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

Our team

Acute Pain Service


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

Nurse Clinician

  • Julie Thiessen, RN, BSN


  • 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 (Pediatric Anesthesiologist)
  • Dr. Tim Oberlander, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrician) 
  • Dr. Sue Bennett, PhD, R Psych (Psychologist) 
  • Lawren De Marchi, MPT (Physiotherapist) 
  • Julie Thiessen, RN, BSN (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)



Acute Pain 

Complex Pain 



Other resources

Books for purchase in the bookstore

Books for loan in the library

  • 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

Websites for families caring for children with pain 

  • Pain Concern - information and support for pain sufferers, those who care for them and about them 
  • Pain Support - find help, advice and support - and relief from pain 
  • About Kids Health - from the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto 
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - from the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Pain Resource Centre - a centralized resource about pain and pain management from the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Pain Coalition.
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