Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program. She is a co-author on the Institute of Medicine report on Transforming Pain in America and is a member of the national steering committee assigned to provide directions for pain research at NIH. She has received, among other awards, a Mayday Pain and Policy Fellowship and the 2005 Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief from the American Pain Society (APS). Her UCLA integrative pediatric pain program received a 2009 Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Award from APS and a 2012 award from the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative. She is also a member of the national Autism Think Tank. Her research includes yoga, mindfulness, hypnotherapy, and other self-help interventions, including mobile technologies, to help children and adolescents who have chronic pain, as well as understanding pain mechanisms in irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, sickle cell disease, headaches, dysmenorrhea, and other conditions. She has over 350 research publications on childhood pain and complementary therapies, has written more than 80 chapters, and published her first book for parents on chronic pain in childhood (HarperCollins, 2005).
Paul, Co-Director of WCLA Inc. joins the clinical team with expertise in diagnosis and management of pain in children with cancer and blood diseases. He is Board-Certified in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. In his career he developed and directed clinical investigations for leukemia and brain tumors with the National Cancer Institute and private industry sponsored clinical trials, as well as editing two major text books in Oncology and Neurooncology. His CV consists of over 130 publications studying molecular biology, treatment results, and long term outcomes of cancer treatment. He is an advisor and supports more than five pediatric and adult cancer websites. He is a Clinical Professor in Neurosurgery, Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles.
He has authored four books for the lay public: “Brain Tumors: Leaving the Garden of Eden” (2004) and “Brain Tumors: Finding the Ark” (2006). Both are #1, 2 in their niche category.
In 2016, he coauthored two books with Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer: "Pain in Children and Young Adults (Part 1): What You Need to Know" and "Pain in Children and Young Adults (Part 2): The Journey Back to Normal."
He has given medical advice to several television series including: “The Bold Ones” (1969-1970) and “SCRUBS” (2002-2008). He is an inventor and has one approved US patent: System and Method for Storing Information on a Wireless Device. The GoMed Application (US patent 6,970,827B2 11-10-2005).
Beth Sternlieb is co-director of clinical and research programs in yoga and mindfulness at the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program.
Services: Beth provides yoga therapy to students with chronic health and pain problems at her yoga studio in Westwood, California.
Indications for use of services: chronic health and pain problems including abdominal pain and other digestive symptoms, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis and auto-immune conditions, fatigue, depression and anxiety
Beth Sternlieb, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, is on the clinical staff of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program. Beth teaches therapeutic Iyengar Yoga yoga postures and breathing techniques to students with chronic health and pain problems. Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga should not be confused with “yoga exercise classes.” It is a therapeutic yoga practice where students are given healing poses and breathing practices that are specific for their particular needs and level of ability. Research has demonstrated that mindfulness and self compassion practices enhance well-being, reduce stress, and support optimal health. Beth is involved in ongoing research at UCLA on the effects of Iyengar Yoga on young adults with depression, and on young people with Rheumatoid Arthritis,and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She is studying the effects of Iyengar yoga on fatigue and the immune system in breast cancer survivors. Ms. Sternlieb finds that Iyengar Yoga gives those who suffer from health problems confidence, hope, and optimal wellbeing. She is grateful to be working with a team that shares the belief that suffering and hardship can be transformed into an opportunity for growth and insight.
Co-Investigator, "Iyengar yoga for young people with rheumatoid arthritis."
Co-Investigator, "Iyengar yoga for young people with irritable bowel syndrome." Oppenheimer
“Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors with Persistent Fatigue”: Principle Investigators: Julienne E. Bower, PhD; Patricia A. Ganz, MD, Research Coordinator; Deborah E. Garet, MPH, Beth Sternlieb, Iyengar Yoga teacher
“Yoga Intervention for Young Adults with Depression”: Alison Woolery, MA (Principal Investigator); Beth Sternlieb, BFA; Hector Myers,PhD; Lonnie Zeltzer, MD
Diana Taylor is a clinical psychologist with 25 years experience. She is an attachment therapist helping families with the psychological and practical aspects of parenting and understanding the developmental needs of adolescents. Dr. Taylor has worked with divorce issues and blended families, bereavement, pain management, eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, test preparation and performance anxiety, social skills training, stress management, mindfulness training and marital counseling. She has helped immigrant families deal with acculturation issues. Dr. Taylor provides individual, group and family therapy.
Dr. Taylor is a mental health consultant to the UCLA Pediatric Pain Team, helping with treatment planning and management of pediatric pain patients and their families. She is a member of the Los Angeles Attachment Study Group, a group of professionals who educate the media and other professionals on the attachment needs of families, the impact of separation and disruptions and on trauma sensitive interventions. Dr. Taylor serves on the Board of the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review and has a specialty in working with older adults.
Dr. Poladian graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Northridge. She has since completed her Clinical Doctorate degree with a specialization in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Practice from Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. In addition, she is currently Board Certified by the American Physical Therapy Association in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Dr. Poladian is currently a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists. Dr. Poladian became certified through the Biofeedback Society of California to utilize biofeedback with patients. She joined the Pediatric Pain Management Team at UCLA in 2005, providing biofeedback and physical therapy services to children with chronic pain. Dr. Poladian utilizes biofeedback therapy in her work with children to facilitate their awareness of mind-body relationships in regards to their symptoms with the goal of retraining the brain to normalize symptoms. Dr. Poladian uses an eclectic approach to physical therapy treatment with an emphasis on movement science. She evaluates each child and then designs a program to address each child’s special needs with the goal of allowing them to return to normal-age related activities.
Nicole Vincent, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist at CHOC Children's, where she has been a faculty member since 1999. Dr. Vincent provides psychotherapy to children and families, from school age to young adult. Her areas of interest include medical adherence, medical trauma, techniques to help reduce pain, and disorders of anxiety and depression. She also has an interest in pediatric integrative medicine, and has completed training in biofeedback and hypnosis. In addition, Dr. Vincent provides teaching and clinical supervision to students enrolled in the CHOC practicum, pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship programs.
Dr. Vincent completed her doctoral degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and a post-doctoral fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Vincent is a member of the American Psychological Association and is involved in the Society of Pediatric Psychology.
Hillary has a degree in Child Development and has been helping children for over 40 years. As a state certified Energy Healing Therapist and Craniosacral Therapist she helps to elevate pain and assist the body in healing itself. Using guided imagery,meditation, and Qi Gong she teaches the child how to regulate her own system.
Dr. Davis is a board certified psychiatrist and is the founder of the Mind Health Institute, Beverly Hills. Dr.Davis completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to settling in Los Angeles, Dr. Davis completed his residency at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. During his last year of training, he was named as the Chief of Outpatient Psychiatry at the prestigious Brigham and Women's Hospital, one of the main teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School.
While in Boston, he also completed a one year fellowship in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where he formalized his psychotherapy training. Dr. Davis received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. His formal education began at the University of Michigan, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science studying Bio-Psychology and was a three time Angel Hall Scholar. Dr. Davis is a recipient of the 2014 Patient Choice Award.
Cara Amenta is a Certified Massage Therapist who has been working with the chronic pain community for 5 years. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied Spanish, and post-Baccalaureate she attended Cortiva Institue-Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Since moving to California, she has become integrated with UCLA's Pediatric Pain Clinic and the California palliative care program, Partners for Children. Her specialty is both children and adults with chronic pain conditions, as well as children with life-threatening disorders. In 2013 she was voted "Best Massage Therapist in Culver City," and she has made contributions to several books on chronic pain. When she is not massaging you can find her exploring new modalities, running, enjoying her animals, and learning new languages.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist. I have been trained at Cedars Sinai Hospital and have more than 10 years of experience working with children and their families. I help clients find their strength, build upon them, and conquer their difficulties in life. I am eclectic in my approach because I believe that psychotherapy techniques should be custom made for each individual in order to be effective. I am a participating provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. I can be reached by phone and through my website.
Kathryn dePlanque, Ph.D. is an educational psychologist who provides hypnotherapy, guided imagery, and Reiki to children with chronic pain in the Pediatric Pain Clinic. She also provides psychological evaluations, consultation, and education for the clinic and for various schools and educational agencies in the Los Angeles area. Dr. de Planque facilitates meditation groups at Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology for men and women with cancer, applying mind-body techniques to reduce stress, promote balance, and facilitate healing. She has worked in both the public and private realms, serving children with special needs and their families as an educator and psychologist. One of her professional roles in this area was Administrator of Psychological Services, Health Services, and Special Education for the La Cañada Unified School District. In the early '80s, she was part of an assessment team in the UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Marion Davies Outpatient Clinic. Dr. de Planque’s approach with children is unique in its emphasis on self-help, through self-hypnosis, and an individualized therapeutic process. She also takes a novel approach of incorporating color and sound into her work.
Samantha Levy, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in the Child and Family specialty track. During her clinical child internship at UCLA in the child track, she became involved with the Pediatric Pain Program (PPP). Subsequently, she obtained her postdoctoral training with the PPP. Depending upon the case, Dr. Levy works either with whole families, individual children/teens, or parents. She employs an array of psychological orientations (e.g. CBT, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation), to help the children/teens with their pain and any accompanying emotional issues. She helps the parents and patients understand the connections between the physical pain and emotional difficulties (mind/body connection). She teaches parenting skills and helps parents make plans to facilitate change in their children, such as in their difficult struggle to give their children the courage to begin functioning more fully in the world once again. Dr. Levy is open to conducting child, teen and parent support groups when there is interest.
Dr. Shelley Segal is a clinical psychologist working in collaboration with our multidisciplinary pain team at Whole Child LA, as well as the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program. She holds a voluntary faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute and Ronald Reagan Medical Center. She graduated from Pepperdine University in 2003 where she received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Segal obtained her postdoctoral training at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital. She worked with medical and nursing staff and provided psychological treatment for inpatients and their families in the Department of Neurorehabilitation. At the Revlon Breast Center, she received training in assessment, interviewing and making treatment recommendations for breast cancer patients in an integrative treatment program.
Dr. Segal specializes in the treatment of chronic pain in adolescents and adults as well as those impacted by someone having chronic pain, using a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. She also treats the psychological impact of neurological disorders and other chronic medical conditions, as well as working with those suffering with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life and relationship issues.
Dr. Kattan holds a Ph.D. in both Art Therapy and Psychoanalysis. She has worked extensively with adult and pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families, with children and adolescents with chronic pain, patients with anxieties, depression, or who have recurring problems in intimate relationships. Due to her experience with cancer patients and patients with other chronic, potentially life threatening illnesses, she is well versed in loss, mourning and grief work.
Given her own artistic background, Dr. Dreifuss-Kattan also does psychotherapeutic work and psychoanalysis with clients who feel that they are confronted with creative blocks in their work, do not live life to its full potential or would like to find creative solutions to their changing life situation. Part of her practice is thus reserved for artists, directors, writers, actors, designers and other creative individuals of any age.
She is a licensed Research Psychoanalyst #RP 58 with the Medical Board of California and a Registered Art Therapist since 1976 with the American Art Therapy Association.
She is a professional member of the American Psychological Association, the American and International Psychoanalytic Association, and the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. (LAPSI/SCPI) Dr. Kattan is also a Senior Faculty member at the New Center of Psychoanalysis.
The primary goal of art therapy is to understand the internal world of our patients. We strive to make it accessible for exploration and then search for meanings that will ameliorate physical and psychological pain and foster growth. If we are to communicate effectively with our patients, it is essential to discover a common language.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy emphasizes the impact of early and present childhood development on the patient's personality and current life difficulties. It also emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship between patient and psychotherapist in working through the patients' issues. The psychotherapist helps the patient to gain insight and self-understanding, thus enhancing conscious and unconscious awareness to elucidate pathologies.
What is psychoanalysis? When people ask what psychoanalysis is, they usually want to know about treatment. As a therapy, psychoanalysis is based on the observation that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behavior. These unconscious factors may create unhappiness, sometimes in the form of recognizable symptoms and at other times as troubling personality traits, difficulties in work or in love relationships, or disturbances in mood and self-esteem. Because these forces are unconscious, the advice of friends and family, the reading of self-help books, or even the most determined efforts of will, often fail to provide relief.
Michael Waterhouse is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbal specialist. He has trained in both England and China, with over twenty-five years of experience in both the natural health field and integrative medical settings. Mr. Waterhouse is one of the few non- physician acupuncturists to have gained treating privileges in a major teaching hospital. Eight years with the Pediatric Pain Clinic at U.C.L.A. have enabled him to develop gentle acupuncture techniques that children who are in chronic pain find not only acceptable but enjoyable. In the early 1980s, he was Dean of Academic Affairs at the California Acupuncture College and an Examiner for the California Acupuncture License Exam. Mr. Waterhouse has lectured throughout the United States and published research on the treatment of chronic pain in children. To learn more about Mr. Waterhouse’s work, see his website.
Sean Hampton, M.P.T. is a physical therapist and Director of ADI Rehab. He has been practicing physical therapy for 11 years, specializing in chronic and spinal pain. Mr. Hampton is an eclectic therapist who incorporates an Australian manipulative technique in the treatment of all neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders. This technique involves thorough questioning and history-taking with regard to pain in order to get a better assessment of the nature of the problem, stage of recovery, and stability of the injury (how irritable the condition is); it helps to identify the optimal approach to evaluation and treatment. Mr. Hampton feels that this subjective information is particularly important in treating children, since pain can be made much worse using a one-size-fits-all approach; for example, children who have experienced physical abuse may react negatively to aspects of standard physical therapy. Mr. Hampton also uses a more hands-on approach to treatment than traditional physical therapy typically involves because he knows that touch is healing for the mind and body. He has discovered that even subtle changes in the way that he holds an ailing part of the body can change a patient’s response to treatment. In addition, Mr. Hampton enjoys staying abreast of new therapeutic modalities for pain management, including new technologies that stimulate healing. To learn more about Mr. Sean Hampton see his website: www.adirehab.com.
Dr. Fortier is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care and Psychology & Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine and is on medical staff in the Department of Pediatric Psychology at CHOC Children’s Hospital. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a Child & Family emphasis from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine and went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Fortier’s area of expertise includes pain management for children and she provides cognitive-behavioral therapy to children with chronic pain through the Center for Pain & Wellness at UC Irvine. She is also co-director of the UCI Center on Stress & Health, a multidisciplinary research center through the School of Medicine at UCI located at CHOC Children’s with a focus on reducing children’s pain and anxiety in the medical setting.
Celia has worked as a physical therapist for 31 years in a variety of settings, including acute and outpatient care, inpatient neurological rehabilitation, work reconditioning and work hardening, pediatric physical therapy, and chronic pain management of adults and children.
She has experience treating patients with chronic pain and associated disability in the clinic and in the therapeutic pool. She incorporates graded motor imagery, imagined movements and mirror box therapy into dry land treatment. In the therapeutic pool, she works on graded exposure to movement as well as fitness conditioning. Her purpose is to maximize each patient’s activity tolerance to help each achieve his or her maximal functional level.
Celia attended UCLA, where she earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Kinesiology. From there, she attended Stanford University, where she was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Physical Therapy.
Vanya Green is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who specializes in working with people coping with stress, pain, and disease. She has a private practice in the San Fernando Valley and works with groups, individuals and in the community.
She combines a strengths-based and mindfulness-based approach to her work – helping people tap into their innate creativity to promote relaxation and emotional expression. She has received various honors for her scholarship, research and musicianship including a Fulbright Fellowship, Susan Eliakim Siman Grant, New York University Scholarship, Justice Louis D. Brandeis Scholarship and American Friends of Flamenco Scholarship.
She helped establish the inaugural music therapy program at UCLA Medical Center, has been a member of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program since 2007, is on the advisory board of the Children’s Music Fund and consults for UCLArts and Healing. She has a Master’s Degree from New York University in Music Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in Neuro-anthropology and Latin American Studies.
She has presented workshops and authored publications (Oxford University Press, 2011) on music therapy and the neurobiological processes involved in pain, music perception and emotions in the United States and internationally. She speaks English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of French and Hebrew.
In addition to her clinical work as a therapist, she performs world music and facilitates community music sessions blending sacred, traditional and contemporary global music.
My primary modality is craniosacral therapy, a mindfulness-based manual therapy that helps regulate the central nervous system to enable self-healing and well-being. I have extensive experience working with chronic pain syndromes, trauma and PTSD, TMJ dysfunction, post-concussive syndromes, and sensory processing disorders in both children and adults. My work is influenced by current research on somatic psychology, mind-body medicine, neurobiology, anatomy, and physiology.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a light-touch manual therapy that enhances the function of your child's central nervous system (CNS). The CNS oversees every other system in the body. By addressing it directly, craniosacral therapy improves overall function of the CNS to help bolster your child's natural, self-healing capabilities.
The craniosacral system comprises the bones of the skull and the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It is named for the cranium ("cranio-") and the sacrum ("-sacral"), that triangle-shaped bone in the low back where the bottom of the spinal cord attaches. Throughout this system - and bodywide - motion equates to good health and well-being. Everything vital to our existence - organs, nerves, bones, fluids, etc. - has a certain intrinsic motion or rhythm. In order for your child's body to remain strong and healthy, all structures must maintain their inherent rhythms. By releasing restrictions that impede these necessary movements, CST helps restore essential rhythm, circulation, and balance to improve the normal self-corrective mechanisms within your child's body. Because it affects the CNS directly, craniosacral therapy helps dissipate the negative effects of stress and reduces misguided pain signals. The end result is better regulation of central pain circuits, a greater sense of resiliency, and stronger resistance to disease. Because of the gentle nautre of this work, craniosacral therapy is ideal for children and teens in fragile or acutely painful conditions.
I specialize in working work with clients who are experiencing chronic, debilitating disorders; those going through challenging life transitions; and infants and children with developmental delays. In addition to over 2,000 hours of training in holistic manual therapies, I hold a Master's degree in Psychology with an emphasis on somatic interventions for trauma recovery. I also teach and develop courses on craniosacral therapy for the Upledger Institute International.
Dr. Levine is one of only 12 clincal psychologists within 5 miles of Beverly Hlls holding Board Certification in Clinical Psychology and the only one also holding additional Board Certification in Biofeedback Therapy. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2011, Dr. Levine served as Chief Psychologist at a large suburban New York hospital and was a professor of Psychology at a unit of the State Univeristy of NY. After earning a Ph.D degree at Hofstra University in NY he then completed a 2-year Post Doctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia. In addition to his work as a general clinicla psychologist, Dr. Levine also specializes in pain disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD and biofeedback therapy. See his information about biofeedback therapy here.
David S. Gordon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles, California. He works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups. He has a faculty appointment as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles where he supervises residents, teaches a class in guided imagery techniques, consults in the School of Medicine, and is a treating clinician for the UCLA Pediatric and Palliative Care Program. In addition, Dr. Gordon has been a member of the teaching faculty of the Southern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis, has presented for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and provides workshops for clinicians at all levels of experience with clinical hypnosis regarding such topics as chronic and acute pain, immune-related conditions, and difficulties associated with anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Gordon has been a board member of the Los Angeles Society for Clinical Psychologists for many years, including past service as its president. His upcoming book, The Glass Enclosure: Psychodynamic Exploration Through Guided Imagery, will be available in June, 2016.