Jane Barnwell, MD

Manage the cause
to manage the pain.
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 PO Box 23364
 Flagstaff, AZ 86001-3364

 1016 W University Ave
 Ste 201
 Flagstaff, AZ 86001-2996

 Phone: 928-714-7090
 Fax: 928-220-8879


About Dr. Barnwell

Dr. Jane's photo Dr. Jane has been practicing medicine since 1978. She obtained her medical degree from the prestigious Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) was completed at Loma Linda University Medical Center at Loma Linda, California. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a skilled diagnostician able to find and treat the root cause of a problem even after several other doctors have tried and not succeeded. 

Her husband, Nelson Hochberg, runs the business side of the practice and assists Dr. Jane as her medical assistant. He is also a pilot, flight instructor and certified aircraft mechanic.

Pain Management

Dr. Jane’s approach to pain management begins with a very extensive evaluation to find the cause(s) of your pain. She then develops a treatment program to manage the cause and contributors. This program often includes education, self-care, lifestyle modification and referrals to other providers as needed to help with this process. This approach can require work, patience and diligence on your part but can result in better treatment of the pain than a program based on medications and procedures. Many people with pain find that medications and procedures treat their symptoms for a while but do nothing to address the cause of the pain. It makes more sense and is more effective in the long run to find and treat the cause of your pain.

A simple analogy to this approach is pain is your body's method to communicate something is wrong similar to the check engine light on your car. Using pain medication or procedures to cover up the pain is like using a piece of black tape to cover up the check engine light. In both cases, the problem is still there possibly causing more damage. A more sensible approach is to find a mechanic who can  diagnose and fix the problem in your car just as it is more sensible to find a doctor to diagnose and address the problem causing the pain. 


Rehabilitation medicine aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. A physician having completed training in this field is referred to as a physiatrist or rehab medicine specialist. Physiatrists specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, tissues, and nervous system. Common conditions that are treated by Dr. Jane include amputation, spinal cord injury, sports injury, work injury, stroke, musculoskeletal pain syndromes such as low back pain, fibromyalgia, and traumatic brain injury.


Dr. Jane is trained in medical acupuncture (an acupuncture program designed specifically for physicians). Insurance typically does not pay for acupuncture so she porforms this strictly on a patient direct pay basis. We will be happy to discuss your options with you if you are interested in acupuncture.

Inpatient consultation

Dr. Jane is available to see inpatients in Flagstaff Medical Center for management of pain, rehab or acupuncture. Just ask your attending physician for a consult referral.

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