Millennium Pain Center Leaders in Pain Control, Research, Education and Advocacy.
  • About

    Our Mission

     

    "To improve the quality of lives of the individuals with chronic and cancer pain, utilizing compassion and advanced interventional pain management techniques. We offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating pain."

     

    Millennium Pain Center

     

    We are a state-of-the art center of excellence offering the highest standard of quality care with the most technologically advanced treatments by implementing practice guidelines derived from "evidence based medicine".

     

    Learn more about our practice by browsing through the pages of this website and reading about our staff below.

    Staff

    • Dr. Ramsin Benyamin
    • Dr. Ramsin Benyamin


      President and Founder

        President and Founder, Millennium Pain Center: 7 centers in Illinois: Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Decatur, Evanston, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Libertyville and one in Barcelona, Spain President, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University Adjunct Professor of Clinical Research, Department of Psychology, Illinois Weslyan University Past-President, Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Member, Guidelines Committee, American …Read More

    • Dr. Ricardo Vallejo  Ph.D.
    • Dr. Ricardo Vallejo Ph.D.


      Co-Founder, Director of Research

      Dr. Ricardo Vallejo is the Director of Research at Millennium Pain Center. He is deeply committed to discovering new methods and treatments for chronic pain. Dr. Vallejo holds multiple appointments in the editorial boards of international peer review journals such as Clinical Journal of Pain, Pain Physicians, Journal of Opioid Management and Revista Mexicana de Anestesiologia.   Dr. Vallejo is the current Associate Editor of the journal Pain Practice, where he established the section Images in Pain …Read More

    • Dr. Atiq Rehman
    • Dr. Atiq Rehman


      Physician

      Dr. Atiq Rehman has dedicated his medical career treating patients suffering with pain. He graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College. He completed his anesthesiology residency at State University of New York at Buffalo, NY. He completed his Fellowship in Pain Management with SUNY at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, which is a highly reputed Cancer Treatment Center in the Country.   In 2006, Dr. Rehman moved to Bloomington, IL and joined Millennium Pain Center. Ever …Read More

    • Dr. John Broadnax
    • Dr. John Broadnax


      Physician

      Dr. Broadnax brings a strong background in many aspects of pain management. His interests in interventional techniques such as spinal cord stimulators and vertebral augmentation put him at the forefront of the newest and most effective pain management treatments available.   Dr. Broadnax graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management, completing his residency from Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s …Read More

    • Dr. Avni Gupta
    • Dr. Avni Gupta


      Physician

      Dr. Avni Gupta’s practice philosophy is to blend medical innovation, evidence based medicine and compassion to meet each patient’s individual goals. She cares for her patients as her own family members, spends time with them that allows for a thorough evaluation and tailors the treatment plans that fit the unique needs of the patients. She believes that patient education and the establishment of a caring doctor-patient relationship are an integral part of the healing process.  …Read More

    • Eli Soto
    • Eli Soto


      Physician

      Dr. Eli Soto is a well-rounded interventional pain physician. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, graduating summa and magna cum laude, respectively.  He completed his fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. As a result of his outstanding clinical performance, he was elected as Chief Fellow for the academic year, became an attending physician at the same institution and an Assistant Professor at …Read More

    • Francesco  Vetri  Ph.D.
    • Francesco Vetri Ph.D.


      Physician

      Dr. Francesco Vetri is a highly skilled interventional pain physician and a board-certified anesthesiologist. He received his medical degree with magna cum laude and PhD in Neuroscience with the highest distinction from the University of Pisa in Italy.  He completed his residency program in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Interventional Pain Management at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was elected Chief Fellow acknowledging his excellence in clinical care and he received acclaimed awards from …Read More

    • Keith Cermak
    • Keith Cermak


      Nurse Practitioner

      Keith graduated Cum Laude from Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University with a BSN in Nursing in 2007, and was a member of their Honor‘s Society. He started his career as an Intensive Care Nurse, where he won the Compassion Award in 2012 which was voted on by his peers. He has also obtained experience as a surgical nurse with the hospital’s open heart team prior to working towards his Master’s Degree to …Read More

    • Tracy Schierer
    • Tracy Schierer


      Nurse Practitioner

      Tracy graduated with her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. She gained nursing experience as an intensive care unit nurse while returning to school for her graduate degree. She obtained her master's in nursing from the University of Chicago-Peoria in 2009. She's certified as a family nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She's also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.   Her goal in pain …Read More

    • Elizabeth  Madlem
    • Elizabeth Madlem


      Nurse Practitioner

      Elizabeth graduated Sum Cumma Laude Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University in 2009 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. While at Mennonite, Elizabeth received the 2009 Future Alumni Leader of the Year.   She began her nursing career as an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Advocate Bromenn before pursuing her Master’s degree. Elizabeth graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with her Master’s of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner path in …Read More

    • Eric Jeffries
    • Eric Jeffries


      Nurse Practitioner

      Eric graduated with his Associates degree in nursing from Harry S. Truman College with exceptional recommendations from his college instructors. He continued his education and received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree and his Masters of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix of which he graduated with honors. He graduated with Distinction from Chamberlain College of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.   He is board certified as a Family Nurse …Read More

    • Sheila Mara
    • Sheila Mara


      Nurse Practitioner

      Sheila is a Certified Nurse Practitioner with a wealth of nursing experience. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Aurora University.  She completed graduate studies and obtained her Masters Degree at Northern Illinois University School of Nursing.   Sheila is a well-rounded nurse practitioner. Prior to her interventional pain management training, she worked in Family Practice and Internal Medicine in the northern Illinois area.   Her passions for patient care and pursuit for clinical excellence …Read More