RONI - Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic and Neurosciences Institute Overview

The Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic and Neurosciences Institute (RONI) believes that teamwork is not just an option – it’s the foundation of practice. Located on the East Campus of the Loma Linda University Medical Center, RONI provides patients with access to integrated care across the specialties of rehabilitation, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.

Medical teamwork takes expertise and coordination. That’s why the physicians, nurses, staff and therapists work together. The collaboration between physicians and other team members guarantees that patients receive comprehensive care that addresses their physical, psychological and emotional needs.

The Institute also recognizes the importance that a healing environment places in a patient’s recovery. Facilities located in a natural environment to make patients feel at home – not make them feel like patients in a hospital. And, to ensure that recovery continues beyond the Institute, RONI offers outreach programs that provide support, resources, activities, and opportunities, for patients and their families.

2015 RONI Pain & Wellness Symposium June 7, 2015

The RONI Pain & Wellness Symposium is an educational course for professionals treating patients who experience physical and emotional distress from pain. The purpose of this conference is to expand awareness and understanding of mechanisms of pain and present evidence-based pain management and whole body wellness. The conference will provide the most up to date scientific evidence regarding the efficacy of a well-rounded, holistic approach to Making Man Whole.

Pain & Wellness specialists will present an interdisciplinary approach to topics such as overuse, misuse and abuse of opiate therapy, addiction medicine, post-traumatic stress, the therapeutic importance of diet and inflamatory pain, neurobiology of acupuncture therapy and osteopathic treatments of skeletal pain and the evidence of these treatment options.

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Your attendance to the conference also provides you access to a variety of vendors and Loma Linda University Health professionals who can provide resources and insight that apply to your career path.


Sunday, June 7, 2015


Loma Linda Univesity Contennial Complex, Damazo Room
24760 Stewart Steer, Loma Linda, CA 92354


Physicians: $100
Healthcare Professionals: $85
Insurance Adjustors: $50
Students: $25

Registration fees include course materials, CME/ CE certificate and lunch buffet.
Group rates and scholorships available. Please call 909-558-2808 x50743 for more information.


  1. Identify mechanisms of pain generators and holistic treatment options that encourage whole body wellness.
  2. Discuss the challenges facing clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with back pain and recognize the evidence of treatment options.
  3. Recognize opiate overuse, misuse and abuse.
  4. Identify psych-related issues and drug-seeking behaviors.

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Event Guide

2015 RONI Pain & Wellness Symposium Schedule

7:30 Registration

8:00 Welcome: Dr. Gary Botimer, MD
RONI Institute Director

8:15 Session 1: Brian Tsao, MD, FAAN, FANA
Low Back Pain: A Critical Review of the Literature

9:15 Session 2: Justin Hata, MD
Vice-Chairman PM&R, Pain Management, Conference Chairman
Use, Misuse & Abuse of Opiate Therapy

10:15 Break

10:30 Session 3: Ricardo Whyte, MD
Addiction vs Pseudo Addiction and Chronic Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment

11:30 Session 4: Beverly Buckles, DSW
The Community Resilience Model: A Research Informed Practice for Working with Patients Experiencing Trauma and Chronic Pain

12:30 Lunch

1:15 Session 5: Louise Schneider, DrPH, RD
Diet and Inflammatory Pain. The how and why pain relates to dietary intake.

2:15 Session 6: Ionela Hubbard, MSAOM, LAC, QME
Neurobiology of Acupuncture

3:15 Session 7: Skulpan Asavasopon, PT, PhD, OCS Rehabilitation Specialist
"My Back Still Hurts: Novel Translations of Science to Clinical Practice"

4:15 Closing Remarks

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