A dedicated team of healthcare professionals from the fields of medicine, dentistry, psychology, and physical therapy develop individualized treatment programs for each of our patients. Our providers also devote time outside their practice, to write, teach and study this area of medicine in order to provide only the highest level of care.

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Cory Herman, DDS, MS

Dr. Herman earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota where he subsequently completed an advanced education clinical training residency in temporomandibular disorders obtaining a Masters of Science in Dentistry.

Dr. James Fricton

Orofacial Pain Specialist

James Fricton, DDS, MS

James Fricton DDS, MS, co-founder of the clinic, takes great joy in helping patients with simple to complex head, neck, orofacial, and TMJ pain conditions as well as obstructive sleep disorders.

Pathamas Mittman DDS MS

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Pathamas Mittman DDS MS

Dr. Mittman has practiced dentistry for over 15 years, focusing on TMD, Orofacial Pain and Sleep Medicine for the past eight years.
She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Preetanjali Thakur, BDS, MS

Dr. Preetanjali Thakur is a board-certified Diplomat by the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

Megan Hadley health and wellness coach

Neurologist / Pain Medicine

Megan Hadley, MA, NBC-HWC

Nationally Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach with a graduate degree in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching with a minor in Health Equity.

Oral Medicine

Dr. Jeanne Barss

Dr. Barss is a talented Periodontist with a love for Implants, Oral Medicine, and Immunology.

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Lois Kehl, DDS, PhD

Dr. Kehl earned her D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota School of dentistry. In addition, she completed post-graduate training in TMJ and Orofacial Pain Management in conjunction with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience also at the University of Minnesota.

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS

Dr. Eric Schiffman is a professor at the University of Minnesota. He has over 30 years of experience treating Orofacial Pain patients. He has received over $16 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 12 book chapters and 3 patents.

Lori Sandberg physical therapist at

Physical Therapist

Lori Sandberg, PT, MS

Lori Sandberg received a Master of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she obtained advanced training in the area of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain.

Matt Monsein MD

Matt Monsein MD

Dr. Monsein has 40 years of clinical experience in the area of acute and chronic pain management. He is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine..
Dr. Monsein served as the medical director for the Chronic Pain Program first at Sister Kenny Institute, and 10 years at the Courage Center.

Dr. Leslie Hovda - Doctor of Physical Therapy leads physical therapy services at MN Head and Neck Pain Clinic

Physical Therapy

Leslie Hovda

Leslie Hovda has a passion for mentoring and teaching and has taught temporomandibular courses nationwide, mentors locally, and is an American Physical therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

Physical Therapist

Bonnie Penn, PT

Bonnie has a graduate certificate in physical therapy from the University of Iowa. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Luther College in Iowa.

Neurologist / Pain Medicine

Alfred L. Clavel, Jr., MD

Alfred L. Clavel Jr., M.D.  is a Neurologist and Pain Specialist and current Department Chair of Pain Management for Health Partners Inc.

Patricia Weber physical therapist at the Minnestoa Head and Neck Pain Clinic

Physical Therapist

Patricia Weber, P.T.

Patti is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Program in Physical Therapy. In addition to seeing patients at the Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic, she is a physical therapist at the TMD, Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic at the UMN.

Dr. Sarah Shueb, BDS, MS, orofacial pain specialist pain at the MN Head and Neck Pain Clinic

Dr. Sarah Shueb, BDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Shueb joins the Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic group practice treating adults and children with TMJ complaints, orofacial pain as well as management of obstructive sleep apnea with mandibular advancement devices.

Clinical Health Psychologist

Shelly L. Curran, PhD, LP

Dr. Curran has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky and completed the certificate program of the Department of Behavioral Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Emily Ness, MA, NBC-HWC, an Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coach

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Emily Ness, MA, NBC-HWC

Emily Ness received a Master’s degree in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she obtained her National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaching.

Dr. Saranya Varun is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Saranya Varun BDS, MS, MS

Dr. Saranya Varun is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and has an Advanced Education clinical training residency and, subsequently, a Master of Science (MS) degree from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Thiago Nascimento

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Thiago Nascimento, DDS, MMedSc, MS

Dr. Nascimento is an Orofacial Pain Specialist who completed a residency program and is board-certified in Orofacial Pain by the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He has 20 years of clinical research experience.


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Our mission is to provide high-quality, effective patient care for head and neck disorders through a multispecialty, interdisciplinary approach designed to reduce pain and improve function for all our patients.

3475 Plymouth Blvd # 200, Minneapolis, MN 55447


Plymouth: (763) 577-2484
Fax: (763) 577-1375

St. Paul: (651) 332-7474
Fax: (651) 332-7475

Burnsville: (952) 892-6222
Fax: (952) 892-6477

St. Cloud: (763) 233-7252
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