Q: What lead you to pursue medicine?
A: I truly want to help people and help to improve their quality of life
Q: What is it that motivated you to pursue a pain specialty?
A: Pain is very disabling, and significantly decreases people’s function and quality of life. Being able to help alleviate pain and improve function is very rewarding. I also enjoy the neuromuscular system and the interventional procedures that is afforded by the subspecialty of pain medicine. All of the aspects of a career in pain medicine led me down this career path.
Q: How do you spend your time away from the office?
A: We have 4 kids, so a lot of time away from the office is spent with them, coaching sports teams etc. We also like to travel as a family.
Q: If you hadn’t studied medicine, what occupation would you have pursued?
A: I was actually a physical therapist prior to going to medical school. So I would likely be continuing to work in that area of healthcare. It is also a very rewarding field.
Q: What would you patients be surprised to know about you?
A: I actually lived in Australia for 3 years growing up. It was during my middle school years. My Dad was doing work down there, it was a great experience!
To learn more about Dr. Claflin see his bio.