This is a directory of clinical resources, including providers, organizations and associations, as well as conferences and events that you can use to enhance your medical care. These resources share the common element that they are grounded in the principles of dynamic healing.

Please note that their inclusion on this page does not constitute a recommendation for medical care. Please consult your primary care physician when considering adding others to your care team.

Clinical Specialists

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Allan Abbass, M.D.

Dr. Allan Abbass is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and founding Director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Canada. He is a leading teacher and researcher in the area of Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy, having provided over 300 invited presentations and 250 publications.  Since 2000 he has been consulted widely by governments, universities, and health agencies on the cost-effectiveness and applicability of short-term psychotherapy. His most recent book is Hidden from View: Clinicians' Guide to Psychophysiologic Disorders

https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/department-sites/psychiatry/our-people/faculty/allan-abbass.html

David Cassius, M.D., PS

https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-cassius-md-745ab81/

Jeffrey Lazarus, M.D.

Jeffrey Lazarus, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician. He practiced general pediatrics for 27 years and has sub-specialized for the past 20 years in the use of medical hypnosis for children, adolescents, and adults, with various common health conditions. He is an expert in the practical use of medical hypnosis for the treatment of headaches, nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), gastrointestinal conditions, and tics (with and without Tourette syndrome), performance anxiety, and chronic pain. 

https://www.JeffLazarusMD.com

Mark Moisi, M.D.

Dr. Marc Moisi utilizes the most up-to-date, evidence-based surgical and minimally invasive surgical techniques to implement a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan so his patients can return to the activities they love. Dr. Moisi is a fellowship-trained Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Neurosurgeon and is dual trained in this specialty for both Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Moisi has a keen interest in spinal tumors, trauma, and deformity. He treats all etiologies of the spine and is capable of addressing the conditions with many different techniques and methods.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-moisi-80454187/

 

Howard Schubiner, M.D.

Dr. Howard Schubiner is an internist and the director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Ascension Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan and a Clinical Professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He provides personalized primary care for conditions that affect adults as they age. Dr. Schubiner listens to understand you and your health concerns. He takes the time to get to know you and your family's health history. Then, he works with you to create a personalized care plan that helps promote your long-term health and well-being. 

https://unlearnyourpain.com/

 

David Schechter, M.D.

Dr. David Schechter is a physician in Culver City, California. He received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine and has been practicing as a Family and Sports Medicine Physician for over 25 years. Dr. Schechter’s unique non-surgical approach to Sports Medicine has helped everyone from competitive athletes to soccer moms. He is a provider for many types of health insurance and is on the medical staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as a Family and Sports Medicine doctor.

https://www.schechtermd.com/

John Stracks, M.D.

Dr. John Stracks is a leading voice for holistic medical care in Chicago. His practice specializes in integrative medicine, primary care, thyroid disease management, and mind-body approaches to successfully manage and overcome chronic pain and illness. His pioneering approach and his dedication to treating the whole person provide an alternative perspective on medical care as well as hope and improved healing to patients who have exhausted other options.

https://cormendihealth.com/our-practitioners

James Taylor, M.D.

Dr. James Taylor is a board certified anesthesiologist with a focus on pain management. He runs 7 clinics that see over 4,000 patients per month. Over the last several years, Dr. Taylor and his team have been collecting information on patients that has led to many interesting discoveries, particularly involving CBD and the pain management patient. Dr. Taylor's journey pursuing an understanding of Cannabinoid Medicine has led him to develop laboratory services for hemp farmers as well as testing on hemp related products.

https://www.ips.md/

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Frankart, PT

Jeff Frankart is the founder of The Fix PT, a physical therapy clinic he operates with his wife, Carla. His focus is helping clients reduce chronic pain and narcotic use, and improve their mental outlook. He has personally treated more than 50,000 patients in his 25-year career. For more information, visit:

https://www.thefixpt.com

Charlie Merrill, PT

Charlie Merrill is a physiotherapist synthesizing mind/body strategies to treat acute and chronic symptoms. He supports clients across the life span, including elite athletes, in un-learning symptoms by addressing their fear about the pain itself as well as fear about the emotions related to life stress and change. 

https://www.linhealth.com

 

Sharna Prasad, PT

Sharna Prasad is passionate about treating persistent pain with a combination of movement, mindfulness and education. She is a certified Therapeutic Pain Specialist, and she also specializes in pelvic floor therapy for incontinence and pelvic pain in men, women and children over eight years of age.

https://www.samhealth.org/patient-visitors/find-a-doctor/p/prasad-sharna-1356550180

 

Joe Tatta, PT, DPT, CNS

Dr. Joe Tatta is a global leader in integrative pain care and an advocate for the safe and effective treatment of chronic pain. He is the Founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a cutting-edge health company reinventing pain care through evidence-based treatment, research, and professional development.

https://www.integrativepainscienceinstitute.com

 

Dean Volk, PT, MPT

Dean Volk has been transforming his patients’ lives since 1992. He currently owns 3 physical therapy practices. Most recently, he started an online business, Sciatica Relief Now, LLS, which focuses on those suffering with Sciatica for 6+ months.

https://www.SciaticaReliefNow.net

 

 

 

 

Les Aria, PhD

Les Aria, is a Pain Psychologist, who has been practicing for the past 16 years with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Inc. Les specializes in treating psychophysiological disorders/persistent pain and medically unexplained problems. His passion for mind body interventions promote a unique style to help patients relate differently to their suffering, thus shifting them into pain recovery and wellness.

https://www.menda.health/team-les-aria

Daniel Atkins, PsyD

Daniel Atkins is an intuitive psychologist who was trained as a clinical psychologist. He has an integrative practice that incorporates the mind-body connection, the ancestral lineages of trauma, his own style of energy-based medicine, and channeled intuitive wisdom to meet the holistic needs of sufferers in mind, body, and spirit. 

https://www.drdanielatkins.com/

 

 

Kendra Bloom, LMHC

Kendra Bloom is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, PACT-Trained Couples Therapist, Somatic Psychotherapist and Certified Intuitive Energy Healer. Kendra combines modern neuroscience with the holistic healing arts, positive psychology and body-based practices to create a dynamic and experiential method of transformation on all levels.

https://www.kendra-bloom.com

 

Geralyn Datz, PhD, MP

Dr Geralyn Datz is a licensed clinical health psychologist who specializes in pain psychology and educating others about health psychology. She is President and Clinical Director of Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates PLLC, a group mental health specialty practice. Southern Behavioral Medicine provides assessment and treatment of individuals with psychological disorders as well as medical issues, such as chronic pain.

https://www.southernbmed.com

 

Jake Eagle

Jake Eagle, after 25 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, now refers to himself as a meta-therapist—working with people who wonder what comes after therapy. He and his wife founded the Live Conscious community. They teach online classes and retreats. And Jake is a co-investigator of Mindfulness Studies with NorthBay Healthcare and UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. 

https://www.liveconscious.com

 

Dan Ratner, PhD

Dr. Dan Ratner is a nationally known pain psychologist, who uses a mind body approach to treating chronic pain. He specializes in the alleviation of physical symptoms deriving from, or exacerbated by, psychological causes. Building a strong, genuine connection with clients – based on trust, empathy, and warmth – he works collaboratively with them to achieve greater insight, self-awareness and healing. He is the host of the popular podcast, Crushing Doubt.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/daniel-ratner-new-york-ny/59383

 

Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP

Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP, licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst, has treated mind-body pain disorders for forty years, studying closely with the late John E. Sarno, MD, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Rusk Institute—NYU Langone Medical School. Her treatment of adults who are in pain integrates psychoanalytic theory of attachment with the neuroscience of pain and trauma and includes techniques learned in advanced training in treating trauma.

https://francessommeranderson.com/

 

Susan (Susie) Casserd, CPC

https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-susie-casserd-cpc-6b78858/

Mags Clark-Smith MA, PGCE, BCPT, BMC

Mags draws on her extensive knowledge of the body through dance, psychology and non-verbal communication to empower people to move with confidence and resolve chronic pain. Mags offers one-to-one Resolving Chronic Pain consultations and Body Control Pilates classes, as well as taking part in chronic pain research and giving guest talks and lectures on chronic pain. Mags lectures on University Edinburgh Dance Science Masters course.

https://www.resolvingchronicpain.com/about-mags

 

Robert Paris, B.Comm., M.B.A., CSP

Robert Paris applies fundamental principles of neuroscience to management and leadership in a wide variety of fields including sports and business. He has developed ground-breaking programs in leadership, coaching, team-building and innovation that incorporate emerging knowledge of the brain to  to enable people to expand perspectives, talk more authentically and create rare moments of insight.

https://myelinleadership.com/robert-paris/

 

 

Laura Peters, MA, PHR

Laura Peters, MA, PHR is a Qualified Instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction who blends mindfulness with insights from nature and neuroscience. Since 2000, she has taught mindfulness in fitness, health care, business and non-profit settings, and has given inspiring presentations in settings ranging from farms to regional and national conferences.

https://goodearthmindfulness.com/

 

Marla Plotnick, MSW, PPCC

Marla Plotnick works with individuals who want to get unstuck and develop a growth mindset for navigating life challenges. When our coping skills get overwhelmed by life’s circumstances we can develop chronic pain, illness, and mental health issues. She uses an evidence based mind/body approach to help clients develop their own toolboxes to process emotions, change thought patterns, tune into body signals, and practice self-care.

https://www.montrealtherapy.com/team_members/marla-plotnick/

 

Tovah Goldfine

Dr. Tovah Goldfine is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Rehabilitation and Pain Solutions. She has assisted her patients with acute pain, chronic pain, autoimmune disease as well as tools and insights to take responsibility for their ultimate health and emotional well-being. She is a specialist in gentle Chiropractic treatment where she uses various techniques on the body assisting the alignment and muscular system to remove pressure from the nerves, ligaments, muscles, and other soft tissue structures.

https://www.drtovah.com

 

 

Lois Prinz, CHt, CI, NLP, CNPM

Lois Prinz, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotism trainer, is dedicated to working with clients experiencing chronic pain.  She has created a 15 hour digital training entitled, ThinkPainAway.net. Lois has produced 25 Hypnosis CDs and co-authored The Heart of Hypnosis and Deep Healing Workbook with Dr. Emmett Miller, MD., and is the only Hypnotist holding certification in Nutritional Pain Management.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lois-prinz-6977548/

 

Gillian Riley

After teaching a program on quitting smoking for 12 years, Gillian Riley ran her first course on “How to take Control of Overeating” in 1997. She holds weekend workshops in London and has delivered the course through webinars since 2017.  Her work has as its focus the extraordinary and often ignored role of the mind in behavior change such as stopping smoking and eating less.

https://eatingless.com/


Organizations & Associations


 

 

American Chronic Pain Association

The mission of the American Chronic Pain Association is to facilitate peer support, education, and hope for individuals living with pain conditions. The association strives to raise awareness among the health care community, policymakers, and the public at large about issues of living with physical and emotional pain. Today several hundred ACPA support groups meet across the US and in Canada, Great Britain, and many other countries. The ACPA’s unique materials are a primary resource for individuals seeking to improve the quality of their lives and for the professionals who help them.

https://www.theacpa.org/

 

Hoffman Institute

The Hoffman Institute Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transformative adult education, spiritual growth, and the personal dimensions of leadership. We serve a diverse population from all walks of life – business professionals, stay-at-home parents, therapists, students, tradespeople – who are seeking clarity in all aspects of their lives. Through its proprietary methodology, participants learn how to transform counterproductive beliefs, perceptions, and emotional patterns that are limiting their lives.

https://www.hoffmaninstitute.org/

 

SIRPA

Chronic pain is now the leading cause of disability, affecting 20 – 30% of the global population and SIRPA’s vision is to help bring an end to chronic pain worldwide. By cultivating a community of ambassadors for this emerging approach to chronic pain, SIRPA’s mission is to help people in pain understand how the body and mind work, and to provide them with the tools to live a full, active and healthy life.

https://www.sirpa.org/

Events & Conferences