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Faculty Lunch & Learn Series

Chronic Pain: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Noon – 1:00 pm

Metropolitan Building, Room 226

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's School of Nursing invites all faculty, staff, and graduate students to attend a free Lunch and Learn Series focusing on multidisciplinary approaches to treating chronic pain. 

January 8

CHRONIC PAIN EDUCATION: MEDICINAL PLANTS, NUTRITION, & BEHAVIORAL CHANGE

Presented by Holli Richey, LCSW, RH

Opiates, originally from the herb Opium Poppy, have historically worked exceptionally well to reduce pain; however, they have done little to enhance health. We can have a bigger conversation about pain, including what it's teaching us, when we turn our attention to medicinal plants, nutrition and behavioral changes which enhance our health rather than compromise it.

Holli is a holistic psychotherapist and medical herbalist, providing mind-body care in private practice in Chattanooga, TN. Besides her indoor practice, Holli facilitates mindfulness-based nature therapy and medicinal plant identification walks in the mountains of southeastern Tennessee. Holli graduated from Maryland University of Integrative Health with a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine and the University of Georgia from the School of Social Work.

RSVP to the January 8th Session: Click here

 


February 5

PAIN MANAGEMENT & RESPONSIBLE OPIOID PRESCRIBINGE

Presented by Dr. John “Rett” Blake, III, M.D.

Dr. Blake will discuss interdisciplinary approaches to chronic pain management as well as responsible opioid prescribing. He will address opioid tapering risks and benefits.

John "Rett" Blake III, M.D. is the President and Medical Director of Specialists in Pain Management. Dr. Blake has practiced pain medicine in Chattanooga TN since 2009. Dr. Blake’s practice is multi-disciplinary, treating all types of pain. His specialty is minimally invasive interventional pain management and spine procedures. Dr. Blake’s professional commitment to the practice of pain management leads him to serve in various capacities of state wide committees and as President of The Tennessee Pain Society. He serves on the Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education that outlined the 12 competencies for health care educators to address in curriculum as part of the TN Together plan to help end the opioid crisis in Tennessee..

RSVP to the February 5th Session: Click here

 

 

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Tuesday, October 2

CHRONIC PAIN OVERVIEW

Dr. Matthew W. McClanahan, DO, MA

The October 2nd event was a presentation and discussion led by Dr. Matthew McClanahan, DO, MA, a local primary care physician who specializes in treating chronic pain holistically. He provided an overview of chronic pain and addressed questions such as: What is chronic pain from a neurological perspective? Who suffers from chronic pain? And, how do we begin to treat chronic pain in the midst of an opioid epidemic?
 

November 6

PHYSICAL THERAPY, MOVEMENT, & CHRONIC PAIN

Dr. Jason Therrien, DPT

The November 6th event was a presentation and discussion led by Dr. Jason Therrien, DPT a local physical therapist who specializes in treating chronic pain. He provided an overview of his approach as a physical therapist to chronic pain and provided insight as to how he collaborates with other healthcare providers.

 

December 11

MENTAL HEALTH, COUNSELING, & CHRONIC PAIN

Tyler Orr, LPC/MHSP