When Dr. Nicolae can put a smile on a patient’s face, he knows he’s done his job well – and there’s nothing more rewarding than relieving someone of his or her pain. His passion for solving a puzzle to make a diagnosis is what brought him into pain management, and the relationships with his patients make it all the more rewarding. Dr. Nicolae went to medical school in Romania, held his internship in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, and completed two residencies between University Hospitals of Cleveland and the University of Michigan. He also completed a fellowship in pain management at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Nicolae treats neck pain, headaches, lower- and mid-back pain, spine-related pain such as herniated discs, and work injuries, among other conditions. When he’s not stimulating his mind at work, he’s solving a different kind of puzzle in his free time – he loves playing chess with friends.