Presenter Info

Learn from knowledgeable presenters from a variety of disciplines

Keynote Speaker and 2017 David G Simons Award Nominee

  • James Fricton, DDS, MS, had post-doctoral training in pain at UCLA and has devoted his career to patient care and research in temporomandibular and orofacial pain disorders. He completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and post-graduate studies in Computer Science from the University of Iowa.
  • Dr. Fricton also completed a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology at UCLA School of Dentistry and an Anesthesiology and Pain Management Residency at UCLA Medical Center. After his research and clinical training at UCLA, he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota.
  • Dr. Fricton also serves as Professor in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Public Health at the University of Minnesota and Senior Researcher with Health Partners Institute for Education and Research.
  • He  has published and lectured extensively and is the author of the book,  "TMJ and Craniofacial Pain: Diagnosis and Management, Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia", and "Advances in Orofacial Pain and TMJ Disorders".
  • Dr. Fricton has been elected to the governing boards of the American Pain Society, the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
  • Dr. Fricton is the current president of the IMS; International MyoPain Society
Keynote Presentation:  
The Good the Bad and the
Ugly of Opioid Use in Chronic Pain Patients 

Presentation: The 80/20 Rule in Preventing Chronic Pain:  80% of your success is based self-management and 20% on treatment

Presenters & Session Topics

Bob Anderson, CMTPT
Owner, Hampshire Myotherapy
Hadley, MA

Bonnie Prudden Styled Move and Stretch

Mary Biancalana, MA , CMTPT, LMT, ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Owner, Chicago Center for Myofascial Pain Relief, Advanced Trigger Point Seminars and Trigger Point Sports Performance Personal Training
Editor & Contributing Trigger Point Therapy Chapter Author  to the book; "The Complete Guide To Massage" Adams Media, 2016.
  Featured authority on trigger point therapy in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine article, April 2017, page 158
Chicago, IL

  Presentation: "Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia; How Do We Create a Web of Integrated Treatment Strategies

Chuck Duff, MS, CTP

President and Founder Thai Bodywork School
Evanston, IL

thai bodywork techniques for knee and thigh pain caused by myofascial trigger points

Shannon Goossen, AP, LMT
Acupuncture Physician, FSM Practitioner, Myofascial Pain Specialist
Owner: Comprehensive Myofascial Therapy Associates
Jacksonville, FL

Presentation: Pre-Conference
Microcurrent, Photons and PEMF (Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field Therapy) for The Reduction of Chronic or Acute Pain; 
Healing Options In the 21st Century

Kim Dupree Jones RN, FNP, PhD

Kim Dupree Jones is a Professor in the Schools of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. Her area of expertise is exercise physiology and neuroendocrinology in fibromyalgia. She was the principal investigator on over two million dollars of research funding in fibromyalgia from the National Institutes of Health. She is also a principal investigator or co-investigator on 12 other fibromyalgia research studies with the Oregon Fibromyalgia Research and Treatment Team. She has 92 publications and is a frequently invited speaker for patients, clinicians and researchers investigating fibromyalgia. She also maintains a weekly clinical practice at Oregon Health & Science University in which she evaluates and treats people with fibromyalgia.

Presentation: Update on Fibromyalgia Research and Resources for the Clinician As Well As the Patient and Caregivers

Fibromyalgia / MPS: Adapting movement strategies and 

Self-care to Allow for Reduction in Pain, Allow Improved Function in

daily activities  and Daily Functioning

Renee Hartz, MD
Medical Director
Chicago Center for Myofascial Pain Relief
Chicago, IL

Dr. Renee Hartz comes to her current work in eliminating soft tissue pain with over 30 years of experience in many medical modalities including Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Emergency Room, University Medical Education and Myofascial Pain Treatment. She is a passionate and caring medical provider who is dedicated to treating and eliminating muscular (myofascial) pain in a drug-free and surgery-free approach. Dr Hartz is author of over 91 Peer-reviewed papers and 12 chapters on Surgical techniques

Presentation:Clinical tests for People With Myofascial Pain Syndrome or Fibromyalgia and Other Concomitantly Occurring Conditions Like Neuropathy; How Data Gathered Can Shape Clinical Reasoning

David Edelberg PhD, MPH, MD
 Dr. Edelberg, board certified in Internal Medicine in 1974, began incorporating alternative therapies into his practice during the 1980’s. Since founding the parent company of WholeHealth Chicago in 1993, he has become nationally recognized as one of the pioneers of integrative medicine, the new medical specialty combining conventional medicine with alternative therapies.

Author of hundreds of articles and author or editor of five books of integrative medicine; His most recent books have been the best selling “Healing Fibromyalgia” and “The Triple Whammy Cure”.

Treatment strategies for people with Fibromyalgia

Jan Chambers

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain President, Jan Chambers: who advocates for  fibromyalgia and chronic pain, is editor-in-chief of the Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE magazine and who sits on a variety of national pain advocacy committees where she is a voice for the people with  fibromyalgia and chronic pain. The NFMCPA boasts more than 100,000 constituents and 125,000 Facebook Fans.

Angelique Mizera, DO
2014 Janet G Travell Award Recipient

Swedish Covenant Medical Group
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Chicago, IL

Osteopathic Medicine & Trigger Point Therapy Working Together

Michael Coffee, LMT, BCMT, MMP
Pueblo, CO

Presentation: NAT Trigger Point Techniques Adapted for Treatment of CRPS and Fibromyalgia.  Learn about the history of CRPS, symptoms, how MD's diagnose it, and how to possibly help your clients deal with this chronic pain syndrome. Also learn about alternative options to help guide your clients to be able to get some semblance of normalcy.  Finally, learn a few techniques to aid clients in taking the edge off of their chronic pain.

Michael comes to this conference from Colorado, where he works as a Massage Therapist as part of a successful PT clinical team. Michael's Mother suffers from CRPS, (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome), and has had it since he was 7.  Quickly spreading throughout her whole body, she has been in chronic pain for over 27 years.  This was the catalyst for his drive to become an LMT.

Special Credentials: Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist with NCBMT. Certified in medical massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue and myofascial work, as well as intraoral work with the jaw. He has done work with active military and vets who suffer from PTSD at a war memorial hospital.

Tasso Spanos, CMTPT, LMT; 2016 NAMTPT Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Wisdom from a long and storied clinical practice: How to relieve most causes of TMJ Syndrome

 Ross Turchininov, MD (Ukrane), Phd, LMT
Founder of SOMI, Science of Massage Institute
Author; Medical Massage, 
Owner, SOMI Medical Massage Training Seminars
Phoenix, AZ

Dr  Turchininov also known as “Dr Ross”,  graduated from Odessa Medical Institute, named N.I. Pirogov, in 1983. After graduation from medical school he was accepted in the special residency program in the Kiev Institute of Orthopedics which allowed him to start their PhD work at the same time while finishing his residency.  Kiev Institute of Orthopedics is the largest orthopedic and rehabilitation hospital in the Ukraine, and a world known research facility. The most difficult clinical cases from the entire country are sent there and Dr Ross completed the program in 1985.

Dr Ross has published more than 50 articles in medical journals, and has written three books which were very well received by  the massage, physical therapy, chiropractic and medical communities. Dr Ross presented at the Annual Meeting of American Academy of Pain Management in 2007.

Presentation: A view from above; Core principals of somatic rehabilitation. Creating a web from which we can develop clinical reasoning
Round-Robin Presentation:
Application sequence based on an ariel view of clinical massage reasoning.

  Rae Marie Gleason 
  • became the IMS Executive Director in January, 2015.
  • Rae began her career in Salem, Oregon in 1992 at about the same time as the creation of the IMS. She worked with Salem area businessman Jack Scott to create the National Fibromyalgia Research Association. Jack served on the IMS Board of Directors until this past year.
  • Rae was the NFRA Executive Director for 14 years before holding the same position for the National Fibromyalgia Association. Currently, she is also the Medical Education and Research Director for the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association.
  • Rae was mentored by IMS founders, Dr. Jon and Barbara Russell and several of the first board members including Dr. Robert Benne . Through the years Rae helped distribute the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain and IMS World Congress information at national medical meetings from the NFRA exhibit booth.
  • She attended and exhibited at several US IMS World Congresses, and attended the one in Silvi Marina, Italy

Fibromyalgia / MPS: Adapting movement strategies and 

Self-care to Allow for Reduction in Pain, Greater ADLs 

and Daily Functioning

This year's NAMTPT Conference is presented in partnership with International Myopain Society.


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