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Award winning Filmmaker, Motivational Speaker, Pain Patient, Advocate and Activist
Chronic Pain TV has been a long held dream of mine. I envisioned a multi media platform for sharing both cutting edge, as well as tried and true developments in the diagnosis and treatment of Chronic Pain.
I've assembled around me a diverse group of scientists, thinkers, engineers, doctors, and inventors whose key focus is to deliver emerging information and technological advancements in the fight to understand Pain in the Brain, and discover new ways of managing pain effectively.
Our sincere hope is that the growing pain population can one day return to a quality of life, currently denied them.
Tina has been an invited speaker at many Institutions and Schools - including the United Nations, World Bank D.C, TED X Youth, Gilda's Club, University of Toronto and CAMH ( Canadian Assoc. for Mental Health).
Her current project is a feature Documentary ( currently in development) entitled : Pandemic Of Denial TM ~ The World Pain Crises. This riveting expose will examine the Millions of invisible Chronic Pain patients around the world who are not receiving effective treatment, costing society Billions annually, potentially growing to Trillions by the year 2020. Desperately needed funding for research and early treatment of chronic pain, can potentially divert this fast emerging health crises.
Dr. Howard Jacobs
M.D, D.A.A.P.M., L.R.C.P., S.I.,M.I.C.G.P.
Dr. Jacobs is a physician licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario. He has been involved in the evaluation and treatment of chronic spinal, head, neck and facial pain for over 18 years.
He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and past President of The Canadian Academy of Pain Management. He is past Chairman of the Section of Chronic Pain Physicians of the Ontario Medical Association.
Dr. Jacobs has been qualified as an expert in the area of chronic pain management at the Financial Insurance Services Commission of Ontario and the Ontario court system.
He has lectured extensively on the topic of head, neck, facial and spinal pain to medical practitioners in Ontario and has been invited overseas to lecture on Chronic Pain and its Management.
The Jacobs Pain Centre
The Jacobs Pain Centre is a group of Medical Doctors specializing in Chronic Pain Management .
It is located in
Markham Ontario Canada.
Clinic Director: Dr Howard P Jacobs.
MSc.PT, CAFCI, MCPA, CGUNNIMS, FCAMPT
Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapist
Certified Intramuscular Stimulation Practitioner
Mark has extensive experience in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in addition to treating degenerative and chronic conditions. He is a fellow of Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy and he has also been practicing Neuromuscular acupuncture for many years. Mark is also certified in GUNN IMS.
Mark's treatment approach involves using manual therapy techniques to restore various tissue mobility followed by specific exercises to restore function and prevent injury recurrence. Comprehensive education is given to empower the client to maintain and maximize their physical capabilities. Neuromuscular acupuncture and IMS techniques are used to address pain, neuropathic and myofascial dysfunction.
Mark has special interest in treating patients with Chronic Lumbar and Sacroiliac joint dysfunction. He is also part of the multidisciplinary team in a pain clinic that provides BOTOX, Prolotherapy & PRP injections.
Mark is the Director of Woodbine Physiotherapy.
Bob is a Chemical Engineer by training. When Bob was six years old, his father, a successful inventor, conceived the first nonvolatile computer memory ( a copper sheet with a thin-film ferroelectric surface) that stored one byte of information. It was to become the forerunner of the multi-gigabyte memory sticks that many of us carry on our keychains today.
Following his graduation from Wayne State University in 1980, Bob’s curiosity and desire to make a difference in the world - led him to perform chemical synthesis at the former Michigan Cancer Foundation, work for a hazardous-waste reduction firm, and pioneer a line of cleaning solvents that could be fermented in aerated water, rather than burnt.
The latter invention led to an Army subcontract through General Dynamics Land Systems investigating a range of uses for the technology, from dye-penetrant weld inspection to composites fabrication, to environmental cleanup of the possible aftermath of a terrorist attack.
Bob founded Invisible Hand Films, to produce documentaries that encourage independent thought. His first production, the John Holowach film, “High: The True Tale of American Marijuana”, showed how an irrational public fear of marijuana created a thriving smuggling industry, opening U.S. borders to foreign drug cartels. That same fear denied valuable treatment to patients with cancer, epilepsy, and other serious diseases ,who could have benefitted from certain marijuana compounds that were in widespread medical use more than 80 years ago.
Dr. Gordon D. Ko
MD, CCFP(EM), FRCPC, FABPMR, FABPM
Dr. Ko is a medical graduate (1982) from the University of Toronto, Canada. He completed residency training in Family practice, Emergency medicine and his current specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PHYSIATRY).
He is a founding director and Vice-President for the Canadian Society for Neurotoxins in Pain, a non-profit organization that trains physicians in Botulinum Toxin-A injections for pain. He continues to serve as an executive director for the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine and participated with the Hackett-Hemwall foundation in Honduras (teaching PROLOTHERAPY). Dr. Ko had also served with the Chinese Canadian Medical Society (president), Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (education committee) and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. As an active member with the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Dr. Ko’s expertise has included EMG-Nerve Conduction Studies and Quantitative Sensory Testing for neuropathic pain.
In addition, he is board certified in the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, American Naturopathic Medical Association and American Board of Pain Medicine.
In 2007, Dr. Ko passed diplomate certification exams with the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
The therapeutic focus of his clinic is on EMG-GUIDED BOTOX, Xeomin injections for pain (Migraine, Cervical Dystonia and spasticity), ULTRASOUND-GUIDED viscosupplementation (SYNVISC1, Neovisc) for osteoarthritis, Biopuncture (TRAUMEEL) and PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) injections for musculoskeletal pain (special interest in sacroiliac joint dysfunction). These approaches are usually integrated with a FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE approach in identifying and treating the 4 root causes of pain—structural, biochemical, neurological, psychospiritual.
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The Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine
We are a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors/ nurses (including EMG-Neurologist and Gynecologist specialized in bioidentical hormone replacement) working alongside allied health professionals (Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Traditional Chinese medicine and Naturopathy). Clinic director Dr. Gordon D. Ko
Inventor and President of K.A.R. (Kerber Applied Research Inc.)
Kerber Applied Research Inc. has been an innovative research and development company for over 30 yrs.
K.A.R. specializes in electronic design and development, as well as creating prototypes from conceptual ideas through to finalized products. K.A.R. has developed original products in the Medical, Electrical, Industrial, and Oil fields.
Tom was successfully awarded a patent on" heat transfer" and is awaiting patents for the treatment of cancer using high power LEDs (PDT-Illumacell ) and for the treatment of pain, using a filtered broad spectrum of light he calls: GENESIS HEALTH LIGHT.
BSME, CP AOBTA, is an international award-winning artist, scientist, engineer and expert on color and light who regularly lectures about the healing effects of color, light frequencies and art at major medical centers, MENSA and elsewhere.
Venier combines her art with her past careers as mechanical engineer, acupuncturist and eastern medicine practitioner to teach medical practitioners and lay people about the latest scientific research on how to use color and art for healing purposes.
Venier’s work has been featured in international magazines, she has been interviewed on radio and on NBC-TV and won several awards including ‘Grand Prize of the Jury’ in Vico del Gargano, Italy, ‘Best of Texas’ in Dallas, and Finalist in the prestigious Hunting Art Prize.