OR Annual Board Meeting & Convention, Pain Management CE – NUNM APRIL 7 & 8, 2018

April 7, 2018 – April 8, 2018 all-day
National University of Natural Medicine
49 SW Porter St
Portland, OR 97201


Each year, AMTA-OR gathers some of the very best educators for our annual convention and meeting. In 2018, we’re bringing our amazing lineup of speakers to the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland. Our format is slightly different this year – we’ll keep the whole group together for keynote speakers and discussions in the morning sessions both Saturday and Sunday. Then, after lunch each day, attendees can choose from several 4-hour workshops each afternoon. All events (except the annual meeting) qualify for CE credits – a total of 13 hours over the weekend. The total cost for the weekend is $150, and you must purchase separate tickets for morning sessions and workshops.

Here’s what we have in store!

Saturday Morning – Pain Management

To kick off the conference, Whitney Lowe will present a keynote on recent science that is changing the way clinicians think about pain. We’ll then be joined Nora Stern, physical therapist, program manager at Providence’s Persistent Pain Program, and member of the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC). Nora will tell us about the OPMCs innovative approach to addressing the opioid crisis. We’ll follow that with a panel discussion on key skills for massage therapists who treat pain.

Saturday Afternoon – Workshops

After lunch, attendees will have a choice of three, 4-hour workshops.

Clinical Applications of Pain Science – Whitney Lowe will dive deeper into pain science with lecture and hands-on applications.His goal is for you to thoroughly understand why treatments function and how they are effective. You’ll learn the why, what, and how, so that your treatments can be based on sound problem-solving. It is this knowledge and these skills that will make you a more effective clinician, and lead to a more satisfying practice and loyalty from your clients.

What Massage Therapists Can Learn from the Feldenkrais Method – Todd Hargrove (author, Rolfer, and Feldenkrais practitioner) will present a survey and expansion of ideas from his book: A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain. This course will highlight some key concepts that apply to movement and manual therapists alike. The course will combine lecture elements with movement applications students can integrate into massage sessions on the table.

The Endnocannaboid System and Topical Cannabis Applications – Julie Crispin

Sunday Morning – Chronic Stress and Trauma

Sunday, we’ll examine chronic stress and trauma with Elaine Walters. We’ll look at these issues from both physiological and sociological perspectives to gain insight into the healing process and the role of massage therapy. The morning session will also include a short presentation from Ruth Werner, former president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, on recently published science. After that, it’s time for the AMTA-OR Annual Meeting! This is where we review the past year and discuss the future! We’ll cater lunch.

Sunday Afternoon

There are four workshops to choose from on Sunday.

Communication and Boundaries from a Trauma-Informed Perspective – Elaine Walters will examine draw on core principles of trauma-informed care to explore ways practitioners can create safer therapeutic spaces and foster resilience in our clients and our communities. This workshop will fulfill the ethics requirement.

Fibromyalgia and the Invisible Diseases – Ruth Werner will dive into a set of perplexing and overlapping pathologies. This class covers the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and role of massage for the following: fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, and others as time permits.

Cupping Therapy – Rachael Scott will provide a workshop on a folk medicine so old that no one knows when or where it started. Cupping may increase local circulation and have relaxing, analgesic effects. Suction with cups can be used similarly to direct pressure, skin rolling and manual lymphatic drainage. In this workshop, you’ll explore this interesting modality from a biopsychosocial perspective, with a nod to traditional narratives.

Introduction to Insurance Billing – Julie Campbell’s course will open your practice to a whole new market. Contrary to “the word on the street”, the process is not as complicated, time consuming, nor as financially compromising as you might think. This class will introduce you to information that will help you easily and effectively make use of this lucrative market. After this class, you will know the basic information you need to start growing your practice.

Full Schedule of Events


8:00a – Registration
8:30a – Welcome – Julie Crispin AMTA-OR President, Tim Irving NUNM Dean of Undergraduate Studies
9:00a-10:30a – Whitney Lowe – The Science of Pain and Considerations for Massage Therapy
10:45a-11:15a – Nora Stern, PT – Multi-Modal Pain Management and the Oregon Pain Management Commission
11:15a-12p – Panel Discussion moderated by Tim Irving – Critical skills for Massage Professionals Treating Pain
12p-1p – Lunch provided by AMTA-OR
1p-5p – Workshops
5:15p-6:30p – Social Hour with drinks and snacks


8:00a – Registration
8:30-9:45a – Elaine Walters – Trauma, Stress and the Role of Touch in Healing
10a-10:30a – Ruth Werner – Recent Massage Research and How to Make the Case for Massage Therapy
10:45am-1pm – Annual Meeting and Lunch – AMTA-OR Board and Committee Chairs
1-5p – Workshops

Instructor Biographies

Whitney Lowe has nearly 3 decades of clinical work, teaching, research, and publishing in advanced clinical massage treatment. His programs are highly sought after because of his friendliness, accessibility, and ability to make dry and sometimes complex content easy and fun. His goal is for you to come away with not only enhanced skills and knowledge, but more importantly, an improved sense of confidence in addressing pain complaints.

Nora Stern, MSPT, is the program manager for the Providence Persistent Pain Project. She works on innovation in pain education and treatment for Providence Health & Services, and serves as program manager for the Persistent Pain Program for Providence Rehabilitation Services. Nora also serves on the Oregon State Pain Commission.

Todd Hargrove is an author, blogger, Feldenkrais Practitioner, and Rolfer. He writes and speaks about emerging science that is relevant to manual and movement therapists, such as bodyworkers, physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, yoga instructors, athletic coaches, etc. The main theme of his writing is that the nervous system has more control over pain, strength, flexibility, and endurance than most people think. His writing synthesizes ideas from different fields and makes complex material easy to understand and apply.

Elaine Walters is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project. Prior to this position she coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon. For the last 20 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma and oppression. She is currently leading an effort to implement trauma-informed care in integrated primary and behavioral healthcare clinics in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon.

Ruth Werner is a retired massage therapist, writer, and educator with a passionate interest in massage research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health issues. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998. She writes for Massage and Bodywork magazine and teaches across the USA. She has served on committees for the Utah Department of Public Licensing, the AMTA, NCBTMB, and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. In 2005 she was selected for the AMTA Teacher of the Year Award.

Rachael Scott, BS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist in Washington State since 2004. At her private practice in Lynnwood, she strives to create a safe, comfortable space for people with pain and mobility issues to experience relief through sensory therapies such as massage, movement, awareness and breath. She offers cupping for those who find the sensations it creates meaningful.

Julie Campbell is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Written on the Body Massage and Acupuncture Studio in Portland. Julie graduated from The Evergreen State College with a major in psychology in 2005. Through travel and adventure from the Caribbean to Georgia she expanded her horizons and finally found her true calling at The Savannah School of Massage Therapy in 2008. She has a passion for all things business and has enjoyed all of the challenges and successes that growing her practice while managing a team of therapists has brought. Julie has an MBA and she uses this knowledge both in the classes she teaches and by coaching LMT’s in building successful practices. Julie is ecstatic to share her experience, knowledge and love of the business of Massage Therapy in hopes of helping each person meet their true potential in the field. She also offers mentoring and coaching at MassageBusinessHelp.com.