Medical Advisors
Regardless of which division within Versea, our committed medical and executive team provides transformative health solutions for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals, delivered with care!


Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer

“Dr Toby” is also the Chief Medical Officer of Summit Institute and Desert Clinic Pain Institute that has 17 locations in Southern California. Prior to going into private practice, he held an appointment as associate clinical professor of anesthesiology and psychiatry and as the director of clinical pain research at the University of California San Diego. He is double-board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management and became an assistant clinical professor and enrolled in the masters program for clinical research. He joined the VA San Diego Healthcare System and established his pain clinic there serving the Veteran population. Dr. Toby also serves as the Director of Research with Vitamed Research, LLC., conducting research projects and trials in the field of pain and neurosciences. Dr. Toby served as the director for clinical pain research at UCSD, is well published and is an associate clinical professor (voluntary) with the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. Toby was part of the founding team of Verséa, where he understands that there is an unmet need to further the science of the Endocannabinoid System to find solutions for patients looking for alternative therapy treatments.
Verséa Medical DirectorMIROSLAV BACKONJA, M.D.

“Misha” Bačkonja, MD is the Clinical Professor of Neurology, University of Washington, Seattle WA and the Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Dr. Backonja’s clinical and research interest has been pain related to neurological disorders, and he started with series of research studies in laboratory using pre-clinical pain models and then he went on to conduct clinical research, investigating pain mechanisms, from psychophysics to neuroimmunology. He also conducts randomized clinical trials with new pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies. His research resulted in many publications in medical and scientific journals including Neuroscience, Pain, Lancet Neurology and JAMA, among many others, resulting in over 100 peer reviewed articles.
Verséa Medical AffairsJeff Gudin, M.D.

Dr. Gudin is board certified in pain management, anesthesiology, addiction medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. In addition, he is a medical acupuncturist and the former New Jersey State Representative for the American Academy of Pain Medicine. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Yale University School of Medicine and his fellowship at The Yale Center for Pain Management, New Haven, Connecticut. While in New Haven, he also trained in addiction medicine and directed a substance abuse treatment center. For the past 19 years, Dr. Gudin was Director of Pain Management and Palliative Care at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He is now a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He remains active in teaching and research, and has lectured internationally on a variety of topics in pain management, palliative care, and addiction medicine. He attends and has presented at the American Pain Society, American Academy of Pain Management, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as many other national venues. He serves as a consultant to state medical boards on challenging cases, as well as to industry on novel analgesic products and risk management associated with opioids.

Dr. David Kloth specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex chronic pain and has been practicing full-time interventional pain management since 1991. He is currently the Section Chief and Medical Director for Interventional Pain Management at OrthoConnecticut, a multispecialty practice with 9 offices throughout the state of Connecticut. Dr. Kloth originally founded Connecticut Pain Care, now a division of OrthoConnecticut, in 1995. Dr. Kloth has been a national and local leader in pain management for more than 20 years. He frequently lectures at national meetings and regularly teaches physicians in training. He has co-authored numerous articles and a book for patients, Pain Wise (available on Amazon, all proceeds go to ASIPP). His education includes graduating from Union College in 1983 and medical school at New York University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. In 1991 he completed his formal training in anesthesiology and pain management through the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kloth is an anesthesiologist by background and is board certified by the ABA in Anesthesiology with Added qualifications in Pain Management. He was the first physician in the state of Connecticut to be certified by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP). Dr. Kloth has served as President of two national medical societies, the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP). He joined the board of the North American Neuromodulation Society in 2007 and continues to have an active role with the society as a Senior Advisor to the board and Co-chair of the Advocacy and Policy Committee. He served on the board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) from its inception in 1998 until 2014. In 2000, Dr. Kloth founded the Connecticut Pain Society and served as their President for 10 years, he continues as their Senior Advisor.
Board Member, Strategic Advisor - PharmaceuticalsSANJAY MALKANI

Sanjay is a Board Member of CanLab, Inc, a National network of leading Cannabinoid testing and analysis laboratories. For the decade ending Q1’18, Sanjay served as Global President of the Toxicology division of Alere, Inc (NYSE: ALR), the Global leader in diversified toxicology products, services and rapid diagnostics. Sanjay deployed over $1B across diagnostics assets, merging 30+ companies to form a stand-alone division of 2,500+ employees across all world regions. As a member of the company’s executive team, he supported Alere’s $5.3 billion sale to Abbott Laboratories, Inc (NYSE: ABT) in 2017. Sanjay has executive experience across diversified In-Vitro Diagnostics platforms and health services – including Biologics, Point-of-Care Diagnostics, Laboratory Services and Health Information Solutions Based Screening Services- and has developed the world-leading business in every healthcare category he has worked in. He held successive executive and commercial leadership positions within the Point-of-Care and Diabetes Care divisions of Roche Diagnostics, Inc. and within the Specialty Chemicals division of Dow Chemical, Inc. Sanjay holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

Dr. Jay Joshi is a nationally recognized board-certified Anesthesiologist and fellowship trained Interventional Spine and Pain Management physician who has distinguished himself via his solid reputation, education, experience, and leadership roles in national activities, including Advisory Boards, Educational and CME Programs, Publications, Speaking Events, and Consulting. He is considered a National “Key Opinion Leader” in pain management and he has presented to a variety of audiences, both large and small, over 600 times. Internationally, he has worked in the Department of Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been featured on major TV networks, Radio, Print, and the Internet. Dr. Joshi was accepted into medical school at the age of 16 via an accelerated honors BS/MD program with multiple scholarships. He completed an Internal Medicine internship at Northwestern and residency and fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, one of the busiest interventional training programs in the country.

Robert Norton, M.D. Dr. Norton obtained his medical training from the prestigious Jefferson Medical College, graduating Magna Cum Laude and with the highest honor of being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. While at Miami, he was appointed Administrative Chief Resident and had the fortune of training with nationally recognized orthopaedic and neurosurgical academic spine surgeons. Following residency, Dr. Norton completed advanced training in spine surgery at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, one of the most sought after and prestigious spine fellowship in the country. While at NYU, he obtained specialized instruction in the surgical and non-operative management of complex spinal conditions by several pioneers in the field. Throughout his career, Dr. Norton has authored multiple publications on a variety of topics related to spine surgery in numerous peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. He has received several research grants and has presented his research at both national and international conferences. Skilled in the most advanced surgical techniques and emerging technologies, Dr. Norton offers expertise in all aspects of spine care. Procedures that he specializes in range from non-operative management options such as epidural and facet injections to degenerative or deformity conditions of the spine demanding complex surgical reconstruction.

Dr. Burrough is a board-certified anesthesiologist with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, he earned a master’s degree in Physical Therapy and practiced in South Florida for 3 years. He then earned a medical degree from the University of Miami and went on to complete residency in Anesthesia at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. After completing residency, he accepted a position as clinical fellow in Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. During fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Burrough completed training in Interventional Pain Medicine. Upon completion of training, he returned to South Florida, where he has been in private practice treating patients with painful conditions. Dr. Burrough practices interventional pain medicine alongside his partners at Florida Spine Associates. He is well versed in the field of neuromodulation and helps many patients with spinal cord stimulation therapy. He also has a special interest in the emerging field of regenerative medicine.

Dr. Weil, MD, a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is the Chief Executive Officer of Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C., one of the premier orthopaedic and pain management practices in the metro Atlanta area. He has also been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. An active lecturer, Dr. Weil speaks nationally and internationally on the nonsurgical management of back and neck pain as well as new advances in pain management. Dr. Weil is the medical director of clinical research at Georgia Institute for Clinical Research, LLC. He has also developed an international musculoskeletal and spine fellowship program with a focus on diagnostic evaluation, interventional pain management procedures, and nonsurgical orthopaedic care. He incorporates newer procedures such as Prolotherapy, PRP and stem cell injections into his clinical practice.

Karena Wu, PT, DPT, COMT, CSCS, CKTP, CPI Dr. Karena Wu is Owner and Clinical Director of ActiveCare Physical Therapy® in NYC and Mumbai. She is a native of Los Angeles, California and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California at Riverside. She has been practicing physical therapy for over 19 years in New York City. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the Program In Physical Therapy at Columbia University and received her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University. She has advanced training in manual therapies, specifically in the Maitland Australian Approach and Myofascial Release. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and on Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) Faculty. Karena is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesiology Tape Practitioner and Pilates Instructor. She holds LSVT BIG, FMS and SFMA Level 1 certifications as well. Karena actively networks with a team of physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, personal trainers and Pilates instructors regarding optimum treatment options for patients. Her patient population consists of high net worth professionals, international royalty, professional athletes, dancers, chefs, celebrity Broadway/TV/film stars, and NYPD/FDNY. Karena is used as a healthcare expert on CBS, NBC, NY1, PIX11, Facebook Live, Verizon Fios, Fox News, The Doctors and Dr. Oz. She is the Medical Director for the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), the US professional beach volleyball tournament series. Karena was also the Director of Education for SpiderTech Kinesiology Tape.

Dr. Nikesh Seth is the CEO of Integrated Pain Consultants. He is a double board-certified Anesthesiologist. Dr. Nikesh Seth is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Management. Beyond his role as a physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Seth is an accomplished researcher, completing multiple studies of pain management treatments. He has also been faculty for the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Scottsdale Healthcare Residency Program. He has been voted as the “Leading Physician of the World, and Top Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist in Arizona” along with being named Top Doc by Phoenix Magazine five years in a row. Dr.Seth’s clinic, Integrated Pain Consultants, has multiple locations in Arizona and Utah, and is dedicated to improving each patient’s pain and quality of life. Dr. Nikesh Seth and his talented team of pain specialists are dedicated to providing only the best care using a wide range of minimally invasive pain management techniques to treat the root causes of each patient’s pain and help them get back to participating more fully in life.
AdvisorAdam Sackstein M.D.

Dr. Adam Sackstein finds his work very rewarding because he has the ability to help people by making a positive impact both in terms of pain relief and functionality. “Nothing is more gratifying than when a patient gets relief and reports how I have improved their lives,” he said.

With nearly 30 years experience in the field, Dr. Sackstein brings an immense amount of knowledge in the pain management field to his work as director of Pain Center at Hamilton and founding partner at Pain Control Associates PC.

After earning his Doctor of Medicine from State University of New York, he completed an internal medicine internship at Staten University Hospital in New York and an anesthesiology residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.

He always enjoyed doing regional anesthetics as a resident. “Pain management was a natural extension of this,” he said. The field also offers the chance for an expanded doctor/patient relationship as compared with the one off nature of anesthesiology.

Dr. Sackstein has worked as director of the Pain Center at Hamilton since 1996. He became a founding partner at Pain Control Associates PC in 1995. He served as president of the New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians in 2009 and has been a member of their executive committee for more than a decade. Dr. Sackstein is also chairman of the executive committee at The Surgery Center at Hamilton in New Jersey and treasurer of Premier Surgical Center in Marlton NJ.

Looking at the future of pain management, Dr. Sackstein is excited by the advancements in neurostimulation as well as regenerative medicine. He also believes there will be an expanded role for CBD and cannabinoids in treatment.

Medication management, such as using opioid analgesics and a variety of adjuvant medications, is part of a multi-pronged approach Dr. Sackstein takes with patient treatment. “I believe that it is essential that a patient be well informed, ask questions and participate in the decisions surrounding their treatment.”

In his downtime, Dr. Sackstein can be found reading with a particular passion for the science fiction genre. An aficionado of good wine, he also enjoys cooking.
AdvisorAaron Haire, DPM

Focus on foot and ankle injuries and sports medicine.
Undergraduate, South Carolina State University
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
Surgical training, MetroWest Medical Center
Member, American Podiatric Medical Association
Member, South Carolina Podiatric Medical Association
Board qualified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Associate, American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.

Dr. Wax received his Doctor of Chiropractic at Life University. He then participated as one of the treating physicians hired by the Visa Corporation treating US track and Field competitors and past Olympic medalists in 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He started private practice 1996 and practiced 19 years before retiring in 2014. Dr. Wax is a Serial Entrepreneur and in 1999, he founded Peachtree Health and Rehabilitation. In 2003, he founded ProSport Chiropractic clinic and secured the only medical contract in the state of Georgia to be permitted inside LA Fitness. He then opened up 3rd Clinic and second ProSport clinic inside the Main Event Fitness Health club assisting athletes. Dr. Wax is the Co-Founder of Personal Injury Seminars called “Understanding Colossus,” Generating over $100,000/seminar in Georgia and Florida. In 2005, he Co-Founded Atlanta Injury Specialists clinic in East Point Ga. He then launched The Injury Specialists Medical/Legal Networking and Medical Financing company that developed industry leading software technology to manage medical referrals and networking B to B. Dr. Wax is the Co-Founded Capital Financing to compliment The Injury Specialists as a specialty finance company that is a plaintiff cash advance model to help injured victims survive financially during an active injury case.

Dr. Kettani is board certified in both Neurology and Epilepsy by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, and a member of the American Epilepsy Society. She is currently an active Board member of Epilepsy Florida. Dr. Kettani expanded her patient care to Epilepsy, medical cannabis and disabled epileptic patient and provided care for them at the center of disability disorder clinic for more than 10 years. She subspecialize in patient with medically refractory epilepsy. She has focused much of her efforts on improving the patient experience and providing care for underserved populations. Dr. Kettani have been involved in numerous trials of experimental and new antiepileptic drugs in various forms of epilepsy. Dr. Hind Kettani earned her medical degree graduating with honors at the Université Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco. She completed a Neurology residency at Saint Vincent Catholic medical center from 2006 to 2009, she completed a fellowship in EEG and Epilepsy at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN in 2010. She was subsequently appointed at new York Presbyterian Queens as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the epilepsy center at New York Presbyterian queens from 2010-2018. Dr. Kettani speaks fluent English, French, Arabic and Moroccan.

After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1997, he attended and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from the acclaimed Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2002, Ben came to Richmond, Virginia to further his training. His first year was with Chesterfield Family Practice participating in a rotating internship in Family Medicine. Then he completed a three-year residency in the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University/ Medical College of Virginia’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2006, Dr. Seeman was awarded a select fellowship at VCU/MCV in interventional pain management. Following completion of the fellowship, he worked with Tuckahoe Orthopedic Group, in Richmond, VA. Ben opened his own practice in 2008 to pursue his vision of integrative pain care to treat patients through a combination of traditional and alternative therapies. Ben is board-certified through the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation with a certification in the sub-specialty of Pain Medicine. He is an active member of many professional societies, including the International Spine Intervention Society, the North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Sexton is a Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of California, San Diego. Her role at UCSD is to engage in research and bring cannabinoid medicine into the clinical medical curriculum. Dr. Sexton has been helping her patients fine-tune their endocannabinoid systems since 2008 . Her approach is backed by six years of formal study of cannabinoid pharmacology at the University of Washington, in addition to her Naturopathic Doctoral degree awarded from a 4-year accredited institution, Bastyr University. Dr. Sexton sees patients for education on utilizing medical cannabis for chronic conditions. Guidance is based on the latest peer-reviewed science-based research on the topic of medical cannabis.

Dr. Wallace, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in multi-modal pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and treats all forms of pain, though most of his patients are affected by chronic pain. Since 1996, Dr. Wallace has been program director of UC San Diego Health’s Center for Pain Medicine, which is dedicated to reducing and eliminating suffering, and improving function in individuals with lower-back or other spine-related pain issues, joint and muscular-skeletal pain or pain due to surgery, injury, nerve damage, psychological factors and metabolic problems such as diabetes. He has been researching and utilizing Cannabis in chronic pain for over 24 years. He was awarded the first research grant collaboration with the FDA and medical cannabis back in 1996 and continues to speak worldwide on the topic Dr Wallace has been published 155 times and has been a lead investigator in 4 clinical trials.

Theresa is a nurse practitioner in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford Health Care in California. She is a Master Faculty member of Advanced Pharmacology with the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Ms. Mallick-Searle has served as a medical expert witness on issues related to pain management and treatment and lectured at pain programs across the country, including at Stanford University School of Medicine. She holds a Master of Science – Adult Nurse Practitioner from the University of California, San Francisco, and earned her RN degree from the College of San Mateo. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Academy of Pain Medicine, and American Society for Pain Management Nursing, among others. In 2015, she received Stanford Health Care’s Advanced Practice Provider of the Year award.
AdvisorMaulik Bhalani, M.D.

Dr Bhalani is the founder and CEO of Florida Pain Medicine, an interventional spine and pain management facility with locations in Wesley Chapel, Riverview, Tampa, Zephyrhills, and Brandon, Florida. Dr. Bhalani is double board-certified in interventional pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Medical Specialties.  After earning his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Bhalani went on to complete a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the University of South Florida, where he served as chief resident and completed a prestigious interventional pain medicine fellowship as well. Dr. Bhalani did his internship and anesthesiology training with the University of Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore.  With a strong belief that one should always be learning, Dr. Bhalani continues to produce research and literature dedicated to pain management, and he participates in clinical trials for new pain treatments to help advance the field he loves.   Dr. Bhalani is a member of several professional societies and regional organizations dedicated to pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and he currently serves as clinical associate professor and faculty for the pain medicine fellowship and Department of Neurology at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Maneesh Sharma is a Board-Certified Pain Management Physician. Dr. Sharma is Owner and Medical Director for Interventional Pain and Spine in Baltimore, MD. He is originally from Laramie, WY and attended Johns Hopkins Medical School as well as his residency training at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Interventional Pain Institute is in Baltimore, MD and specializes in treating chronic pain conditions from various etiologies. He is known for leading medical practices in academic, hospital and private settings. He is experienced in surgical treatment of complex pain conditions, structuring programs to meet ethical and compliance standards for pain treatment and is an expert in athletic injuries, regenerative and personalized medicine, opioid prescribing practices, integrative, nutraceutical and medical cannabis therapies.