Expert Clinicians & Scientists

Conference presentations

Feb. 10 & 11

600.00 (conference only)

575.00 (if taking additional workshop)

350.00 (one day registration)

200.00 (physio students & 1st yr physio practitioner- learn more)


Keynote Dr. Neil O'Connell

Keynote Neil O'Connell, PhD, MSc

Negotiating The Evidence Maze In Persistent Pain

This presentation will offer a short selective tour of the chronic pain evidence in the Cochrane library, discuss some important issues with evidence from trials in chronic pain and challenges for the broader evidence ecosystem and hopefully offer some tips towards better interpretation of that evidence.


Dr. Vania Apkarian

A. Vania Apkarian, BSc, MSc, Ph.D.

The Brain in Chronic Pain

The critical questions in the field of pain research are: what characteristics differentiate those who develop chronic pain and those who manage to recover from their injuries? And can brain function and structure predict future treatment and even placebo response?

I will argue that brain limbic circuitry plays a critical role in the predisposition for, transition to, and maintenance of chronic pain. The emotional basis of chronic pain opens up a horizon of opportunities for developing new treatment strategies for suffering related to pain.


Dr. Chris Caldwell

Christopher T. Caldwell, D.O.

"That's all very interesting, but my pain is real"   - What Do I Do When I Get Pushback?

Change is hard. Every day, I ask my patients - implicitly or explicitly - to do what is perhaps the hardest thing to do. Change. Choose a different response. My journey over the last several years resonates with how hard this is, too. Especially when the first step in the journey means unlearning old assumptions. How do I know how to "dose" this pain science?  How does this fit with what I'm already doing, or with "structural pathology"?


Dr. Sarah Haag

Sarah Haag, PT, DPT, MS, WCS Cert. MDT, RYT

Pregnancy≠ Pain

During this talk we will look at the research in the most common complaints--low back pain and pelvic girdle pain. Why does it happen? What can we do to help? How careful do we really have to be?

The goal of this session is to give you the framework and confidence to help women navigate their pregnancy more comfortably with less fear and more of doing what they love!


Dr. Bahram Jam

Bahram Jam, D.Sc.PT, M.PHty, B.Sc.PT, FCAMT

The Pain Truth & Nothing But: Simplifying Pain Education

Discriminating among the various pain education approaches can sometimes be overwhelming for clinicians working in a busy practice.

This presentations will review the various pain neuroscience education approaches, books and videos that are available and will discuss identifying strategies that best uniquely suit both the clinician and the patient leaning styles.


Dr. Nicholas Karayannis

Nicholas V. Karayannis, MPT, PhD

Mindfulness Based Physical Therapy: Approaching Our Practice with Humility and Curiosity

The intention of this talk is to introduce clinicians to experiential skills that will cultivate elements of compassion within themselves, to make them accessible while engaging with their patients, and to learn tools to guide their patients through training in mindfulness and self-compassion. 


Dr. Mark Kargela

Mark Kargela, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

The Patient's Story - The Science Behind the Story

A key to the biopsychosocial model is understanding the unique psychosocial factors that contribute to each patient's clinical presentation and pain state.  This lecture will discuss these unique components can influence the biology and behavior of a patient.  Lastly, a comprehensive patient interview strategy will be discussed to assist clinicians in identifying each person's unique psychosocial components of their lived experience with pain.


Greg Lehman

Greg Lehman, DC, MScPT

Targets of Exercise Prescription:  Why getting strong might be wrong

This talk will explore how and why we prescribe physical activity for our patients.  It will offer practical recommendations and justification for exercise and physical activity prescription beyond addressing changes in biomotor abilities.


Dr. Mark Milligan

Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, Cert TPS, OCS, FAAOMPT

Implementing Pain Science Education into Clinical Practice

The intention of pain education intends to provide patients with information that allows them better understanding and therefore improving their ability to manage and work with their pain. Due to the complex nature and multiple systems involved, many physical therapists struggle to integrate pain education into their treatment paradigm. This course will aim to enable physical therapists to understand, explain, and integrate pain education into their treatment of patients in every discipline.


Dr. Laura Simons

Laura Simons, Ph.D.

Catastrophizing & Fear In Chronic Pain: Mechanisms & Effective Treatment

In the context of intensive interdisciplinary pain treatment of chronic pain, decreasing pain-related fear and catastrophizing is associated with improved physical and psychological functioning, while high initial pain-related fear and catastrophizing is a risk factor for less treatment responsiveness.

An innovative approach to targeting pain-related fear and catastrophizing as well as evidence of a neural response to treatment involving decoupling of the amygdala with key fear circuits in patients with chronic pain suggest breakthroughs in our ability to ameliorate these issues.


Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart MCSP SRP MSc PG Cert

More Than Words: How Can We Help People Express Their Experience Of Pain?

The words we choose can either contain the capacity to heal, or have the potential to cause devastating and lasting harm.  It is therefore not only crucial for us to understand the impact that our words have when attempting to help people in pain, it is also essential for us to help others to find ways to talk about their experience. 

This presentation will highlight the impact of language across healthcare whilst also exploring divergent ways to enable people to express, make sense and overcome their pain.  



Pain: The Patient's Perspective

During this 90 minute panel, attendees will learn about the pain patient perspective from the experiences of the following panelists. These special guests all participate in various outreach and other platforms to help patients and clinicians have a better understanding of pain.