"For Women In Pain, By Women In Pain"
—Women In Pain Conference Slogan

5th Annual Women In Pain Conference


Part One – For Grace Director John Garrett, KABC7 Health Specialist Denise Dador, Artist Radene Marie Cook, Comedianne Dea Vice, For Grace Founder & Spokesperson Cynthia Toussaint, Stanford University Pain Psychologist Dr. Beth Darnall

Women In Pain 2012 • Part 1 (of 4) from TVP Studios, Burbank on Vimeo.

Part Two – UCLA Pediatric Pain Program Pain Psychologist Dr. Shelley Segal, Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center Director Dr. Donna Benton

Women In Pain 2012 • Part 2 (of 4) from TVP Studios, Burbank on Vimeo.

Part Three – Caregiving Panel (Gail Williamson, Doug Cook & John Garrett), 3rd Annual Women In Pain Award (Jill Kinmont Boothe), Pet Therapy Breakout (Pain Specialist Dr. Patricia Harrison)

Women In Pain 2012 • Part 3 (of 4) from TVP Studios, Burbank on Vimeo.

Part Four – Social Media – Building Communities Breakout (Amanda Greene & Jules Shapiro), Women In Pain Empowerment Panel (Kristina Breen, Tiiiu Leek-Jacobson, Heather Grace & Mindy Meyer), Photo Essay with “Kind and Generous” (Vocal Performance by Cynthia Toussaint)

Women In Pain 2012 • Part 4 (of 4) from TVP Studios, Burbank on Vimeo.




5th Annual Women in Pain Conference
Friday, September 14th, 2012
California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities (Map & DirectionsHotel Information)
1000 North Alameda Street (Across the street from Union Station and next to Chinatown)
Los Angeles, California

In Association With

California Endowment
Community Partners
Los Angeles County of Public Health – Office of Women’s Health
TVP Studios
Wagz Pet Photography


“Finding Your Tribe”

8:15 – 9:00am

9:00 – 9:05
Conference Introduction – John Garrett, Director, For Grace

9:05 – 9:10
Welcome – Denise Dador, KABC 7 Health Specialist

9:10 – 9:15
Art Gallery Presentation – Radene Marie Cook, Resident Artist & Woman In Pain

9:15 – 9:25
Comedy Performance – Dea Vise, Comedianne & Women In Pain

9:25 – 9:40
“The Mirror Has Two Faces: Relationships & The Chronic Pain Experience” – Cynthia Toussaint, Founder & Spokesperson, For Grace

9:40 – 10:50
“The Impact of Inter-Personal Relationships on Pain and Wellness” – Dr. Beth Darnall, Pain Psychologist, Stanford University’s School of Pain Medicine & Dr. Shelley Segal, Pain Psychologist, UCLA’s Pediatric Pain Program

10:50 – 11:00
Morning Break

11:00 – 11:35
“Caregivers: Our Everyday, Overlooked Super Heroes” – Donna Benton, PhD, Psychologist and Director of the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center

11: 35 – 12:10
Caregiving & The Chronic Pain Experience Panel
Moderator – Dr. Donna Benton, PhD
Panelists – Doug Cook, Winner of Shire’s 2011 “Brave” Award for Caregiving & 10 year Caregiver, John Garrett, Director of For Grace & 30 year Caregiver and Gail Williamson, Director of Down Syndrome in Arts & Media & 25+ year caregiver.

12:10 – 12:20
Presentation of WIP “Patron of Women’s Rights” Award –  Jill Kinmont Boothe, 2012 Recipient

12:20 – 1:15

1:15 – 2:00

Social Media & Building Communities – Amanda Greene, Woman in Pain & Founder of LA Lupus Lady & Jules Shapiro, Woman In Pain & Founder of WhatTheJules.com and #ChronicallyAwesome
Gentle Yoga – Camille Dieterle, Associate Professor, USC Division of Occupational Therapy
Pet Therapy – Dr. Patricia Harrison, MD, Community Outreach Volunteer with Love on 4 Paws & Kaiser Permanente Pain Specialist
Diet & Nutrition – Susan Nyanzi, PhD, Chronic Disease & Wellness Specialist

2:00 – 2:45
Break-out Repeat
(Same session as above)

2:45 – 3:00
Afternoon Break

3:00 – 3:45
Women In Pain Empowerment Panel—“Finding Your Tribe”
Moderator – Mindy Meyer, Woman in Pain and Facilitator, California State University Sacramento Center for Policy
Panelists – Heather Grace, Woman in Pain & Former Pain Advocate for the American Pain Foundation, Tiiu Leek, Woman in Pain & Former TV Anchor for KTLA & Kristina Breen, Woman in Pain and Senior Business Leader, Global Franchise Management, Visa Inc.

3:45 – 3:55
Reflections, Affirmations & Closing Remarks

3:55 – 4:00
Photo Essay with “Kind & Generous” – Dana Gambill & Cynthia Toussaint (“Kind and Generous”)

THANK YOU to our generous sponsors!

Boston Scientific
Janssen Pharmaceutica
St. Jude Medical Neuro

Also our deepest thanks to…
Health Monitor Magazine
Purdue Pharma
Trader Joe’s – Studio City
US Pain Foundation
Wagz Pet Photography

Our Exhibitors…
Arthritis Foundation Pacific Region
Boston Scientific
City of Los Angeles Department of Aging
Los Angeles County of Public Health – Office of Women’s Health
Power of Pain Foundation
USC Quench the Fire 5K Run for Pain Awareness
USC Occupational Therapy Practice

2012 Event Planning Committee Members

Kristina Breen
Radene Marie Cook
Karin Davalos
Dr. Beth Darnall
Dana Gambill
John Garrett
Heather Grace
Jennifer Hughes
Mindy Meyer
Dr. Susan Nyanzi
Cynthia Toussaint

The 2012 WIP Conference Planning Committee extends a special thanks to…

Morgan Grether
Carla Levenson
David Zimmerman

Please view a highlight video of our 4th Annual Women In Pain Conference
(Photos by Dana Gambill – Original Conference Art by Radene Marie Cook – Song Performed by Cynthia Toussaint)