Maze-Masters Team List
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH
Professional background: Board certified in occupational medicine; Masters degree in Public Health (health services administration and occupational health.) President, Webility Corporation & Chair, the 60 Summits Project. Chair, Work Fitness & Disability Section of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Founder & Moderator of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Boston, MA area.
Diana Cline, LISW, CRC
Professional background: Clinical social worker, vocational rehabilitation counselor, managed care operations manager, liaison manager for 60 Summits Project. Prior experience in on-site multidisciplinary program for long-term workers’ compensation claimants (most with chronic pain) and in administration of managed care contracts for Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Columbus, OH area.
Ralph Jaffe, MSW, PhD
Clinical psychologist, social worker, life coach. Special expertise with immigrants and very low wage workers. Affiliated with Philadelphia Counseling Center. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Philadelphia, PA area.
Rosalind Joffe, M.Ed., CPC
Professional background: Chronic illness coach, life coach, career coach, educator, blogger, author. Lives with two chronic illnesses herself, and was formerly on SSDI. Has “reinvented” herself three times. Sole proprietor, ciCoach.com, llc. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Boston, MA area.
Terry O’Hearn RRP
Professional background: Spent 18 year at the workers’ compensation fund for Ontario, Canada, rising from hands-on claims manager, to vocational rehabilitation professional, to claims and operations executive. Has years of experience in resolving highly complex workers’ compensation claims as well as developing and implementing new process and systems. Founded a case management firm in Ontario and now consults with organizations on disability management issues as well as program design. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Toronto, Canada area.
George Shipley, CRC, CCM
Professional background: Vocational rehabilitation counselor, former manager of workers’ compensation, safety, and return to work services for Arapahoe County, CO. Prior to that, he spent many years with BNSF Railroad as a return to work professional. [Unlike most workers’ comp which is no-fault, railroad workers’ comp is in the tort system.] He was working with claimants spread over a multi-state area, most of whom had attorneys. Currently sole proprietor of Shipley Vocational Services. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Littleton, Colorado area.
EXPERT CONSULTANTS (listed by expertise area)
ATTITUDE CHANGE CONSULTANT
Special expertise in evidence-based techniques for catalyzing and promoting positive decision-making. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Jason’s techniques for building enthusiasm for change and commitment to action have been incorporated in the design of the Maze-Masters program. Vancouver, Canada area.
BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE CONSULTANT
Co-founder of the Behavioral Medicine Department at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, MA. Co-developer of the Personal Health Improvement Program, a nationally recognized behavioral medicine program for patients with chronic illness, licensed by Proctor & Gamble, Inc. Founder and CEO of Colasanti & Associates, LLC, a behavioral health company that brings on-site wellness and ontologic coaching programs to industry and health care companies. Roberta gives the lecture entitled “New Perspectives: New Possibilities” in the Foundations course. Boston, MA area.
Available for private telephone consultation with individuals enrolled in the MazeMasters program. NC area.
In active clinical practice of chiropractic. Clinical Director of the Rhode Island Spine Center. Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and on the postgraduate faculty of four chiropractic schools. Postgraduate training in neurology, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Lectures throughout the world on various topics related to back pain, neck pain and headaches. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Dr. Murphy is available for private educational sessions by telephone with individuals enrolled in the Maze-Masters program. Providence, RI area.
CLAIMS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT
A workers' compensation claims and regulatory expert. In her 35 year career, Ann has managed workers’ compensation claims, supervised claims staff, managed state workers’ compensation regulatory agencies, developed and implemented public policy, trained others in disability and claims management, and taught the workers compensation certification course for Michigan State University. She is a regular consultant to state workers' compensation systems and the Federal government on improving life outcomes for workers and reducing costs for employers. Minneapolis, MN area.
Executive Director and Founder, American Chronic Pain Association, a consumer-driven self-help resource with a rich array of excellent materials on their website and hundreds of local pain peer support groups. Penney founded ACPA 20 years ago after “graduating” from the Cleveland Clinic’s multidisciplinary pain program. Penney gives the lecture entitled “Living Well While Living With Pain” in the Maze-Masters Foundations course. Materials produced by ACPA are often used in the Maze-Masters program. San Francisco Bay area.
This group of especially trained pharmacists provides one-on-one services delivered via telephone to individuals. Services consist of evaluation, education, and advice re: daily medication practices. Their goal is to prepare the individual to take responsibility for day to day management of their total medication regimen and to communicate more effectively with their treating physicians in order obtain the intended benefits and avoid unnecessary side effects of medications. PharmAssist Services pharmacists consult with and educate individuals enrolled in the Maze-Masters program. Minneapolis, MN area.
Board certified in emergency medicine and occupational medicine. In active clinical practice of occupational medicine. Special interests in occupational injury care, disability prevention, management, adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins, lead author of ACOEM Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines - Chapter 5 Disability Prevention & Management. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Dr. Caruso is available for private educational sessions by telephone with individuals enrolled in the Maze-Masters program. Central FL area.
Board certified in psychiatry. Special expertise in disability evaluation, behavioral health, chronic disease management. Prior positions included senior physician consultant at a major disease management company. Currently sole proprietor, Disability Research and Consulting, LLC. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Atlanta, GA area.
Board certified in occupational medicine, emergency medicine and toxicology. Medical Director, U.S. Pain, in the Bay Area of California. Until January 2011, he was medical director, California State Compensation Insurance Fund. Special expertise in occupational injury care, chronic pain treatment, disability prevention & management, contributor to ACOEM Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines - Chapter 5 Disability Prevention & Management. Dr. Letz is available for private educational sessions by telephone with individuals enrolled in the MazeMasters program.
Medical Director, Las Vegas Recovery Center. A well known and respected expert in treatment of drug addiction as well as drug detoxification and functional restoration for chronic pain sufferers. Named one of the Best Doctors in the U.S. for 2011-2012 at www.bestdoctors.com. Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Nevada School of Medicine. Author of several books, among them A Day Without Pain (winner of an Independent Publisher Book Award silver medal in 2009; Staying Sane: When You Care for Someone with Chronic Illness; and Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain. He is available for private educational sessions by telephone with individuals enrolled in the Maze-Masters program. Las Vegas, NV
Director, Mind Body Medicine Program, Providence Hospital, Southfield, Michigan and Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University. Special expertise in helping patients distinguish medical / biological issues from non-medical ones in chronic illness/pain – and to deal with them. Author of the book, Unlearn Your Pain, and developer of a self-help program for chronic pain and some associated conditions. Dr. Schubiner will give the lecture on “What is Pain?” in the MazeMasters Foundations class. He is also available for private educational sessions by telephone with individuals enrolled in the MazeMasters program. Detroit, MI area.
Board certified in orthopedics, emergency medicine and occupational medicine. In active practice of occupational medicine. Lead author of ACOEM Practice Guidelines chapters on spine (low back and neck) problems. Co-author of A Physicians Guide to Return to Work published by the American Medical Association. Frequent and popular speaker to lay audiences. Chair, Medical Guidey Board for Reed Group’s disability management reference resource, MDGuidelines. Private practice at Cookeville Occupational Health Center. Independent medical examiner. Member of the Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable. Dr. Talmage gives the lecture entitled “How the Body Heals” in the MazeMasters Foundations class. He is also available for private educational sessions by telephone with individuals enrolled in the Maze-Masters program. Cookeville, TN area.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. In active clinical practice. Teaches nationally about mindfulness, psychotherapy and mind/body treatment. Dr. Siegel is coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, co-author of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, and author of a recent book, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems. Dr. Siegel will lead a six-session teleseminar for Maze-Masters called “Getting Going Again.” Boston, MA area.