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Good things underway at Tri-State Pain Institute

We move to new offices in April.

I am pleased to announce that we will be in our new offices at 5442 Peach Street in Erie by mid-April. Located just north of the Millcreek Mall, this facility is an ideal spot for us to continue serving you as the region’s leading pain management center. Please note that our phone numbers and email will remain the same.

We have two new physician assistants.

Some of you may already have met our two new physician assistants, Liam Cunningham and Eldena Selimovic. Dr. Diefenbach and I are delighted to officially welcome them to our clinical team. Liam and Eldena both completed their graduate and undergraduate degrees at Gannon University. Their medical training includes rotations at UPMC Hamot and other health care facilities in the region.

Our commitment to you remains the same.

Today’s health care environment can be challenging for independent practices like ours. However, with strong partnerships, thoughtful planning and ongoing investments in staff and facilities, Tri-State Pain Institute is committed to providing you with high quality, effective pain treatment.

My pledge remains the same – to simply do what’s best for you, our patients. Thank you for the trust and confidence you have placed in me and our entire staff.



Joseph M. Thomas, MD

Director and Founder, Tri-State Pain Institute

Neurosurgeon at Tri-State Pain Institute and expanded scope of pain expertise

With a neurosurgeon on staff, Tri-State Pain Institute offers patients an expanded scope of on-site pain expertise. Dr. Joseph Thomas, founder and director of Tri-State Pain Institute in Erie, Pa, discusses the types of pain problems and pain care where a neurosurgeon might be involved.

More than 25,000 patient visits each year!

In an era of consolidation among medical providers, Tri-State Pain Institute has thrived through a commitment to individualized treatment as well as trusting and open referral relationships with area providers. This approach has resulted in more and more patients turning to Tri-State Pain for the care they need – more than 25,000 patient visits annually.

Pain Experts at Tri-State Pain Institute, (l to r) Drs. Paul Diefenbach, Jung-Woo Ma, Timothy Ko and Joseph Thomas

A Message For Military Veterans Living With Chronic Pain

The new VA Mission Act allows U.S. military veterans to obtain pain relief without waiting or traveling out of town. If you cannot schedule pain care within 20 days or must drive more than 60 minutes to receive care, you are eligible.

In Erie, Pa., this means you can get the pain relief you need from military veterans like yourself. At Tri-State Pain Institute, fellow veterans, Dr. Joseph Thomas and Dr. Paul Diefenbach, are ready to serve.

The pain experts at Tri-Sate Pain Institute can help you avoid unnecessary surgery and problems with medications. Plus, you can get an appointment in less than two weeks and no referral needed.

If you’re in pain, we can help. Call 814-833-7246.

Tri-State Pain Institute Opens New Office in Geneva, OH

Pain Specialist, Dr. Timothy Ko, Accepting New Patient

GENEVA, OH – Tri-State Pain Institute recently opened a new office at UH Geneva Medical Center, 890 West Main Street, in Geneva, OH. The office is staffed by Timothy Ko, MD, a board-certified pain specialist with more than 10 years of experience.

“This new office will enable us to offer greater access and convenience to individuals living with pain in Geneva, Conneaut and surrounding communities,” said Joseph Thomas, MD, director and founder of Tri-State Pain Institute. “Dr. Ko is very familiar with the Geneva area and is looking forward to serving our patients there.”

Certified in both pain medicine and anesthesiology, Dr. Ko joined Tri-State Pain Institute in 2017. He previously served as a pain specialist for several Cleveland area medical centers.

Dr Timonthy Ko Tri-State Pain InstituteDr. Ko completed a fellowship in pain medicine and a residency in anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He earned his medical and undergraduate degrees at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Youngstown State University, respectively.

With additional offices in Erie, Pa., and Jamestown, N.Y., Tri-State Pain Institute is the region’s leading pain management center, offering advanced treatment for the long-term relief of acute and chronic pain, including back, neck, leg, joint and shoulder pain as well as pain from arthritis, headaches, fibromyalgia, post surgery and cancer complications.

To schedule an appointment, call 814-833-7246.