Nora Stern, PT, MS PT, Chair
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.