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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Angela Birdsell
    • Angela Birdsell


      Nurse Practitioner

      Angela Birdsell began her nursing career in 1998 after graduating Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Mennonite College of Nursing.  She later obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing at Graceland University School of Nursing.   Angela is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She has over 20 years of overall nursing experience in multiple areas including Cardiac Recovery, Intensive Care, …Read More

    • Kimberly Lopez
    • Kimberly Lopez


      Nurse Practitioner

      After graduating from Methodist College of Nursing in 2010 with her Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing, Kimberly Lopez began her nursing career at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center and Emergency Department. In the years following, she worked in the recovery room, medical, surgical, rehabilitation, Post Partum, cardiovascular, and short term stay units. Prior to obtaining her Master's degree, Kim worked as a House Supervisor for Pekin Memorial Hospital where she held administrative responsibilities for the …Read More