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February 20, 2010
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Our Speakers: 

Kenneth M. Alo, M.D.†**
Interventional Pain Management
An Editor for the Journal of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface

Topic: “Pain Management Techniques and Motor Dysfunction”

Prior to completing his Medical Degrees, Dr. Kenneth Alo graduated with Applied Mathematical Science and Computer Science Undergraduate Degrees which evoked his initial interest in problem solving. In 1994, shortly after beginning practice in the Texas Medical Center, he began to work with an old electro-stimulator IBM prototype that needed clinical study to determine if electrical impulses could be controlled better than its predecessors models.

These studies would provide the background for the current programming of and methodologies applied for applied neurostimulation systems on the market that help manage pains of many origins including those in the pelvic region. This work, and the diagnostic techniques that evolved, arenow combined to help isolate pain sources and separate them by type (nerve, bone, or tissue). Dr. Alo’ continues to do clinical research, while teaching other physician’s these precision diagnostic and therapeutic modalities so patients worldwide may enjoy a better quality of life.

In addition to being an editor for the Journal of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. Dr. Alo has also taught and worked with many International Pain related societies including, but not limited to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Neuromodulation Society, the National Pain Foundation, the International Neuromodulation Society, The International Association for the Study of Pain, and the American Pain Society.

Daniel Brookoff, MD, PhD*
Medical Director
Center for Medical Pain Management
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Denver, Colorado

Topic: "Managing Pain with External Stimulation"

Dr. Daniel Brookoff received his medical degree as well as his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He also completed his residency in medicine and a fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brookoff has held faculty positions at both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Tennessee medical schools, and is currently the medical director of the Center for Medical Pain Management at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. The Center provides care for a wide variety of patients with acute and chronic pain conditions in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, with special interests in pelvic pain, cancer-related pain, pediatric pain, neuropathic pain and different aspects of neuromodulation. In addition, Dr. Brookoff is the founding associate director of the Methodist Comprehensive Pain Clinic in Memphis.

Edward Stanford, MDEdward Stanford, M.D., M.S.*
Professor and Division Chief of Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Medicine
Division Chief of Gynecologic Specialties
Fellowship Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
The Center for Women’s Wellness
University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee

Topic: "Prevalence of Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis, Adhesions, and Vulvar-Pain in women with Chronic Pelvic-Pain" and "Treatment Modalities, Health Care Resources, Utilization, & Costsin Patients Diagnosed with Chronic Pelvic Pain"

Dr. Stanford is an active researcher in the areas of Interstitial Cystitis, Chronic pelvic pain, surgical innovations in treating pelvic organ prolapse, complications of urogynecologic surgery, and obstetrical fistulas. He is the author of over 60 peer reviewed papers and 14 book chapters. He is on the Editorial Board of 2 journals and a reviewer for ten gyn/urogyn/urology journals. He is a consultant for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and chairs the Fistula Committee for the International Urogynecologic Association. He is a consultant to the World Health Organization and the UNFPA. He is a member of the Ethics Committee of the International Continence Society and on the Finance Task Force for the American Urogynecologic Society. He was recently nominated to the Board of Trustees for the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.

Andrew B Sandler & Gaye Grissom SandlerAndrew B. Sandler, M.A., Ph.D*
Gaye Grissom Sandler B.A.

Topic: "One Couple’s Journey with Chronic Pelvic Pain"

Andrew Sandler has over twenty years of clinical and healthcare management experience. He currently holds the position as the Assisted Living Director of the Weinberg Community of Senior Living in the Chicago area. He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of New Orleans, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Master’s of Health Care Management from Tulane University, and a B.A. in Psychology from DePauw University. Andrew has also served as a Skilled Nursing Administrator and has co-authored Patient to Patient; Managing Interstitial Cystitis and Overlapping Conditions and Please Understand; The Interstitial Cystitis Guide for Partners. He has been married to his wife Gaye for twenty one years.

Gaye Grissom Sandler holds a B.A. in Humanities and completed a two year alternative medicine program at Holistic Life University, one of the first alternative schools in the United States. She also trained with movement pioneer Judith Aston to become a teacher of Aston-Patterning. Gaye wrote Stretch Into A Better Shape; Stretching and Strengthening for Interstitial Cystitis and Fibromyalgia Patients, and co-authored with her husband, Andrew, Patient to Patient; Managing Interstitial Cystitis and Overlapping Conditions and Please Understand; The Interstitial Cystitis Guide for Partners.

Peter Lotze, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Urogynecology
Co-Director of the Neurourology
LabDirector of the Urogyncology
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Resident Education at the University of Texas, Houston
Women’s Pelvic Health and Continence
2008 Houston’s Top Docs

Topic: "A Basic Guide to Pelvic Health"

Dr. Lotze is the first fellowship-trained Urogynecologist to establish a practice here in Houston. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of female pelvic health and urinary incontinence. Areas of interest include prolapse (e.g. cystocele, rectocele, uterine / vaginal prolapse), complaints of urinary incontinence, irritative bladder symptoms (frequency, urgency), urinary retention, recurrent bladder infections, and painful bladder syndrome (also called Interstitial Cystitis). State-of-the-art technology including flexible cystoscopy and multichannel urodynamics are available for patient assessments. Treatment options that include both medical and surgical management are thoroughly reviewed with each patient. Emphasis is placed on the patient pursuing treatment options she feels are appropriate for her quality of life.

Christopher P. Smith, M.D.
Associate Professor of Urology
Co-Director of the Neurourology Lab
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
The Astellas/AUA Foundation Rising Star in Urology Award (2008-2013)
Houston's Top Docs (2008)
2008 Apple Award for Excellence in Publishing in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Research (06/2008)
Best Poster Award 2008, American Urological Association Annual Meeting

Topic: "Oral Medications for the Treatment Algorithm of Patients with Overactive Bladder or Pelvic Floor Dysfunction"

Clinical Dr. Smith completed fellowship training under an NIH/K12 scholarship in neurology and female urology at the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Smith specializes in the treatment of voiding disorders. He was awarded the Paul Zimskind Award in 2006.

George T. Somogyi, M.D, Ph.D.
Professor of Urology
Director of the Neurourology Lab
Baylor College of Medicine

Topic: “Current Research for Neurourology

Muscarinic and adrenergic facilitatory mechanisms in peripheral nerves innervating the bladder, central transmitter release patterns associated with the development of detrusor hyperreflexia, and evaluation of efferent and afferent effects of botulinum toxin on the lower urinary tract.

Esperanza McKay, B.C.
Biofeedback Clinician
Colorectal Surgical Associates

Topic: "Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation"

Providing general surface EMG biofeedback for different chronic pain conditions such as Tension headaches, migraine headaches, temporomandibular dysfunction, cervicalgia, back pain, hypertension, cardiac arrythmias, stress, and anxiety disorders, fibromialgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, insomnia, and sleep disorders.

Providing surface EMG of pelvic floor muscles evaluations.Rehabilitation for vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, vaginismus, stress and urge incontinence, interstitial cystitis, pelvic pain, endometriosis, dyspareunia, dysuria, fecal incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, rectal pain and constipation using durable medical equipment training. Perform General Biofeedback for stress and anxiety disorders.

Assist and perform Urovision Janus System V & Urodynamic Procedures.

Fred S. Emmite, R.Ph., CDM
Nutritional Consulatant
Pharmacist Immunization Certified Masters, Ph.D. Candidate

Topic: "Diet and Nutrition: What you Eat can Affect your Bladder"

Fred Emmite is a registered pharmacist and Certified in Diabetes through the National Certification Board of Pharmacy. His private practice is in Houston, Texas. His teaching and communication abilities, as well as his interests in insulin resistance and insulin sensitive conditions, especially polycystic ovarian syndrome, blood lipid disorders, high blood pressure, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis and diabetes, provide an excellent combination of skills to a Medical Advisory Board member of P.U.R.E. H.O.P.E.


* Keynote Speaker
Guest Speaker

P.U.R.E. H.O.P.E. Medical Advisory Board Member


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