Neurovations Research at Napa Pain Institute

At Napa Pain Institute, our commitment to excellence extends beyond clinical care to include groundbreaking research through our partnership with Neurovations.

Advancing the Science of Pain Management

Neurovations Research is dedicated to advancing science of through innovative studies and clinical trials aimed at developing new treatments, improving existing therapies, and ultimately enhancing the lives of our community.

Neurovations Research focuses on a wide range of research areas, including:

Novel Therapies: Investigating the efficacy and safety of new pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for various conditions, including neuropathic pain, Alzheimer’s Disease,  fibromyalgia, migraine, and more.

Biomarker Discovery: Identifying biomarkers and genetic markers associated with chronic pain conditions to improve diagnostic accuracy, predict treatment response, and personalize patient care.

Interventional Techniques: Evaluating the effectiveness of interventional procedures, such as nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and regenerative medicine techniques, in managing chronic pain and improving patient outcomes.

Pain Mechanisms: Investigating the underlying mechanisms of chronic pain conditions, including neuroplasticity, inflammation, and central sensitization, to uncover new targets for therapeutic intervention.

Patient-Centered Outcomes: Assessing the impact of chronic pain and neurological disease on patients’ quality of life, functional status, and psychological well-being, and developing patient-centered outcome measures to better capture treatment effectiveness and patient preferences.

Our Collaborative Approach:

Neurovations Research collaborates with leading academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and government agencies to conduct high-quality research and translate scientific discoveries into clinical practice. Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, scientists, and research professionals work collaboratively to design and execute studies that address unmet needs in pain management and advance the field of pain medicine.

Join Us in Advancing Pain Research:

At Napa Pain Institute, we are committed to fostering innovation and excellence in  research. Whether you are a patient interested in participating in a clinical trial or a sponsor seeking to collaborate on research initiatives, we invite you to join us in our mission to improve lives. Contact Neurovations Research today to learn more about our current research studies and how you can get involved. Together, we can make a difference!

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Dr. Johansson comes to us as a fellowship-trained and board-certified pain management specialist with nearly a decade of experience. She completed her fellowship training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD where she then became the associate program director of the pain medicine fellowship and an assistant professor of military and emergency medicine. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, was Pre-medicine at San Diego State University, and received her BSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Her breadth of experience comes from a full career of serving in the United States Navy where she was the recipient of multiple academic and military service awards including a Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and numerous other individual, unit, and campaign awards. She has multiple published works and is the founding member of a military Pain Medicine Special Interest Group with the American Society of Regional Anesthesia.

In her free time, Dr. Johansson enjoys traveling, is newly married, loves dogs, and enjoys cooking and baking, as well as other creative pursuits. She has a particular interest in advanced procedural techniques for chronic pain relief and the effects of lifestyle on pain and healing. She looks forward to continuing our mission of providing our patients with the best care, every day.

Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA

CEO & Founder of Neurovations

Dr. Eric Grigsby enjoys a national reputation for excellence in the field of Pain Management. He has a background as a researcher, teacher and clinician and brings over 30 years of clinical experience to the Napa Pain Institute. Dr. Grigsby attended elementary and secondary school in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He formed an interest in Pain Management as a career while working at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

After graduating from Boston University Medical School in 1984, Dr. Grigsby trained in General Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pain Management at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was invited to join the Medical Staff and teach at the Mayo Medical School until moving to California in 1989. The Dean of the University of California at Davis Medical Center then invited Dr. Grigsby to establish their first Pain Management Center, where he served as Medical Director until 1992. Following his post at UC Davis, Dr. Grigsby established his private Pain Management practice in Napa, California.

Today, he and his staff of over 50 professionals consult with patients throughout Northern California and the western United States.  More recently, Dr Grigsby completed his Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He speaks nationally on topics such as non-operative treatment of spinal disorders, the safe use of medications for the treatment of pain, and the legal and regulatory issues relating to the proper treatment of patients with chronic illness.