"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."
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.
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 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. 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
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 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
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
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