Education Committee

Bernard M. Abrams, MD

Dr. Abrams is Medical Director of Dannemiller and Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine. As the author of seven recent textbook chapters in current major pain management texts and more than 50 pain and pain diagnoses publications, Dr. Abrams brings many years of experience to Dannemiller. He graduated from New York University Medical School, served his residency in neurology at the NYU division of Bellevue Hospital in New York and was a fellow at the NIH. He is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, and electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Abrams also serves as Course Director for the Dannemiller Pain Review Course and is Editor of PainStracts.

Linda Alvers, RN, MSN

Linda Alvers is a Masters Prepared Registered Nurse who is highly engaged in adult learning and continuing education in the healthcare arena. Linda graduated in 1974 with her BS in Nursing and in 1977 with her Masters from the University of Evansville, In. Immediately after graduation, she worked at Vanderbilt University before being summoned back to Evansville to teach in the Associate Degree Program. Linda arrived in New York in 1980 and began a long career in the business world, working on healthcare association meetings and even producing several nursing documentaries that aired on Lifetime Medical Television. Today, Linda is one of the Board of Directors of Dannemiller, Inc. and serves on the Education Committee.

Rebecca Brody, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC

Dr. Rebecca Brody is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences- Graduate Programs in Clinical Nutrition in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics at the University of Vermont and her Masters in Clinical Nutrition, and PhD in Health Sciences (nutrition track) at UMDNJ. She started her career as a clinical dietitian specializing in clinical nutrition, neurological injury, and clinical nutrition management and has maintained the Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian credential since 1995. Currently she works in academia where she teaches advanced clinical nutrition and applied clinical research to masters and doctoral students. She is a member of the Commission on Dietetic Registration Advanced Level Practice Taskforce, exploring advanced practice credentialing and recently authored two papers on advanced dietetics practice in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr Brody has published additional research and review papers in several peer reviewed journals and has presented to national and state groups on dysphagia, neurological impairment, nutrition support, and advanced dietetics practice. She received the Stanley Bergen Jr. MD Medal of Excellence for academic and professional excellence and the Outstanding Alumni award from the School of Health Related Professions at UMDNJ and the Emerging Dietetic Leader award from the New Jersey Dietetic Association. Dr. Brody serves as a reviewer for three nutrition and dietetics related journals and volunteers with various nutrition related professional organizations including the Dietitians in Nutrition Support Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification.

Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA

Dr. Christo is one of America's leading experts on relieving acute and chronic pain. He directed the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Training Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the foremost medical centers in the world. He also directed the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at Hopkins for 5 years. He and a team of specialists help patients overcome the agony of back pain, cancer pain, persistent shingles pain, operations, thoracic outlet syndrome, and a wide variety of other conditions.

Dr. Christo is a board certified, Harvard-trained anesthesiologist and Hopkins-trained pain medicine specialist. He lectures internationally, serves on editorial boards, teaches, and has published over 60 articles and book chapters on many topics related to pain treatment.

Dr. Christo hosts Aches and Gains, the first talk show on pain and pain relief that airs weekly on WBAL Radio, 1090 AM ( He is widely consulted by the media on the topic of pain and has appeared as a guest on Dr. Mehmet Oz's satellite radio show, NPR radio (The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation), Good Morning America Health, and Retirement Living Television's Healthline, hosted by Dr. Kevin Soden. He is the pain expert for the live Web Chat series on Pain Management, hosted by the Tribune newspapers and Baltimore Sun.

Becker's ASC Review selected him as one of the 70 Best Pain Management Physicians in America, he is listed as a Super Doctor for the Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area, he was one of eight national pain experts to be selected as an American Academy of Pain Medicine/Pfizer Visiting Professor, and he was one of six experts from the U.S. and Canada to participate in the Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship Program focusing on media and policymaking.

He served on the Committee on Pain Medicine for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Advisory Board for the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation, and serves as a medical advisor for Ameritox, Chronic Pain Perspectives, and the PAINS project, sponsored by the Center for Practical Bioethics.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Dr. Christo has also earned an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Health Care Management.

Autumn D. Clegg, OTR

Autumn Clegg, OTR, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Drury University in Missouri and a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She has been an occupational therapist for ten years with clinical experience in adult neurorehabilitation in the areas of traumatic brain injuries, cerebral vascular injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Currently, she is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. She also is the occupational therapist for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Muscular Dystrophy (MD) clinics at UT Medicine MARC neurology department.

John M. Erikson, MD, PhD

John Erikson, MD, PhD, a Cardiologist specializing in cardiovascular imaging, is Professor of Medicine in the Cardiology Division at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas and Program Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship. He is a staff physician at the University Health System's University Hospital, Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital, UT Medicine, and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Medical Center, Medical Director of the University Hospital Non-Invasive Laboratories, and Medical Director of the Bartter Research Unit at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veteran's Hospital.

After completing undergraduate study in biochemistry at North Texas State University, Dr. Erikson attended medical and graduate school at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he received his MD and PhD degrees, and completed his residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He received his cardiology training at Southwestern Medical Center and received advanced echocardiography training at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital before joining the faculty in San Antonio, where he participates in patient care, teaching, and clinical research. He has been elected to Fellowship in the American heart Association, American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography.

Dr. Erikson's research and clinical interests are related to proinflammatory cytokines in acute ischemia/reperfusion and investigating novel delivery techniques for gene therapy in the acute setting, and he has received grant support form the Texas Affiliate of the American Heart Association.

Gloria Herrera, RN, MSN, FNP-BC

Gloria Herrera received her BSN and MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing, with a focus in Family Practice. She has been a nurse practitioner for 12 years. Currently, she is employed at Health Net Medical Clinic; it is a unique blend of family practice, urgent care, alternative medicine and aesthetics. Prior to this, she worked in downtown San Antonio with a solo-practitioner for eight years. This tenure required extensive focus on caring for patients with multiple chronic medical conditions and ongoing coordination of care between healthcare providers and community services. Gloria also facilitates online undergraduate classes for University of Phoenix School of Nursing.

John Kriak, PharmD

Dr. Kriak has been a part of the Dannemiller staff since February 2009. He plays many integral roles, including serving as a member of Dannemiller's educational advisory board and working closely with our Education Department to develop education initiatives. Dr. Kriak is serves as the president and chief consultant for CAMMCO, LLC, a medical and strategic business consulting company working with organizations to develop support tools for physicians, and director of medical education for Conference Archives Inc. He is a published author through Kaplan Educational Centers, and serves as an educator — developing and teaching an Internet-based clinical pharmacy course to physician assistant programs located across the U.S. He also speaks at a variety of national conferences for selected biomedical societies and associations. He received his BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Duquense University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ron Pobuda

Ron is one of the Board of Directors of Dannemiller, Inc. He began his career in radio, first having a morning show on WTAG in Worcester, MA. He subsequently moved to New York City with NBC Radio and WPIX FM. Ron realizes the importance of communication in all aspects of education. He brings that specialty to Continuing Medical Education.