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2022 San Diego Pain Summit Presenter Information


Conference Presenters for Feb. 2022

On this page you will find all the presenter's biographies, titles, and synopsis. After the Keynote speakers, they are listed alphabetically by last name. 


Keynote Dr. Melanie Noel

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Bio: Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary and a Full Member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She directs the Alberta Children’s Pain Research Lab within the Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada.  

Dr. Noel’s expertise is on children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and pediatric chronic pain. She published guiding conceptual models of children’s pain memory development, co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain, and fear-avoidance (109 peer-reviewed papers, H index = 31). In recognition of her contributions to advancing knowledge of the psychological aspects of children’s pain, Dr. Noel received early career awards from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the Canadian Pain Society, the American Pain Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

She was named Avenue Magazine Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (Class of 2017) and a Killam Emerging Research Leader (2020).


Keynote Dr. Uchenna Ossai

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Bio: Uchenna Ossai PT, DPT, WCS, CLT is assistant professor at University of Texas Dell Medical School for Department of Women's Health and manager of the pelvic health physical therapy program at UT Health Austin.  Uchenna completed her clinical doctorate in physical therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her residency in Women's Health and Movement Impairment Science at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Uchenna is an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) certified Sexuality Counselor, and is one of only 5 physical therapists in the world with this designation. She also serves in the role as adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work for Sexual Health Certification Program. Her clinical and research interests include sexual dysfunction in marginalized populations, particularly women of color and the LGBTQ+ community.

Uchenna is creator/founder of YouSeeLogic, a judgement-free social media and education platform dedicated to the sex education and empowerment of adults.


Keynote Dr. Tasha Stanton

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Bio: Associate Professor Tasha Stanton is the Osteoarthritis Research Theme Lead for IIMPACT in Health at The University of South Australia, Adelaide. A/Prof Stanton currently holds a National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship. She is a clinical pain neuroscientist, with original clinical training as a physiotherapist. She has received >$3.4m in competitive research funding, has published >65 peer-reviewed journal articles, and she has been a keynote/invited speaker at >80 national and international conferences.

Her research has won both national and international awards, including the World Congress of Pain Ronald Dubner research award for the best series of papers as a trainee, the Australian Pain Society Rising Star Award and the Australian Physiotherapy Association Best New Investigator Award.

Her research focuses on pain – why do we have it and why doesn’t it go away? She has a specific interest in cortical body representation, somatosensation, multi-modal illusions, and pain.


Dr. Joel Bialosky

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Dr. Todd Davenport

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Bio: Todd E. Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS serves as Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. His research involves translating the evidence related to exercise responses in people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome into clinical best practices.

In addition to his academic work, Todd consistently has maintained a clinical practice as a physical therapist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices in Stockton, California.


Dr. Jarod Hall

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Dr. Mark Kargela

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Dr. Matt Low

Title: Coming to terms with complexity: Navigating the terrain between research and practice.

Synopsis: The practice of physiotherapy does not happen in a philosophical vacuum (Anjum and Mumford, 2018). While the idea of an ‘evidence-based’ healthcare might have immediate appeal, what this means in practice relies heavily on what we consider as causal evidence.

From one particular view, ‘evidence’ largely refers to statistical evidence, preferably from randomized controlled trials, linking one type of intervention to a therapeutic effect (Djulbegovic and Guyatt, 2017). What works on group level, however, does not easily transfer to the individual.

Navigating the terrain toward a genuinely person-centered approach cannot consist of treating the patient as a statistical average of its most relevant sub-group, but rather in finding what approach works best for that individual person in their current situation. Starting from exploring the inherent complexity of a person suffering in persistent pain, this presentation walks through the challenges that are met with regards to reaching the 'totality of evidence' and its application in a real world setting, particularly that which lies outside of the clinic door

Bio: Matthew Low is a Consultant Physiotherapist in the NHS and is a Visiting Associate at the Orthopaedic Research Institute at Bournemouth University, UK, working on the philosophy and practice of person-centred care, causal complexity of pain and critical clinical reasoning.


Syreeta Nolan

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Bio: Syreeta Nolan is a disability advocate at University of California San Diego majoring in Human Health Psychology. She serves as Underrepresented Student Officer for the University of California Student Association and co-founded UCSA’s Disability Ad Hoc Committee that will be pursuing non-profit status to expand their mission to disabled students, faculty, staff and alumni. She is also the co-founder of Disabled in Higher Education on Twitter. Follow this movement @DisInHigherEd and her @nolan_syreeta.

Syreeta identifies as a Black, Disabled, bisexual woman and her lived experiences have informed her advocacy goals along with her career goals. She hopes to go to graduate school for Health Policy and Management towards her goal of transforming the mental health field through comprehensive preventive systems similar to what we have in our physical health system. 

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David Poulter

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Bio: David Poulter, B.Sc. Special Hon,  Dip MDT, is a British trained Physical Therapist. He emigrated to Australia in 1986 where he ran a private practice specializing in treating musculoskeletal problems.

He obtained his Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1992. On completion of his diploma course he moved to New Zealand to teach the McKenzie Institute International Diploma course.

David spent 3 years working alongside Robin McKenzie developing the diploma program.

In 1995 he moved the McKenzie Diploma course to Coon Rapids, Minnesota, to its new home at Two Rivers Center.

David was the McKenzie Institute International Director of Education from 1996-1998 inclusive.

He taught the diploma course from 1995-2000 at the Two Rivers clinic and for NovaCare after 1998. He was a Senior Faculty Member of the US McKenzie Institute from 1995-2000, and a senior faculty member of the McKenzie Institute International from 1992-2000.

After leaving the McKenzie Institute, David  developed and taught his own courses based on the “Patient Centered Model.”  He has presented his two main courses “Patients have all the Answers”, and “Telling isn’t Teaching” in Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Ireland and the USA. He also developed and presented nationally and internationally two courses on “Spinal Differentiation” and “Manual techniques in a Patient Centered Paradigm.”

David has presented at numerous MSK conferences in both the USA & internationally.

He specializes in treating Musculoskeletal issues, patient empowerment and self treatment. He has extensive experience in treating the conditions of the spine, shoulder, hip, knee, and post surgical rehabilitation.

David is currently working as a consultant through his own company MT3 .  During the COVID pandemic he has been teaching &  presenting online webinars. Recently he has co-developed a clinical mentoring program, with Evie MartinPT,  through Physios Online UK


Dr. Jason Silvernail

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Bio: Jason Silvernail, DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT, has been a practicing physical therapist since 1997, on duty in the United States Army as a career military officer with over 25 years of service. Dr. Silvernail has worked with a wide variety of patient populations and settings including orthopedic/sports, chronic pain, amputee and neurological rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning.

Dr Silvernail earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Scranton, and his Doctor of Science from Baylor University. He is board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Army-Baylor Army-Baylor Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, earning him a Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.

A clinician and researcher, he has published clinical commentaries and original research in the medical literature (including the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy) and he has a prominent professional presence online where you can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

Opinions expressed by Dr. Silvernail are his own and do not represent the official policy or position of the United States Army, the Department of Defense, or the United States Government.


Dr. Lisa VanHoose



Bio: Dr. Lisa VanHoose is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Dr. VanHoose received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed fellowships at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute PRIDE Summer Institute with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology. Her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Physical Therapy were completed at the University of Central Arkansas.

Dr. VanHoose has practiced oncologic physical therapy since 1996. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy. As a NIH, PCORI, and industry funded researcher, Dr. VanHoose investigates socioecological models of cancer related side effects with an emphasis on minority and rural cancer survivorship.

She has been an advocate for movement of all persons, including the elimination of social policies and practices that are barriers to movement friendly environments. Dr. VanHoose served as the 2012-2016 President of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.

She currently provides oncology rehabilitation services through the Ujima Institute, PLLC, as the owner and service provider.