QPain’s specialists are amongst the best in Australia. They are an experienced and highly qualified team of pain physicians, rehabilitation specialists and support staff all dedicated to providing advanced pain management treatments to each of their patients.

 

 

 

You can meet our Medical Specialists Below.

Doctor Frank Thomas - Medical Specialist

Dr Frank ThomasDr. Frank Thomas
BSc(Hons) MBChB FANZCA FFPMANZCA
Specialist Pain Medicine Physician

Dr Thomas studied medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand, graduating with distinction in 1992. He trained in anaesthesia and pain medicine and has worked exclusively in pain management since 2003 having held specialist positions at Wellington Hospital, The Royal Brisbane Hospital and was Director of The Persistent Pain Service at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane from 2011 to 2013 before leaving to work full time in private practice. He is currently Director of Pain Management at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane where his private practice, at QPain, is based. Dr Thomas sees patients with all types of chronic pain. His particular interests are interventional procedures, the appropriate use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain and has particular expertise in neuromodulation (e.g. spinal cord stimulation). He is a member of several pain societies and is involved in pain treatment research.

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Doctor Matthew Keys - Medical Specialist

Dr Matthew KeysDr. Matthew Keys

FFPMANZCA, FCICM, MBBS (Hons 1)

Dr Keys is a specialist Pain Medicine Physician and Specialist Intensive Care Physician. He graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours in 1994. He has worked and trained in a wide variety of medical specialties including General Practice, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Cosmetic Medicine and Pain Medicine. In recent years he has worked in the Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital), and he joined the group at QPain in February 2016.

Dr Keys has a passion for learning and teaching. He holds adjunct teaching positions at both the University of Queensland (Senior Lecturer), and Bond University (Asst. Professor) where he is actively involved in training the next generation of doctors.

What we discover today could lead to better treatments in years to come. Dr Keys has a special interest in what the future could bring in the field of pain medicine. He is making the most of his research experience and collaboration as co-investigator at QPain in a number of Multi-centre, prospective clinical trials.

Dr Keys’ approach to caring for his patients centres on compassion and empathy. His goal is to help his patients to reduce their suffering and to achieve their goals. These goals may be: participating in an Ironman triathlon, taking the kids to the park, or simply being able to walk to the letterbox. Dr Keys sees exercise and activity as powerful, under-utilised tools in pain rehabilitation, and once his patients are able, he actively seeks to get them more active.

Doctor Michelle O'Brien - Medical Specialist

Dr. Michelle O’Brien
MBBS(Qld), FANZCA

Fellow in Pain,  Specialist Anaesthetic Consultant.

Dr O’Brien studied medicine at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, graduating in 1993. She trained in anaesthesia at a number of the major hospitals in Brisbane and regional South East Queensland, and went on to work as a consultant anaesthetist at the Prince Charles Hospital and in private practice. Time spent living and working in Indonesia recently reignited an interest in pain medicine, and upon return from Indonesia in 2015, she has been training in pain management – at the Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital) and St. Vincent’s Private Hospital. Dr. O’Brien joined the group at QPain in February 2017.

Dr O’Brien sees patients with all types of chronic pain. Her particular interests include the importance of multidisciplinary team care for chronic pain – where the patient plays a central role, with an emphasis on pain education and psychological support, interventional procedures including Spinal Cord Stimulators, and the evidence-based and evolving use of opioids in chronic pain.

She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Specialist Health Team

Megan HannahMegan Hannah
Clinical Nurse Consultant

Megan completed her general nursing training at Lismore Base Hospital in 1984 and then worked in numerous hospitals in Sydney before moving to Queensland. In Queensland she first became involved in pain management in 1994 while managing an orthopaedic unit. She commenced working in private pain practice in 1997 before relocating to central Queensland in 2003. Megan completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) in 2000. From 2004 to 2013 she worked in a private pain practice in Newcastle. Megan completed her Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Pain) in 2007.

Megan has a particular interest in neuromodulation, having spent most of her time in private practice involved in this specialised field. She also passionate about patient education and assists all of QPain patient’s through their treatment.

Megan’s interests out of work involve looking after her property with her husband, two dogs and horses, and yoga.


 

Amy UnderwoodAmy Underwood
Counselling Psychologist

Amy Underwood is a nationally endorsed Counselling Psychologist, specialising in pain management in adult populations.

Amy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, following with a Masters of Counselling Psychology from QUT and Master of Science in Medicine (PainMgt) from Sydney University.

Amy has worked across both federal and private practice for a number of years with extensive experience in the management of persistent pain.

Additionally, Amy is a supervisor with the University of Queensland Masters program. Amy has full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), APS College of Counselling Psychologists and the Australian Pain Society.

Amy utilises a combined therapeutic approach from evidenced based principles for management of persistent pain.

Amy has a special interest in the management of persistent pelvic pain.

To find out more about what our specialists do and how they can work to help manage your pain, please contact us today.