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The Most Innovative Pain Care Leaders in the Country

SPEAKERS (listed alphabetically; names in red are Keynote Speakers)

Peter Abaci, MD,
is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the renowned Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. His innovative strategies for integrative pain treatment have helped restore the lives of thousands struggling with pain. The Bay Area Pain & Wellness Center is one of the few free-standing outpatient interdisciplinary pain centers in the western United States that is also CARF accredited. He is one of the world’s leading experts on pain and integrative medicine. He is an author and regular contributor to WebMD, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Sharecare, and PainReliefRevolution which he is the creator and editor. Dr. Abaci’s publications on pain treatment have become a trusted resource for patients, family members, doctors, psychologists, physical therapists, and insurance companies, alike. From 2013-2016, he also hosted and produced the acclaimed radio show, “Health Revolution Radio,” for iHeartMedia. Dr. Abaci reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Suraj A. Achar, MD, FAAFP
Biography coming soon


Farshad Ahadian, MD
Biography coming soon


Donna D. Alderman, DO, is an osteopathic physician, and an expert in musculoskeletal and orthopedic regenerative medicine. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Western University of Health Sciences, and is Board-Certified in Prolotherapy, as well as Integrative Medicine. Dr. Alderman has authored multiple medical journal articles and textbook chapters on traditional Prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Prolotherapy, and biocellular (stem/stromal cell) Prolotherapy- all non-surgical treatments for chronic pain, osteoarthritis and sports injuries. She has been practicing Prolotherapy since 1996 and is a frequent lecturer for multiple physician educational organizations and colleges. Dr. Alderman is Medical Director of the Hemwall Center for Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine with two offices in California. Dr. Alderman reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Charles E. Argoff, MD, is Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center in New York. Dr. Argoff is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Pain Society, among other professional organizations.  He is the President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation Board. He is one of the editors of the recently published textbook Raj’s Practical Management of Pain, Fifth Edition.  He is the co-author of Defeat Chronic Pain Now, a just published book for people with chronic pain.   He has recently published the third edition of Pain Management Secrets. Dr. Argoff reports that he receives consulting fees from Pfizer, Nektar, Deopmed, Salix, Daichi Sankyo, Gruenthal, Quest; receives honoraria from Allergan, Depomed, Astra Zenica, Daichi Sankyo, BDSI, Collegium, Avanir; Stockholder of Pfizer and Depomed; and royalties from Elsevier.


Aubrey Berry, BS, ABT CP-TLP, CES, CHP, Biofeedback Technician, Carolinas Biofeedback Clinic. Aubrey is a Certified Biofeedback Technician at Carolinas Biofeedback Clinic, training clients in Autonomic Nervous System self-regulation utilizing a variety of cutting-edge technologies. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science at Clemson University in 2012. She has worked for Melanie Berry, the Clinical Director, since 2014, during which time she has earned her credentials as a Certified Provider of Advanced Brain Technologies' The Listening Program, a Certified HeartMath Practitioner, and is Certified in Microcurrent Electrotherapy. She is currently working on her BCIA Board Certification in Biofeedback. Aubrey is further developing her skills by pursuing certification in the Othmer Method of Neurofeedback, as well as Advanced qEEG Brain Map acquisitions and analysis, and the Hemodynamic Method of Neurofeedback.


Melanie E. Berry, MS, BCB, OMC, FAIS, Melanie is the Clinical Director at Carolinas Biofeedback Clinic. She is Board Certified Fellow in Biofeedback (BCIA), has diplomate status in the American Neurotherapy Association and is Fellow in the American Institute of Stress. In addition to her Masters level education in Psychology, she has further specialized her training in applied psychophysiology through several subspecialty certificates, including HRV Biofeedback. Her research investigating the efficacy of HRV Biofeedback for ameliorating chronic pain has been published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Her presentation experience includes being a guest instructor to Doctoral Neuroscience students at the University of South Carolina Medical School, multiple Poster Sessions on her Biofeedback research at the annual conferences of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and frequent lecturer at associations dedicated to comprehensive solutions for chronic pain.Melanie has presented a hands-on workshop on Autonomic Self-Regulation of Chronic Pain for the past two years at the American Academy of Pain Management (now the Academy of Integrative Pain Management).


Don H. Bivins, MD, currently directs the inpatient pain management service at the 700 acute-care bed, Trauma Level I Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, part of the larger Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.  He is board certified in Neurology, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has held previous faculty appointments at Wake Forest University School of Medicine Department of Neurology, The Tufts University School of Dentistry Craniofacial Pain Center, and the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Departments of Neurology and Neuoranatomy. Dr. Bivins reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Jennifer Bolen, JD, is a nationally recognized compliance and legal expert on the use of controlled medications to treat pain. She is a former federal prosecutor and actively participates in the defense of health care entities and practitioners nationwide. Ms. Bolen and her team consult with and manage independent and physician office laboratories across the country. Ms. Bolen is an active member of SPPAN’s Policy and Advocacy Committee.


Robert Bonakdar, MD, is the AIPM Past President, and is Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California and a member of the Scripps Green Hospital Pain Management Committee. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor (Voluntary) at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Bonakdar completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at Scripps Clinic, focusing on integrative pain management. He also completed the UCLA Acupuncture Course for Physicians and a Richter Fellowship in Southeast Asia, where he studied acupuncture, tai chi, and mind-body practices. His current clinical and research interests include novel approaches to pain management including dietary supplementation and biostimulation using microcurrent, laser, auricular, and acupuncture therapies.


Kim Brower, MHA, is a Program Manager for Development at Ochsner Health System – Telemedicine in New Orleans, La. She previously served as Director of Integrative Medicine for Mercy Health System and also held the position of Administrator at the Shealy Institute in Springfield MO. Kim has over 20 years experience, both as a practitioner and an operational leader in the use of integrative medicine modalities within serveral clinical specialites and service lines. Ms. Brower reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Lynette Cederquist, MD, is clinical professor in the internal medicine group at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), California and director of clinical ethics at the UCSD Health System. Dr. Cederquist is board certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. She is also a member of the San Diego County Medical Society and also serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee at UCSD. Dr. Cederquist also received the “Top Doctor” award from the San Diego County Medical Society in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013. Dr. Cederquist reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Mindy Cetel, MD
Biography coming soon.

Paul Christo, MD, is an associate professor in the division of pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program and the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins. He serves on four journal editorial boards, has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, and has co-edited three textbooks on pain. He is a member of Men’s Health magazine medical advisory board. He hosts the nationally syndicated SiriusXM radio talk show, “Aches and Gains,” which has earned the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award from the American Pain Society. He’s also been designated a “Hero” by The Pain Community. Dr. Christo reports that he receives consulting fees from Grunenthal, Quest Diagnostics, and Recro Pharma.

Wade M. Cooper, DO, FACN, FAHS, is the Medical Director of the University of Michigan Headache and Neuropathic Pain Clinic.  He is an assistant professor with the departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.  He also serves as the fellowship director for the Headache Medicine Fellowship Program.   He completed the Integrative Medicine Faculty Scholar Program at University of Michigan. His areas of interest include interventional treatments for chronic headache and inflammation syndromes related to headache and centralized pain. Dr. Cooper reports that he receives consultant fees and has ownership in Dolor Techologies.

Nancy Cotter, MD, is a graduate of McGill University, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine. She is board- certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Integrative/Holistic Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. She serves as Clinical Champion for the National VA Office of Patient Centered Care, and directs Pain Management and Integrative Care teams for VA NJ. She is part of the VA’s effort to transform sick care to well care. Dr. Cotter reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Beth D. Darnall, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is former President of the Pain Society of Oregon and Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Her NIH-funded research investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, CBT, and the effectiveness of a targeted treatment she developed. She also studies prevention of post-surgical pain and outpatient opioid tapering. She is author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016 and Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014.  She blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.  She has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Forbes, and Scientific American. Dr. Darnall reports that she is the author of two books and is on the scientific advisory board at Axial.


Lynn DeBar
Biography coming soon.


Jill B. Fancher, PhD, is a pain psychologist and self-described pain geek. As Director of Pain Management at Northwest Return to Work, she leads an integrated team of providers. There she specializes in the evaluation and non-opioid treatment of chronic pain for injured workers. She is the developer of the Mastering Pain Method, an integration of evidence-based psychological therapies for chronic pain. Her workbook, Master Your Pain, is a patient-focused guide to develop self-management strategies. Her approach is rooted in the core ideals of the scientific method, utilizes biological rationales, focuses on effective communication, and addresses stigma. Dr. Fancher reports that she is president of Evergreen Behavioral Health, PC and receives royalties from Administrative, Psychological, and Professional Services, LLC.


Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, USA (retired) will open the meeting with a discussion of the value of Integrative Pain Management, which he experienced first-hand after an  Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack  in Iraq cost him both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand . Despite this, Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continued to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination and teamwork. In 2007, Tom Coughlin, New York Giants head coach, asked Col. Gadson to meet with the then-struggling team. Gadson talked to the players about service, teamwork, duty, perseverance and adversity. His message resonated and the New York Giants defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Greg made his silver screen debut in 2012 as a lead actor in the movie Battleship, where he portrayed a war-injured veteran that helped save the world from an alien invasion. In 2015, he completed season one of The Inspectors, a family television series on CBS. Col. Gadson is an entrepreneur and managing partner of Patriot Strategies, LLC, a government services company.


Raouf S. Gharbo, DO, Riverside Hampton Roads Neurosurgical & Spine Specialists. Raouf learned a holistic approach to medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his specialty residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University. Dr. Gharbo is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. As a specialist in physiatry and neurorehabilitation, Dr. Gharbo focuses on maximizing mobility and function after neurologic and orthopedic injuries. He promotes a mindful approach to chronic pain that requires a partnership utilizing recent electrophysiologic advancements. He enjoys speaking to health providers, staff, risk managers and leaders about how to understand the physiology of psychology to improve health, decision-making, performance and culture. This approach has earned him recognition as a regional Top Doc for several years. His substantial research productivity in the application of Autonomic Self-Regulation to management of chronic pain includes peer-reviewed publications, research grant awards, invited oral presentations and webinars, and poster presentations at professional pain scientific meetngs. Dr. Gharbo has authored a chapter for a neuromuscular electrophysiology text and is currently a contributing author with an ongoing study with the University of South Carolina. This large Veterans Administration grant is the first randomized control trial design of heart rate variability biofeedback for chronic pain management. As a college wrestler, he earned All-American status and the school top Scholar-Athlete award at OSU and at present he continues to enjoy supporting OSU wrestling and Christopher Newport University basketball by teaching the physiology of peak performance. Dr. Gharbo reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Jay P. Ginsberg, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist at the Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, SC, where he is an advocate for integrative health and wellness using mind-body treatments for pain and PTSD. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, served as a scientist reviewer of research grant proposals, and edited numerous scientific articles. Along with Ron Gharbo, Jack is co-principal investigator on a VA-funded study of HRV Biofeedback treatment of chronic pain, and also a co-author with Melanie Berry on a published study of the use of HRVB for chronic pain in veterans. Dr. Ginsberg reports that he has nothing disclose.


Stephen F. Grinstead, LMFT, ACRPS, is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Healing Place—Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management facilities in Camarillo, California.  AHP’s “triple diagnosis” specialty program is a new approach to traditional pain management, psychological disorders, and substance use treatment. Dr. Grinstead, an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain, is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System (APM). He has worked with chronic pain management and addiction since 1984 and is author of Managing Pain and Co-Existing Disorders based on the APM™ System, as well as other pain management books. Dr. Grinstead reports that he is Co-fonder and Chief Clinical Officer at A Healing Place – The Estates.


Nadia Linda Hole, MD, is a pioneer in bridging QiGong Energy Medicine, & needle-less Qi acupuncture, with Western Medicine. As a selected master for Secrets of QiGong Masters Summits, consulting editor for the landmark textbook "Chinese Medical QiGong," author of chapters on QiGong for complementary medicine textbooks, and graduate of Princeton,  Duke, & USHS Universities, Dr Hole has served on numerous faculties, including the World Congress  QiGong, International Symposium QiGong, American Holistic Medical Assoc, & American Conf of Energy Psychology. Besides dancing, dolphins, healing in the way of Love, & the practical science of “miracles,” Dr Hole's passion is bringing a more Qi centered, spiritually uplifting  approach to our daily lives, & medicine. Dr. Hole reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Christy Jackson, MD
Biography coming soon.


W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh, Vice-President of the AIPM Board, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, where he maintains a private practice in family and palliative medicine. He is also the Medical Director of Comprehensive Primary Care, and of Methodist Hospice and Palliative Services. Dr. Jackson is the Associate Fellowship Director of Palliative Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is board certified in family practice and hospice and palliative medicine, and is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the treatment of chronic pain. His work has been published in a number of leading academic journals and he is a recipient of numerous teaching honors.


Mark Johnson, PhD, is currently a Licensed Health Psychologist specializing in multi-modal interventions for chronic pain and co-occurring disorders such as sleep, addiction, trauma, and mood disorders. Mark’s research publications focus on clinical topics in neurofeedback/biofeedback, and topics related to chronic pain. Mark’s experience with ameliorating his own chronic pain inspired him to pursue his doctorate in health psychology to better understand the facets of his own rehabilitation, and to better understand how to assist others. Mark’s core training included an interdisciplinary understanding of biopsychosocial factors relevant to health and illness and the applications of this knowledge to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation; emphasis of the integration of biological and behavioral science approaches to the promotion of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, and the identification of etiological and diagnostic correlates of illness and health; and mind/body interaction based on knowledge of the physiological antecedents of illness and health. Mark utilizes evidence-based (as well as evidence-informed) approaches that are supported by the scientist-practitioner model. Dr. Johnson reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Michael Kurisu, DO, is the director of the Osteopathic and Integrative Medicine consult clinics in his private practice as well as at the University of California, San Diego. The internal capacity to heal is at the cornerstone of Dr. Kurisu’s approach to medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and integrative and holistic Medicine. Dr. Kurisu is on faculty on four different medical schools and lectures nationally and internationally on osteopathic and integrative medicine. He has extensive training in osteopathic manual techniques and uses a “hands on” approach to diagnosis and treatment.


Clifford S. Lee, LAc, is a Clinician (Licensed Acupuncturist in California) in the SCU Health System, based in the Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) University Health Center at Whittier, CA. He is also a part-time instructor in the College of Eastern Medicine within SCUHS, teaching acupuncture, herbology, and nutrition courses. Mr. Lee reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Russell Lemmon, DO, is a faculty member with the family medicine residency program for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is board certified in Family Medicine and completed an Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. His scholarly work has focused on using integrative therapies to treat chronic pain. He served as a subject matter expert for pain with the VA Health System’s Whole Health Project, and co-directs a course for the VA entitled “Whole Health for Pain and Suffering”. Dr. Lemmon reports that he has nothing to disclose


Joseph Matthews, DDS, MSc, practices orofacial pain with Southwest Pain Management Associates in Phoenix. In addition he lectures on orofacial pain management at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and critical appraisal of medical literature at the UCLA School of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the Board of Orofacial Pain. His most recent publication is “Sodium hypochlorite-related injury with chronic pain” in the Journal of the American Dental Association. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Orofacial Pain and a member of the American Headache Society. Dr. Matthews reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Roger Mignosa, DO, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, clinical professor of medicine, and exercise physiologist. He has taught at the University of Arizona – Center for Integrative Medicine for since 2011 and is a former All-American Triathlete.


Jeffrey Millegan, MD, MPH, FAPA, CDR MC USN, is currently the Director of the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control, a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at USUHS and a member of the psychiatry faculty at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD).  CDR Millegan founded the NMCSD Mind Body Medicine program as a systematic mechanism to facilitate integration of mind-body self-care skills into the care provided to various patient populations, including chronic pain.  The program has been replicated at other military treatment facilities and operational units and was awarded the 2015 Military Health System Trailblazer Award. Dr. Millegan reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Melissa A. Nagare, DC, LAc, received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. She graduated summa cum laude from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and College of Eastern Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU).  Following graduation, she practiced at a large, multidisciplinary clinic, and was also employed as an SCU faculty member. In 2012, Dr. Nagare was appointed SCU's Chief Clinical Officer and Director of the University Health Center.  She is presently serving as Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President of SCU Health System. Dr. Nagare has served as a Director on the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP) since 2015.  Her research interests include integrative health delivery models for spine related disorders and use of integrative medicine approaches for improving healthcare costs and outcomes. Dr. Nagare reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran, PhD, MBBS is a neuroscientist known primarily for his work in the fields of behavioral neurology and visual psychophysics. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Program in Neurosciences at theUniversity of California, San Diego. In 2011, Time magazine named Dr. Ramachandran one of the100 most influential people in the world. Thomas Insel said, “Once described as the Marco Polo of neuroscience, V.S. Ramachandran has mapped some of the most mysterious regions of the mind. He has studied visual perception and a range of conditions, from synesthesia (in which viewing black-and-white figures evokes the perception of color) to autism. But Ramachandran, is best known for developing mirror-box therapy for phantom-limb pain. With his simple, creative and innovative ideas, V.S. Ramachandran is changing how our brains think about our minds.” Ramachandran is the author of several books: Phantoms in the Brain(1998), A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness (2004, andThe Tell-Tale Brain(2010).


Sonia Ramamoorthy
Biography coming soon.

Duren Michael Ready, MD, FAHS,
is a graduate of the Texas Tech College of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at the Brazos Family Medicine Residency. He is the program director of the Central Texas Headache Fellowship at Baylor Scott & White.   He is board certified in family medicine, certified in headache medicine by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialities, a fellow in the American Headache Society, and an advanced diplomate in the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Ready was also the recipient of the 2014 National Headache Foundation Lectureship Award.  His book Discussing Migraine with Your Patients: a common sense guide for clinicians has recently been published by Springer. Dr. Ready reports that he receives consulting fees from Alder, Amgen, and Allergan and non-cme speaker fees from Avanir.


Robb Russell, DC, is a graduate of San Diego State University and a Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, the latter being a component college of Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). He practiced privately from 1982 until coming to Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) in 2012. He is Assistant Vice President, SCU Health System and Clinical Chief of Staff with administrative oversight of Family and Lifestyle Medicine, Sports Medicine, Fitness & Human Performance, Diagnostic Imaging and Spine Care. He holds an appointment as an attending doctor within PM&R for the chiropractic residency program at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles. Dr. Russell reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Jill Schneiderhan, MD, ABIHM,
is a Clinical Lecturer for the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan.  She is board certified in Family Medicine as well as the American Board of Integrative Medicine and Health.  She has been focused on educational endeavors focused around the treatment of chronic pain in primary care emphasizing non-pharmacological strategies and communicating with patients with chronic pain. Dr. Schneiderhan reports that she has nothing to disclose.

Howard Schubiner, MD, is an internist and director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI and a Clinical Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He has authored more than 100 publications in scientific journals and books and lectures regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Mental Health. He is a published author as well as a senior teacher of mindfulness meditation. Dr. Schubiner reports that he owner of Mind Body Publishing.


C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD
Biography coming soon. Dr. Shealy reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Michael Sullivan, PT, is the Director of Physical Therapy at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas.  He manages the Functional Restoration Program teams including physicians, physical therapists, cognitive behavioral therapists, marriage and family therapists, wellness instructors, nutritionists and personal trainers delivering integrated care to people suffering from chronic pain. He received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Duke University and went on to work in a private practice setting rehabilitating orthopedic disorders with a focus on helping people injured on the job return to active lifestyles.  Having recognized that physical therapy, provided within the framework of a traditional biomedical model, was not sufficient to meet the health care needs of many; he began working with an interdisciplinary chronic pain program and embraced a biopsychosocial approach to the treatment of chronic pain. He believes strongly that education, exercise and the development of a wide range of self-management skills are the key to living well with pain.   Mr. Sullivan reports that he has nothing to disclose


Forest Tennant, MD, Dr.PH, is an internal medicine and public health physician who has specialized in pain management and investigated the role of hormones in pain care. Dr. Tennant started his pain clinic in 1975 and originally it focused on treating the pain of cancer and post-polio. He has authored more than 300 scientific articles and books, and currently serves as editor emeritus of Practical Pain Management. He has formerly served as a Medical Officer in the US Army and US Public Health Service and in the past he has been a consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Drug Enforcement Administration, LA Dodgers, National Football League, and NASCAR. He has authored a handbook for pain patients called The Intractable Pain Patient’s Handbook for Survival. Dr. Tennant reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Mark Wallace, MD, is currently a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Chair, Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, UCSD School of Medicine. He is the Director, Division of Clinical Research in the UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute (CTRI) and sub-investigator for the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, American Pain Society Center of Excellence Award, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Wallace has authored and co-authored more than 270 articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters concerning pain research and management. Dr. Wallace reports that he received honorarium from SEmnur, Fleming Pharmaceuticals, Daiichi Sankyo, Zynerba, Boston Scientific, Vertex, Spinal Modulations, and Jazz Pharamceuticals.

James M. Whedon, DC, MS, is Director of Health Services Research at Southern California University of Health Sciences and instructor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He holds a DC degree from Logan College and an MS from Dartmouth College. He has published 28 peer reviewed papers. He is advisor to the Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim, co-chair of the research working group of The Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, charter member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, and recipient of the Jerome F. McAndrews DC Memorial Research Fund Award from NCMIC Foundation. Dr. Whedon reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN/CNS, ACHPN, RN-BC, is Clinical Nurse Specialist with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH) Palliative Care Service and Pain Management Team and Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She is certified in pain management and as an advanced practice hospice and palliative care nurse. She facilitates the CRMH Pain Committee and provides the Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) training. Dr. Whitehead has published and presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on pain and symptom management, moral distress, and patients’ end of life preferences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She chairs the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Opioid Task Force. Dr. Whitehead reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, is President of the Virtual Reality Medical Center (VRMC); Licensed Clinical Psychologist with the California Board of Psychology and the Belgian Commission des Psychologues; doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology and Board Certified in both Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. Medical Staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla; CEO of the Interactive Media Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit, Clinical Instructor, Dept of Psychiatry, UCSD; Visiting Professor, Catholic University in Milan; Editor in Chief of CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking Journal; founder of international CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference; over 300 scientific publicantons and 18 books; has conducted over 10,0000 sessions in VR. Dr. Wiederhold reports that she is President of Virtual Reality Medical Center and CEO of Interactive Media Institute.


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