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On October 19-22, 2017, hundreds of pain professionals from across multiple disciplines gathered for our 28th Annual Meeting and the first-ever Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress. We heard from many of the most innovative leaders in pain care, and our attendees said it was our best conference ever! Several people also noticed a common throughout the presentations: Communication, education, empathy, empowerment and collaboration.

Look for a full recap of the Meeting in our next issue of The Pain Practitioner. In the meantime.
Get the highlights here.


2017 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 & 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, of 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 to 2016, he 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,
is a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego, and practices family medicine and sports medicine at UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital. He is the associate director of primary care sports medicine at UCSD and his specialty includes musculoskeletal ultrasound. He is a team physician for the San Diego Padres, San Diego Sockers, UCSD athletics, and the Olympic training center in San Diego. This summer, he competed with the United States Medical Soccer Team in the World Medical Football Championship in Austria. Dr. Achar reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Farshad Ahadian, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for a broad range of pain conditions. His areas of expertise and interest include minimally invasive treatments for neurogenic claudication from lumbar spinal stenosis and lumbar discogenic pain; neurostimulation (including spinal cord and peripheral nerve field stimulation); interventional therapies for the head and neck region; spinal diagnostics and therapeutics; diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for joint pain; integrative medicine and medical acupuncture. Since 2006, Dr. Ahadian has been medical director of UC San Diego Health’s Center for Pain Medicine. In part because of his medical leadership, the Center for Pain Medicine was named a Clinical Center of Excellence in Pain Management in 2010 and 2014 by the American Pain Society. Dr. Ahadian is also a professor of anesthesiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Ahadian reports that he receives research support from Boston Scientific and Mainstay Medical.


Donna D. Alderman, DO, is an osteopathic physician and an expert in musculoskeletal and orthopedic regenerative medicine. She is a graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California, and is board certified in prolotherapy and 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 nonsurgical treatments for chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and sports injuries. She has practiced prolotherapy since 1996 and is a frequent lecturer for multiple physician educational organizations and colleges. Dr. Alderman is medical director of the Hemwall Centers 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 an editor of the textbook Raj’s Practical Management of Pain, fifth edition. He is the co-author of Defeat Chronic Pain Now, a book for people with chronic pain. He is co-editor of the third edition of Pain Management Secrets.  Dr. Argoff reports that he receives consulting fees from Pfizer, Nektar, Depomed, Salix, Daiichi Sankyo, Grunenthal, and Quest; receives honoraria from Allergan, Depomed, AstraZeneca, Daiichi Sankyo, BDSI, Collegium, and Avanir; is a stockholder of Pfizer and Depomed; and receives royalties from Elsevier.

Aubrey Berry, BS, ABT CP-TLP, CES, CHP,
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 of science degree 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 certification in microcurrent electrotherapy. She is working on her BCIA board certification in biofeedback and pursuing certification in the Othmer method of neurofeedback, as well as advanced qEEG brain map acquisitions and analysis, and the hemodynamic method of neurofeedback. Ms. Berry reports that she has nothing to disclose.

Melanie E. Berry, MS, BCB, OMC, FAIS,
is the clinical director at Carolinas Biofeedback Clinic. She is a board certified fellow in biofeedback (BCIA), has diplomate status in the American Neurotherapy Association, and is a Fellow in the American Institute of Stress. In addition to her master’s degree in psychology, she has further specialized 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. She has been a guest instructor to doctoral neuroscience students at the University of South Carolina Medical School, presented multiple poster sessions on her biofeedback research at the annual conferences of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and has been a frequent lecturer at associations dedicated to comprehensive solutions for chronic pain.  Ms. Berry reports that she has nothing to disclose.

Don H. Bivins, MD,
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 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 neuroanatomy. Dr. Bivins reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Jen Bolen, JD,
is an attorney who dedicates her practice to issues concerning pain management practices, substance use disorder treatment facilities, and clinical laboratories. She is a former federal prosecutor and consults with attorneys nationwide on state board and federal civil and criminal cases involving health care fraud and inappropriate prescribing. Ms. Bolen reports that she receives consulting fees from Alere, Inc., and MTL Solutions, LLC.


Robert Bonakdar, MD, FACN, 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 therapiesDr. Bonakdar reports that he receives royalties from Lippincott, Oxford University Press; advisory board fees from Elsevier; consultant fees from Thorne, Metagenics, and American Specialty Health.


Kim Brower, MHA, is a program manager for development at Ochsner Health System—Telemedicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She previously served as director of integrative medicine for Mercy Health System and held the position of administrator at the Shealy Institute in Springfield, Missouri. Kim has more than 20 years’ experience, as a practitioner and an operational leader in the use of integrative medicine modalities within several clinical specialties 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 a member of the San Diego County Medical Society and serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee at UCSD. Dr. Cederquist 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,
is the founder and medical director of Integrative Insomnia and Sleep Health Center in San Diego, California. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is board certified in sleep medicine and neurology. Dr. Cetel has been practicing sleep medicine since completing a sleep medicine fellowship at Stanford in 1991. She has studied integrative and holistic health modalities and is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Cetel reports that she has nothing to disclose.

Denee Choice, MD,
is the vice president and medical director of physical medicine for American Specialty Health (ASH). Dr. Choice leads the clinical quality evaluation program for rehabilitation services, and clinical content, training, and quality processes for ASH’s musculoskeletal health and pain management programs. She is a former medical director of pain management in the VHA in Ohio, and clinical assistant professor of pain management at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Choice holds a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from The Ohio State University and a doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Ohio. She is board certified in physical medicine & rehabilitation and pain medicine. Dr. Choice reports that she is a salaried employee of American Specialty Health.

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 consultant fees from GlaxoSmithKline.

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 Technologies.

Nancy Cotter, MD, FACN, 
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,
is a 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, PhD, MPH, is a clinical health psychologist whose research has focused on implementing and evaluating non pharmacotherapy options for chronic pain management especially those that can be integrated into primary care settings or are otherwise accessible in everyday settings. Patients’ experiences and outcomes associated with integrative medicine approaches (including acupuncture, chiropractic care, yoga, and therapies incorporating mindfulness based approaches) are a primary focus of Dr. DeBar’s work. Dr. DeBar received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University and is a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington. Dr. DeBar reports that she has nothing to disclose.


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 and 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.

US Army Col. (Ret) Gregory D. Gadson,
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 who 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. Col. Gadson reports that he is owner of Patriot Strategies, LLC.


Raouf S. Gharbo, DO, is a clinical faculty member at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a neurorehabilitation specialist at Riverside Neurosurgery, Williamsburg and Newport News, Virginia. Dr. Gharbo learned an integrative approach to medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his specialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Ohio State University. In addition to neurorehabilitation, Dr. Gharbo’s practice includes pain management and neuromuscular electrophysiology.. Dr. Gharbo has authored a chapter in an electrophysiology text. He is an investigator on the first randomized controlled trial design of HRV biofeedback for chronic pain management.  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, South Carolina, 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 Raouf Gharbo, DO, Dr. Ginsberg is co-principal investigator on a VA-funded study of heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB) treatment of chronic pain, and also a co-author with Melanie Berry, MS, on a published study of the use of HRVB for chronic pain in veterans. Dr. Ginsberg reports that he has nothing disclose.

Mary Greene, MD, MPH, MBA, is director of the Governance Management Group, CMS, Center for Program Integrity and leads CPI-wide strategy development, priority setting, policy development, and performance management. She oversees key governance and operational functions including the CMS-wide Program Integrity Board. She leads cross-agency collaborations to curb opioids misuse, reduce improper payments, and address program vulnerabilities. She drives improvements in Medicaid program integrity through state partnerships, technical assistance, and the Medicaid Integrity Institute training program. Prior to CMS, Dr. Greene led strategy and operational support projects to stand up new programs, improve operational efficiencies, build collaborations and foster professional development. Dr. Greene, a pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, completed her medical education at the Yale School of Medicine, clinical training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Masters in Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health, and Masters in Business Administration at Loyola College in Maryland. Dr. Greene reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Stephen F. Grinstead, LMFT, ACRPS, is the co-founder and chief clinical officer of A Healing Place (AHP), 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-founder and chief clinical officer at A Healing Place—The Estates.


Howard Heit, MD, FACP, FASAM, is board certified in internal medicine (diplomat) and gastroenterology (diplomat), Dr. Heit is also certified in addiction medicine (diplomat) by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and is certified as a medical review officer (MRO). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Heit was instrumental in forming the Liaison Committee on Pain and Addiction of the ASAM, the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), and the American Pain Society (APS). Dr. Heit is the recipient of the Marie Nyswander Award given by International Pain and Chemical Dependency Conference to an individual who has helped to further communication between pain and addiction medicine. He was also the recipient of Clinical Pain Educator of the Year Award by the American Society of Pain Educators. Among his many publications, Dr. Heit was co-section coordinator, author and an editor on “Pain Management and Addiction Medicine” for ASAM’s textbook Principles of Addiction Medicine, Second and Third Edition and co-authored two chapters in Bonica’s Management of Pain-Fourth and 5th Edition (in press). He has lectured and published extensively on the interface of pain and addiction medicine. Dr. Heit reports that he has nothing to disclose.


Nadia Linda Hole, MD, is a pioneer in bridging QiGong energy medicine and needleless 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, and USHS universities, Dr. Hole has served on numerous faculties, including the World Congress on QiGong, International Symposium QiGong, American Holistic Medical Association, and Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. Besides dancing, dolphins, healing in the way of love, and the practical science of “miracles,” Dr. Hole’s passion is bringing a more Qi-centered, spiritually uplifting approach to our daily lives and medicine. Dr. Hole reports that she has nothing to disclose.


Christy Jackson, MD, is a neurologist with expertise in headache and facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia, cervical pain, cluster headaches, muscle contraction headaches and chronic migraines in children, adolescents and adults. She also provides therapeutic injections for headaches, including nerve blocks. Dr. Jackson believes the best doctor-patient relationships are partnerships. She likes to work together with her patients to formulate individualized treatment plans based on thorough diagnostic evaluations. As director of the Dalessio Headache Center at Scripps Clinic, she is committed to providing each patient with care that is tailored to their lifestyle. She also believes that effective treatment is a collaborative effort and works with various departments at Scripps for a well-rounded approach to patient care. Throughout her career, she has been honored with multiple awards including being named as one of the “Best Doctors in America” by US News and World Report. Dr. Jackson reporst that she receives consultant fees from Depomed and Avanir.


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, 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. Dr. Jackson reports that he has investments in Aspire Healthcare.


Mark Johnson, PhD, is a licensed health psychologist specializing in multimodal interventions for chronic pain and co-occurring disorders such as sleep, addiction, trauma, and mood disorders. Dr. Johnson’s research publications focus on clinical topics in neurofeedback/biofeedback, and topics related to chronic pain. His 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. His 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. Dr. Johnson 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.
Dr. Kurisu reports that he has nothing to disclose.

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, California. 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 titled “Whole Health for Pain and Suffering.” Dr. Lemmon reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Lance Luria, MD, FACP, ABOIM,
is chief medical officer of Mercy Care Management, part of Mercy Health, the nation's fifth largest Catholic Healthcare system, in Springfield, Missouri. In his various roles with Mercy, Dr. Luria oversaw strategic and operational elements for the Health and Wellness program for Mercy's 43 hospitals, 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, and over 40,000 employees in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. He also led Mercy's integrative medicine department to substantial cost savings over conventional alternatives for chronic pain patients. As chief medical officer for care management, he successfully integrated both health and wellness and integrative medicine concepts within Mercy’s care management and utilization strategies. Dr. Luria has spoken at many national conferences and contributed articles and chapters in a number of books and publications. Dr. Luria is board certified in internal medicine, specialized in geriatrics, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is board certified in integrative medicine by the American Board of Physician Specialties, having completed a fellowship from the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, under the chairmanship of Andrew Weil, MD. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He is currently president of the Institute for Integrative Pain Management, a 5O1(c)(3) organization. Dr. Luria reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Joseph Matthews, DDS, MSc,
practices orofacial pain management 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.


R. Douglas Metz, DC, is EVP & Chief Health Services Officer at American Specialty Health (ASH). He is a graduate of National College of Chiropractic and an actively licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in 6-states.  Dr. Metz has served in a senior clinical management role at ASH for more than 22-years where he is responsible for clinical affairs and health policy; leading a multi-disciplinary team of 95 clinicians.   Prior to ASH, he served as a Medical Director for Aetna Health Plans. He won URAC Best Practices in Consumer Protection award in 2008 for a QI initiative to reduce frequency of plain-film x-ray imaging. Dr. Metz received the 2011 San Diego Business Journal “Health Care Champion” award for research and innovation.  He served on URAC Health Standards Committee for 18-years and Chairman for 6-years.  He has been a co-author on articles published in various journals including: Health Affairs, Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American Journal of Health Promotion, Chiropractic & Osteopathy. Dr. Metz reports that he is a salaried employee of American Specialty Health.

Roger Mignosa, DO,
is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, clinical professor of medicine, and exercise physiologist. He practices at the University California, San Diego and Osteopathic Center San Diego. He teaches at numerous medical schools including the University of Arizona, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Prior to medical school Dr. Mignosa served as a Rotary Goodwill Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he studied clinical exercise science and he led an exercise physiology practice in Orange County, California. Dr. Mignosa has lectured at both national and international medical conferences in the fields of pain, rehabilitation, exercise science, and mental health. Dr. Mignosa reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Jeffrey Millegan, MD, MPH, FAPA, CDR MC USN,
is 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).  Dr. 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 (CCO) and director of the University Health Center. She is currently serves as CCO 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 health care costs and outcomes. Dr. Nagare reports that she has nothing to disclose.

Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, PhD, MBBS,
is director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, and adjunct professor of biology at the Salk Institute. He initially trained as a physician (MBBS) at Stanley Medical College, Madras, India, and subsequently obtained a doctorate from Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, an honorary FRCP, London (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians), and two honorary doctorates (DSc). He is best known for his experiments in behavioral neurology, which have strongly influenced the way we think about the brain. He has been called “The Marco Polo of neuroscience” by Richard Dawkins and “The modern Paul Broca” by Eric Kandel. He was awarded the Henry Dale Medal and elected a fellow by the Royal Institution of London. His other honors and awards include fellowships from All Souls College, Oxford, the Presidential Lecture Award from the American Academy of Neurology, and , the annual Ramon Y. Cajal award from the International Neuropsychiatry Society. He gave the BBC Reith lectures and the Gifford Lectures in Glasgow in 2012. The President of India conferred on him the second highest civilian award and honorific title in India, the Padma Bhushan. And TIME magazine named him on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Ramachandran reports that he has nothing to disclose.

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 Health. 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 Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Dr. Ready was 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.

Chuck Renner, OTR, CHT,
is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. He has been in private practice for 30 years and has a special interest in chronic pain and has been specializing in its treatment, from a therapeutic frame of reference, for the past several years. His deep interest in martial arts and movement-based systems combined with alternative forms of manual therapy give him a unique perspective in his approach to treating the chronic pain patient. Mr. Renner reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Robb Russell, DC,
is a graduate of San Diego State University and the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, a component college of Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). He practiced privately from 1982 until coming to 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 and human performance, diagnostic imaging, and spine care. He holds an appointment as an attending doctor within physical medicine and rehabilitation for the chiropractic residency program at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles. Dr. Russell reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Jay Sandweiss, DO, C-NMM/OMM, FAAMA,
has maintained a wellness-oriented osteopathic medical practice since 1989. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Association in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He is also board certified in medical acupuncture by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Sandweiss has also been teaching health-related courses to medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, registered nurses, and other health professionals since 1979. He has taught nationally and internationally for the American Back Society and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is also a fellow and board member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Sandweiss 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 and integrative and holistic medicine. Her educational endeavors are 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, Michigan, 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 of 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.

Jurgen Schulze, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist at UCSD's Qualcomm Institute, and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the computer science department, where he teaches computer graphics and virtual reality. His research interests include applications for virtual and augmented reality systems, 3D human-computer interaction, and medical data visualization. He holds an M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. After his graduation he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department at Brown University working onreal-time volume rendering in virtual reality. Dr. Schulze reports that he has nothing to disclose

C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD,
is a neurosurgeon and one of the world’s leading experts in stress and pain management. A true innovator in the field, Dr. Shealy holds 10 patents for ground-breaking discoveries, and has published more than 300 articles and 25 books. As one of the first physicians to specialize in this discipline, he founded the Shealy Institute in 1971, a center for therapy and research of chronic pain. The center was the first comprehensive, holistic clinic in the country for the management of depression, migraine, fibromyalgia, and back pain, resulting in numerous pioneering treatments. Demonstrating the success of a comprehensive, holistic approach to almost all illnesses, Dr. Shealy has helped to bridge the gap between holistic medicine and traditional Western medicine to allow individuals to take responsibility for their own health. 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 master’s 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.

Bob Twillman, PhD,
is the executive director for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. In that capacity, Dr. Twillman is responsible for overseeing federal and state pain policy developments and advocating for those supporting an integrative approach to managing pain. He also serves as chair of the Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Committee for the Kansas Board of Pharmacy.  Dr. Twillman received his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles, and maintains a volunteer faculty appointment as clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Twillman was a full-time faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he founded and directed the inpatient pain management program and was a co-founder of the hospital’s Palliative Care Team.  He has been actively involved in pain policy through his work with the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives and the American Pain Society for many years. Dr. Twillman reports that he has nothing to disclose.

Mark Wallace, MD,
is currently a professor of clinical anesthesiology and chair of the Division of Pain Medicine in the department of Anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. He is the director of the 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 honoraria from Semnur, Fleming Pharmaceuticals, Daiichi Sankyo, Zynerba, Boston Scientific, Vertex, Spinal Modulations, and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

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), a licensed clinical psychologist with the California Board of Psychology and the Belgian Commission des Psychologues, holds a doctorate in clinical health psychology, and is board certified in both biofeedback and neurofeedback. She is on the medical staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla; CEO of the Interactive Media Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry, UCSD; visiting professor, Catholic University in Milan; editor in chief of CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking journal; founder of the international CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference; has over 300 scientific publications and 18 books; and 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.