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A grass roots arm of The Pain Society of Alberta that supports healthcare providers across the province with locally relevant education and the establishment of meaningful connections with peers throughout the region.


We host both virtual and in person education events focused on bringing together Alberta health care providers. Our goal is to create education opportunities for providers to connect with other local colleagues to share ideas, innovation and collaborative approaches to patient care. 

The Alberta Pain Education Collaborative

Know Pain Know Gain: Collaborative Care in Chronic Pain

Fri, May 24, 2024

1300 - 1615h

Chronic Pain Connections - Public Event

Fri, May 24, 2024

1900 - 2100h*

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

* Thank you for your support to enable us to continue to provide educational opportunities. 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.

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.


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?

1930 - 2130h

The Main Foyer

Continue the conversation after Friday's panels at our welcome reception. Join us in the foyer for hors-d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Our Welcome Reception

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

Celebrate new ideas, practices, and connections. Our formal, adults only event includes dinner, dancing, and prizes for our passport winners.

* Winners must be in attendance to win

* Cash bar available

The Presidents Gala

Our Exhibitor Passport

Explore our diverse exhibitor showcase, and have the chance to win 1 of 3 Visa gift cards.

Our Networking Passports

Exchange insights with experts and peers during our event and have the chance to win 1 of 2 Visa gift cards.

*Winners announced at the Gala

Connect and Collect

Seize the chance to expand your professional network and exchange insights with experts and peers.

  • Breakfast and Registration


    Start your day off on the right foot.

    Foyer and Main Ballroom

    Opening Remarks


    Dr. Kwadwo "Kwajo" Kyeremanteng (Joining Virtually)

    How We Innovate and Create Change: Lessons From Solving Healthcare


    + 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


    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


    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


    + 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


    + 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


    + 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.



    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.


    + 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


    + 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


    + 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


    + 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


    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Dr. Susan Tupper

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


    + 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


    + 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


    + 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


    + 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


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

    President’s Gala


    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


    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


    Underused, Overused and Misunderstood Chronic Pain Medications or Treatments

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


    + 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)


    + 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


    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for the AbbVie and Migraine Canada Video Presentation.

    New Pain Approaches

    Dr. John Pereira


    + 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
    + To question whether treating patients one at a time makes sense given the prevalence of chronic pain and recent technological advances.



    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


    Disentangling Chronic Pelvic Pain

    Dr. Magali Robert (joining virtually)


    + 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


    + 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


    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for the Canada Diagnostic Centres Video Presentation.

    Welcome Back


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

    Dr. S. Monty Ghosh


    + 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)


    + 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


    Welcome Reception

    1930 - 2130h

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

    OCTOBER 13TH - 14TH

Our Full Conference Agenda



Main Ballroom, Second Floor


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. W. J. Becker


Nerve Blocks and Other Procedures in Migraine Management

Dr. Scott Jarvis


+ Identify ideal patients for pericranial nerve blocks and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks.
+ Formulate techniques to quickly landmark sites for pericranial nerve blocks.
+ Recognize multiple approaches for maximizing benefits and minimizing risks associated with pericranial nerve blocks.

Only the Needle Knows: Procedures for Diagnosing & Managing Headaches Related to Neck Problems

Dr. Ameya Bopardikar


+ Identify and select patients who may benefit from interventional management.
+ Explore techniques for interventional headache and neck pain management.
+ Utilize evidence-based practice, and guideline-based practice in accessing appropriate

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Scott Jarvis, Dr. Ameya Bopardikar



North Foyer, Buffet.


Exhibitor Booths are open.

Acute Therapy of Migraine and Medication Overuse Headache in Adults: 2023

Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar


+ Gain an understanding of the variety of medications available for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, including older and newer therapies.
+ Optimize acute migraine therapy for an individual patient based on headache characteristics and other factors.
+ Recognize and manage medication overuse headache.

Acute Therapy of Migraine in Children and Adolescents: Old favourites and new options for the clinician.

Dr. Thilinie Rajapakse


+ Distinguish between pediatric and adult migraine and how knowledge of differences can facilitate prompt recognition and treatment of migraine in children.
+ List multiple acute therapies (of various drug classes) for pediatric migraine and understand how some combinations can create synergistic effects in treating migraine.
+ Create a safe and effective acute migraine rescue plan for a child/adolescent that is uniquely tailored to their needs.

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar, Dr. Thilinie Rajapakse


Stretch Break

Get up and move!


Understanding Post-traumatic Headache

Dr. Chantel Debert


+ Define and recognize acute and chronic post-traumatic headaches.
+ Explain the different types of post-traumatic headaches.
+ Explain one or two treatment interventions for different classes of post-traumatic headaches.

Psychological Aspects of the Management of Post-traumatic Headache

Dr. Martin Mrazik


+ Gain a deeper understanding of the brain and behavioral aspects of post traumatic headaches.
+ Appreciate how various psychological conditions affect pain perception.
+ Recognize effective psychological approaches in the management of post traumatic headaches.

“My Brain Won’t Let Me Do That“

Codi Isaac


+ Define clinical headache tests used in physiotherapy.
+ Differentiate headaches for appropriate physiotherapy referral.
+ Recognize effective physiotherapy interventions for post-traumatic headaches.

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Chantel Debert, Dr. Martin Mrazik, Codi Isaac


Closing Remarks

Conclusion of our preconference workshop.


*Registration is required. This workshop is designed to complement other headache-related sessions that occur later in the conference program.

Headache and Migraine Workshop


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Dr. Ivonne Hernandez

President, She/Her

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.

Janice Rae

President-Elect, She/Her

My 'why' is coming!

Pamela Pyle

Lived Experience Representative, She/Her

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.

Diane Roylance

Secretary General, She/Her

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.

Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

Past-President, She/Her

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'.

Penny Barnes

Director, She/Her

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.

Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

Director, He/Him

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.

Dr. Werner Becker

Director, He/Him

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.

Dr. Flo Slomp

Director, She/Her

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.

Dr. Ashley Smith

Director, He/Him

My 'why' is coming!

Evan Ward

Director, He/Him

My 'why' is coming!

Krista Spence

Director, She/Her

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

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