Calmar Pain Relief has used Scrambler Therapy (ST) Treatment to successfully treat Chronic Neuropathic Pain since 2009

Calmar was First to provide Scrambler Therapy in the U.S.
Calmar has the Most Experienced Providers in this country
Calmar is The Only Center of Excellence utilizing Scrambler Therapy exclusively in the U.S.


New England Journal of Medicine-July 17, 2023-New Publication on Scrambler Therapy

The New England Journal of Medicine, the most prestigious medical journal in this country, just published a very positive article explaining that in several clinical trials on Scrambler Therapy, ST drastically reduced chronic neuropathic pain in patients with severe chronic pain caused by cancer and many other serious medical disorders. The publication was authored by Drs. Thomas J. Smith + Eric J. Wang of Johns Hopkins and Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi of The Mayo Clinic. Dr. D’Amato has been collaborating with both Dr. Smith and Dr. Loprinzi for over 10 years in the use and application of Calmare (TM) Pain Relief Therapy (Scrambler Therapy)

Dr.D'Amato and Dr. Loprinzi
Dr.D'Amato and Dr. Smith
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ST is a non-narcotic, non-invasive, pain free treatment without known side effects and clinically proven effective by scientific research conducted by some of the world’s leading research hospitals. ST is administered using the MC-5A, an FDA cleared medical device.

Dr Steve Damato

Dr. D’Amato, Calmar’s Medical Director is the most experienced doctor in the U.S. providing ST. Dr. D’Amato has trained doctors and nurses from Mayo Clinic, John’s Hopkins, MD Anderson, Harvard Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Hospital and others in the use and application of ST. 

Patients travel to Calmar from all over the U.S. and from countries all over the globe. Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and MD Anderson treat patients using ST in their own clinical practice confirming the validity and effectiveness of ST from world renowned medical institutions.

PBS recently aired an episode featuring Dr’s Thomas Smith and Charles Loprinzi discussing the incredible results they have seen utilizing Scrambler Therapy. Dr. Loprinzi is shown treating a woman suffering from severe chronic pain for 10 years after chemotherapy that caused Chemo Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN). The patient explains that she has been pain free after treatment with Scrambler Therapy.

The Calmar Fact Sheet describes Calmar’s accomplishments and a history of the Scrambler Therapy MC-5A Device

In addition to being the first and most experienced provider of Scrambler Therapy in the US, Dr. D’Amato has also published clinical research studies, some collaborating with Dr’s Thomas Smith of Johns Hopkins and Charles Loprinzi of the Mayo Clinic. No other Scrambler Therapy provider has done this. The Calmar Fact Sheet also summarizes our history and accomplishments with a brief outline of how and when the MC-5A medical device that provides ST, was discovered and utilized. Click here to read the complete Calmar Fact Sheet: 

AARP Bulletin recognizing Scrambler Therapy for treatment and mitigation of Chronic Pain.

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Francis R. Sparadeo, PhD

Frank Sparadeo

Dr. Frank Sparadeo received his doctoral degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1981 and completed his internship at the Boston V.A. Medical Center and his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Brown University Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Sparadeo is licensed to practice clinical psychology in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Dr. Sparadeo was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University for 17 years. He was on the staff at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) for 25 years. He was also on the staff at St. Joseph Hospital and The Eleanor Slater Hospital for many years. Dr. Sparadeo was the Co- Director of the Rhode Island Hospital Concussion Care Center for 5 years in the Emergency Department. He was the Coordinator of the RIH Interdisciplinary Spine Program for 15 years and he has been a consultant to several chronic pain management programs over the past 32 years. Most recently Dr. Sparadeo developed the first program in Rhode Island to focus on the dual problem of Chronic Pain and addiction. Dr. Sparadeo has trained numerous psychiatry residents and psychology fellows over the years.

Currently, Dr. Sparadeo is in private practice focusing on presurgical psychological assessments, chronic pain management, neuropsychological assessment of traumatic brain injury, dementia , ADHD and other CNS conditions. He is the past chairman of the Governor’s Permanent Advisory Commission on TLB, and has recently been a consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Washington, D.C. and served on the National Task Force on Substance Abuse and Disability (coordinated by SAMHSA).

Dr. Sparadeo is Calmar Pain Relief’s Director of Clinical Research.

Introduction to Calmar Pain Relief, LLC

Dr. Sparadeo was introduced to Scrambler Therapy (ST) by attending a seminar sponsored by Calmar Pain Relief in January 2010. At that time Dr. Sparadeo met with Dr. D’Amato and Robert Smith and agreed to refer two severely impaired patients to Dr. D’Amato, where ST would be applied. The results were significant and Dr. D’Amato and Bob Smith invited Dr. Sparadeo to become involved with Calmar Pain Relief by assisting with the development of Calmar and the clinical research of ST.

Since that time, Dr. Sparadeo and Dr. D’Amato have collaborated on Publications explaining the results from the successful application of ST in peer reviewed journals and articles. Dr. Sparadeo often consults clinically with Dr. D’ Amato. Dr. Sparadeo assisted Calmar Pain Relief in securing a Therapeutic Discovery Project Grant from HHS and the IRS and has assisted in the writing additional grant applications. Dr. Sparadeo and Dr. D’Amato have also collaborated on numerous presentations at professional seminars and conferences.

Robert W. Smith, Esq

Bob Smith

Mr. Smith is a founder of Calmar and has been directing its business operations and legal matters since June 2009. Mr. Smith is a highly experienced trial attorney with over 40 years of practice in civil litigation, insurance defense, medical and legal malpractice, commercial litigation, corporate matters, risk management and healthcare law in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Bob also has experience in start-up company guidance as well as executive experience with start-ups, having co-founded another start-up prior to Calmar. His forty plus years as a practicing attorney and his previous start-up experience have given him a breadth of knowledge to help Calmar navigate the pitfalls of early venture stage companies.

Mr. Smith graduated from Bryant College, magna cum laude, in 1974 and University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1977. He is currently a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and admitted to practice in Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Mr. Smith is Calmar’s Managing Member, Director of Business Operations and General Counsel.

Introduction to Calmar Pain Relief, LLC

In early 2009, Mr. Smith discovered Competitive Technologies, Inc. (CTT), a small Connecticut company, that in 2007 acquired exclusive worldwide rights to market and distribute an innovative new medical device. Mr. Smith began examining CTT’s development after it was issued broad 510(k) clearance by the FDA in February, 2009 for the MC-5A medical device. The application of this technology is called Scrambler Therapy (ST). After determining that there could be a business opportunity for the clinical application of this technology, Mr. Smith developed a business plan and contacted his longtime friend Dr. Stephen D’Amato to discuss the feasibility of opening a healthcare facility utilizing this technology to treat patients with chronic neuropathic pain. Mr. Smith arranged for CTT to demonstrate the application of this technology and treat some of Dr. D’Amato’s chronic neuropathic pain patients using ST. This very successful demonstration clearly showed the effectiveness of the MC-5A medical device. Dr. D’Amato saw the incredible potential of this new technology. Mr. Smith then presented his business plan to CTT. After an agreement with CTT was executed, Calmar Pain Relief, LLC was organized. Dr. D’Amato traveled to Rome to train under Professor Giuseppe Marineo, the Italian inventor of the technology, and Calmar opened in November 2009.

Stephen J. D'Amato, MD FACEP

Dr Steve Damato

Dr. Stephen J. D’Amato is a founder of Calmar and has been directing its medical practice since November 2009. Dr. D’Amato received his medical degree from the University of Padua, Italy in 1976 and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in 1980 at Worcester City Hospital where he was the programs first Chief Resident. He was one of the first Residency Trained Board Certified ER doctors in the US. He has been practicing medicine in Rhode Island since 1980 and served as the Medical Director and staff physician of North Providence Medical Services,Inc. (the first Free Standing Emergency Room in the country founded in 1975) from 1980 to January, 2012. Dr. D’Amato is also licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts and Florida.

In 1999 Dr. D’Amato was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Roger Williams Medical Center Campus in Providence, R.I. He is on the medical staff of Roger Williams Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. D’Amato is Calmar’s Managing Member and Medical Director.

Introduction to Calmar Pain Relief, LLC

Dr. D’Amato was introduced to Scrambler Therapy (ST) in August 2009 by Bob Smith. After Mr. Smith presented ST technology and the business opportunity to his longtime friend, he arranged for a trial application of the MC-5A medical device on five of Dr. D’Amato’s chronic pain patients. After witnessing the amazing response of these patients, Dr. D’Amato took a sabbatical in October 2009 and was trained and certified in the science, use and application of Scrambler Therapy Technology by its inventor, Professor Giuseppe Marineo, in Rome, Italy. Calmar opened its first clinic in November 2009 in North Providence, Rhode Island.

Dr. Stephen D’Amato saw this technology as not only a business opportunity but an opportunity to help a large population of chronic neuropathic pain patients, many of whom have very limited options other than addictive drugs or invasive procedures. Dr. D’Amato has treated thousands of chronic neuropathic pain patients with Scrambler Therapy and is the most experienced doctor in this country in the application of this technology.  Dr. D’Amato is a leading authority of ST Technology.