Sandra M. LeFort, MN, PhD and Lisa Webster, RN

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Sandra LeFort, MN, PhD (right in photo), is professor emeritus at the School of Nursing, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada where she continues to do research in pain. She began working with people with pain problems in 1986 and developed the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program at McGill University in Montreal as part of her doctoral work. She partnered with Lisa Webster in 2006 and together have conducted numerous CPSMP training programs across Canada and the United States, in collaboration with Dr. Kate Lorig at Stanford University. Sandra lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland with her husband and two beautiful Labrador Retrievers. You can read more about Sandra at:

Lisa Webster, RN, is the Clinical Manager of the Pain Management Centre at Hamilton General Hospital.


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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.

Virginia González, MPH, Maria Hernández-Marin, Kate Lorig, DrPH, Halsted Holman, MD, David Sobel, MD, MPH, Diana Laurent, MPH, and Marian Minor, PT, PhD

Virginia González, MPH, is a chronic disease health educator and consultant to Stanford Patient Education Research Center.

Maria Hernández-Marin is a consultant to Stanford Patient Education Research Center.

Kate Lorig, RN, DrPH, is director and professor emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine’s Patient Education Research Center.

Halsted Holman, MD, is professor emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine.

David Sobel, MD, MPH was director of patient education and health promotion, The Permanente Medical Group, Northern California.

Diana Laurent, MPH, is a chronic disease health educator at Stanford Patient Education Research Center.

Marian Minor, PT, PhD, is professor emerita at the University of Missouri, Department of Physical Therapy.

Catherine Regan, PhD, and Rick Seidel, PhD

Catherine Regan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and spiritual director with a background in health education and health psychology. She has over 20 years experience teaching deep relaxation and meditation as pathways to individual and collective wellbeing. She created and recorded “Time for Healing” as a complement to the Chronic Disease Self Management Program developed at Stanford University.

Rick Seidel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing for over 20 years. He has taught relaxation and imagery techniques throughout his career. Rick has worked with the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program since the early 2000's as a group leader, trainer, and researcher.

Don Vickery, Larry Matson, Carol Vickery

Donald Vickery, MD, was a pioneer in the self-care and wellness movement. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, he was the author of many books, including Take Care of Yourself and Life Plan and in 2003 he was awarded the American College of Preventive Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award.

Larry Matson, Ed.D., is an expert in the role of physical activity in the management of chronic disease.  As a health/medical writer and fitness coach certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, he specializes in evaluating evidence and making complex information useful and easy to understand.

Carol Vickery, RN, MSN, is a Public Health Nurse with the Nurse Family Partnership Program in Colorado and has nearly 40 years of experience in nursing, including Critical Care, Community Health, Wellness, telephone counseling and Maternal Child Health.

William Marchand M.D.

William Marchand, MD is a board-certified academic psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. After a number of years of treating mood disorders in clinical settings, he decided to focus his efforts on research into the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders as well as education or mental health providers and the general public.

Barbara Stokes and Antoine Helewa

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Barbara Stokes began her work as a community-based physical therapist with The Arthritis Society in Canada. She has held an academic appointment at the University of Ottawa School of Rehabilitation and, in over thirty-five years in the field, has worked as a clinician, a director of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program, and an educator of patients and health care providers. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Antoine Helewa is Professor Emeritus at the School of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario. His career in physical therapy and clinical epidemiology spans five decades. His primary field of research and clinical interests are in rheumatology and epidemiology. He lives in London, Ontario.


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