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.

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.

Dr. Shanti Kaimal BDS, MS at Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Shanti Kaimal, BDS, MS

Dr. Shanti Kaimal currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Graduate Program in Orofacial Pain at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Orofacial Pain Specialist

Preetanjali Thakur, BDS, MS

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

Neurologist / Pain Medicine

Miles Belgrade, MD

Dr. Belgrade is a neurologist and staff physician at the Comprehensive Pain Center at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Oral Medicine

Jeanne Barss, DDS, MS

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.

Jennifer DeChant DDS at Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic

Jennifer Dechant, BDS, MS

Dr. Jennifer DeChant earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota. She practiced general dentistry for many years before discovering her passion for treating patients with TMJ disorders, jaw pain, and obstructive sleep conditions. Since then, she has furthered her education by completing a fellowship in Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders and is a current member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

Michael Mrosak DDS at Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic

Michael Mrosak DDS

Dr. Michael Mrosak earned his Doctor in Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota.

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 HealthPartners Inc.

Diane Clavel, RN, MSN, CNP at Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Diane Clavel, RN, MSN, CNP

Mrs.Clavel received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Augsburg College, Mpls., MN. She later earned her Master’s of Science degree in Nursing, and completed a nurse practitioner program from the University of Minnesota.

Clinical Health Psychologist

Suzanne Candell, PhD, LP

Dr. Suzanne Candell is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She is a psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of psychophysiological disorders.

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.

Dr. Craig Sather physical-therapist at Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic

Physical Therapist

Craig Sather, DPT

Craig Sather received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.

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.

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.


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The mission of the Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic 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.

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