Joel See, MD

Pain Medicine, The Spine Center

249 Ratings
Years in Practice: 11 years
Practices In: Joliet
Patients Seen: Adults

My father was an internist in a bygone era. He worked alone in the clin­ic and went to the hos­pi­tal every morn­ing to see patients and then spent the rest of the day in the clin­ic. It was a fam­i­ly busi­ness, and my mom was in the office doing every­thing from answer­ing the phone to the billing. I also start­ed work­ing in the office myself for a few years before med­ical school and I am glad that I was able to see how things worked in the real world before get­ting over­whelmed with the sci­ence. The clin­ic was locat­ed in Waukegan, Illi­nois, and the patients were most­ly work­ing class, salt of the earth peo­ple, many com­ing in tired after work­ing long hours or third shifts. My dad did his best to take care of them, to keep them in good health so they could keep work­ing to sup­port their fam­i­lies. As an internist he pre­scribed med­ica­tions but also preached that patients have the pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ty for man­ag­ing their health in the con­text of their wider lives.I start­ed out in pri­ma­ry care but even­tu­al­ly my career took a dif­fer­ent path, but I proud­ly still tend to treat peo­ple as if I were still work­ing in a small clin­ic. I want to form rela­tion­ships that are mea­sured in years instead of vis­its. Even though I think my dad was a bit dis­ap­point­ed that I did not fol­low exact­ly in his foot­steps. I think he would be proud that I am able to car­ry on his lega­cy. I don’t have all of the solu­tions but I still con­sid­er it a suc­cess to help peo­ple get through life a lit­tle more com­fort­ably. I want to help peo­ple live their best active life, whether it be through dif­fer­ent pain treat­ments, pre­scrip­tions for ther­a­py or rec­om­men­da­tions for weight loss. Often, inac­tiv­i­ty is more to blame than age when peo­ple lose the abil­i­ty to do things on their own. Lack of phys­i­cal activ­i­ty also can lead to more vis­its to the doc­tor, more hos­pi­tal­iza­tions, and more use of med­i­cines for a vari­ety of illnesses.

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Clinical Interests

I am inter­est­ed in get­ting peo­ple more active and func­tion­al, ready to enjoy life or go back to work. I am reluc­tant to call peo­ple dis­abled and will work to help peo­ple get func­tion­al­ly better.

Personal Interests

I am try­ing my best to be a good hus­band and father to my three boys. We enjoy trav­el­ling and escape rooms, fit­ness and exer­cise, and cook­ing together.

Spine Intervention Society American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
AMITA Health Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Joliet
333 Madison Street Joliet, Illinois 60435 815-725-7133 Get Directions
St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, WI Graduation Date: 2002 Degree: MD
Tufts University School of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Massachusetts Categorical Internal Medicine
Georgia Pain Physicians, PC Pain & Spine, Interventional Pain Medicine


Botox for Migraines, Botox for Spasticity, Caudal Steroid Injection, Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy, Joint Injection of the Hip, Lumbar Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy, Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection, Medial Branch Block, Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection, Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant, Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection, Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy, Trigger Point Injection


Cervical Radiculopathy, Coccydynia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Degenerative Disc Disease, Facet Syndrome, Herniated Discs, Kyphosis, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Occipital Neuralgia, Peripheral Neuralgia/Neuropathy, Piriformis Syndrome, Post Laminectomy Syndrome, Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Whiplash Headache


Ratings Category

The Patient Satisfaction Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

Patient Satisfaction Rating

249 Ratings

Ease of scheduling appointments

246 Ratings

Provider showed concern

246 Ratings

Provider explained things clearly

248 Ratings

Provider included you in decisions

245 Ratings

Likelihood of recommending this provider

246 Ratings


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"Dr. See is outstanding in his field of medicine."
Aug. 19, 2022
"Doctor See was very informative and attentive to my concerns and questions."
Aug. 15, 2022
"All experiences have been good"
Aug. 14, 2022
"I haven't had any bad experiences with him"
Aug. 4, 2022
"Dr. See offered several options, informed me of the benefits of each and helped me make a good decision."
Jun. 16, 2022
"Dr See remains excellent."
Jun. 15, 2022
"Listens to me and explains quite clearly his approach to my issue."
Jun. 13, 2022
"All good."
May. 28, 2022
"Explained my condition very well."
May. 12, 2022
"I can say with all honesty I love all my doctors at duly as well as their nursing staff. That being said Dr Franklin and his nurse Sonya always have my best interests at heart."
May. 12, 2022
"Love Dr. See. He is always very informative and answers all my questions. Very patient."
May. 9, 2022
"Dr.See always listens to my concerns."
May. 5, 2022
"No bad experience"
Apr. 18, 2022
"Really like my new physician *Dr. Ramesh - Fantastic!!!"
Apr. 13, 2022
Mar. 28, 2022
"I absolutely would recommend Dr See to others. I have been seeing him for 6 years"
Mar. 23, 2022
"*Dr. See was professional and explained my MRI thoroughly & never rushed & answered all my questions. Would recommend *Dr. See immediately."
Mar. 17, 2022
"Dr See discussed health issues in an excellent manner.I was well pleased."
Mar. 16, 2022
"I would recommend Dr. See to any migraine patient."
Mar. 2, 2022
"Every thing went well."
Feb. 16, 2022
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