Welcome to the Pain Society of the Carolinas 2018 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions!

Jointly Provided by The Pain Society of the Carolinas and Amedco

The 2018 Annual Meeting Program is again outstanding, thanks to the tireless work by the Education Committee. The Annual Meeting Sessions cover both basic and advanced topics germane to all physicians and practitioners who work with patients in pain.  No matter your specialty, we have sessions for you! 

In an effort to encourage participation from members from all career stages, we will again host our annual Trainee Poster  Competition.   Individuals from all educational programs are encouraged to submit an abstract and compete in this event.  All trainees who are accepted into the competition will be able to attend the annual meeting without a  registration fee.  Please encourage your students, residents, and fellows to submit an abstract by the September 1, 2017 deadline.  

We are glad that you will join us  in Greenville, South Carolina to learn more about your society!  Remember, if you register for the full weekend, your 2018-19 membership dues are included in your registration fee!

Annual Meeting Co-Chairs:   Scott Runyon MD and Richard Boortz-Marx MD


Richard Boortz-Marx MD MS Education Committee Chair

Scott Runyon MD (Program Co-Chair)

Christopher Gilmore MD (Program Co-Chair)

Gabe Hillegass MD

Ryan Nobles, MD

Andy Lobonc MD

Amanda Zimmerman PA-C

Joan Southern Priddy NP-C

Scott Clingan PA-C

Emily Davis PA-C. 



Marc Huntoon MD

Russell Jaffe MD

William Maixner DDS, PhD


Aurelio Alonso DDS, PhD

Thomas Buchheit MD

Jude Carr PA-C

Robert Chirila

Jeffrey D. Feldman PhD

Ann Marie Fras MD

Christopher Gilmore MD

Robert Hurley MD PhD

Steven Kalhorn MD

Carol Knowles PA-C

Deborah Larrimore BSN, RN, LMBT, CHTI

Andy Lobonc MD

Matt Mauck MD

Nick Milano MD

Mark Netherton MD

Steven Prakken MD

Richard Rauck MD

Ezra Riber MD

Janet Shaffer LaC

Brad Vaughn MD

Aljoeson Walker MD

Bibi Wishart PharmD

Lari Young MD

Remy Coeytaux MD PhD

Shawn Michelle Dalton-Bethea MD

Kayce Shealy PharmD


Friday,  September 28, 2018

7:30 AM                       Registration Opens – Continental Breakfast

7:55 AM                       Welcome and Opening Remarks – Ezra Riber MD, President

Session One:  President’s Session: Integrative Complementary Medicine for Pain Management   Ezra Riber, MD Moderator

8:00 –  8:40 AM            Integrative Health and Wellness – Special Guest Lecturer   Russell Jaffe, MD

8:40 –9:20 AM              Functional Medicine – Special Guest Lecturer: Lari Young, MD

9:20 – 10:00 AM           CBD Oil – Carol Knowles, PA-C

10:00 – 10:30 AM        Break with Exhibitors


Session Two: Regenerative Therapies for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Scott Runyon, MD Moderator

10:30 -11:20 AM           PRP Therapy Overview with Local Patient Outcomes– Shawn Dalton Bethea MD

11:20 – 11:40 AM         Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease – Christopher Gilmore, MD

11:40 – 12:00 PM         Stem Cell Therapy: The Con Rebuttal with Q&A Panel –  Tom Buchheit MD and Christopher Gilmore, MD

12:00 – 1:00 PM          Corporate Member Showcase with Platinum Corporate Member: Pernix                                              Therapeutics:  Today's Rational Formulation for Chronic Pain Management - Amanda Zimmerman PA-C  Lunch provided by the Society (No CME provided)

Session Three: Parallel Sessions

(A) Advanced Interventional Therapies

Richard Rauck, MD Moderator         

1:00 – 1:30 PM             SI Joint Fusion – Steve Kalhorn, MD      

1:30  - 2:00 PM             Innovative treatments for Lumbar Disease  – Mark Neatherton, MD      

2:00 – 2:45 PM             Past, Present, and Future of Interventional Therapies – Special Guest Lecturer: Marc Huntoon MD            

2:45 -3:00 PM               Panel Discussion Q & A


(B) Non-Interventional Therapies

Mandy Zimmerman, PA-C Moderator

1:00 – 1:30 PM             *Keeping Track of Your Prescribing: These Stats are Important – Jude Carr, PA-C  & Mandy Zimmerman, PA-C

1:30 – 2:00 PM              Opioid Documentation – Scott Clingan, PA-C

2:00 - 2:30 PM              Opioid Dose Reduction and Weaning- Joan Southern, PA-C 

2:30 – 3:00 PM             Differentiating Between Abuse, Misuse, and Addiction – Steven Prakken MD

3:00 – 3:30 PM                       Break with Exhibitors 

Session Four: Head and Facial Pain Syndromes

Ryan Nobles, MD Moderator

3:30 – 4:00 PM             Head Pain & Post Concussion/TBI – Nick Milano, MD

4:00 – 4:30 PM             Facial Pain – Aurelio A Alonso, DDS PhD

4:30 – 5:00 PM             Migraine: Headache Management 101 – Aljoeson Walker, MD

5:00 - 6:30 PM              Networking Reception and Trainee Poster Competition


Saturday, September 29, 2018

7:30 AM                       Registration Opens

7:45-8:30 AM               Corporate Member Showcase with Gold Corporate Member

                                    Breakfast Provided by the Society (No CME provided)

Session Five:   PAIN POTPOURRI

Richard Boortz-Marx, MD, MS Moderator

8:30 – 9:30  AM           National Perspectives on the Future of Pain Medicine

                                    Special Guest Lecturer:  William Maixner, DDS, PhD, President American Pain Society

9:30 – 10:00 AM           Sleep Disorders and Chronic Pain – Brad Vaughn, MD

10:00 – 10:30 AM        Break with Exhibitors

Session Six: Experiential Workshops - Psychology in Pain Management

10:30 AM to Noon  - Rotating 30 Minute Workshops 

(Room #1)        CBT techniques for chronic pain including coping, progressive relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing – Jeffrey D. Feldman MD

(Room #2)        Energy Healing – Debra Larrimore RN, CHTP/I

(Room #3)        Acupuncture – Janet Shaffer, LAc, Dipl OM


12:00 – 1:15 PM           Annual Business Meeting and Corporate Member Showcase with Platinum Corporate Member Assertio Therapeutics:  Postherpetic Neuralgia: One of the Faces of Neuropathic Pain. Know the Patient and Treat the Pain - Robert Sickler MD         Lunch provided by the Society (No CME provided)

1:15 – 2:00 PM             James Crews Memorial Lecture – Treating Arthritis and Pain: Understanding Biologic Therapies (and a bit of Sailing) Thomas Buchheit, MD

Session Seven: Parallel Sessions

(A) Evidence in Pain Medicine GAbe Hillegass MD, Moderator

2:00 – 2:30 PM             Assessing the Evidence: How do I know what is real and what is not? -  William Maixner, DDS, PhD

2:30 – 3:00 PM             Anticoagulation Guidelines Update –  Marc Huntoon, MD

3:00 – 3:30 PM             Infection Control for Interventional Procedures – Matthew Mauck, MD, PhD


(B) APP Session

Emily Davis, ACNP-C Moderator

2:00 – 2:30 PM             Monoclonal Antibodies in Pain Medicine - Richard Rauck MD

2:30 - 3:00 PM              Difficult Cases with Amanda Zimmerman PA-C, Joan Priddy-Southern MSN, NP-C and Scott Clingan PA-C

3:00 – 3:30 PM             Clinical Significance of Restless Leg Syndrome – Carol Knowles, PA-C

3:30 – 4:00 PM             Break with Exhibitors


Session Eight: Pain Potpourri    Robert Wilson, MD Moderator

4:00 – 4:45 PM            Fibromyalgia: Understanding Mechanisms and Treatment Options in 2018 - Ann Marie Fras, MD

4:45 -5:30 PM                Naltrexone Use for Treatment of Chronic Pain— Andy Lobonc, MD

5:30 PM                       Adjourn – Dinner on own


Sunday, September 30, 2018

7:30 AM                       Registration Opens

7:45 AM                       Corporate Member Showcase with Gold Corporate Member

                                    Breakfast Provided by the Society (No CME provided)

Session Nine: The Legal / Ethical Business of Pain Medicine   

Christopher Gilmore, MD Moderator                                        

8:00 –  9:00 AM            Special Guest Lecturer:   Differential properties of opioid - Special Guest Lecturer: Robert Hurley MD PhD

9:00 – 9:30 AM             Maintaining Ethical Industry Partnerships with introduction from Robin Hoyle  via a case study: Illegal practice may earn physicians a 20 year prison sentence - Robin Hoyle, Esq. and Richard Rauck, MD

9:30 – 10:00 AM           A practical clinical application of the new HIPAA guidelines  - Robert Chirila

10:00 -10:45 AM           The PharmD/MD Relationship – We are all on the same Team, aren’t we?  a Panel Discussion – Kayce Shealy PharmD, Bibi Wishart, PharmD, PSOC TBD

10:45 -  11:00 AM           Panel Discussion Q&A

11:00 AM                     Closing Remarks


Satisfactory Completion 

Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety.  Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement. 

Physicians / Nurses / Pharmacists

 In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the Pain Society of the Carolinas.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and 16.0 contact hours for nurses and 16.0 knowledge-based contact hours for pharmacists. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recognizes the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as approved accreditors and allow reciprocity for AANPCP continuing education credit.



On behalf of the meeting participants, the Society has secured sleeping rooms at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Greenville SC at the significantly discounted rate of  $189 per night standard room for up to two people  (+ state and local taxes and a $1.00 destination fee) To ensure availability, please reserve your room as soon as possible and mention the Pain Society of the Carolinas Room Block to obtain the special rate.   Rooms Sell Out Quickly -Rates increase  on September 6 or  when our special room block is gone!  VISIT our website at www.carolinapain.org to book your hotel online.  

REGISTRATION FEES - EARLY RATES AVAILABLE TO September 1 - Register today for a discount!

FULL MEETING (Includes Membership)   early bird / regular registration               

MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DC,  PsyD                $600.00 / $650.00

PA/ NP                                                              $400.00  / $450.00

Health Care Practitioner / Administrator           $300.00 / $350.00

Trainee                                                              $75.00 / $100.00

*Military and VA Physicians and Practitioners, please contact the Society office for additional discounts

PSOC 2018 Annual Meeting

  • September 28 - 30, 2018
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel
    220 N. Main Street
    Greenville, South Carolina
    United States