Emerging Treatments in Musculoskeletal Medicine

Exploring the pathway for diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal afflictions utilizing state-of-the-art strategies and interventions. The musculoskeletal physician must be cognizant of the evolving technologies and adept at maximizing function and minimizing dysfunction. This program will serve as the conduit to expertise in musculoskeletal care.

Get your dancing shoes on and join us at our Mid Year Meeting & Scientific Seminar in Music City- the home of country music. This year we have excellent speakers as we explore emerging treatments and research in musculoskeletal and spine medicine.



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Please join us on Saturday, April 14 from 5:00-5:45pm in the Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel. Registration is free and click below to sign up now!



A block of rooms has been reserved at the discounted rate of $169.00 per night. Please note that the block is limited and will close on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
Chicago IL  60611

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AOCPMR is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians.

AOCPMR designates this program for a maximum of 24 of AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.


The Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
Chicago IL  60611


We have negotiated fabulous room rates for our Mid Year Meeting & Scientific Seminar beginning at $169.00 per night at The Drake.



For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Stephanie Wilson via email (stephanie.wilson@aocpmr.org) or by dialing (610) 664-4466.



  • John Lavelle, DO
  • Byron J. Schneider, MD
  • Ronald Tolchin, DO
  • Adam Susmarski, DO
  • Jennifer Kendall, DO
  • Shounuck I. Patel, DO
  • Stacy Stark, DO
  • John L. Hart, DO, FAOCPMR
  • Lisa Bartoli, DO, FAOCPMR
  • Joseph Brooks, DO
  • Scott Primack, DO, FAOCPMR
  • Nicole Spare, DO
  • Rebecca Fishman, DO
  • Debra Kimless, MD
  • Deborah Miran
  • Natacha S. Falcon, DO

John Lavelle, DO

Dr. John Lavelle, a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his extensive training during an internship at St. Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center, and his residency at Boston University Medical Center where he served as chief resident. Dr. Lavelle completed his fellowship in Spine and Musculoskeletal Physiatry at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, with a focus on conservative spine management and interventional spine procedures. Dr. Lavelle is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, member of the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he served as national resident council president during his final year of residency and currently is on the board of trustees. Dr. Lavelle looks forward to time spent on his farm with his wife, a urologist, and their three children; he also enjoys playing sports such as baseball and hockey.


Byron J. Schneider, MD

Dr. Schneider is currently an assistant professor with the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to this, he completed his PM&R residency and Interventional Spine Fellowship at Stanford University. Born in Canada before moving to Lexington, Kentucky in 2002, he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and then completed medical school at the University of Kentucky. In addition to multiple research publications and textbook chapters, he has presented at a variety of national meetings the past five years, including for the American Academy of PM&R, Spine Intervention Society, and North American Spine Society. He currently serves on the Standards Division, Patient Safety Committee, Membership Committee, and Research Division for the Spine Intervention Society and the RIMS committee for NASS.

Ronald Tolchin, DO

Dr. Ronald Tolchin has served as the Medical Director for the Baptist Center for Spine Care at Baptist Health South Florida for the past 6 years. In this position, he coordinates spine care along with a team of physiatrists and neurosurgeons from 6 hospitals and 28 urgent care centers across 3 counties in South Florida. Prior to this he was the Chief of PM&R at the Miami VA Healthcare System and Associate Residency Director for PM&R at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Presently, he is a Voluntary Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine at FIU, Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine where he is actively engaged in teaching medical students and residents. He has co-authored several book chapters, written several articles, and is actively participating in spine research. He has held many leadership positions over 24 years of clinical and academic practice.

Adam J. Susmarski D.O.
Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, United States Navy Sports, Spine and Rehabilitation Medicine
Brigade Orthopedics and Sports Medicine United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Dr. Adam Susmarski currently serves as a staff physiatrist at the United States Naval Academy in the Brigade Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Department.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, MI. He completed his internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. followed by Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pittsburgh, PA where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Susmarski’s awards include being honored with Gannon University’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2016, as well as, being named one of the Top Physicians Under 40 in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Medical Society in 2017. He was additionally recognized during his PM&R residency with the Rising Star award for most outstanding junior resident, Administrative excellence award for his UPMC system wide amputee medical care initiatives, and Overall Excellence in Residency at graduation.

LCDR Susmarski was a recipient of the United States Navy Health Professional Scholarship upon his acceptance into medical school. His Naval medicine career has included deployments to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Africa, and Europe. He has been decorated with multiple individual and unit recognitions including but not limited to Navy/Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle “E”, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with Bronze Star, Seabee Combat Warfare Device, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Junior Officer of the Year, and US Navy Green “H” award. He was honored by being deep selected, below zone for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in the fall of 2014.

Throughout his eleven year career in medicine Dr. Susmarski has spent a significant amount of time working in the field of Sports/Musculoskeletal Medicine and has provided care to a wide range of athletes in a variety of sports encompassing athletes from high school, college, professional, military, Olympic, Paralympic, and Special Olympics levels of competition.

LCDR Susmarski’s academic pursuits include work on multiple book chapters, peer reviewed manuscripts, grants and presentations including award winning research at national and international medical conferences. He additionally serves on multiple regional and national committees, as a peer reviewer of several prominent medical journals, and as a member of numerous professional organizations. He is also very active in his local community and completes an average of 100 volunteer hours yearly over the course of the past fifteen years.

Dr. Susmarski was born in Erie, PA and is a proud graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School. He graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Archbishop John Mark Gannon award upon graduation from Gannon University.

Jennifer Thomas Kendall, DO

Shounuck Patel, DO

Dr. Shounuck I. Patel is an interventional orthopedic sports and spine specialist who is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, board-certified in sports medicine and fellowship-trained in interventional pain management. After earning his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Patel completed his Osteopathic Internship at Plainview Hospital in New York, PM&R residency training at the Kessler Institute in New Jersey, and his sports medicine accredited interventional pain management fellowship at Pennsylvania’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists hospital. Dr. Patel received additional specialized regenerative medicine training with the founders of Regenexx at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic in Colorado and is now a fellow of the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation where he teaches advanced image-guided regenerative medicine procedures.

With a passion for advancements in the neuromusculoskeletal field, Dr. Patel lectures at medical conferences across the nation and has had numerous publications including journal articles and books chapters. He recently illustrated an anatomy atlas called Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Cross-Sectional Anatomy.

Dr. Patel has a clinical interest in the interconnection between pain conditions and musculoskeletal injuries, and the holistic treatment of this continuum with interventional regenerative procedures, osteopathic manipulation and therapeutic exercise. He is now practicing with Health Link Medical Center – Regenexx in Los Angeles and Orange County, California.

Stacy Stark, DO

John Hart, DO

Lisa Bartoli, DO

Joseph Brooks DO, MHA, FAAPMR is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the AOBPMR and the ABPMR, and board certified in Pain Medicine by the AOBPMR- Conjoint Pain Medicine Board.  He graduated from a dual degree program at ATSU-KCOM in 2007, earning his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Health Administration.  He completed his residency at the University of Missouri in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he served as Chief Resident of Research.

Dr. Brooks serves as Medical Director of Spine for Genesis Health System in Davenport, Iowa.  His outpatient practice is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. He performs electrodiagnostic studies, diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, chemodenervation and osteopathic manipulation treatment.

Dr. Brooks also serves as Medical Director of Rehabilitation for Genesis Medical Center, focusing his inpatient practice on stroke rehabilitation and spasticity management. He is currently the lead investigator of a pilot study utilizing fitbit technology in stroke rehabilitation at the IRF level of care.

When not in the office Dr. Brooks enjoys time with his wife and four kids.  He is active in organized medicine and his local church. He enjoys billiards, movies, and reading.

Scott Primack, DO

Scott J. Primack, DO, FAOCPMR is a 1988 graduate of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, with subsequent residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He received his board certification from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

The primary focus of Dr. Primack’s practice is the diagnosis and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. He performs eletrodiagnostic studies, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, interventional lumbar spine injections and osteopathic manipulation. He currently serves as Medical Director for the Colorado Special Olympics. Dr. Primack has Level II Full Accreditation from the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation. His area of research is in the design and implementation of functional outcome measures.

Interests:biking, reading, running, medical research, and skiing

Community involvement: Special Olympics Medical Director

Nicole Spare, DO

Nicole M. Spare, DO, is a headache medicine specialist at the Jefferson Headache Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University and Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Dr. Spare graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  She completed a fellowship in Headache Medicine in the Neurology department at Jefferson prior to joining faculty.

She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) and the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOBPMR).  She also sub-specialized and became board-certified by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties in Headache Medicine. Dr. Spare is an active member in the American Headache Society, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Rebecca Fishman, DO

Debra Kimless, MD graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Natural Sciences and Biology. She was selected to be part of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She went on to medical school at Rutgers, and residency at Temple University Hospital where she studied and became a clinical practitioner for over 15 years as a boarded Anesthesiologist with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine.

Motivated by her mother who suffered horribly with intractable pain at the end of her life and who had always responded paradoxically to opiates, Dr. Kimless became a passionate champion for medical cannabis.

Dr. Kimless dedicated the last several years to immersing herself in all aspects of medical cannabis, including scientific and medical applications for the treatment of patients. She has traveled the world studying under the most respected experts in cannabis medicine and science, most notably, in both the Netherlands and in Israel (two countries regarded as best practice models in the use of medical cannabis).

She shares her knowledge by speaking with physicians and other health care providers to educate them about the endocannabinoid system, medical applications of cannabis, methods of administration and why it matters, as well as cannabis as a harm reduction tool. She also consults with over 200 patients pro bono in legal markets to introduce cannabis medicine as a treatment option. She has first-hand experience in successfully treating patients with a variety of medical conditions using an individualized treatment plan. She collects patient data and has presented the case studies at national and international conferences and seminars. Most notably, she has presented at CannMed 2017, Cann10 Israel, The Doherty Lab at Kings College, England, United Patients Group, Patients Out of Time, iCamp-University of Miami/Sacred Seven.

Her passion is to educate physicians, patients, and the public to de-stigmatize cannabis so they understand that is a real, safe, and effective medical therapeutic choice.

Former commissioner Deborah Miran was a member of the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from 2013- 2016. While serving on the commission, she was also a member of the executive committee, policy, and research subcommittees, and was chair of the education subcommittee. She was responsible for developing education programs for doctors and patients, and was also an integral part of crafting the current regulations. Prior to the commission she was president and founder of Miran Consulting, Inc. There she advised both brand and generic drug makers on the FDA approval process. Ms. Miran was senior director of regulatory affairs for Alpharma, a generic drug manufacturer, where she directed the submission activities for new and abbreviated new drug applications to the FDA. She has spent over 30 years in the US pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Miran received her bachelor of science in chemistry from Iowa State University.

Dr. Falcon is a Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Physician. She completed her residency in PM&R and her fellowship in Interventional Spine both at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Falcon received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in Exercise & Sports Sciences.

She is proud to be a part of Rothman Institute providing the highest quality care in Orthopaedics to the people of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  She has been selected as the Reader’s Choice “Top Physicians” in 2012 and 2013 by South Jersey Magazine.  Dr. Falcon has an interest in Health & Fitness and is a member of the National Physique Committee (NPC).  Academic memberships include International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS) and American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPMR).


A Comprehensive Osteopathic Approach to Low Back Pain Management

Ronald Tolchin, DO

This lecture discusses the anatomy and pathophysiology of low back pain. It discusses the common pain generators for low back pain and mechanism for degenerative changes of the spine. It also reviews the most common conditions of the spine and the treatment considerations for each. In addition, the new algorithms for spine care will be discussed as they apply to non-specific low back pain and low back pain with radiculopathy accompanied by neurological deficits. During this presentation, the clinical examination will be demonstrated with attention to clinical examination tests used to delineate causes of spine pain.

Facet Mediated Pain

Adam Susmarski, DO

We will review key neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, identify typical sclerotomal distribution patterns of each facet in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, as well as, exemplify why facet mediated pain may be masquerading itself as another diagnosis in your patient population. We will also provide clinical pearls to identify patients in your office who may be suffering from facet mediated pain and then review current treatments options in addition to when and whom to refer these patients.

Spondylolysis Management

Jennifer Kendall, DO


Interventional Regenerative Orthopedics

Shounuck Patel, DO
Dr. Patel will be discussing orthobiologic treatments for spine, sports, and degenerative musculoskeletal conditions and will explain why Osteopathic Physiatrists are the perfect fit for this new and comprehensive field.
Learning Objectives:
1. Overview of orthobiologic treatments
2. Updates in Regenerative Medicine research and cases
3. Introduction to Interventional Orthopedics

The Ethics of Medical Cannabis

Debra Kimless, MD

The Endocannaboid System

Deb Kimless, MD


Pain Medicine and Addiction: Are They The Same?

John Hart, DO, FAOCPMR

Dr. Hart will cover the most common misdiagnosis in addiction: opioid induced hyperalgesia. And, like your stockbroker, he will predict the future on the subject of opioid management and the use of Suboxone type products for the treatment of pain and depression.

  • Have an understanding that the opioid crisis is not because of the patient and  because of us. (Pogo)
  • Understand how we got here and why we can’t change.
  • Understand the diagnosis of opioid induced hyperalgesia and the options for treatment.
  • Understand reduction of opioids: “How low can you go?”
  • Have an awareness of the multiple possible uses of Suboxone type products.


The Olympic Experience: An Integrative Sports Medicine Model

Lisa M. Bartoli, DO, FAOCPMR


Sacrum and the Osteopathic Physiatrist

Joseph Brooks, DO


Emerging Science of Patient Selection for Interventional Procedures: “Will I Get Better, Doc?”

Scott J. Primack, DO, FAOCPMR


Taking the OMMMMMM Out of OMM

Rebecca Fishman, DO

Straight forward and simple OMM techniques for the busy physiatrist.  Emphasis on the  evaluation of  biomechanics and exercise prescription to correct musculoskeletal imbalances.

Osteoporosis Treatment Options

Natacha S. Falcon, DO


Emerging Treatment of Migraine: CGRP

Nicole M. Spare, DO

This lecture will focus on novel therapies for the treatment of migraine headache.  The scope of this lecture will include anatomy, pathophysiology and principles of osteopathic medicine.

Exercise and Back Pain

John Lavelle, DO

Participants of this course will develop an understanding of low back pain, the common causes and how exercise can be an effective treatment option.