The PMG Behavioral Health Team includes both a nationally-recognized psychiatrist, Jon Draud, MD and a licensed mental health professional, Michael Radyko who is trained in clinical rehabilitation psychology. Like professionals in other mental health clinics, our behavioral health provider is skilled and experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and other life stressors. Our providers also possesses knowledge and skills specific to the problem of pain, and is highly experienced in identifying and treating the unique challenges that a person with pain faces.
Some patients fear that they are being referred to a psychologist because their medical provider does not believe they have genuine pain or that their pain is something imaginary, or “all in their head.” The PMG Behavioral Health Team recognizes that persistent pain is a very real and very physical problem. In fact, we find that having patients examine the physical factors that seem to affect their pain is often the best way to begin looking at ways to cope with the pain.