Nora Stern, MS, PT, Director of Know About Pain

“What if a person living with pain got messages from primary care, from an ED nurse, or a discharge planner, that they could manage their pain, that there were many ways to change pain and that medication was only one aspect of pain care? What if we all had the same message? Could we actually prevent chronic and persistent pain and change expectations about opioid prescribing by decreasing threat and faulty beliefs early on?”

This was the vision of Nora Stern in 2010, when she began to spread pain education to the entire care continuum. Nora has over 25 years of experience treating, educating, and leading practice change on best practice pain care. As clinical program manager for pain education at Providence Health and Services, Oregon, Nora brought a new vision to pain care and opioid utilization for both ambulatory and acute care. To decrease clinical time and create consistency, Nora designed the Providence Pain Toolkit, the first-ever pain education teaching tools for primary care; including videos, classes and written material. In response to the new standards of The Joint Commission on Pain and Opioid Safety, Nora served on the regional Providence Oregon Pain and Opioid Safety Task Force. She designed guidelines for local hospital facilities regarding non- pharmacological pain care and scripting, developed educational content for the acute care continuum, trained nursing staff, and restructured the pre-operative Total Joint Patient Education program. Additionally, Nora co-developed the Providence Comprehensive Pain Service, a multi-disciplinary service integrated with primary care medical home. Nora is chair of the Oregon State Pain Management Commission and a primary author of the state training module on pain for Oregon, Oregon Health Authority: OPMC Pain Management Module: Oregon Pain Management Commission, and associated patient education tools. She has served as chair of the Education section of the Tri-County Task Force on Pain and Opioid Safety, and on the Oregon State Task Force on Back Pain Guidelines and on the Chronic Pain Task Force. Nora is known as an inspiring speaker and is able to adapt messaging to be relevant to all disciplines.


Kevin Cuccaro, DO, Pain Specialist & Consultant

Pain educator • Fellowship-trained pain specialist physician

Brian Saling, DPT, COMPT, Director, CHI Mercy AIM Therapies

Pain specialty physical therapist • Administrator • Pain educator

Kim Dupree Jones RN, FNP, FAAN

Dean & Professor of Nursing/Pain Researcher, Linfield College


Nadejda Razi-Robertson, PhD, LCSW

  • Doctorate in Behavioral Health Integration, 

        focus on opioid crisis in medical settings

  • Practice facilitation


Laura Heesacker, MSW, LCSW

  • Behavioral Health Innovation Specialist

  • Practice facilitator

  • Consultant, Centers for Disease Control


Jim Shames, MD

  • Medical Director and Health Officer, Jackson County

  • Board Certified in Family and Addiction Medicine

  • Founder, Oregon Pain Guidance

Andrew Suchocki, MD

  • Medical Director, Clackamas County Oregon

  • Family physician

  • Expertise in system change regarding opioid prescribing,

       substance use disorder and

       Medication Assisted Therapy


Simon Parker-Shames, MPH

  • Health informatics expert supporting opioid management and data analysis


Michelle Marikos, Peer Specialist

  • Peer support specialist and instructor

  • Consultant, Centers for Disease Control