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After training as a physical therapist (1999) and qualifying with several clinical exams Morten was appointed specialist physical therapist in musculoskeletal physical therapy (2005) and sports physical therapy (2006). But it was not until 2010 he made an entry to academia when he undertook the high profiled, multidisciplinary Master-of-Science in Pain: Science & Society at King's College London (UK). Since May 2015 Morten has been working full-time as PhD-fellow at Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP) at Aalborg University.
Having spent more than a decade as clinician, teacher and business developer he decided to used his acquired knowledge in pain science to create a blog and a private post-graduate education program for healthcare professionals in line with the professional curriculum from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Morten has also contributed to the development of the European Pain Federation (EFIC)’s newly developed Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy and underlying curriculum.
Morten has been appointed to several chairs and committees including the Danish Medicine and Health Authorities and the Danish Council of Ethics and he is regarded as a skilled and inspiring speaker. He has co-authored a textbook on pain, and written several book chapters, clinical commentaries and is working on getting more peer-reviewed articles of from his desk…
He is a prolific debater and advocate of evidence-based and patient-centered approaches to treatment in general. Morten gets his inspiration from his work with high-level athletes and people suffering due to a life in pain as well as from international conferences, in which he frequently is invited to speak or moderate. He speaks Danish, English and German fluently and is currently working on upgrading his Spanish, Norwegian and Swedish language skills.
Christopher T Caldwell, D.O. has been part of the Montana Spine and Pain Center in Missoula for over a decade. He has long been an advocate for the biopsychosocial model, having studied psychology and pre-med at Wheaton College. This early exposure to the role of the mind, body and spirit in health informed his medical studies at the founding school of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO where he also served as teaching fellow in clinical anatomy. He completed a surgical internship prior to his residency training and board certification in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine & Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and was awarded Outstanding Resident by the American Osteopathic Association. He left the faculty in the manual medicine department at his alma mater to complete his Anesthesia Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa under Richard Rosenquist, MD, current Chair of Pain Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
He served as President of the Utah Academy of Pain Medicine during his tenure practicing in Park City, and was selected for the Montana Medical Association's Physician Leadership Program. He has served as the Pain representative to the Neuroscience Leadership Council for Providence St Joseph Health. He is active as a continuing education lecturer to his peers and serves regularly as preceptor to health professions students (medical, PA, pharmacy and PT) and family medicine resident physicians.
As a physician who has treated persistent pain for 15 years, Dr Caldwell has a passion for the patient narrative (and named a daughter Storey because "nothing changes people like the power of narrative"). He is thrilled to have good news in pain treatment (describes himself as "captivated by neuroscience optimism"), but also knows from the trenches how difficult it can be to reach those you are trying to help. He struggles daily with how best to teach into each patient's story. Dr Caldwell also has a lifetime goal of one country per birthday, born from his exchange student experience in Belgium. These last two traits are what compelled him to join Lorimer Moseley and David Butler on the inaugural Pain Revolution ride from Melbourne to Adelaide in April 2017.
Dr. Marc Mentel grew up in rural Northern Michigan and attended medical school at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine under a Naval Scholarship. Upon graduation he was stationed at Naval Hospital of Charleston where he completed his Family Medicine Internship. The following 3 years were spent in service as an Undersea Medical Officer. Once fulfilling his Naval Obligation, he completed his Family Medicine Residency at Health One in Aurora Colorado. Feeling compelled for rural service, he spent his next 3 years practicing at a rurally underserved area in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan under a National Health Scholarship. He then went on to complete a 1 year fellowship in OB/GYN at Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 15 years of private practice then ensued in the states of Colorado and Montana. From 2012 he served as the Medical Director for Community Physician group in Missoula Montana prior to joining the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana in September of 2014. Dr. Mentel currently serves as the Montana Medical Associations committee chair for the Task Force on Substance Use Disorder. He remains active in full spectrum family medicine with a particular interest in women and children’s health, chronic non-cancer pain management, and addiction medicine.
Dr. Brett Bell is a Family Medicine physician with fellowship training in Addiction Medicine. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine for her MD and the University of Washington School of Public Health for her MPH. She did residency training at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle with her main clinical site at the Seattle Indian Health Board. She completed a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Swedish, focusing on treatment of substance use disorders in pregnancy. She is now a faculty physician at the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana in Missoula.
Dr. Cleary graduated from Furman University with a bachelor’s Degree of Biochemistry in 2010 and received her Pharm.D. in 2014 from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, MUSC campus. She completed her post-graduate year one general pharmacy residency training with Sentara Medical System in Norfolk, VA and then completed her post-graduate year two pain and palliative care residency training at the Albany Stratton VA Medical center in Albany, NY. She is also board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy.
Dr. Cleary is currently an Assistant Professor at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Her current practice site is Hometown Health Center in Schenectady, NY. Dr. Cleary serves as clinical pharmacist specializing in primary care with a focus in pain management. She is also an Adjunct Professor at SAGE Graduate School of Nursing and serves as the pharmacology course coordinator.
Recent national attention to the opioid epidemic has been an increasing subject of interest for Dr. Cleary. She has numerous posters, publications and has presented both locally and nationally on the topics of pain management, pharmacogenetics, naloxone, and risk mitigation strategies to reduce opioid abuse and misuse.
Carilyn Ellis, PsyD, MSCP, is a clinical psychologist with a postdoctoral masters in clinical psychopharmacology. She currently works in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Salem Health, in Salem OR. Dr. Ellis graduated from George Fox University and completed her internship and residency training with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in pain medicine, oncology, neuropsychological assessment, integrated primary care, and trauma. She has extensive experience working in hospital-based care in rural health settings, as well as outpatient and inpatient psychiatric services.
Dr. Ellis thrives on interdisciplinary collaboration, and currently works with physical therapists, social workers, physiatrists, physicians and pharmacists in the management of chronic pain. She has developed and co-led multiple pain education series, and has a passion for working with people with chronic pain and supporting physicians and other professionals who work with chronic pain.
Regina Rae Fitzsimmons is a Master of Fine Arts student at the University of Montana, where she’s completing a degree in nonfiction writing. Her thesis is a collection of narrative essays written from the perspective of a woman living with chronic pain. She writes about the intersection of feminism and medicine, and the burden of having to prove to others that pain is real, even if it cannot be seen. Regina has lived with chronic pain for the last decade and during that time, she’s interacted with innumerable health care providers. Some doctor-patient interactions have been beneficial, even life-changing. Other interactions have been unhelpful at best, harmful at worst. Regina gives presentations and hosts roundtable discussions with residents, physical therapists, and family medical practitioners, where she dissects and distills these interactions to offer practical advice on how to improve patient care. She offers step-by-step examples and stories to clinicians to enhance their understanding of patient feelings, fears, and needs. She talks about empathy: what it looks like in a clinical setting and how necessary it is to create trust between doctor and patient. She hopes that by having honest and open conversations with clinicians, she will cultivate more productive, safe, and compassionate partnerships between providers and patients.
Kathy Mangan began her career in holistic healthcare over 25 years ago. Always fascinated by the integrated nature of the body/mind, Kathy has pursued education and training which led to the founding of the Red Willow Center in Missoula. As the founder of this integrated health services center, Kathy has brought together a variety of health care opportunities for those who are interested in this holistic approach. She also serves as the Executive Director for the associated Learning Center at Red Willow which focuses on the use of mind/body modalities in the recovery from traumatic events.
With experience in business strategy, organizational development, and communications, Rebecca Morgan has worked with multiple industry segments and clients, with a focus on healthcare. She has served since 2012 as Project Manager for the University of Montana Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, with a primary role in the management of federal grants focused on rural and underserved healthcare workforce development, team development and process improvement. Formal education began with an Associate's Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Psychology and Theatre. Being a lifelong learner, Rebecca holds certifications as a professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resource Management - Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is also a Certified Lean Instructor and shares her enthusiasm and training of process improvement with every opportunity.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Rosen did his undergraduate work primarily at Oregon State University. After a brief stint with the Forest Service, he attended medical school at St. Louis University, and then, went on to complete his residency at UC Davis in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Since completing his residency, Dr. Rosen has been practicing in Montana, initially in Billings and in late 2005, he moved to Missoula, where for the last 11 years, he has been in private practice. In 2001, Dr. Rosen published an article on the use of Medical Marijuana in ALS. His primary clinical and research interests have been in the area of neurotrauma. He has been affiliated with the Neural Injury Center (NIC) at the University of Montana for the past 4 years and is currently the Chair for Clinical Advisors at the NIC.
Charles H. Smith, Ph.D.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Region VIII
(Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)
Dr. Smith is the Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Region VIII. Dr. Smith is the former Director of the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the State of Colorado. Dr. Smith is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in fields of forensic psychology, addictions, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, behavioral health policy and administration.
Andrew Suchocki, MD, MPH has worked in underserved medicine with a focus on chronic pain and addiction for ten years, and has been a medical director at an FQHC in the Portland, Oregon region for the past six. Andrew has helped craft state-wide guidelines for safer opiate prescribing, and facilitated the creation and adoption of clinical decision support tools for treating opiate use disorder in primary care. He has collaborated with and spoken to numerous groups throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest about chronic pain and addictions in primary care. He also regularly counsels Oregon practitioners in order to help them successfully adhere to current and evolving best practices in the field.
Andrew is from Cleveland, OH and completed most of his post-graduate work in the state, receiving his at undergraduate degree from Denison University, his medical degree from Ohio State, and completing a Family Medicine residency in Cincinnati. He has also been heavily involved in global health, with policy and practice work in Honduras, Swaziland, and New Zealand, and Burundi. Andrew then began practicing in community health centers, which inspired him to pursue an additional residency in Preventative Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins.
Seeking a unique place to apply his training, Andrew was drawn to Oregon by the unique role the public sector plays in direct delivery of care, as well as the potential for significant collaboration between behavioral, public, and dental health. The coffee, bike culture, craft beer, and endless outdoor opportunities are an added bonus.
Darci Wiebe is the Montana Medical Marijuana Bureau Chief. The Montana Medical Marijuana Bureau licenses and regulates ~300 marijuana providers and ~32,000 cardholders. Medical marijuana can be used to treat 11 approved conditions in Montana with a physician recommendation, the most common condition being severe chronic pain
Returning to the Montana Pain Conference, Marina Zaleski is a trusted yoga-based practitioner in Western Montana. She offers effective therapy for chronic pain, anxiety, depression and autoimmune conditions. She founded Montana Yoga Therapy on a bedrock of 28 years of yoga practice, advanced professional training, and clinical work since 2007. Through highly individualized breath-supported practices, her clients experience significant relief with meaningful solutions for symptom management and improving their quality of life.
Ms. Zaleski has created and taught courses for the National Association of Multiple Sclerosis (MT), University of Montana’s Human Health & Performance department, UM’s Mind Body Lab, UM's Men's Basketball Team, Red Willow Learning Center, and The Missoula Veterans Center. She serves as a co-director of The Yoga Fitness Center, where she has taught since 2002. First certified to teach yoga in 2002 (CYT-700) her professional studies continue through The American Viniyoga Institute.
Ms. Zaleski consistently receives collaborative referrals from professionals (PTs, doctors, nurse practitioners, massage therapists, psychologists) and can be contacted through website, yogamz.com.