Pain Connections Meeting March 6, 2014

Our first Pain Connections of the New Year will be held on Thursday March 6th at Napolitano’s Italian Restaurant (606 NW 75th Street/Tower Road, Gainesville). I look forward to seeing everyone to kick off our 12th year of Pain Connections!!

As in the past the goal of our meeting continues to center around sharing experiences and knowledge about the topic of pain management. We will continue to count on your active participation that has generated outstanding discussions on topics ranging from neuropathic pain to acupuncture, fibromyalgia and pain in the elderly. As always a secondary goal of Pain Connections is to interact with colleagues from the University and local community in an effort to learn about the many resources and areas of expertise that exist within the Gainesville area.

At the March meeting the topic will be ”Meditation: A Strategy for the Treatment of Chronic Pain”. The speaker will be Barbara Yezierski, who is a licensed practical nurse with a background in cardiology and pain management. She has a BS in psychology and 15 years experience working in the pharmaceutical industry retiring in 2013 as an Associate Director of Medical Science. Since retiring from corporate America Barb received her certification as a meditation instructor from the Chopra Center in California, an accredited program of the University of Southern California and recently received her certification as an instructor of Transformation Meditation. The presentation will include a survey of research studies related to meditation as a treatment of chronic pain along with possible mechanism(s) for its effects.

From 6:30-7:00 pm will be time to socialize with friends and colleagues and from 7:00-8:30pm we will enjoy dinner and the presentation.

Please send RSVP’s to Linda Tanner ( and mark your calendar for Thursday March 6th, 2013.

Pain Connections is sponsored by support from the UF Comprehensive Center for Pain Research and Medtronic.