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Beth Darnall, PhD

Beth Darnall, PhD, is a clinical associate professor in the division of pain medicine at Stanford University. She has more than 15 years’ experience treating adults with chronic pain and lived through her own chronic pain experience. Beth is the author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit (Bull Publishing, 2016) and Less Pain, Fewer Pills (Bull Publishing, 2014). She lives in Palo Alto, California.

Carol A. Foster, MD

Carol A. Foster, an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, developed a maneuver that allows sufferers to treat their own symptoms. Her YouTube video demonstrating the Half Somersault maneuver has been viewed over five million times.

Christine Berman, M.P.H., R.D., Jacki Fromer

Christine Berman, M.P.H., R.D., is a registered dietitian and the nutrition consultant for Marin Head Start, and the owner of Feeding Frenzy, a nutrition consulting and educational product business.

Jacki Fromer was a licensed Family Day Care provider for 10 years and program coordinator of Family Day Care training and support services at the Marin Child Care Council.

Liz Crocker & Bev Johnson

Liz Crocker's working career has included teaching, broadcasting, writing for newspapers and magazines, and running several businesses. She has owned and run a children's bookstore since 1978 and now has an environmental business with five stores across Canada. Liz has held leadership positions with a number of health care organizations and is Vice President of the Institute for Family-Centered Care.

Bev Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Family-Centered Care in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a nurse and a trustee of several organizations. She has provided on-site technical assistance and training to over 100 hospitals in North America and worked with the Association of American Medical Colleges on family-centered practice. She is the co-author of several books and the producer of award-winning films in the field.


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Liz Crocker with Polly Bennell and Holly Book

Liz Crocker’s career has included teaching, broadcasting, writing, and running several businesses. She currently owns Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore, which she cofounded in 1978, and holds leadership positions with a number of health care and cultural organizations. Liz is the author of two children’s books and hundreds of chapters and articles in books, magazines, and newspapers. With Bev Johnson, Liz coauthored Privileged Presence: Personal Stories of Connections in Health Care, published in 2006 with a second edition in 2014. She also edited The Healing Circle: Integrating Science, Wisdom, and Compassion in Reclaiming Wholeness on the Cancer Journey, published in 2010. 

Polly Bennell has worked in publishing, advertising, and education; has been an independent filmmaker; practiced psychotherapy; and taught writing and film at the university level. She currently maintains a life-coaching practice for writers, among others, and also practices writing herself. 

Holly Book’s path has taken her on an amazing journey of motherhood, owning businesses, and being the editor of a children’s magazine. Holly eventually attended seminary and became a Transforming Memories 174 hospice chaplain. For the last ten years, she and her husband have been ministering to the homeless and those struggling with addiction on the streets of Atlanta.


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Miriam Erick, R.D., M.S.

Miriam Erick, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian at The Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and an educational affiliate of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In 2012, she received an Award in Clinical Excellence 2012 from the Women's Health Dietetic Practice group.


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Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA

Paul J Christo, MD, MBA is listed as a Top Doctor and among the top 1% for Pain Management by U.S. News & World Report. He hosts an award-winning, nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain called, Aches and Gains® featuring distinguished celebrity guests such as Naomi Judd, Joe Montana, and Montel Williams. He is a board-certified pain specialist and anesthesiologist, an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and was honored by the American Society of Pain Educators as Pain Educator of the Year for his transformational work on public education through the media. 


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