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Pain Service

We provide expert pain management for newborns, infants, children and youth from across Canada. Our mission is to “Stop Pain Hurting.”

The Pain Service includes the Acute Pain Service and the Complex Pain Service. 

  • Acute pain is a protective mechanism that safeguards injured tissue from ongoing damage.
  • Complex pain is a dynamic phenomenon caused by numerous changes occurring in the peripheral and/or central nervous system. 

The changes of complex pain:

  • occur in response to disease, injury and/or loss of function;
  • are influenced by the nature, duration and original cause of the pain as well as the age, sex, psychological make-up and perhaps the genetic susceptibility of the child;
  • often result in abnormal activity in the pain messaging system that continues irrespective of the original cause;
  • are reversible initially, but without timely and appropriate management, the changes can persist.

Other contact information

Nurse clinician

Phone: 604.875.3627 
Toll-free Phone: 1-888-300-3088 ext 3627
Fax: 604-875-2767
Toll-free Fax: 1-888-300-3088 ext 2767

Our team

Acute Pain Service


  • Dr. Gill Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, PG Dip (Med Ed)

Nurse Clinician

  • Sarb Randhawa RN, BHScN, CNCCP(C)


  • Dr. Michael Barker, MD, FRCPC 
  • Dr. Gill Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, PG Dip (Med Ed) 
  • Dr. Stephan Malherbe, MB, FRCPC 
  • Dr. Carolyne Montgomery, MD, FRCPC
  • Dr. Andrew Morrison, MD 
  • Dr. Eleanor Reimer, MD,FRCPC 
  • Dr. Louis Scheepers, MB, FRCPC 
  • Dr. Simon Whyte, MBBS, FRCA

Complex Pain Service 


  • Dr. Gill Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, CPE (Pediatric Anesthesiologist)
  • Dr. Tim Oberlander, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrician) 
  • Dr. Sue Bennett, PhD, R Psych (Psychologist) 
  • Lawren De Marchi, MPT (Physiotherapist) 
  • Sarb Randhawa RN, BHScN, CNCCP(C) (Nurse Clinician)

Pain Service Consultants

  • Dr. Andrea Chapman, MD, FRCPC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) 
  • Dr. Muffy Greenaway, MD, FRCPC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist) 
  • Dr. Ashley Miller, MD, FRCPC (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)




myoActivation is a term trademarked by Dr Greg Siren (see Dr Lauder and Dr Siren have worked together to bring the benefits of myoAcitvation to children and youth referred to the BCCH Complex Pain Service. myoActivation is very different from simple dry needling of trigger points because it uses a structured assessment to target which muscles, fascia and scars that are important to minimize musle related pain. myoActivation is based on assesment of abnormal postural and subtle changes in muscle balance between right and left sides. It is important to know that the site of pain is often not the source of pain, for example, low back pain often comes from trigger points in the abdomen rather than the back. Immediate changes occur through a needling procedure in muscles and soft tissues like traumatic and surgical scars. There is usually more than one myoAcitvation session (2-4) to get to the treatment goal of reduced pain and improved flexibility.‎



Other resources

  • A Child in Pain: How to Help, What to Do
  • A Child in Pain: What Health Professionals Can Do to Help
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Explained: For Teenagers, by Teenagers
  • Conquering Your Child’s Chronic Pain: A pediatrician’s guide for reclaiming a normal childhood 
  • Explain Pain 
  • Be the Boss of Your Pain: Self-Care for Kids


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