PORTLAND, Maine — Joel Guarna, Ph.D. has joined the staff of the Mercy Pain Center. Dr. Guarna is a clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology, wellness, addiction, trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology. He also served as a staff psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Boston.
“Dr. Guarna brings a great deal of experience in emerging areas of pain management. His expertise combined with medical and invasive modalities enables our pain clinic to treat the patient’s mind, body and spirit,” said Scott Rusk, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Administration for Mercy Hospital, in a press release.
“I am eager to work with the Pain Center staff to help individuals manage chronic or acute pain. I’m impressed at Mercy’s high level of care and compassion when treating patients dealing with long term pain issues using innovative treatment modalities,” stated Dr. Guarna.
Mercy’s Pain Center, located at 144 State St. in Portland, offers a multidisciplinary approach for individuals living with life disrupting pain.
Mercy Health System of Maine includes Mercy Hospital, Gary’s House, McAuley Residence, Mercy Recovery Center and VNA Home Health Hospice. MHSM provides a broad range of medical and surgical services, as well as primary and specialty care. It is a continuum of care provider for patients in southern Maine. Mercy is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community. Mercy is a member of Catholic Health East, a multi-institutional Catholic health system serving communities in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. More information on Mercy is available at www.mercyhospital.org.