Dr. Edmund C. Boese worked primarily in hospitals as an anesthesiologist until eight years ago, when he went into practice as a pain specialist in Wyoming. He and his wife, Deb Dellai Boese, had longtime friends in Nampa, where he had worked for 10 years. They decided to return to the Treasure Valley and, in January, opened the Pain Care Clinic of Idaho, in Eagle, taking a nonnarcotic, minimally invasive approach to pain management.
Boese owns the clinic, and his wife is general manager. They have three employees: full-time office manager Lorie Hurst, full-time medical technician Bonnie Hamblin and part-time medical technician Kathie Fogg.
“I have seen how compromised a patient’s life becomes with the daily struggle of chronic pain and little hope left for relief,” Boese says. “There is no greater satisfaction than when a physician can help change the life of a patient for the better.”
Q: What path did you take to this point?
A: I am a board-certified anesthesiologist and practiced in hospitals for 30 years. In 2007, I wanted to explore alternative approaches in medicine for chronic pain and chronic disease conditions. I have always been interested in acupuncture as an important alternative approach to conventional medicine. Medical acupuncture is an emerging specialty integrating traditional Chinese acupuncture, modern forms of acupuncture and Western medical training. It is administered by a physician knowledgeable in both disciplines.
I studied acupuncture at Harvard, UCLA, and in Munich, Germany. In 2014, I became board certified and a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. In the same year, I also learned about the new Calmare Pain Therapy medical device, one of the most effective nonnarcotic, noninvasive, long-term solutions for chronic neuropathic pain and oncologic pain.
Q: What sets you apart from other pain clinics?
A: Our approach of finding long-term pain solutions without narcotics or invasive therapies. We are the first clinic in Southwestern Idaho to offer Calmare Pain Therapy. It is a breakthrough in chronic pain treatment now being used in hospitals and by the military in medical centers in every branch of the service. ... We also offer the new InterX Therapy and medical acupuncture.
I am also the only medical acupuncturist in the Valley and one of three medical acupuncturists in the state.
Q: What challenges have you faced, and how have you met them?
A: We are new to the area, and offering new types of pain-care therapies requires time for people to learn about our clinic and how effective these therapies can be for pain relief.
I have become a member of the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Doctors of Idaho, Ada County Medical Association and Idaho Medical Association. I am also a provider of pain care for Saint Alphonsus (medical center) in Eagle. We have developed a PowerPoint and informational folders for doctors, physical therapists and support groups that have invited us to speak.
Q: What do you hope to achieve in three to five years?
A: Two successful clinics that can help as many people as possible with chronic pain and chronic diseases and neuropathic pain.