Keynote Speakers

Randy Alvarez

Founder & CEO of The Wellness Hour Inc.


In 1999, Randy Alvarez launched The Wellness Hour TV Show. Each week, The Wellness Hour airs on TV in approximately 70 million homes across the United States and Canada, featuring some of the nations leading medical doctors, dentists and other licensed health practitioners. The show airs more than 2,400 episodes each month on cable, satellite and broadcast television. The Wellness Hour has three divisions: Production, Advertising and Practice Management Consulting. In addition, the website has become an extensive online medical resource for both doctors and the public.



Friday, September 4 | 8:10 am – 9:00 am   

Marketing for Success in Tough Times: Hope or Hype?

Randy AlvarezKeynote 

Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD

Co-Director, Pain Management Centers of America

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, ASIPP and SIPMS


Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD is an anesthesiologist specializing in interventional pain management, professor, philanthropist, and author. He is the founder of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and the Pain Physician medical journal. He has been credited with advancing the evolution and development of interventional pain management as a specialty. He has served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of ASIPP since 1998.


Friday, September 4 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am   

Excellence in IPM: Overcoming Obstacles, Opportunities, and Strategies 

Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MDKeynote 

Robert Laszewski

President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC


The majority of Mr. Laszewski’s time is spent being directly involved in the marketplace as it comes to grips with the health care cost and quality challenge. His company, Health Policy and Strategy Associates, LLC, a Washington, DC policy and marketplace consulting firm specializes in assisting its clients through the significant health policy and marketplace change afoot. Clients include health insurance companies, HMOs, Blue Cross plans, hospitals and physician groups.



Saturday, September 5 | 9:55 am – 10:40 am

Evolving Concepts for Future Health Care Reform: Beyond ACA 

Robert LaszewskiKeynote 

Kevin Pho, MD

Founder and Editor,, and

Founder, Physician Speaking by KevinMD.


Kevin Pho is a practicing, board-certified internal medicine physician, a national media commentator, co-author of the book, Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices, and an acclaimed keynote speaker. Kevin built platform from scratch in 2004.  It now receives over 3 million monthly page views, and exceeds 250,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter.  Kevin was named the web’s top social media influencer in health care and medicine.



Saturday, September 5 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation:

A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices 

Kevin Pho, MDKeynote 

Pamela K. McPherson, MD, FAPA

Gratis Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 


Pamela K. McPherson, M.D., FAPA is a medical doctor triple-boarded in general, child and adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Shreveport Behavioral Health Clinic, a gratis assistant professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, and a mental health subject matter expert for the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. McPherson focuses her research on the mental health of justice-involved youth as well as conditions of juvenile confinement, and consults for the U.S. government and non-profits on mental health services for justice-involved youth.



Sunday, September 6 | 8:10 am – 9:00 am   

The Role of Inflammation, Insulin Resistance, and Hormonal Imbalance in Chronic Pain

Matt Andry, MDKeynote

Bret Scher, MD

Board Certified Cardiologist and Lipidologist

Medical Director and Host, The Diet Doctor Podcast


Dr. Bret Scher is a board certified cardiologist and lipidologist practicing in San Diego. He’s The Diet Doctor Medical Director, writes medical blogs, reviews guides and news stories for medical accuracy and hosts The Diet Doctor Podcast. When he started his own preventative wellness center he was introduced to the whole low-carb world. Being a bit skeptical at first, he was soon convinced by the benefits of a low-carb diet. Dr. Scher is also the author of the book Your best health ever and has a blog and website at



Sunday, September 6 | 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Evidence-based Medicine of Preventive Cardiology: Facts and Fiction

Brett Scher, MDKeynote 

Gurpreet Padda, MD

Board-Certified in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology and Age Management

Medical Director, Reversing Diabetes MD

"I’m a clinician. I actually practice medicine every single day. I started off as a physician, treating patients with extremely complex medical problems. I do interventional pain, so I see patients that have just horrendous symptoms and as I started to treat them, I realized that they had a commonality. You know, everybody talks about patients having fibromyalgia, people talk about patients having all of these symptoms, and I kept coming back to, well, what’s the common root cause for all of this? Patients are heavy and diabetic."



Sunday, September 6 | 11:15 am – 12:00 pm   

Appropriate Use of Low Carb in Chronic Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach

Gurpreet Padda, MDKeynote 

J. Matthew Andry, MD

President of Andry Medical Services


Dr. Andry is a Clinical Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and president of Andry Medical Services. He is a leader in the fields of personalized and preventative family medical care, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and hormonal/behavioral weight management.



Sunday, September 6 | 8:10 am – 9:00 am   

The Role of Inflammation, Insulin Resistance, and Hormonal Imbalance in Chronic Pain

Matt Andry, MDKeynote

Vanila Singh, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University


Dr. Singh is a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She previously served as Chair of the Inter-Agency Pain Management Task Force for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 



Saturday, September 5 | 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm   

Best Practices in Pain Management: Are They Different Now?

Vanila Singh, MDKeynote

Susan Blank, MD

President Of Georgia Society Of Addiction Medicine And CEO Of Atlanta Healing Center And Atlanta Wellness Center


Dr. Blank is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer for the Atlanta Healing Center and President of the Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine. A graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, she completed a residency in Psychiatry and Neurology at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her training in Forensics at the University of Virginia, and her training in Addiction Medicine in Atlanta at the Talbott Recovery Campus. She also completed a Fellowship and Advance Fellowship training in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine



Sunday, September 6 | 4:05 pm – 5:00 pm   

Pathophysiology of Controlled Substance Use, Overuse, Abuse, Dependency, and Addiction

Susan Blank, MDKeynote

Shalini Shah, MD

Chief, Division of Pain Medicine and Director of Pain Services UCI Health
Assistant Professor, Dept of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, UCI Health


Shalini Shah, M.D. serves as Chief, Division of Pain Medicine and Director of Pain Services at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine and has previous serves as Associate Program Director for the Pain Medicine Fellowship. he currently leads several industry and peer-reviewed funded clinical trials in pediatric and adult pain medicine and is energized by collaborating with other eager physician scientists.



Sunday, September 6 | 11:30 pm – 11:45 pm   

Selection Criteria for IPM Techniques During and After Corona Pandemic: How and Why?

1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

Strategies and Considerations for the COVID Era: Trainees and Employment

Shalini Shah, MD – Keynote

Amol Soin, MD

President-elect, ASIPP, Founder and CEO Soin Neuroscience


As well as being President-Elect of ASIPP, Dr. Soin is also chairman and founder of The Ohio Pain Clinic- a network of free-standing chronic pain management facilities in southwestern Ohio focused on non-opioid based treatments for chronic pain. He is a physician representative to Medicare via the Clinical Advisory Committee for Ohio and Kentucky. Additionally, he has held several key leadership positions in various statewide and national medical societies including President of the Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, President – Elect of TriState Pain Society and was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Medical Board in 2012 to a 5 year term. He was selected as one of America’s Top Doctors in Pain Management from 2006 – present, and has won multiple awards for research and patient care.


Friday, September 4 | 10:15 pm – 10:25 pm   

Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers

Saturday, September 5 | 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Financial Disruption Due to COVID-19: From Reckoning to Rehabilitation

Amol Soin, MD – Keynote

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