Pain Management and Rehabilitation Center

With locations in Lake City, Ocala and Lady Lake, Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center is an expert in treating pain conditions of residents in Central-North Florida and the surrounding communities, using the latest pain management techniques and procedures available.

Beginning Your Journey to Pain Relief

Pain can have many causes, and there are many possible treatments for your pain. Effective management of chronic pain, or difficult pain situations, frequently requires the coordinated efforts of a pain management team that’s capable of employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing your suffering and improving your quality of life. Has your life been wracked by chronic, acute or a persistent pain problems? Whatever your pain situation is, our goal is to reduce the pain you suffer from. We believe your life should be without pain and fear. Pain brings with it unhappiness, no matter whether your condition is an aggravating ache or a pain that’s all consuming where it feels like you will never see a way out of your pain. See your way to happiness because there is a way with help from Florida Pain and Rehabilitation.

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Our Commitment Is to Helping You Be Pain-Free

We bring a pragmatic approach to our understanding of your pain. Pain is by definition a felt experience, and the true definition of pain is any person experiencing a problem of pain, with that pain being whatever the experiencing person says it is. Don’t let aches and pains torment you, preventing you from capturing all of the best that life has to offer. With advanced pain management technologies that provide sophisticated insights into both your physiology and the contributing factors to your pain symptoms, we can both accurately diagnose and develop a personalized treatment plan that gives you back the life that you deserve. Our commitment is to helping you become pain-free.

Set Up Your Consultation Today

Set up your consultation with the pain authorities at Florida Pain and Rehabilitation, particularly if you have been dissatisfied with your previous pain management treatment. Over the years there have been many instances where we have successfully treated a patient’s pain condition by finding the true cause for their previously misdiagnosed condition, many of which had previously been labeled as “incurable”. At Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center we know that pain is supposed to resolve as the body heals itself with time and proper pain management, but sometimes pain management, if not done correctly, can mask a problem and a patient may become less aware that they need treatment for a deeper problem. Set up your consultation, we want to learn from you more about how intense your pain is, how your pain feels, where your pain is, what, if anything makes your pain lessen, and when your pain started? When a painful injury or pathology is resistant to treatment and persists, we are committed to find the causes of your pain and help you relieve your suffering. The type of pain you have may result in different medications being prescribed, as certain medications may work better for acute pain, others for chronic pain, and some may work equally well on both, but always we begin with a conservative pharmacological approach with your health and safety front and center.

Why Choose Us?

From low back pain to neck pain, headache, fibromyalgia, shingles, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, when you need pain relief, you need to turn to the pain management experts at Florida Pain and Rehabilitation, founded by Dr. YiLi Zhou, a Harvard-trained, board-certified pain specialist, and neurologist. No matter whether you have debilitating pain from sciatica, neuropathy, osteoporosis, whiplash, scoliosis, bursitis or chest pain, make us your premier provider of comprehensive, multidisciplinary pain management solutions. For those patients suffering from acute or chronic pain, Dr. Zhou believes in providing you with high-quality, individualized interventional pain management treatment, beginning with the most conservative modality first, but always with the goal of helping you to be rid of your pain. To help you be pain-free, we may utilize such pain management protocols as a nerve block, non-steroid ant-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and even antidepressants, as well as a range of other pharmacological pain management and interventional pain management modalities. At Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center we have a commitment to delivering the highest standards of care for you, which enable us to advance innovative therapies that both restore your health and improve your quality of life. No matter whether you have pain from low back pain, sciatica or even debilitating headache or neck pain, let us help you be pain-free, contact us now to set up your consultation.

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Meet the FLPNR Team

  • YiLi Zhou, M.D., Ph.D
  • Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu, D.O.
  • Dr. Daniel Merck, M.D.
  • Lourdes Varela–Batista, M.D.
  • Vinh-Loc Nguyen, P.A.
  • Kirstie Nicol, P.A.
  • Irene Aponte Moreno, N.P.
  • Sunny Park, N.P.
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Neurologist in Ocala, FL

YiLi Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.

Harvard-Trained, Board-Certified Pain Specialist and Neurologist.

Dr. Zhou graduated from Wenzhou Medical College, China in 1982 with training in both modern western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. He had neurology fellowship training at Shanghai Medical School, specializing in EMG/NCV and evoked potential studies. He served as an attending neurologist in China.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in Ocala, FL

Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu, D.O.

Dr. Zhou graduated from Wenzhou Medical College, China in 1982 with training in both modern western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. He had neurology fellowship training at Shanghai Medical School, specializing in EMG/NCV and evoked potential studies. He served as an attending neurologist in China.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Dr. Daniel Merck, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Merck, M.D. is a Board Certified Pain Management Physician and has been practicing for over 20 years. He is passionate about improving his patients’ quality of life. He received his undergraduate degree from Samford University, and his medical degree from the University of Alabama.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Lourdes Varela–Batista, M.D.

Dr. Varela is a fellowship trained pain specialist and board certified PMR expert. Her specialities include physical medicine and rehabilitation and interventional pain medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Puerto Rico and completed her medical degree from New York Medica College. Dr. Varela completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Vinh-Loc Nguyen, P.A.

Vinh-Loc Nguyen is a NCCPA certified physician assistant and is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics from University of Florida in 1994. He had a successful career in the financial industry before returning to his true passion for medicine.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Kirstie Nicol, P.A.

Kirstie has been serving as a physician assistant at Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center, Lake City since September 2016. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She received her master of science in physician assistant studies, at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Irene Aponte Moreno, N.P.

Ms. Irene Aponte Moreno is an Adult-Gerontology certified Nurse Practitioner and licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. In 2014, she received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in December of 2006. In 2003, she received an Associates of Arts degree from Southwestern Michigan College. She also completed an Associate degree in Informatics from the University Institute Antonio Jose de Sucre located in Lara State, Venezuela.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Sunny Park, N.P.

Ms. Sunny Park is an AANP and ANCC certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in Drawing from Southern Illinois University in 1999. She pursued nursing career and graduated with Associate of Science in Nursing in 2007 and started working as a registered nurse in Cardiovascular ICU in St.Luke’s Medical Center. She continued with her education and graduated with Magna Cum Laude obtaining Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010 from Cardinal Stritch University. During her nursing education, she was awarded multiple scholarships including the Lamplight scholarship by Milwaukee Nurses Association.

PAIN CONDITIONS WE TREAT

  • Back Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Other Pain Conditions

Reviews

""Dr. Varela called me after my surgery to see how I was doing. It made me feel good to know she took the time to do that.""
""Dr. Vu is one of the only doctors and or clinics I've been to in the past 30 years that has actually helped me with my back problems. Thank you.""
""Dr. Vu is an exceptional doctor who is dedicated to his patients health and wellness. I have had a very positive experience with Dr. Vu. I would highly recommend him.""
""Dr. Vu's assessments and assistance in helping me with 28 years of pain from various injuries, he has helped me to live better with my pain. Through various tests, shots, physical therapy, and some medications, his understanding & comprehensive knowledge, has REALLY helped me. He finds the start of the…"
""Dr. Merck took the time to listen to me. I am new to The Villages and am finding this rare in a doctor. The staff is great. They work together well and try very hard to help the patients.""
""Dr. Merck is awesome. Really knows what to do for you to make you pain free. I feel very comfortable with Dr. Merck and his staff. A wonderful place to get well. So thankful for Dr. Merck.""
""Doctor and staff were terrific. Very professional, pleasant, courteous, and friendly. Dr. Merck took time to explain every step so I was as relaxed as possible. I never felt rushed through the procedure. I would not hesitate to recommend this practice to anyone. It was top notch from beginning to…"
""Dr. Zhou, you are simply brilliant! I can’t truly express my deep heartfelt gratitude for your dedication to your practice, the kindness towards patients with professionalism unmatched. You stopped what felt like an ice pick which was going through my eye to the back of my head; basically you stopped…"
""Dr. Zhou, you are a proficient professional man who takes his pain management specialty to heart and from my heart to yours, thank you again. I would recommend you and your pain management office to any person in need of a specialist to get rid of pain in either the…"
""Dr. Zhou, you are a beam of light we look forward to seeing every month, even with a 2 hour trip we make every month, you are worth every mile! You are the kind of physician who looks beyond traditional solutions; looking at problems from all sides, medical, environmental, social,…"
""You made my life turn around for the better and that I am appreciative. Dr. Zhou, not only have your services been exceptional but your staff has been phenomenal in their kindness with pre-op and follow-up calls, you have developed a great team of people. So again, this Thanksgiving holiday…"
""I would absolutely recommend you, Dr. Zhou for your exceptional skills and knowledge as well as patient care and overall consideration even down to waiting in the lobby or patient examine rooms. Everything done at CPMNF is done with care and a smile.""
""I have had headaches every since my hand accident on May 14, 2009. This is the first time I have had so much pain relief in my right hand, arm, and head. And less nausea.""
""I am very, very pleased with the treatment I received in your office and the results of that treatment. I can rest easier that there is a Doctor who cares and that can help me with my treatment. I will happily refer anyone I know that is having a problem…"
""The injection has been very helpful. While on vacation I needed to take two pills on some days. Since I have been back I have not taken more than one a day. I am definitely getting better.""
""It is with great pleasure that I am writing this letter of appreciation. Dr. Zhou you have performed various procedures on my body, giving me a quality of life unattainable with other medications. Dr. Zhou you are extremely knowledgeable, at the same time friendly, courteous, and very importantly, on time…"
""It’s Thanksgiving and I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to you, Dr. Zhou and your wonderful staff of dedicated employees and medical professionals, who have truly made a difference in my life this year. Patients don’t tell doctor’s enough how much we appreciate the care and attention…"
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Library (Publications)

Visit our library page where you will find an extended collection of book chapters and selected journal articles written by our head phycisian Dr. Yili Zhou.

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