Chronic Pain:

Assessment and Treatment, Including Opioid Education



Howard Schubiner, MD

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Dr. Schubiner is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and internal medicine. He was a full Professor at Wayne State University for 18 years and now works at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Schubiner is known as a national expert in ADHD in adolescents and adults as well as mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. He has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books and performed research in the fields of adolescent health, ADHD and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Attention Disorders. He has given over 250 lectures to scientific audiences regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to adolescent medicine, ADHD, and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Mental Health. He has been granted funds to conduct research studies of over several million dollars in total. Dr. Schubiner teaches a form of meditation known as Mindfulness Meditation, which helps individuals cope with the stresses and anxieties of daily life.

Dr. Schubiner is the founder and director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital. This program uses the most current research methodologies to treat individuals who suffer from the Mind Body Syndrome (MBS) or Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) as described by Dr. John Sarno. Dr. Schubiner has created a program that uses both meditative and cutting edge psychological techniques to help individuals with chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, whiplash, back and neck pain, myofascial pain, TMJ syndrome, tension and migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, and other related conditions. He is currently performing the first randomized, controlled research study in the field of Mind Body Syndrome or TMS for individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. He was included in the 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 lists of the Best Doctors in America. He is the author of Unlearn Your Pain and Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression, and the forthcoming book, Hidden from View, co-authored with Allan Abbass, MD. Dr. Schubiner lives in the Detroit area with his wife of 25 years and has two children in their early 20’s.

Linda Hill, DNSc, DNP, APRN, CRNA

Photo of  Linda HillDr. Hill was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She received her MS degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Rush University in Chicago, IL in 1996 and completed her Doctor in Nursing Practice degree at Rush in 1998, although at that time it was titled the Doctor of Nursing (ND) degree.

Dr. Hill earned her Doctor of Nursing Science (DNSc) degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2004. Her research for her doctoral dissertation investigated the relationship of intraoperative body temperature, outcomes, and injury severity in older adult trauma patients. In 1998, she was one of the first doctoral prepared CRNAs practicing in Tennessee.

She practiced nurse anesthesia at the Regional Medical Center (now Region One) in Memphis as a trauma CRNA for nearly 10 years. She was one of the two CRNAs who started the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and served as Assistant Program Director and Program Director between 1997 and 2005. Dr. Hill has been involved in nurse anesthesia education and program administration for 20 years.

Since 2005, Dr. Hill has been the Program Coordinator of the Nurse Anesthesia program at UT Chattanooga and is a tenured Professor. Her research interest is in education focusing on assessment and development of critical thinking in nurse anesthesia students. She is passionate about her profession and her students!

Dr. Hill was the Principal Investigator and Project Director for a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant (CRNAs in 3D: Increasing Diversity, Reducing Disparities, & Understanding the Social Determinants of Health) that was funded in July 2014 for 3 years in the amount of $1,026,153.00. During the life of the grant there was a 61% increase in applications to our program; 87.5% increase in minority applications; 400% increase in accepted minorities; and 74% increase of accepted females in the program. Additionally, Dr. Hill has successfully obtained annual funding from the HRSA Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship grants since 2013.

Dr. Hill is active in the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists; has served as TANA’s District 4 Director for 4 years, served on numerous state committees, and is currently the President of TANA.


Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT

Dr. Debra Wilson is a health psychologist and a nurse. She has worked for many years gaining expertise in public health, obstetrics, complementary and alternative therapies, epidemiology, breastfeeding trends, wellness, disease prevention, and higher education. Seeking to view health from outside the western model, Debra completed a Master of Science in Holistic Nursing, then with a focus on Psycho-neuro-immunology completed a PhD in Health Psychology. Debra has worked in maternal/infant health, public health, program development, and nursing education.  With over 100 publications, her research experience includes healing for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, autoimmune disease, breastfeeding, herbs, and women’s health. Debra’s current research areas include stress, stress management, autoimmune disease, and immune function. She has been the managing editor of the International Journal of Childbirth Education since 2011. Debra has taught graduate courses in psychoneuroimmunology, holistic nursing, biopsychology, stress & coping, complementary & alternative therapies, herbology, mental health nursing, health care policy, stress & coping, as well as other courses for both graduate psychology and undergraduate nursing schools. Debra has a private practice as a holistic nurse, providing grief counseling, clinical hypnosis, and lactation consulting. She was the 2017 – 2018 American Holistic Nurse of the Year. She is a life-long learner seeking graduate education in physics, and teaches at Austin Peay University and Walden University. She has delivered over 100 formal presentations. Dr. Wilson is an internationally known speaker on stress and self-care, holistic nursing, and complementary therapies. 

John E. Blake III, M.D.

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John E. 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.

Specialists in Pain Management utilizes Physical Therapy, Medications, minimally invasive procedures and psychological counseling to treat and manage pain. 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.

Thomas N. Farmer, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Thomas N. Famer is a Special Agent in Charge with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and is the State Director of the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force (formerly named the Methamphetamine & Pharmaceutical Task Force). He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has over 29 years of law enforcement experience of which 20 is in the field of drug enforcement. Tommy has received extensive specialized training and certifications from various accredited federal, state, local and private training programs such as DEA, FBI, Department of Justice, Homeland Security, TBI, etc., in the areas of advanced investigation, drug enforcement, chemical and pharmaceutical diversion, clandestine laboratory, special weapons and tactics.

Over the years, Tommy has successfully worked numerous state and federal complex conspiracy investigations with national recognition and has shared his knowledge and experience through presentations to thousands of law enforcement, first responders, prosecutors, government and business leaders, children and citizens. He has been a major participant in the Task Force since its inception in 1999 and through the phenomenal growth to become the State Dangerous Drugs Task Force. He served as an advisor to the Tennessee Governors Methamphetamine Drug Task Force responsible for the Meth-Free Tennessee Act; is currently the Director of the Governor’s Task Force over Marijuana Eradication; is a Board Member for the National Meth & Pharmaceuticals Initiative as part of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy; and is an Advisory Board Member for the National Alliance of Model State Drug Laws Precursor Tracking Initiative.

Tommy is a member of the National Narcotic Officers’ Association; Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association; Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police; Tennessee Narcotic Officers’ Association; Tennessee Gang Investigators Association; and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Daniel Sumrok, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of the UT College of Medicine’s Center for Addiction Science

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Daniel Sumrok, MD, FAAP, DABAM, DFASAM, joined the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2015 as an assistant professor, and is the director of the Center for Addiction Science. He brought with him four decades of knowledge in treating the devastating consequences of substance abuse.

            A former Army Green Beret and public health service physician, Dr. Sumrok’s career has taken him to a diverse array of locations and exposed him to many different populations. He received his medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, and did a residency in rural community obstetrics and family practice in West Virginia.

            As part of the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Sumrok has served patients from Connecticut to California; from Appalachia to Navajo, Apache, Sioux and Hopi reservations; from the Inuit people of Alaska to the Shuar people of the Amazon jungles. Now, he is serving patients from rural west Tennessee to urban and suburban Memphis.

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