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Whilst working as an Anaesthetic Registrar at Sydney Hospital, the Director of the Department of Anaesthetics, Dr Fred Berry asked Dr Gronow to attend the Sydney Hospital Pain clinic as part of his rotation, and this began his lifelong involvement with, and commitment to, pain medicine. He remained at Sydney Hospital from 1976 as a part time staff specialist and finally Director of Anaesthetics until 1983, during this time Dr Gronow began his first private practice as a Pain Specialist, working out of Dr F. Thong’s rooms in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

When Sydney Hospital underwent a restructure in the early 1980’s, rather than continuing on in the field of Anaesthesia, Dr Gronow made the decision to focus on pain relief medicine as his full time vocation. He, along with Robyn Quinn, RN, acting as coordinator and secretary, opened a multidisciplinary private practice at 135 Macquarie Street and the Sydney Pain Management Centre (SPMC) was born. Wanting to provide an holistic, multidisciplinary approach to pain treatment and management, a physiotherapist, psychiatrist and rehabilitation practitioner were soon on board as members of the Centre

Along with the practice in the Sydney CBD, in 1983 Dr. Gronow also conducted sessions twice weekly at Castle Hill in Dr. Hughes’s rooms and a short term consultancy on Friday mornings at Gordon in Dr. G. McKessar’s rooms.

It didn’t take long for demand to grow and for the SPMC to outgrow their Macquarie Street residence. When the Centre moved to 82 Elizabeth Street, the services offered expanded also and the part time services became full time, including a General Practitioner, Occupational Physician and Rehabilitation Consultant and Psychiatrist.

It was during this time that Case Conferences commenced and the Outpatient Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group commenced also.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is “a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behavior and cognitive processes and contents though a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures”, a technique used in the treatment of patients not only dealing with pain, but also the anxiety and depression that results from their condition. Accepting that some behavior cannot be controlled through rational thought, CBT’s approach is “problem focused”, that is “undertaken for specific problems”, and “action oriented”, whereby the therapist assists the patient to select specific strategies unique to them to help address their particular problem. CBT for chronic pain was developed in the United States in the 70’s and 80’s, Dr Gronow undertook a 12 week study tour to observe this management strategy. Dr. Gronow then incorporated these strategies into the SPMC’s methodology.

In 1985, at the request of Dr. Gordon Kerridge, Professor of Orthopedics at the Royal Newcastle Hospital, and to meet the increasing demand in regional centres, SPMC’s work expanded to the Hunter region, where they established the Newcastle Pain Management Centre in Newcastle, with weekly visits by Dr. Gronow and fortnightly visits by physiotherapist, then also Rehabilitation Medicine Physiotherapist, Dale Larson, which they conducted from Dr. Kerridge’s Watt Street rooms.

In 1989, responding to the increasing demands of patients seeking and undergoing intensive pain management rehabilitation, SPMC began its Inpatient Program, a 4 week Program involving a Multidisciplinary team of two physiotherapists, a psychiatrist , rehabilitation physician and nursing staff at Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Hospital, with the significant support of their Medical Director, Dr. R. Oakeshott. This led to the opening of the smallest Private Hospital in Australia – the Charles Street Private Hospital, the only hospital dedicated to Pain Management. Though independent of Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Hospital, it did share resources and utilised some of their facilities, such as the hydrotherapy pool and workshops. Initially these inpatient programs were run over four weeks, and then the program was condensed to a more concentrated three week programme.

Continuing review produced further changes and the Inpatient Program was replaced with the Residential Outpatient Program, whereby patients would spend the day at the Centre undergoing therapy, whilst staying at nearby, motel accommodation overnight. This model proved successful, not just from an economical, cost effective standpoint, but also as a means for the patients to develop the skills required to live independently with their conditions as they adjusted to new treatments and therapies.

In 1983 Dr. Gronow also began a long association with Westmead Hospital, initially as an VMO then as Director of Multidisciplinary Pain Services from1999 when consulting rooms opened at nearby Ashley Lane, which was timely, as the arrangement the SPMC had with Royal Ryde Rehabiltation Hospital was coming to an end.

With change of direction at Royal Ryde Rehabilitation, SPMC were once again on the move.

Their ongoing desire to be easily accessible and to meet the growing demand for their services led SPMC to their current rooms in Macquarie Street, Parramatta in 1996, where not only did they continue with the successful Residential Program established at Ryde, but also the continuation of the Weekly Case Conferences with the Multidisciplinary team, and Outpatient Groups. In conjunction with Westmead Hospital, and the addition of a Pain Fellow,. Sydney Pain Management Centre underwent Australian Council Healthcare Standards accreditation using Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Pain clinics.

In 2012, SPMC expanded its long standing consultancy services at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, to commence an onsite multidisciplinary team with a new dedicated facility opening at the end of 2014.

SPMC prides itself on offering the best in all aspects of pain management, and to be able to do that, they require the input of many Health Professionals, all specialists in their respective fields, from many diverse specialties.

Among those who have worked and enjoyed associations with SPMC and have contributed to its success, are:

Dr Michael Carroll
Dr Kewal Beri
Dr Newman Harris
Dr Geoff Needham
Dr Peter Snowdon
Dr Robert Kaplan
Dr Margaret Potts
Dr Greg Mc Donald
Dr Renuka Mendonca
Dr Nithi Sivathondan
Dr Solomon Ni
Dr John Adams
Dr Robert Adler
Dr David Koziol
Dr Cameron Ly
Dr Tim Ho
Dr Jason Kwong
Dr Peter Cox
Dr Roxanna Heriseanu
Dr Stuart Tan
Dr Charlotte Wilsey

Jennifer Dietrich
Lawrence Roux
Melanie Babooram
Ruth Paul
Michael Nicholas
Michelle Tadros
Maxwell Rutherford
Peter Stevens

Dr David Prendergast
Dr Guy Bashford
Dr Kathleen McCarthy
Dr Ian Jensen
Dr Lyn Kuwahta
Dr Peter Harridene

Ronda Smith (20 Years)
Dale Larson
Jill Hurley
Rhiannon Lindsay
Andrew Leaver
Wendy McKenzie

2000 Dr Andrew McDonald
2001 Dr Chimene Bhar
2002/03 Dr Charlotte Wilsey
2004 Dr Michael Carroll
2005 Dr Jonathon McGhie
2006 Dr Mark Jackson
2007 Dr Tom Defossez
2009 Dr Rebecca Martin
2010 Dr Renuka Mendoca
2011 Dr Vahid Mohabati
2012 Dr Tim Ho
2013 Dr Lina Masashdeh
2014 Dr Paul Ferris


Phone: 02 9687 9633
Fax: 02 9687 9655

Our Locations

Level 3, 20 Macquarie Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Suite 206, SAN Clinic Tulloch Building, Sydney Adventist Clinic, 185 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga NSW 2076