Dr. Monica Habib-Heghinian is a Pain Management Doctor at National Pain Institute, and has been practicing for 8 years. Integrity and honesty are very important to her, and as a Christian, she knows that she’s playing a very small part in people’s lives. She’ll go out of her way to put the needs of others before hers.
She received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine. She is the only female physician at National Pain Institute (so far) other than Fellows.
Dr. Habib-Heghinian was born in Washington, D.C., but her mom (a CPA) is from Greece and her dad (a military surgeon who is now a veterinarian) is from Egypt. Her only living grandparents live in Australia.
Why did she become a doctor? “I initially became a doctor because I loved children and wanted to be a pediatrician. After 12 weeks on my pediatrics ward, I was hospitalized with bronchitis and pneumonia. I took that as a sign from God, so I continued down my very long path to become a doctor because I genuinely wanted to be a part of patients’ lives and do my best to care for them so they can be pain free and enjoy their lives.”
What is her favorite part about being a doctor? “I love watching the metamorphosis of seeing a patient on an initial visit and watching them blossom from someone in horrific pain who cannot cope with life, to someone who returns smiling and cheerful and looking forward to being an active member in their own lives. It’s a path that I am honored to be a part of, and getting a stranger to trust me through this transition is extremely rewarding.”
When she’s not busy helping her patients at National Pain Institute, she enjoys swimming (anything to do with the beach), scuba diving, skydiving, traveling, hiking trails, Seinfeld trivia (seriously, ask her any question!), and exploring the streets of NYC.
Here are a few more fun facts about Dr. Habib-Heghinian:
- Despite being a doctor, she is the biggest adrenaline junkie you’ll ever meet!
- She doesn’t have a pet right now, but growing up, she had 4 dogs, 1 cat, 3 gerbils, 1 ferret, and an albino mouse, all simultaneously.
- If she could do anything else besides being a doctor, should would work for a travel magazine to travel the world and write about her adventures.
- Her favorite superhero is Thor (“He is a stunningly, good-looking Norwegian man. He may be the reason behind why I married a very good-looking Norwegian man.”).
- She lived in several places including: Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Georgia; Maine; Florida; New York; Grand Cayman; and Sydney, Australia.
- For volunteer work she fed the homeless through a campaign with her church.
- The most exciting place she visited was New York City at Christmastime. “However, living in Australia during the 2000 Olympics was one of the best times of my life and continues to be a source of very fond memories.”
- She grew up speaking Arabic and Greek, and bits of Spanish and French. “Of those languages, my Arabic is nearly perfect and my Spanglish is pretty good, too.”
- Her favorite subject in school: Nap Time or Anatomy/Physiology.
- Her least favorite subject in school: anything to do with Liberal Arts.
- Her nicknames: Mono or Habibi (meaning “my love” in Arabic).
- If she could change one thing about the world, she would make Australia closer to the United States because the flights are a killer! Also, “world peace.”
If you are looking for a pain management doctor, you can trust her skills and knowledge as a doctor. She is excited to meet you!
Interventional Pain Management
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pain Management
Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine
Premedical and Medical Education
Bachelor of Sciences in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Doctor of Medicine at St. Matthew’s University in Grand Cayman
Masters of Health Services Administration in St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine
Nassau University Medical Center, Long Island, New York in General/ Trauma Surgery
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
National Pain Institute, Winter Park, Florida, Department of Interventional Pain Management