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Medical Teamwork: The Evolution of Pain Management Conference


This Conference Has Been Cancelled





The Erie County Opiate TaskForce and the New York Physical Therapy Association




Date/Time: November 17, 2018; 8:00AM - 1:00PM

Location: Erie County Fire Training Academy, 3357 Broadway, Cheektowaga, NY 14277

Cost: Attendance is FREE

Target Audience: Physicians, nurse practitioners and health care providers

Continuing Education Credits: Attendees will get 1 CME credit per course attended

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Keynote Speaker: Gale R. Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP
  • Closing Speaker: Cheryll Moore, Medical Care Administrator



  • Registration and Breakfast - 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Keynote Speaker Presentation - 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Two 60 minute sessions with 6 courses running concurrently
  • Session 1: 10 AM - 11 AM; Session 2: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Attendees can choose one course per session
  • Closing Speaker Presentation - 12:30 PM - 1 PM

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Course 1: The Pain Pathway: How to Guide Your Patient Toward Conservative Care

Course 2: Role of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in the Management of the Opioid Epidemic

Course 3: Beyond Pain: Case Studies and Success Stories

Course 4: Medical Spine Care: Treatment Based on the Use of The Pain Mechanism Classification System

Course 5: How Chiropractic Can Assist with the Opioid Crisis 




Will be available to view and download November 16, 2018




If you have not registered to attend click here to register.  Registration Deadline is November 16, 2018. 




Gale R. Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP


Dr. Gale Burstein is the Erie County Commissioner of Health and SUNY at Buffalo School Medicine Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Burstein attended SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine; completed a pediatric residency at Case Western Reserve University; received Adolescent Medicine fellowship training at University of Maryland; completed an STD Prevention fellowship and a Masters in Public Health at John's Hopkins University; and worked as a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Dr. Burstein is developing strategies to improve Erie County medication assisted treatment availability and naloxone access and leads the Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force.


Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD, PT


Dr. Geraci received his Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Commerce at Niagara University in 1975 and Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, NY, in 1979. His medical training began at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico receiving his medical degree in 1983 and additional M.D. degree as well as medical training and residency at the SUNY at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 1984-1988. Currently he is the Owner and Medical Director of his own private practice. He was the Sports Medicine and Fellowship Program Director at Buffalo Spine & Sports Institute, P.C., which he co-founded in 1991, through 2011. Also, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY at Buffalo and Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Geraci, in 2017, became the medical director of the Catholic Health Comprehensive Spine Center. He has served as a non-operative committee member of the North American Spine Society, as well as being a former Board of Director and Charter Member of the Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR). Other affiliations include the North American Spine Society (NASS), Spine Intervention Society, American College of Sports Medicine and The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He continues to serve as the co-chair of the NASS Evidence and Technology Spine Summit annually.


Dr. Geraci is board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty board certification in Sports Medicine. Some of the most rewarding experiences has been training 24 fellows in spine care, sports medicine, manual medicine/exercise, diagnostic ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided injections since 1992. The author of over 20 scientific articles and book chapters, he is currently involved in research and teaching in the field of functional exercise as well as Regenerative Medicine (use of Stem Cells and Platelet Rich Plasma) in the shoulder, knee, hip joints and lumbar discs. Dr. Geraci has given more than 125 invited presentations at national scientific meetings, chaired more than 40 courses, and given more than 150 lectures and workshops. Among the research and teaching awards he received are the Prince Visiting Professor Fellowship and Mike Hage Lectureship Award for Passion, Compassion & Willingness to Share, from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, The Avalon Cole Lectureship Award, University of Virginia, and the PASSOR 2006 Distinguished Clinician Award. He is the only physician in his field selected by his peers to be included in the Best Doctors in America Database for 13 years in a row, 2005-2017. Dr. Geraci was also named for the past 4 years to America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, Ltd., 2013-2017.


He played two years of professional soccer after playing 4 years of Division I college soccer, and continues to serve as consulting team physician to a number of high schools, colleges and professional sports teams. He was team physician to a National Professional Soccer League team, the Buffalo Blizzard, from 1992-2001.


Bradley Hopkins, DC


Dr. Hopkins grew up in the town of Orchard Park and has lived in the western New York area for the past fifteen years. He is a graduate of Orchard Park High School and also received his Eagle Scout award as a member of Troop 230 at Nativity of our Lord church. Dr. Hopkins is a graduate from the New York Chiropractic College (NYCC). Prior to attending NYCC he attended the University at Buffalo where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies. Dr. Hopkins has also received his Masters of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition from the New York Chiropractic College’s School of Nutrition. In addition, Dr. Hopkins is a Clinician at the New York Chiropractic College located in Depew, NY.


He has also served as a professor at the New York Institute of Massage located in Williamsville, NY, were he taught courses related to Neurology, Myology, Pathology and Nutrition. In his free time, Dr. Brad enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Brooke and two sons Landon and Lucas. He is also an avid Hockey and Football fan, and vacations to Walt Disney World as often as possible.

Joe Lorenzetti, PT, DPT, MS, FAAOMPT, Cert. MDT, MTC


Joe Lorenzetti graduated from D’Youville College in 2004 with his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. In 2010, he completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida. Joe also earned his Manual Therapy Certification through the same University. He is also certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). Most recently, he finished the Orthopedic Manual Physical Fellowship offered by Daemen College. Upon completion, he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He most recently completed the orthopedic clinical specialist examination through the American Physical therapy Association. Joe serves as a Fellowship mentor for the McKenzie Institute. He is also an adjunct instructor for both the Bryant & Stratton College Physical Therapy Assistant program and the Daemen College Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy program.

Teresa M. Miller, PT, PhD, GCFP


Dr. Miller is Associate Professor/Industry Professional and DPT Program Director in the Department of Clinical Health Professions at St. John’s University.


From 1993 to 2018 she was a PT faculty member at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Miller completed a PhD in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2007, an MS in School Psychology from St. John’s University in 1993, a BS in Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1981, and an AAS in Physical Therapy Assisting from Nassau Community College in 1975. She has worked in various practice settings including acute care, outpatient musculoskeletal and pain management, pediatrics, neurorehabililation, and private practice. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM since 1999. Her areas of expertise include motor learning and motor control, movement systems, neurology, and pain management. She teaches and practices using an evidence-based, patient-centered, systems-based approach to care that integrates traditional physical therapy with complementary and alternative therapies such as Tai Chi, mindfulness, Feldenkrais, visual and motor imagery, and connective tissue work.


Dr. Miller’s publications and current research agenda include topics in physical therapy such as clinical reasoning, student burnout and student attitudes, the movement system, and the Feldenkrais Method®.

Marcia Spoto, PT, DC, OCS


Dr. Spoto is Professor Emerita at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa. She is certified as an Orthopedic Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Spoto has over 35 years of clinical experience, with a practice focus in spine care. Her teaching responsibilities were in the areas of musculoskeletal management and differential diagnosis. She is the owner of STAR Physical Therapy in Fairport, NY. She currently serves on the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopaedic Practice Committee, and is co-chair of the New York Physical Therapy Association Public Policy Committee.


She is a consultant for Excellus Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and is a member of the faculty of the Excellus BC & BS Spine Care Pathway program. She also serves as a member of the greater Rochester’s Community Principles of Pain Management advisory board.


Gerald Stevens, DC, MS, MPH


Dr. Gerald Stevens is an associate professor at New York Chiropractic College (NYCC). He currently teaches chiropractic in clinical settings at the Lighthouse Free Chiropractic Clinic and the Depew Health Center. Dr. Stevens received his DC at NYCC, M.S. in Pathology (LSU Medical Center) and a M.P.H. (SUNY Buffalo). He has received Faculty Excellence Awards in Research and Scholarly Activity and Citizenship.


Dr. Stevens serves his profession on the local, state and national levels. Locally he is the treasurer for New York State Chiropractic Association (NYSCA) District 17 and annually organizes a continuing education fundraiser with over 250 chiropractors in attendance (last 3 years). He is part of the Erie County Opioid Task Force serving as part of the Provider Education group. On the state level, he serves NYSCA as an officer (Recording Secretary), Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee and Chair of their Opioid Task Force. Nationally, he is the District 1 Director (Northeast) for the ChiroCongress.


Dr. Stevens is an avid traveler, visiting 29 countries, 28 national parks, 6 continents and 48 states. Gerald enjoys hiking with his crowning achievement climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. He is active in Toastmasters International and has achieved its highest rank of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). He and his wife Maureen, adopted a family of 4 (3 girls, 1 boy) all at once. Dr. Stevens proudly served his country for six years in the Army National Guard as an infantryman.


Joseph Tatta, PT, DPT, CNS


Dr. Tatta is Founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a doctor of physical therapy, an orthopedic certified specialist, and a board-certified nutrition specialist.


Throughout his career he has worked in every aspect of pain care, starting in adult rehabilitation, but spending the majority of his 22 years in outpatient practice. He founded and managed a multi-clinic physical therapy and integrative wellness center that helped thousands of patients and trained hundreds of practitioners. He learned what was missing from modern pain practice and deepened his commitment to reversing the pain epidemic.


In addition, Dr. Tatta is author of the #1 bestselling book, Heal Your Pain Now and host of The Healing Pain podcast, which features interviews with respected pain experts from around the world. Dr. Tatta led the 2017 task force for the American Physical Therapy Association that expanded nutrition as the professional scope for physical therapists. Learn more by visiting


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