“Building Your Toolbox” videoconference series

Each meeting in this monthly series will focus on discussing a different pain modality with an expert. The series will be done as a videoconference using the Zoom platform, so participants can see and hear one another.

This series will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm ET, beginning May 5 and ending December 1, and will be led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, and Bobbi Blades, a long-time chronic pain support group leader.

The calls will generally follow this format:

  • Welcome from Gwenn
  • Brief presentation from a speaker about a particular pain modality
  • Open Q&A and discussion with participants

Participants will be muted for the first portion of the event and then will be able to speak to ask questions. We encourage you to join via video, but if you’re not feeling up to it and want to partcipate without video, that’s fine.

NOTE: By registering for all or part of this series, you acknowledge and agree to the terms of our waiver.

Next Event


October 6    Lee Blank

  • Learn self-massage techniques
  • Discuss the benefits for managing pain
  • Review adaptations

Self Massage Routine Handout

  Lee Blank, LMT, RYT200 is a licensed massage therapist specializing in chronic pain and oncology massage. Her company, Massuage Associates, LLC offers full-body table massage, and massage for patients and families struggling with chronic illnesses. She is a registered yoga teacher as well.

Lee is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a BS in Applied Sciences. She was recently honored by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce with their Citizen of the Year award for her volunteer work with hospice patients.

Future events

Self-Massage- October 6 Lee Blank

Neuroplasticity- November 3 Robert Twillman

Photography- December 1 Kent Mason

Past events

September 1 – Rick Dyer: Core Strengthening 

Core Strengthening Handout

August 4 – Gloria Mathiesen: Aromatherapy

July 7 – Lisa Marie Price: Acupressure

June 2- Helen Hess: Medical Hypnonsis

Helen has been a certified hypnotist and hypnotherapist since 2005. She trained at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America located in New Mexico. Helen’s specialty is health hypnosis. She utilizes hypnosis to decrease pain; decrease stress, fear and worry; improve sleep and energy; enhance relationships; and change lifestyle choices for better health. 

Helen is a Certified Medical Support Hypnotherapist and Fellow of the International Board of Hypnotherapy. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the Arizona Nurses Association, and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

May 4- John White is a recognized leader in the renaissance of Pilates and the integration of movement education and health. A former Martha Graham dancer, John was the Director of Movement and Aquatic Therapy at Canyon Ranch and now owns John White Movement – a progressive movement studio and teacher-training program in Tucson, Arizona. John began his study of the Pilates method 36 years ago and is a Master Teacher, having taught for the past 25 years. His students have included Olympic gold medalists, Wimbledon champs, Oscar-winning actors and actresses and members of several royal families. More often, however John is sought out for his ability to work with challenging physical conditions, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, spondylitis, scoliosis, chronic pain, and rehabilitation.


Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link for attending via Zoom (please scroll down to bottom of the message). If you do not receive this email or have questions about registration, please email emily@uspainfoundation.org.

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