My name is Amber Sloan. I joined The Pain Center in 2014. I have been a nurse practitioner since 2006. The majority of my career as both a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner has been in pediatrics. I had worked at The Pain Center part time while I was in the nurse practitioner program at ASU. I truly enjoyed working with chronic pain patients and the atmosphere of the clinic but felt called to continue working with children. I worked in a pediatric clinic for eight years prior to joining The Pain Center permanently. Trying to balance the demands of a career and a family became too difficult when working in a clinic that was open seven days a week and into the evenings. I was not actively seeking a new position, but I believe God intervened. I saw Nancy, who has been a nurse with The Pain Center for many years, at a softball game. She mentioned that Dr. Savu was considering hiring a nurse practitioner. At the time, I did not see myself making such a drastic career change. After a couple of months, as I struggled with missing my kids’ activities for work, I got back in touch with Nancy and the rest, as they say, is history. I definitely faced a learning curve and was nervous, wondering if I would enjoy chronic pain as much as pediatrics. I have found that I do. I became a nurse because I love to help people, and I feel that we greatly help patients who may have lost hope.
I, too, have dealt with chronic pain. I was involved in a car accident in 2010 and suffered from neck pain and headaches almost from day one. After the headaches became more frequent and intense, I began trying to find an answer and was consistently told I had migraines. My headaches seemed to fit a migraine pattern. I tried multiple migraine medications without any relief. I had accepted the fact that I would just have to live with it. After I began training with Dr. Savu, I learned the true cause and realized that I might not have to deal with headaches for the rest of my life. Dr. Savu did a procedure that many of our patients undergo, and I have been headache-free since. I have been lucky because my pain has been gone for longer than we anticipate with the procedure. I will not hesitate to repeat the procedure if my pain returns. I am thankful, not only that God lead me to this career opportunity but also for Dr. Savu’s expertise. I believe that we have a genuinely caring staff. In fact, several people have worked in the clinic since I was here part time. I think that longevity speaks for itself.