Dr. Anne Kokayeff is DRG Certified!

Twin-Cities-Pain-Clinic-Doctor-Anne-Kokayeff-MDTwin Cities Pain Clinic is proud to announce that Dr. Anne Kokayeff is now certified to perform Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) stimulator implant surgeries.

To illustrate why this is a huge deal, here’s a quick crash course:

The DRG is a bundle of nerves located in between the vertebrae that extend outward from the spinal column. They are essentially the branches of the spinal tree. Whereas the spinal cord itself transmits signals to the back, neck and head, the DRG transmits signals to more distant appendages, including the feet, elbows, knees and abdomen.

DRG stimulation involves laying tiny leads next to the DRG, with the other end of the leads connected to a small, implantable battery. The battery produces a mild electrical pulse, which is delivered by the leads to the DRG. The electrical pulses “stimulate” the DRG and block pain signals to the brain.

DRG stimulator implant surgeries are complex, precise procedures, and as such, the list of certified physicians is very short. Now that Dr. Kokayeff has achieved her certification, all four Twin Cities Pain Clinic physicians are members of this elite group.

Congratulations Dr. K! We could not be prouder of your amazing accomplishment.

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Twin Cities Pain Clinic Welcomes Two New Providers

Twin Cities Pain Clinic is pleased to welcome its two newest providers to the team! Kjerstin Durie is a Certified Physician Assistant and will be seeing patients at our clinic in Woodbury. Mattew K. Gannott is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and will travel to all four of our clinic locations to provide care.

Get to know Kjerstin and Matt!

KJERSTIN DURIE, PA-CTwin Cities Pain Clinic Provider-Kjerstin Durie, PA-C

Clinical Interests

  • Holistic care
  • Individualized treatment plans

Board Certifications

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)


  • Bethel University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bethel University, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies


  • Spending time with family, traveling and hiking


MATTHEW K GANNOTT, DPTTwin Cities Pain Clinic Provider-Matt Gannott, DPT-Physical Therapist

Clinical Interests

  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Spine Care
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Manual Physical Therapy


  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead – B.A. in Biology and Psychology
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons – Doctor of Physical Therapy


  • Spending time with family, traveling, woodworking, working on home improvement project

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