Pain and Healing

Friday, March 16, 2018 6:00 – 7:30 pm 
Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, Reno

Join Nevada Humanities at Sundance Books and Music on Friday, March 16, at 6:00 p.m., for The Salon: Pain and Healing. Moderated by Dr. Todd Felts, assistant professor in the Reynolds School at the University of Nevada, Reno, the evening will feature a conversation about current physician practices and pitfalls in treating physical pain, while also exploring non-traditional routes to pain management. The psychological effects of trauma, and how this pain can be treated, will be part of the discussion. The Salon will include audience discussion and light refreshments. The March 16th discussion will be the kickoff to future conversations around the national opioid epidemic, which Nevada Humanities is exploring through the lens of two books: Sam Quinones' Dreamland, and Julie Buntin's Marlena: A Novel


Panelists will include: 

Reka Danko, M.D., earned her medical degree at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in Internal Medicine. Following board certification, Dr. Danko joined a hospitalist practice in Northern Nevada. In 2013, she began working at Northern Nevada HOPES, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Reno, where she served as the Chief Medical Officer and focused on building an integrated care model to deliver services and developing an outpatient addiction program to help those with opioid and alcohol use disorder. Dr. Danko became board certified in Addiction Medicine in 2018 and remains active at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor and as a hospitalist and medical director of the hospitalist group at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Todd Felts is an assistant professor of strategic communications in the Reynolds School at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research involves people in the Middle East, Latin America and Northern Nevada, on ways to reach vulnerable populations with critical messages, and use social media to transform and inspire communities. Dr. Felts sits on the board of directors for Northern Nevada HOPES and Nevada Humanities, and holds the APR credential from the Public Relations Society of America. 

Dr. Barbara Kohlenberg is a psychologist in Reno. She is a full professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is a clinical psychology graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. Her interests include functional analytic psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, relationship-focused and acceptance-based therapy, stigma, shame, intimacy, trauma, addiction, values and interpersonal problems.

Dr. Lynn Kotlicky PT, DPT received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. She has been a clinician for over 20 years and currently works in an outpatient therapy setting. Dr. Kotlicky has worked in a wide variety of settings in her diverse career, with much of it focusing on pain management.