When Pain Defines Us There is hope

Chronic pain used to be something many athletes simply had to learn to “live” with. After many years on the field and off, life takes a toll on the body. For many athletes, living with pain is a way of life. Living a full and active life after sports however may seem impossible. It is actually possible to increase your level of functioning and quality life while reducing your pain. The key, like anything in life, is to have the right skills, support, and direction.

Interdisciplinary Pain Programs are designed to help a person with pain become part of the treatment team and take an active role in regaining control of his or her life in spite of the pain. The programs are focused on the total person, not just the pain.

Our pain programs are transformative and inspire our guests how to reclaim their lives. The program is evidence-based treatment that creates a healing environment and enables each person to get "back to life". We’ve seen it far too often: chronic pain becomes too much for an individual, and they combat it with opiates. What started as a way to cope with the pain becomes an equally debilitating addiction. We rely on evidence-based treatment methods instead of opiates to fight chronic pain.

A Better Approach to Pain Recovery/Management

We offer a number of therapeutic techniques during individual and group counseling for the best chance at recovery. Some examples include:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) —ACT is an empirically based therapeutic approach that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies with commitment and behavioral changes strategies, to increase psychological flexibility and improve motivation.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) — CBT is a therapeutic approach that is structured, present oriented and directed toward solving current problems by teaching skills and strategies to modify dysfunctional thinking and behaviors.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) — DBT is an evidence based behavioral therapy approach that offers skills and approaches to improve functioning in four domains; Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance and Emotion Regulation.

The Alpenglow Lodge pain program treats the following problems.


Back and Spinal Injuries

Chronic Pain Syndrome


Excessive Migraines

Other Disabling Functional Impairments


The professional staff and expert advisors at Alpenglow Lodge provide individualized, evidence-based treatment to those who suffer from chronic pain. Our exclusive, residential program is designed to eliminate or significantly reduce pain, and increase physical and emotional functionality in a serene mountain setting, discreetly located on 300 acres near Bozeman, Montana.

We are a better approach to pain management and recovery. We partner with the leading pain experts in the country, all of whom have many years of experience helping clients reclaim and restore functionality.

Our Team of Leading Experts

James Flowers, PhD, LPC-S, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Flowers is one of the most familiar and respected names in the areas of pain management treatment, addiction and chronic pain assessment in the United States. For more than 20 years, Dr. Flowers has occupied an expert leadership position in the pain and addiction management field and has used his experience and knowledge to develop a substantial number of pain management and addiction pain recovery programs, with some of the most respected physicians, practices, hospitals, residential treatment centers and out-patient addiction recovery centers in the country.

He has served as a consultant to the most revered treatment programs throughout the United States, including Program and Clinical Director of the Sierra Tucson Pain Management Program. He also served as a clinical and national marketing expert at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center in Houston. He has developed a private luxury residential, partial and intensive outpatient treatment program in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Flowers’ education includes a fellowship in pain management from Sam Houston University as well as a Doctorate in Chronic Pain Treatment. Dr. Flowers holds several board positions and appointments. He presents annually at various pain conferences across the country and has written numerous articles on the subject of chronic pain and addiction treatment.

Lisa Todd, M.D., Medical Director Lisa Todd, M.D. graduated from the University of Washington cum laude in Psychology in 1994 earning membership in high honor societies; Psi Chi, honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa and the Dean’s List scholarly honors. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine, graduating in 2002. Her internship and residency were also completed at the University of Washington with specialized study in Physiatry- the study of the physical function of the body. She has been elected by her peers to Fellow status within the American Academy for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Physiatry. Dr. Todd specializes in the physical function of the body, also known as Physiatry. This area of medicine focuses on diagnosis, treatment and support for chronic conditions. Dr. Todd works with patient's with neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's disease, treatment after spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke and diseases with significant pain and associated change in quality of life such as back injury, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, and other chronic conditions. She also works with individuals who have symptoms that may not fit into a standard diagnosis, or a diagnosis has yet to be identified, but are seeking to feel better.

Robert A. Velin, Ph.D. Dr. Velin is a licensed Psychologist/Neuropsychologist in private practice with Montana Neuropsychological Associates. He received his Ph.D., from the University of Montana, Department of Psychology, Missoula, MT, prior to completing a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He then joined UCSD as a research faculty member before returning to his home state of Montana.

Dr. Velin has 27 years of clinical and research experience assessing and managing neurocognitive issues associated with a broad range of clinical conditions. He has published, presented and treated conditions including chronic pain, head injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and many others. He has particular expertise and interest in the management of chronic pain and addiction syndromes using Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) and integrating comprehensive behavioral-biological-environmental treatment programs. He holds two board certifications and remains active in both clinical practice and research.

Michael Reed, Ph.D. Dr. Michael Reed is President & CEO of Spine Trust, a spine specialty consulting and advocacy firm for all stakeholders including patients, families, providers, hospitals, thirdparty payers, employers, medical companies and government agencies. He and his Spine Trust colleagues are experts at leveraging available resources to navigate, guide, coach and monitor clients to optimize outcomes and reduce the unnecessary suffering and costs associated with spinal disorders. Primary areas of focus include optimizing spine-related workflow processes, systemic data collection and predictive analytics, perioperative spine care (pre- and post-surgical management), complex spinal disorders, pediatric spine care, spinal cord injury, vertebral fragility fractures, spine-related opiate use and Veterans spine services.

Dr. Reed is the former Chairman of the Spine Foundation, a division of the North American Spine Foundation (NASS). In that role, he assisted international initiatives to reduce spine-related disability. In addition, he served on the NASS Advocacy Council Board of Directors and Low Back Pain Guideline Panel. He has acted in various prestigious roles for NASS, such as Chairman of the Allied Health Section, Co-Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee and member of the Conduct & Ethics Committee, International Education Committee, Exercise Task Force, Conflict of Interest Review Panel, and Program Chair for the Summer Spine Meeting and twice for the Annual Meeting.

Outside of NASS, Dr. Michael Reed is the Founder & Director of the Palm Beach Spine Institute, a VIP spine specialty firm for patients with spinal disorders. He is also a member of the editorial review board for The Spine Journal and Spine Universe. Dr. Reed has served on the Impairments Without Disability Conference Committee in association with Mayo Clinic, Stay-At-Work/Return-To-Work Collaboration through the U.S. Department of Labor and World Spine Care.

Dr. Reed’s 28-year career has included research, publication, public speaking and teaching experiences that have focused on perioperative spine care as well as interdisciplinary communication, healthcare reform, spine-related disability and medical outcomes tracking. Prior to launching his consulting and advocacy firm, Dr. Reed served as Executive Director & CEO of the Spine Foundation and Director of HSS Florida for Hospital For Special Surgery.

Becky Curtis, PCC Take Courage CoachingTM Founder, Coach, Speaker When Becky developed excruciating nerve pain after a spinal cord injury in 2005, she set about to learn how to thrive in spite of the pain. Through this process she discovered her brain’s role in pain and how to retrain it to get her pain under control and live life again.

Knowing from personal experience that coaching was the best approach for moving people forward, Becky founded Take Courage CoachingÔ in 2008 to provide this much needed resource to those with chronic pain. Advances in brain science support what TCC observes every day: the brain is capable of unlearning pain and relearning the passion for living.

To extend her coaching reach, Becky has assembled a vibrant team of specially-trained coaches— healthcare professionals who have gained proficiency in coaching and teaching—many who live successful and fulfilling lives with complicated pain.

In addition to coaching and managing TCC's program, Becky travels extensively to speak about the role of coaching in pain recovery—at PAINWeek®, Workers’ Compensation conferences, Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness, UC Davis Pain Medicine Residency, and numerous pain-initiative conferences.

For more information, please go to inquiry@alpenglowlodgemt.com or www.alpenglowlodgemt.com


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