Approaches to Pain Management Conference

October 7, 2020


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For questions about registration, please contact Iowa State University by email or phone 515-294-6222.

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Target Audience

Community service providers and health professionals who would benefit from behavioral health education.


The purpose of this virtual conference is to provide education on approaches to managing pain and to educate community providers on local resources in the state of Iowa.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the impacts created in the interaction between chronic pain and substance use.
  • Identify local resources in the state of Iowa for accessing resources for pain management.
  • Identify non-pharmaceutical approaches for managing pain.


All times listed are in Central Time.

TimePresentation Title and Speaker
9 am

Innovations in Acute and Chronic Pain Management
Barbara St. Marie, PhD, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

Session Description: Pain management is very complex and there are many challenges to safe and effective treatment of pain. The neuromechanisms of pain can help guide the healthcare team in innovative ways of managing pain.

Session Objectives:

  • Describe the neuromechanisms of pain and ways to approach managing pain.
  • Review the pharmacologic treatments in the management of acute and chronic pain.
  • Discuss highly innovative nonpharmacologic strategies to manage acute and chronic pain.
10 amBreak
10:10 am

Treating Substance Use Disorders in Individuals with Acute or Chronic Pain
Alison Lynch, MD, University of Iowa, Director, Addiction Medicine; Director, Opioid Addiction Clinic; Associate Program Director, Combined Family; Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Program; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry; Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of Iowa

Session Description: This presentation will discuss key points in working with people who have or have had a substance use disorder and how to approach management of pain in this population.

Session Objectives:

  • Describe best practices for identifying and working with individuals who have or have had a substance use disorder.
  • Describe similarities and differences between pain and a substance use disorder.
  • Identify risks and benefits of using buprenorphine to treat pain.
11:10 amBreak
11:20 am

Pain Management Considerations for Patients with Substance Use Disorders
Jennifer Creekmur, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Pain Clinician Nurse, MercyOne – Des Moines
Justin Edwards, IADC, SBIRT Project Coordinator, MercyOne – Des Moines

Session Description: Utilizing opioids for pain management may be risky for patients with substance use disorders. We will explore an evidence-based method for identifying substance misuse in the primary health setting, non-pharmacological interventions for pain management, and considerations for assisting patients with substance use disorders manage their pain long-term.

Session Objectives:

  • Identify Substance Misuse via SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment).
  • Describe non-pharmacological pain management techniques and aftercare coordination tactics.
  • Demonstrate effective outcomes of pain management and SBIRT collaboration via case studies.
12:20 pmLunch Break
1 pm

Pain, PT and the Opioid Epidemic
Nick Maiers, PT, DPT, CSMT, TPS, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Clinic, Des Moines University; Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Des Moines University

Session Description: Growing evidence supports that teaching patients more about the neurophysiology and biology of pain allows for decreased pain and increased function. This course will cover the evidence-based strategies utilized by physical therapist's to assist patient's suffering with chronic pain.

Session Objectives:

  • Analyze how common faulty cognitions impact pain and disability in people with pain.
  • Recognize the evidence supporting pain neuroscience education for people in pain.
  • Describe the role of physical therapy in the management of chronic pain.
2 pmBreak
2:10 pm

Pain Relief... Fast and Slow
Ole Olson, DC, Chiropractor, Optimal Health Chiropractic

Session Description: Dr. Olson will be discussing different pain management techniques and the different benefits and limitations of each.

Session Objectives:

  • Discuss underlying causes of pain.
  • Identify indicators other than pain that should be considered.
  • Describe the latest methods of pain relief and benefits of each.
3:10 pmAdjourn
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 5.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 5.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 5.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/07/2020 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/07/2020 - 3:10pm CDT

Jennifer Creekmur, BSN, RN, CPHQ, is a Pain Clinician Nurse at MercyOne - Des Moines. Ms. Creekmur earned her BSN from the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1994. She has more than 20 years’ hospital nursing experience in ICU, CCU, ER, Cath Lab, and has been a Flight Nurse. She also has experience in Healthcare Quality Improvement. Ms. Creekmur is a member of the American Society of Pain Management Nursing.

Justin Edwards, IADC, is the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) project coordinator at MercyOne - Des Moines. Mr. Edwards is an experienced substance use counselor, and believes that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. His mission is to be a healthy influence on at-risk populations and to assume a role which allows him to reach as many of those individuals as possible.

Alison Lynch, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where she is also Director of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Lynch’s clinical practice has included primary care with obstetrics, working at a community mental health center, and providing integrated mental and physical health care in several different practice settings. In 2017, she started the UIHC MAT Clinic, for treatment of opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders. She is currently the assistant program director for the University of Iowa’s new addiction medicine fellowship.

Nicholas Maiers, PT, DPT, CSMT, TPS, is an assistant professor and clinician at Des Moines University. He is an ’09 graduate of the University of Iowa Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Maiers has obtained advanced certification in manual therapy and pain management through the International Spine and Pain Institute as well as certification in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. He is an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. He recently completed fellowship training in Pain Neuroscience through Evidence in Motion Health Institute. Dr. Maiers current clinical practice focuses on orthopedic and neurological care with a special interest in the management of persistent pain.

Ole J. Olson, DC, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training and became a certified athletic trainer (ATC). Dr. Olson went on to the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Olson utilizes a variety of techniques to help patients obtain long lasting relief and regain their health. He incorporates the many different specialties he has trained in to give him a more comprehensive look at the body and how it heals. His approach focuses on the 5 pillars of health: optimal nerve supply, optimal nutrition, optimal fitness, optimal mindset, and optimal detoxification. Other notable certifications include Board Certified Neuropathy (BCN), Certified Athletic Trainer(ATC), and a certified acupuncturist (CAc).

Barbara St. Marie, PhD, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, is a certified Adult, Gerontology, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Pain Management Certified through ANCC, and a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and completed Postdoctoral studies in Pain and Associated Symptoms at the College of Nursing, University of Iowa from 2012-2014. She has been editor of the first and second edition of the Core Curriculum for Pain Management Nursing through the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and is currently on the Advisory Board of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies. As Principal Investigator on three grants, her research focuses on patients with pain receiving opioids, experiences and decision making for all prescribing healthcare providers, and in looking at alternative means of managing pain and risk for opioid use disorder. Dr. St. Marie is now the PI on a study funded through the National Institute of Health -- National Institute on Drug Abuse entitled, Decision Support for Responsible Pain Management. She is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Iowa where she teaches physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology in the graduate nursing program.

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Iowa Department of Public Health. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 5.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 5.0 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The speakers and planning committee members indicate they have no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose relevant to the content of this educational activity. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

The information shared at this event is presented as an opportunity to expand awareness and knowledge. Views expressed by speakers do not represent the views of the Iowa Department of Public Health, nor does IDPH control or guarantee the accuracy of this information. IDPH does not endorse individual vendors, products or services.

Available Credit

  • 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 5.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 5.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 5.00 IBON


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Click here to register. There is no cost to attend this virtual conference.

For questions about registration, please contact Iowa State University by email or phone 515-294-6222.

For questions about program content, please email Kayla Sankey.