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Markham - Relieving Pain, Restoring Function & Renewing Hope


Markham - Relieving Pain, Restoring Function & Renewing Hope

Pain affects over 40% of Canadians aged 45 or older and up to 80% of all seniors. People spend more on pain than any other condition, and yet health care professionals do not always have access to the tools in order 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’s considered international best practice? 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. Certificate of attendance will be distributed upon request.



Relieving Pain, Restoring Function & Renewing Hope


Conference Agenda


8:00am – Registration and Breakfast


8:30 am – Welcome and Introduction


8:40 am – The Mind and Body Connection – Why and How Does Pain Exist?

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

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

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

Discussing interventional treatments:

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

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


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

About the Speakers:

Dr. Imrat Sohanpal - Anesthesia, Pain Management Fellow

• Dr. Sohanpal is our leading Chronic Pain expert and our Medical Director

• Qualified with over 11 years in academic and practice anesthesia and has a 7+ year career in the space

• Dr. Sohanpal is seasoned, clear-speaking, and a practice leader in Canada and the UK

Areas of interest: complex chronic pain conditions, neuropathic pain, spinal pain, MSK pain, regenerative medicine and medical cannabis

• Paediatric and General Anesthesiology, consultant in acute and chronic pain management, including sub acute injury, regenerative medicine and medical cannabis research


Dr. Rahul Pathak - Neurology and Pain Medicine, Allevio Pain Management

• Neurology Residency, Stony Brook University Hospital, NY, 2011 - 2014

• Interventional Pain Management Fellowship, New York University Medical Center, NY, 2014

• Full time clinical practice at Allevio Pain Management, working mostly with head pain, migraine, cluster headache and other complex headache conditions


Robert Durante - Partner, Oatley Vigmond LLP

A graduate of McGill University and Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Rob joined Oatley Vigmond shortly after his call to the bar in 1997.

As a partner at Oatley Vigmond, Rob is committed to helping clients obtain the compensation they deserve. He finds working on and resolving cases that involve the death of a family member the most gratifying. While compensation can never provide solace to the surviving family members, bringing the case to a successful resolution often provides a sense of justice and closure for family members, who can then go on to begin the healing process.

Rob advocates for seriously injured clients and for families who have lost a loved one due to negligence. He also focuses on accident benefits claims, disability claims and product liability claims.


Ben Irantalab - Lawyer, Oatley Vigmond LLP

Ben first joined Oatley Vigmond as a summer student in May 2013. He returned to Oatley Vigmond as an articling student, and was later welcomed to the firm as an associate lawyer following his call to the bar in June 2015. Ben holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, and an Honours B.A. in Criminology from York University.

Ben enjoys the complexities of personal injury litigation. His practice is exclusively devoted to representing clients with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and severe orthopedic injuries. For Ben, the cases that require special creativity and thinking outside the box are most gratifying.


Colleen MacDonald - Accident Benefits Specialist, Oatley Vigmond LLP

 Colleen MacDonald is an Accident Benefits Specialist with a number of years of experience providing rehabilitation and support services to individuals with acquired brain injury, spinal cord, orthopedic injuries and other personal impairments.

Colleen has worked as an Analyst in the Major Claims Unit for a large casualty insurer in the area of Statutory Accident Benefits. Colleen provides prompt and effective assistance with accessing insurance benefits that clients are entitled to following an automobile accident. She helps assemble a reliable community rehabilitation and long-term care team for her clients.


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