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7 CEU - OANP Annual Spring Pain Conference: Treating Pain Patients
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When: 6/14/2014
8:00 AM
Where: NCNM Annex
049 SW Porter St.
Portland, OR 

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Join us for the 2014 OANP Spring Pain Conference:
Treating Pain Patients: Resources, Responsibilities, and Requirements
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Oregon has seen a 450% increase in deaths relating to prescription drug overdoses. NDs are not immune from the crisis, and the OBNM has seen an increase in NDs being reported for improper prescribing of pain medications. Don't be caught unprepared!
  • best practices for prescribing pain drugs
  • co-management of patients with pain
  • identifying drug seekers & preventing drug diversion
  • necessary paperwork and pain contracts
  • overview of the Prescription Drug Management Program
  • non-drug approaches to pain management
  • treating pain under the unique conditions of rural communities

Conference Information
  • Date: June 14, 2014
  • Time: 8:00 AM -  5:15 PM
  • Location: The Annex building on the NCNM Campus, located on the corner of SW Kelly Ave. and SW Naito Parkway
  • Parking: Street
  • Lunch: Provided
This conference is also offered via LIVE webinar. You must check the webinar "session" during registration or you will not be sent the link to view the conference.


 Member Type
Early Registration (by May 31st)
 Late Registration (after May 31st)
 $125 $160
 Non-Member $155 $200
 Student Member
 $40 $60
 Student Non-Member
 $50 $75

Speaker Information

- Heather Tick, MD - Dr. Tick is an integrative medical practitioner, has directed pain clinics in the United States and Canada and is a consultant to corporations on ergonomics, health, and safety. She has also taught at numerous medical schools and is currently involved in medical research. A sought-after speaker, she lives in Seattle and works at the University of Washington, where she is the first Gunn-Loke Endowed Professor for Integrative Pain Medicine. She is in the process of releasing her second book “Holistic Pain Relief”. She is currently speaking at conferences around North America.

- Rahul Desai, MD & Dianna Henson, ND - Dr. Rahul Desai specializes as a musculoskeletal radiologist and his practice blurs the boundaries between conventional radiology, interventional pain management, and interventional sports medicine. Using cutting edge therapies like Platelet Rich Plamsa (PRP), Stem Cells, and Amniotic Membrane-Derived Growth Factors to treat tendon, ligament, joint and spine pathology, he has gained both local and national acclaim in the fields of musculoskeletal radiology and orthobiologic treatments. He currently owns RestorePDX, a collaborative clinic that improves patient health and outcomes without dangerous or at times unnecessary surgeries.

Dianna Henson, N.D. has worked in the naturopathic industry for approximately 25 years. In that time, she has gained invaluable knowledge in the scope of integrative healthcare and patient wellness. She has worked extensively with allied healthcare professionals to develop a systematic approach assisting patients who are identified as drug seeking, helping them to reduce/eliminate their dependence on prescription medications. Dr. Henson graduated from NCNM in 2005 and is in private practice as a naturopathic family physician.

- Rubin Halperin, MD - Ruben Halperin, MD, is on the full-time core faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency at Providence Portland Medical Center, an Affiliate Associate Professor at OHSU and is the physician champion for the Persistent Pain Project at Providence Health and Services. In addition to working with persistent pain, he has an interest in chronic disease prevention and and management, medical education, health policy & reform and quality improvement in primary care. He received his MD from Emory University, did his internal medicine residency training  at UCLA, a general medicine fellowship at the Boston VA Medical Center and he received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has previously served as faculty at both the UCLA School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. In 2011, Dr. Halperin was part of the team that received a Providence Health Systems Clinical Transformation Council Award which funds the Persistent Pain and Regional Pain Collaborative. His work in the Persistent Pain Program has been to help bring about a transformation in how health systems care for patients with persistent pain. He has been involved in the development of new pain education material for physicians and patients that fundamentally transforms their understanding of pain and has worked with Physical Therapy and Behavioral Health to institute a new collaborative care model within Providence Medical Group to improve the treatment of persistent pain patients.

- Harry Rinehart, MD - The Rinehart Clinic is a non-profit 501(c)3 and federally funded Community Health Center in the small coastal town of Wheeler in Tillamook County. The Clinic is the successor to 3 generations of Rinehart family physicians serving Tillamook County residents since 1913. While the clinic itself is a full-service clinic, Dr. Rinehart has a special interest in relieving the pain and suffering of chronic pain and has a unique perspective of the socio-economic challenges of treating pain in rural communities.

- Michael Millard, M.S. RPh. -
Michael Millard is an Assistant Dean for Clinical Services at the School of Pharmacy at Pacific University at the Hillsboro Health Professions Campus. Mike teaches in Social and Administrative Sciences, including Pharmacy Law. Mike has been a long term member of Oregon Society of Heath-system Pharmacists, past president and pharmacist of the year. He has been Director of Pharmacy for Kaiser Permanente, Legacy, Peacehealth, and OHSU. He currently serves as Legal and Public Affairs council chair for OSHP, member of the Pharmacy Coalition, and is chairman of the Advisory Commission for the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

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Event Schedule

8:00-8:30 AM
Registration & Coffee/Tea Service
8:30-10:00 AM
Prescribe for Success: Effective Medication Management for Pain Patients - Rubin Halperin, MD 1.5
10:00-10:30 AM
10:30-12:00 AM
Covering the basics: Identifying drug seekers, the tricks they play, and other unpleasant aspects of prescribing - Dianna Henson, ND & Rahul Desai 1.5
12:00-1:00 PM
1:00-2:30 PM
Hyperalgisia and the Wind-up Phenomenon As Well As Environmental Toxicity as a Contributing Cause of Pain - Heather Tick, MD 1.5
2:30-2:45 PM
2:45-4:15 PM
Providing Comprehensive Primary Care for Patients with Pain in Rural Oregon -A Family Physician's Experience - Harry Rinehart, MD 1.5
4:15-5:15Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Ins & Outs - Michael Millard, PharmD 1

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