Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Watching her infant daughter suffer with a serious illness brought Monique Stanfield to the field of medicine. Dealing with the stress and anxiety of a yearlong illness she couldn’t control drew her to a career in mental health.

Dr. Stanfield understands how dealing with a physical medical condition can be all consuming. Her work at Nevada Pain and Spine Specialists is focused on helping her patients navigate the emotional journey of chronic pain while they work to improve their physical condition. This whole person approach provides emotional and behavioral support and resources that can help patients move forward and improve their quality of life even when they don’t have all the answers to their medical questions.

For Dr. Stanfield, treating patients means partnering with them. Patients are experts in their own life and have had a wealth of experiences to draw on in order to understand what is helpful for them and what is unhelpful. She believes her job is not to tell patients what to do, but to offer a safe, non-judgmental place to talk and process what they are experiencing and to help them explore options for making positive changes in their lives.

Pain affects all areas of life and Dr. Stanfield believes that treating just the physical symptoms of pain only partially helps the individual improve their overall quality of life. In 2012, Dr. Stanfield joined Nevada Pain and Spine Specialists, making it the first area pain management group to integrate behavioral and cognitive therapy. At NPSS, she has found a group of like-minded caregivers who are committed to this whole person approach to care.

Born in central California, and raised in South Lake Tahoe, Dr. Stanfield now calls Reno home.