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We believe that anyone suffering from chronic pain can be restored to a highly functional life with purpose and meaning as a result of the tools acquired at Roots Chronic Pain Recovery program (ROOTS-CPR).

Our carefully selected interdisciplinary team of compassionate leaders in modern pain care will guide the patient on a path to reclaim their health and wellness. Through education, movement-based therapies, graded exposure, and cognitive approaches, patients will have the tools and knowledge to take control of their lives and thrive again.


Chronic or persistent pain can take many forms, often as a result of an injury or a health condition. Despite the many forms, they share a common outcome: suffering. At ROOTS-CPR, we address a multitude of conditions that fall under the categorization of chronic or persistent pain. We treat:

  • Work-related injuries
  • Spinal pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Chemical dependency
  • Mental health issues


Research shows that the best outcomes are achieved through an integrated approach to treating pain.

At ROOTS-CPR, your doctor visits, physical therapy sessions, pain recovery programming, therapy, and support team are all under one roof. That means the entire clinical team is working together and communicating regularly to ensure you are recovering from your pain, and helping you get back to the life you once had.


Many people suffering from chronic or persistent pain develop a dependence on opioids or other medical conditions related to their pain.

Our Medical Director oversees the individualized treatment plan based on the patient’s unique needs, and works in collaboration with the treatment team throughout the process. By first addressing any physiological or psychological dependency issues, the patient will be able to start the process of recovery. If indicated, medical detoxification may be required, and our Medical Director will explore opioid-alternative medications.


Language and meaning change our perception of the world, and we’ve been taught to fear pain.

An integral part of improving quality of life is changing the way patients look at and talk about pain. Anyone dealing with persistent or chronic pain knows that fear plays a huge role in preventing us from ever truly healing. Understanding the source and cause of our pain, and understanding our physical abilities and limitations through education and thoughtful discussions are key to breaking down these walls.


Pain prevents us from engaging in the activities that fulfilled us — working, playing with our kids, being active, or even just getting out of bed.

Through active physical therapy in our comfortable and safe space, our team of physical therapists will help patients take ownership of their body again, reduce fear around movement, and get them back to the active, fulfilled life they once had. Physical therapy includes manual therapies, individualized exercise planning, and individualized movement-based interventions, such as:

  • Graded exposure
  • Pacing
  • Graded motor imagery
  • Sensory integration training


Conceptualizing pain as an object or an experience, rather than something that we are subjected to, gives us the power to change how it affects us.

The pain experience is a function of our brain’s processing of a host of factors: our beliefs and knowledge of pain, anticipated consequences and fear, social and cultural context, and sensory cues from billions of nerves and receptors in our body. ROOTS-CPR addresses these factors and restructuring our perception of pain and the need for medications by employing therapeutic modalities with patients and their family or loved ones, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Neurofeedback
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Mindfulness techniques have been proven to be one of the most effective ways to treat chronic or persistent pain and chemical dependency, as well as depression and anxiety.

ROOTS-CPR uses meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an evidence-based approach developed to help people use their own breathing and internal focus to lower stress and anxiety centered around the pain experience and the related co-occurring issues. 


Fear of pain often leads people to restrict or reduce movement, which further contributes to the pain experience by atrophying the muscles and ‘‘smudging the body map’’, or confusing the brain about where the pain is centered.

Exercise and movement-based approaches such as yoga, tai chi and Feldenkrais increase awareness through movement and support the following outcomes:

  • Sharpen the body map
  • Increase circulation
  • Lubricate joints and provide them with nutrition
  • Decrease risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Build capacity for load

Work conditioning/aftercare

Work conditioning and aftercare are equally important steps to ensuring you are able to get back to work and that your progress is sustainable.

Our work conditioning program will support you in developing the strength and skills you need to perform your job duties and get you back to work — to your full potential.

We also provide continuing care after you complete the program to assist in the areas you may still need support, or to coach you on your home exercise plan. We are here for you.


Andrei Dokukin, M.D.

Medical Director

Michael Aquino, PT, DPT

Functional Restoration Dir.

Diana Kang, Psy.D.

Clinical Director

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