Deborah Nicholson worked as House Manager for Theatre Calgary for several years, leading to the creation of the Kate Carpenter Mystery Series (Severn House). There are currently five novels published in this series, available in eight countries around the world, and widely reviewed. Deborah has also completed a medical mystery/thriller, Mind Games.
Since being published, Deborah has done several workshops and readings to encourage people who dream of writing to stop dreaming and start writing. She has made numerous appearances on The Breakfast Show, Shaw Television and was a featured performed in "The Letters".
In 2009 Deborah wrote The Pain Diaries. The play won the CPS Pain Awareness Award in May 2009 Two sold-out public readings happened in February 2010, followed by a one week run at the Grand Theatre in Calgary in May 2010. A movie adaptation of The Pain Diaries is currently in production.
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Dr. Arlene Cox has been working in the field of health psychology her entire career. Health psychology is a fascinating field that explores how and why we make choices about our health and how best to promote good health choices.
Dr. Cox spent 10 years working at the Canmore Pain Clinic, as Director. In 2005 she moved to the Calgary Chronic Pain Program. Research and clinical interests include: stage of change for health behaviours, motivation, PTSD and neuroplasticity.
Initially eager to help people change, she has become increasingly aware of the complexity of all health issues and the need to be aware of the whole body/mind. One of the most difficult challenges folks with chronic pain experience is the struggle with weight gain. Many of the medications used have weight gain as a side effect. Further, clients are no longer as active and their metabolism has slowed, partly due to ongoing stress and sympathetic arousal. Listening, sharing, respect, exploring connections, focusing on skills, feelings and thoughts and overall being curious ... works.
KELLY SULLIVAN was born in the Maritimes but has become a happy land-lubber, living in Calgary, Alberta. Kelly is a registered dietitian currently working with the Calgary Chronic Pain Program. Kelly is passionate about food, healthy eating and finding the most balanced way to keep body and mind functioning well.