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Pain Management Commission Members

Updated 7/13/13

The Pain Management Commission consists of not more than 19 members. Two members are members of a legislative committee with jurisdiction over human services issues, one Senator appointed by the President of the Senate and one representative appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Seventeen members are apponted by the Director of the Oregon health Authority, having considered recommendations from individuals and public and private agencies and organizations with experience or a demonstrated interest in pain management issues.

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Catriona Buist, PysD, Chair
Dr. Buist is a licensed psychologist and is the Clinical Director of the interdisciplinary pain management program at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates.  Dr. Buist is a member of the Pain Society of Oregon and has presented on chronic pain locally and nationally.  She is a member of the Pain Interest Consortium and the Pain Interest Group..

​​​Ruben Halperin, MD, Vice Chair
Dr. Halperin is a general internist and a faculty member of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Providence Portland Medical Center. He currently is the physician liaison on the Persistent Pain Program, a collaborative between primary care, physical therapy and behavioral health in the Providence Health System. In addition to teaching residents and medical students, he co-directs the Population-Based Health course where residents learn systems based practice and develop skills in quality improvement. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, completed an internal medicine residency at UCLA Center for Health Sciences and then did a general medicine fellowship/master of public health at Harvard School of Public Health.

​Gary W. Allen, DMD, MS
Dr. Allen is a dental consultant for Advantage Dental and PacificSource Health Plans. He is a native Oregonian who received his DMD from the University of Oregon Dental School and a Master of Science from George Washington University. He is board certified in Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine and served on active duty with the U.S. Army for 26 years, retiring as a Colonel in 1999. His last military assignment was Commander of the North Atlantic Regional Dental Command, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Dr. Allen is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Consultants and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.

​Allen Bates, DO, State Senator
Senator Dr. Bates is a state legislator and private practice physician in Southern Oregon. Dr. Bates completed his bachelor's degree at Central Washington State University in 1969. He attended medical school at the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and interned at Denver General and Rocky Mountain Hospitals in Colorado. Dr. Bates moved to Southern Oregon after completing his internship and has remained there in private practice for over 30 years. Before entering politics, he was Chief of Medicine at both Rogue Valley Medical Center and Providence Medical Center, and a board member of a group of primary care physicians. Dr. Bates has been a leader in implementing health care reform legislation and in 2009 co-authored HB 2009 which created the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health Policy Board. He also serves on the Legislature’s Emergency Board.

​Amy Carmona, BSN, RN-BC, CHPN
Ms. Carmona is board-certified in pain management nursing, as well as in hospice and palliative care. She also is a member of the Opioid Poisoning Workgroup and the American Society of Pain Educators. She has a particular interest in the care of older adults, including those with dementia and other cognitive impairments. As a person living with pain herself, she works to improve care through involvement in policymaking, and through education of health care providers, patients, and the public.

​​Coleen Carlisle, Public Member
Ms. Carlisle has lived with chronic pain for over half of her life. She states, “The most important thing I have learned during this time is that chronic pain is a part of me, but it does not define me. What does define me is the wonderful family and friends that I love, what I look forward to for my future and the passions in my life that I continue to work very hard to participate in.” As a member of OPMC, Coleen hopes to help all Oregonians living with chronic pain to come to the above conclusions for their lives, too, so that they find that they are not a victim to chronic pain. Coleen states, “I have worked hard to become my own best advocate and to build my "team" of health care professionals. I believe that this is possible for anyone that suffers with chronic pain. One of my biggest goals in working with the commission is to do whatever is needed to help others realize that this is possible for their lives also.”

​​Thomas Carr, MD
Dr. Carr is a board certified internist and general internist at the Portland is a board certified internist and general internist at the Portland VA where he has a general medicine practice, supervises internal medicine residents in the VA outpatient clinic, and is involved with chronic pain system issues for the VA locally, regionally and nationally. He is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Medicine and did his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Washington.

Paul Coelho, MD
Dr. Coelho is a pain management physician at The Corvallis Clinic. He is board certified and fellowship trained in PM&R and Pain Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Chicago, completed his residency in PM&R at the University of Washington, followed by a fellowship in pain management and spine care at Kaiser Permanente. His medical interests include evidence-based spine and pain management, and opioid harm reduction strategies.

​David Eisen, Lac, MSW, OMD(am)
Dr. Eisen is a licensed acupuncturist. He graduated from Cornell University, received his masters in social work from Washington University, Chinese medical training from the New England School of Acupuncture, and his doctorate in Chinese Medicine from Open University of Sri Lanka. He serves on the board of directors for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, a national organization that trains and advocates for the use of acupuncture for behavioral medical conditions. He is also on faculty of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. For 18 years he served as Director of Central City Concern’s Portland Alternative Health Center and as Director of Clinical Services. He currently is the executive director of Quest Center for Integrative Health, a multidisciplinary medically integrated clinic, which serves low income people with chronic diseases including HIV/AIDS, cancer, addictions and mental health disorders as well as chronic pain. Dr. Eisen has helped to establish groundbreaking clinical programs integrating acupuncture for addictions and pain in Federally Qualified Health Centers and most recently co-authored policies and guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain in homeless adults that was commissioned by the National Health Care for the Homeless Coalition (2011). He has also served as a reviewer for the National Institutes for Health on alternative therapies.

​Sunny Kierstyn, RN, DC
Prior to earning her doctorate in chiropractic medicine in l989, Dr. Kierstyn spent almost three decades working as an acute-care RN in Southern California hospitals and Hawaii. While studying for her doctorate, she became fascinated with craniopathy and fibromyalgia, specializing in the two dynamic areas ever since. She is active with the Oregon Chiropractic Association (OCA) as well as the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners (OBCE), having served on the OCA Board of Directors and OBCE Peer Review Committee, and has participated throughout the production of the Education Manual for Evidence-Based Chiropractic.

​​Michele Koder, PharmD
Dr. Koder practices community and clinical pharmacy for Multnomah County Health Department where she is developing and expanding comprehensive clinical pharmacy and medication management services throughout the department’s primary care clinics. For the past 10 years, one of her focus areas has been in compassionate, safe and evidence-based chronic pain management. She serves on the health department’s Opiate Oversight Committee- providing education and clinical consultation to primary care providers and assisting with pain policy development and patient support services. She received her pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island. Her post-graduate training included completion of a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and a Family Medicine/Managed Care Residency at OHSU/OSU College of Pharmacy in Oregon. Past service includes the Oregon Health Resources Commission from 2009-2011 and its various subcommittees from 2002-2007.

Anthony Marrone DC, DACRB, Cert. MDT
Dr. Marrone is a chiropractic physician who specializes in rehabilitation and is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board (DACRB) and is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the McKenzie Institute (Cert. MDT). His practice model emphasizes comprehensive integrated care with other providers in the best interests of the patient. His practice uses 'evidence-informed' clinical decision making that best meet the needs of the individual patient. In treating chronic pain patients he uses patient-education in pain neuroscience as a means of helping patients better understand how they can be a part of their recovery along with meaningful exercise, manual  therapies and the foundational chiropractic background of seeing the patient as a whole. All with a goal of improving function in the chronic pain patient. He has lectured locally and nationally on the issues of pain and its effects on patient’s lives to other health professionals, pain patients, the legal profession and the general public. He has been and is currently a field clinician for NIH funded trial studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in treating various musculoskeletal conditions. He practices in Portland, Oregon at his private clinic, Phoenix Chiropractic, where he provides comprehensive care for a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders and conditions.

​​Laura Scobie, PA-C, MMSc
Ms. Scobie is a Physician Assistant licensed in Oregon and Washington. She has been working as a physiatric pain management specialist since 2004 at Columbia Pain Management in Hood River. She earned a Master’s in Medical Science at Emory University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California. She has extensive experience treating diverse pain patients within a multimodal approach, including procedural interventions, devices, and medications as well as performing electrodiagnostic testing. She is a member of the Oregon Pain Society, Oregon Medical Association, American Association of Physician Assistants, Oregon Society of Physician Assistants and Washington Association of Physician Assistants.

Nora Stern, PT, MS PT
Nora Stern is program manager for the Persistent Pain Project at Providence Health and Services and runs the Persistent Pain Program within Providence Rehabilitation Services state-wide.  The primary focus of her work involves training health care professional in contemporary concepts regarding the neurophysiology of pain, facilitating the development of new treatment models to support a biopsychosocial approach to treatment, and development of pain education material for patients.  The Persistent Pain Project  has developed written material, pain education classes, and videos  on pain for Providence patients which are used extensively throughout Providence, as well as learning modules for providers.  In 2014, the pain project has trained all of the primary care physicians in Oregon in Providence Medical Group.   As a physical therapist, she approaches persistent pain treatment by evaluating the aspects of the nervous system that have become too sensitized and addresses the sensitization through pain education, physiological quieting, sensory cortical retraining including kinesthetic awareness and graded motor imagery, and graded exposure and pacing.  She has trained rehab therapists throughout Providence Oregon in this model.   Nora has taught in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, to medical and osteopathic physicians, naturopaths, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists.   Nora is also a faculty instructor with NeuroOrthopaedic Institute, US.

​Margo Traines, OT
Ms. Traines is a licensed Occupational Therapist (OT), Life Transitions Advisor, Life Care Planner, Accessibility and Safety Consultant, Arthrotherapist, and OT Pain Management Educator. She has over 30 years of experience in OT evaluation, treatment and instruction; she has performed work both nationally and internationally. She has lectured and published on numerous topics including parenting, pediatrics, geriatrics, ergonomics, rehabilitation and pain management. Ms. Traines has designed, developed, and taught for a number of institutions, including the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon, Arthritis Foundation, Umpqua Community College, Pacific University, and a chronic pain management center. She is approved by the OT Licensing Board as a CEU provider and serves on the OT Curriculum Development Committee for the Northwest Institute for Health Care Training. She has personal experience as a primary caregiver in the home setting and has provided pro bono OT services in rural Oregon. Ms. Traines extends her interest of the OT concepts of development and mental health through her animal rescue work.

​Tom Watson, PT, D.P.T., M.Ed., D.A.A.P.M.
Dr. Watson has 33 years of experience in orthopedic physical therapy, including TMJ and low back pain and 26 years in pain management, including fibromyalgia, chronic headaches and neuropathies. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Oklahoma University in 1973, and a doctorate in physical therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2004. He is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and serves on their Board of Directors and Board of Advisors. He lectures nationally and is published in numerous professional journals and magazines. He wrote chapter 19 on “Physical Therapy and Pain Management” in the seventh edition of the textbook Weiner’s Pain Management (2005).

​Jim Weidner, State Representative
Representative Weidner is a state legislator from District 24, Yamhill County. His professional experience includes being the owner/operator of a restaurant in Newberg, Oregon, and as a Vibration Analyst for for numerous lumber companies and local mills. Representative Weidner is a youth coach and has also participated in organizing his local Sports Ministry.

Kevin Wilson, ND, DAAPM
Dr. Kevin Wilson is and has been in private practice for 29 years. He graduated from Bucknell University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland. He has a general naturopathic practice with an emphasis on orthopedic function and pain management. He is an adjunct professor for NCNM, serves as chair of the Formulary Council for the Oregon Naturopathic Medical Board, is on the Steering Committee for the Portland chapter of the Pain Society of Oregon and is an active member of the Legislative Committee of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Wilson also presents regularly on the naturopathic treatment of pain to various groups including the Pain Society of Oregon, The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the American Academy of Pain Management of which he is a credentialed delegate.