Our Team of Physicians

Interventional Anesthesiologists


Cuneyt Ozaktay, MD

Javier Vilasuso, MD

Joseph J. Alshon, DO


Robert M Levy, MD PhD


Ramesh Sogal, M.D.

Ronaldo Schkolnik, MD

Natasha Singh, MD

Mukul Bhargava, MD

Other Members of Our Team

David Lawrence, PA-C

Tekeema Dixon, CRNA

Juan Suarez, APRN

Juan Alfonso, APRN

Monifa Alexander, CRNA

Randi Forberg, CRNA

Diane Lucas, CRNA

Kara Landol, CRNA


Ira B. Fox, MD, DABPM, FIPP, ABIPP founded Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants in June 1996. He has spent more than 30 years treating patients with acute and chronic pain. Dr. Fox did his residency in anesthesiology and pain in New Jersey where he was chief resident.

Dr. Fox maintains five board certifications: American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP); World Institute of Pain (WIP) – Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP); American Board of Pain Medicine (DABPM); and the American Board of Anesthesiology with added certification in Pain Management. Dr. Fox serves as an examiner for the FIPP Board Certification and ABIPP Interventional Practical Examination.

Dr. Fox is chairman of the World Institute of Pain Committee on Project Development. He has also been chairman of the Advisory Board, honorary treasurer, and is on the executive board since 2011. Dr. Fox has served as a trustee for the World Institute of Pain Foundation. He is the president of the World Society of Pain Clinicians and a lifetime member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Fox holds the distinction of being the Inaugural Executive Examiner at the WIP & American Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (AAPMU) 1st Annual WAPMU International Congress.

He was elected “America’s Top Physician” by the Pain Management Consumers’ Research Council of America, and is listed as a Top Doctor in Broward County by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. every year for the past 10 years. Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants won the South Florida Business Journal Award for Excellence in Health Care in 2008. Dr. Fox has been published extensively. He lectures internationally and has had numerous media appearances which can be seen on the Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants website at www.AnesthesiaPainCare.com.

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Cuneyt Ozaktay, MDCuneyt Ozaktay, MD

Dr. Ozaktay, Senior Pain Care Specialist, joined Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants in July 2008. He attended medical school at University of Istanbul, Cerrahpasa Medical School. Dr. Ozaktay received his degree in anesthesiology at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical School in Michigan and completed a fellowship in pain management at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He specializes in implantable pain pumps and spinal stimulation.

Dr. Ozaktay was named Pain Awareness Ambassador this year. He has been honored by the Tuck School of Business Administration for the “Medical Care and The Corporation Course” and for being a lecturer at the Dartmouth Medical School Pain Management Education Day for his course on “Low Back Pain, Translational Research, Animals to Humans or vice versa.”

Dr. Ozaktay is a member of numerous organizations including the American Pain Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has done extensive research on pain management been published in several orthopedic and neuroscience medical journals. Dr. Ozaktay is a noted lecturer, and has held various teaching appointments throughout his career.

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Javier Vilasuso, MDJavier Vilasuso, MD

Dr. Vilasuso, a fellowship-trained interventional pain medicine physician, joined Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants (APCC) in August 2015. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. He attended the University of South Florida where he completed his fellowship training in pain management and residency in anesthesiology.

Prior to joining APCC, Dr. Vilasuso established his own medical practice called Miami Pain Specialists, where he treated chronic pain patients with a variety of interventional procedures. He was also with Doctors Hospital at Baptist Health South Florida in Coral Gables overseeing all of the hospital’s pain consults.

Dr. Vilasuso has extensive training and experience treating both benign and malignant pain syndromes, which comes from his time at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. His special training includes the Vertos Medical mild® procedure.

Dr. Vilasuso is a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Society of Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He has contributed to numerous conferences and case studies with regard to techniques used in the treatment of chronic pain patients.

In 2013, he was honored by the International Association of Anesthesiologists and recognized in its renowned publication called The Leading Physicians of the World.

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Joseph J. Alshon, DO

Joseph J. Alshon, DO Joseph J. Alshon, DO, FAAPM&R, FAOCRM, DABPM joined Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants (APCC) in October of 2015 as an interventional pain management physiatrist. He has been providing pain management and rehabilitative services in Palm Beach County for more than 25 years. In his work with patients, Dr. Alshon diligently seeks to treat the cause of pain as well as provide effective symptom management. He applies his rehabilitation, osteopathic and functional medicine training to provide a holistic approach to pain management, healing and wellness; assessing numerous aspects of the body to offer the most beneficial protocols to control pain, improve quality of life and optimize function.

Dr. Alshon brings significant experience to his new position at APCC. He was the medical director for Pinecrest’s Multidisciplinary Pain Management Program for more than 10 years. He also managed several multidisciplinary outpatient pain management doctors’ offices and was the medical director of a pain management office in Deerfield Beach.

Dr. Alshon earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Nova Southeastern University, previously called Southeast Medical Center, in North Miami Beach. Dr. Alshon completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Temple University/MossRehab in Philadelphia.

He has held a wide array of leadership positions including Chief of Staff at Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital in Delray Beach for two separate tenures, as well a governing board member for four years. He is board certified by numerous professional organizations including the American Board of Pain Medicine, subspecialty pain certification as well as PM&R certification by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Osteopathic Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dr. Alshon is a frequent lecturer, speaker and consultant. He was the developer and moderator of a multidimensional faith-based pain support group for many years. He is licensed in both Florida and Pennsylvania.

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Robert M. Levy, MD, PhD

Dr. Robert LevyDr. Robert Levy earned his medical degree at Stanford University, where he also received his Ph.D. in neurosciences and completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He performed a second postdoctoral research fellowship and his residency in neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where his mentors included Dr. Howard Fields, Dr. Charles Wilson, and Dr. Yoshio Hosobuchi. He then moved to Northwestern University where he rose to the level of Tenured Professor of Neurological Surgery, Physiology, and Radiation Oncology at the Feinberg School of Medicine. During this period, he served as Acting Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery. He was then recruited to serve as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director of the UF Health Jacksonville Neuroscience Institute at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, FL. He most recently served as the Founding Director of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and Director of the Harvey Sandler Center for Neurosurgery in Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Levy has authored several textbooks and published 300 peer reviewed journal articles. He has been the recipient of many national and international honors and awards and has been listed in the Best Doctors in America. His current research involves novel applications of neurostimulation and targeted drug delivery to the brain. He has assisted with the design and implementation of multiple new neuromodulation technologies and instruments.

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Ramesh Sogal, M.D.

Dr. Sogal joined Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants in September 2003 as a staff anesthesiologist. He attended medical school at Karnatak University in India and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Grant Medical College in Bombay, India and Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Sogal has been practicing anesthesiology since 1979, where he worked for the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio until 2002, the Rand Eye Institute from 2002 before joining Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants. He maintains the following board certification: American Board of Anesthesiology.

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Ronaldo Schkolnik, MD

Ronaldo Schkolnik, MD joined Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants (APCC) in December of 2011 as an anesthesiologist. He completed his pediatric fellowship at The Children’s National hospital in Washington, DC and his anesthesiology residency at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Schkolnik has been in practice for more than 50 years.

His professional affiliations include the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Florida Medical Association. One of Dr. Schkolnik’s biggest accomplishments was when he wrote post-operative C-section pain management protocol for implementation at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Virginia.

He received his MD degree from the University of Buenos Aires Medical School and earned his BS degree from La Escuela Nacional de Náutica Manuel Belgrano.

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David Lawrence, PA-CDavid Lawrence, PA-C

Prior to joining APCC, David Lawrence was a physician assistant with Care Health Center II, focusing on internal medicine. He is a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and holds certifications from several medical organizations, including the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and Advanced Cardiac Life Support & Basic Cardiac Life Support. He is also a State of Florida Licensed Physician Assistant and Respiratory Therapist. Additionally, he has instructed students in all areas of critical care and pediatrics through the Clinical Instructor Respiratory Therapy Program at Broward Community College.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Tekeema Dixon, CRNA

Tekeema Dixon, CRNA joined Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants (APCC) in June of 2013. She earned her MS degree from the University of Miami and received her BS degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Prior to joining APCC, she was a nurse anesthetist at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale where she conducted preoperative assessments of patients undergoing various surgical procedures, including ordering of tests and lab work.

She is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support. Her professional affiliations include American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the American Nurse Association and the Minority Nurse Association.

Additionally, she is involved with the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County and is a school volunteer nurse at The Charter Schools of Excellence™ – Fort Lauderdale.

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Certified by American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Management and Anesthesiology

Certified by American Board of Pain Medicine

Certified by World Institute of Pain

Certified by American Society Of Interventional Pain Physicians