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The Alberta Pain Education Collaborative (APEC)

A grassroots arm supporting pain professionals with virtual, and in-person events that share locally relevant education and collaborative approaches to patient care.

Bringing together experienced, multidisciplinary speakers to empower you with pain management strategies, treatments and tools in Lethbridge, AB.

Know Pain Know Gain: Collaborative Care in Chronic Pain

Friday May 24, 2024

1300 - 1615h

Chronic Pain Connections - Public Event

Friday May 24, 2024

1900 - 2100h

Meet Our Panelists

Penny Kowalchuk

Person with Lived Experience of Pain


Maureen Fowler

More information incoming


Suzanne Buchanan

MN, NP with Blood Tribe Health Corp


Dr Carlos Malpica-Vera

Family Physician


Drake McCheyne

RN, Alberta Health Services


Amanda Sowiak

More information incoming

Jignesh Desai

Pharmacist


Trevor Sakatch

Kinesiologist, Alberta Health Services


Nicole Quinlan

Kinesiologist, Alberta Health Services


Shana Wandler

Recreational Therapist, Alberta Health Services


Koji Duncan

CO(c), MSc (RS), Adaptive Technologies


Julie Swanson

Better Choices, Better Health

Diane Roylance

Chair of APEC and Moderator

Diane is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists and has practiced physiotherapy for 29 years primarily in the areas of orthopedics and complex pain. She is passionate about helping people move whether an elite athlete or a reluctant mover. Diane’s practice areas include private practice and interdisciplinary care. She helps educate other health care providers and students on chronic pain, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia to name a few, through lectures, workshops, curriculum development and in clinic mentorship. Diane loves moving and is happiest when skiing, biking, climbing, swimming, meditating…with her loved ones.

Penny Kowalchuk

Person with Lived Experience of Pain

I love being able to reduce the suffering in people with lived experience. Additionally, I believe in the power of strong communities and Pain AB gathers passionate healthcare professionals in pain management.

Suzanne Buchanan

MN, NP, Blood Tribe Department of Health Inc.

I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta so I can provide the patient experience. I have dealt with chronic pain for more than three (3) decades.

Dr. Carlos Malpica-Vera

Family Physician

I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta as part of my evolution in helping improve the lives of those in pain. It is a privilege to be part of such a special group of kind, smart, hard working people.

Amanda Sowiak

Wound Care Specialist & Educator, Blood Tribe Department of Health Inc.

Right out of grad school I worked in an interdisciplinary pain program and saw first hand both the suffering and the success people living with pain can experience. Over my career I have heard how challenging the population is and seen how often they can be written off by professionals. This made me want to work with people living with pain more not less! I got into this work to see people function and thrive, often by helping them reconnect to their purpose. Helping people living with pain find their 'why' IS my 'why'.

Jignesh Desai

Pharmacist

As a nurse for over 30 years my passion is helping people. As the Pain Society of Alberta is pivotal in educating and supporting people living with pain, my involvement with PainAB allows me to fulfill my passion.

Trevor Sakatch

Kinesiologist, Alberta Health Services

As a chronic pain physician in Alberta, while I continue to advocate for my patients at the bedside, it is imperative that I continue to be a part of the education and management of pain for many others who continue to live with pain. The Pain Society of Alberta enables this outreach, and education amongst pain providers and peopl with lived experience.

Shana Wandler

Recreational Therapist, Alberta Health Services

Working with The Pain Society of Alberta gives me opportunities to work with some of the most vulnerable in our society. Additionally it creates excellent educational opportunties to share with allied health proffessionals.

Koji Duncan

Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist, Adaptive Technologies

My 'why' is coming!

Susan Conn Conard

Social Worker, Addictions and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services

My 'why' is coming!

Tracy Kwasny

Dietitian, Alberta Health Services

My 'why' is coming!

Drake Mc Cheyne

RN, Alberta Health Services

My 'why' is coming!

Martha Butler

Occupational Therapist, Meaningful Life OT

My 'why' is coming!

Rory McMullin

Physiotherapist Therapist, Alberta Health Services

My 'why' is coming!

Aingeal O'Mahony-Guyn

Physiotherapist Therapist

My 'why' is coming!

May 24, 2024 | 1300 - 1615h

Know Pain Know Gain: Collaborative Care in Chronic Pain

Registration for AHS and Primary Care Network Physicians and Allied Healthcare Providers is funded through the generosity of the South Zone Primary Care Network Committee. Register for free prior to May 21, 2024.

We welcome physicians and healthcare providers from private clinics.  Please purchase a ticket from our registration portal.  

Who should attend? Any provider treating chronic pain including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, chiropractors, kinesiologists, and recreational therapists.

Interdisciplinary round table problem solving on complex chronic low back pain

Meet Our Panelists

Penny Kowalchuk

Person with Lived Experience of Pain


Maureen Fowler

More information incoming


Suzanne Buchanan

MN, NP with Blood Tribe Health Corp


Dr Carlos Malpica-Vera

Family Physician


Drake McCheyne

RN, Alberta Health Services


Amanda Sowiak

More information incoming

Jignesh Desai

Pharmacist


Trevor Sakatch

Kinesiologist, Alberta Health Services


Nicole Quinlan

Kinesiologist, Alberta Health Services


Shana Wandler

Recreational Therapist, Alberta Health Services


Koji Duncan

CO(c), MSc (RS), Adaptive Technologies


Julie Swanson

Better Choices, Better Health

May 24, 2024 | 1900 - 2100h

Chronic Pain Connections

 Registration is by donation!*

* Thank you for your support to enable us to continue to provide educational opportunities for healthcare providers and people with lived experience. The Pain Society of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization and not a registered charity as specified by the Canada Revenue Agency.  As such, no tax receipt will be issued.

If you live with chronic pain, join us for a great opportunity to learn more about the science behind the pain, discuss the many complexities of pain, and resources in your community.

Diane Roylance

PT BSc (Zool), BScPT, FCAMPT, Certified GunnIMS

Diane is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists and has practiced physiotherapy for 29 years primarily in the areas of orthopedics and complex pain. She is passionate about helping people move whether an elite athlete or a reluctant mover. Diane’s practice areas include private practice and interdisciplinary care. She helps educate other health care providers and students on chronic pain, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia to name a few, through lectures, workshops, curriculum development and in clinic mentorship. Diane loves moving and is happiest when skiing, biking, climbing, swimming, meditating…with her loved ones.

Suzanne Buchanan

MN, NP

Suzanne Buchanan works at the Blood Tribe Department of Health Inc., as the Director of the Lethbridge Wellness Shelter and Stabilization Unit and Manager of Nurse Practitioner Services. She graduated from the University of Alberta, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a registered nurse in the emergency room, medical surgical and day surgery areas before going to practice remote outpost nursing in the high Arctic settlement of Arctic Bay Nunavut. She fell in love with northern nursing and had the privilege to travel to many communities in Nunavut before heading closer to home and working in the Northwest Territories. Suzanne completed her Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner in 2023 and decided to focus her nursing practice in southern Alberta with the Blood Tribe Department of Health Inc. When she isn;t working, Suzanne enjoys travelling, writing, film, sports, crafts, cooking, and music.  Suzanne feels very fortunate to work with Indigenous populations and she loves to try and learn the language and culture of all peoples through her work and when she travels. With her passion for learning and sharing knowledge, Suzanne aspires to shed light on Indigenous focused health care concepts and seeks to bridge the gap in health inequity and promote well-being for those accessing medical services.  Thank-you to all who desire to learn, teach others and carry knowledge.

Penny Kowalchuk

Person with Lived Experience

After working as an executive assistant and in marketing and communications for over a decade, Penny had to stop due to symptoms of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Since then, she has cared for family members with similar conditions and has volunteered as a patient advocate and as South Zone Representative for Help Alberta’s Pain, providing advocacy, support, and education for better treatment of chronic pain.

Dr. Magali Robert

More details incoming

Dr. Robert is a Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is the Medical Director of the Calgary Chronic Pain Program and the Medical Lead of the Alberta Virtual Pain Program. Magali is the Chair of the Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Disorders Committee of FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics).

Dr. Flo Slomp

More details incoming

Flo earned her PhD in Medicine from the University of Alberta. She is the Clinical Director of FJS Rehabilitation Consulting, Inc. offering diverse services for people suffering from pain. In 2023 she was a Chronic Pain Mentor for the Alberta College of Family Physicians where she mentored Physicians struggling to find treatment options for their patients with chronic pain. Flo is an Expert Witness in the Provincial Court of the King’s Bench and executes medical-legal opinions as well as provides Injury Lawyer firms with Independent Rehabilitation Consulting on the files of claimants who have sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident. As a Pain Educator, Flo spearheaded the AHS Provincial Pain Program with a few other colleagues. She is currently the content expert and instructor for MacEwan’s Micro-credential “Experiential Pain Assessment: decoding the pain score”. Flo has extensive rehabilitation experience with various populations integrating the Biopsychosocial-spiritual model of pain within physical rehabilitation. She has also been involved in clinical research projects. She has been a Director with the Pain Society of Alberta for over 6 years. Dipping into her deep well of compassion, empathy and education, Flo works with each person with deep respect for their unique and contextual situation. She simplifies complex neurophysiology in ways each person can understand. Nothing makes her feel more joy than when the people she works with get their life back. Flo loves nature, music and the arts, history and learning. When possible, she loves to travel and immerse herself in the local culture of the people who live there.

Visit Our Resource Booths:

Help Pain AB 

Alberta Health Services

Blood Tribe Health Inc.

Thriftway Pharmacy

Adaptive Technologies

Rehab Advice Line

FJS Rehabilitation Consulting, Inc

Alberta Virtual Pain Program

  • Breakfast and Registration

    0730h

    Start your day off on the right foot.

    Foyer and Main Ballroom

    Opening Remarks

    0800h

    Dr. Kwadwo "Kwajo" Kyeremanteng (Joining Virtually)

    How We Innovate and Create Change: Lessons From Solving Healthcare

    0815h

    + Diversity as a Catalyst for Change:
    + Understand the pivotal role of diversity in driving innovation and change.
    + Recognize the benefits of varied perspectives in problem-solving.
    + Promoting Outside-the-Box and Integrative Thinking
    + Develop a holistic approach to challenges by integrating diverse ideas.
    + Learn techniques to think beyond traditional boundaries for creative solutions.
    + Embracing Failure as a Learning Opportunity
    + Appreciate the importance of mistakes in the innovation journey.
    + Acquire strategies to analyze and pivot from failures, fostering resilience

    Ryan Straschnitzki

    The Power of Mindset

    0915h

    In 2018, Ryan, a member of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, was involved in a tragic accident that changed his life forever and left him paralyzed from the chest down.

    During his presentation, Ryan will speak about his story of triumph over adversity and his courageous rehabilitation journey, including his management of acute and chronic pain. He will also share his experience about the day-to-day challenges he faces living with a disability and his motivation and strength to overcome them.

    Refreshment Break

    1015h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for a Presentation by Grover Law: 'A Personal Injury Lawyer Living with Chronic Pain'

    Dr. Michael Knash

    Prophylactic Treatment of Migraine

    1100h

    + Update current understanding of migraine pathophysiology.
    + Discuss conventional migraine therapeutics.
    + Discuss novel migraine therapeutic options.

    Dr. Al-Noor Mawani

    Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions for the Management of Chronic Pain

    1145h

    + Identify key 5 aspects of mindfulness and acceptance-based practices that can be discussed with individuals experiencing chronic pain.
    + Describe 1 or more key practices that they can use with their patients to enable them to begin or continue their pai management journey.
    + Explain key principles of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches as applied to the management of chronic pain.

    Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

    ACT and Mindfulness

    1145h

    + Exploring broader theoretical framework and offering suggestions clinicians can use in session to help move clients forward in a way where clients are becoming empowered and independent.
    + Recognize how to challenge clients who are struggling with engagement or follow through using purpose and meaning.
    + Encourage clinicians to be more mindful in their actions and approaches with clients, increasing a client's sense of control and confidence, which ultimately strengthens the relationship between clinician and client as well.

    Lunch

    1250h

    Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

    Join us for a presentation by Teva Canada

    Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

    Interventional Pain Management – Practical Applications and Decision Making for your patients.

    1400h

    + Develop an approach to clinically diagnosing chronic back pain.
    + Utilize appropriate guideline-based management to organize interventional pain procedures for patients.
    + Decipher and understand the interventional tools available to manage patients in the community.

    Breakout Session One: British Columbia Room

    Dr. Ivonne Hernandez

    Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

    1400h

    + Differentiate trigeminal neuropathy from trigeminal neuralgia.
    + Learn what pharmacology approaches may work best for these conditions.
    + Articulate why a multidisciplinary approach is advised in the management of these conditions.

    Breakout Session One: Alberta Room

    Jennifer King and Bree Rutten

    Chronic Pain and Intimacy

    1400h

    + Identify client concerns with sexual intimacy in medication, movement, and mind challenges.
    + Provide support to clients who require further education and assistance in sexual intimacy and
    chronic pain.
    + Explain the importance of addressing sexual intimacy and chronic pain with clients.

    Breakout Session One: Turner Valley Room

    Kathryn Jamieson-Lega

    Pacing for Chronic Pain Management - Trials and Tribulations of Clinical Application

    1400h

    + Understand the basic framework and process for applying pacing in the clinical context.
    + Identify individual barriers that can create challenges for effective application of pacing.
    + Explore solutions to overcome barriers.

    Breakout Session One: Yukon Room

    Refreshment Break

    1500h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Dr. Susan Tupper

    Practical Tips for Using the 4 P's of Pain Management

    1530h

    + Apply resources to engage people living with chronic pain in physical, psychological, and preventive approaches to pain management.
    + Review a patient worksheet to support pain self-management.
    + Discuss a pathway for chronic pain management in primary care settings.

    Breakout Session Two: British Columbia Room

    Dr. Janette Hurley

    Case presentation & clinical pearls: An integrative team-based approach to pain management in marginalized communities utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model

    1530h

    + Recognize and integrate the importance of individuals' cultural and ethnic stories in their healing journey.
    + Appreciate the value and importance of a collaborative team-based approach to chronic pain and increasing patient participation in their healing journey.

    Breakout Session Two: Alberta Room

    Dr. Serena Orr

    Migraine in Children and Adolescents: Developing an Evidence-based Treatment Plan

    1530h

    + Describe the epidemiology and burden of migraine disease among children and adolescents.
    + Formulate a treatment plan for treating attacks of migraine acutely in children and adolescents.
    + Develop a preventive treatment plan for children and adolescents with migraine.

    Breakout Session Two: Turner Valley Room

    Dr. Scott Jarvis

    Pericranial Nerve Blocks with Hands-on Instruction

    1530h

    + Identify the underlying anatomy of the pericranial nerves.
    + Formulate and refine injection techniques to minimize pain and bleeding.
    + Comprehend the rationale, and learn approaches, for combining nerve blocks and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks with Botox injections.

    Breakout Session Two: Yukon Room

    Conclusion of Conference

    1630h

    1830h — Cocktails
    1900h — Gala Commences
    1915h — Dinner
    2130h — Dance

    President’s Gala

    1830h

    Please join us at this formal celebratory event for adults only. A cash bar will be available.

    The winners of the conference passport will be announced. Winners must be in attendance.

    Breakfast and Registration

    0730h

    Start your day off on the right foot.

    All Friday Sessions and Breaks are held in the Foyer and Main Ballroom on the 2nd Floor.

    Welcome and Introductions

    0815h

    Underused, Overused and Misunderstood Chronic Pain Medications or Treatments

    Dr. Sam Parmiter, Eric Landry and Dr. Nathan Beahm

    0830h

    + Discuss drug therapy treatments for chronic pain that may not be used enough, used too much, or are perhaps not well understood using evidence and anecdote.
    + Identify practical considerations around the usage of select drug therapies used for chronic pain.
    + Defend your decision to use (or not use) drug therapies in the treatment of chronic pain using best available evidence and when evidence is lacking.

    Advances in the Assessment of Pain of the Older Adult Living with Dementia

    Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropolous (joining virtually)

    0945h

    + Familiarize participants with some of the latest advances in the pain assessment of the older adult living with dementia.
    + Formulate a practical approach to the pain assessment of the older adult with dementia.
    + Discuss future directions in the pain assessment of the older adult with dementia (including applications of computer vision technologies).

    Refreshment Break

    1045h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for the AbbVie and Migraine Canada Video Presentation.

    New Pain Approaches

    Dr. John Pereira

    1115h

    + To compare and contrast approaches such as grief, acceptance, and palliation with
    biopsychosocial rehabilitation for chronic pain.
    + To reconsider the biopsychosocial model as not necessarily leading to a multidisciplinary
    approach.
    + To question whether treating patients one at a time makes sense given the prevalence of chronic pain and recent technological advances.

    Lunch

    1200h

    Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

    Grover Law, Sponsored Presentation.
    The Process of a Personal Injury Lawsuit: How the lawyer and medical practitioner can work together for the benefit of the client/patient.

    Steve Grover, Dr. Marc Klasa and Jim Powers

    Welcome Back

    1315h

    Disentangling Chronic Pelvic Pain

    Dr. Magali Robert (joining virtually)

    1315h

    + Understand that ALL chronic pain is intertwined with pelvic pain.
    + Untangle the complexity of pelvic pain.
    + Develop a simplified assessment to disentangle pelvic pain presentation.

    It's Such a Pain That I Can't Sleep

    Dr. Atul Khullar

    1400h

    + Recognize the interactions of pain and sleep are how they are inconsistent neurological states
    + Review effects of major pain medications on sleep and sleep disorders.
    + Gain an approach to optimizing sleep in patients with chronic pain with a view to not causing oversedation.
    + Integrate that optimal pain control is a foundation for improving sleep concerns in chronic pain patients.

    Refreshment Break

    1445h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for the Canada Diagnostic Centres Video Presentation.

    Welcome Back

    1515h

    The Intersection Between Addiction Medicine and Chronic Pain: An Approach to Managing Two Complex Co-Occurring Disorders

    Dr. S. Monty Ghosh

    1515h

    + Describe how to differentiate between chronic non-cancer pain concerns and opioid addiction.
    + Describe the need for a multidisciplinary approach to both OUD and chronic non-cancer pain.
    + Develop an appreciation for the value of healthy debate in practice.

    Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) and Its Effectiveness for People Living with Chronic Low Back Pain

    Dr. Peter O’ Sullivan (joining virtually)

    1615h

    + Outline the key predictors for the development of chronic low back pain.
    + Identify the three elements of Cognitive Functional Therapy.
    + Recognize the latest evidence for the efficacy of Cognitive Functional Therapy for people with
    chronic low back pain.

    Conclusion of Day One

    1715h

    Welcome Reception

    1930 - 2130h

    In the Foyer, hors-d'oeuvres and cash bar available.

    OCTOBER 13TH - 14TH

Our Full Conference Agenda

A WEEKEND FULL OF PAIN EDUCATION

1145h — Dr. Al-Noor Mawani

Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions for the Management of Chronic Pain

1145h — Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

ACT and Mindfulness

1250h — Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

Join us for a presentation by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Lunch

1400h — Dr. Ameya Bopardikar
British Columbia Room

Interventional Pain Management – Practical Applications and Decision Making for your patients.

1400h — Dr. Ivonne Hernandez
Alberta Room

Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

1400h — Jennifer King and Bree Rutten
Turner Valley Room

Chronic Pain and Intimacy

What's Happening Next?

Penny Kowalchuk,

Person with Lived Experience of Pain

I love being able to reduce the suffering in people with lived experience. Additionally, I believe in the power of strong communities and Pain AB gathers passionate healthcare professionals in pain management.

Maureen Fowler

More details incoming

My 'why' is coming!

Suzanne Buchanan,

MN, NP with Blood Tribe Health Corp

I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta so I can provide the patient experience. I have dealt with chronic pain for more than three (3) decades.

Dr Carlos Malpica-Vera

Family Physician

I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta as part of my evolution in helping improve the lives of those in pain. It is a privilege to be part of such a special group of kind, smart, hard working people.

Amanda Sowiak,

More details incoming

Right out of grad school I worked in an interdisciplinary pain program and saw first hand both the suffering and the success people living with pain can experience. Over my career I have heard how challenging the population is and seen how often they can be written off by professionals. This made me want to work with people living with pain more not less! I got into this work to see people function and thrive, often by helping them reconnect to their purpose. Helping people living with pain find their 'why' IS my 'why'.

Jignesh Desai,

Pharmacist

As a nurse for over 30 years my passion is helping people. As the Pain Society of Alberta is pivotal in educating and supporting people living with pain, my involvement with PainAB allows me to fulfill my passion.

Trevor Sakatch

Kinesiologist, Alberta Health Services

As a chronic pain physician in Alberta, while I continue to advocate for my patients at the bedside, it is imperative that I continue to be a part of the education and management of pain for many others who continue to live with pain. The Pain Society of Alberta enables this outreach, and education amongst pain providers and peopl with lived experience.

Nicole Quinlan

Kinesiologist, Alberta Health Services

I am involved with the Pain Society of Alberta because chronic pain affects so many Canadians. Headache disorders, which are a special interest of mine, affect millions in Canada and are quite disabling for many. Migraine alone affects over 12% of the Canadian population.

Shana Wandler

Recreational Therapist, Alberta Health Services

Working with The Pain Society of Alberta gives me opportunities to work with some of the most vulnerable in our society. Additionally it creates excellent educational opportunties to share with allied health proffessionals.

Koji Duncan

CO(c), MSc (RS), Adaptive Technologies

My 'why' is coming!

Julie Swanson

Better Choices, Better Health

My 'why' is coming!