Calls answered 9AM-12PM, 1PM-4PM
Clinic Hours
Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM
Dr. Paul Etheridge

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