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November 1 Telechat: Imagery and Pain

November 1, 2009, 5:30 PM PST.

Working with Imagery to Address Chronic and Acute Pain

wagnerAndrew Wagner, MD, a family physician in private practice specializing in work with pain and injury. He has been using Imagery in his practice for over 15 years.  He will share the wisdom he has acquired using imagery to help patients cope with pain.  He’ll share cases that deepened his understanding, challenges he’s faced and offer some basic tools that he uses.

We offer qualified non-member professionals a one time opportunity to join the conversation. Click here to request admission to the telechat.

Andrew is a Board Certified Family Physician, and previously worked as a primary care doctor for Kaiser Permanente for almost 15 years.  He had special interests in sports medicine, HIV care, bioethics, and complementary medicine.

In 2000, after attending a series of workshops with Rachel Remen, MD, of the Commonweal Cancer Retreat Program and the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, he decided to commit himself to a different career path.  He completed the Academy of Guided Imagery training program, and became a certified practitioner.

His focus has been working with people with chronic medical conditions, including chronic pain and life threatening illnesses.  His intention has been to create a collaborative relationship with his clients to help them identify and make decisions that are consistent with their goals and values.  He is now in the midst of expanding into another arena of medical care, palliative medicine and hospice.

For the last 15 years, he has been training in the art of Aikido.  Aikido is a unique martial art, dedicated to the peaceful resolution of violence.  The teachings of mindfulness, receptivity, meeting adversity, and peaceful resolution are powerful lessons that are expressed in the body.  They have proved to be a great resource of wisdom in his practice of healing.

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Upcoming telechats:

December 6, 2009 at 5:30 PST

The Healing Power of Children’s Imagination with Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

January 10, 2010 4:00 PST

Using Imagery at the End of Life, with Esther L. Hohnson, RN and Andrew Wagner, MD

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