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.
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