Phillips Medstone: We Understand Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain persists—often for months or even longer, well after the initial injury. Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes, often accompany chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair.

At Phillips Medstone we understand not only the causes of Chronic Pain, but also the evidence based treatments that assist in Chronic Pain Management and help reduce your pain over time. We understand that the road to wellness begins by working together with the patient to identify the causes and symptoms of that pain and how it can be relieved. We custom tailor a self-management program for each individual that empowers the patient to take control of their own healing. Phillips Medstone offers the most advanced treatment options currently available, all  in a supportive, compassionate environment.

Who Is Phillips Medstone?

Our Company Mission
The Phillips Medstone Philosophy
The Phillips Medstone Promise
The Phillips Medstone Methodology

Our Core Skills

Behavioral Medicine 100
Cognitive Therapy(CBT) 100
Bio-Feedback Therapy 100
Psychological Therapy 100

Meet Our Directors

Dr. Autumn Phillips, Psy.D.
Dr. Autumn Phillips, Psy.D.Managing Director

As Founder and Clinical Director of Phillips Medstone, Dr. Phillips is dedicated to helping those who suffer from chronic pain, or a health related condition find relief. She has years of experience working with patients in a multitude of healthcare settings including her work as the Clinical Director for the former Scripps Hospital Functional Restoration Program for over 7 years. With two office locations serving the San Diego area, Dr. Phillips is making quality care accessible for everyone.

For those with a complex medical condition navigating the healthcare system can be exhausting, and patients’ are often told they need to “learn to live with their pain.” Dr. Phillips will coordinate care with your doctors to improve your quality of life. She is proud to offer affordable services and accepts most insurances.

A-Lisa Miles, Ph.D.
A-Lisa Miles, Ph.D.Behavioral Medicine Psychologist

Dr. Miles specializes in Health Psychology and Biofeedback. Her background includes working with chronic illnesses, and chronic pain, substance abuse, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She has a background in health and fitness, and encourages her clients to approach their healing process from both a physical and psychological perspective. She has a wealth of knowledge about how to incorporate mindfulness into everyday living so that it improves relationships, well-being, and overall functioning. She works to help each client to live more a more balanced and satisfying life by improving coping and stress management skills and learning to make intentional lifestyle choices.

Jessica Stevens, Ph.D.
Jessica Stevens, Ph.D.Behavioral Medicine Specialist

Dr. Stevens is dedicated to helping individuals learn how to master symptoms associated with trauma, depression, as well as adjusting to medical and physical challenges and limitations. She has experience working with children, adults and couples in clinical and hospital settings. She utilizes a wide range of therapeutic approaches such as CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Gottman, and other varied methods to most effectively assist each patient.

Amid personal challenges, a custom psychological approach provides framework for creating an individualized, therapeutic relationship that leads to strong positive outcomes. Dr. Stevens is a firm advocate in helping individuals learn and master skills necessary to manage their symptoms, live in line with their personal values and increase life satisfaction.

Michelle Bales, Ph.D.
Michelle Bales, Ph.D.Behavioral Medicine Specialist

Michelle specializes in Behavioral Health and Health Psychology. Her background includes working with diverse populations from hospitals to community mental health, and has worked with individuals with chronic illness, chronic pain, PTSD, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and relationships problems. As a licensed master’s level clinician in private practice, she decided to increase her skill set by getting her doctorate in psychology. There she advanced her therapeutic skills to include areas in neuropsychology such as biofeedback, diaphragmatic breathing, and other strategies that use physical and psychological dynamics to calm down the nervous system and  allow an individual more mastery over their thoughts and feelings. Michelle is dedicated to helping her clients learn to facilitate their own personal growth by tapping into their natural resiliency skills and strengths. She uses a variety of research based therapeutic approaches such as CBT, ACT, Gestalt, and other methods to provide a custom psychological approach that is as diverse as each client to help them reach their personal goals and live a life they value.

<b>Lara Kalaf</b>, Ph.D.
Lara Kalaf, Ph.D.Behavioral Medicine Specialist
Lara is dedicated to empowering individuals suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, acculturation difficulties, and eating disorders by helping them look past their life stressors and regain vitality, self-esteem, and purpose in life. She has developed an eclectic and culturally sensitive approach to therapy which is heavily influenced by CBT, humanistic/existential, positive psychology, and expressive art therapy. She is also trained in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) which helps families struggling with defiant, ADD/ADHD, or oppositional children. She is a registered psychological assistant with the California Board of Psychology offering psychotherapy and assessment services with over five years of clinical experience working with a diverse population including children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Her diverse work experiences (in various countries and settings like humanitarian and non profit organizations, corporations, hospitals, universities, and private practice) have nourished her therapeutic skills and approach beyond what she has learned from her Ph.d in clinical psychology. Lara works first on establishing a safe space and a uniquely customized treatment plan to meet the individual needs of each person so that they are truly comfortable in taking steps towards a more balanced life, free of unhelpful suffering