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Merritt Island – Pain Relief Group

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Compassionate Merritt Island, Florida Physicians Committed to Making Chronic Pain a Thing Of the Past

The Physician Partners of America Pain Relief Group located in Merritt Island, Florida understands just how challenging life can be for patients dealing with chronic pain. For many patients, chronic pain has multiple causes, and each cause requires a specific treatment.

Treatment may involve a mixture of psychological help and physical therapy. Our goal has been and will always be to establish a good relationship between ourselves and our patients. A strong relationship is the basis for free and open communication, which is a key aspect of long-term pain management.

Our Pain Management Doctor

AnthonyGuarino, MD

450 East Merritt Island Causeway, Suite 200, Merritt Island FL 32952
distance-locations-pin761.27 miles
Pain Management

We Care About You

We understand that treating chronic pain is not a one-size-fits-all thing. The treatment must be tailored to each patient. Effective pain management has two aspects to it. First, there is the addressing, or interrupting of, the processes that are causing pain. Second, there is the modulation of the pain response.

A pain management treatment program that has realistic goals can produce long-term positive effects. Our goal is to help our clients restore normal body function, minimize their disability, improve their quality of life, wean them away from the use of medication, and prevent a relapse into chronic symptoms.

By perfectly balancing psychological interventions with physical therapy as well as occupational therapy, we are able to create a program that has a higher level of effectiveness than other programs. We understand that our clients do not deal with their pain in a vacuum, nor will their recovery take place in a vacuum. For this reason, we include our patient’s family members in different aspects of the recovery process.

In most cases, our Merritt Island, Florida patients do not require hospitalization but are able to receive treatment on an outpatient basis.

Living a normal life after dealing with chronic pain is possible. We have seen countless success stories that have proven the truthfulness of this. Our pain relief group is dedicated to working hand-in-hand with you to make this goal a reality.

Ratings and Comments

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4.4/5
4.4 /5
41 Reviews

Google
5.0/5
Feb 28, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
I had been in pain a couple of days. The pain had got worse and now I'm in extreme pain. I couldn't even stand at the kitchen sink without being in extreme pain. I called the office spoke with Tracy,she advised me too get into the office as soon as possible Dr. Guarino only works a half a day. So I arrived at 11.30 am they took me straight back, put me in a room took my vitals and told me Dr. Guarino would be in. As Tracy left the room, Dr. Guarino came in asked me how I was doing? I advised him I was in extreme pain, it felt like someone is was pulling my spine out. I had the pain pump put in unfortunately it had to be removed due to an infection. He looked at the surgical site he said it looked good, there was area that was still opened he said he's going to have one of his assistants too clean the area and come back in a week. He prescriped cipro to make sure that an infection wasn't trying too settle in. He also prescribed some valium too calm the spasms . I pray in a week everything is ok. I want my pain pump back. You don't realize how it's starting too work until it gone. I'd like tooThank Dr.Guarino and Tracy for doing a wonderful job taking care of me today in short notice. I'm forever thankful. I go back in a week too see if this flare is has settled down and to see when they can put the pain pump can be put back in. Keep up the awesome work.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Feb 28, 2020:
We are grateful you have shared your favorable review. We value your feedback and look forward to providing quality care at all of your future visits. We'd so appreciate your taking the time, when possible, to tell your family and friends about us. Thank you and we wish you the best of health! You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/
Google
5.0/5
Feb 20, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Always timely and accurate.
Google
5.0/5
Feb 15, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
As always my visit was helpful from the front desk to the visit with the kind nurse and then dr guardino who listens and seems to really care about all my complaints. Thank you all. I truly feel I have a great team that will help me get through this rough time.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Feb 15, 2020:
Thank you so much for the kind words. We will continue striving to deliver world-class pain management care. We are honored to help you in your journey toward reducing pain. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/. Enjoy the balance of your weekend!
Google
5.0/5
Feb 8, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Very well run and excellent wait times. Dr Guarino has helped me with a combination of alternative methods to address my chronic pain. Dr Guarino and support staff headed by Traci take the time to cover all aspects of my pain and help me surpress my chronic pain which can be overwhelming at times which allows me to complete my daily tasks uninterrupted. The entire staff makes their patients me at least feel very at ease. I highly recommend Dr. Guarino and staff to anyone that has to live with chronic pain everyday as i do. I trust them all very much!
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Feb 8, 2020:
Thank you for your review! We love to hear positive experiences and are honored by your kind words. We value your feedback and are with you every step of the way in your journey towards reducing pain. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/
Google
3.0/5
Feb 2, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Dr was AN HOUR AND A QUARTER LATE. Appt was at 9 am, saw him at 10:15 am. Otherwise fine— and the staff, especially Tracy, is great!
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Feb 8, 2020:
We know long wait times can be very frustrating and we apologize for the inconvenience. We place the utmost importance on providing the best care possible, so we hope you accept our apology for the long wait. With the exception of the wait time, we are happy you had an overall positive experience.
Google
5.0/5
Jan 30, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
by far the best doctors office that I’ve been too The staff is great The doctors are amazing
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Feb 8, 2020:
We appreciate your five-star rating about your experience with us! We value your feedback and will strive to exceed your expectations at every visit. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/
Google
5.0/5
Jan 26, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Compassionate and caring
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Feb 8, 2020:
We appreciate your five-star rating about your experience with us! We value your feedback and will strive to exceed your expectations at every visit. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/
Google
5.0/5
Jan 10, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Professionalism and understanding your needs is what you'll expect from this pain management clinic in Merritt Island. From the initial office visit to the actual procedure, Dr. Fernandez and his staff were able to help me with my back issues. The facility was spotless and every staff member was trained to help you with your problem. They answered every one of my questions in detail. Dr. Fernandez should be proud with his staff from the RN's, to the office staff to the anesthesiologist and his staff. It was quick, painless and in and out in under an hour and a half. BTW, in recovery ask for the peanut butter crackers, they were the bomb!!!
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Jan 10, 2020:
Thank you for your review! We love to hear positive experiences and are honored by your kind words. We value your feedback and are with you every step of the way in your journey towards reducing pain. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/. Have a fantastic weekend!
Google
5.0/5
Jan 6, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Friendly and understanding. Takes their time and wan never rushed
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Jan 6, 2020:
We strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience with us. We'd so appreciate your taking the time, when possible, to tell your family and friends about us. We look forward to providing quality care during your future visits. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/
Google
5.0/5
Jan 6, 2020
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
I really like how the staff is courteous and the doctor wants to address and fix the problem(s). I also really liked how quick and easy the cortisone injection was - the nurses, anesthesiologist, and the doctor were great! I was awake for the procedure and it didn’t hurt at all! Thank you guys so much!
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Jan 6, 2020:
Thank you for your review! We love to hear positive experiences and are honored by your kind words. We value your feedback and are with you every step of the way in your journey towards reducing pain. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/
Google
1.0/5
Dec 28, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
The first 6 months seeing Dr Sheldon Cho were wonderful he is a very caring and compassionate Dr who took the time to fully evaluate my conditions. I came from a previous pain management Dr who retired at age 73. After 6 months I was told that there would be a new Dr when I returned in 3 months to get refills. I wasn't told who it would be even after asking. Ended up being Anthony Gaurino he is the worst mannered Dr I have ever visited in the 20+years of dealing with my conditions. He cut my dose in half and told me he was going to get me of Opiates. Why change what works best for you? Is all I could think about. For 25$ a month I can wake up and work and function with a great quality of life. Instead he wanted to operate and even told me to marry anyone if my fiance and I were not going to marry just so I could get insurance. Do your research you will see Anthony Gaurino collected a quarter million dollars from big Pharma companies over a 6 month period pushing way worse opiates than I was prescribed. The money is installing pumps and injections (inpatient) (outpatient) surgeries. Dr Cho even told me not to have procedures done until I was unable to do daily functions with the prescribed medication's and needed surgical procedure's as well as the referral doctor which Dr Gaurino sent me back to well they sent me back to Gaurino. They purposely pushed my appointments past the day of my refills on a couple occasions as well the last straw was when I received a 450$ bill for a urinalysis. I started paying 170$ within 1 year I was paying 260$ which included urinalysis testing. Never the same employees was very aggrevating as well. One receptionist tried to tell me how she can eat a Motrin a day and her pain level is fine I asked her if she pours and finishes concrete after she wheels her chair around the office all day? Her pain level and my pain level had nothing to compare but she told me that she was the one who I had to get past to receive my prescription. What about the new Dr Gaurino. Perhaps he's off enjoying his new found fortune. Be cautious the greed to suck insurance companies dry are strong here. My cash is just as good as anything else. I've found another caring and compassionate Dr to see so I must end with look for someone better than Dr Anthony Gaurino he has what is referred to a "God" complex. He even told me when I first seen him that he was the new sheriff here. I tried to be as polite as possible and followed all instructions. He put me through withdrawal symptoms for 6 months. Very very poor practices do your research and make a solid conclusion for yourself about Dr Gaurino coming out of retirement from Wisconsin.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Dec 30, 2019:
We sincerely regret to hear you had a negative experience with us. We take your concerns very seriously and always take steps to correct them. Therefore, senior management has been notified of your review. Please also feel free to reach out to us any time to have any questions or concerns addressed. Our email is customerservice@physicianpartnersoa.com. Thank you.
Google
5.0/5
Dec 20, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Lot of changes in doctors I hope they get it worked out soon every time you change doctors changes medicines everything seems to change but like Starting Over Again I think working pretty good with the last doctor then we got a new one and three weeks later we got another Dr they messed up my medication Ren short two months in a row kept cutting me back from what my first doctor had me working and I really feel that it just weren't right to let me hurt like that hopefully the new doctor is going to get it straightened out and get me back to a comfortable manageable pain level we shall see thank you
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Jun 6, 2019:
We sincerely regret to hear that you had a negative experience with us, but would appreciate the chance to turn that experience around. We have notified the practice and the regional managers about your concern and it will be addressed promptly. We value your feedback and appreciate your letting us know what happened.
Google
5.0/5
Dec 9, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
If you are in pain this is the place to go. Dr Guarino and his staff are top notch, practice cutting edge medicine and very caring and compassionate. I had terrible back and sciatic pain for months. After 1 treatment I have my life back. They are a god send.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Dec 10, 2019:
Thank you for your review! We love to hear positive experiences and are honored by your kind words. We value your feedback and are with you every step of the way in your journey towards reducing pain. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/physicianpartners/
Google
5.0/5
Oct 18, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Everyone at the Merritt Island office are very helpful and friendly. Dr Fernandez is absolutely wonderful and he always takes all of my needs seriously. I highly recommend this practice!
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Oct 18, 2019:
We are grateful for your pleasant comments and for recommending us to others! The doctors, advanced practice providers and staff thank you so much and appreciate your feedback. You can also follow us on Facebook at @physicianpartners. We wish you the best of health!
Google
1.0/5
Aug 21, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Several times we asked about the cost of the neuro stimulator procedure that was recommended, and never got an answer, until after they made us wait weeks for approval from the insurance to hit us with a bombshell $1,800+ co-pay just for the trial. Could have let us know the full cost and I could have figured it out, but they strung us along, leaving my mother in pain with false hope. We could have started a different path by now. Make it right? Wasted my time, burned my trust, and you expect me to ever consider doing business again? Never.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Aug 21, 2019:
We regret to hear that you had a negative experience with us, but would appreciate the chance to turn your experience around. Senior management has been notified of this for careful review.
Google
5.0/5
Jun 8, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
They are very nice and the Dr are so awesome
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Jun 10, 2019:
We are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! Thank you for taking the time to let us know. Our staff is so pleased to see your great review.
Google
5.0/5
Jun 5, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
I have had an excellent experience at this clinic. I see Doctor Fernandez and I think he's great.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Jun 5, 2019:
We are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience! Thank you for taking the time to let us know. Our staff will be so pleased to see your great review. Have a wonderful day!
Google
1.0/5
Apr 4, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Waited nearly 6 weeks for an Appointment & The Pain Management Physician was Frank and upfront when he said that he probably would NOT perscribe anything 4 the Pain due 2 Frequent Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis, Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Titanium Plate keeping my Spinal Cord in the Spinal Column after a VIOLENT GRAND MAL SEIZURE displaced the Cord right out of the Column at C3-C4. Not to mention I was recently rerleased from the Hospital after having 6 Grand Mal Seizures in less than 8 hours.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Apr 5, 2019:
We take patient concerns very seriously and will look into yours promptly. Thank you for letting us know.
Google
2.0/5
Mar 12, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Office staff has very poor communication with the patient. The Phone system used in contacting the office is terrible. The office staff had not prepared the Dr. as to the nature of our visit. Although the Dr (Fernandez-Silva) did a very good job after we spent some time alerting him to the nature of our visit, the Staff had not prepared him for our visit. We had numerous conversation and visits with the Office Staff and Office manager to prepare for our visit, including all pertinent records sent to the office and it is regrettable that this facility has been staffed with such an inept and insensitive office staff. I suggest some professional training or other remediation.
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Mar 13, 2019:
Mr. Olsen,
We are sorry we fell short of your expectations. We would appreciate the chance to turn your experience around. We are escalating your concern to our Merritt Island office senior management immediately for review.
Google
5.0/5
Mar 7, 2019
Google Physician Partners of America (PPOA)
Dr. McCorquoDale, took his time and explained everything to me. He answered all of my questions with patients. He was very meticulous with my care!
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) replied on Apr 22, 2019:
We are grateful for your kind words. We value your feedback and are honored to help you in your journey out of pain. We'd also appreciate your sharing your good experience with your family and friends. Thank You!

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