Peterborough - Relieving Pain, Restoring Function & Renewing Hope

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Peterborough Golf & Country Club

1030 Armour Rd

Peterborough, ON K9J 7H4


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Pain affects over 40% of Canadians aged 45 or older and up to 80% of all seniors. People spend more money on pain than any other condition, yet health care professionals do not always have access to the tools needed to help patients effectively manage their conditions.

This conference will cover topics such as:

  • What should health care providers know about evidence-based pain management?
  • What are considered best practices?
  • How can understanding pain help treatment providers and those advocating for your patients?

Join us for a half-day conference addressing the common challenges in treating and advocating for pain patients, including current and new treatment techniques.

Hear from the experts in the field of pain management on what is available today, what may be coming tomorrow, and how to harness our health care resources efficiently and effectively.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Learn about the latest evidence-based pain management treatments
  • Understand the genesis of pain
  • Learn how to access treatment and funding for your patients

Who Should Attend?

This conference is intended for all hospital and community healthcare professionals. A digital Certificate of Attendance will be distributed upon request.

Conference Agenda

8:00 am – Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am – Welcome and Introduction Jim Vigmond, Partner, Oatley Vigmond LLP, Ross Hendin, CEO, Allevio Pain Management

8:40 am – The Mind and Body Connection – Why and How Does Pain Exist? Dr. Rhaul Pathak, Neurologist, Allevio Pain Management

  • Defining pain and it’s complex nature
  • Understanding pathophysiology and its clinical implications
  • Differentiating between acute vs. chronic pain and neuropathic vs. nociceptive pain

9:10 am – Multidisciplinary Approaches to Pain Management Dr. Imrat Sohanpal, Anesthesiologist, Medical Director , Allevio Pain Management

  • Biopsychosocial model of pain management
  • Benefits of a multidisciplinary approach
  • Reviewing specific measurable goals for patient success

9:30 am – A Guide to Diagnosing, Assessing and Treating Pain - Dr. Rhaul Pathak

  • Assessing pain
  • Pain condition algorithms: Spinal and MSK, migraine, and neuropathic pain

10:10 am – Refreshment Break

10:30 am – Innovative Treatments on the Horizon: Evidence Based and New Approaches Dr. Imrat Sohanpal

  • Healing through - PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
  • Regenerative stem cell therapy
  • Medical cannabis as a method of pain management
  • Botox and Magnesium Infusions for migraine and other conditions
  • Lidocaine +/- Ketamine Infusions

11:10 am – Accessing Treatment Through Insurance Ross Hendin, Harrison Cooper, Lawyer, Oatley Vigmond LLP and Steven Smyth, Accident Benefits Specialist, Oatley Vigmond LLP

  • What is the process?
  • Proving what is reasonable and necessary to the insurance adjuster
  • Strategies and options to streamline the approval process

11:30 am Ask the Experts: Your Questions Answered

Jim Vigmond, Dr. Rhaul Pathak, and Dr. Imrat Sohanpal

12:00 pm – Closing Remarks followed by Lunch and Networking

Jim Vigmond, Ross Hendin

About the Speakers

Dr. Imrat Sohanpal, Anesthesiologist, Medical Director, Allevio Pain Management

Dr. Sohanpal is the Chair of the Allevio Pain Management Medical Advisory Board and Medical Director of Allevio Pain Management. Dr. Sohanpal has a particular interest in the assessment and management of spinal and other pain conditions.

He is a licensed Anesthesiologist who attained Advanced Pain Training for his fellowship at University College London in England. Dr. Sohanpal is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Sohanpal focuses his practice of Anesthesiology, acute and sports pain, regenerative medicine research and chronic pain management.

Dr. Sohanpal has performed over 1,000 Radiofrequency Ablation procedures, and is proficient in ultrasound guided injections of all anatomical MSK pain and for regenerative medicine.

Dr. Rahul Pathak, Neurologist, Allevio Pain Management

Dr. Pathak is Allevio’s full time neurologist, and has a particular interest in the assessment and management of headaches, migraines, and facial pain in addition to general pain conditions. He is a licensed Neurologist who attained an Interventional Pain Management fellowship at New York University Medical Center, and attended residency at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.

Dr. Pathak focuses his practice of Neurology on headaches and other neurological-based pain conditions, and maintains a thriving chronic pain practice for other conditions as well. Dr. Pathak is proficient in a myriad of techniques for treating challenging conditions such as cluster headaches, migraines and mild traumatic brain injuries.

Ross Hendin, Co-Founder and CEO, Allevio Pain Management

Ross is Co-Founder and CEO of Allevio Pain Management. Over the last six years, Ross has grown the Allevio clinic into one of the largest, most respected practices of its kind in Canada; seeing patients from coast to coast, and across Ontario through one centre in Toronto.

Ross has simultaneously grown the Allevio expert opinion division into a leading IME practice and is a driving force helping to educate and bridge the gap between medicine and law. Ross remains keenly focused on continuing to open the bottleneck between patients who need care and those in the system trying to help.

Ross graduated with a BA (Hons) in Political Science from Huron University College, part of the University of Western Ontario.

James L. Vigmond, Partner, Oatley Vigmond LLP

Former president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Jim Vigmond continues to be a leading figure of Ontario’s personal injury trial bar. At Oatley Vigmond, Jim leads a team of lawyers and support staff with broad expertise in spinal cord, brain injury, and serious orthopedic cases.

He has been voted by his peers as among The Best Lawyers in Canada annually from 2006 to 2018, is a Certified Litigation Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada, a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In November 2016, Jim was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. For Jim, the clients’ right to fair compensation is the pillar of his deep commitment to improving the lives of injured persons and their families.

Harrison Cooper, Lawyer, Oatley Vigmond LLP

Harrison is an associate lawyer at Oatley Vigmond. He graduated from the University of Windsor with a Juris Doctor (J.D.), as well as the University of Guelph, earning an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Policy.

Prior to joining Oatley Vigmond, Harrison gained valuable insight into personal injury litigation from the defence perspective at a leading Toronto law firm. This experience has provided Harrison with a unique viewpoint, allowing him to help his clients achieve the best possible results.

Harrison is drawn to personal injury litigation because of the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of clients and their loved ones.

Steven Smyth, Accident Benefits Specialist, Oatley Vigmond LLP

Prior to joining Oatley Vigmond in 2012 as an Accident Benefits Specialist, Steven worked as a Claims Manager in the insurance industry for over 16 years specializing in automobile accident collisions, personal injury, and litigation. Having years of experience in claims management, Steven has a unique insight into the insurance system and how insurance companies think.

As an Accident Benefits Specialist, Steven provides prompt and effective assistance with accessing insurance benefits to which clients are entitled following automobile collisions. He helps assemble a reliable community of rehabilitation and long term care specialists for our clients.

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