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A new reality: How VR is poised to make real-world clinical impact

San Francisco-based Karuna Labs is another company using VR in chronic pain by working to reconnect the brain to physical movement.

“There’s a big distinction between acute pain and chronic pain,” said Jon Weinberg, the chief operating officer of the company. “Acute pain is the body’s alarm system, but chronic pain is more like a broken record. It’s a product of your brain kind of rewiring itself to recreate this pain because the original stimulus was so severe.”

The company offers a number of modules to help ease neuropathic pain and assist with stroke rehab including VR-enabled mirror box therapy that helps to alleviate phantom limb pain and help to enhance movement by reflecting the pain free side of the body to look like the impaired part of the body.

But the immediate demand is for finding solutions to the opioid crisis.

“Every provider without exception that we speak to talks about the opioid epidemic and the pressure on them to find new modalities to treat chronic pain,” Weinberg said. “There’s been a big push to address the three pronged parts of chronic pain: the biological aspect, the psychological aspect and the social aspect.”

Our Purpose

We create immmersive virtual reality technology to treat chronic pain by retraining the brain.

Our Mission

To become the first line of defense against chronic pain.

Our Impact

Creating non-invasive, non-pharmacological, evidence-based chronic pain treatments.

Our Team

Lincoln Nguyen

CEO
Jon Weinberg
COO
Andy Riedel
CTO
Dr. James Petros

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Michael Trujillo

VP of Clinical Affairs

Alison Tarwater
Product Manager
Alec Pierce
Software Engineer

Laura Gonzalez

Software Engineer
Lewey Geselowitz
Software Engineer
Jason Bou Kheir
Software Engineer
Anthony Alvarez

Clinical Research Lead

Kris Beebe

Physical Therapist

Devra Sheldon
Physical Therapist

Our Clinical Advisory Board


David Smolins, MD
Robert Johnson DPT
Neil Pearson, PT, MSc
Julie Pilitsis, MD Ph.D

Adam Saby,
MD 

Ramo Naidu,
MD

Howard Edelman

Erica Pitsch DPT

Adrian Bartoli, MD

Shinzen Young
Zoran Josipovic, PhD
Kynan Eng PhD

Nathaniel Schuster, MD

Contact Us

Main Office

Karuna Labs
525 York Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (424) 248-9314
Fax: (888) 215-0754

Facilities

Allied Pain & Spine
1604 Blossom Hill Rd #10
San Jose, CA 95124
Remedy Medical Group
490 Post St. #900
San Francisco, CA 94102

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