2020 Pain Society
of Alberta Conference
Friday October 16 - Sunday October 18, 2020
This pivot from an in-person to virtual event could not have been possible without the cooperation of our Planning Committee, Board of Directors, and Jeff Allen Productions and their dedicated crew.
To our Presenters, we thank you for sharing your expertise, time and for inspiring us to challenge ourselves and to translate that knowledge into our practices and lives.
To all of you who joined us for our conference and took time away from your schedules, we could not move forward without your support and commitment to attend.
For people with lived experiences, your strength, resilience and powerful stories are inspiring. We are ALL stronger together as we continue to work together to support better pain care.
On behalf of the Pain Society of Alberta’s Planning Committee and Board of Directors, we are so grateful for you joining us for our 14th Annual Conference.
We recognize the significant contributions made by Claudine Adlington of Alberta Talks Pain. Congratulations on winning our 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧 award for her advocacy work and improvement of the lives of people and their families facing pain.
Our 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 award is Given to a Health Care Provider that exemplifies excellence in their clinical or academic practices. Congratulations
Dr. Andrea Furlan on her positive impact towards patient care and delivery.
Opening Our Conference
Dr. Ted Braun
Vice President and Medical Director, Clinical Operations for Alberta Health Services.
Metis Elder of Cree Heritage
2020 Distinguished Speakers
Advocate and Founder of Alberta Talks Pain.
Dr. Samina Ali
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta.
Dr. Werner Becker
Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurology, University of Calgary Founder of the Calgary Headache Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP).
Chief Executive Officer, Pain Australia.
Dr. Katie Birnie
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Calgary
Assistant Scientific Director, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP)
Psychologist, Alberta Children’s Hospital
Dr. Norm Buckley
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesia, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University.
Dr. Fiona Campbell
Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Past President, Canadian Pain Society, Co-Chair Canadian Pain Task Force.
Person with lived experience. First year of medical school University of Alberta. Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Hance Clarke
Director, Transitional Pain Program, Toronto General Hospital.
Social Worker, Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic, Mosaic Primary Care Network, Calgary.
Dr. Lara Cooke
Director, Calgary Headache Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP), Alberta Health Services.
Dr. David Dodick
Professor of Neurology, Director of the Headache and Concussion Programs at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Dr. Norman Doidge
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Researcher, and author of The Brain That Changes Itself, and The Brain’s Way of Healing.
Peer Clinical Advisor, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.
Advocate and Founder of Help Alberta’s Pain.
Dr. Michael Gold
President, United States Association for the Study of Pain (US ASP).
Executive Director, PainBC and Co-Chair Canadian Pain Task Force.
Dr. Stefan Kertesz
Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama.
Certified Music Therapist, Tertiary Palliative Care, Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Edmonton.
Dr. Michael Knash
Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Neurology, University of Alberta.
Dr. Jaeun Macen
Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner, Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Jessica Merlin
Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Director of the Challenges in Managing and Preventing Pain (CHAMPP) clinical research center, University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Melanie Noel
Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Director of the Alberta Children's Pain Research Lab.
Dr. Tara Packham
Occupational Therapist, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Sciences at McMaster University.
Dr. John Pereira
Immediate Past President, Pain Society of Alberta, and
President-Elect of the Canadian Pain Society.
Physiotherapist, Yoga Therapist, Author, Educator.
Dr. Maitreyi Raman
Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Director Alberta’s Collaboration of Excellence for Nutrition and Digestive Diseases.
Dr. Nivez Rasic
Medical Director, Vi Riddell Pain Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Launette Rieb
Addiction Medicine Specialist and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia.
Dr. Tasha Stanton
Associate Professor in Clinical Pain Neuroscience, University of Southern Australia.
Dr. Mick Sullivan
Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health, McGill University.
Dr. Rob Tanguay
President, Pain Society of Alberta, and Co-Chair, Alberta Pain Strategy.
Physiotherapist, Narrative Medicine Scholar, Pain Educator.
Dr. Susan Tupper
Strategy Consultant, Saskatchewan Pain Quality Improvement and Research.
Chief Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks and Co-Chair, Alberta Pain Strategy.
Person with lived experience.