A Team Approach

Dr. James H. Gruft discusses the team approach, and how working together helps to ensure a better outcome.

Meet the team!

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Comprehensive Pain Management

The most important issue in pain management is a focus on managing chronic pain symptoms as opposed to forcing a “quick fix” or masking symptoms without addressing their root and meaning.

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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (PT) programs provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

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Meet Our Team

Meet Dr. Gruft and the From Pain to Wellness staff, learn about our services, and get the help you need.

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Treating Sleep Dysfunction

According to a recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology, approximately 3 out of 5 aging adults experience some form of sleep dysfunction. We can help you!

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Nutrition Is Medicine

High-quality dietary nutrients can alter the way our genes do their job while insufficient nutrient-intake due to a poor diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases.

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Types of Chronic Pain

Types of Chronic Pain

Pain that has continued for more than six months is generally classified as chronic pain.

There are various types of chronic pain – each is unique, and each must be addressed uniquely through treatment.

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Care Providers

James H. Gruft, MD

Medical Director

Dr. James Gruft, founder of From Pain To Wellness LLC, received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. He was the medical director of one of the oldest pain management programs in the Chicago for more than 14 years before establishing his pain-management practice From Pain To Wellness LLC.

Dr. Gruft is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (P.M. & R.) and Pain Medicine (D.A.B.P.M.). Voted as Best Doctor for the years 2002 to present via a nationwide survey of doctors, Dr. Gruft is respected by physicians throughout the country as “one of the premier pain specialists practicing today.”

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, a diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine, and a member of the following medical organizations:

In his practice, Dr. Gruft uses a hands-on, integrative system of care that he developed to expand the (primarily physical) focus on pain. His system thoroughly explores the components needed to effectively address and treat a patient’s suffering – both the physical and emotional elements.


Joya Van der Laan, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Joya Van Der Laan received her masters degree in nursing from North Park University in 2011 (Chicago, IL), completing clinical rotations in adult, women’s and pediatric primary care. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) in 2004, Joya spent 7 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago in women’s health, cardiology, and neurology specialty areas. Joya received training as a pain expert nurse at Northwestern, enabling her to provide superior care to patients and also serve as a trusted resource to her colleagues. She holds board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and can see patients of any age.

Joya is passionate about empowering and educating patients to achieve and maintain optimal wellness through various medical, nutritional, integrative, and lifestyle modification approaches.

As a nurse practitioner, Joya treats patients who suffer from both chronic and acute medical conditions, as well as patients suffering from various pain conditions. For more general information on nurse practitioners, click here.

Grace Ciciora, BSN, RN

Nurse Supervisor

Grace Ciciora received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana University in Indianapolis.  Her past medical experience includes family and internal medicine.  Grace is the program nurse for the Jumpstart to Wellness Program, as well as a nurse at the From Pain to Wellness, LLC medical center.

Through the Jumpstart to Wellness Program, Grace fosters patients’ abilities to manage their pain by education in medication management, sleep hygiene, pain coping tools, and the importance of exercise.  She is the liaison between the patient and the clinical staff throughout the entire pain management program journey and advocates for patients’ overall health and wellbeing.

Marianne Brock, LPN

Staff Nurse

Marianne received her nursing degree from Ohio State Community College in Coshocton, Ohio. She has been an integral part of the From Pain to Wellness family since 2006.  Her dedication and commitment to the functional medicine aspect of patient care includes nutritional counseling, medication management, importance of physical activity, and joy in living with guidance towards a healthy lifestyle.

Margie Kuchan, P.T.A.

Margie Kuchan, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Margaret has been a practicing Massage Therapist for 25 years. She returned to school and completed her Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2011. She has additional training in The Total Control Program because of her interest in women’s health issues. She is also trained in the Classic Pilates Method.


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