MEET YOUR MENTORS

Dr. Roman Gressel, DPT, CHC received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY.

With specialties in rehabilitation and spinal conditions, Dr. Gressel has helped thousands of patients recover from injuries and illnesses.

While working with his patients, Dr. Gressel saw the side effects of untreated chronic pain and the havoc it caused, not only on the sufferer, but for their friends, family, and intimate relationships. As a result, he created the Pain Mentor program.

As a concept, Pain Mentor began years before it officially launched. The “calling” came to Dr. Gressel when he sustained his first major injury and was left in pain for nearly nine months.

I suffered from chronic pain myself,” Dr. Gressel says. “After fracturing my right ankle and taking a bad spill while using my crutches. I felt ashamed, weak, scared, and—most of all—like a burden to everyone around me.

 After spending years working in a dualistic medical system, he discovered the Biopsychosocial Model. This model gave him a new understanding of how to treat chronic pain. He found that a connection with the right person can drastically improve one's ability to recover and achieve their goals.

 Let’s face it, chronic pain is extremely difficult to manage on your own. That's why having a mentor is such a priceless opportunity. 

Dr. Lauren Vermillion, DPT received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before obtaining her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Given her background in figure skating, she was drawn to physical therapy and coaching.

Throughout her career, she has worked in many physical therapy settings and has witnessed the importance of accountability and working closely with her patients to help them recover.

She is a firm believer in the importance of holistic health, specifically the Biopsychosocial Model, and has seen the value of mentoring in many areas of her own life.

She understands that success is best achieved as a team and is excited to work with you to help you overcome your pain and get back to living the life you desire!

 
Brittany Ferri, OTR/L, CPRP received her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. She is currently a candidate for a PhD in Integrative Mental Health from Saybrook University.
 
Over the course of her career, she has seen the impact that chronic pain has on individuals in both mental health and orthopedic settings. This experience has given her an appreciation for the mind-body connection, the biopsychosocial model, and the importance of health education in managing chronic pain.
 
As someone who is also living with chronic pain, she has made it her mission to educate and empower others to take charge of their wellness. She uses many complementary health approaches to help clients improve their quality-of-life.
 
Brittany has mentored many therapists, health professionals, and individuals who are interested in achieving a more well-rounded view of health. She is looking forward to assisting a new set of clients in creating and working toward personally meaningful goals!
Dr. Pablo Rodriguez DPT, CMTPT, CCI received his Doctorate in physical therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. 

After surviving a major car accident that took the life of his cousin and seeing his father go from being in a coma to full function, he realized the good he could do as a Physical Therapist. 

As a bilingual Physical Therapist he has worked with a large number of patients from many different backgrounds, who suffer with chronic pain. Very quickly into his career he realized that this group was underserved and that he had a gift for working with them. 

Utilizing various techniques and concepts he began using a combination of trigger point referral patterns and the biopsychosocial model of treatment to help many patients suffering from chronic pain take back control of their lives. 

Pablo has trained and mentored many therapists and students in these concepts in a hope to create a more understanding atmosphere in the healthcare world. He looks forward to passing on his knowledge and helping others to take back control of their lives. 

 
 
Dr. Elise Pearce, DPT, CEEAA received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.
 
She is a certified exercise expert for aging adults by the APTA and specializes in neurological rehabilitation. Through years of clinical experience in various settings, Dr. Pearce has encountered many clients limited by chronic pain that often leads to a poor quality of life.
 
Dr. Pearce focuses on educating and empowering adults to manage chronic conditions, minimize pain, and take control of their life through various wellness programs, including the use of the Biopsychosocial Model for chronic pain relief.
Megan Benedict, PTA received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont before obtaining her PTA degree from Union County College.

She has treated thousands of motor- vehicle- accident survivors and coached them through their recoveries with patience and kindness. 

After seeing countless clients receive pain meds and spinal injections with little to short-lived results, she recognized the importance of a well-rounded, and holistic plan of care. 

She believes that every person living with pain has a story, and in order to help them heal it is important to understand what they’ve been through first.

Megan hopes to guide people towards the best versions of themselves by listening to the wants and needs of each individual and encouraging them to take the appropriate steps.  Healing is challenging, but it helps to have people on your team, especially a team that uses the Biopsychosocial Model for chronic pain relief.



"Proper body mechanics meant nothing to me until I had an accident and could no longer move without pain. Exercising with pain seemed counterintuitive and impossible at times. I felt desperate to get my life back and was depressed with where I was. Pain Mentor helped me get my life back. It’s two years later and I continue to use the techniques I learned every day."

Tara D.
Patient

"To some, chronic pain is just a phrase. To those of us who experience it daily or weekly, we know better. Our pain drains us, can cause depression, and isolates us from family and friends. The fastest way to treat chronic pain is through proper education. Pain Mentor helped me understand how to create a better plan for myself, which completely changed my life. Now I start my days off with less pain, and that means the world to me!"

Kim K.
Patient

"I had the pleasure of working with Pain Mentor in an effort to lessen the chronic pain I had been experiencing. I have an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation throughout my body. I was living with daily joint, back, neck, and hip pain for years. Prescribed medications were not helping. Pain Mentor helped me begin a life journey of mindful eating, sleeping and exercising. The work I did with Pain Mentor opened the door to other avenues of mindful living. My quality of life has substantially improved."

Geanine B.
Patient

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