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The World's Only Certificate Program in Nutritional Pain Management (CNPM)

Prove your knowledge about how food, diet and supplements can help manage pain.

Chaired by Robert Bonakdar, MD, FACN, and Nancy, Cotter, MD, FACN, CNS, this six-hour workshop course overing the importance of food as a pain management intervention. It will present research and case studies about how food can be used as a pain management intervention, including the evidence behind an anti-inflammatory diet and elimination diet.

The program will include a discussion of where to start the conversation with patients about using diet and supplements to treat pain, and the five components necessary in a diet for those in pain. Evidence and case studies will show participants how to incorporate this vital intervention into their practices. Interventions include:

  • Initiating a specialized diet in specific pain conditions
  • Antiinflammatory diet
  • Elimination diet: when and how: FODMAPs, specific carbohydrate diet, etc.
  • Role of herbal supplements (curcumin, boswellia, ginger, etc.) in pain management
  • Role of non-herbal dietary supplements (omega-3s, CoQ10, B-vitamins, probiotics, etc.) in pain management

The faculty will discuss nutrition and supplements for common conditions, including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine/headache
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic low back and musculoskeletal pain
  • Obesity

By successfully completing a survey and post-test after the program, you will earn a certificate attesting to your mastery of the content of this innovative program. You can also earn up to 13.75 CME!

2019 dates for the next certificate program to be announced.




Robert Bonakdar, MD, FACN, is an AIPM past president, the 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.



Nancy Cotter, MD, FACN, CNS 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.