Pain Management Commission Members
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.
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.”
Amber Rose Dullea, MA
Amber Rose Dullea is a thriver with pain who founded Thriving with Pain LLC to work with people who live with pain to take their lives back. As a compassionate coach/healer, humorous speaker, and writer, she shows how to thrive despite chronic pain. Ms. Dullea has lived with chronic pain for over a decade and has compassion and understanding for the journey from suffering to surviving to thriving. Pain management and relief are part of the process but so is dealing with the negative stigma associated with pain. Support and resources are essential. She brings a perspective informed by years of a licensed massage therapy practice, a Master of Arts in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University Seattle, coaching, facilitating adult learning, compassion and her own experience with chronic pain.
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.
Judith Gilbertson, RN
Judith Gilbertson RN has worked at Kaiser Permante for over 20 years in a variety of roles around the care and treatment of patients who have chronic pain. As a pain case manager working closely with primary care physicians to develop treatment plans.
Currently as team leader at Kaiser Permantes pain clinic, my responsibilities include teaching and training of both patients and staff, along with updating policy and procedures as practices change. Patients with chronic pain are near and dear to my heart. My mission is to provide and influence the most up to date and effective care possible.
Janet Kadlecik, OTR/L
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Janet Kadlecik, OTR/L started her career in Occupational Therapy as a graduate of Colorado State University. Studying under Roy Matheson, PhD (Employment and Rehab Institute of California), she furthered her knowledge of and execution of Work/ Physical Capacity Evaluations. She was the Occupational Therapy Department Head at the Northwest Pain Center working closely with Joel Seres, MD, Richard Newman, PhD and Sharon Labbs, PhD . Prior pain management experience includes working for 3 years as an Occupational Therapist for Good Samaritan Pain Clinic.
Volunteer work includes Board membership of the City of Bend’s Accessibility Advisory Committee; Board membership of the Central OR Safety & Health committee (Oregon OSHA); past Board Vice President for Abilitree (aka: Central OR Resources for Independent Living).
Janet Kadlecik is current owner and President of Work Capacities, LLC. She works closely with Gary Rishitelli, MD in performing Independent Medical Evaluations, arbiter evaluations, and physical capacity evaluations for work comp and disability patients. This clinic has 3 locations in Bend, Medford and Salem.
A mother of 2 daughters, ages 19 and 23, keeps her busy when not enjoying the myriad of outdoor activities in Central Oregon, where she has lived with her family for the past 25 years.
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.
Csaba L. Mera, MD, FAAP, FRCPSC
Dr. Mera serves as the deputy chief medical officer for Cambia Health Solutions and executive medical director of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. He provides leadership for the medical director team and clinical support for a number of departments including sales and marketing, healthcare management, accountable health systems, network management, quality and public policy.
An Alpha Omega Alpha honor society graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Mera completed his postgraduate training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He has 23 years of clinical experience in emergency medicine, pediatrics and pediatric hematology oncology.
Following his clinical years, Dr. Mera has had 20 years of experience as a medical director and chief medical officer at a number of large health plans and insurers in California and Minnesota. Prior to joining Regence, Dr. Mera was vice president and medical director at ODS Health Plans (now moda Health) where he led that organization to a 3‐year NCQA accreditation at the excellent level.
Dr. Mera is an active participant on various committees and workgroups in business and the healthcare industry, including the BCBSA National Council of Physician Executives, the AHIP Chief Medical Officer Committee, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, and the Oregon Health Leadership Council Best Practices Workgroup. He is also on the Board of Directors and Past Board President of Janus Youth Programs and Third Rail Repertory Theatre.
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.
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.