FIX MY PAIN: Options to Opioids for Pain Management


Thursday, January 24, 2019

First Baptist Church Gainesville

Workshops & Resource Fair: 5 pm.



As we combat the opioid epidemic, it’s important for everyone to know not only the risks associated with opioids, but also alternatives for effective pain management. In the fourth “Not My Family” forum, a panel of experts will explore medical and behavioral aspects of pain management to get the latests information available on alternatives to opioids.   Main program begins at 6 pm.


Our featured speaker will be Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown of Emory University

  Dr. McKenzie-Brown is the Director of the Division of Pain Management, Director of the Emory Pain Fellowship and Director of the Emory Pain Management Center. She earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore and is currently Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine.   Her clinical expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of cervical and lumbar spinal pain syndromes and sacroiliac joint pain, complex regional pain syndrome (formerly RSD), other neuropathic pain syndromes and cervicogenic headaches.   Learn more about Dr. McKenzie-Brown. >>>    

Other speakers include:


Anastasia Bean LPC, NCC

  Ms. Bean is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a nationally board certified counselor (NCC), a Certified Complicated Pain Recovery™ Coach, and she holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University.  She has developed an expertise in chronic pain through her collaborative work with pain management specialists. Inspired to better serve the chronic pain community she developed Complex Pain Recovery®, which provides  support groups, consultation for clients and professionals. She incorporates evidence-based modalities for managing complex pain. She also utilizes a pain recovery language aimed at enhancing coping skills, increasing levels of functioning, with a focus on decreasing medication reliance.  Ms. Bean serves on the CPA (Chronic Pain Anonymous) Board Of Trustees as a professional advocate. Her therapeutic approach is strength based and integrative, utilizing solution-focused, experiential, gestalt, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy   Learn more about Anastasia Bean >>>  

Dallas Gay, Opioid Awareness Advocate

  Dallas Gay, who lost his grandson to an opioid overdose, will share a brief history of how America created the worst manmade epidemic in our history and give insight into what we can do to turn the tide in a crisis that costs more American lives each year than were lost in the entirety of the Vietnam War. Dallas has been a champion for significant change in legislation, prescribing and community education.  

Mary Paglia

  Mary will share her personal story of taking opioids only as prescribed by her physician and its impact on her life.        
In addition, we’ll have pre-forum workshops with local providers of non-opioid pain management alternative services.