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Strength in Relief
Medical Center

About Our Practice

Strength In Relief Medical Center

In 2020 the doors to my private clinic opened. Pain has a societal association with weakness. Many of the individuals we treat come to us with the belief that being in chronic pain means they are not strong. Pain has taken their strength, both physically and mentally. One of the tenants of Strength In Relief Clinics is that pain does not have to mean you’re weak. The people we help regain trust in their bodies, regain physical and mental strength, and discover and rediscover their own “True North.”

Who We Treat

While our medical group opens its arms to any individual with chronic, severe pain, our “True North” at Strength In Relief Clinics is helping those struggling with cancer and other debilitating illnesses. We understand that no two people are the same. Our holistic approach to healthcare is aimed at helping each patient discover a better quality of life, free from the confines of pain.

Success Stories

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“No two people are the same. Our holistic approach to healthcare is aimed at helping the individuals we treat discover a better quality of life, free from the confines of pain.”


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“In 2017 I was in the hospital for another stomach surgery. As a result of multiple surgeries, I suffered quite a bit of pain which was partially eliminated with Oxycodone. Over the years in order to alleviate the pain, my need for Oxycodone increased from 5MG twice a day to 10 MG twice a day ultimately I was taking 30 to 40 MG a day. The Oxycodone helped but the pain would begin to increase after a dose requiring another dose every 6 to 8 hours. It was a rollercoaster throughout the day with pain management.”

It seemed that my need for Oxycodone to help my pain was going to continue to increase and there appeared to be no end. Concerned about my dosage of Oxycodone, my surgeon recommended that I see Doctor Aljassem.

From the start, Dr. Aljassem and his staff were sensitive to my pain and he placed me on a regimen of oral methadone. Almost immediately my pain management leveled out, alleviating the highs and lows which the Oxycodone caused. Dr. Aljassem continued monitoring me monthly with visits to his clinic and together we slowly reduced my Methadone treatments. Now I see Dr. Aljassem and his team quarterly and I am on a minimum dosage of Methadone for my pain management.

Throughout my treatment, the personal attention from Dr. Aljassem and his team has been exemplary providing focus and personalization and quickly addressing my concerns and scheduling my visits. I cannot imagine now living without my treatments and the help of Dr. Aljassem and his competent team.

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~ Rick Tavel

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“In January 2021 I was put in hospice and to control my pain the hospice doctors put me on IV Dilaudid. The dosage level was insane. Even though I was on all this IV Dilaudid I was still in extreme pain so they contacted Dr.Aljaseem to see if he had any suggestions.

Once Dr. Aljaseem found out they had me in hospices and on all that medicine he had me brought over to Beaumont to have me safely taken off all those meds. Dr. Aljaseem also got the stomach doctors to see me and they fixed the problem that Henry Ford hospital said wasn’t fixable.

So in a matter of a week, Dr. Aljaseem got me off all that medicine and fixed my medical problem. I was discharged, went home, and got off all that medicine. Dr. Aljaseem did an excellent job on my case and I am very confident in him and his abilities as my doctor. I would recommend him to anyone in my family who needs a pain management doctor.”
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~ Cassandra Mckinney

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“I have severe intercostal neuralgia as a result of a thoracic surgery I had done in 2018. I had undergone numerous block injections, ablations, as well as a failed stimulator implant to control my pain.

I was on an extremely high dose of narcotic pain medications prior to my third surgery in 2019, which is where I met Dr. Aljassem for the first time. After the surgery, my pain could not be controlled so they called him in for an assessment. After careful planning, Dr. Aljassem was able to help manage my pain at a more tolerable level, and I have continued to work with him and his team for the last two years. Although I still suffer from chronic nerve pain, he and his team have been able to keep me on a treatment plan that is safe and effective.

I have been seen by many physicians since 2018 and Dr. Aljassem and his team are some of the most caring professionals I have met. He has stayed actively involved in coordinating treatments with my other doctors, including my current surgeon and has never given up on treating my condition.

I would highly recommend Dr. Aljassem and his team to anyone who suffers from chronic pain.”

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~ Tyler A.

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“I obtained a traumatic brain injury in 2017, from a horrific car accident. I was ejected out of a vehicle, acquiring a diffused axonal head injury, a broken femur, along with many other injuries.

I was transferred to Royal Oak Beaumont from St. Rita’s in Lima, OH, and placed in the care of Dr. Aljassem, among many other doctors. I was placed on an array of drugs to support my recovery, which in return made me very drowsy and incoherent. Dr. Aljassem sat my mom down and thoroughly explained my situation to her. His recommendation was the use of methadone, an opioid medication. His confidence in this method had my loved ones very hopeful.

Due to Dr. Aljassem’s treatment, I woke up, spoke, and walked, which was against all odds. I attended a variety of therapies, in-patient in the hospital and out-patient at Special Tree of Troy. I continued to improve each and every day. Now, I am able to drive a vehicle. I graduated college in 2020. I owned and operated a local dance studio and now hold a full-time teaching position at an early childhood center. I’m getting married to the love of my life in September of 2022, whom I started a relationship with after my injury. I have accomplished a lot since that dreadful day in 2017. I truly owe it all of this to Dr. Aljassem and his miracle team of doctors for getting me back to the life I was meant to live.”
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~ MacKenzie Hein

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Meet Our Team

Annas Aljassem MD, MHSA

Medical director of Strength IN Relief Clinic.

I am currently working in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, leading the Functional Pain & Rehabilitation Service at Beaumont Royal oak in Michigan. The service is an interdisciplinary team, managing acute pain & chronic pain, addiction, end of life care and rehabilitation issues in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

I completed my residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Michigan. I then completed a Hospice and Palliative Care (HPM) Fellowship at the University of Michigan. My training in these respective fields led to the development of a passion for communication and program implementation, with a strong interest in patient and family-centered care. I carry multiple board certifications in the following specialties: PM&R, Hospice & Palliative Medicine (HPM), Pain Medicine, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Addiction Medicine. What this clinical expertise has provided me with is a broad understanding of complex symptom management in various patient populations, which I feel has allowed me to connect with various specialties outside of my own. I have had the privilege to work side by side with many - surgeons, hospitalists, intensivists, oncologists, obstetricians, pediatricians, radiologists, internists, and multiple medicine & surgery subspecialists, to name a few.

Michael Spickler, MD

Doctor at Strength IN Relief Clinic.

Dr. Michael Spickler was born and raised in metro Detroit. He attended Michigan State University for undergrad and remains a loyal Spartan. Dr. Spickler graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine. After medical school, Dr. Spickler completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak followed by fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Michigan. He has a special interest in addiction medicine and complex pain management. His hobbies include spending time with family, friends, his two cats, and family’s dog.

Jessica Firman

Physician Assistant

Jessica Firman, PA-C received her Bachelor’s at The University of Detroit Mercy, and her Master’s degree at Wayne State. She has experience in urgent care, critical care, cardiac, transplant and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

Jess provides heartfelt, holistic care in clinic. As a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, she is passionate about helping patients reach their rehab goals and return to their best selves. When it comes to pain management, her approach is multimodal and tailored to each individual. Her office visits are judgment free; honesty, tears and breakthroughs are welcome and celebrated.

When not at work she is spending time with her husband, two young boys and Vizsla named Vladimir.

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Sarah Sharpe

Sarah Sharpe is all heart. A true patient advocate, she is passionate about patients’ ability to access services in a timely, safe, and effective manner. Not only does she help our patients coordinate the services they need, she is also the backbone of our care team.

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Rebecca Bussell FNP-C

Becca was born and raised in Brighton Michigan. She attended Oakland University for her undergraduate nursing degree, and University of Michigan Flint for her master’s in nursing practice. Her background and passion is in Oncology nursing. Her hobbies include going up north, cooking with fresh veggies from her garden, and playing with her sweet new daughter Scarlett and her beagle Remi.

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Jordan Alvarado FNP-C

Jordan Alvarado was born and raised in Rochester MI. She attended Michigan State University for undergrad with a Bachelor Science of Human Biology. She then went on to Oakland University for a Bachelor Science of Nursing as well as a Masters to become a family nurse practitioner. She comes from a big family of 6 children, so in her spare time she enjoys family dinners and game nights.

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