Dr. Belnap, the founding physician of West Coast Pain Specialists, is a double board-certified specialist in the fields of Pain Management and Rehabilitation Medicine. He completed his undergraduate training at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and medical school at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.
He then completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC followed by a fellowship in Pain Management at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. He served as Chief Resident towards the end of his residency and upon completion of the program was selected as Chief of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
He was then chosen by the Surgeon General of the Army to relocate west with the task to help establish a highly specialized combat casualty rehabilitation center at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He became the first Medical Director of this center and upon separation from the military was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal which is equivalent to the Bronze Star for combat service.
Dr. Belnap has expertise in providing treatment for a wide array of conditions including sports injuries, spine & joint disorders, complex polytraumatic injuries, amputations, and neurologic disorders. He has been a contributing author in peer-reviewed journal articles and medical textbook chapters in his specialty. He has also given numerous presentations at national and local conferences throughout his career. He is a native of Southern California and enjoys basketball, volleyball, surfing, volunteering in his church & community, and spending time with his wife and four children.
Mary Anne pursued nursing because of her love for people and human biology. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant in high school, then continued at the No. 1 rated nursing school in Arizona and became a Registered Nurse at the age of 21. Her first job after nursing school took her to Southern Idaho as a Hospice Case Manager, which she loved; however, it was cut short by a stronger desire to serve for her church.
Mary Anne lived in El Salvador, Central America for a year and a half as a missionary; and as a nurse, she was assigned to care for all the health needs of the missionaries in the El Salvador/Belize regions. Upon returning to the USA, Mary Anne took a hiatus from work to recuperate. As Mary Anne returned to nursing, she found a perfect fit at WCPS.
Samantha has been working at West Coast Pain Specialists since 2017 and enjoys meeting and interacting with the patients every day. She attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. She is originally from San Diego and loves living there!
Lauren is a native of Encinitas, moving here with her family from South Korea as a young child. After graduating locally from La Costa Canyon High School, she attended Southern Virginia University where she was recruited to play tennis. She recently graduated from SVU with a BA in Biochemistry and is currently preparing to attend a Physician Assistant program. Lauren enjoys seeing the progress of patients as they gain functional improvement through various injections and treatments.
Allyson was born and raised in Los Angeles and recently graduated in June 2019 from UC San Diego in Neuroscience and Physiology. She helps Dr. Belnap with his procedures and also has administrative duties such as working with insurance authorizations and organizing patient records. Her main goal involves creating a positive and welcoming experience for patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family hiking, picnicking at the beach, and trying new food places.
Come visit us at our new location in Encinitas, California. Our office is equipped with the latest medical technologies and is a clean, comfortable environment for healing and the treatment of painful medical conditions.