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Utah Pain


Utah Pain Summit

May 3rd & 4th, 2024

Payton Hillman

Christopher has been part of the Montana Spine and Pain Center in Missoula for over 15 years.  He has long been an advocate for the biopsychosocial model, having studied psychology and pre-med at Wheaton College prior to his medical studies at the founding school of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO where he also served as teaching fellow in clinical anatomy.  He completed a surgical internship prior to his residency training and board certification in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine & Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and was awarded Outstanding Resident by the American Osteopathic Association. He left the faculty in the manual medicine department at his alma mater to complete his Anesthesia Pain Medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa under Richard Rosenquist, MD, current Chair of Pain Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.


He served as President of the Utah Academy of Pain Medicine during his tenure practicing in Park City, and was selected for the Montana Medical Association's Physician Leadership Program.  He has served as the Pain representative to the Neuroscience Leadership Council for Providence St Joseph Health.  He is active as a continuing education lecturer to his peers and is on the faculty of the University of Washington and the University of Montana, serving as clinical preceptor to health professions students (medical, PA, pharmacy and PT) and family medicine resident physicians.

As a physician who has treated persistent pain for 20 years, Dr Caldwell has a passion for the patient narrative (and named a daughter Storey because "nothing changes people like the power of narrative").  He is thrilled to have good news in pain treatment (describes himself as "captivated by neuroscience optimism"), but also knows from the trenches how difficult it can be to reach those you are trying to help.  He struggles daily with how best to teach "into" each patient's story.  Dr Caldwell also has a lifetime goal of one country per birthday, born from his exchange student experience in Belgium.  These last two traits are what compelled him to join Lorimer Moseley and David Butler on the inaugural Pain Revolution ride from Melbourne to Adelaide in April 2017.

Christopher T Caldwell, D.O

Payton Hillman

Dr. Amy Locke, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer, Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Health, Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah.  She has internationally recognized expertise in professional well-being, innovative curriculum design and transformative clinical programs to address lifestyle and prevent disease. Her research, education and clinical roles focus on helping people lead healthier lives through a focus on whole person health. She serves as Immediate Past Chair of the board of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Michigan. She strives to increase education around wellness and integrative health topics both locally and nationally with a goal of increased access to services and a shift towards prevention and integrative health in conventional medicine.

Amy Locke MD, FAAFP

James Wilson

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran until immigrating to the US in adolescence, Dr. Noshene Ranjbar developed a passion for a holistic view of medicine and healing from early on in her life. Throughout her studies and life experiences, including her own illness as well as caring for her mom who suffered from several autoimmune illnesses and cancer, to fostering refugee children with PTSD, to working with American Indian communities across the U.S., she developed a keen interest in approaches to healing trauma and advocating for holistic mental health in empowering, culturally appropriate ways.


Dr. Ranjbar completed undergraduate and medical school at the University of Virginia, followed by Family Medicine Internship at Middlesex Hospital/Hartford Hospital, Psychiatry Residency at the University of Arizona-Tucson, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Ranjbar currently serves as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Integrative Psychiatry Program at the University of Arizona. She also serves on Faculty with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute.


Her research focuses on training the next generation of psychiatrists to offer a holistic approach to mental health, while serving children and families most in need. As a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader, she is expanding her work in integrative mental health and indigenous mental health nationally and internationally.

Noshene Ranjbar, M.D.

This event is about changing the care of the individual pain experience with a transdisciplinary approach that empowers the patient and provider to reach a common goal of healing. Our conference provides a platform for providers and students to learn from each other and gain insight into various approaches to healing. Attendees can participate in interactive sessions, workshops, seminars, and more. 

1 Day Access

Early Bird -$175

Regular- $225

Late - $275

*Taxes and Fees Not Applied*

Access to Utah Pain Summit Conference May 3rd for healthcare providers and professionals in the healthcare field. Attendees of the conference at the Marriot University Park in Salt Lake City, UT will receive opportunities to network while learning about the latest in pain care. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. Come join us for two days full of collaboration! 

2 Day Access

Early Bird- $300

Regular - $400

Late- $450

*Taxes and Fees Not Applied*

Access to Utah Pain Summit Conference May 3rd and 4th for healthcare providers and professionals. Attendees of the conference at the Marriot University Park in Salt Lake City, UT will receive opportunities to network while learning about the latest in pain care. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. Come join us for two days full of collaboration! 

Attending From Out of Town?

Stay at the conference venue! Click below to book your stay at the Salt Lake City Marriot University Park.

A New Approach to Pain

What Sets Us Apart

To change the care of the individual pain experience with a transdisciplinary approach that empowers the patient and provider to reach a common goal of healing. Our conference provides a platform for providers and students to learn from each other and gain insight into various approaches to healing. Attendees can acquire knowledge and techniques to apply to their patient care immediately.

Connect with Other Healers

The Utah Pain Summit is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to come together in a supportive environment and share their ideas on how to best serve their patients. Network with colleagues from various disciplines, build meaningful relationships, and make a lasting impact on patient care.

The Latest in Pain Management

Our summit provides interactive sessions and panel discussions that focus on advances in pain management. Through cutting-edge research, we strive to provide the latest evidence-based approaches in the field of pain medicine.

Meet The Speakers

Jessica Davis

Matt Erb is a physiotherapist, originally trained at the University of Iowa, and currently based out of Tucson, Arizona. He serves as an Associate Clinical Director and Communications Specialist for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington D.C. He has a clinical physiotherapy practice with Simons Physical Therapy, Tucson AZ, that focuses on mind-body integrated care and the role of physiotherapy within mental health care. Matt is also an Independent Scholar and Founder of Embody Your Mind, specializing in publishing, teaching, research, and consulting in integrative health and mind-body medicine topics. Matt has numerous academic and lay publications in the areas of integrative and mind-body integrated care models and designed, developed, and co-edited a seminal textbook on Integrative Rehabilitation Practice, The Foundations of Whole-Person Care for Health Professionals. Matt is an active member of the Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine group with the American Congress of Rehabilitation and also an instructor for Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Matt regularly teaches for the University of Arizona physician (psychiatry and family medicine) training programs. He is motivated to find and promote better ways of delivering whole-person healthcare that concurrently addresses socio-ecological factors.

Matt Erb, PT

Jessica Davis

Clayton Powers, DPT, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of Utah Health.  Dr. Powers specializes in rehabilitation of individuals with chronic, complex multisystem disorders including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, and Post-COVID Conditions. Prior to specializing, his background was in orthopedic, vestibular, and concussion therapy. He works with the Bateman Horne Center, an internationally recognized Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, and Long COVID specialty clinic, to create educational content for healthcare providers worldwide. He is involved in research projects in the fields of chronic pain, Long COVID, POTS, and ME/CFS. His ultimate goal is to improve healthcare for people who suffer from misunderstood health challenges. 

Clayton Powers, DPT

Jessica Davis

I began my career in physical therapy at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle’s level 1 trauma center and teaching hospital in 1995. At Harborview, I was exposed to the connection between poverty, disadvantage, and poor health. Through my experience, I found many patients with complex chronic conditions have endured a lot of adversity, which compelled me to do a deeper dive into the root causes of chronic illness and how to mitigate them. In the early 2000’s I studied therapeutic yoga and mindfulness interventions for chronic illness while completing a master’s degree in public health at the University of Washington. These studies confirmed my belief that an individual’s health is shaped by early life experiences, by the health and experiences of previous generations, and that toxic stress both instigates and complicates poor health.

With this perspective in mind, I started a private practice in 2005 that combines clinical care with prevention work to address the negative health effects of toxic stress. I seek opportunities that can have a ripple effect on health promotion. In the clinic, I specialize in the care of women and mothers with chronic illness and pain.  I also offer educational opportunities to parents, health care providers and educators who are in a position to shape the health of others; to middle and high school students who are still forming their approach to personal health; and to persons experiencing illness who are looking for perspectives and skills to promote healing. I have co-authored journal articles, a textbook chapter and webinars for physical therapists and educators that cover toxic stress, coping and the social determinants of health.

Andra DeVoght, PT, MPH

All Participants Can Earn Up to 12.25 Educational Credits!

Day 1 Schedule

8:00 - 8:45


8:45 - 9:00 


9:00 - 10:15

Speaker 1: Chris Caldwell, DO

Overprotected Isn’t Safe

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:45

Speaker 2: Andra DeVoght, PT, MPH

Social Determinants of Pain: Perspectives on Stress and Neurodevelopment

11:45 - 12:45


12:45 - 2:00

Speaker 3: Akiko Okifuji, PhD

Pain and Stress: Double Whammy in Chronic Pain

2:00 - 5:00

Speaker 4: Matt Erb, Noshene Ranjbar

Navigating the Intersection of Chronic Pain and Mental Health: Mind-Body Integrated Care

Brought To You By Sacred Circle Healthcare

Started in 2012 as an entity of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation (CTGR), Sacred Circle Healthcare (SCHC) is proudly owned and operated by the Goshutes. Preserving the Goshute heritage of protecting and caring for family, we extend that tradition to all underserved populations in our local communities.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Utah and Sacred Circle Utah Pain Summit Conference. The University of Utah is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians

AMA Credit

The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of __12.25_  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Passport

The CME credits that physicians earn from this activity will be submitted to ACCME's CME Passport, a free, centralized web application where you can create a personalized account to view, track, and generate transcripts of your reported CME credit. Please contact UUCME ( with any questions. 

Speaker and Planning Committee Disclosure Summary

The University of Utah School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Office (UUCME) meets ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence expectations regarding the identification and mitigation of relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined ineligible companies. Everyone in control of content, including all speakers and planners, must disclose financial relationships in any amount within the past 24 months and any relevant financial relationships must be mitigated prior to the activity start.


Disclosure: None of the speakers or planners or anyone in control of content for this accredited continuing educational activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not relate to any products or services of an ACCME-defined ineligible company; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose or mitigate.


The University of Utah does not exclude, deny benefits to or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, age, veteran’s status, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or sexual orientation in admission to or participation in its programs and activities.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request, with reasonable notice.  Requests for accommodations or inquiries or complaints about University nondiscrimination and disability/access policies may be directed to the Director, OEO/AA, Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 383 University Street, Level One OEO Suite, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801-581-8365 (Voice/TTY), 801-585-5746 (Fax).

All attendees are encouraged to use the CME system to claim their attendance.  Physicians will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 credits TM; all other professions will be awarded attendance at a CME event credit that they may use for their re-credentialing purposes. Nurses seeking contact hours must claim through the CME system.  All users will be able to print or save certificates.  For questions regarding the CME system, please contact the UUCME Office.  For questions regarding re-credentialing process or requirements, please contact your re-credentialing organization.

Special thanks to our sponsor

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Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us below.

Jessica Davis

Dr. Okifuji is a professor in the Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah. She is a clinical psychologist who has extensive experience in chronic pain research in the past 25 years. She has been an investigator in various federally funded clinical research projects evaluating the efficacy of treatment options and examining underlying biopsychological mechanisms of chronic pain. She is also a practicing psychologist at the University of Utah Pain Management Center as a member of the interdisciplinary pain care team. She has written many papers and chapters describing the behavioral medicine approaches to managing pain and stress.

Akiko Okifuji, PhD

Jessica Davis

Megan Call is a licensed counseling psychologist, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and the Director of the Resiliency Center at University of Utah Health. She has research and clinical interests in promoting resilience and well-being among health professionals with a specific focus on: embracing vulnerability and discomfort, incorporating informal mindfulness into everyday practice, improving communication and relationship skills among teams, and addressing systematic change.

Megan Call, PhD

Jessica Davis

Jon grew up in Draper, UT where he spent extensive time exploring the mountains of the Wasatch Front. He completed medical school at the University of Utah, then did his internal medicine and rheumatology training in New Hampshire. After rheumatology fellowship, he remained on staff at Dartmouth where he saw patients, taught fellows, and did clinical and bench research. Wanting to get back to the West, he moved to Corvallis, OR in 2017, where he works as a rheumatologist at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He continues to do research and teach residents but spends most of his work time taking care of patients. Outside of work he loves to read, travel, run, and make great memories with his family.

Jon Jones, M.D.

Day 2 Schedule

8:00 - 8:45

Breakfast/Check in

8:45 - 9:00

Opening: Haven Halk, MSN, FNP-C, TPS

9:00 - 10:15

Speaker 1: Clayton Powers, DPT

Starving for Oxygen: Breathing New Life into Care for Those with Metabolic Stress and Chronic Pain

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:45

Speaker 2: Jon Jones, MD

We have mountains yet to climb: The influence of the stress response on inflammation and pain

11:45 - 12:45


12:45 - 2:00

Speaker 3: Megan Call, PhD

Being Human and Working in Healthcare: Strategies for Sustainability and Replenishment

2:00 - 2:15



2:15 - 3:30

Speaker 4: Amy Locke MD, FAAFP

Putting the patient in the diriver's seat: transforming the way we think about healthcare to help people with pain

3:30 - 4:15

Speaker Panel Q&A

Opening: Haven Halk, MSN, FNP-C, TPS

Opening: Haven Halk, MSN, FNP-C, TPS

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